Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 23






1955 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
Elvis Presley auditions for TV's Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, where he plays "Good Rockin' Tonight". His performance is weak and the show's producers turn him down.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
A teenage quartet from Hollywood, California who called themselves The Four Preps saw their first big hit, "Twenty-Six Miles (Santa Catalina)" peak at #2 on the Hot 100. They would go on to place six more songs in the Top 40 over the next four years, including "Big Man" (#3) and "Down By The Station" (#13).

1959 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
Ray Peterson recorded the original version of "The Wonder Of You", which will climb to #25 on the Billboard chart. Elvis Presley would take the same song to #9 in 1970.

March 23
The Skyliners, a five member group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, entered the Billboard Pop chart for the first time with the now classic doo-wop hit, "Since I Don't Have You". The song will be their biggest success, reaching #12. Joe Rock would later say that he was upset about a girl who had just left him and wrote most of the lyrics while sitting in his car between stoplights.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
Elvis Presley received his final discharge from the US Army Reserve. He had left active duty in February, 1960.

March 23
The Duke of Edinburgh presents The Beatles with an award for Best Beat Group at the annual Carl-Alan Awards.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
Blue Cheer enter the Billboard Hot 100 for the first and only time with their Heavy Metal version of Eddie Cochran's 1958 hit "Summertime Blues". The single would rise to #14 and helped push the album "Vincebus Eruptum" to #11. Jim Morrison of The Doors called the trio "The single most powerful band I've ever seen."

1969 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
Entertainers Jackie Gleason, Kate Smith, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant appear in Miami, Florida at what is billed as the Rally for Decency. Posters for the event warn that "longhairs and weird dressers" won't be allowed inside. Four days later, President Richard Nixon sends a letter of appreciation to the organizers of the rally.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
Cher enjoys her third, solo, US number one hit with "Dark Lady", a song written by The Ventures' keyboard player Johnny Durrill. It made #36 in the UK.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
Elvis Presley began his final tour at the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The 49 date jaunt would conclude with his last ever concert at the Indianapolis Indiana Market Square Arena on June 26th, 1977.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
Billy Joel marries Christy Brinkley on a boat moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty. Her engagement ring was described as a diamond solitaire "the size of a sugar cube." The pair would split in March, 1994.

March 23
John Lennon's son Julian gave his first concert in San Antonio, Texas. Over the next two years he would place four songs on the Hot 100, including "Valotte" (#9) and "Too Late For Goodbyes" (#5).

March 23
Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to #1 on the US album chart with his third solo LP, "Centerfield". Using over-dubbing, Fogerty played all of the instruments on every track. The RIAA has since certified the album Double-Platinum (2 million album sales) on the strength of the hit singles "The Old Man Down the Road", "Rock and Roll Girls" and the title track.

March 23
Former Earth Wind And Fire vocalist Philip Bailey teamed up with Phil Collins to top the UK chart with "Easy Lover", which had reached #2 in the US in February.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
Elton John joined George Michael on stage at London's Wembley Arena for a duet on the 1974 hit "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". The 'live' version will be released as a single and would top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic next December. Michael will donate $500,000 from the royalties to various charities.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

March 23
The Who's Pete Townshend told Britain's Uncut magazine that he regretted ever forming the band. "What would I have done differently? I would never have joined a band. Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration."






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