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On this day in music
March 15 th
1955 – Elvis Presley signed a management contract with Colonel Tom Parker. Parker had previously managed the ‘Great Parker Pony Circus’ with one of the acts being a troupe of dancing chickens.
1955 – Ray Charles Hit’s the No.2 on the US R&B charts with the Atlantic single ‘I Got A Woman’, widely considered the first song to be labelled “soul” – a blending of R&B and gospel.1967 –
George Harrison The first session recording George Harrison’s new song ‘Within You Without You’ took place at Abbey Road studios, London. It was his 1 st recording without the other Beatles members
1969 – Cream started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their fourth and final original album Goodbye. The single, ‘Badge’, (which was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison)
1968 – The Rolling Stones started daily sessions at Olympic Studios in London to start recording their next album, Beggars Banquet. Which would include the hits Jumping Jack Flash and Street Fighting Man and would go on to become a Double Platinum album
1969 – Tommy Roe started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dizzy’,
1969 – Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents
1969 – Marc Bolan T Rex singer first book of poetry ‘The Warlock Of Love’ was published Which included a draft of the lyrics of his song Bang a Gong
1969 – Led Zeppelin During a Scandinavian tour Led Zeppelin played two shows in one day. The first was at Teens Club Box 45, Gladsaxe, Denmark and the second at the Brondby Pop Club in Norregard, Denmark
1973 – Roberta Flack was at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’.
1975 – The Doobie Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Black Water’, the group’s first of two US No.1’s.
1982 – Bob Dylan was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame at the 13th annual dinner held at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.
1988 – Mick Jagger opened his first ever solo tour, his first ever performances in Japan and his first full concerts since 1982
1997 – The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mama’, making them the first act ever to have their first four singles reach No.1 on the UK chart.
1998 – Madonna scored her sixth UK No.1 album with her seventh studio album Ray Of Light
1999 – Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame
2000 – Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 (£3,235) a month to $10,000 (£5,888)
Ms Morad was seeking a $10 million (£3.8 million) settlement. Morad told the court her monthly expenses were: $3,500 (£2,065) for a nanny; $2,500, £3,000 for food and $3,350 (£1,970) to rent her place on New York’s Upper West Side.
2002 – John Lennon Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check-in hall of Liverpool John Lennon airport
2005 – Ian Brown Former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown was arrested after a fight during a concert in San Francisco after a fan jumped on stage and attacked the singer He was later released and all charges were dropped
2010 – Michael Jackson Sony Music announced the biggest recording deal in history with the estate of Michael Jackson worth more than $200m (£133m). The deal involved 10 album projects over seven year’s including one of previously unreleased material. Sony had sold about 31 million copies of Jackson’s albums worldwide since his death on 25 June, 2009
2013 – Hardrock Gunter Singer, songwriter and guitarist Hardrock Gunter died from complications of pneumonia, at the age of 88. His music at the turn of the 1950s prefigured rock and roll and rockabilly music.
2014 – Scott Asheton best known as the drummer for the Stooges died of a heart attack aged 64. He co-formed the Stooges in 1967 along with his older brother Ron Asheton, Iggy Pop and Dave Alexander.
2015 – Mike Porcaro bassist with Toto died following a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was the middle brother of Toto members Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro
Born on this Day
1912 – Sam Lightnin Hopkins American blues guitarist and singer Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins. He was a major influence on Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. R.E.M.
1922 – Eddie Calvert Eddie Calvert, British solo trumpeter.
1931 – James Mitchell tenor saxophone, The Memphis Horns. Worked with Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Sam And Dave, Elvis Presley, The Doobie Brothers, Otis Redding
1932 – Arif Mardin Turkish-American music producer and arranger. In 1969, he became Vice President of Atlantic Records and later served as Senior Vice President until 2001.
1940 – Phil Lesh American musician Phil Lesh who was a founding member and bassist with the Grateful Dead
1941 – Mike Love American singer, songwriter, and musician who co-founded The Beach Boys
1942 – Hughie Flint English drummer Hughie Flint, known for his stint in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Eric Clapton
1944 – Sly Stone American musician, songwriter, and record producer Sly Stone, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly and the Family Stone
1944 – David Costel from American 1960s era pop and rock group Gary Lewis and the Playboys
1946 – Howard Scott American guitarist with American funk band War
1947 – Ry Cooder guitarist, member of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, worked with Gordon Lightfoot, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker
1947 – 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.
1948 – Stephen Nisbett drummer for the British reggae group, Steel Pulse and was the founder of Grizzly Records
1952 – Howard Devoto, English singer-songwriter frontman for the punk rock band Buzzcocks
1955 – Dee Snider American singer-songwriter lead singer of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister
1962 – Steve Coy from English pop band, Dead Or Alive, who scored the 1985 UK No.1 single ‘You Spin Me Round, Like A Record’.
1962 – Terence Trent D’arby American singer and songwriter
1963 – Bret Michaels American singer-songwriter with the glam metal band Poison
1964 – Rockwell (Kennedy Gordy), 1984 US No 2 & UK No.6 single, ‘Somebody’s Watching Me
1968 – Mark McGrath American singer from the band Sugar Ray
1972 – Mark Hoppus, American musician, record producer, and television host, and bassist and singer with Blink 182
1975 – Will.i.am American recording artist, songwriter, entrepreneur, voice actor, DJ, record producer former member of The Black Eyed Peas
1977 – Joe Bourdon DJ, back round vocals Linkin Park
1981 – Young Buck American rapper, a former member of the hip hop group UTP Playas Owner and CEO of Cashville Records 1984
Today’s Theme is Glam Rock/Hair Metal
Let’s Get This Party Started
Let’s start it off with a few of my favorites