Today in Rock & Roll History: March 28th

1958: Eddie Cochran recorded what became his only top 10 hit “Summertime Blues” at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. Co-written by Cochran and his manager Jerry Capeheart, the song was originally released as a B-side and reached #8 on the Billboard chart.

1966: The self-titled debut album by The Young Rascals was released by Atlantic Records. It rose to #15 on Billboard pop chart and #10 on Cash Box chart.

1967: Van Morrison recorded his first single “Brown Eyed Girl” at A&R Studios in New York City. The twenty-second take of the session was released as a single later in June. Originally titled “Brown Skinned Girl,” the song alludes to Jamaican and Calypso music styles, and the change to its title was, according to Morrison, an absent-minded mistake. The record became Morrison’s first top 10 hit in the US, reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” entered the Billboard Hot 100. The lead single from their Déjà Vu LP, the song reached #11 on the chart in May and went to #3 in Canada.

1970: The Ides of March entered the Billboard Hot 100 with “Vehicle.” The single was the group’s only top 40 hit in the US.

1970: Simon & Garfunkel topped the UK singles chart for the first and only time with “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

1972: At RCA Studios in Hollywood, Elvis Presley recorded “Burning Love,” the song that became his last top 10 hit during his lifetime. Written by Dennis Linde and originally recorded by Arthur Alexander the same year, Presley’s version reached #2 in the US and #7 in the UK.

1973: Led Zeppelin released their fifth studio album and first of entirely original material, Houses of the Holy. The title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed “Houses of the Holy.” Mostly recorded at the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio at Mick Jagger’s Stargroves estate in England, the LP also reflects the band’s increased use of layering and production techniques.

1981: Blondie started two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Rapture,” the group’s fourth song to top the US pop charts.

1981: As a tribute to the late John Lennon, Elton John released his 1974 live performance of “I Saw Here Standing There” with Lennon at Madison Square Garden as a single. It was Lennon’s last major live performance and the only version of the song to enter the UK charts, where it reached #40.

1985: Boston band ‘Til Tuesday released their first single and title track from their debut album, Voices Carry.

1996: Genesis drummer and lead vocalist Phil Collins revealed that he was leaving the group. The announcement was made at a tongue-in-cheek press release in which the band stated they were seeking a new vocalist and that “for the past 20 years, Collins had been temping as a singer, to great acclaim.” Ray Wilson later joined Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford to record what became the group’s final album, Calling All Stations.

2005: Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen began their first tour after the death of Freddie Mercury at Brixton Academy in London with singer Paul Rodgers. Bassist John Deacon also did not take part due to his retirement in 1997.

Birthdays Today

Charlie McCoy, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, session musician, and member of Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry who, as a session player, recorded with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, and Loretta Lynn, was born in Oak Hill, WV in 1941.

Chuck Portz, bassist for the Crossfires, the group that later became the Turtles, was born in Santa Monica, CA in 1945.

John Evan, songwriter, composer, and keyboardist for Jethro Tull from 1970-1980, was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England in 1948.

Milan Williams, keyboardist and a founding member of The Commodores, was born in Okolona, MS in 1948.

Dave Keuning, lead guitarist for the Killers, was born in Pella, IA in 1976.