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This Day In Rock History: March 3rd


  • 1966, Neil Young Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. Among the first wave of American bands to become popular in the wake of the British invasion, the group combined rock, folk, and country music into a sound all its own. Its million-selling song ‘For What It’s Worth’ became a political anthem for the turbulent late 1960s.
  • 1968, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Don Partridge, ‘Rosie’, No.4, Manfred Mann, ‘Mighty Quinn’, No.3, The Move, ‘Fire Brigade’, No.2, ‘Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, ‘Legend Of Xanadu’, No.1, Esther and Abi Ofarim, ‘Cinderella Rockefella.’
  • 1973, Slade’s ‘Com On Feel The Noize’, entered the UK at No.1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles.
  • 1973, Winners at this year’s Grammy Awards included, Roberta Flack who won Song of the year and Record of the year with ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and Harry Nilsson won Best pop vocal performance for ‘Without You.’
  • 1979, The Bee Gees scored their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Tragedy.’ Also today The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US album chat with ‘Spirits Having Flown’, the brother’s second US No.1 album.
  • 1984, Nena started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ’99 Red Balloons.’ Originally sung in German, ’99 Luftballons’ was re-recorded in English as ’99 Red Balloons’. The song was a No.2 hit in the US and the only UK hit for Nena making her a One Hit Wonder.
  • 1990, Lindy Layton and Beats International were at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Dub Be Good To Me.’ Formed by ex-Housemartins Norman Cook, the song was based on the SOS Band’s 1984 hit ‘Just Be Good To Me’ and The Clash song ‘Guns of Brixton’.
  • 1994, The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops due to the content of the song’s lyrics. The bands single ‘Disarm’ was this week’s highest new entry.
  • 1999, Oasis agreed to pay their former drummer Tony McCarroll a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000) after he sued the Manchester band for millions in unpaid royalties. McCarroll had been sacked from the band in 1995.
  • 2000, Former Bay City Roller, Derek Longmuir was released on bail on charges of downloading child pornographic images from the internet and keeping indecent videos in his home.
  • 2000, Tom Jones won the Best male artist at this year’s Brit Awards. Other winners included Travis for Best band and Best album ‘The Man Who.’ Best single went to Robbie Williams for ‘She’s The One’, Five won Best pop act, TLC won Best International group, Beck won Best International Male, Macy Gray won Best newcomer and Outstanding Contribution went to The Spice Girls.
  • 2001, Stereophonics were forced to change the title of their new album after car manufacturer Daimler Chrysler objected to their use of the copyrighted word ‘Jeep’. The UK title became ‘Just Enough Education To Perform.’
  • 2003, Ray Jackson who found fame with Lindisfarne took out legal action against Rod Stewart over his 1970s hit song ‘Maggie May.’ Jackson claimed he came up with the worldwide hit’s classic mandolin melody and claimed he may have lost at least £1m because he was not credited for the track’s distinctive “hook.” Jackson was paid just £15 for the recording session by Stewart in 1971.
  • 2008, Beatles engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed “Normal Norman” by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced their early albums including Saucerful of Secrets and as Hurricane Smith had the 1971 UK No.2 hit ‘Don’t Let It Die’.
  • 2012, American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound aged 64. The guitarist who led the bands Montrose and Gamma had been ill suffering from prostate cancer. Montrose had also worked with Edgar Winter, Van Morrison, Dan Hartman, Sammy Hagar and many other artists.
  • 2015, Keith Richards objected to a planned £1.5million cafe being built on a beachfront near his country mansion. The guitarist lodged an objection against the new development which is near his Redlands estate where he was famously arrested with band mate Mick Jagger in 1967 in a drugs raid. Richards is opposed to the planned restaurant which was earmarked for West Wittering beach in West Sussex.

Born on this day:

  • 1927, Born on this day, Junior Parker, US blues singer/songwriter who wrote ‘Mystery Train’, which was covered by Elvis Presley. He also worked with B.B. King and Howlin’ Wolf. Parker died on November 18th 1971.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Mike Pender, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.13 single ‘Needles And Pins’). They were the second group from Liverpool, after The Beatles to have a hit in the United States when ‘Needles and Pins’ charted during the first week of March 1964.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Jance Garfat, bass, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).
  • 1947, Born on this day, Dave Mount, Mud, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Tiger Feet’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Mount died on 2nd December 2006.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Jennifer Warnes, singer, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Up Where We Belong’ with Joe Cocker).
  • 1948, Born on this day, Terence ‘Snowy’ White, guitarist, who worked with Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd and Roger Waters. As a solo artist, he had a 1983 UK Top 10 hit single ‘Bird Of Paradise’.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Derek (Blue) Weaver, keyboards, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’). Strawbs, (1973 UK No.2 single with ‘Part Of The Union’). Also worked with The Bee Gees, (1975 US No.1 ‘Jive Talking’).
  • 1949, Born on this day, American music producer, multi-instrumentalist Richie Cannata most notable for playing saxophone in Billy Joel’s band. Also worked with The Beach Boys, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez.
  • 1954, Born on this day, Chris Hughes, Adam and the Ants, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Stand And Deliver’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1966, Born on this day, Tone- Loc, (Antony Smith), US rapper, (1989 UK No. 13 single,’Funky Cold Medina’).
  • 1977, Born on this day, Irish recording artist, singer-songwriter, musician, Ronan Keating, who with Boyzone scored the 1996 UK No.1 single ‘Words’ and 4 UK No.1 albums. As a solo artist Keating had the 1999 UK No.1 single ‘When You Say Nothing At All’, (which was featured in the film Notting Hill) and his 2000 UK No.1 album ‘Ronan’ spent over a year on the chart.

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