Musical Birthdays / History – March 27


Tony Banks keyboardist of Genesis

Happy Birthday

Tony Banks (keyboardist) is 63
– Founding member of Genesis
Andrew Farriss (keyboardist-guitarist) is 54
– Keyboardist for INXS
Brendan Hill (drummer) is 43
– Drummer for Blues Traveler

Music History
In 1952…The label Sun, run by Sam Phillips, began issuing its own records.
In 1961…The owner of Gerde’s Folk City in New York’s Greenwich Village offered young singer Bob Dylan the support slot to John Lee Hooker’s two-week engagement there.
In 1965…Following Eric Clapton’s departure, The Yardbirds replaced him with Jeff Beck.
In 1971…The New York radio station WNBC banned Brewer and Shipley’s “One Toke Over the Line” because of its drug references. The single went to number ten in the charts anyway.
In 1972…Elvis Presley recorded “Burning Love.” The record was his last top-ten single, peaking at number two.
In 1973…The New Jersey police pulled over Jerry Garcia for speeding and found LSD in his car. The Grateful Dead singer spent three hours in jail.
In 1974…John Denver topped the charts with “Sunshine on My Shoulders”
In 1979…After a much-publicized love tussle with his friend George Harrison, Eric Clapton finally married Harrison’s ex-wife Patti Boyd in Arizona. Two of Clapton’s biggest hits – “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight” – were written about her.
In 1979…BBC viewers watched the world premiere of Bruce Springsteen’s first video – a live version of “Rosalita.”
In 1981…AC/DC released Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
In 1984…Cyndi Lauper released “Time After Time.”
In 1986…Sammy Hagar played his first gig with Van Halen.
In 1987…U2 filmed their “Where the Streets Have No Name” video on top of a Los Angeles hotel.
In 1991…Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block was charged with first-degree arson after he started a fire in Louisville, Kentucky’s Seelbach Hotel. He posted bail and performed that night.
In 1992…Bruce Springsteen released the albums Human Touch and Lucky Town on the same day.
In 1995…Elton John and Tim Rice took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King.
In 1998 Alice Cooper breaks ground for his sports and rock & roll-themed restaurant in Phoenix.
In 2002…R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe took the stand to defend guitarist Peter Buck against air-rage charges in Britain. Stipe described Buck as a “Southern gentlemen.”
In 2002…Lyle Lovett was hospitalized after he was trampled by a bull on his uncle’s Texas farm
In 2003…John Lennon’s childhood home in Liverpool, England was opened to the public.
In 2003…The Rolling Stones postponed their Hong Kong tour because of fears over the spread of a killer flu called SARS.
In 2005…Crowded House and Split Endz drummer Paul Hester was found dead near his Melbourne home. The death was ruled a suicide