Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 20






1957 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
Bobby Helms had his biggest single, "Fraulein", reach the US Country chart. The song eventually hit number 1, spending 52 weeks on the chart, longer than any other Country song of the 1950s. Later in the year, he had another number one record with "My Special Angel". Bobby released "Jingle Bell Rock" in November and would return to the US Top 40 on two other occasions.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
Still an unknown local singer, 16-year-old Bobby Rydell makes his first TV appearance on American Bandstand. Bobby will record his breakthrough hit, "Kissin' Time" next June and go on to place a total of nineteen songs on Billboard's Top 40 chart.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
Elvis Presley enters a Nashville recording studio for the first time since being discharged from the US Army. A twelve hour session will produce his next single, "Stuck On You", which will top the Billboard chart a month later. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley's touring band in 1957, are in the studio with him for the last time.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
Ricky Nelson records "Hello Mary Lou", which would climb to number 9 in the US by early May.

March 20
The top tune in the US was Elvis Presley's "Surrender", which used updated lyrics put to a melody that was written in 1911 as "Come Back To Sorrento". The song would also reach #1 in the UK.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Mesina are arrested at Stephen Stills' house in Los Angeles for "being at a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used." It's a misdemeanor for which Clapton will be found innocent while the others paid small fines.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
David Bowie marries American-born model Angela Barnett. She is often said to be the subject of the Rolling Stones' tune, "Angie".

1972 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
Ringo Starr records "Back Off, Boogaloo", which will become the second of his seven US Top 10 singles. The session was produced by George Harrison.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
Boz Scaggs' biggest album, "Silk Degrees" makes its first appearance on the Billboard chart, where it will climb to #2. It's his seventh solo album, but the first to go Platinum. Among the accompanying studio musicians were David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro and David Hungate, who would go on to form the band Toto.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
T-Rex played their farewell gig when they appeared at The Locarno in Portsmouth, England. As pioneers of Glam Rock, the band placed eleven singles in the British Top Ten between 1970 and 1973.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
28 year old Joseph Riviera took over the Asylum Records office in New York and demanded to see either Jackson Browne or The Eagles, wanting them to finance his trucking operation. He surrendered when told that neither act was in the office.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts started a seven week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". It was a #4 hit in the UK.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
Dick Clark announces his retirement from American Bandstand. On April 8th, comedian David Hirsch would take over, but the show was never the same and came to an end on October 7th. It continued to tape live at the Harrah's Club and Casino in Reno, Nevada, and aired locally until the mid-1990s.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
Michael Jackson inks the most lucrative deal in recording history when Sony signed him to a $1 billion contract.

March 20
Eric Clapton's four year old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment window. The boy was in the custody of his mother, Italian actress, Lori Del Santo and the pair were visiting a friend's apartment. The housekeeper had just cleaned a room and opened the window to air it out. Eric was staying in a nearby hotel after taking his son to the circus the previous evening. The tragedy inspired his song "Tears in Heaven".

2013 - ClassicBands.com

March 20
On what would have been their 44th wedding anniversary, Yoko Ono tweeted an image of John Lennon's bloodstained glasses overlaid with the message: "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980."






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