Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 22






1955 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
23 year old Johnny Cash lays down his first tracks at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Studio. With Luther Perkins on guitar and Marshall Grant on bass, Johnny sang five Country / Gospel numbers, of which "Mr. Porter" was the only useable cut. Phillips tells Johnny to come back when he's written a hit.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
While on his way to an appearance on The Perry Como Show, Carl Perkins received a broken collarbone and a concussion in a car accident that killed his brother Jay just outside Dover, Delaware. An eight seat Chrysler Imperial that was loaned to Perkins while he awaited delivery of his new Cadillac Sixty Special, plowed into the back of a pickup truck after his manager, Dick Stuart fell asleep. The accident also killed the local farmer who was driving the pickup and Perkins would spend several days in the hospital.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
The Beatles' first album, "Please Please Me", is released in England. The LP would reach the top spot in the UK and has never gone out of production in over fifty years. The collection, minus "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why", would be issued by Vee-Jay Records in North America on January 10th, 1964 as "Introducing... The Beatles".

March 22
"Our Day Will Come" by Ruby And The Romantics topped the Billboard Hot 100, although it only made #38 in the UK. On the day the song was recorded, it was the first time Ruby had ever been in a recording studio.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
At a truck stop in Jackson, Alabama, The Allman Brothers Band are arrested by state troopers and charged with marijuana and heroin possession after drugs are found in the back seat of the band's car.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
Franki Valli returned to the US Top 40 for the first time in nearly seven years when "My Eyes Adored You" went to number one. The song was originally titled "Blue Eyes In Georgia" by its writers, Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, but Valli altered the lyrics to suit himself.

March 22
31 year old Barry Manilow performs "Mandy" and his latest release, "It's A Miracle" on American Bandstand.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
The John Denver TV special, Thank God, I'm A Country Boy aired on ABC-TV. Guests included Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Roger Miller.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
Although they had found the UK chart with several earlier entries, The Jam top the list for the first time with "Going Underground". They would repeat this success three more times before disbanding in 1982. Despite their immense popularity in Britain, the band never found an audience in North America.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
Diana Ross' first solo album for RCA, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", goes Platinum less than three months after its release.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
Mark Dinning, who scored a US number one hit in 1960 with "Teen Angel", died following a heart attack at the age of 52. The song had been written by his sister, Jeannie. Although he never had another hit, Mark continued performing throughout the 1960s, but felt his lack of success was because, "groups were in and singles were out", once the British Invasion started. He died just after returning home from a club appearance in Jefferson City, Missouri.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
Dave Guard, a founding member of The Kingston Trio, died of cancer at the age of 56. The group had 17 chart singles and nine Gold albums between 1958 and 1963. Guard left the group in 1961 to form The Whiskey Hill Singers.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
Former Turtles' drummer Don Murray died from complications during surgery. He was 50.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
Earl Beal of the Philadelphia vocal group The Silhouettes died at the age of 76. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with "Get A Job".

2004 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
Ozzy Osbourne topped a Yahoo poll as the UK's favorite ambassador to welcome aliens to Earth.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
Paul McCartney announced that his 1971 album "Ram", which included the hit single "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey", had been re-mastered and would be re-released next May. Macca was quoted as saying "This is an album from a long, long time ago, when the world was different. It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which it was created."

2017 - ClassicBands.com

March 22
Former Boston drummer, 67-year-old Sib Hashian, collapsed and died on stage during a performance on a Caribbean cruise ship. The Legends Of Rock cruise also featured Sib's old Boston bandmate Barry Goudreau, original Beach Boys star David Marks and Foreigner singer Lou Gramm. Hashian had performed on Boston's 1967 self-titled debut album that featured the giant hit, "More Than A Feeling".






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