Today in Rock & Roll History: March 3rd

1963: During the rehearsals for a Westinghouse television special in New York City, a 21-year-old Bob Dylan proposed to then 23-year-old Mavis Staples. Despite having a relationship with Dylan, Staples turned him down, feeling she was too young.

1966: Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles.

1967: In London, guitarist Jeff Beck debuted his new group featuring bassist Ron Wood, drummer Aynsley Dunbar, and singer Rod Stewart.

1969: The Who concluded recording of their Tommy album at IBC Studios after almost five months of sessions.

1972: Jethro Tull’s fifth LP Thick as a Brick was released. The album contains one continuous piece of music split over both sides, which the faux newspaper packaging claims to be an adaptation of an epic poem written by an eight-year-old genius named Gerald Bostock. The piece is in fact the creation of the band’s frontman, Ian Anderson.

1973: Elton John achieved his second #1 on Billboard’s pop album chart with Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player. In the UK, it became his first album to top the chart.

1973: Stealers Wheel debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Stuck in the Middle with You,” which later became their only top 10 hit, reaching #6.

1973: “The Cisco Kid” by War entered Billboard Hot 100, where it became their highest charting single, peaking at #2.

1979: The Bee Gees scored their fourth #1 single in the UK with “Tragedy.” On the same day they also went to #1 on the UK album chart and the Billboard pop chart in the US with their second fifteenth studio LP Spirits Having Flown.

1981: U2 commenced their first major tour of the United States, in which they played almost sixty dates across the country, largely in clubs.

1982: The Mamas & the Papas began a reunion tour with a show in New York club The Other End with original members John Phillips and Denny Doherty, along with Mackenzie Phillips and Spanky McFarlane replacing Michelle Gilliam and Mama Cass respectively.

1984: Nena started a three week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with “99 Red Balloons,” the English version of their international hit, “99 Luftballons,” originally sung in German.

Birthdays Today

Doc Watson, guitarist, songwriter, and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel music, was born Arthel Lane Watson in Deep Gap, NC in 1923.

Mike Pender, founding member and lead vocalist for the Searchers, was born Michael John Prendergast in Kirkdale, Liverpool, England in 1941.

Jance Garfat, bassist with Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show and Mother Earth, was born in San Francisco, CA in 1944.

Jennifer Warnes, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, as well as a collaborator with Leonard Cohen, was born in Seattle, WA in 1947.

Snowy White, guitarist and vocalist who played with Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Peter Green, Jim Capaldi, and others, was born Terence Charles White in Barnstaple, Devon, England in 1948.

Re Styles, vocalist for The Tubes, was born Shirley MacLeod in 1950.

Robyn Hitchcock, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, was born in Paddington, London, England in 1953.

Chris “Merrick” Hughes, drummer for Adam and the Ants and a solo artist who has also worked as a musician and producer with other artists such as Tears for Fears, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Lloyd Cole, and Tori Amos, was born in London, England in 1954.