Rock ‘n’ Roll History Notes and Birthdays, March 20


1st Day of Spring AND National Proposal Day. Coincidence?


– Carl Palmer, Drummer for Asia and Emerson, Lake and Palmer is 63 and still working. He sets sail Monday with Yes, Steve Hackett and many others on the Cruise to the Edge. Learn more at

Jimmie Vaughan, guitarist for Fabulous Thunderbirds and Double Trouble (backing band for his brother Stevie Ray. He’s 62

– Slim Jim Phantom, Stray Cats drummer, is 52. He also married actress Britt Eckland on this day 1984.
– Guitarist, Adrian Oxaal (James) (48)

In 1964…The Beatles performed on English TV’s Ready Steady Go!,
which achieved its highest rating at the time.
In 1968…Eric Clapton was arrested in Los Angeles along with Neil
Young, Richie Furay and Jim Messina. The quartet was charged
with “being in a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used.”
In 1969…John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.
In 1990…Gloria Estefan injured her vertebrae in a tour bus crash in
Scranton, Pennsylvania.
In 1991…Michael Jackson signed a one-billion dollar record and film
deal with Sony Music and Columbia Pictures.
In 1991…Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son Conor died after falling
out of an apartment window. Clapton later paid tribute to his child with
the song “Tears in Heaven.”

In 2000…Madonna announced she was pregnant with her second child.

2002…O Brother Whre Art Thou? “I’m at No. 1 on Billboard with my bluegrass friends Ralph Stanley and Alison Krauss. 
In 2003…The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution urging the Dixie Chicks to make a public apology for
derogatory statements about President Bush, and asked the group to back it up with a concert for the families of troops serving in the
Iraq conflict.
In 2003…The day America began bombing Iraq, Bruce Springsteen opened his show in Melbourne, Australia with an acoustic version of
“Born in the U.S.A.” followed by a cover of Edwin Starr’s “War (What Is It Good For).” Later in the show, he dedicated “Land of Hope and
Dreams” to “innocent Iraqi civilians.”