March 30th: On this day
1957, Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock ‘n’ Roll era to write his own number one hit when ‘Party Doll’ topped the US singles chart. Knox would go on to score four more US Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1961.
1963, The Chiffons started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘He’s So Fine’, which was a No.16 UK hit. In 1971 George Harrison was taken to court accused of copying the song on his 1970 ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ordered to pay $587,000 (£345,000) to the writers.
1963, 16 year-old Lesley Gore recorded her breakthrough hit, ‘It’s My Party’. The song produced by Quincy Jones went on to be a US No.1.
1967, During an appearance by Jimi Hendrix on Top Of The Pops a technician put on the backing track of Alan Price’s ‘Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear’, to which Hendrix responded ‘I don’t know the words to this one man.’
1967, The photo session took place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album. After the shoot The Beatles resumed work at Abbey Road studios on ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ adding guitars, bass, tambourine, and backing vocals. The session began at 11:00 pm and ends at 7:30 am.
1974, John Denver went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders’, the singers first of four US No.1’s. Denver was killed in a plane crash on 12th October 1997.
1976, The Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 club, London, they begin a weekly residency at the club in June.
1978, Paul Simonon and Nicky Headon were arrested in Camden Town, London after shooting down racing pigeons with air guns from the roof of Chalk Farm Studios. Four police cars and a helicopter were required to make the arrest. Their fines totalled £800 ($1,360).
1984, David Gilmour appeared on the Tyne Tees TV show The Tube broadcast live from Newcastle upon-Tyne, England.
1985, Phil Collins started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘One More Night’, his second US No.1, it made No.4 in the UK.
1991, Chesney Hawks started a five-week run at the UK No.1 position with his debut single ‘The One And Only. The song was featured in the film ‘Buddy’s Song’ in which he appeared with Roger Daltrey. The song was written by 80s singer Nik Kershaw.
1991, Gloria Estefan started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Coming Out Of The Dark’, a No.25 hit in the UK.
1992, R.E.M. started recording sessions for their Automatic For The People album at Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, New York.
1996, The Prodigy started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Firestarter’, the first single from the album The Fat of the Land. The wah-wah guitar riff in ‘Firestarter’ was sampled from The Breeders’ track ‘S.O.S.’
2000, Castle music was sold to the Sanctuary Music group for £40 million. Castle owned the rights to all The Kinks back catalogue.
2000, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger made a nostalgic visit to his old school. He opened the new arts centre that had been named after him at Dartford Grammar. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life at the school.
2000, Mungo Jerry singer Ray Dorset was ordered to pay a former employee £620 ($1,054) in back wages after a tribunal heard he had harassed her after she left his company. Dorset told the court he had paid her double pay by mistake for ten months.
2001, LeAnn Rimes reached an out of court settlement with her father and her former manager. The country star filed a lawsuit claiming the pair had stolen £7 million ($12 million) from her.
2003, Room 5 & Oliver Cheatham started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Make Luv.’ The track was used in TV ads for Lynx deodorant, and was a reworking of Oliver Cheatham’s 1983 hit ‘Get Down Saturday Night’.
2003, Linkin Park went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘Meteora’. Also a US No.1.
2004, Timi Yuro, died from throat cancer aged 62. Was just 18 years old when she reached No.4 on the US charts in 1961 with ‘Hurt’.
2007, A man was arrested by police and detained under the Mental Health Act after trying to force his way into Paul McCartney’s mansion, screaming: ‘I must get to him.’ The middle-aged man burst through security patrols into McCartney’s isolated Sussex estate; guards who feared an assassination attempt were scrambled to intercept him as he sped towards the front door. He was finally halted by trees and a fence just yards from Sir Paul’s six-bedroom home at Peasmarsh.
2013, Music mogul Simon Fuller settled a copyright battle with TV network Fox over the US version of The X Factor. The British creator of Pop Idol and US version American Idol sued Fox and producers FremantleMedia, seeking a credit and fees from the US X Factor. The case followed a dispute between Fuller and Simon Cowell in 2004 over similarities between Fuller’s American Idol and Cowell’s UK show, The X Factor.
2013, US music producer and pioneer of digital recording, Phil Ramone, died aged 79. Ramone was regarded as one of the most successful producers in history, winning 14 Grammy awards and working with stars such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Paul McCartney. He produced the first major commercial release on CD, Billy Joel’s 1982 album 52nd Street. Ramone had been in hospital for several weeks, where he was being treated for an aortic aneurysm.
March 30th: Born on this day
1913, Born on this day, Frankie Laine, singer, (1953 UK No.1 single ‘I Believe’, plus over 25 other UK Top 20 singles, 1956 US No.3 single ‘Moonlight Gambler’).
1930, Born on this day, Rolf Harris, singer, artist, TV presenter, (1963 US No.3 single ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’, 1969 UK No.1 single ‘Two Little Boys’ and 1993 UK No.7 ‘Stairway To Heaven’).
1942, Born on this day, Graeme Edge, drums, Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 single ‘Go Now’ & 1968 UK No.19 & 1972 US No.2 single ‘Nights In White Satin’).
1945, Born on this day, Eric Clapton guitarist, singer, songwriter who has been a member of The Roosters, Casey Jones and the Engineers, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Cream who had the 1967 UK No.11 single ‘I Feel Free’. Then formed Derek and the Dominoes who had the 1972 UK No.7 single ‘Layla’. As a solo artist Clapton scored the 1974 US No.1 single ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ and the 1992 UK No.5 & US No.25 single ‘Tears in Heaven’.
1948, Born on this day, Jim Dandy, Black Oak Arkansas, (70’s US No.1 radio hit single ‘Jim Dandy To The Rescue’).
1950, Born on this day, Dave Ball, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ and scored the hits ‘Homburg’, ‘Conquistador’.
1950, Born on this day, Re Styles, guitar, vocals, The Tubes, (1977 UK No.28 single ‘White Punks On Dope’, 1983 US No 10 single ‘She’s A Beauty’).
1954, Born on this day, Lena Lovich, US singer, (1979 UK No.3 single ‘Lucky Number’).
1955, Born on this day, Randy VanWarmer, singer, songwriter, (1979 US No.4 & UK No.8 single ‘Just When I Needed You Most’). He died of leukaemia on January 12th 2004.
1962, Born on this day, MC Hammer, (Stanley Kirk Burrell), 1990 US No.1 album ‘Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em’, record-breaking 21 weeks at the Top of the chart. 1990 UK No.3 single ‘U Can’t Touch This’.
1964, Born on this day, Tracy Chapman, singer, songwriter, (1988 UK No.5 & US No.6 single ‘Fast Car’, 1988 US & UK No.1 self-titled debut album).
1965, Born on this day, Tim Dorney, Republica, (1997 UK No.7 single ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’).
1966, Born on this day, Joey Castillo, American drummer best known for his ten-year tenure in Queens of the Stone Age, from 2002 to 2012.
1967, Born on this day, Martin ‘Ace’, Kent, guitar, Skunk Anansie, (1996 UK No.20 single ‘Weak’).
1968, Born on this day, Celine Dion, French, Canadian singer, (1994 US No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’, 1998 UK No.1 single ‘My Heart Will Go On’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles, won the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland, in 1988.
1973, Born on this day, Adam Goldstein, DJ AM. Worked with Crazy Town, Blink 182, Madonna and Will Smith. Died on 28th Aug 2009 of an accidental drug overdose.
1976, Born on this day, Mark McClelland who founded Snow Patrol with Gary Lightbody. McClelland quit the band in 2005.
1979, Born on this day, Norah Jones, US singer, (2002 US & UK Grammy award winning No.1 album ‘Come Away With Me’, plus two other No.1 albums).
1979, Born on this day, Simon Webbe, singer, vocals, Blue, (2002 UK No.1 single ‘If You Come Back’).