March 24th: On this day
1945, Billboard published the first US LP chart. Nat King Cole was at No.1 with ‘A Collection Of Favourites.’
1956, Les Baxter started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Poor People Of Paris’ (a UK No.1 for Winifred Atwell). Baxter had the UK No.10 hit in 1955 with ‘Unchained Melody’.
1958, At 6.35am, Elvis Presley reported to the Memphis draft board. From there Elvis and twelve other recruits were taken by bus to Kennedy Veterans Memorial Hospital where the singer was assigned army serial number 53310761.
1962, The Beatles appeared at The Barnston Women’s Institute, admission was seven shillings and six pence, ($1.05).
1965, The Beatles continued filming ‘Help!’ at Twickenham Studios, England. They shot the interior temple scenes, including the one where they “dive through a hollow sacrificial altar and into water”. That scene was then cut to the swimming pool scene filmed in the Bahamas on February 23. 1965,
1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with ‘Homeward Bound.’ Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station, Widnes, England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train. A plaque is displayed in the station to commemorate this, although memorabilia hunters have stolen it many times. The song describes his longing to return home, both to his then girlfriend, Kathy Chitty in Brentwood, Essex, England, and to return to the United States. The song was also a No.5 hit in the US.
1967, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at the Ricky Tick Club in Hounslow, England.
1973, Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Billion Dollar Babies.’ Also a No.1 in the US.
1973, During a Lou Reed show in Buffalo, New York, a fan jumped on stage and bit Lou on the bottom. The man was thrown out of the theatre and Reed completed the show.
1973, The O’Jays went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Train.’ The song’s lyrics of unity mention a number of countries, including England, Russia, China, Egypt and Israel, as well as the continent of Africa.
1976, Transvestite singer Wayne County appeared in court charged with assault after an incident at New York club CBGB’s. County had attacked Dictators singer Handsome Dick Manitobe with a mike stand fracturing his collarbone.
1979, The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tragedy’, the group’s eighth US No.1. and also No.1 in the UK.
1984, The former lead singer of the Commodores Lionel Richie started a six week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hello.’ Also a No.1 hit in the US.
1985, ‘Easy Lover’ by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Bailey was a former vocalist with Earth Wind & Fire. Phil Collins produced, drummed and sang on the track.
1990, Canadian singer Alannah Myles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Black Velvet’, a No.2 hit in the UK.
1990, Sinead O’Connor went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’, featuring the single ‘Nothing Compares To You. Also No.1 in 13 other countries and six weeks at No.1 in the US.
1991, The Black Crowes were dropped as the support act on ZZ Top’s tour after repeatedly criticising the tour sponsor Miller Beer.
1992, A Chicago court settled the Milli Vanilli class action suit by approving cash rebates of up to $3 (£1.76) to anyone proving they bought the group’s music before November 27 1990, the date the lip synching scandal broke. Milli Vanilli won the 1989 best new artist Grammy after hits like ‘Blame it on the Rain’ and ‘Girl, You Know It’s True,’ selling 30 million singles and 14 million albums. But in late 1990, the performers were stripped of the award after it was revealed that neither actually sang on the Milli Vanilli album.
1997, Singer with Philly soul group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Harold Melvin died aged 57. Had the 1972 US No.3 & 1974 UK No.9 single ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Know’ and 1973 hit ‘The Love I Lost.’
1998, UK singer Mark Morrison was jailed for a year after trying to con his way out of doing community service. He sent his minder Gabriel Mafereka who wore sunglasses and hid his hair under a hat so he looked like the star.
2000, A film company paid £635,000, ($1,079,500) for over nine hours of film shot during the 70s by Yoko Ono. The film contained shots of Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.
2000, Sir Elton John’s Aida opened on Broadway. It took Elton 21 days to write the music and five years to make the production.
2001, A stretch of road on Highway 19 in Macon, Georgia, was named Duane Allman Boulevard, near where The Allman Brothers Band guitarist died aged 24 in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971.
2002, Gareth Gates became the youngest male solo artist to score a UK No.1 with his debut release ‘Unchained Melody’ Gates was 17 years and 255 days old and had won second place on TV’s ‘Pop Idol’ show. This was the fourth time that the song had been at No.1 in the UK.
2008, During a North American tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
2009, Motown drummer Uriel Jones, died aged 74 after suffering complications from a heart attack. Jones played on many Motown classics including ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ by Marvin Gaye, ‘Cloud Nine’ by the Temptations, ‘I Second That Emotion’ by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder.
2009, The prosecutor in the Phil Spector murder retrial told the jury he was a “demonic maniac” when he drinks and “a very dangerous man” around women. Deputy District Attorney Truc Do urged jurors to find the music producer guilty of murdering Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. During her closing argument, she also accused Mr Spector of demonstrating a “conscious disregard for human life”.
2013, Pictures of The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert, taken by an amateur photographer who bluffed his way backstage, sold for £30,000 at auction. Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get next to the stage for the historic New York show. His 61 black and white images with copyright fetched £30,680, the successful bidder was a South American gentleman currently living in Washington who is a huge collector of Beatles memorabilia.
March 24th: Born on this day
1938, Born on this day, Don Covay, American R&B, rock and roll and soul singer and songwriter. His most successful recordings included ‘Mercy, Mercy’ (1964), and ‘See-Saw’ (1965). He wrote ‘Chain of Fools’, a Grammy-winning song for Aretha Franklin. Covay died on Jan 30th 2015.
1938, Born on this day, German musician, Holger Czukay, best known as a co-founder of the krautrock group Can. Czukay is notable for creating early important examples of ambient music, for exploring “world music” well before the term was coined, and for being a pioneer of sampling.
1946, Born on this day, Lee Oskar, War, (1973 US No.2 single ‘The Cisco Kid’, 1976 UK No.12 single ‘Low Rider’).
1949, Born on this day, Nick Lowe, Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, singer, songwriter, producer and solo artist, (1978 UK No.7 single ‘I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass’ and 1979 UK No.12 single ‘Cruel To Be Kind’).
1951, Born on this day, Dougie Thompson, bass, Supertramp, (1979 US No.6 & UK No.7 single ‘The Logical Song’).
1960, Born on this day, Nena, singer, who became a UK One Hit Wonders with the 1984 UK No.1 ’99 Red Balloons’.
1970, Born on this day, Sharon Corr, vocals, violin, The Corrs, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘What Can I Do’. ‘Talk On Corners’ was the best selling UK album of 1998 spending 142 weeks on the UK chart).
1970, Born on this day, Pasemaster Mace, De La Soul, (1990 UK No.7 single ‘The Magic Number’).
1974, Born on this day, Chad Butler drummer with Switchfoot. Their 2014 album Fading West reached No.6 on the US album chart.