This Day In Rock History: March 10th

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  • 1973, Pink Floyd released their eighth studio album The Dark Side of The Moon in the US. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide.
  • 1979, Gloria Gaynor started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Will Survive’, also a No.1 in the UK. The song was originally released as the B-side to a song first recorded by The Righteous Brothers called ‘Substitute.’
  • 1996, Alanis Morissette won Best Album for Jagged Little Pill, Best Female singer, Best Rock Album, Best songwriter and best single at the 25th Juno Awards held in Hamilton, Canada.
  • 1997, American rhythm and blues singer Lavern Baker died from coronary complications aged 57. Had the 1958 US No.6 single ‘I Cried A Tear.’
  • 2000, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde was arrested for leading an animal rights protest against the clothing firm Gap, who were accused of using leather from cows slaughtered ‘illegally and cruelly’. The protest took place in a store in Manhattan.
  • 2002, Alanis Morissette went to No.1 on the US album chart and No.2 on the UK chart with ‘Under Rug Swept.’
  • 2003, During a concert in London, England, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that the band was “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas” (referring to Maines’ hometown of Lubbock and President Bush hailing from the same state). This was during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the comment sparked intense controversy and outrage among Americans, including a large share of country music fans.
  • 2005, Michael Jackson arrived in a Santa Barbara court an hour late dressed in his pyjamas after being treated for a back injury. Jackson was attending the Santa Moria court for his child abuse trial.
  • 2009, Tickets for a one-off gig by Sir Paul McCartney in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on 19 April 2009 in-front of 4,000 fans. Tickets cost $750 each.
  • 2010, Pink Floyd won a court battle with EMI that prevented the record company from selling single downloads and ringtones on the Internet from the group’s albums. Pink Floyd’s back catalogue was second only in sales to The Beatles.

Born on this day:

  • 1945, Born on this day, Pete Nelson, The Flowerpot Men, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’).
  • 1947, Born on this day, Tom Scholz, guitar, keyboards, Boston, (1977 UK No.23 single ‘More Than A Feeling’, 1986 US No.1 single ‘Amanda’).
  • 1950, Born on this day, Ted McKenna, drummer, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, (1975 UK No.7 single ‘Delilah’).
  • 1955, Born on this day, Bunny Debarge, Debarge, (1983 US No.17 single ‘All This Love’, 1985 UK No.4 single ‘Rhythm Of The Night’).
  • 1963, Born on this day, Jeff Ament, bass, Pearl Jam, (1992 UK No.15 single ‘Jeremy’, 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Vs’, 1994 US No.1 & UK No.4 album Vitalogy’ and 1996 US No.1 & UK No.3 album ‘No Code’).
  • 1963, Born on this day, Jay “Rick” Rubin, American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records. Along with Russell Simmons, Rubin is the founder of Def Jam Records and also established American Recordings.
  • 1964, Born on this day, Neneh Cherry, singer, songwriter, (1988 UK & US No.3 single with ‘Buffalo Stance’ and a 1994 UK No.3 single with ‘7 Seconds’ with Youssou N’dour).
  • 1966, Born on this day, Edie Brickell, US singer, (1989 UK No.31 single with the New Bohemians, ‘What I Am’, also a 1999 hit for Spice Girl Emma Bunton). Edie married Paul Simon in 1992.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Timothy Z. Mosley (Timbaland), R&B producer and rapper. With partner Magoo, he is a member of hip-hop duo Timbaland & Magoo. Produced hits for Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Utada Hikaru, Ludacris and The Pussycat Dolls.
  • 1973, Born on this day, John Charles LeCompt, guitar, Evanescence, (2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Bring Me To Life’, 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album ‘Fallen’).
  • 1977, Born on this day, Robin Thicke, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor and musician. Thicke has written hits for Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Mary J. Blige and scored the 2013 worldwide No.1 hit ‘Blurred Lines’.
  • 1983, Born on this day, Carrie Underwood, American pop country music singer, winner of the fourth season of American Idol. Her debut album ‘Some Hearts’ is the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history. In 2010, when Carrie garnered her second win as ACM Entertainer of the Year, she became the first female artist to win the award twice, and only the 7th female to take the award in the 40-year history of the ACM category, among Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton,Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, and the Dixie Chicks.

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