March 20 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Carl!

Musician’s Born On This Day March 20

1937 Jerry Reed (country singer)
1951 Carl Palmer (ELP/Asia)
1959 Richard Drummie (Go West)
1951 Jimmy Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds and brother of Stevie Ray)
1961 Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats)

Deaths On March 20

1989 Archie Bleyer (founder of Cadence Label)

Number 1 In The Charts On March 20

1959 Platters: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes UK 45
1961 Elvis Presley: Surrender US 45
1968 Dave Dee Dozy Mick and Tich: The Legend of Xanadu UK 45
1971 T. Rex Hot Love UK 45
1971 Janis Joplin: Me and Bobby McGee UK 45
1976 Status Quo: Blue for You UK LP
1982 Goombay Dance Band: Seven Years UK 45
1982 Jam The Gift UK LP
1982 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: I Love Rock and Roll US 45
1993 Shaggy : Oh Carolina : UK single

Various Music Events On March 20

1960 Elvis Presley records first session since leaving the US army, Mess of Blues is the result.

1964 Beatles release Can’t Buy Me Love in UK.

1965 Motown package tour arrives in London, with Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas, Temptations and Supremes.

1969 John Lennon marries Yoko Ono.

1970 David Bowie marries Angela Barnett.

1971 Yes release The Yes Album in the UK.

1980 Radio Caroline, original North Sea radio, UK private, sinks.

1990 Gloria Estefan’s tour bus is involved in an accident and the singer breaks several bones in her back.

1991 Conor,Eric Clapton’s 4 year old son, falls to his death from a 53rd story New York City apartment window. Clapton later writes the song “Tears in Heaven.”

1991 Sony and Michael Jackson sign the richest deal in recording history.

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