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This Day In Rock History: March 12th


  • 1968, The Rolling Stones started recording their next single ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awakened one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded, “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”
  • 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Register Office. They then held a reception lunch at The Ritz Hotel, Paul then went to Abbey Road studios in the evening to work. George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested on the same day and charged with possession of 120 joints of marijuana.
  • 1981, Bow Wow Wow were forced to cancel the first dates of a UK tour after Greater London Council stated that singer Annabella Lwin aged 15 would be guilty of truancy.
  • 1983, U2 scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘War’, which went on to spend a total of 147 weeks on the chart. The album featured the singles ‘New Years Day’ and ‘Two Hearts Beat As One’.
  • 1983, Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler had her only UK No.1 single with a song written by Meat Loaf’s producer, Jim Steinman, ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’. Also No.1 in the US, (the only Welsh artist to score a US No.1), Canada and Australia, the single sold over 5 million copies.
  • 1988, Rick Astley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, also a No.1 in the UK.
  • 2000, Chicane went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Give Up’. The song featured the vocals of Bryan Adams. Chicane is UK producer Nick Bracegirdle.
  • 2006, Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo album ‘On An Island.’ In 2009 UK radio station Planet Rock held a poll asking listeners to name the ‘Greatest Solo Album Written By A Former Band Member’. David Gilmour was voted into first place with ‘On An Island.’
  • 2007, Amy Winehouse made her US television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman performing ‘Rehab’. The song went on to win three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and also won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song.
  • 2012, Country star Taylor Swift beat Adele and Lady Gaga to be named the highest-earning pop artist of 2011. The 22-year-old earned $35,719,902 (£22.7m) in 2011 from a combination of music sales, royalties and touring. U2 took second place with $32m (£20m) thanks to their 360 tour, seen by more than seven million people while Adele came 10th.
  • 2012, Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack died at his home in Dubois, Wyoming at the age of 65. He had been battling cancer for some time and succumbed to complications of the disease with his family at his side. Hossack was a member of the Doobie Brothers between 1971 and 1973, playing on several of the band’s best-known hits, including ‘Listen to the Music’ and ‘China Grove’.
  • 2013, Bob Dylan was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, marking the first time a rock musician had been chosen for the elite honor society. Officials in the Academy – which recognises music, literature and visual art – were unable to decide if Dylan belonged for his words or his music and instead inducted him as an honorary member like previous honorees Meryl Streep, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.

Born on this day:

  • 1917, Born on this day, Leonard Chess, the founder of the Chess record label, home to John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Jimmy Reed. Chess died of a heart attack on October 16th 1969, aged 52.
  • 1948, Born on this day, James Taylor, US singer, songwriter, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘You’ve Got A Friend’. His first album was released on The Beatles Apple label. Taylor married Carly Simon in 1972.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Les Holroyd, Barclay James Harvest, 8 UK Top 40 albums from 1974-87.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Bill Payne, Little Feat, two Top 40 albums during the 70’s, best-known songs ‘Dixie Chicken’ and ‘Sailin Shoes’.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Mike Gibbins, drummer with Badfinger, (1970 UK No.4 & US No.7 single ‘Come And Get It’). Gibbins died on 4th Oct 2005.
  • 1951, Born on this day, Jack Green, The Pretty Things, (1964 UK No. 10 with ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’).
  • 1956, Born on this day, Steve Harris, bass, Iron Maiden, (1982 UK No.1 album The Number Of The Beast, 1991 UK No.1 with ‘Bring Your Daughter …To The Slaughter’ & 25 other Top 40 hits).
  • 1957, Born on this day, Marlon Jackson, The Jackson Five, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘I Want You Back’, The Jacksons, 1977 UK No.1 single ‘Show You The Way To Go’).
  • 1969, Born on this day, Graham Coxon, guitarist and singer with Blur who scored the 1994 UK No.1 album ‘Parklife’ which spent over 2 years on the UK chart, and the 1995 UK No.1 single ‘Country House’, plus over 12 other UK Top 40 singles. Coxon has also released a series of solo albums.
  • 1977, Born on this day, Ben Kenny, bassist, Incubus, (2004 US No.2 and UK No.6 album ‘A Crow Left of the Murder, 2006 US No.1 album ‘Light Grenades’).
  • 1979, Born on this day, Pete Doherty, guitar, vocals, The Libertines, (2004 UK No.1 album ‘The Libertines’), who re-formed in 2010. Doherty was banned from playing with The Libertines until he could overcome his substance abuse problems. Released two albums with Babyshambles, the 2005 ‘Down in Albion’ and 2007 ‘Shotter’s Nation.’
  • 1986, Born on this day, Danny Jones, guitar, vocals, McFly, (2004 UK No.1 single ‘Colours In Her Hair’, 2004 UK No.1 album ‘Room On The 3rd Floor’).


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