This Day in Music History: March 20

This Day in Music History: March 20March 20, 2017

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


Today: March 20.


1960: Elvis Presley started his first recordings since he was discharged from the US Army. After a 12 hour session in a Nashville recording studio, his next No.1 single was ready, ‘Stuck On You’. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley's touring band in 1957, were also in the studio with him for the last time.


1964: The Temptations released Meet the Temptations, their debut album on the Gordy (Motown) label. The cover featured Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and newest Temptation Davis (later David) Ruffin. Ruffin had just joined the band three months before the album was released, and actually only appears on 'The Way You Do The Things You Do'.

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1969: John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam, campaigning for an international "Bed-In" for peace. The two planned another "Bed-in" in the United States, but were not allowed to enter the country. They then decided to go to Montreal, and during a "Bed-in" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’. Lennon also detailed this period in The Beatles ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’, recorded by Lennon and McCartney on April 14, 1969.


1971: Janis Joplin started a two week run at the top of the US singles chart with her own version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me And Bobby McGee.” She was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the sex and a few of the lyrics in her cover. Kristofferson stated that he didn't write this song for Joplin, but the song is associated with her, especially, the line "Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away." Janis Joplin died of a drug overdose the year before on 4th October at the age of 27.


1973: Slade topped the UK singles chart with 'Cum On Feel The Noize', the band's fourth UK No.1.

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1976: Status Quo started a three-week run at the top of the UK chart with their third No.1 album 'Blue For You'. The bands record label set up a deal with Levi Jeans, advertising in more than 6,000 clothes shops, in order to help promote this album.

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1977: T. Rex played their final ever concert when they performed at The Locarno in Portsmouth, England.


1982: Joan Jett And The Blackhearts started a seven week run at the top of the US singles chart with 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll', which also reached the No.4 spot in the UK. The song had been a B-side from 60's bands The Arrows.

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1993: Shaggy topped the UK singles chart with 'Oh Carolina', his first of four UK No.1 hits.

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2015: American drummer, A. J. Pero, died from an apparent heart attack. He was a band member of Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob. Adrenaline Mob's band members attempted to wake Pero on their tour bus, while they were traveling from Baltimore to Poughkeepsie, but they failed to do so.


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