This Day In Rock History: March 16th

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  • 1959, Doo-wop group The Platters scored their only UK No.1 hit with ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.’ Also a US No.1 hit.
  • 1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Last Time’, the bands third UK No.1 and first No.1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
  • 1968, The posthumously released Otis Redding single ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’  started a five week run at No.1 on the US chart, (a No.3 hit the UK). Otis was killed in a plane crash on 10th December 1967 three days after recording the song. ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’, became the first posthumous No.1 single in US chart history and sold over four million copies worldwide.
  • 1970, Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24. She had collapsed onstage on October 14, 1967 into Marvin Gaye’s arms during a concert in Hampton, Virginia. Initially Terrell recorded solo, but from 1967 onwards she recorded a series of duets with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 US No.5 ‘Your Precious Love’ and the 1968, ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’. Marvin Gaye reacted to her death by taking a four year hiatus from concert performance and went into self-isolation.’
  • 1971, Winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for Bridge Over Troubled Water. The Carpenters won Best new act and Best vocal performance.
  • 1974, Barbra Streisand started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Way We Were’, the singers second US No.1.
  • 1977, After being with the label for just six days the Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office. 25,000 copies of ‘God Save The Queen’ were pressed and the band made £75,000 ($127,500) from the deal.
  • 1996, Charles Pope singer with US soul group The Tams died of heart failure. (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me’).
  • 1996, Ramones performed what they claimed would be their last ever date in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 2005, Billy Joel checked into a rehabilitation centre for alcohol abuse. A statement from the 55-year-old singer’s spokesperson put his latest problems down to “a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress.”
  • 2010, A rare Led Zeppelin recording from the group’s 1971 gig at St Matthew’s Baths Hall in Ipswich, England was unearthed at a car boot sale. The bootleg copy of the audio from the group’s gig on November 16th 1971 was picked up for just “two or three pounds” by music fan Vic Kemp. “I was going through a stand of CDs at the car boot at Portman Road and the guy who was selling them said, ‘You might be interested in this,'” Vic Kemp told the Evening Star. “It must have been recorded by someone standing at the front with a microphone. You can hear Robert Plant talking to the audience quite clearly.”
  • 2012, A series of “medical mishaps” forced Morrissey to cancel the rest of his forthcoming concerts in the US. The ex-Smiths frontman had suffered a number of illnesses including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s oesophagus and double pneumonia. The 53-year-old, had already called off 21 gigs this year due to poor health.
  • 2015, Andy Fraser songwriter and bass guitarist with Free died in California aged 62. The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15 and went on to write most of the material with Free lead singer Paul Rodgers, including Free’s 1970 hit ‘All Right Now’.

Born on this day:

  • 1936, Born on this day, American folk singer-songwriter Fred Neil who wrote ‘Everybody’s Talkin”, which became a hit for Harry Nilsson after being used for the film Midnight Cowboy. His song ‘The Other Side of This Life” was covered by the Lovin’ Spoonful, The Animals, The Youngbloods, Peter Paul & Mary and Jefferson Airplane. Neil died of natural causes on July 7th 2001, as he battled skin cancer.
  • 1942, Born on this day, Jerry Jeff Walker, US singer, songwriter, wrote ‘Mr Bojangles’ a hit for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Michael Bruce, guitar, Alice Cooper Band, (1972 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘School’s Out’).
  • 1954, Born on this day, Jimmy Nail, UK actor and singer, (1992 UK No.1 single ‘Ain’t No Doubt’).
  • 1954, Born on this day, Nancy Wilson, vocals, Heart, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Alone’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Flavor Flav, Public Enemy, (1988 UK No.18 single ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’).
  • 1963, Born on this day, Stuart Kerr, drummer, Love & Money, Texas, (1989 UK No. 8 single ‘I Don’t Want A Lover’, left in 1991).
  • 1966, Born on this day, H.P. Baxxter (born Hans-Peter Geerdes in Leer), German techno group Scooter who have sold over 14 million records and are considered the most successful single-record German act with 20 top ten hits. 2008 UK No.1 album ‘Jumping All Over The World.’
  • 1970, Born on this day, Alex Lee, guitarist who has worked with Goldfrapp, Suede, Placebo, Strangelove and The Blue Aeroplanes.
  • 1972, Born on this day, Andrew Dunlop, guitar, Travis, (1999 UK No.1 album ‘The Man Who’, 1999 UK No.10 single ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles).

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