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Today in Rock History – March 3 –


Buffalo Springfield

1966, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles.

1966, The Who played at the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.

1967, The Doors appear at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco.

1967, A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, The Small Faces, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison and Paul and Barry Ryan.

1967, In London, guitarist Jeff Beck debuts his new group featuring bassist Ron Wood, drummer Aynsley Dunbar, and a new singer by the name of Rod Stewart.

1967, Pink Floyd performed at Market Hall in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

1967, After a promoter refuses to pay the Animals an advance for their concert in Ottawa, the band decides not to play. The audience riots and causes $5,000 in damages

1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.

1968, Blood, Sweat & Tears appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.

1969, The Who end the recording of Tommy at IBC Studio A after almost five months in the studio.

1969, Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 Top Gear session during the afternoon at the Playouse Theatre in London, England. Songs recorded were “Dazed And Confused,” “Communication Breakdown,” “You Shook Me,” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby.” Free, The Moody Blues and Deep Purple were also in session on the show.

1970, Genesis plays at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London.

1972, The Allman Brothers Band performed at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco

1973, Slade’s “Cum On Feel The Noize,” entered the UK charts at number one, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles.

1973, winners at the Grammy Awards included, Roberta Flack who won Song of the year and Record of the year with “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and Harry Nilsson won Best pop vocal performance for “Without You.”

1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd played at Ellis Auditorium North Hall, Memphis, Tennessee.

1975, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

1976, David Bowie performed at the International Amphitheater, Chicago.

Iggy Pop in 1977

1977, the first night of an UK tour with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Cherry Vanilla, and The Police kicked off at the Roxy Club, London. John Otway and Wild Willie Baratt played at The Speakeasy, London and Iggy Pop supported by The Vibrators appeared at Huddersfield Poly.

1978, Van Halen opens its first tour at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. The group’s contract specifies that M&Ms be provided to the group during the stint with the brown candies removed. Part of this first tour was to open up for Black Sabbath in several locations.

1979, The Bee Gees scored their fourth number one single with “Tragedy.” Also today The Bee Gees went to number one on the album chart with ‘Spirits Having Flown‘, the group’s second chart topping album.

1980, A napkin signed by Elvis Presley fetches £500 ($800) at a Sotheby’s auction in London. Four dollar bills signed by the Beatles sell for £220 ($350), as does a packet of letters written by the Rolling Stones.

1984, Nena started a three week run at number one on the UK singles chart with “99 Red Balloons.” Originally sung in German, “99 Luftballons” was re-recorded in English as “99 Red Balloons.” The song was a number two hit in the US and the only UK hit for Nena making her a one-hit wonder.

1990, During a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The final night was broadcast live to venues in 10 other Japanese cities; Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Matsuyama, Nagoya, Niigata, Osaka, Sapporp, Sendai and Takamatsu.

1994, The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops, due to the content of the song’s lyrics. The bands single “Disarm” was this week’s highest new entry.

1995, Foo Fighters made their live debut during a benefit show at The Satyricon in Portland, Oregon.

2008, The Beatles’ engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed “Normal Norman” by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced some of their early albums including Saucerful of Secrets and as Hurricane Smith had the 1971 UK number two hit “Don’t Let It Die.”

2009, To celebrate the release of U2’s twelfth studio album and their appearance every night for a week on The Late Show with David Letterman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed part of 53rd street in Midtown Manhattan U2 Way.

Born on March 3: Junior Parker, bluesman (1927); Mike Pender, The Searchers (1942);  Jance Garfat, Dr. Hook (1944); Jennifer Warnes (1947); Snowy White, Thin Lizzy (1948); and Robyn Hitchcock (1953)

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