March 17th: Grateful Dead, Van Halen, Nickelback, Ray Davies and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recording of 'She's Leaving Home' after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording.

1967: 'The Grateful Dead' by the Grateful Dead is released.

1978: U2 won $850 and a chance to audition for CBS Ireland in a talent contest held in Dublin. The Limerick Civic Week Pop '78 Competition was sponsored by The Evening Express and Guinness Harp Lager.

1984: '1984' by Van Halen peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stay for four weeks.

1990: Rick Grech, bass player with Family, Blind Faith and Traffic died of kidney and liver failure.

1990: 'I Go To Extremes' by Billy Joel peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.

2002: Nickelback started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Silver Side Up.'

2004: The Kinks singer Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.

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