March 2017

Posted on March 25, 2016

1 MARCH

1944: Roger Daltrey

1957: Muddy Waters’ ‘Got My Mojo Working’ and Chuck Berry’s ‘School Days’ released by Chess Records

1966: Gene Clark announcing departure from The Byrds cites fear of flying.

1974: Chris Difford places ad in a shop window: ‘Lyricist seeks musician for co-writing.’ Glenn Tilbrook answers and later they form Squeeze.

1974: Blood On The Tracks No.1 on the US charts.

2 MARCH

1944: Lou Reed

1948: Rory Gallagher (d.June 14, 1995)

1960: Buddy Guy records ‘First Time I Met The Blues’ at Chess Studios in Chicago. The song is released as Chess single 1753.

1963: Graham Bond, keyboard/alto sax player, forms Graham Bond Organisation.

1983: The compact disc launched by Sony.

1991d: Serge Gainsgourg

1999d: Dusty Springfield,59, dies of cancer.

2003d: Hank Ballard, who wrote and originally recorded ‘The Twist’.

3 MARCH

1927 Junior Parker (died November 18, 1971).

1966: Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay form Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles.

1966: Rolling Stones enter RCA Hollywood Studios to record tracks for Aftermath.

1967: Debut of new Jeff Beck Group featuring Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and Aynsley Dunbar.

2007: Wilco streams album Sky Blue Sky online and offers ‘What Light’ as free MP3 download. Album is not officially released until May 15.

4 MARCH

1932b: Miriam Makeba

1944b: Bobby Womack

1966: John Lennon’s statement that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ appears in London’s Evening Standard.

1977: CBS releases The Clash’s self-titled debut album.

1986d: Richard Manuel, 42, (The Band) hangs himself.

5 MARCH

1929b: J.B. Lenoir

1948b: Eddy Grant

1955: Elvis Presley’s TV debut on ‘The Louisiana Hayride’.

1963d: Patsy Cline dies in a plane crash..

1982d: John Belushi,33, dies of drug OD.

6 MARCH

1893 – 1981: Walter “Furry” Lewis

1905b: Bob Wills (‘King of Western Swing’).

1925b: John Leslie ‘Wes’ Montgomery

1937b: Doug Dillard (The Dillards)

1944b: David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

7 MARCH

1945: Arthur Lee (Love)

1946b: Peter ‘Wolf’ Blankfield (J Geils Band)

1952: Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers)

1966: Tina Turner records vocals for ‘River Deep, Mountain High’.

1987 Beastie Boys become first ever rap act to have a No.1 album in the US with Licensed To Ill.

8 MARCH

1933b: Lloyd Price

1944b – d. November 26, 2011 – Keef Hartley (blues rock drummer)

1945: Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees)

2016: Ross Hannaford dies. (born December 1, 1950)

1962: Beatles make their radio debut on BBC singing Roy Orbison’s ‘Dream Baby.’

1973d: Ron ‘Pig-Pen’ McKernan, 26, founding member, keyboards, The Grateful Dead, dies.

9 MARCH

1945b: Robin Trower

2016: Jon English dies. Born: March 26, 1946.

1999: Wilco releases third album, Summerteeth.

2005: Damien Demspey’s Shots enters the Irish album charts at No.1

10 MARCH

1938b: Norman Blake (country guitarist)

1964b: Neneh Cherry

1973: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon released in US.

1989: Robert De Niro movie Jacknife, features appearance from Loudon Wainwright III, opens.

11 MARCH

1945b: Harvey Mandel (guitar)

1986d: Sonny Terry, 74.

12 MARCH

1896 – 1976: Jesse “Lone Cat” Fuller

1917: Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess.

1942b: Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane)

1948b: James Taylor

1949: Bill Payne, Little Feat

1955d: Charlie Parker, 34, dies in New York.

1971: First of two nights recording The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East, NYC.

13 MARCH

1933b: Mike Stoller (songwriting partner of Jerry Leiber)

1939: Neil Sedaka

1959: Greg Norton, Husker Du

1960b: Adam Clayton (U2)

1956: RCA release first Elvis Presley album and EP.

1965: Eric Clapton leaves Yardbirds.

1966: Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.

1973: Recording in New York of ‘Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels – Live’.

2001: John Hammond releases an acclaimed album of Tom Waits’ songs in Wicked Grin.

14 MARCH

1933b: Quincy Jones

1991d: Doc Pomus, 65. Born Jerome Solon Felder on June 27, 1925

2005: Buddy Guy inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame by Eric Clapton and BB King. Clapton recalls seeing Buddy at London’s Marquee Club in 1965 – inspiring him to form Cream.

15 MARCH

1912-82: Sam ‘Lightnin’’ Hopkins

1932b: Arif Mardin (Atlantic Records)

1940b: Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)

1941b: Mike Love (Beach Boys)

1944b: Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart)

1947b: Ry Cooder

1947b: Hernandez Lugo, ? & The Mysterians, (1966 US No. 1 & UK No.37 single 96 Tears). The song was a UK No.17 hit for The Stranglers in 1990.

1969: Goodbye Cream enters UK LP charts at #1.

1975: Marc Bolan disbands T-Rex.

2004: John Butler Trio album Sunrise Over Sea debuts at No.1 on the Australian ARIA album chart.

2006: Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at MCG features The Church and The Cat Empire.

16 MARCH

1942b: Jerry Jeff Walker

1943b: Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu)

1951b: Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel)

1964: Patty Griffin

1970d: Tammie Terrell dies of brain tumour after onstage collapse into Marvin Gaye’s arms.

1981: Release of Paul Kelly’s Talk LP.

17 MARCH

1944b: John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful)

1947b: Ian Gomm (ex-Brinsley Schwarz.)

1990d: Ric Grech (bass, Blind Faith)

2004: Ray Davies receives CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for ‘Services To Music.’

18 MARCH

1938b: Charlie Pride

1941b: Wilson Pickett (d. Jan 2006)            

1969: Buddy Guy appears at the ‘Supershow’ at Staines TV Studios in UK. Plays on stage with Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Roland Kirk, Buddy Miles and Stephen Stills.

19 MARCH

1930b: Ornette Coleman

1937b: Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry

1957: Elvis Presley buys Graceland, Memphis, for US$102,500.

1976: Paul Kossof (Free) dies of heart failure on flight from LA to New York.

1982: Randy Rhoades, guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne, dies in plane crash.

20 MARCH

1951b: Jimmie Vaughan

1957b: Ian Moss

1977: T Rex play last ever gig in Portsmouth, UK.

21 MARCH

1902b: Eddie James ‘Son’ House

1930b: Otis Spann

1940b: Solomon Burke

1943b: Vivian Stanshall (Bonzo Dog Band)

2006: Prince’s album 3121 featuring Maceo Parker on sax is released.

2006: Black Crowes release their first ever live DVD, Freak ‘n’ Roll Into The Fog: The Black Crowes All Join Hands The Fillmore, San Francisco

22 MARCH

1943-76: Keith Relf (Yardbirds)

1947b: Harry Vanda (Easybeats, etc)

1993: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells record Last Time Around at Guy’s Legends club.

23 MARCH

1953b: Chaka Khan

1934b: Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog.

1972: Film of Concert For Bangladesh premieres in New York.

24 MARCH

1948b: Lee Oskar (harmonica, War)

1945: Billboard publishes first album chart. Nat King Cole is No.1.

1997d: Harold Melvin.

2007: John Butler Trio’s Grand National debuts on ARIA album chart at No.1

25 MARCH

1938b: Hoyt Axton

1942b: Aretha Franklin

1947b: Elton John (Reginald Dwight)

1949b: Nick Lowe

1968: 58th and final episode of The Monkees broadcast in US.

1969: John and Yoko start their ‘bed in’ in Amsterdam.

26 MARCH

1917b: Rufus Thomas

1923b: Sarah Vaughan

1944: Diana Ross

1948: Steve Tyler (Aerosmith)

2006: Commonwealth Games closing ceremony at the Mcg features Grinspoon, Paul Kelly, Ben Lee, Sarah Blasko and John ‘He’s Our Bro’ So.

27 MARCH

1905b: Leroy Carr (blues pianist) d: 1935

1959: Andrew Farriss (INXS)

28 MARCH

1941b: Charlie McCoy

1970: Janis Joplin (with Paul Butterfield) records One Night Stand in Hollywood.

1973: Led Zeppelin release Houses of the Holy.

1995: Wilco’s debut album, A.M., released.

2004: Xavier Rudd’s album Solace released and debuts in ARIA top 20.

2005: ‘Sly,’ the first single from The Cat Empire’s second album, Two Shoes, is released.

29 MARCH

1949b: Michael Brecker

1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience record ‘Manic Depression’ in London.

2004: Eskimo Joe’s single ‘From The Sea’ (the first off A Song Is A City) enters ARIA Top 40 singles chart.

30 MARCH

1914-48: Sonny Boy Williamson

1945b: Eric Clapton

1963b: Tracy Chapman

1979b: Norah Jones

31 MARCH

1934b: John D Loudermilk (writer of ‘Tobacco Road’)

1948b: Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)

1959b: Angus Young (AC/DC)

1958: Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B.Goode’ released.

 

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