This Day In Rock History: March 7th

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  • 1953, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘She Wears Red Feathers’. The song details a bizarre story of an English banker’s love for a hula-hula girl.
  • 1964, For the first time ever the UK Top Ten Singles Chart was composed entirely of British acts. Cilla Black held the No.1 position with ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart.’
  • 1966, Mike Millward guitarist from The Fourmost died, aged 23. The Liverpool group who were managed by Brian Epstein had the 1964 UK No.6 single ‘A Little Loving’.
  • 1966, Brian Wilson released ‘Caroline No’ the first solo single by a Beach Boy. Before it evolved into the final song we know today, the song was originally written as ‘Carol I Know’.
  • 1966, Tina Turner recorded her vocal on the Phil Spector produced ‘River Deep Mountain High’. It went on to make No.3 in the UK but only No.88 on the US chart.
  • 1970, Lee Marvin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Wand’rin Star’, taken from the film ‘Paint Your Wagon.’
  • 1970, Simon and Garfunkels album Bridge Over Troubled Water started a ten week run at No.1 on the US chart. The duo had split-up by the time of release.
  • 1973, A song from the movie Deliverance called ‘Dueling Banjos’ by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel became one of the few 1970s instrumentals to be awarded a Gold record. The record had topped the Cash Box Magazine Best Sellers list and reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 1975, David Bowie released his ninth studio album Young Americans. The album featured the song ‘Fame’ (co-written with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon),which gave Bowie his first US No.1 hit single.
  • 1980, The film Coal Miner’s Daughter, the biography of Loretta Lynn and starring Sissy Spacek opened. Spacek won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lynn; Tommy Lee Jones and Beverly D’Angelo also play leading roles in the film, which was a huge success with critics and at the box office.
  • 1987, The Beastie Boys became the first rap act to have a No.1 album in the US with their debut album, ‘Licensed To Ill.’
  • 1987, The first five Beatles albums, Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles for Sale and Help! were released on Compact disc. Capitol Records decided to release the original UK mixes of the Beatles albums, which means that the first four CDs are released in mono. This marks the first time that many of these mono mixes were available in the US.
  • 1988, British pedal steel guitar player Gordon Huntley died of cancer. Was a member of Matthews Southern Comfort, (UK No.1 single ‘Woodstock’) and as a session player worked with many acts including Elton John, Rod Stewart, The Pretty Things, Cliff Richard and Fairport Convention.
  • 2000, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher won the Best Dressed Man Award from fashion magazine GQ.
  • 2004, The Smiths song ‘I Know It’s Over’ topped a poll of tunes, which people turn to when they are miserable in ‘The Songs That Saved Your Life’ poll by BBC radio station 6 Music. REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ and Radiohead’s ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ also made the Top 10.
  • 2009, Rapper Coolio was charged with drug possession after being arrested at Los Angeles International Airport. The 45-year-old, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, was later released on $10,000 (£7,000) bail.
  • 2012, Sales of albums by The Monkees soared following the death of singer Davy Jones. ‘Best Of The Monkees’ re-entered the Billboard album chart at No.20 with sales of over 17,000 units.

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