Monday, March 28, 2011

This Day in Rock Music History: March 28

1942: Frank Sinatra appeared on the charts for the first time with "Night And Day".
1957: Elvis Presley appeared live at the Chicago International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois.

1958: Eddie Cochran recorded "Summertime Blues".
1958: Buddy Holly began the first night of a 43-date tour with two performances at Brooklyn's Paramount Theater. The show produced by Alan Freed also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Danny & the Juniors, Frankie Lymon, the Diamonds, the Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Billy Ford, Ed Townsend, Jo-Ann Campbell and the Pastels.
1959: Frankie Avalon had a great song at #1--"Venus".
1960:  Brenda Lee recorded "I'm Sorry".  (Note:  some websites report that Brenda recorded her big hit on March 28, 1959, but according to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the correct date is March 28, 1960.)
1960:  Percy Faith remained at #1 for a sixth week with the classic instrumental, "The Theme From 'A Summer Place'".  Bobby Rydell was second with "Wild One".

Blue Moon by The Marcels on Grooveshark
1961: Ahhh, the days when music was fun..."Blue Moon" by the Marcels was #1.
1964: Madame Tussauds in London unveiled the wax images of the Beatles, the first pop stars to be honored.

1964:  While the Beatles were changing music forever, Louis Armstrong held on to his style with "Hello, Dolly!" and paved the way on the Easy Listening chart.
1964:  Meet the Beatles!  was #1 on the Album chart for the seventh week and Introducing...The Beatles was #2.
1964:  The Beatles scored one of the highest debuts in the Rock Era to that point as "Can't Buy Me Love" came in at #27.

1964:  "She Loves You" from the Beatles was #1 for the second week, giving the band nine straight weeks at the top.  The group also were at #2 with their former #1 song of seven weeks--"I Want To Hold Your Hand".  The Beatles were also #3 with their new song "Twist And Shout" and #4 with "Please Please Me".  The Four Seasons fell with "Dawn (Go Away)" and the Beach Boys slipped with "Fun, Fun, Fun".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Suspicion" from Terry Stafford, Louis Armstrong climbed up with "Hello, Dolly!", Bobby Vinton moved into the Top 10 with My Heart Belongs To Only You" and the Dave Clark Five joined the invasion with "Glad All Over".  
1967: John Lennon recorded his lead vocal for "Good Morning, Good Morning" for the upcoming album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road studios in London and Paul McCartney added a lead guitar solo to the track.
1967: Van Morrison recorded "Brown Eyed Girl" at A&R Studios in New York City.
1969: Ringo Starr announced that the Beatles would make no more public appearances.

1970: Crosby, Stills and Nash released "Woodstock".
1970: Simon and Garfunkel had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

               Do you know where the Bridge Over Troubled Water is?

1970:  Simon and Garfunkel owned the #1 Adult song for the fifth week with "Bridge Over Troubled Water".
1970:  Simon and Garfunkel were still on top after five weeks overall with "Bridge Over Troubled Water".  The Beatles made their move (6-2) with "Let It Be" while John Lennon edged up with "Instant Karma".  The Jaggerz had their one and only, "The Rapper" while Edison Lighthouse were up to #5 with "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Jackson 5 were up from 14-6 with "ABC", the Hollies remained in the #7 spot with the timeless "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", Norman Greenbaum moved in with "Spirit In The Sky", Chairmen of the Board slipped to #9 with "Give Me Just A Little More Time" and Badfinger was a determined group with a 23-10 move for "Come And Get It".

                                        "Baby Driver" from Simon & Garfunkel...

1970:  Simon and Garfunkel remained in the #1 position on the Album chart with the landmark Bridge Over Troubled Water.  Hey Jude from the Beatles took second with Led Zeppelin II falling.  The Doors were fourth with Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe while Santana was up to #5 with their self-titled release.  The rest of an superb Top 10:  Chicago II, Abbey Road by the Beatles, CCR were at #8 with Willy and the Poorboys, Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas captured #9 and Hello, I'm Johnny Cash by Johnny Cash (It better be, or we have an impostor...) was tenth.
1973: Led Zeppelin released the album Houses of the Holy.

1973:  The Doobie Brothers released the single "Long Train Runnin'".
1974: Queen appeared at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
1974:  Arthur Crudup, who wrote Elvis Presley's first hit "That's All Right Mama", died of a heart attack in Nassawadox, VA at age 68.

1976: Genesis began their first North American tour with Phil Collins on lead vocals at the Century Theatre in Buffalo, New York.
1977: Pink Floyd began the first of four sold-out shows at New Bingley Hall at the Staffordshire County Showground in Stafford, England.
1981: Elton John's cover of the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" was released as a tribute to John Lennon following his death.
1981:  Yarbrough & Peoples lasted a fifth week at #1 on the R&B chart with "Don't Stop The Music".

1981:  John O'Banion had the week's top debuting song with "Love You Like I Never Loved Before", one of The Top Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era*.
1981: Blondie had the world's first (and best) #1 rap song with "Rapture", which began a two-week run at the top.  "Woman" from John Lennon was second with Styx peaking at #3 with "The Best Of Times".  REO Speedwagon's first #1 song, "Keep On Loving You", fell to 4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Don McLean's remake of the Roy Orbison hit "Crying", Neil Diamond and "Hello Again", Dolly Parton with "9 To 5", Grover Washington, Jr. enlisted the help of Bill Withers and it paid off as "Just The Two Of Us" vaulted from 23 to 8, Hall & Oates had their 13th hit but just their fourth Top 10 with "Kiss On My List" and Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb remained at #10 with "What Kind Of Fool".

1981:  Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb combined for a third week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with their great duet "What Kind Of Fool".
1981:  REO Speedwagon held on to #1 on the Album chart for a sixth week with Hi Infidelity.

Flashdance...What a Feeling by Irene Cara on Grooveshark
1983:  Irene Cara released her remarkable single "Flashdance".
1987: Arizona, the home for bad laws, is the backdrop for this item--the Doobie Brothers shifted a concert scheduled for Phoenix to Las Vegas instead to protest Arizona Governor Evan Mecham's decision to rescind Martin Luther King Day. (I'm not making this stuff up.  Arizona really did that.)
1987: Mel and Kim at the #1 song in the UK with "Respectable".

                                                      Genesis scored their fifth Top 10 hit...

1987:  Club Nouveau took the Bill Withers classic "Lean On Me" to #1, holding off Starship's "Nothing's Gonna' Stop Us Now".  Janet Jackson slipped from her peak of #2 with "Let's Wait Awhile", and Genesis was up to #4 with "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Mandolin Rain" from Bruce Hornsby & the Range, Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram were at 6 with "Somewhere Out There", Expose were up to #7 with "Come Go With Me", Europe advanced into the Top 10 with "The Final Countdown", Crowded House were up from 14 to 9 with the great song "Don't Dream It's Over" and Aretha Franklin & George Michael moved from 17-10 with "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)".
1991: Conor Clapton, Eric's four-year-old son was buried in England with Phil Collins and George Harrison attending the funeral.  Conor died after falling out of an apartment window in New York City.
1992: Over $100,000 worth of damage was caused to the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in California when Ozzy Osbourne foolishly invited the first two rows of the audience on stage.
1992: Pearl Jam appeared at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins as the opening act.
1992:  "Save The Best For Last" by Vanessa Williams was the new #1 on the R&B chart.
1992:  Vanessa Williams also rose to #1 on the AC chart with "Save The Best For Last".

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen on Grooveshark
1992:  Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was one of the hottest songs, rising from #81 to #49, 16 years after it first was a smash hit.
1992:  Garth Brooks lassoed the competition for an 18th week at #1 with Ropin' the Wind on the Album chart, tied for seventh all-time.
1995: Singer Jimmy McShane of Baltimora ("Tarzan Boy") died of AIDS in Derry, Northern Ireland.
1996: Phil Collins announced he was leaving Genesis for a solo career.
1998: KISS played the first of five sold-out shows at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

                         "Us", one of the top tracks on 'Let's Talk About Love'...

1998:  The "Titanic" Soundtrack was #1 on the Album chart for the 10th week.  Ray of Light from Madonna remained second with Celine Dion taking #3 with Let's Talk About Love.
1999:  French artist Mr. Oizo had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Flat Beat".
2001: The artist formerly known as Puffy and Puff Daddy said on MTV that he wanted to be called P. Diddy. In August of 2005, he changed his mind again and said he wanted to be known as "Diddy".
2002: Gloria and Emilio Estefan obtained a permanent restraining order against Venezuelan actor-singer Juan Carlos Diaz.
2003: Avril Lavigne announced that she was covering Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" for a charity CD benefiting victims of the Iraq War.
2003: Officials in Manchester, England canceled an upcoming Bruce Springsteen concert after residents complained about noise levels.
2003:  Rusty Draper, who had 11 hits in the early Rock Era including a version of "The Shifting, Whispering Sands" in 1955, died of pneumonia in Bellevue, Washington at the age of 80.
2004: Usher held down #1 on the U.K. Album chart with Confessions.
2005: U2 officially kicked off their Vertigo Tour at the iPayOne Center in San Diego, California. U2 played 131 dates in North America, Europe, South America and Japan.

2005: Queen started their first tour without the late Freddie Mercury and bassist John Deacon at the Brixton Academy in London. Paul Rodgers took over lead vocals.
2005: Tony Christie was #1 on both the U.K. Singles and Album charts with "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" and Definitive Collection.
2005: Rich Cronin, former vocalist with LFO ("Summer Girls") was diagnosed with leukemia.
2009: Kelly Clarkson began a two-week stay at #1 on the U.S. Album chart with All I Ever Wanted.
2013:  Hugh McCracken, famous on-demand session guitarist and harmonica player, and also an arranger and producer, died of leukemia in New York City at age 70.  McCracken played with Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Loggins, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, John Lennon, the Four Seasons, Roberta Flack, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Steely Dan, the Monkees, Eric Carmen, Van Morrison, Gary Wright, Carl Perkins, Phoebe Snow, and Donald Fagen, just to name a few. 

Born This Day:
1945:  Chuck Portz, bass guitarist of the Turtles, was born in Santa Monica, California.
1948:  John Evan, keyboardist for Jethro Tull, was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
1948:   Milan Williams, who played keyboards, brass and guitar for the Commodores, was born in Okolona, Mississippi; died July 9, 2006 in Houston, Texas of cancer.  (Note:  one website reports that Williams died in Midland, Texas, but 'Billboard' states that the correct place of death is Houston.)
1948:  Bernadette Peters was born in Queens, New York.
1957:  Cindy Wilson, founding member, songwriter and vocalist with the B-52's ("Love Shack"), was born in Athens, Georgia.
1966:   Cheryl James (Salt of Salt-n-Pepa) was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1969:  James Atkin of EMF was born in Birmingham, England.

1986:  Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (Lady Gaga) was born in New York City.

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