Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 31






1949 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
RCA Victor introduces the 45 rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. The 7 inch disc was designed to compete with the 33 1/3 LP introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78 rpm platter that was currently in use. Advertisements for new record players boasted that with 45 RPM records, the listener could hear up to ten records with speedy, silent, hardly noticeable changes.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
Brenda Lee made her first network television appearance on ABC's Ozark Jamboree.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Obie Wheeler, Carl Perkins and Glen Douglas open a tour of the South in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" is released. It would enter the Billboard charts six weeks later and rise to number 8 on the Hot 100 and number two on the R&B chart. The song's original lyrics referred to Johnny as a "colored boy", but Berry later acknowledged that he changed it to "country boy" to ensure radio play.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
The Shirelles' "Soldier Boy" is released in the US on Sceptor Records. The tune becomes the group's biggest hit, reaching number one, selling over a million copies and earning a Gold record.

March 31
Connie Francis had the #1 song on the Billboard singles chart with "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You". In the UK, it stalled at #33.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
Jimi Hendrix suffered minor burns after he set fire to his guitar for the first time at The Rainbow Theatre. That night, he shared the stage with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and, believe it or not, Engelbert Humperdinck.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
Elvis Presley's concert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is postponed during intermission when he is too ill to go onstage. The next day, he is admitted to a Memphis hospital for a six day stay, suffering from fatigue and intestinal flu.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
The Doobie Brothers announced that they were splitting up. The band started in the '70s with the #11 hit "Listen to the Music" and would re-unite for 1989's Top Ten smash, "The Doctor".

1986 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
O'Kelly Isley of The Isley Brothers died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 48. As a trio, the Isleys started as a Gospel group in the early 1950s, switching to R&B in the latter half of the decade. Their first big hit was "Shout" in 1959, followed in 1962 by the original version of "Twist and Shout", later covered by the Beatles. The Isley Brothers' biggest hit came in 1969 with the million-selling "It's Your Thing."

1994 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
Madonna caused trouble on the set of The Late Show With David Letterman. The network had to delete 13 offending words from the audio track before the show aired. An obviously annoyed Letterman told the singer "People don't want language like that coming into their living room." Madonna also handed Letterman a pair of her panties and told him to sniff them. He declined and stuffed them into his desk drawer. Robin Williams later described the segment as a "battle of wits with an unarmed woman."

1995 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
Jimmy Page escaped injury when a fan rushed the stage at a Page And Plant concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he stabbed instead. After he was arrested, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry announced that digital music sales almost tripled around the world in 2005, reaching $1.1 billion in value.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
A private detective's search for Olivia Newton-John's former boyfriend, Patrick McDermott, was called off when McDermott sent photos and voice recordings to prove that he was alive and well. McDermott vanished at sea in 2005 and was believed to have drowned after a boating mishap, but has since been traced to the Mexican fishing village of Sayulita, where he was working as a deckhand. Newton-John split from McDermott the day before he disappeared and she went on to wed millionaire herb entrepreneur John Easterling in 2008.

March 31
Cher's first child, Chaz Bono, asked a judge to formally change his name and gender following the sex change surgery he had last year. The 41-year-old, who was born Chastity Sun Bono, now wants to be known as Chaz Salvatore according to a petition filed in Los Angeles. Salvatore was his father Sonny Bono's real first name.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

March 31
Boz Scaggs releases his latest album, "A Fool To Care".






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