March 17 – Today In Rock Music History

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Musician’s Born On This Day March 17

1919 Nat “King” Cole
1939 Clarence Collins (Little Anthony and the Imperials)
1941 Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane)
1941 Clarence Clemons (E Street Band)
1944 John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful)
1944 Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane)
1946 Harold Brown (War)
1948 Pat Lloyds (Equals)
1951 Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
1967 Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
1972 Melissa Auf der Mar (Hole)

Number 1 In The Charts On March 17

1958 Champs: Tequila US 45
1960 Johnny Preston: Running Bear UK 45
1966 Walker Brothers: The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore UK 45
1973 Duelling Banjos soundtrack US LP
1979 Gloria Gaynor: I Will Survive UK 45
1979 Bee Gees: Spirits Having Flown UK LP
1984 Howard Jones: Humans’ Lib UK LP

Various Music Events On March 17

1950 WDIA Memphis becomes the first on-air black station in the southern states

1956 Frankie Lyman’s Why Do Fools Fall in Love is US R&B No. 1

1958 Buddy Holly and the Crickets play the Gaumont, Doncaster, UK

1960 Brenda Lee debuts on UK chart with Sweet Nothings

1962 Blues Incorporated performs for the first time at the Ealing Club, with Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies

1967 Stax Package tour opens at Hammersmith Odeon with Otis Redding and Sam and Dave

1973 Cliff Richard represents UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with Power to All Our Friends

1979 DJ Bill Tinsley of WATN, Waterdown, New York, begins the longest-ever continuous broadcast – on air until 21 March, a total of 336 hours.

1981 Blues Project, with Al Kooper, Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfeld, reunite for one-off concert at Bonds in New York.

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