Stech’s Week in Rock History (Mar. 13th – 17th)

March 13th

1976: Nazareth peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of “Love Hurts” which was their first and only top ten single in the U.S.

1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” which was their tenth top ten single in the U.S.

1965: Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds, dissatisfied with their new pop direction as Clapton wanted to continue playing in the blues type vein. Jeff Beck would replace Clapton within two weeks of his departure.

 

March 14th

2005: U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, & Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. U2 were inducted by Bruce Springsteen, The Pretenders were inducted by Neil Young, Eric Clapton inducted Buddy Guy & Rod Stewart inducted Percy Sledge.

1984: Rainbow performed their last concert for 11 years at Tokyo’s Budokan where they were accompanied by a Japanese symphony orchestra which included guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s adaptation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Blackmore & bassist Roger Glover shortly re-joined Deep Purple for a reunion tour.

1964: The Beatles peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Please Please Me”. They were still at number one with “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and at number two with “She Loves You”.

 

March 15th

1977: Bad Company’s fourth studio album Burnin’ Sky was certified Gold by the RIAA. It was commercially, Bad Company’s second least successful album in the U.S. with Paul Rodgers singing for them.

1977: Kansas received their first Platinum album for their fourth studio album Leftoverture which later went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. alone. They play at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday, April 1st.

1976: Kiss released their fourth studio album Destroyer which went on to become their first album to be certified Platinum & contained such Kiss staples as “Detroit Rock City”, “Shout It Out Loud”, “God of Thunder” & “Beth”.

1975: Electric Light Orchestra peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.

Birthdays:
Dee Snider-singer for Twisted Sister born in 1955
Bret Michaels-singer for Poison born in 1963

 

March 16th

1991: Valerie Bertinelli gave birth to her only child with her then-husband Eddie Van Halen, a son named Wolfgang William Van Halen. Wolfgang became Van Halen’s bassist in 2006.

1991: The Black Crowes made their first appearance as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live where they performed “Thick and Thin” and “She Talks to Angels”.

1985: David Lee Roth peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his debut solo release, the EP Crazy from the Heat which went on to go Platinum in the U.S.

1985: Glenn Frey peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “The Heat Is On” which was off of the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop.

1979: Supertramp kicked off their tour in support of Breakfast in America in Boulder, CO.

Birthdays:
Nancy Wilson-guitarist for Heart born in 1954

 

March 17th

1998: Van Halen released their eleventh studio album, Van Halen III, which would be their only album with former Extreme singer Gary Cherone singing for them. It went on to become their first album not to go Platinum & they didn’t release another studio album until 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth.

1984: Van Halen peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their sixth studio album 1984 which would go on to sell ten million copies in the U.S.

1973: Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” which was their second top ten single in the U.S.

Birthdays:
Scott Gorham-guitarist for Thin Lizzy born in 1951

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