Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 14






1955 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
Singer Jimmy Dean interviews Elvis Presley on his Washington, DC television show on WMAL-TV. The interview did not go well, with Presley giving mostly one word answers to Dean's questions. Dean later remembered the interview as "Possibly the worst I've ever done," and during his Vegas years Presley himself would apologize for his brevity, saying he was simply scared of the camera.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
Perry Como's "Catch A Falling Star" becomes the first recipient of a Gold record awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America. The achievement represented sales of one million discs. The first known Gold record was presented as a one time award to The Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1942 for "Chattanooga Choo Choo".

1959 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
Elvis Presley led the Billboard Hot 200 chart with "For LP Fans Only". It was the first album ever issued without the artist's name to be found anywhere on the cover - front or back.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
Gerry Marsden of Gerry And The Pacemakers is fined 60 pounds for trying to evade British customs with a German-bought guitar.

March 14
Cliff Richard And The Shadows were at the top of the UK singles chart with "Summer Holiday", their seventh UK #1 record.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
For the first time in British recording history, all Top Ten singles in the UK are by British acts. #1 - "Anyone Who Had A Heart" by Cilla Black, #2 - "Bits and Pieces" by The Dave Clark Five, #3 - Little Children by Billy J Kramer, #4 - "Diane" by The Bachelors, #5 - "Not Fade Away" by The Rolling Stones, #6 - "Just One Look" by The Hollies, #7 - "Needles and Pins" by The Searchers, #8 - "I Think Of You" by The Merseybeats, #9 - "Boys Cry" by Eden Kane, #10 - "Let Me Go Lover" by Kathy Kirby.

March 14
Billboard Magazine reports that Beatle records have claimed 60-percent of the US singles market and that the album "Meet the Beatles" had reached a record 3.5 million copies sold.

March 14
"Navy Blue" by Diane Renay peaks at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her highest charting follow-up, "Kiss Me Sailor" would only make it to #29.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
The Supremes, with Jean Terrell singing lead vocals, enjoy their first hit without Diana Ross, when "Up the Ladder to the Roof" enters the Hot 100, where it will peak at number 10.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
Carole King's "Tapestry" LP is named Album Of The Year at the 14th Grammy Awards. The disc had been 1971's best selling record.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
Eric Clapton is admitted to United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota after a serious attack of bleeding ulcers. He is forced to cancel a 60 date tour of the United States.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
Huey Lewis And The News scored their third number one record in the US with a Bruce Hornsby composition, "Jacob's Ladder", one of six singles released from the album "Fore".

1990 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
Michael Jackson was voted artist of the decade at the annual Soul Train Awards.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
A Jay And The Americans concert on Long Island was interrupted by a bomb threat. No threat was found.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel that saw Bruce Springsteen ushering in U2 and Rod Stewart inducting Soul singer Percy Sledge. Neil Young welcomed The Pretenders into the Hall, while Justin Timberlake introduced The O'Jays.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
Ronnie Hammond, the lead singer of The Atlanta Rhythm Section, died of heart failure at the age of 60. He led the band to two Billboard Top Ten hits, "So Into You" in 1977 and "Imaginary Lover" in 1978.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

March 14
Sony ATV Music Publishing announced that it would buy out Michael Jackson's share of a joint music publishing venture for $750m. The purchase gives Sony the rights to about three million songs, including works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Taylor Swift, but did not include Jackson's master recordings.






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