March 21 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Eddie!

Musician’s Born On This Day March 21

1943 Vivian Stanshall (Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band)
1945 Rosie Stone (Sly and The Family Stone)
1949 Eddie Money
1951 Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos)
1950 Roger Hodgson (Supertramp)
1957 John Reddington (King Kurt)
1967 Jonas Bergren (Ace of Base)

Deaths On March 21

1991 Leo Fender

Number 1 In The Charts On March 21

1967 Beatles: She Loves You US 45
1981 REO Speedwagon: Keep on Loving You US 45
1987 U2: The Joshua Tree UK LP
1992 Vanessa Williams : Save The Best For Last : US single

Various Music Events On March 21

1952 Alan Freed hosts Moondog Coronation Ball in Cleveland Ohio – the first sign that black R&B has a large white following. Freed promotes the show from WJW Radio, sold 18,000 tickets in advance, and featured Charles Brown, Moonglows, Clyde McPhatter.

1955 Big Maybelle records Whole Lotta Shakin’ in New York.

1961 Beatles play Cavern Club for the first time (following call from Pete Best’s mum to DJ Bob Wooler).

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their ‘Bed-In’ at Amsterdam Hilton.

1970 Beatles Let It Be debuts at No. 6 on Billboard Hot 100, the highest ever new entry.

1980 Going Underground by Jam enters UK chart at No. 1

1987 Unique chart situation as remakes of previous No. 1s top both US & UK charts. US No 1 is Lean on Me by Club Nouveau (previously Bill Withers), UK No. 1 is Everything I Own (previously Ken Boothe, first recorded by Bread)

1987 Beatlemania returns to US charts as the group holds down the Top 4 on US CD chart:
1. Hard Day’s Night
2. Please Please Me
3. Beatles for Sale
4. With the Beatles
1994 Ed Alleyne-Johnson releases Purple Electric Violin Concerto.

1994 “Streets Of Philadelphia,” a song from the film “Philadelphia.” wins Bruce Springsteen an Oscar for Best Original Song.

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