Another history lesson in music for you guys!
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‘ON THIS DAY IN…’ (31st March)
1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. The 7-inch disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that was currently in use. Advertisements for new record players boasted that with 45rpm records, the listener could hear up to ten records with speedy, silent, hardly noticeable changes.
1957, Billed as the nation’s only atomic powered singer, Elvis Presley played two shows (2pm and 6pm), at the Olympia in Detroit, Michigan in front of 24,000 fans.
1958, Chuck Berry’s rock ‘n’ roll classic ‘Johnny B. Goode’ single was released. It entered the US charts six weeks later and peaked at No.8 on the chart. The song’s original lyrics referred to Johnny as a “colored boy”, but Berry later acknowledged that he changed it to “country boy” to ensure radio play.
1964, Filming for A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles played a “live television performance” in front of a studio of screaming fans (one of those fans was Phil Collins). The four songs used in the film were ‘Tell Me Why’, ‘I Should Have Known Better’, ‘And I Love Her’, and ‘She Loves You’.
1967, Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time when he was appearing at The Astoria in London, England. It was the first night of a 24-date tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink. The Fender Stratocaster burned on stage by Hendrix sold for £280,000 at a 2008 London auction of rock memorabilia.
1976, Led Zeppelin released Presence, their seventh studio album, on their own Swan Song Records in the UK. Presence has now been certified 3 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 3 million copies.
1984, Kenny Loggins started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Footloose’, the theme from the film with the same name, a No.6 hit in the UK.
1992, Def Leppard released their fifth studio album ‘Adrenalize’, the first by the band following the 1991 death of guitarist Steve Clark.
1995, Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifes instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.
2001, Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown were banned for life from Hollywood’s Bel Air hotel after wrecking their room. Hotel workers said a TV was smashed, two doors were ripped of their hinges and the walls and carpets were stained by alcohol. It was reported that Whitney called in her lawyers to plead with the hotel management not to call the police. The suite was so badly damaged it had to be shut for five days for repairs.
2010, Cher’s first child, Chaz Bono, asked a judge to formally change his name and gender following the sex change surgery he had last year. The 41-year-old, who was born Chastity Sun Bono, now wanted to be known as Chaz Salvatore according to a petition filed in Los Angeles. Salvatore was his father Sonny Bono’s real first name.
2013, TV hosts Ant and Dec scored their first British No.1 single, with their 1994 hit ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rumble’. The song made it to No.1 after the duo performed the track on their ITV1 show Saturday Night Takeaway the previous weekend, prompting fans to download it. The duo were also giving all the money they made from sales to the ChildLine charity.
And its party time today for…
1948, Born on this day, Mick Ralphs, guitarist, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single ‘All The Young Dudes’), Bad Company, (1974 UK No.15 & US No.5 single ‘Can’t Get Enough’).
1953, Born on this day, Sean Hooper, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Power Of Love’).
1955, Born on this day, Angus Young, Scottish-born Australian guitarist with AC/DC, known for his energetic performances and schoolboy-uniform stage outfits. 1980 UK No.36 single ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ and 1980 UK No.1 & US No.14 album ‘Back in Black.’ AC/DC are the fifth-best-selling band in US history with over 70 million albums sold.
AC/DC – Shoot to Thrill – I had to use this video seeing as we are on UTB GEEK!
1974, Born on this day, Stefan Olsdal, bass, Placebo, (1997 UK No. 6 single ‘Nancy Boy’).
And there you have it!, a much more fun history lesson that you ever had at school!
I know I said there would be no tests but I didn’t say anything about homework!
I’m going to set you some! Did you read the awesome interview with Romeo Crow? Well I loved doing it for you and I would love to do it again, do you know any singer/songwriters, bands or the like that have an EP out that would like an interview on Geek for UTB Rocks?
Get them to get in contact with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, BBMC channel C0021F214 @CRAPPLEBASHING or @UTBRock As long as there’s an EP/few tracks and videos (a few photo’s wouldn’t go a miss either) then lets get to it!