Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 16






1955 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" by Bill Hayes reached the number one spot on the US Pop music charts, where it would stay for five weeks. The song sold more than 7,000,000 records on more than 20 different labels worldwide.

March 16
Epic Records releases Roy Hamilton's "Unchained Melody", which will climb to #6. The Righteous Brothers would update the song ten years later and take it to #4.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
Although he is about to be dropped by Columbia because his Big Band style records weren't selling, Bobby Vinton is allowed to lay down a couple of vocal efforts. The results would produce the first of his thirty, US Top 40 hits, "Roses Are Red", which would top the Billboard chart by next June.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
Peter, Paul And Mary's "Puff The Magic Dragon" is released in the US, where it will reach #2. Although banned by some radio stations who thought the song was about drugs, it is really just a story about a little boy growing up, according to its writer, Peter Yarrow.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
Alan Freed, who helped bring Rock 'n' Roll to the forefront, is charged with tax evasion, a grand jury indictment stemming from the earlier payola investigation which ruined the career of the ex-DJ.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
The Rolling Stones were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "The Last Time", the band's third UK #1.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding became the number 1 song in the US. The tune was recorded just three days before the plane crash that killed Redding in December, 1967, and was his only Gold record.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
24 year old Tammi Terrell, who teamed up with Marvin Gaye for several Motown hits, died at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. After she had collapsed in Gaye's arms onstage in 1967, it was discovered that she was suffering from a brain tumor.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
At the 13th Annual Grammy Awards, Simon And Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" wins Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists, Best Engineered Record and Best Contemporary Song.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
After several embarrassing incidents, A&M Records announces the termination of the Sex Pistols' contract and that they have halted production of the band's newest single, "God Save The Queen".

1979 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
Elvis Costello was the object of a lot of bad publicity after he allegedly made racist comments about Ray Charles and James Brown. Costello was at a Holiday Inn bar while promoting his new "Armed Forces" album, discussing British and American music with Stephen Stills and Bonnie Bramlett. When the remarks were made, Bramlett responded by punching Costello in the face. After word about the incident came out, Costello held a press conference and apologized.

1983 - ClassicBands.com
March 16
US radio and TV personality Arthur Godfrey died in New York City at the age of 79. His show, Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts was a fore runner of Star Search and American Idol on which "scouts" presented their discoveries to perform live before a national radio and television audience.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
Seven members of Country singer Reba McEntire's band and her road manager were among ten people who were killed when their private jet crashed in California just north of the Mexican border. McEntire, who had given a private concert in San Diego for IBM employees the night before, was not on the plane.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
Johnny Cymbal died in Nashville of an apparent heart attack at age 46. His novelty song "Mr. Bass Man" reached #16 in March, 1963. Five years later, recording under the name Derek, his tune "Cinnamon" reached number 11 on the Billboard Pop chart.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gave out its first set of Diamond Awards for sales over 10 million units in the US. Sixty-one albums and one single qualified. At the top of the list was The Eagles' Greatest Hits, with over 25 million copies (it would sell another million by the end of the year).

2005 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
Billy Joel checked himself into a rehabilitation centre for treatment of alcohol abuse.

March 16
Jakson Spires, drummer and founding member of Blackfoot, died at the age of 53 after suffering a brain aneurysm. The band reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August, 1979 with "Highway Song".

2009 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
The Weinstein Co. acquired the rights to produce Nowhere Boy, the story of John Lennon's tumultuous childhood. The script focuses on the battle between Lennon's aunt Mimi and his mother Julia for custody and the affections of the young musician as well as his friendship with Paul McCartney. The film was released at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on January 27th, 2010.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
Bobbie Smith, lead vocalist for The Spinners, died following complications from lung cancer at the age of 76. The group had seven Top 10 singles including "Rubberband Man", "One of a Kind (Love Affair)", "Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me Girl" and "I'll Be Around".

2015 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
Andy Fraser, bassist for the group Free and co-writer of their hit "All Right Now", died of cancer at the age of 62.

2017 - ClassicBands.com

March 16
The Kinks' front man, 72-year-old Ray Davies, was knighted by the Prince Of Wales for services to the arts at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, England.






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