This Day In Rock History: March 11th


Lisa Loeb
Lisa Loeb

  • 1956, The Dream Weavers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Its Almost Tomorrow’. The Miami based studio band’s only chart hit in the UK, thus condemning The Dream Weavers to the One Hit Wonder tag.
  • 1965, Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s Not Unusual.’ The Welsh singer’s first of 16 UK Top 40 hits during the 60’s.
  • 1968, The Otis Redding single ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’  went gold in the US three months after the singer was killed in a plane crash.
  • 1970, Deja Vu, the first album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, (and the second by the trio configuration of Crosby, Stills, and Nash), was released. It topped the pop album chart for one week and spawned three US Top 40 singles: ‘Teach Your Children’, ‘Our House’, and ‘Woodstock’.
  • 1972, Neil Young went to No.1 on the US & UK album chart with ‘Harvest.’ The album featured the hit single ‘Heart Of Gold.’
  • 1972, Harry Nilsson was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of The Peter Ham and Tom Evans song ‘Without You’. First recorded by Badfinger in 1970, the song was also a No.1 for Mariah Carey in 1994.
  • 1978, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell album began a 416-week run on the UK chart, going on to sell over 2 million copies.
  • 1978, The debut single from Kate Bush, ‘Wuthering Heights’ a song inspired by the Emily Bronte novel, started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Record company, EMI had originally chosen another track, ‘James and the Cold Gun’ as the lead single, but Bush was determined that ‘Wuthering Heights’ would be the first release from the album.
  • 1993, Oasis recorded their first demos at The Real People’s studio in Liverpool. The set included ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’, ‘Columbia’ and ‘Fade Away.’
  • 2011, The former singer with Iron Maiden was jailed for nine months for fraudulently claiming benefits. Paul Andrews, fronted the band between 1978 and 1981, under the stage name Paul Di’Anno. Andrews, 52, was jailed at the city’s crown court after earlier admitting falsely claiming more than £45,000. Fraud investigators had viewed online videos and read about gigs on the performer’s website.
  • 2015, A jury in the United States ruled that the writers of ‘Blurred Lines’, copied a Marvin Gaye track. Jurors in Los Angeles decided that the 2013 single by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke breached the copyright of Gaye’s 1977 hit ‘Got To Give It Up’. The family of the late soul singer were awarded $7.3m (£4.8m) in damages. Thicke and Williams denied copying the hit, and their lawyer said the ruling set a “horrible precedent”.
  • 2015, Jimmy Greenspoon, keyboardist with Three Dog Knight died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 67. During the course of their career, Three Dog Knight had 21 top 40 hits, including three No.1 singles.

Born on this day:

  • 1944, Born on this day, Ric Rothwell, drummer with The Mindbenders, (1965 US No.1 single with ‘Game Of Love’ and a 1966 UK No.2 single with ‘Groovy Kind Of Love’).
  • 1945, Born on this day, American guitarist, Harvey Mandel who played with Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones and John Mayall as well as having a solo career. Mandel is one of the first rock guitarists to use two-handed fretboard tapping.]
  • 1947, Born on this day, Mark Stein, Vanilla Fudge, (1968 US No.6 single ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’).
  • 1948, Born on this day, George Kooymans, guitar, Golden Earring, (1974 UK No.7 & US No.13 single ‘Radar Love’).
  • 1950, Born on this day, Bobby McFerrin, vocalist and conductor, (1988 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’).
  • 1955, Born on this day, Nina Hagen, German singer, songwriter, The Nina Hagen Band.
  • 1961, Born on this day, Bruce Watson, guitar, Big Country, (1983 UK No.10 single ‘Fields Of Fire’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles’, 1983 US No.17 single ‘In A Big Country’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, Vinnie Paul, heavy metal drummer and producer and co-founder of Pantera. He co-founded the heavy metal band Damageplan in 2003 with his late brother, Dimebag Darrell.
  • 1968, Born on this day, Lisa Loeb, US singer, (1994 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Stay, I Missed You’, from the film ‘Reality Bites’)
  • 1969, Born on this day, Rami Jaffee, keyboards, The Wallflowers, (1997 US No.3 album, ‘Bringing Down The Horse’).
  • 1979, Born on this day, Joel Madden, vocals and Benji Madden, Good Charlotte, (2002 US No.7 album, ‘The Young And The Hopeless’, 2003 UK No.6 single ‘Girls and Boys’).

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