April 3


this day

1956 : Elvis Presley appeared on ABC-TV’s ‘The Milton Berle Show’ live from the flight deck of the USS Hancock in San Diego, California. He performed ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Shake Rattle And Roll’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’ It was estimated that one out of every four Americans saw the show.

1959 : The British Broadcasting Corporation bans the Coasters’ Charlie Brown over its reference to “spitballs” (a ban it lifts two weeks later).

1960 : During recording sessions at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee, Elvis Presley recorded ‘It’s Now Or Never’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’.

1961 : The Marcels started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Rodgers and Heart song ‘Blue Moon’, also a No.1 in the UK.

1964 : Bob Dylan made his first appearance on the UK charts with The Times They Are A-Changin’. In 2004 the song was ranked #59 on Rolling Stone’s list of the ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’.

1966 : Peter Tork opened a solo stint in Hollywood at The Troubadour. Tork had already auditioned for ‘The Monkees,’ who he will join later in the year.

1966 : Pink Floyd appeared at The Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London, England. During the early 1960s a new generation of British rhythm and blues bands such as The Rolling Stones, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, and The Animals forged a new era in rock music at the Marquee.

1967 : Working on The Beatles Sgt Pepper album at Abbey Road studios in London, George Harrison recorded his lead vocal on his song ‘Within You Without You’. as well as a sitar part, and some acoustic guitar parts.

1969 : The Doors’ Jim Morrison turned himself in to the FBI in Los Angeles. He was charged on six charges of lewd behavior and public exposure at a concert in Miami on March 2nd, 1969. He was later released on $2000 bail.

1971 : The Temptations scored their second US No.1 with ‘Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)’ a No.8 hit in the UK.

1973: Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded “Free Bird” at Studio One in Doraville, GA during sessions for their debut album.

1975 : Steve Miller was charged with setting fire to the clothes of a friend, Benita Diorio. When police arrived at Miller’s house, Diorio was putting out the flames, Miller then got into a fight with some of the policemen and was charged with resisting arrest.

1976 : A then-unknown Sex Pistols opened for The 101’ers at The Nashville Rooms in London. The 101ers were a pub rock band, notable as being the band that Joe Strummer left to join The Clash.

1976: Aerosmith’s self-titled debut album peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, two and a half yeards after its initial release when it peaked at #166.

1979 : Kate Bush kicked off the 28-date ‘Tour Of Life’ trek making her concert debut at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre, England. Bush never set out on another tour again.

1983 : After completing a 29-date UK tour, U2 appeared on BBC TV Top Of The Pops performing their latest single Two Hearts Beat As One’.

1989 : 23 people were arrested after several thousand fans without tickets tried to gate-crash a Grateful Dead concert at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1990 : American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan died of lung cancer. She had the 1954 US No.6 single ‘Make Yourself Comfortable’ and released over 50 albums. March 27, is “Sarah Lois Vaughan Day” in both San Francisco and Berkeley, California in honour of the singer.

1993: Coverdale/Page, a one-off album featuring Whitesnake/Deep Purple singer David Coverdale & Jimmy Page debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The album went on to sell a million copies in the US.

1993 : Depeche Mode went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Songs Of Faith And Devotion’ their first UK No.1 and their 10th album release.

1994 : A forthcoming tour by Nirvana and Hole was cancelled amid continuing speculation about Kurt Cobain’s drug problems.

1999 : English composer Lionel Bart died from cancer aged 69. Wrote ‘Living Doll’ for Cliff Richard, ‘Little White Bull’ for Tommy Steele, composed the musical, ‘Oliver’ And wrote the theme song for the 1963 James Bond film From Russia With Love.

2002 : Influential British avant-garde electronic musician Frank Tovey of Fad Gadget died of heart failure aged 45. Was infamous for spreading his naked body in shaving cream onstage and would play various instruments with his head.

2003 : Stax records songwriter Homer Banks died aged 61. Wrote ‘I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down’, recorded by Sam & Dave and a UK hit for Elvis Costello. Rod Stewart, The Emotions, Isaac Hayes, Millie Jackson and Johnny Taylor all covered his songs.

2006 : Founder member and original drummer for The Wonder Stuff, Martin Gilks died aged 41, after losing control of his motorbike in London. Gilks was voted the best drummer on the planet in an NME poll in 1989.

2007 : Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denied that he snorted the ashes of his late father during a drugs binge. Jane Rose, Richards’ manager, told MTV News the remarks were made ‘in jest’, and she could not believe they had been taken seriously. Richards had said in an interview with the NME: ‘He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow.’ But NME interviewer Mark Beaumont was convinced that Richards was not joking when speaking to him about the alleged incident. ‘He did seem to be quite honest about it. There were too many details for him to be making it up,’ he later told BBC news.

2008 : Mariah Carey smashed Elvis Presley’s US chart record by scoring the 18th number one of her career with ‘Touch My Body’, from her new album E=MC2. Carey had now surpassed Elvis Presley’s 17 number ones, The Beatles still held the record with 20 US No.1 hit singles.

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