This Day In Rock History: March 9th

Dead Or Alive

Dead Or Alive

  • 1966, The Beach Boys started recording ‘God Only Knows’. It became a UK No.2 single in 1966 and the B-side of ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ in the US.
  • 1968, Bob Dylan started a ten week run at No.1 on the UK chart with John Wesley Harding. The album marked Dylan’s return to acoustic music after three albums of electric rock music and was exceptionally well received by critics, also reaching No.2 on the US charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable, considering that Dylan had made Columbia Records release the album without much publicity.
  • 1974, Alvin Stardust was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jealous Mind’. Know as Shane Fenton in the 1960s, it was the singer’s only UK chart topper.
  • 1975, Actor Telly Savalas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the David Gates (from Bread) song ‘If’. Savalas was currently high in the TV ratings playing the policeman Kojak.
  • 1985, Dead Or Alive were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record). It was the first No.1 for the production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman who went on to produce over 100 UK Top 40 hits.
  • 1985, Mick Jagger released his solo single ‘Just Another Night’ a No. 12 hit in the US and No. 32 on the UK charts.
  • 1985, REO Speedwagon started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’, it made No.16 in the UK.
  • 1991, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ gave The Clash their only UK No.1 single after the track was used for a Levi’s TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 from their album Combat Rock album.
  • 1997, Notorious BIG was gunned down and killed as he left a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Born Christopher Wallace the rapper was pronounced dead on arrival at Cedars Sinai Hospital. He was 24 years old.
  • 2005, 53-year-old Danny Joe Brown, the original lead singer of Molly Hatchet, died from renal failure due to complications from diabetes. Brown was the front man for the band’s self-titled album in 1978, which went Platinum.
  • 2007, Brad Delp lead singer of US rock band Boston committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire town of Atkinson. He died from the smoke of two charcoal grills he’d lit inside his sealed master bathroom. He was found by police lying on a pillow on his bathroom floor with a note paper-clipped to his shirt which read: “Mr. Brad Delp. I am a lonely soul.” Boston had the 1977 UK No.22 single ‘More Than A Feeling’ and the 1986 US No.1 single ‘Amanda.’
  • 2008, Duffy started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Rockferry’ the Welsh singer’s debut album.

Born on this day:

  • 1936, Born on this day, Mickey Gilley, US singer, (1980 US No. 22 single ‘Stand By Me’ from the soundtrack ‘Urban Cowboy’).
  • 1942, Born on this day, John Cale, Velvet Underground, (1968 ‘White Light, White Heat’, 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico ‘peeled banana’ album).
  • 1942, Born on this day, Mark Lindsay, singer, guitarist with Paul Revere & The Raiders, (1971 US No.1 single with ‘Indian Reservation’ plus 14 other US Top 30 hit singles).
  • 1944, Born on this day, Trevor Burton, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Blackberry Way’).
  • 1945, Born on this day, Robert Calvert, singer, poet, Hawkwind & solo, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Silver Machine’). Calvert died on 14th August 1988.
  • 1945, Born on this day, Ron Wilson, drummer, The Surfaris, (1963 US No.2 & UK No.3 single ‘Wipe Out’). Died of a brain anueryism on 7th May 1989.
  • 1945, Born on this day, Robin Trower, guitarist, Procol Harum, (1967 UK No.1 single & US No.5 ‘ ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale” & three top 20 solo albums).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Jim Cregan, guitar, Family, Cockney Rebel, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Make Me Smile’, Come Up And See Me), also works with Rod Stewart.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Chris Thompson, vocals, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, (1976 UK No.6 single ‘Blinded By The Light’, a US No.1 in 1977).
  • 1949, Born on this day, Jimmy Fadden, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (1971 US No.9 single ‘Mr Bojangles’).
  • 1951, Born on this day, Frank Rodriguez, ? & The Mysterians, (1966 US No. 1 & UK No.37 single 96 Tears). The song was a UK No.17 hit for The Stranglers in 1990.
  • 1958, Born on this day, Martin Fry, vocals, ABC, (1982 UK No.4 & 1983 US No.18 ‘The Look Of Love’ plus nine other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1968, Born on this day, Robert Sledge, drums, Ben Folds Five, (1997 UK No.26 single ‘Battle Of Who Could Care Less’).
  • 1969, Born on this day, Adam Siegel, American rock guitarist and producer. Founding member of the Los Angeles punk band Excel, and subsequently became the lead guitarist for the Suicidal Tendencies side project Infectious Grooves.

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