Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 7






1955 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Carl Perkins becomes the first Country artist to have a hit on the Billboard R&B chart when his "Blue Suede Shoes" makes the list.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Capitol Records is swamped with requests for heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay's album "I Am the Greatest" after Clay defeated Sonny Liston on February 25th.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Brian Wilson released "Caroline No", the first solo single by a Beach Boy. Before it evolved into the final number we know today, the song was originally written as "Carol I Know".

March 7
Tina Turner laid down vocal tracks for the Phil Spector produced "River Deep Mountain High", which would go on to reach #3 in the UK and #88 in the US.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Tommy's Roe's single, "Dizzy" earns a Gold record for sales of over one million.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Actor Lee Marvin, whose vocal skills were questionable at best, topped the UK singles chart with a song called "Wand'rin' Star", which was featured in the film Paint Your Wagon.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
A song from the movie Deliverance called "Dueling Banjos" by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel becomes one of the few 1970s instrumentals to be awarded a Gold record. The record had topped the Cash Box Magazine Best Sellers list and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Elton John becomes the first Rock star since The Beatles to be immortalized at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Stevie Wonder and Neil Sedaka are inducted into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Now that Beatles' albums are finally being released on CD, the Fab Four returned to the UK charts with "A Hard Day's Night" at #30, "Please Please Me" is #32, "With The Beatles" sits at #40 and "Beatles For Sale" is #45.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
The readers of Rolling Stone magazine voted George Michael as the best male singer and sexiest male artist.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Marvin Inabnett of The Four Preps died of a heart attack at the age of 60. The group placed seven songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1958 and 1961, including "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)", a number 2 hit in 1958.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
The Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Judy Garland's "Over The Rainbow" had been selected as their Song Of The Century. Rounding out their Top Ten were (#2) "White Christmas by Bing Crosby, (#3) "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie, (#4) "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, (#5) "American Pie" by Don McLean, (#6) "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by The Andrews Sisters, (#7) "West Side Story" (album) by the original cast, (#8) "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" by Billy Murray, (#9) "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers, and (#10) "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
A US federal judge ordered Rod Stewart to pay Harrah's casino in Las Vegas more than $3 million for a canceled show in December 2000.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Jimmy Boyd, the child vocalist best known for singing the 1952, Christmas novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", died at age 70.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

March 7
Funeral services were held for Davy Jones at Holy Cross Catholic parish in Indiantown, Florida. The three surviving Monkees, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz, did not attend so as not to draw more attention to the grieving family. Instead, they attended memorial services in New York City as well as organising their own private memorial in Los Angeles along with Jones's family and close friends.

March 7
Sales of albums by The Monkees soared following the death of singer Davy Jones. "Best Of The Monkees" re-entered the Billboard album chart at #20 with sales of over 17,000 units, followed by "Flashback With the Monkees", coming in at #125, selling over 5,000 copies.






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