March 16 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Nancy!

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Musician’s Born On This Day March 16

1942 Jerry Jeff Walker (Mr. Bojangles)
1954 Jimmy Nail (UK actor and singer)
1954 Nancy Wilson (Heart)
1959 Flavor Flav (Public Enemy)
1963 Stuart Kerr (Texas)
1965 Byron Stingily (Ten City)

Deaths On March 16

1968 Tammy Terrell (It Takes Two)
1975 T. Bone Walker (Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday is Just as Bad)
1976 Arthur Gunter (Baby Let’s Play House)

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Number 1 In The Charts On March 16

1956 Dream Weavers: It’s Almost Tomorrow UK 45
1968 Otis Redding: Dock of the Bay US 45
1974 Paper Lace: Billy Don’t Be a Hero UK 45
1974 Barbra Streisand: The Way We Were US LP
1990 Farm : Spartacus : UK LP

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Various Music Events On March 16

1957 Fats Domino tops R&B chart with I’m Walkin” taking over from Blue Monday and continuing a run of 21 consecutive weeks at No. 1.

1959 Plans announced for the first American rock-and-roll package tour to hit Europe. Performers including Bobby Darin, Conway Twitty, Duane Eddy and Pony Tails are contracted, along with UK star Cliff Richard.

1964 DJ Alan Freed is charged with income-tax evasion by federal grand jury probing into radio and record company payola, less than two years after he admits guilt in the same investigation.

1974 The new $15 million Opry House holds its inaugural show in Nashville, opened by Richard Nixon.

1975 London’s Rainbow Theatre closes with line-up featuring Procol Harum and John Martyn, and titled Over the Rainbow.

1977 A&M fire the Sex Pistols after only a week, paying them £40,000 compensation.

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