Stech’s Week In Rock History (March 20th – 24th)

March 20th

1991: Eric Clapton’s four year old son Conor climbed out of an open window & fell 700 feet to his death in New York City. Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven”.

1971: Janis Joplin reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time posthumously with “Me and Bobby McGee” which spent one week on top of the chart.

1968: Eric Clapton & Neil Young, Richie Furay & Jim Messina of Buffalo Springfield were arrested in Los Angeles for being in a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used. Clapton was found innocent but the members of Buffalo Springfield each paid a small fine.

1960: Elvis Presley began his first recording session since being discharged from the U.S. Army. This twelve hour session produced the future number one single “Stuck on You”.

 

March 21st

1983: Pink Floyd released The Final Cut, which was their final album with bassist & singer Roger Waters.

1981: John Lennon peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart posthumously with “Woman” which was Lennon’s sixth top ten single in the U.S.

1970: Santana peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Evil Ways” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.

 

March 22nd

1986: Heart reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “These Dreams”, which spent one week on top of the chart.

1980: Pink Floyd reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time with “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” which began a four week run on top of the chart.

1975: Led Zeppelin’s double album Physical Graffiti reached the top of the Billboard 200 album chart for the first of six weeks, giving them their fourth number one album.

1974: The Eagles released their third album On the Border which was the first Eagles album to feature guitarist Don Felder.

 

March 23rd

1985: Billy Joel married supermodel Christine Brinkley on a boat alongside the Statue of Liberty. This was Joel’s second marriage and they would divorce in 1994.

1983: ZZ Top released their eighth studio album Eliminator which went on to reach number nine on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell ten million copies in the U.S.

1980: Pat Benatar reached number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Heartbreaker” which was her first top forty single in the U.S.

1979: Van Halen released their second album Van Halen II, which went on to become their first album to reach the top ten of the Billboard 200 Album Chart, peaking at number six.

1973: John Lennon was ordered to leave the U.S. within 60 days by immigration authorities. This began Lennon’s long fight to obtain his green card, which he received in 1976.

Birthdays:
Ric Ocasek-singer & guitarist for The Cars born in 1949

 

March 24th

1979: The Cars peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their self-titled debut album which later went on to sell six million copies in the U.S.

1973: Lou Reed was bitten on his bottom by a fan that jumped onstage during a concert in Buffalo. The fan that bit Reed was thrown out & Reed finished the concert. Reed commented after the concert that the U.S. “seems to breed real animals”.

1958: Elvis Presley reported to the Memphis Draft Board to be inducted into the U.S. Army, his serial number was 53 310 761.

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