March 29th: On this day
1963, The Shadows had their fifth and final UK No.1 single with ‘Foot Tapper.’
1964, The first night of a UK tour kicked of at The Coventry Theatre with The Hollies, the Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Mojos.
1966, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles after a fan threw a chair at the stage, Jagger required eight stitches in the cut.
1966, Fans mobbed the Walker Brothers as they entered a hotel in Cheshire resulting in two of the group being concussed. The group were in the UK for a tour and TV appearances.
1967, During a European tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Bremen-Stadthalle in Germany. Also on the tour, The Easybeats and The Creation.
1967, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles finished recording ‘Good Morning Good Morning’. They then started work on a new song ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’, (originally titled ‘Bad Finger Boogie’), recording 10 takes of the rhythm track, then Ringo overdub a double-tracked lead vocal.
1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Black Sabbath, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Curved Air, J.J. Jackson’s Dilemma, Shy Limbs, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Sunflower Brass Band and Toe Fat all appeared at the London Free Easter Festival in Bethnal Green, London, England.
1973, Dr Hook And The Medicine Show got their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine after their hit, ‘The Cover of Rolling Stone’ reached No. 6 on the US singles chart. According to members of the group, they really did buy five copies for their mothers, just like the song said.
1975, Labelle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lady Marmalade’, the group’s only No.1. British act All Saints had an UK No.1 with the song in 1998.
1975, Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
1978, David Bowie kicked off his Low / Heroes 77-date World Tour at San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1979, After attending a Dire Straits show during their residency at the Roxy in Los Angeles, Bob Dylan asked Mark Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on the sessions for his next album. Slow Train Coming was the album, recorded in Muscle Shoals in May of 1979, with Jerry Wexler producing. Dylan had first heard Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler when his assistant Arthur Rosato played him the single ‘Sultans of Swing’.
1980, Mantovani, (Annunzio Paolo Mantovan), Orchestra leader died aged 74. Born in Italy his family moved to England in 1912, where he studied at Trinity College of Music in London. He recorded over 50 albums for Decca records, including Song from Moulin Rouge and Cara Mia, both reached No. 1 in the UK. In the United States, between 1955 and 1972, he released over 40 albums with 27 reaching the Top 40 and 11 the Top Ten. His biggest success was with the album Film Encores, which made it to No. 1 in 1957.
1980, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon album spent its 303rd week on the US album chart, beating the record set by Carole King’s 1971 No.1 album Tapestry. The album remained in the US Billboard charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in chart 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.
1981, Shakin’ Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Rosemary Clooney hit ‘This Ole House’, the Welsh singers first of four UK No.1’s.
1983, At the end of their 29 date ‘War’ UK tour, U2 appeared at Hammersmith Palais in London.
1985, Jeanine Deckers, The Singing Nun, died aged 52 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a friend. Her 1963 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Dominique’ sold over 1.5 million copies, winning a Grammy Award for the year’s best Gospel song. Deckers wrote about her financial difficulties in a suicide note, and in a great irony, the very day of her suicide and unknown to her, the Belgian association that collects royalties for songwriters awarded her $300,000 (571,658 Belgian francs).
1986, Austrian singer Falco started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, also a No.1 in the UK. Falco became the first German speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts.
1986, Cliff Richard and The Young Ones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’ In aid of Comic Relief, a re-recording of his 1959 No.1, with the cast of the TV show ‘The Young Ones’.
1996, Two former members of the 1950’s group, The Teddy Bears filed suit in Los Angeles, California, against producer Phil Spector and several labels. Carol Connors and Marshall Lieb alleged they had not received royalties from re-issues of their 1958 No.1 hit ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’.
1999, The David Bowie Internet Radio Network broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show was Bowie’s favourite songs with Bowie introducing each track.
2000, Phil Collins took out a high court action against two former members of Earth, Wind And Fire. Collins claimed his company had overpaid the musicians by £50,000 ($85,000) in royalties on tracks including ‘Sussudio’ and ‘Easy Lover’.
2001, The man who hid in a cathedral organ to try to video the baptism of Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s son Rocco, was fined a £1,000. He admitted disorderly conduct at Dornoch court in Sutherland.
2001, Brian Wilson was honored in a three hour tribute at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Guest performances included Billy Joel, Paul Simon, The Go-Gos and the trio of Carly Simon, David Crosby and Jimmy Webb. Also singing Beach Boy songs were Ann and Nancy Wilson, Elton John and Aimee Mann. Brian Wilson himself joined the fun when he took the stage for the final three songs, ‘Barbara Ann’, ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’ and ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’.
2004, A court in Lithuania sentenced French rock star Bertrand Cantat, lead singer with Noir Desir to eight years in prison for killing his actress girlfriend during a fight. Cantat was convicted of fatally beating Marie Trintignant in a Vilnius hotel room in 2003. Cantat had admitted killing Ms Trintignant but said it was an accident.
2005, Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. Doctors expected the 59 year old to make a full recovery. The aneurysm was discovered when Young’s vision became blurred after the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.
2007, U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the frontman’s wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway’s official residence. The rock star and campaigner, 46, was not entitled to be called “Sir” because he is not a British citizen. The U2 singer’s new title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).
2007, ‘Umbrella’, by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z was released in the US. The track went on to reach No.1 in various countries, including the US. A No.1 in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks making it the longest running No.1 single since Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Love Is All Around’ in 1994, and the longest running No.1 by a female artist since Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You.’
2011, A website that illegally sold Beatles songs online for 25 cents each agreed to pay record companies almost $1m (£625,000) to settle a legal case. BlueBeat.com, based in the US, streamed and sold music by The Beatles, Coldplay and others until it was sued in 2009. In the few days before it was forced to shut down, it had distributed more than 67,000 Beatles tracks.
March 29th: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, her version of ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ won the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965.
1942, Born on this day, Eden Kane, singer, (1961 UK No.1 ‘Well I Ask You’, brother of Peter Sarsted).
1943, Born on this day, Chad Allan, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’).
1943, Born on this day, Evangelos Papathanassiou, (Vangelis) 1981 UK No.12 & 1982 US No.1 single ‘Chariots Of Fire.’
1945, Born on this day, Speedy Keen, drums, vocals, Thunderclap Newman, (1969 UK No.1 & US No.37 single ‘Something In The Air’). Keen died of heart failure on 21 March 2002.
1946, Born on this day, Terry Jacks, singer, songwriter, (1974 UK & US No.1 single ‘Seasons In The Sun’), also a UK No.1 hit for Westlife in 1999.
1947, Born on this day, Bobby Kimball, vocals, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Africa’).
1949, Born on this day, Dave Greenfield, The Stranglers, keyboards, (1986 UK No.2 single ‘Golden Brown’ and over 20 over other UK Top 40 singles).
1949, Born on this day, Michael Brecker, Brecker Brothers. Notable jazz and rock collaborations included work with Steely Dan, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Donald Fagen, Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Dan Fogelberg, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, and Parliament-Funkadelic. He died on January 13, 2007.
1956, Born on this day, Patty Donahue, singer, The Waitresses, (1982 UK No.45 single ‘Christmas Wrapping’). Died of lung cancer 6th December 1996.
1959, Born on this day, Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction, (1991 UK No.34 single ‘Been Caught Stealing’, 1990 US No. 19 album ‘Ritual De Lo Habitual’), Porno For Pyros, (1993 US No.3 & UK No.3 self-titled album). Conceived US ‘Lollapalooza’ tours.
1981, Born on this day, PJ Morton, American R&B singer, musician, producer and one of the keyboardists in Maroon 5.