March 22nd: On this day
1956, While driving to New York for appearances on ‘The Perry Como Show’, and ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, the car that Carl Perkins was traveling in was involved in an accident putting Perkins in hospital for several months. The singer received four broken ribs and a broken shoulder, his brother Jay was killed in the accident.
1965, ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, Bob Dylan’s 5th studio album was released. The album was the first of Dylan’s LPs to break into the US top 10, and it also topped the UK charts later that Spring. The lead-off track, Subterranean Homesick Blues became Dylan’s first single to chart in the US, peaking at No.39. The album’s iconic cover, photographed by Daniel Kramer, features Sally Grossman, wife of Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, lounging in the background. The artefacts scattered around the room include vinyl LPs by The Impressions and Robert Johnson.
1971, US police arrested all the members from The Allman Brothers Band for heroin and marijuana possession.
1975, Frankie Valli went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Eyes Adored You’, his first solo No.1.
1975, Led Zeppelin started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Physical Graffiti the group’s fourth US No.1 album. On its first day of release in the US, the album shipped a million copies – no other album in the history of Atlantic records had generated so many sales. 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.
1975, The tartan teen sensations Bay City Rollers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bye Bye Baby’, the group’s first of two UK No.1’s.
1978, The Police signed to A&M Records. The band scored over 15 UK Top 40 hits with the label including the worldwide No.1 ‘Every Breath You Take.’
1978, The Rutles’ ‘All You Need Is Cash’, an affectionate spoof of The Beatles career, was broadcast for the first time in the US.
1980, Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. The track, which was the group’s only US chart topper, was also a No.1 in the UK, Germany, Australia, Italy and in many other countries around the world. Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group for the song, but lost to Bob Seger’s Against The Wind.
1980, The Jam had their first UK No.1 with their tenth release, ‘Going Underground / Dreams Of Children’ the first single of the 80s to debut at No.1.
1984, Queen filmed the video for ‘I Want To Break Free’ at Limehouse Studio in London, England. Directed by David Mallet, it was a parody of the northern British soap opera Coronation Street with the band members dressed in drag. Guitarist Brian May later said the video ruined the band in America, and was initially banned by MTV in the US.
1986, Heart went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘These Dreams’, it made No.8 in the UK in 1988.
1992, Polygram Records officially announced that Tears For Fears had split up, Roland Orzabal continued using the name Tears For Fears. During their career they scored 15 UK Top 40 singles and two US No.1’s. Re-formed in 2004.
1994, Singer, songwriter, producer Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut. Was a member of the Edgar Winter Group and wrote the band’s hit ‘Free Ride.’ Had the 1978 No.1 dance hit ‘Instant Replay,’ wrote ‘Relight My Fire’ a UK No.1 for Take That and Lulu, collaborated with Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Holly Johnson and Steve Winwood.
1997, Puff Daddy featuring Mase started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down’, his first US No.1, a No.19 hit in the UK.
2000, Yusuf Islam the former singer Cat Stevens joined the campaign to save the Section 28 ban on the promotion of homosexuality in UK schools. He praised peers for fighting the government’s plans to scrap Section 28.
2004, A new book claimed that Elvis Presley’s ancestors came from a small village called Lonmay in the North East of Scotland. Author Allan Morrison said he’d found evidence that Elvis’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was married in the village 300 years ago.
2005, Rod Price, former member of Black Cat Bones and a founding member of Foghat died after falling down a stairway at his home after suffering a heart attack. The 57 year old English guitarist played on Foghat’s highest charting US single ‘Slow Ride’ a hit in 1976.
2009, Lady Gaga Started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Poker Face’, her second UK chart topper and a No.1 hit in over 20 countries.
March 22nd: Born on this day
1936, Born on this day, Roger Whittaker, singer, songwriter, (1969 UK No.12 single ‘Durham Town’, 1975 UK No.2 & US No.19 single ‘The Last Farewell’).
1943, Born on this day, George Benson, US singer, jazz /pop singer, guitarist, (1980 US No.4 & UK No.7 single ‘Give Me The Night’).
1943, Born on this day, Keith Relf, vocals, The Yardbirds, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single ‘For Your Love’). Relf died on May 14th 1976 from an electric shock received while playing his electric guitar at home.
1947, Born on this day, Harry Vanda, The Easybeats, (1966 UK No.6 & US No.16 single ‘Friday On My Mind’).
1947, Born on this day, Patrick Olive, Hot Chocolate, (1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’, 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win Again’ plus over 25 other top 40 hits).
1948, Born on this day, Andrew Lloyd Webber, songwriter, producer with Tim Rice, (1977 UK No.1 single by Julie Covington, ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, biggest selling UK single by a female artist, until 1985, taken from musical ‘Evita’).
1948, Born on this day, Randy Hobbs, bass guitarist, Johnny Winter group, McCoys, (1965 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Hang On Sloopy’). Hobbs died on August 5th 1993 from a drug overdose, aged 45.
1957, Born on this day, Stephanie Mills, singer, (1980 UK No.4 & US No.6 single, ‘Never Knew Love Like This Before’).
1958, Born on this day, Pete Wylie, singer, Wah! (1982 UK No.3 single ‘Story Of The Blues’).
1963, Born on this day, Susanne Sulley, singer, The Human League, (1981 UK No.1 & 1982 US No.1 single ‘Don’t You Want Me’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1968, Born on this day, Mickey Dale, keyboards, Embrace, (2006 UK No. 2 single ‘Natures Law’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘This New Day’).
1970, Born on this day, Andreas Johnson, Swedish musician and songwriter had the 2000 UK No. 4 single ‘Glorious.’
1979, Born on this day, Aaron Wright North, guitarist, Nine Inch Nails, (2005 US No.1 album ‘White Teeth’).
1980, Born on this day, Shannon Bex, singer, Danity Kane, (formed on the MTV reality show Making the Band 3). 2006 US No.1 self-titled album.
1981, Born on this day, Shawn Mims, American rapper, (2007 US No.1 single ‘This Is Why I’m Hot’).
1986, Born on this day, Amy Studt, UK singer, (2003 UK No.4 single ‘Misfit’).