THIS DAY IN ROCK

March 19th: Jefferson Airplane, Paul Kossof, Randy Rhoads, Journey and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1966: '19th Nervous Breakdown' by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows at The Capitol Theatre, Ottawa, Canada.

1969: During a UK tour, Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Top Rank Club in Cardiff, Wales.

1970: David Bowie and Angela Barnett are married. They later divorce.

1971: T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hot Love.' The group's first of four UK No.1's spent six weeks at the top of the charts.

1974: Jefferson Airplane re-named the group and became Jefferson Starship. The new line-up included Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Cragi Chaquico and Papa John Creach.

1975: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Tickets cost $7.50 in advance.

1976: Paul Kossof guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler died aged 25, of heart failure during a flight from Los Angeles to New York. Kossof had a long history of drug abuse. Free had the 1970 UK No.2 & US No.4 single 'All Right Now'. His first band was Black Cat Bones alongside drummer Simon Kirke, (later of Free), formed Back Street Crawler after leaving Free.

1978: Billy Joel made his UK live debut at London's Dury Lane Theatre.

1979: Elton John appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. Tickets £5.00

1981: The J Geils Band were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Centrefold', Roxy Music had the UK No.1 single with 'Jealous Guy.'

1982: Ozzy Osbourne's rhythm guitarist and former Quiet Riot member Randy Rhoads was killed when the plane he was riding in crashed. After driving much of the night, the band had stopped near a small airstrip. The tour bus driver, Andrew Aycock, talked the band's keyboardist, Don Airey, into taking a test flight in a '55 Beechcraft Bonanza, the joyride ended, and the plane landed safely. Then Aycock took Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood on another flight and attempts were made to "buzz" the tour bus. The left wing clipped the bus, which sent the plane spiraling into a nearby house and bursting into flames. All three bodies were burned beyond recognition and were identified by dental records.

1983: 'Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)' by Journey peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for six weeks.

1983: 'Back On The Chain Gang' by the Pretenders peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1995: Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his 'Greatest Hits.'

1996: The second Beatles Anthology series was released. The album featured 'Real Love', a track the remaining members of the Beatles recorded using an old demo track of John Lennon's. The song was first recorded by Lennon in 1977 with a handheld tape recorder on his piano at home, it originated as part of an unfinished stage play that Lennon was working on at the time entitled "The Ballad of John and Yoko."

1999: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the second night at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, New Jersey as warm up dates for their forthcoming Reunion Tracks tour.


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