Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 21






1952 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
The Cleveland Arena is the site of what will become recognized as the world's first major Rock 'n' Roll concert. With over 10,000 people inside and another 20,000 waiting outside, Alan Freed is set to broadcast the event 'live' over WJW radio. Paul Williams And His Hucklebuckers were playing their first song when city officials decided to shut the proceedings down, citing fire code violations. Doors and windows were smashed, a few fights broke out, but no one asked for their $1.75 admission back.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas enter Abbey Road studios to record the Lennon / McCartney tune "Do You Want To Know A Secret", which will reach #1 in the UK, topping The Beatles themselves.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
The Beatles replaced one Billboard chart topper with another when "She Loves You" took over from "I Want To Hold Your Hand".

1970 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
The Faces, featuring newcomers Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, released their debut LP, "First Step".

March 21
The Jaggerz, a six piece group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, see their first Billboard Hot 100 entry, "The Rapper", peak at #2. Two other releases, "I Call My Baby Candy" (#92) and "What A Bummer" (#88) couldn't crack the Top 40.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
The BBC banned all teenybopper acts appearing on UK TV show Top Of The Pops after a riot following a David Cassidy performance.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
David Bowie, Iggy Pop and several others are arrested in New York and charged with possession of marijuana.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
Although they had been making records for ten years, REO Speedwagon enjoyed their first taste of success when "Keep On Loving You" became the top tune in the US. The band would go on to place twelve more songs in the Top 40.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
Yoko Ono opens Strawberry Fields, an area in New York's Central Park dedicated to the memory of her late husband, John Lennon.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
35 year old Dean Martin Jr. of Dino, Desi And Billy, died when his F-4 Phantom fighter-jet crashed into California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm about 100 kilometers east of Los Angeles. Dino was serving in the Air National Guard at the time. His band had placed two songs on the Billboard Top 40 chart, "I'm A Fool" (#17) and "Not The Lovin' Kind" (#25), both in 1965. He was married to actress Olivia Hussey from 1971 to 1978 and to ice skater Dorothy Hamill from 1982 to 1984.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
Leo Fender, who pioneered the electric guitar, passed away at the age of 81. He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late '40s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
Former model Vanessa Williams started a five week run at the top of the US singles chart with "Save The Best To Last", a #3 hit in the UK.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
Michael Jackson's interior decorator told The London Times that the singer keeps 17 life size dolls, adult and child sizes, all fully dressed, in his bedroom for 'company.'

2002 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
John "Speedy" Keene, vocalist and drummer for Thunderclap Newman died at the age of 56. The band's biggest hit came in 1969 with "Something In The Air".

2004 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
Johnny Bristol, who had a 1973 #8 hit in America with "Hang On In There Baby", died of natural causes at the age of 65.

March 21
George Michael scored his fifth UK #1 album with "Patience". After a slow start in the US, the LP would eventually climb to #12.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
Three impoverished South African women whose father, Solomon Linda had written "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in 1939, won a six-year court battle that will give them 25 per cent of all past and future royalties from the song.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
US TV's American Idol featured celebrity coaches Lulu, who performed "To Sir With Love", and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, who sang "There's A Kind Of Hush".

2008 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
The long legal battle over the use of The Beach Boys' name came to a close after two days of talks mediated by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. Mike Love, Brian Wilson and the estate of the late Carl Wilson had launched several law suits against former band member Al Jardine, who had been touring under various names such as "Beach Boys Family and Friends". Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, however hope rose again of a long-awaited reunion of the band's three surviving co-founders.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
Phil Spector was allegedly beaten at the state prison in Corcoran, California, after mouthing off to another inmate. The 70 year old former record producer, who was jailed in 2009 for murdering actress Lana Clarkson, wound up with bruises, a black eye and lost a couple of teeth.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
A lost David Bowie album called "Toy", which went unreleased since 2001, mysteriously appeared on several file-sharing websites. The collection of mostly re-recorded tracks from Bowie's early years, had been locked in a dispute with Virgin Records.

March 21
Loleatta Holloway, best known for the 1980 Disco hit "Love Sensation", died of heart failure at the age of 64.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
El DeBarge escaped drug charges after the Los Angeles County District Attorney decided to drop the case due to a lack of evidence. The "Rhythm Of The Night" hit maker has been arrested three times for drug possession since 2001.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

March 21
The US Library of Congress announced that Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon", Simon And Garfunkel's "Sounds Of Silence" and Chubby Checker's "The Twist" would all be added to the National Recording Registry as culturally or historically significant recordings.






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