March 8

Image courtesy of my buddy DanCh :)1954 : The Stargazers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I See The Moon’, the group’s second No.1.

1961 : The Beatles played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime. That night they performed twice: at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool.

1962 : The Beatles make their British national radio debut, singing “Dream Baby”, Maybellene and Please Mr. Postman on the BBC’s Teenagers’ Turn program. It was reportedly the first time they wore suits onstage.

1963 : The Four Tops get a $400 advance to sign with Motown. They spend the rest of the year singing backup for other acts, including The Supremes.

1964 : The Dave Clark Five appear for the first time on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, performing Do You Love Me and “Can’t You See That She’s Mine.” It will be the first of eighteen appearances for the group.

1965 : David Bowie made his TV debut with The Manish Boys on a UK program called ‘Gadzooks! It’s All Happening’ when they performed their current single ‘I Pity The Fool.’ At the time, he’s still known as David Jones.

1965 : Bob Dylan’s single Subterranean Homesick Blues was released in the US. The lead track from his Bringing It All Back Home album, gave Dylan his first top 40 hit. Subterranean Homesick Blues is also noted for its innovative film clip, in what became one of the first ‘modern’ promotional film clips. The clip was shot in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, the cue cards which Dylan holds were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, and Dylan himself.

1966 : Lulu became the first British female singer to appear behind the Iron curtain, when she toured Poland with The Hollies.

1966 : Bob Dylan recorded ‘Just Like A Woman’ for his ‘Blonde On Blonde’ album at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

1968 : Promoter Bill Graham’s East Coast version of the Fillmore, his legendary San Francisco rock ballroom, opens in the East Village section of New York City. Dubbed, appropriately enough, the Fillmore East, its first show features Big Brother & the Holding Company, Albert King, and Tim Buckley.

1968 : Cream played the first of two nights at at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California. The concert was recorded with some tracks ending up on their ‘Wheels Of Fire’ double album.

1968 : Elvis Presley’s 26th movie, Stay Away, Joe, premieres in New York City. The comedy features Elvis as a Native American rodeo champion.

1969 : The Small Faces split up after singer Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band and formed Humble Pie. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones linked up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and formed The Faces.

1970 : Diana Ross performs for the first time as a solo act, doing a show in Framingham, Massachusetts.

1971 : Radio Hanoi, which is a propaganda radio station set up by the North Vietnamese army to broadcast to American troops serving in Vietnam, goes on the air with a recording of Jimi Hendrix’ version of The Star-Spangled Banner.

1973 : Ron Mckernan, keyboard player with The Grateful Dead, died aged 27 from liver failure brought on by alcohol poisoning.

1973 : Paul McCartney was fined $170 for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans gave the seeds to him and that he didn’t know what they would grow.

1974 : Bad Company kicked off their first UK tour at Newcastle City Hall. The band was made up by ex members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell).

1975 : Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Have You Ever Been Mellow’, the singers second US No.1.

1976 : Gary Wright’s Dream Weaver is certified gold.

1979 : Rolling Stone reports that inflation has ballooned the cost of making and promoting a major label LP to between $350,000 and $500,000.

1986 : Diana Ross was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the ‘Chain Reaction.’ Written and produced by The Bee Gees (who also provided the backing vocals for the single). The single became her first No.1 single in the UK since ‘I’m Still Waiting’ in 1971.

2001 : Winners in ‘Rock Sound’ readers poll included, Pitchshifter who won Best British Band, Slipknot won Best single for ‘Wait & Bleed’ Foo Fighters won Best video for ‘Breakout’, Marilyn Manson won Best album for ‘Holy Wood’ and Limp Bizkit won Worst band.

2003 : Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler was injured when the Honda motorbike he was riding was involved in a collision with a Fiat Punto car. The 53-year-old singer and guitarist suffered a broken collar bone and six broken ribs in the accident which happened in London’s smart Belgravia district in mid-morning traffic.

2009 : A blue plaque in honour of The Who drummer Keith Moon was unveiled on the site of The Marquee Club in Soho, London, where in 1964 the band played the first of 29 gigs there. Fans on scooters turned up to pay tribute to Moon, who was 32 when he died of an accidental overdose in 1978. The blue plaque, which means the site is of historic importance, was awarded by the Heritage Foundation.