March 31 Birthdays

1934 – Shirley Jones (Partridge Family)

1937 – Herb Alpert (Tijuana Brass)

1944 – Rodney Bainbridge (The Fortunes/bass guitar – ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ – died 2006)

1946 – Al Nichol (Turtles/keyboards – ‘Happy Together’)

1947 – All Goodman (The Moments – ‘Love On A Two Way Street – Ray Goodman and Brown – ‘Special Lady’)

1947 – Jon Jon Poulos – (Buckinghams/drums – ‘Kind Of A Drag’)

1948 – Thiis Van Leer (Focus/organ and flute – ‘Hocus Pocus’)

1953 – Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis and the News/keyboards)

On This Day

1949 – RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record which had been in development for almost a decade.

1958 – Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’ was released giving future rock and roll guitar players the blueprint for rock and roll guitar licks to learn.

1967 – Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar on stage for the very first, but certainly not last time.

1984 – Kenny Loggins topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of 3 weeks with ‘footloose’.

1986 – O’Kelly Isley of The Isley brothers, died of a heart attack.  Unlike the Righteous Brothers and The Doobie Brothers, they really were brothers names Isley.

1994 – Madonna appeared on the David Letterman Show.  CBS censors had to bleep 13 words from the interview before it aired.  None cam out of Dave’s mouth.

1972 – The Beatles Offical Fan Club closed their doors, two years after the group broke up and three years after The Beatles Monthly magazine ceased publication.

Freda Kelly was their devoted fan club president from start to finish, and The Beatles even mentioned her by name on one of their fan club Christmas discs sent to fans.  Last year, a documentary was released featuring Freda telling her story of those days with the group.

Here’s the trailer as I wait for Dan Harkins to bring it to town for a limited engagement.


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