Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 25






1958 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Elvis Presley's ducktail hairstyle and famous sideburns are removed as he received the regulation short haircut from US Army barber James Peterson. The King would never go back to wearing a DA.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Ray Charles updates Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia On My Mind", a song that first became a #10 hit for Frankie Trumbauer in 1931. Charles' version will become his fifth Billboard Pop chart hit and his first #1 next November.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Elvis Presley appears in concert at a benefit for the U.S.S. Arizona memorial in Hawaii. Following his 17 song set, the King would not play another live date for the next eight years.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Johnny Cash records one of his biggest Pop hits, "Ring Of Fire", which will climb to #17 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Country Chart. The song was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and was originally recorded by June's sister, Anita Carter. When her version failed to become a hit, Johnny added the mariachi-style horns and changed a few of the words. Four years later, Johnny and June were married.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
The Yardbirds release "For Your Love", which will reach #3 in the UK and #6 in the US. Organist Brian Auger was hired to play keyboards on the track, but when he arrived at the recording studio there was no organ, or even a piano there. All that could be found was a two-tiered harpsichord on which Auger improvised the now familiar intro. After the session he wondered, "Who in their right mind is going to buy a Pop single with harpsichord on it."

1967 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
The Doors debut album, featuring "Light My Fire", enters the Billboard Hot 200. The LP had been released during the first week of January and would end up leading the chart for three weeks and topping the Cashbox Best Sellers for a week.

March 25
Although they had cracked the Top 40 on three previous occasions, The Turtles enjoyed their first and only Billboard number one hit with "Happy Together". It made #12 in the UK. The song, written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, two former members of a band called The Magicians, had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to The Turtles.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
The Monkees 58th and final TV episode was broadcast, ending a two year run. The Fabricated Four would soon start to dissolve as Peter Tork left the group later that year, leaving just Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones on the cover of the group's next album, "Instant Replay".

1969 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their seven day "bed-in" to promote world peace at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam.

March 25
32-year-old Roy Orbison marries his second wife, 19-year-old Barbara Jakobs, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Barbara would go on to manage Roy's career and following his death in 1988, took charge of his business affairs. Sadly, she would die from pancreatic cancer at the age of 61 on December 6, 2011, 23 years to the day after her husband's death.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
New York radio station WNBC banned the song "One Toke Over the Line" by Brewer and Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country follow suit, but the record still makes it to Billboard's #10.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
The trio of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek, collectively known as America, reached the top spot on The Hot 100 and The Cashbox Best Sellers chart with "A Horse With No Name". The tune, which reached #3 in the UK, was originally titled "Desert Song".

March 25
Roberta Flack started a five-week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with "First Take", an LP that Atlantic Records would claim took just ten hours to record.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Jackson Browne's wife, Phyllis Major, committed suicide. Much of the music on Browne's album, "The Pretender" displays the sense of despair at her death. The recording became the first of Browne's LP's to sell a million copies.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
After a decade of having only local success in the Michigan area, 33 year old Bob Seger gets his big break. His 7th album, "Night Moves" goes Platinum on the strength of three Top Forty hits: "Night Moves", "Mainstreet" and "Rock and Roll Never Forgets".

1978 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
During a wave of nostalgia and oldies revival, Buddy Holly And The Crickets topped the UK album chart with "20 Golden Greats".

March 25
A Philadelphia R&B / Disco group called The Trammps enter the Billboard Top 40 for the third and final time with "Disco Inferno", which will climb to #11 during its thirteen week stay.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Motown Records celebrates its 25 anniversary with a concert in Pasadena, featuring The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson 5.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
At the 57th annual Academy Awards, Prince wins the Best Original Song Score Oscar for "Purple Rain" and Stevie Wonder is awarded Best Original Song for "I Just Called To Say I Love You".

1989 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Fire destroyed a recording studio on Chuck Berry's farm at Wentzville, Missouri. Among the items lost was a tape containing 13 unreleased Berry songs.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is arrested for allegedly exposing his buttocks during a concert in Augusta, Georgia.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Former Bay City Rollers' drummer Derek Longmuir was sentenced to 300 hours of community service after admitting to possessing child pornography. Despite his guilty plea, he maintained that the offending materials did not belong to him. He was subsequently fired from his job as a nurse at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, but later reinstated.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Bob Dylan wins the Best Original Song Oscar for "Things Have Changed" from the movie Wonder Boys.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a fire broke out as they slept.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Dan Seals, of the 1970s duo England Dan And John Ford Coley, died of cancer at the age of 61. After scoring several Billboard Pop chart hits, including "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight", "Nights are Forever" and "Love Is The Answer", Seals went on to have a solid career in Country music during the 1980s and early '90s.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Soul legend Bobby Womack was diagnosed with colon cancer. Womack canceled a live appearance in Houston, Texas earlier in the month after he experienced severe shortness of breath. He would pass away on June 27, 2014 at the age of 70.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Dionne Warwick's attorney confirmed that the singer had filed for bankruptcy over a tax debt dating back almost 20 years. In 2012 she appeared on a list of the top 500 people owing the most in unpaid taxes in the state of California. Her legal team insisted that Ms. Warwick was the "innocent victim of terrible mismanagement."

2015 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone magazine that The Beatles would have gotten back together at some point if John Lennon and George Harrison had lived. "We still had the songs and we still could play. We could have put it together... Of course, it's ended now. John and George are gone."

March 25
Boy George was the guest judge on TV's American Idol where he joined the remaining eleven contestants in singing his 1983, #1 hit, "Karma Chameleon".

2016 - ClassicBands.com

March 25
The Rolling Stones made a historic appearance in Havana, Cuba in front of an estimated crowd of 450,000 people. Rock 'n' Roll music was outlawed in Cuba shortly after Fidel Castro rose to power in 1959 and was reinstated in 2000.






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