March 7

Image courtesy of my buddy DanCh :)1962 : The Beatles appear on the BBC for the first time, recording for the radio show Here We Go, also marking the band’s first full live performance caught on tape, and the first performance in what would become their trademark collarless suits designed by Beno Dorn.

1964 : For the first time ever the UK Top Ten Singles Chart was composed entirely of British acts. Cilla Black held the No.1 position with ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart.’

1965 : During a Rolling Stones gig at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, England a female fan fell from the circle while the group were playing. The crowd below broke her fall and the girl escaped serious injury just breaking a few teeth.

1966 : Mike Millward guitarist from The Fourmost died, aged 23. The Liverpool group who were managed by Brian Epstein had the 1964 UK No.6 single ‘A Little Loving’.

1966 : Brian Wilson released ‘Caroline No’ the first solo single by a Beach Boy. Before it evolved into the final song we know today, the song was originally written as ‘Carol I Know’.

1966 : Tina Turner recorded her vocal on the Phil Spector produced ‘River Deep Mountain High’. It went on to make No.3 in the UK but only No.88 on the US chart.

1967 : Working on their next album The Beatles recorded additional overdubs for ‘Lovely Rita’, including harmony vocals, effects, and the percussive sound of a piece of toilet paper being blown through a haircomb.

1968 : Recorded on this day, Elvis Presley: “Wonderful World,” “Edge Of Reality,” “A Little Less Conversation”.

1969 : Led Zeppelin appeared at the Bluesville 69 Club at the Hornsey Wood Tavern, Finsbury Park, London, England. The venue was a function room at the back of the pub, and was so small that the stage was only just big enough for John Bonham’s drums, and the rest of the group had to stand on the floor at the same level as the crowd.

1969 : Tommy Roe’s “Dizzy” is certified gold.

1970 : Lee Marvin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Wand’rin Star’, taken from the film ‘Paint Your Wagon.’

1970 : Simon & Garfunkel’s album Bridge Over Troubled Water hits #1. It would stay there for a total of 10 weeks, longer than any other LP in 1970.

1971 : Jamacan saxophonist and flautist, Harold McNair died of lung cancer aged 39. Worked with Donovan, Melanie and Ginger Baker’s Air Force, and had toured Europe with Quincy Jones.

1973 : During a showcase gig at Max’s Kansas City, New York, CBS records boss John Hammond suffered a heart attack. The event was to mark the signing of his new act Bruce Springsteen.

1973 : A song from the movie Deliverance called ‘Dueling Banjos’ by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel became one of the few 1970s instrumentals to be awarded a Gold record. The record had topped the Cash Box Magazine Best Sellers list and reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1975 : David Bowie released his ninth studio album Young Americans. The album featured the song ‘Fame’ (co-written with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon),which gave Bowie his first US No.1 hit single.

1976 : Elton John was immortalised in wax at Madame Tussaud’s in London. The first rock star to be so since The Beatles.

1980 : The film Coal Miner’s Daughter, the biography of Loretta Lynn and starring Sissy Spacek opened. Spacek won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lynn; Tommy Lee Jones and Beverly D’Angelo also play leading roles in the film, which was a huge success with critics and at the box office.

1983 : The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inducts Neil Sedaka and Stevie Wonder into their ranks during their annual New York ceremony.

1985 : The song “We are the World” is released as a single, soon achieving massive chart success all around the world. The song, written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, is recorded for charity to help battle famine in Africa. The supergroup USA for Africa brought together for the recording features a stunning list of big names in music – everyone from Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan to Ray Charles, Cyndi Lauper and Dionne Warwick.

1987 : The first five Beatles albums, Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles for Sale and Help! were released on Compact disc. Capitol Records decided to release the original UK mixes of the Beatles albums, which means that the first four CDs are released in mono. This marks the first time that many of these mono mixes were available in the US.

1988 : British pedal steel guitar player Gordon Huntley died of cancer. Was a member of Matthews Southern Comfort, (UK No.1 single ‘Woodstock’) and as a session player worked with many acts including Elton John, Rod Stewart, The Pretty Things, Cliff Richard and Fairport Convention.

1994 : The rap group 2 Live Crew is cleared in a case brought by the publisher of Roy Orbison’s music over their parody of Orbison’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman”. The publisher denied the group permission to sample the song, so they did the parody instead, which stood up in court.

2001 : The National Endowment for the Arts, in conjunction with the RIAA, announces its Top Ten songs of the 20th century. At #1: Judy Garland’s rendition of “Over The Rainbow.” Also making the list: Bing’s “White Christmas” (#2), Aretha’s “Respect” (#4), Don McLean’s “American Pie” (#5), and The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” (#9).

2006 : Rod Stewart is ordered to pay $3 million to Harrah’s in Las Vegas after defaulting on a show in 2000.

2007 : Rhett Hutchence the brother of INXS singer Michael Hutchence defended his decision to sell some of the late star’s belongings online saying he needed money to set up home with his new girlfriend. Items in the auction included lyrics, T-shirts and a fax his brother had sent to his then girlfriend Kylie Minogue.

2012 : Sales of albums by The Monkees soared following the death of singer Davy Jones. ‘Best Of The Monkees’ re-entered the Billboard album chart at No.20 with sales of over 17,000 units.