Today in Rock & Roll History: March 24th

1956: The first regularly scheduled, nationally broadcast rock & roll show, Rock ‘n Roll Dance Party, hosted Alan Freed, premiered on the CBS Radio Network.

1962: Sam Cooke scored his third #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart with “Twistin’ the Night Away.”

1966: Simon & Garfunkel made their debut on the UK singles chart with “Homeward Bound” after the single’s initial release in the US in January. Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station in Widnes, England while stranded overnight waiting for a train.

1967: Albums that debuted on the Billboard pop chart included Jefferson Airplane’s second album Surrealistic Pillow, the Left Banke’s debut studio album Walk Away Renée/Pretty Ballerina, the Youngbloods’ self-titled debut album, the Doors’ self-titled first album, the Spencer Davis Group’s first US album Gimme Some Lovin’, Eric Burdon’s Eric Is Here, the Buckingham’s first album Kind of a Drag, and 5 by 5 by the Dave Clark Five.

1973: After entering the US top 40 the same day as the signing of the Paris Peace Accords that ended the Vietnam War, The O’Jays went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Love Train.” The record, which had recently topped the R&B chart, was the group’s only #1 on the pop charts as well as their only single to make the top 10 in the UK, where it reached #9.

1975: Chicago released their seventh studio album, Chicago VIII.

1977: Fleetwood Mac released “Dreams” in the US as the second single from their eleventh studio LP, Rumours. The following June, the song became the group’s first and only #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

1979: “The Logical Song” by Supertramp entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked in June at #6

1990: Sinéad O’Connor achieved her first #1 album when her second LP I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got topped the UK chart. The album became an international hit and reached the top of the Billboard pop chart in the US by the end of April.

2018: After making his solo debut on the Billboard 200 chart in 1981, David Byrne’s eleventh studio album American Utopia became his first top 10 LP, entering the chart at #3.

Birthdays Today

Carol Kaye, one of the most prolific bass guitarists in rock and pop music, who played on an estimated 10,000 recordings, many of which as a member of Los Angeles session group The Wrecking Crew, in a career that spanned over fifty years, was born Carol Smith in Everett, WA in 1935.

Don Convay, singer and songwriter who wrote hit songs such as “Mercy, Mercy,” “See-Saw,” “Pony Time,” and “Chain of Fools,” was born Donald James Randolph in Orangeburg, SC in 1936.

Billy Stewart, rhythm and blues singer and pianist, was born in Washington, D.C. in 1937.

Klaus Dinger, new wave guitarist, drummer, keyboardist, vocalist, and member of Neu!, La Düsseldorf, and Kraftwerk, was born in Scherfede, Westphalia, Germany in 1946.

Mike Kellie, vocalist and drummer for Spooky Tooth, was born in Birmingham, England in 1947.

Lee Oskar, harmonica player and original member of War who later co-founded the LowRider Band, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1948.

Nick Lowe, singer-songwriter, producer, solo artist, and half of the duo Rockpile with Dave Edmunds, was born Nicholas Drain Lowe in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England in 1949.

Douglas “Dougie” Thomson, bassist for Supertramp from 1972-1988, was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1951.

Nena, songwriter and lead singer for Nena, best known for their 1983 hit “99 Luftballons,” was born Gabriele Susanne Kerner in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany in 1960.

Patterson Hood, singer-songwriter and co-founder and frontman of Drive-By Truckers, was born in Muscle Shoals, AL in 1964.

Sharon Corr, singer-songwriter, violinist, pianist, guitarist, and co-founder of the Corrs, was born in Dundalk, Louth, Ireland in 1970.