Saturday, March 9, 2013


1960, Adam Faith was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Poor Me' The singer's second and final No.1. After a string of over 20 hits Faith became an actor and financial journalist.
1963, Tommy Roe, Chris Montez and The Beatles (who were bottom of the bill), appeared at the East Ham Granada in London.
1964, The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie A Hard Day's Night. During their six days of filming aboard a moving train, The Beatles travelled a total of 2,500 miles on the rails.
1964, Capitol Records releases a song called 'Letter To The Beatles' by The Four Preps. The lyrics describe a boy lamenting the fact that he's lost his girlfriend to The Fab Four. On its first day, the record shot to No.85 on the charts and it looked like The Preps were going to have another hit on their hands. Unfortunately they had included a few bars from 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' without permission and Capitol was forced to withdraw the single to avoid a lawsuit.

1966, The Beach Boys started recording 'God Only Knows'. It became a UK No.2 single in 1966 and the B-side of 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' in the US.
1967, The Small Faces, Family and The Strollers all appeared at the Skyline Ballroom, Hull, Yorkshire.
1967, Pink Floyd and The Thoughts appeared at the Marquee, London, England. The Marquee club has often been defined as 'the most important venue in the history of pop music', not only for having been the scene of the development of modern music culture in London, but also for having been an essential meeting point for some of the most important artists in rock music.
1968, Bob Dylan started a ten week run at No.1 on the UK chart with John Wesley Harding. The album marked Dylan's return to acoustic music after three albums of electric rock music and was exceptionally well received by critics, also reaching No.2 on the US charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable, considering that Dylan had made Columbia Records release the album without much publicity.
1970, Having recently changed their name from Earth to Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made their concert debut at The Roundhouse, London.
1971, Led Zeppelin appeared at Leeds University, Leeds, England, during their 'Back To The Clubs' tour. This was the first tour which saw Zeppelin performing 'Stairway To Heaven', 'Black Dog' and 'Going To California.' Read the full story
1973, Black Sabbath kicked off an 8-date sold out UK tour at Green's Playhouse, Glasgow.
1974, Alvin Stardust was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Jealous Mind'. Know as Shane Fenton in the 1960s, it was the singer's only UK chart topper.
1975, Actor Telly Savalas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the David Gates (from Bread) song 'If'. Savalas was currently high in the TV ratings playing the policeman Kojak.
1977, The Jacksons CBS show was aired for the last time on US TV finishing at the bottom of the ratings.
1979, UK band Eddie & The Hot Rods released a new album 'Thriller', featuring special guest Linda McCartney on backing vocals.
1981, Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England with his new band The Honey Drippers.
1985, Dead Or Alive were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record). It was the first No.1 for the production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman who went on to produce over 100 UK Top 40 hits.
1985, Mick Jagger released his solo single 'Just Another Night' a No. 12 hit in the US and No. 32 on the UK charts.
1985, REO Speedwagon started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Can't Fight This Feeling', it made No.16 in the UK.
1991, Chris Rea scored his second UK No.1 album with 'Auberge' the follow up to 'The Road To Hell', his 11th LP release.
1991, Mariah Carey started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Someday', her third US No.1 & No.38 hit in the UK.
1991, 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' gave The Clash their only UK No.1 single after the track was used for a Levi's TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 from their album Combat Rock album.

1996, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher walked off stage during a gig at the Vernon Valley Gorge ski resort in New Jersey because his hands were too cold to play.
1996, Take That scored their eighth and last UK No.1 single (until re-forming in 2006) with their version of The Bee Gees 1977 song 'How Deep Is Your Love', (originally intended for US singer Yvonne Elliman), and used as part of the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever.
1997, Notorious BIG was gunned down and killed as he left a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Born Christopher Wallace the rapper was pronounced dead on arrival at Cedars Sinai Hospital. He was 24 years old.
1999, Guitarist Mike Anthony died from a heart attack aged 68. He worked with Harry Nilsson, The 5th Dimension, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
2004, Tom Jones was banned from wearing tight leather pants by his own son and manager Mark Jones. His son said it was time to 'dress his age' as he was in danger of becoming a laughing stock at 63.
2005, 53-year-old Danny Joe Brown, the original lead singer of Molly Hatchet, died from renal failure due to complications from diabetes. Brown was the front man for the band's self-titled album in 1978, which went Platinum.
2007, Brad Delp lead singer of US rock band Boston committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire town of Atkinson. He died from the smoke of two charcoal grills he’d lit inside his sealed master bathroom. He was found by police lying on a pillow on his bathroom floor with a note paper-clipped to his shirt which read: "Mr. Brad Delp. I am a lonely soul." Boston had the 1977 UK No.22 single 'More Than A Feeling' and the 1986 US No.1 single 'Amanda.'
2008, Duffy started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with 'Rockferry' the Welsh singer's debut album.
2010, Lil Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex after pleading guilty to gun possession. The charges were linked to his arrest in 2007 when a gun was found on his tour bus. His sentencing came after several delays; the first date was postponed to allow the rapper to have dental work and the second had to be rearranged after a fire broke out in the New York court complex.
March 9th: Born on this day
1934, Born on this day, Lloyd Price, US singer, songwriter, (1959 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Stagger Lee').
1936, Born on this day, Mickey Gilley, US singer, (1980 US No. 22 single 'Stand By Me' from the soundtrack 'Urban Cowboy').
1942, Born on this day, Mark Linday, singer, guitarist with Paul Revere & The Raiders, (1971 US No.1 single with ‘Indian Reservation’ plus 14 other US Top 30 hit singles).
1944, Born on this day, Trevor Burton, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Blackberry Way').
1945, Born on this day, Robert Calvert, singer, poet, Hawkwind & solo, (1972 UK No.3 single 'Silver Machine'). Calvert died on 14th August 1988.
1945, Born on this day, Ron Wilson, drummer, The Surfaris, (1963 US No.2 & UK No.3 single 'Wipe Out'). Died of a brain anueryism on 7th May 1989.
1945, Born on this day, Robin Trower, guitar, Procol Harum, (1967 UK No.1 single & US No.5 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' & three top 20 solo albums).
1946, Born on this day, Jim Cregan, guitar, Family, Cockney Rebel, (1975 UK No.1 single 'Make Me Smile', Come Up And See Me), also works with Rod Stewart.
1948, Born on this day, Chris Thompson, vocals, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, (1976 UK No.6 single 'Blinded By The Light', a US No.1 in 1977).

1948, Born on this day, Jeffrey Osborne, soul singer, (1984 UK No.11 & US No. 29 single 'On The Wings Of Love').
1949, Born on this day, Jimmy Fadden, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (1971 US No.9 single 'Mr Bojangles').
1951, Born on this day, Frank Rodriguez, ? & 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.
1958, Born on this day, Martin Fry, vocals, ABC, (1982 UK No.4 & 1983 US No.18 'The Look Of Love' plus nine other UK Top 40 singles).
1968, Born on this day, Robert Sledge, drums, Ben Folds Five, (1997 UK No.26 single 'Battle Of Who Could Care Less').
1969, Born on this day, Adam Siegel, American rock guitarist and producer. Founding member of the Los Angeles punk band Excel, and subsequently became the lead guitarist for the Suicidal Tendencies side project Infectious Grooves.
1980, Born on this day, Chingy, US rapper, (2003 US No.2 album ‘Jackpot’, 2003 US No.2 & UK No.17 single ‘Right Thurr’).
1987, Born on this day, Lil Bow Wow, (Shad Moss), US rapper, (2001 UK No. 6 single 'Bow Wow, That's My Name').

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