Thursday, 31 March 2016
Today in rock history 31st March
1934 – John D. Loudermilk, who in the midst of an erratic career wrote the classic “Tobacco Road,” is born in Durham, N.C. 1948 – Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs is born in Hereford, 1948 – Prog alert! Focus flautist Thijs Van Leer is born in Amsterdam. 1958 – Chuck Berry releases the single “Johnny B. Goode.” It becomes his fifth top 10 single, peaking at No. 8. 1959 – AC/DC’s Angus Young, the poster child for hard-riffin’ rock, is born in Glasgow, Scotland. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix begins first his British tour as part of a package that includes Cat Stevens. 1969 – George Harrison and his wife, Patti, appear in an Amersterdam court charged with possession of cannabis. They are fined 250 pounds. 1969 – In Amsterdam John and Yoko call off their “Bed-In” so they can premiere Ono’s new film Rape in Vienna. 1972 – The No. 1 album in the country today is America’s self-titled debut, featuring their classic “A Horse With No Name.” 1973 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon enters the Billboard albums chart for the very first time. 1982 – The Doobie Brothers break up for the first time. 1982 – Toto release their No. 2 single “Rosanna.” 1983 – Pink Floyd release The Final Cut, their last album with Roger Waters. 995 – A Led Zeppelin fan tries to stab Jimmy Page with a pocketknife. The fanatic says he believed the mighty Zep were “Satanic.” 2003 – Moby and Santana cancel gigs in Hong Kong after an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome virus kills 12 people there. 2003 – The new Radiohead album Hail to the Thief appears online three months before it’s due in stores. 2004 – The Darkness are forced to postpone shows in Cleveland and Pittsburgh after singer Justin Hawkins comes down with a sore throat. 2004 – In a radio interview, Ozzy Osbourne confirms that he is reforming Black Sabbath for a summer tour. 2006 – Courtney Love sells off part of her stake in the Nirvana song catalog to primary Wave Music Publishing.