March 26

Image courtesy of my buddy DanCh :)1956 : Kay Starr was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock And Roll Waltz.’ The song is told from the point-of-view of a teenager who comes home early from a date, and catches her parents attempting to dance to one of her rock and roll records.

1961 : The Beatles performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool, their last performance before travelling to Hamburg, West Germany, for their second visit.

1964 :¬†Recorded on this day, Chuck Berry – “No Particular Place To Go”

1964 : Former Beatles drummer Pete Best appears on the game show I’ve Got A Secret.

1965 : Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes.

1966 : The photograph for the “butcher” cover for The Beatles’ American Yesterday And Today album is taken.

1966 : The Strangeurs, featuring future Aerosmith frontman Steven Tallarico (later Steven Tyler), open for The Byrds at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. The Strangeurs arrange for girls to sit in the front row and scream for them, but it’s hardly necessary as the crowd goes nuts during their set, where they play six songs instead of their allotted two.

1969 : Marvin Gaye was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.

1969 : Pat Boone guests on CBS-TV’s Beverly Hillbillies.

1970 : Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary pleaded guilty to ‘taking immoral liberties’ with a 14 year old girl in Washington D.C. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three months in jail. Just days earlier, the trio had won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for their album, ‘Peter, Paul and Mommy’.

1971 : The Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo appears for the first time when it is used on VIP passes for their show at the Marquee Club in London.

1975 : The movie version of Tommy premiers in London.

1976 : One-man blues band Duster Bennett was killed in a car accident. 1970 album ‘Smiling Like I’m Happy.’ Worked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and B.B. King.

1977 : The Clash release their first single, making an immediate political statement with “White Riot.” It is only released in the UK, and not available in America until two years later.

1977 : Hall and Oates started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rich Girl’, the duo’s first US No.1, not a hit in the UK.

1980 : Pink Floyd’s The Wall breaks the record for longest charting pop album, held at the time by Carole King’s Tapestry.

1980 : The Police became the first Western pop group to play in Bombay, India for over ten years when they played a one off gig in the city.

1985 : Radio stations in South Africa banned all of Stevie Wonder’s records after he dedicated the Oscar he had won the night before at The Academy Awards to Nelson Mandela.

2000 : Phil Collins won an Oscar at the Academy Awards for Best Original Song with ‘You’ll Be In My Heart’ from the Disney animated feature ‘Tarzan.’

2000 : Santana started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Supernatural.’ The album went on to win eight Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year (for Smooth) and Song Of The Year.

2002 : Randy Castillo drummer with the Ozzy Osbourne band died of cancer aged 51. Worked with Osbourne during the 1980s and early 1990s. Also worked with Lita Ford and Motley Crue.

2004 : Jan Berry of Jan and Dean, died at the age of 62, after being in poor health sustained in a 1966 car crash. Had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.26 single ‘Surf City’, (co written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson). At the height of their fame, Jan and Dean hosted and performed at The T.A.M.I. Show, the film also featured The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

2005 : Australian drummer Paul Hester died aged 46, after he “attempted suicide” and died from strangulation after being found hanged in a park in Melbourne. He had been a member of Crowded House, Split Enz and Largest Living Things. After leaving Crowded House in 1994 Hester appeared on many TV and radio shows in Australia.

2006 : Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays – back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.

2006 : U2 The Edge donated his favourite guitar a 1975 Gibson Les Paul to a charity he co-founded to replace instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the US.