March 15

1955, Elvis Presley signed a management contract with Colonel Tom Parker. Parker had previously managed the ‘Great Parker Pony Circus’ with one of the acts being a troupe of dancing chickens.

1955, Ray Charles peaked at No.2 on the US R&B charts with the Atlantic single ‘I Got A Woman’, widely considered the first song to be labelled “soul” – a blending of R&B and gospel.

1964, The Rolling Stones kicked off a 58-date UK tour at the Invicta Ballroom in Chatham, Kent. Half the dates saw the Stones playing two shows in one evening.

1967, The first session recording George Harrison’s new song ‘Within You Without You’ took place at Abbey Road studios, London. George was the only Beatle to perform on this song, which was still called ‘Untitled’. Harrison played the swordmandel and tamboura, Natver Soni played tabla, Amrat Gajjar played dilruba, PD Joshi played swordmandel, and an undocumented musician played a droning tamboura.

1968, The Stones started daily sessions at Olympic Studios in London to start recording their next album, Beggars Banquet. Working from 7pm to 8am each day without a break, the Stones worked on ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘Child Of The Moon’, ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’ and ‘Parachute Woman’ as well as the instrumental foundation for a song called ‘Did Everybody Paid Their Dues?’ (which would later become Street Fighting Man).

1969, Cream started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their fourth and final original album ‘Goodbye.’ The single, ‘Badge’, (which was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison, ) was subsequently released from the album a month later.

1969, Tommy Roe started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dizzy’, also No.1 in the UK. In 1991 Vic Reeves and the Wonder Stuff took the song to No.1 on the UK chart.

1969, Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6). The magazine was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner, the first issue of November 9, 1967 was in newspaper format with a lead article on the Monterey Pop Festival.

1969, Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan’s first book of poetry ‘The Warlock Of Love’ was published, priced at 12s/6d.

1969, During a Scandinavian tour Led Zeppelin played two shows in one day. The first was at Teens Club Box 45, Gladsaxe, Denmark and the second at the Brondby Pop Club in Norregard, Denmark. Also on the bill for the second show was The Keef Hartley Band, Ham and Swedish band Made In Sweden.

1972, DJ Robert W. Morgan played the Donny Osmond version of ‘Puppy Love’ for 90 minutes on the radio station KHJ in Los Angeles. LAPD mistakenly raided the station studios after receiving numerous calls from listeners, confused, the officers left without making any arrests.

1973, Roberta Flack was at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ and Elton John had the No.1 album with ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player’.

1975, Led Zeppelin went to No.1 on the UK chart with the double album Physical Graffiti the first on their own ‘Swan Song’ label, the album spent six weeks at No.1 on the US chart.

1975, Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Have You Ever Been Mellow’, the singers second US No.1.

1975, The Doobie Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Black Water’, the group’s first of two US No.1’s.

1977, Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England.

1980, One Hit Wonder Fern Kinney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Together We Are Beautiful.’

1982, Bob Dylan was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame at the 13th annual dinner held at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. After the ceremony Dylan gave a short interview to Jane Hansen, which was broadcast by NBC, TV in New York City.

1986, The Bangles were at No.2 on the UK singles chart with ‘Manic Monday’, a song written by Prince under the pseudonym Christopher, it also made No.2 in the US, held of No.1 by Prince with ‘Kiss’.

1988, Mick Jagger opened his first ever solo tour, his first ever performances in Japan and his first full concerts since 1982, with three shows at Osaka’s Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. The show is mostly made up of Rolling Stones songs, including songs not performed for a long time, including Bitch, Gimmie Shelter, Ruby Tuesday and Sympathy For The Devil as well as the Jimi Hendrix song Foxy Lady.

1989, The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million (£40 million) contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in rock history.

1997, The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mama’, making them the first act ever to have their first 4 singles reach No.1 on the UK chart.

1998, Madonna scored her sixth UK No.1 album with ‘Ray Of Light’, no other female artist had achieved more than three UK No.1 albums.

1999, Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame by U2’s Bono.

2000, Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 (£3,235) a month to $10,000 (£5,888). Mick was asked to confirm that he was the father of her child by the court, while Ms Morad was seeking a $10 million (£3.8 million) settlement. Morad told the court her monthly expenses: $3,500 (£2,065) for a nanny; $2,500, £3,000 for food and $3,350 (£1,970) to rent her place on New York’s Upper West Side.
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2000, Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that him and former model Heather Mills had become ‘an item’. The couple had met after working on the same charity project.

2002, Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check- in hall of Liverpool John Lennon airport. The re-branding of the airport featured a sketch of Lennon’s face with the words ‘Above Us Only Skies.’

2004, Former Crazy Town guitarist Rust Epique died of heart failure from an apparent heart attack at his home in Las Vegas. Epique was 35. Crazy Town had the 1999 world-wide No.1 single ‘Butterfly’.

2004, George Harrison Prince, Bob Seger, The Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City.

2005, Former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown was arrested after a fight during a concert in San Francisco after a fan jumped on stage and attacked the singer, who then became involved in a fracas with a security guard. Brown was arrested at his hotel after the show at the Great American Music Hall but released without charge.

2008, Six people were charged with conspiracy to defraud the Isle of Wight Festival by trying to sell fake tickets and wristbands. A police investigation was launched after alleged counterfeit tickets were discovered at last year’s event, which was headlined by The Rolling Stones.

2009, Jenkins and West, Tom Jones and Robin Gibb went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Islands In The Stream’, the Comic Relief single for 2009, (Jenkins and West were, actors Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon). The Bee Gees song had been a hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in 1983.

2010, Sony Music announced the biggest recording deal in history with the estate of Michael Jackson worth more than $200m (£133m). The deal involved 10 album projects over seven year’s including one of previously unreleased material. Sony had sold about 31 million copies of Jackson’s albums worldwide since his death on 25 June, 2009.

2010, PRS for Music announced that the royalties that UK songwriters received from online sales were growing faster than the decline from CDs and DVDs. It said UK online revenues for its members rose by 73% to £30.4m in 2009, at the same time, UK revenues from CD or DVD sales were down £8.7m.

2011, Disney Studios scrapped plans for a 3D remake of The Beatles 1968 film Yellow Submarine. The new film which was being developed by Forrest Gump Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis was going to incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original animated film. Budget issues and a cancelled meeting with surviving Beatles’ members were cited as reasons for the film’s demise.

2013, Friends of Lana Clarkson, the actress murdered by music producer Phil Spector, were protesting at a screening of the film about his trial. The movie, starring Al Pacino, focused on his relationship with his defence lawyer, played by Helen Mirren. But the group against the film said it was too sympathetic towards Spector’s defence case. Clarkson’s former publicist, Edward Lozzi, called the film a “slap in the face”.

2015, Mike Porcaro bassist with Toto died following a battle Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was the middle brother of Toto members Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro. Toto who formed in 1978 are best known for such classic rock hits as ‘Hold the Line,’ ‘Rosanna’ and ‘Africa’ and won an Album of the Year Grammy for 1982’s Toto IV.

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