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On this day in music
March 29 th
1966 – Mick Jagger Rolling Stones Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles, Southern France after a fan threw a chair at the stage. Jagger required eight stitches in the cut.
1967 – The Beatles Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles finished recording ‘Good Morning Good Morning’. They then started work on a new song ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Black Sabbath, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Curved Air, J.J. Jackson’s Dilemma, Shy Limbs, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Sunflower Brass Band and Toe Fat all appeared at the London Free Easter Festival in Bethnal Green, London, England.
1973 – Dr Hook And The Medicine ShowDr Hook And The Medicine Show got their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine after their hit, ‘The Cover of Rolling Stone’ reached No. 6 on the US singles chart. According to members of the group, they really did buy five copies for their mothers, just like the song said.
1975 – Patty Labelle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lady Marmalade’, the group’s only No.1. British act All Saints had an UK No.1 with the song in 1998.
1975 – Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
1978 – David Bowie kicked off his Low / Heroes 77-date World Tour at San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1979 – Bob Dylan After attending a Dire Straits show during their residency at the Roxy in Los Angeles, Bob Dylan asked Mark Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on the sessions for his next album. Slow Train Coming
1980 – Mantovani (Annunzio Paolo Mantovan), Orchestra leader died aged 74. Born in Italy his family moved to England in 1912, where he studied at Trinity College of Music in London. He recorded over 50 albums for Decca records, including Song from Moulin Rouge and Cara Mia, both reached No. 1 in the UK
1980 -Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon album spent its 303rd week on the US album chart, beating the record set by Carole King’s 1971 No.1 album Tapestry. The album remained in the US Billboard charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in chart history
1981 – Shakin’ Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Rosemary Clooney hit ‘This Ole House
1985 – Jeanine Deckers The Singing Nun, died aged 52 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a friend. Her 1963 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Dominique’ sold over 1.5 million copies
1996 – Phil Spector Two former members of the 1950s group, The Teddy Bears filed suit in Los Angeles, California, against producer Phil Spector and several labels. Carol Connors and Marshall Lieb alleged they had not received royalties from re-issues of their 1958 No.1 hit ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him
1999 – The David Bowie Internet Radio Network broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show was Bowie’s favourite songs with Bowie introducing each track.
2000 – Phil Collins took out a high court action against two former members of Earth, Wind & Fire. Collins claimed his company had overpaid the musicians by £50,000 ($85,000) in royalties on tracks including ‘Sussudio’ and ‘Easy Lover’
.2001 – Brian Wilson was honored in a three hour tribute at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Guest performances included Billy Joel,Paul Simon, The Go-Gos and the trio of Carly Simon, David Crosby and Jimmy Webb. Also singing Beach Boy songs were Ann and Nancy Wilson, Elton John and Aimee Mann. Brian Wilson himself joined the fun when he took the stage for the final three songs, ‘Barbara Ann’, ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’ and ‘Fun, Fun, Fun
2004 – Noir Desir A court in Lithuania sentenced French rock star Bertrand Cantat, lead singer with Noir Desir to eight years in prison for killing his actress girlfriend during a fight beating her to death
2005 – Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. Doctors expected the 59 year old to make a full recovery. The aneurysm was discovered when Young’s vision became blurred after the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month
2007 – U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the frontman’s wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway’s official residence
2007 – ‘Umbrella’, by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z was released in the US. The track went on to reach No.1 in various countries, including the US.
2011 – A website that illegally sold Beatles songs online for 25 cents each agreed to pay record companies almost $1m (£625,000) to settle a legal case. BlueBeat.com, based in the US, streamed and sold music by The Beatles, Coldplay and others until it was sued in 2009
2015 -72-year-old Norman Greenbaum, who wrote and sang the 1969 hit ‘Spirit in the Sky’, was critically injured when the car he was riding in turned left, crossing into the path of an on-coming motorcycle. The 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was severely injured. After a lengthy recovery, Greenbaum returned to the stage in Santa Rosa, California on November 15, 2015
2016 – Thunderclap Newman Andy Newman from Thunderclap Newman died aged 73. Thunderclap Newman, whose 1969 No.1 hit ‘Something in the Air’ became one of the indestructible staples of British 1960s pop
2017 -George Michael’s funeral took place, three months after his sudden death at the age of 53
Born on this day
1940 – Eden Kane English pop singer and former teen idol Eden Kane who had the 1961 UK No.1 ‘Well I Ask You
1940 – Ray Davis American musician Ray Davis the original bass singer and one of the founding members of The Parliaments, and subsequently the bands Parliament, and Funkadelic
1940 – Astrud Gilberto Brazilian samba and bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto Her version of ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965.
1943 – Chad Allan who was the founding member and original lead singer of the Canadian rock band Guess Who who had the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman
1943 – Vangelis Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral music Evangelos Papathanassiou, (Vangelis). He is best known for his 1981 Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots Of Fire
1945 – Speedy Keen Songwriter, vocalist, drummer and keyboard player Speedy Keen, from Thunderclap Newman who had the 1969 UK No.1 & US No.37 single ‘Something In The Air
1946 – Terry Jacks Canadian singer, songwriter Terry Jacks who had the 1974 UK & US No.1 single ‘Seasons In The Sun
1947 -Bobby Kimball singer with American rock band Toto who had the 1980s Top 5 hits ‘Hold the Line’, ‘Rosanna’, and ‘Africa’. The band has released 17 studio albums, and has sold over 40 million records worldwide
1949 – Dave Greenfield, keyboards with the English rock band the Stranglers who had the 1986 UK No.2 single ‘Golden Brown
1949 Michael Brecker, Brecker Brothers. Notable jazz and rock collaborations best know for his work with Donald Fagen and Steely Dan
1956 – Patty Donahue, singer from experimental post-punk band from Akron, Ohio, The Waitresses
1959 – Perry Farrell American singer-songwriter and musician Perry Farrell from Jane’s Addiction. Farrell created the touring festival Lollapalooza
1981 – PJ Morton, American R&B singer, musician, producer and one of the keyboardists in Maroon 5
Today’s Theme is your Favorite Cruisin Tunes/ Driving Music
Let’s Get This Party Started
Let’s start it off with a few of my favorites