This Day in History: 2023-03-20

MARCH 20th
Written by Kris Kristofferson, Janis Joplin’s version of “Me And Bobby McGee” is #1 on the U.S. singles survey. 1971
The track is featured on Joplin’s “Pearl” album (above).
Joan Jett has the #1 song on the pop chart with her classic, “I Love Rock N’ Roll.” 1982
The Jimi Hendrix revival is in full swing as “Valleys Of Neptune” debuts at #4 on the Billboard survey selling 95,000 copies in its first week. It’s the guitarist’s highest-charting album since ’71’s “The Cry Of Love,” also issued posthumously, peaked at #3. Four Hendrix albums also return to the Billboard listing. 2010
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Carl Palmer (Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer) enters the world. The drummer lends his name and talents to Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Asia. 1950
Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds) starts his life in Dallas, TX. Yes, he’s the older brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan. 1951
Pays to be British. Eric Clapton and Buffalo Springfield’s Neil Young, Jim Messina and Richie Furay are busted for ‘being at a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used’. Clapton is later found innocent but Furay, Young, Messina and others have to pay a small fine. 1968
The ballad of John & Yoko. John Lennon and Yoko Ono tie the knot in Gibraltar. 1969
David and Angela Bowie are married. A match not exactly made in heaven. They met at a press reception for King Crimson’s “The Court Of King Crimson” album. 1970
Linkin Park’s lead vocalist, the late Chester Bennington, is born. 1976
T-Rex (with Marc Bolan) plays their final show. It’s at The Locarno in Portsmouth, England.  1977
All-American Rejects guitarist Nick Wheeler is born in Stillwater, OK. 1982
CBS Records loses its $20 million lawsuit against Boston’s Tom Scholz. The label claims Scholz failed to fulfill contract obligations (10 albums in 5 years). Of course, Scholz countersues for unpaid royalties. Next stop for Boston is MCA. 1990
Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) performs at the Bring ‘Em Home concert, marking the third anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq. The event is held at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. 2006
There’s a Starbucks on Penny Lane. Paul McCartney officially becomes the first artist to sign with Starbucks’ Hear Music label (launched in partnership with Concord Records). The former Beatle states he has already started an album. “The songs are in some ways a little bit retrospective,” says McCartney. 2007
During a concert in Glasgow, Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland announces to the audience that they are witnessing ‘the last tour’ by the group. Later, the vocalist argues with a sound person before storming off the stage. “(We) had a little band (turmoil) onstage as you probably all could tell,” writes drummer Matt Sorum in a blog post. Turns out Weiland is right, at least in regard to his involvement with the band. 2008
Smashing Pumpkins announce that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group. The departure leaves frontman Billy Corgan as the only remaining original member. “I can no longer commit all of my energy into something that I don’t fully possess,” Chamberlin writes online. “I won’t pretend I’m into something I’m not. I won’t do it to myself, you the fan or my former partner (Corgan).” A Pumpkins’ statement says, “Corgan will continue to write and record as Smashing Pumpkins.” 2009
Metallica performs at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The group celebrates the release of the Guitar Hero: Metallica video game. 2009
A press conference to announce a KISS/Mötley Crüe co-headlining North American tour blasts R&B diva Rihanna. “We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them,” proclaims Simmons, implying that KISS and Crüe deliver a real concert experience. “No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bullsh-t. Leave that to Rihanna-Schimianna and everybody else whose name ends with an ‘A’.” 2012
“I still miss him,” Yoko Ono tweets on what would have been the 44th anniversary of her marriage to John Lennon (see above). Ono also includes a plea to end gun violence. 2013
Anthony Jude (AJ) Pero, drummer for Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob, dies of an apparent heart attack at age 55. 2015
An autograph collector named Jason Leckrone files a lawsuit against Josh Homme alleging he was assaulted by the Queens Of The Stone Age frontman following a ’16 Iggy Pop concert in Detroit.  According to the filing, Homme verbally assaulted Leckrone and grabbed him “around the shoulder area.”  2017
Ringo Starr (The Beatles) is knighted by Prince William at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. He says the honor “means a lot.” 2018
Invictus Strategies MD Corp., a recreational marijuana company in Canada, announces that KISS’ Gene Simmons, who is notoriously anti-drugs, has been recruited “to raise awareness of the company and eventually assist in brand strategy.”  “Gene Simmons is a branding and merchandising genius,” says Dan Kriznic, chairman and CEO of Invictus.  2018
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx makes a guest appearance on an episode of “American Idol”. The segment presents auditions from the Sunset Strip (Hollywood) where Crüe got its start in the ‘80s. 2022