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This Day In Rock History: March 15th


  • 1955, Elvis Presley  signed a management contract with Colonel Tom Parker. Parker had previously managed the ‘Great Parker Pony Circus’ with one of the acts being a troupe of dancing chickens.
  • 1955, Ray Charles peaked at No.2 on the US R&B charts with the Atlantic single ‘I Got A Woman’, widely considered the first song to be labelled “soul” – a blending of R&B and gospel.
  • 1968, The Stones started daily sessions at Olympic Studios in London to start recording their next album, Beggars Banquet. Working from 7pm to 8am each day without a break, the Stones worked on ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘Child Of The Moon’, ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’ and ‘Parachute Woman’ as well as the instrumental foundation for a song called ‘Did Everybody Paid Their Dues?’ (which would later become Street Fighting Man).
  • 1969, Cream started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their fourth and final original album ‘Goodbye.’ The single, ‘Badge’, (which was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison, ) was subsequently released from the album a month later.
  • 1969, Tommy Roe started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dizzy’, also No.1 in the UK. In 1991 Vic Reeves and the Wonder Stuff took the song to No.1 on the UK chart.
  • 1973, Roberta Flack was at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ and Elton John had the No.1 album with ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player’.
  • 1975, Led Zeppelin went to No.1 on the UK chart with the double album Physical Graffiti the first on their own ‘Swan Song’ label, the album spent six weeks at No.1 on the US chart.
  • 1975, The Doobie Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Black Water’, the group’s first of two US No.1’s.
  • 1980, One Hit Wonder Fern Kinney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Together We Are Beautiful.’
  • 1986, The Bangles were at No.2 on the UK singles chart with ‘Manic Monday’, a song written by Prince under the pseudonym Christopher, it also made No.2 in the US, held of No.1 by Prince with ‘Kiss’.
  • 1988, Mick Jagger opened his first ever solo tour, his first ever performances in Japan and his first full concerts since 1982, with three shows at Osaka’s Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. The show is mostly made up of Rolling Stones songs, including songs not performed for a long time, including Bitch, Gimmie Shelter, Ruby Tuesday and Sympathy For The Devil as well as the Jimi Hendrix song Foxy Lady.
  • 1989, The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million (£40 million) contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in rock history.
  • 1999, Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame by U2’sBono.
  • 2000, Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 (£3,235) a month to $10,000 (£5,888). Mick was asked to confirm that he was the father of her child by the court, while Ms Morad was seeking a $10 million (£3.8 million) settlement. Morad told the court her monthly expenses: $3,500 (£2,065) for a nanny; $2,500, £3,000 for food and $3,350 (£1,970) to rent her place on New York’s Upper West Side.
  • 2002, Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon  overlooking the check- in hall of Liverpool John Lennon airport. The re-branding of the airport featured a sketch of Lennon’s face with the words ‘Above Us Only Skies.’
  • 2004, George Harrison Prince, Bob Seger, The Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City.
  • 2010, Sony Music announced the biggest recording deal in history with the estate of Michael Jackson worth more than $200m (£133m). The deal involved 10 album projects over seven year’s including one of previously unreleased material. Sony had sold about 31 million copies of Jackson’s albums worldwide since his death on 25 June, 2009.
  • 2010, PRS for Music announced that the royalties that UK songwriters received from online sales were growing faster than the decline from CDs and DVDs. It said UK online revenues for its members rose by 73% to £30.4m in 2009, at the same time, UK revenues from CD or DVD sales were down £8.7m.
  • 2013, Friends of Lana Clarkson, the actress murdered by music producer Phil Spector, were protesting at a screening of the film about his trial. The movie, starring Al Pacino, focused on his relationship with his defence lawyer, played by Helen Mirren. But the group against the film said it was too sympathetic towards Spector’s defence case. Clarkson’s former publicist, Edward Lozzi, called the film a “slap in the face”.
  • 2015, Mike Porcaro bassist with Toto died following a battle Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was the middle brother of Toto members Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro. Toto who formed in 1978 are best known for such classic rock hits as ‘Hold the Line,’ ‘Rosanna’ and ‘Africa’ and won an Album of the Year Grammy for 1982’s Toto IV.

Born on this day:

  • 1912, Born on this day, blues guitarist and singer Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins. He died 30th January 1982 aged 70. Major influence on Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.
  • 1932, Born on this day, Arif Mardin, Producer and arranger. Worked with Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand and more recently Norah Jones. Mardin died on June 25th 2006.
  • 1940, Born on this day, Phil Lesh, bass, The Grateful Dead, who released over 30 albums including the 1970 UK No.69 and US No.127 album, ‘Workingman’s Dead’).
  • 1941, Born on this day, Mike Love, vocals, The Beach Boys, 1966 UK & US No.1 single ‘Good Vibrations’, plus over 25 other US & UK Top 40 singles. 1966 classic album Pet Sounds.
  • 1942, Born on this day, Hughie Flint, Blues Band, McGuinness Flint, (1970 UK No.2 ‘When I’m Dead And Gone’).
  • 1944, Born on this day, Sly Stone, vocals, guitar, keyboards, Sly and the Family Stone, (1968 UK No.7 & US No.8 single ‘Dance To The Music’, 1969 US No.1 single ‘Everyday People’).
  • 1944, Born on this day, David Costell, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, (1965 US No.1 single ‘This Diamond Ring’ plus 11 other US Top 40 hits).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Howard Scott, War, (1973 US No.2 single ‘Cisco Kid’, 1976 UK No.12 single ‘Low Rider’).
  • 1947, Born on this day, Ry Cooder, guitarist, member of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, worked with Gordon Lightfoot, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker. Solo, 1979 album ‘Bop Till You Drop’, and 1985 film soundtrack album ‘Paris Texas’. Cooder produced the Buena Vista Social Club album (1997), which became a worldwide hit.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Hernandez Lugo, ? & The Mysterians, (1966 US No. 1 & UK No.37 single 96 Tears). The song was a UK No.17 hit for The Stranglers in 1990.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Stephen Nisbett, drums, Steel Pulse, (1978 UK No.35 single ‘Prodigal Son’).
  • 1955, Born on this day, Dee Snider, Twisted Sister, (1983 UK No.18 single ‘I Am, I’m Me’, 1984 album ‘Stay Hungry’).
  • 1962, Born on this day, Terence Trent D’arby, (1988 UK No.2 single ‘Sign Your Name’ plus 8 other UK Top 40 hits. 1988 US No.1 single ‘Wishing Well’).
  • 1963, Born on this day, Bret Michaels, Poison, (1988 1989 UK No.13 & US No.1 single ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, Rockwell, (Kennedy Gordy), 1984 US No 2 & UK No.6 single, ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’. Rockwell is the son of Motown records boss Berry Gordy.
  • 1968, Born on this day, Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray, (1999 UK No. 10 single ‘Every Morning’). Also a TV host on US Show tabloid Extra.
  • 1975, Born on this day, American recording artist, songwriter, entrepreneur, voice actor, DJ, record producer, Will.i.am who was a member of Black Eyed Peas, (2003 US & UK No.1 single ‘Where Is The Love’). He has produced with other artists including Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Eazy-E, Britney Spears, David Guetta, U2, Rihanna, Usher, Justin Timberlake, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
  • 1977, Born on this day, Joe Bourdon, DJ, Linkin Park, (2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘In The End’, 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album ‘Hybrid Theory’).


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