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Today in Rock History – March 7 –

1965, during a Rolling Stones gig at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, England a female fan fell from the circle while the group were playing. The crowd below broke her fall and the girl escaped serious injury just breaking a few teeth.

1966, Mike Millward guitarist from The Fourmost died, aged 23. The Liverpool group who were managed by Brian Epstein had the 1964 UK number six single “A Little Loving.”

1966, Brian Wilson released “Caroline No,” the first solo single by a Beach Boy.

, Tina Turner recorded her vocal on the Phil Spector produced “River Deep Mountain High.” It went on to reach number three in the UK but only number 88 on the US chart.

1967, Pink Floyd played at the Winter Gardens in Malvern, Worcestershire, England.

1967, Working on their next album The Beatles recorded additional overdubs for “Lovely Rita,” including harmony vocals, effects, and the percussive sound of a piece of toilet paper being blown through a haircomb.

1967, The age of innocence is officially over when Sandra Dee divorces Bobby Darrin.

1969, Led Zeppelin played at the Bluesville 69 Club, at the Hornsey Wood Tavern in London.

1970, Pink Floyd played a 3 PM show at the University of Bristol Arts Festival in Bristol, England.

1970, Lee Marvin was at number one on the UK singles chart with “Wand’rin Star,” taken from the film Paint Your Wagon.

1970, Led Zeppelin performed at the Casino de Montreux in Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland.

1970, Simon and Garfunkel’s album Bridge Over Troubled Water started a ten-week run at number one on the US chart. The duo had split-up by the time of release.

1971, Genesis performed at La Ferme, Woluwe St Lambert, Belgium.

1971 Black Sabbath and Fleetwood Mac played at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mill, Maryland.

1972, Yes played at Kutztown State College, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

1973, during a showcase gig at Max’s Kansas City, New York, CBS records boss John Hammond suffered a heart attack. The event was to mark the signing of his new act Bruce Springsteen.

1973, “Dueling Banjos” by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel from the movie Deliverance became one of the few 1970s instrumentals to be awarded a Gold record. The record had topped the Cash Box Magazine Best Sellers list and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

1974, Yes appeared at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.

1975, In London, the audience at the Hammersmith Odeon learns about Chuck Berry’s unusual concert practices when he walks off stage after 58 minutes. Berry defends himself by saying he was contracted to play only 45. He added, “They wouldn’t turn the house lights on. I always have them on for my last number.”

1976, David Bowie played at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

1978, Johnny Winter appeared at the Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland.

1980, The film Coal Miner’s Daughter, the biography of Loretta Lynn and starring Sissy Spacek opened. Spacek won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lynn; Tommy Lee Jones and Beverly D’Angelo also play leading roles in the film, which was a huge success with critics and at the box office.

1980, Rush performed at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California.

1981, Eric Clapton headlined at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington.

1981, The Grateful Dead played at Cole Field House on the Campus of the University of Maryland at College Park.

1987, The first five Beatles albums, Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles for Sale and Help! were released on Compact disc. Capitol Records decided to release the original UK mixes of the Beatles albums, which means that the first four CDs are released in mono. This marks the first time that many of these mono mixes were available in the US.

1988, American female impersonator and actor Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead), died in his sleep of heart failure aged 42. Had the 1984 UK number 16 single “You think You’re a Man.” He was featured in movies by John Waters, Pink Flamingos and Hairspray.

2001, The man who discovered Blur, David Balfe won a high court battle to earn £250,000 ($400,000) in back royalties. Balfe had waged a legal battle for over two years to regain the royalties after selling his Food Records label to EMI in 1994.

2007, Rhett Hutchence the brother of INXS singer Michael Hutchence defended his decision to sell some of the late star’s belongings online saying he needed money to set up home with his new girlfriend. Items in the auction included lyrics, T-shirts and a fax his brother had sent to his then girlfriend Kylie Minogue.

2012, Sales of albums by The Monkees soared following the death of singer Davy Jones. Best Of The Monkees re-entered the Billboard album chart at No.20 with sales of over 17,000 units.

Born on this day:  Chris White, The Zombies (1943); Arthur Lee, Love (1945); Peter Wolf, J. Geils Band (1946); Rocco Prestia, bass player, Tower of Power (1951)

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