Today in Rock & Roll History: March 14th

1958: The Recording Industry of Association of America awarded its first official gold record to to Perry Como for his hit single “Catch A Falling Star.”

1964: The Beatles became the first act to occupy the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, with “I Want To Hold Your Hand” at #1, “She Loves You” at #2, and “Please Please Me” at #3. They also had four additional songs on the chart and Billboard magazine reported that sales of Beatles records make up 60% of the entire singles market. Three weeks later, the band held each of the top five spots on the chart and had an additional ten songs on the Hot 100.

1966: The Byrds released their psychedelic single “Eight Miles High” in the US. It was banned in several states due to allegations that the lyrics advocated drug use, but nonetheless reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1970: Brook Benton scored his seventh #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart with “Rainy Night in Georgia.”

1971: The Rolling Stones played two shows at London’s Roundhouse as the finale for their UK Farewell Tour. They played one more show at the Marquee Club at the end of the month before becoming tax exiles and leaving for France.

1974: Jefferson Starship, previously Jefferson Airplane, played their first live show at San Francisco’s Kabuki Theatre. The new line-up included Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Craig Chaquico, and Papa John Creach.

1978: The Who recorded “Guitar and Pen” at Ramport Studios during sessions for Who Are You, their eighth studio LP and last with drummer Keith Moon.

1981: Roxy Music achieved their sole #1 single when they reached the top of the UK chart with their cover of the John Lennon song “Jealous Guy.”

1988: Six months after the release of the final album by the Smiths, lead singer Morrissey released his debut solo album, Viva Hate. Six days later, it reached #1 on the UK chart.

1991: The Dave Matthews Band played their first public live show as part of a Middle East Children’s Alliance Benefit at the Trax Nightclub in Charlottesville, Virginia.

1994: Morrisey’s fourth album Vauxhall and I was released. It became his second LP to go to #1 in UK and reached the top 20 in the US.

2005: Guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes of The Cars announced that they were teaming up with Todd Rundgren to form a new Cars lineup, dubbed the “New Cars.” They were joined by Rundgren collaborators bassist Kasim Sulton and drummer Prairie Prince. Former Cars singer and songwriter Ric Ocasek, who had opted out of any possibilities of a reunion, gave his blessing to Easton and Hawkes.

Birthdays Today

Quincy Jones, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger, and winner of multiple Grammy awards considered to be one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, was born Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. in Chicago, IL in 1933.

Jim Pons, bass guitarist and singer with The Leaves, The Turtles, and The Mothers of Invention, was born in Santa Monica, CA in 1943.

Walter Parazaider, sax, flute, and clarinet player and founding member of Chicago, was born in Maywood, IL in 1945.

Michael Martin Murphey, country and western singer-songwriter, was born in Dallas, TX in 1945.

Bob Woodruff, country singer, songwriter, and musician, was born in New York City in 1961.

Billy Sherwood, musician, record producer, mixing engineer, and guitarist and keyboardist for Yes starting in 1997, was born in Las Vegas, NV in 1965.

Michael Bland, drummer with Prince’s backing band the New Power Generation, was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1969.

Bobby Kildea, bassist and guitarist for Belle and Sebastian, was born in Bangor, Northern Ireland in 1972.