This Day in Music History: March 15

This Day in Music History: March 15March 15, 2017

We cover all sorts of news, facts and historical and interesting facts that happened on this day in music history.


Today: March 15.


1955: Elvis Presley signed a contract with Colonel Tom Parker to manage him. Parker had also managed the 'Great Parker Pony Circus' with one of the acts being a troupe of dancing chickens.


1955: Ray Charles reached the No.2 spot on the US R&B charts with the Atlantic single 'I Got A Woman', which is considered to be the first song that was labelled "soul" - a blending of R&B and gospel.


1967: The first session recording of ‘Within You Without You’, the new song by George Harrison took place at Abbey Road studios, London. Harrison was the only band member that performed on this song, which was still called 'Untitled'. He 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 Rolling Stones began daily sessions at Olympic Studios in London in order to start recording of their next album, Beggars Banquet. They worked from 7pm to 8am each day without taking a break. They 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 eventually become Street Fighting Man).

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1969: Cream started a two-week run at the top of the UK chart with their fourth and final original album 'Goodbye.' The single, 'Badge', which was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison, was released from this album a month later.

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1975: Led Zeppelin topped the UK chart with their double album Physical Graffiti, the first on their own 'Swan Song' label. The album went to spend six weeks at the top of the US chart.

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1975: The Doobie Brothers topped the US singles chart with 'Black Water', the band's first of two US No.1's.

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1986: The Bangles reached the No.2 spot on the UK singles chart with 'Manic Monday'. The song was written by Prince under the pseudonym Christopher. It also reached the No.2 spot in the US, when the song that topped the chart was 'Kiss' by Prince.

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1998: Madonna scored her sixth UK No.1 album with 'Ray Of Light'. She's the only female artist to achieve more than three UK No.1 albums.

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1999: Bono from U2, inducted Bruce Springsteen into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.

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

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