March 17

Image courtesy of my buddy DanCh :)1956 : Carl Perkins makes his first TV appearance, on the Ozark Jamboree.

1956 : Henny Youngman is the guest host as Elvis Presley makes the fifth of his six appearances on Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey’s Stage Show on CBS.

1957 : Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. The 23 room, 10,000 square foot home, on 13.8 acres of land, would be expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the king moved in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof.

1958 : Recorded on this day, The Coasters – Yakety Yak.

1966 : The Walker Brothers had their second UK No.1 with the single ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’, (originally recorded by Frankie Valli).

1967 : Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recording of ‘She’s Leaving Home’ after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording.

1968 : Mick Jagger joins a demonstration at Grosvenor Square in London to protest the Vietnam War. When the group, estimated at 25,000, marches to the American embassy, they are met with police resistance and rioting ensues. Jagger had left the protest before it reached the embassy, but used the events as inspiration for the Rolling Stones song “Street Fighting Man.”

1968 : The Bee Gees made their US television debut when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1973 : Eric Weissberg started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Dueling Banjos.’ Taken from the film ‘Deliverance.’

1973 : Dr Hook’s single ‘On The Cover Of Rolling Stone peaked at No.6 on the US chart. The single was banned in the UK by the BBC due to the reference of the magazine.

1976 : Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers appeared at CBGB’S, in New York City.

1978 : The Irish high school band U2, which just recently changed their name from The Hype, win the Limerick Civic Week Pop ’78 talent competition which was was sponsored by The Evening Express and Guinness Harp Lager, earning about $1,000 and a chance to record a demo for CBS Records.

1979 : The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their fifteenth studio album release ‘Spirits Having Flown.’ the group’s first album after their collaboration on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The album’s first three tracks were released as singles and all reached No.1 in the US, giving the Bee Gees an unbroken run of six US chart-toppers and tying a record set by The Beatles.

1984 : Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ peaked at No.1 in the US. Over the years David Lee Roth has given various accounts of the meaning behind the lyrics, but most often says they are about a TV news story he saw where a man was about to kill himself by jumping off a building.

1985 : Richard Ramirez kills a man and attacks a woman at a house in Rosemead, California, leaving an AC/DC hat behind at the crime scene. Ramirez would continue his killing spree and became known as the “Night Stalker.” When it becomes clear that AC/DC is his favorite band, the group is accused of encouraging crime and devil worship in their music.

1990 : Rick Grech, bass player with Family, Blind Faith and Traffic died of kidney and liver failure.

1990 : Whitney Houston headlines an AIDS benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The concert, dubbed “That’s What Friends Are For,” celebrates the 15th anniversary of Arista Records.

1997 : Elvis Presley Enterprises of Memphis, Tennessee, lost its Court of Appeal battle to stop London trader Sid Shaw using the name of ‘The King’ on his souvenirs. The legal tussle with Mr Shaw, who ran a memorabilia shop called ‘Elvisly Yours’, had been going on for over 17 years. Speaking after the ruling, Mr Shaw said: “I’m delighted. I’ve proved that Elvis belongs to all of us – Elvis is part of our history, part of our culture.

1998 : Mick Fleetwood joins The Corrs onstage for a St. Patrick’s Day performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. Their performance of the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams” is released as a single and becomes the first hit for The Corrs, going to #6 in the UK.

1999 : Sinead O’Connor records the first ever single via the Internet in a BBC studio as part of the Tomorrow’s World program. The song is a cover of Bob Marley’s “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)” recorded for the War Child charity.

2003 : Cliff – The Musical opens at The Prince of Wales Theatre, London. The show, which is based on the life of Cliff Richard, closes three months later.

2004 : The Kinks singer Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.

2005 : Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

2005 : Justin Hawkins from The Darkness became the centre of the latest hands-on activity at Madame Tussauds in London. His wax double would judge the air guitar skills of visitors who would be invited to play an imaginary guitar with smoke and music pumping out. Hawkins said: “I find the process of air guitaring rather silly. What makes a good air guitarist? Alcohol.”

2008 : Heather Mills is awarded 23.7 million pounds (about $47 million) in her divorce from Paul McCartney. Mills asked for much more but still got more than the $32 million Paul offered. Mills is vilified in the British press for being opportunistic.

2008 : Ola Brunkert, the former drummer with the Swedish group ABBA, was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain. Brunkert died after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home. He was found dead in his garden after trying to seek help. The 62 year old musician had played on every Abba album and had toured with the group.

2009 : Instead of getting boozed up on the streets like most people on St. Patrick’s Day, Amy Winehouse got sloppy at her court hearing in London to face charges that she attacked a fan at a charity event in 2008.

2010 : Alex Chilton singer and guitarist with Big Star died in hospital of heart problems in New Orleans aged 59. As a teenager Chilton had been a member of The Box Tops who had the 1967 hit ‘The Letter’.

2013 : John Lennon and George Harrison were honored with a blue plaque at the site of the former Apple Boutique in a ceremony in London held at at 94 Baker Street. The new plaque reads “John Lennon, M.B.E., 1940-1980, and George Harrison, M.B.E., 1943-2001, worked here.”