2023-03-20

MARCH 20th
Boz Scaggs’ “Silk Degrees” featuring “Lowdown” hits the charts. It’s his seventh solo album but the first to go platinum. 1976
Joan Jett has the #1 song on the pop chart with her classic, “I Love Rock N’ Roll.” 1982
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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
Written by Kris Kristofferson, Janis Joplin’s version of “Me And Bobby McGee” is #1 on the U.S. singles survey. 1971
The Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” slips off the Billboard album chart after a 138-week run. The band calls in quits shortly thereafter. 1971
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.) and surprise guest James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) appear 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
While on tour in Peru, Carlos Santana slams the United States’ decision to wage war in Iraq. “I try to present a dimension that brings harmony and healing. My concept is the opposite of George W. Bush,” says Santana. “There is more value in placing a flower in a rifle barrel than making war.” 2006
“Walk This Way” tops the U.K. chart. Unfortunately, it’s not Aerosmith’s version but a cover by girl groups, Sugababes and Girls Aloud. It’s a charity fundraising single. 2007
Paul Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship, is sued for trademark infringement by former bandmate Grace Slick and ex-manager Bill Thompson. Kantner used the Jefferson Starship moniker in apparent violation of a ’85 settlement. Slick and Thompson let it slide until Kantner’s band crossed the line, at least according to the plaintiffs, by signing a lucrative sponsorship deal involving Microsoft. 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
U2’s Bono is the only musician to land on Forbes magazine’s Top 10 Most Influential Celebrities list. Bono is eighth, behind Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. 2013
“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
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