Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 26






1956 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
After Bob Neal's management contract with Elvis Presley expired on March 15th, Colonel Tom Parker takes over. His position of personal representative and manager will pay him 25 percent of Presley's earnings.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Ricky Nelson records his first tunes for the Verve label. "A Teenager's Romance" will climb to #2 on the Billboard chart and a cover of Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'" will reach #4. Over his fifteen year recording career, Rick will place 36 songs in the US Top 40.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Eddie Cochran records his only US Top Ten hit, "Summertime Blues", which will rise to #8 in the US next Fall. It reached #18 in the UK.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Blues artist Little Willie John died in prison under mysterious circumstances after being convicted of manslaughter two years earlier. He had fourteen hits on the US R&B charts and the same number on the Pop charts, including "Fever", "Sleep", and "Talk To Me, Talk To Me".

1970 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul And Mary was arrested in Washington, DC for "Taking immoral liberties" with a 14 year-old girl. He pleads guilty and is sentenced to three months in jail. Just days earlier, the trio had won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for their album, "Peter, Paul and Mommy". Yarrow was later pardoned by US President Gerald Ford.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
David Essex received a Gold record for the hit "Rock On", which made #5 in the US and #3 in the UK.

March 26
Dionne Warwick and The Spinners record "Then Came You". Although Warwick didn't have much faith in the song, it became her first hit in nearly four years when it topped the Billboard chart next October.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Keith Richards' girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, gave birth to a baby boy, Tara. He died ten weeks later from pneumonia.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Daryl Hall And John Oates score the first of their six Billboard number one hits when "Rich Girl" reached the top. The song was not a hit in the UK.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Seven years after its release, Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" breaks the record for the longest-charting Pop album, previously held by Carole King's "Tapestry". At the same time, their latest single "Another Brick In The Wall" was topping both the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and the Billboard Hot 100.

March 26
Jon Paulos, drummer for The Buckinghams on their string of 1967 hits, including "Kind Of A Drag" and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", died of a drug overdose. He was 32.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Radio stations in South Africa banned all of Stevie Wonder's records after he dedicated the Oscar he had won the night before at The Academy Awards to Nelson Mandela.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Michael Jackson squeezed a fourth, US number one single out of his album "Bad" with "Man In The Mirror". It was a #21 hit in the UK.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Phil Collins is awarded an Oscar for Best Original Song for "You'll Be In My Heart" from the Disney animated feature Tarzan.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Three Dog Night's original bass player, Joe Schermie, Jr., who played on all the group's biggest hits from 1968-1973, died of a heart attack. He had just turned 55 a month earlier.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Jan Berry, one-half of the duo of Jan And Dean, died after suffering a seizure at his home. Together, the pair sold more than 10 million records and placed 14 hits in the US Top 40. Jan was a week away from his 63rd birthday.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Buck Owens, a Country artist who reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Tiger By The Tail" in 1965, died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack only hours after performing at his Crystal Palace restaurant in Bakersfield, California. He was 76.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
A jumpsuit that Elvis Presley wore at a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden sold at an auction for $212,588.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

March 26
Billy Joel's iconic hit, "Piano Man", was selected by the US Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic, or artistic significance." Even though the record only made it to #25 on the Hot 100 in 1974, it has become Joel's signature song, and was ranked at #421 in the 2004 list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.






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