March 27th: On this day
1958, CBS records announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary record players, when used on the new stereo players, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard.
1959, English pianist Russ Conway was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Side Saddle.’ The only solo instrumentalist to achieve two consecutive No.1 hits.
1964, The British invasion continued to make its way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.
1965, The Supremes scored their fourth US No.1 single with ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love.’
1966, During an UK tour, Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike while scrambling at Hawkstone Park, Birmingham fracturing his foot. He played the remaining dates sat on a stool and walking on crutches.
1967, Fats Domino played his first ever UK date at London’s Saville Theatre, supported by The Bee Gees and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for ‘Michelle’, the most performed song in the UK in 1966.
1968, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lady Madonna’, the group’s 14th UK No.1 and final No.1 on the Parlophone label.
1971, New York radio station WNBC banned the song ‘One Toke Over the Line’ by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.
1971, Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey, tickets cost $4.00. Springsteen had just disbanded his group Steel Mill and within a few weeks would form Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steve Van Zandt.
1972, Elvis Presley recorded what would be his last major hit, ‘Burning Love,’ a No.2 hit on the US chart and No.7 in the UK.
1973, Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead was arrested when police found cocaine and LSD in his car after being busted for speeding in New Jersey.
1973, Rolling Stone magazine reported that after becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana had changed his name to ‘Devadip’, which means ‘the lamp of the light of the Supreme’.
1976, Paul McCartney and Wings were forced to postpone forthcoming US tour for three weeks after guitarist Jimmy McCulloch fell in his hotel bathroom and broke a finger.
1978, The Beatles parody ‘All You Need Is Cash’ featuring The Rutles was shown in the UK on BBC-TV. It was first broadcast on 22 March 1978 on NBC, earning the lowest ratings of any show on American Prime time network television that week.
1979, Eric Clapton married Patti Harrison (the ex wife of George) at Temple Bethel, Tucson, Arizona. Patti applied for a divorce in 1988.
1982, Former Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was admitted to hospital for treatment for multiple sclerosis, (Lane died from the disease in 1997).
1982, The Goombay Dance Band scored their only UK No.1 with ‘Seven Tears’, making them the second German act to score a UK No.1, (Kraftwerk being the first).
1984, Metallica made their UK live debut at the Marquee, London.
1984, Bryan Adams went into Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, Canada to record ‘Run To You’ for his fourth studio album, Reckless. It was the first single released from the album and gave Adam’s his first UK hit peaking at No.11. The music video shot in London and Los Angeles was nominated for the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards in five different categories.
1986, Van Halen kicked off their 1986, 112 date North American tour at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Los Angeles. This was the band’s first tour with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals.
1987, U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stop the shoot.
1991, New Kids On The Block’s Donnie Wahlberg was arrested after setting fire to carpets (using a bottle of vodka) at The Seelbach Hotel, Louisville. Wahlberg plea bargains the charge down to criminal mischief and was ordered to perform fire safety and anti-drug abuse promos.
1997, The Spice Girls had the UK No.1 single with ‘Mama / Who Do You Think You Are.’ Will Smith held the US No.1 position with ‘Gettin’ Jiggy With It’.
2000, Singer, songwriter, poet and actor, Ian Dury died after a long battle with cancer aged 57. Dury had been disabled by polio as a child, formed Kilburn and the High Roads during the 70’s. His first album ‘New Boot’s And Panties’ became a punk classic spending 90 weeks on the UK chart, featured the 1979 UK No.1 single ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.’
2004, Local council officials planned to have a street named after The Darkness in their hometown Lowestoft, Norfolk in honour of Justin Hawkins and his band for their recent world-wide success. Hawkins Close or Hawkins Way had been put forward by council officials.
2005, Tony Christie started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the ‘Definitive Collection’. This was almost 30 years after his last album chart appearance due to his Comic Relief No.1 single with comedian Peter Kay.
2006, Former Village People policeman Victor Willis was arrested in San Francisco, California, after he disappeared from a drug and gun trial. Police had charged Willis with being in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in July 2005. He would later be sentenced to three years’ probation after he agreed to enter a treatment program.
2007, The wife of Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland was arrested on suspicion of burning over $10,000 (£5,000) of his belongings outside their home after police in southern California found a bin of smouldering clothes. Earlier that day, the couple left two rooms vandalised after an argument at a luxury hotel.
2007, Eminem and his ex-wife Kim reached a court agreement to stop insulting each other in public. The pair, who divorced for the second time last year, pledged to stop trading insults for the sake of their 11-year-old daughter Hailie. The deal came after the rap star took legal action to stop Kim Mathers making “derogatory, disparaging, inflammatory and otherwise negative comments”.
2008, Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma was convicted of assault after a woman was shot in New York. The jury heard how Ms Smith had shot her friend outside a nightclub in July 2007 because she thought the woman had stolen $3,000 (£1,495) from her. The rapper was to remain in jail without bail until she was sentenced.
2008, An inquest in Leeds, England heard the husband of UK singer Corinne Bailey Rae died from a suspected overdose. The body of saxophonist Jason Rae, 31, was found in a flat in the Hyde Park area of Leeds. A 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs was bailed pending further inquiries.
2008, X Factor winner Leona Lewis became the first British woman to top the US pop chart for more than 20 years with her single ‘Bleeding Love.’ Kim Wilde was the last UK female to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with her 1987 cover version of The Supremes hit ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’. Petula Clark was the first, with her 1965 track ‘Downtown’, while Sheena Easton’s ‘Morning Train’ – released in the UK as 9 To 5 followed in 1981.
2012, David Bowie’s landmark album Ziggy Stardust was celebrated with a blue plaque in central London. Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp, unveiled a plaque at the spot where the cover of the 1972 release was shot. The location in Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, is now a pedestrianised area brimming with bars and restaurants.
March 27th: Born on this day
1924, Born on this day, Sarah Vaughan, jazz singer, (1954 US No.6 single ‘Make Yourself Comfortable’ plus 8 other US Top 30 hits). Vaughan died 3rd April 1990.
1947, Born on this day, Andrew Brown, The Herd, (1968 UK No.5 single ‘I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die’)
1950, Born on this day, Tony Banks, keyboards, Genesis, (1986 US No.1 single ‘Invisible Touch’, 1992 UK No.7 single ‘I Can’t Dance’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 hit singles & 6 UK No.1 albums).
1953, Born on this day, Walter Stocker, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single ‘All Out Of Love’, 1981 US No.1 single ‘The One That You Love’).
1956, Born on this day, British musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Paul Wickens who has worked with Paul McCartney since 1989. Wickens has also worked with Styx, The Damned, Tim Finn, Paul Carrack, Nik Kershaw, Jim Diamond, Boy George, and David Gilmour.
1957, Born on this day, Billy MacKenzie, singer, The Associates, (1982 UK No.9 single ‘Party Fears Two’). MacKenzie committed suicide on 23rd January 1997.
1959, Born on this day, Andrew Farriss, keyboards, INXS, 1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’, 1987 album ‘Kick’ has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; ‘Need You Tonight,’ ‘Devil Inside’, ‘New Sensation,’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’
1962, Born on this day, Derrick McKenzie, drums, Jamiroquai, (1996 UK No.3 single ‘Virtual Insanity’, 1998 UK No.1 single ‘Deeper Underground’).
1964, Born on this day, Clark Datchler, Johnny Hates Jazz, (1987 UK No.5 single ‘Shattered Dreams’).
1965, Born on this day, Johnny April, bass, Staind, (2001 US No.1 album, ‘Break The Cycle’, 2001 US No. 7 & UK No. 15 single ‘It’s Been A While’).
1970, Born on this day, Mariah Carey, singer. Carey is named after ‘They Call The Wind Mariah’ from the musical ‘Paint Your Wagon’. Scored the 1994 UK No.1 single ‘Without You’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits and 12 US No.1 singles.
1975, Born on this day, Fergie, US R&B singer, songwriter, former member of Kids Incorporated, Wild Orchid, co-host of the TV show Great Pretenders, and vocalist of The Black Eyed Peas. 2003 US & UK No.1 single ‘Where Is The Love’, 2006 US No.1 solo single ‘London Bridge.’ 2007 world-wide No.1 single ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry.’
1988, Born on this day, Jessie J, (Jessica Ellen Cornish), English singer-songwriter, who had the 2011 UK No.1 single ‘Price Tag’ and the 2012 UK No.1 ‘Domino.’
1990, Born on this day, Kimbra, (Kimbra Lee Johnson). She and Gotye won the Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards for ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’, making her only the third New Zealand singer to win a Grammy Award in history.