Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Today in rock history 14th March
1946 – Jim Pons (Turtles) is born this day 1948 – Walter Parazaider (Chicago) is born this day 1952 – David Byrne (Talking Heads) is born 1955 – CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley, instead at the same audition he signed singer Pat Boone. 1964 – Billboard reports that Beatle records currently account for 60 per cent of US record sales. 1969 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a live concert for ‘Fan Club’, the Dutch TV show in Amsterdam, Holland. 1971 – “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin’s only Top Forty hit, reaches #1. It tops Billboard’s pop singles chart for two weeks. Kris Kristopherson penned the song. 1971 – Rolling Stones play a farewell concert at the Roundhouse, London, before moving to France to escape UK taxes. 1981 – Eric Clapton is seriously sidelined by an attack of bleeding ulcers today that leads him to cancel his 60-date tour of the U.S. 1982 – I Love Rock ‘n Roll (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) was a hit. 1983 – Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such formed Bon Jovi. 1990 – Flea and Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers were arrested for sexually harassing a woman on Daytona Beach, Florida. They were each fined $1,000 (£588). 1995 – Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (Van Halen) is released this day in rock. 1999 – Stereophonics went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Performance And Cocktails’, only the third Welsh band to score a No.1 2001 – Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper album cover sued the group’s record company for more money. Blake was paid £200 ($340) for the famous figures 2003 – Ozzy Osbourne holds a farewell party for bassist Robert Trujillo, who leaves his band for Metallica. At the shindig, wife Sharon Osbourne collapses from heat exhaustion 2005 – U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, the O’Jays, and Percy Sledge are all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a dinner in New York. 2006 – The Cars announce they are reforming — but without gangling/charismatic frontman Ric Ocasek. Singing duties will instead be handled by Todd Rundgren. 2011 – LimeWire wins limit on damages to record labels.