September 28, 2023

This Day in History: 2023-03-29

Cocktail Kit

MARCH 29th

The film “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” premieres. The film documents Joe Cocker’s North American tour and features Leon Russell, among others. 1971

Nominated in five categories at the 38th annual Juno Awards (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys) in Vancouver, Nickelback wins Group of the Year, Album of the Year (“Dark Horse”) and Fans Choice. They also perform their “Dark Horse” hit “Something In Your Mouth.” 2009

Stevie Nicks is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Nicks is the first woman with two Hall of Fame entries (for Fleetwood Mac and her solo career). 2019


Singer Bobby Kimball (Toto) is born in Orange, TX. 1947

The North Alabama White Citizens Council comes out against Rock n’ Roll calling it “immoral.” 1956

Perry Farrell (a pun on ‘peripheral’) is born in New York City (Queens) with the moniker Peretz Bernstein. The Jane’s Addiction frontman later launches Porno For Pyros (“Pets”) and The Satellite Party. 1959

John Popper (Blues Traveler) starts his life. Born in Cleveland, Popper grows up in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The vocalist/harmonica player is inspired to become a musician after seeing the film “The Blues Brothers.” 1967

Dr. Hook gets on the cover of Rolling Stone largely by singing about wanting to be there. The magazine’s credibility never really recovers. 1973

Led Zeppelin logs six records simultaneously on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. From “Led Zeppelin” through “Physical Graffiti.” It is a first in Rock or Pop history. 1975

Supertramp release their sixth album “Breakfast In America,” which goes on to sell six-million copies in the U.S.  1979

Rotten apple. The Beatles’ business entity, Apple Corps, relaunches its trademark-infringement battle with Apple Computer in London over the latter’s iTunes service. The action claims that the iPod manufacturer violated a ’91 agreement in which they agreed to steer clear of music-related endeavors. Of course, Apple Corps is seeking millions in compensation. 2006

U2’s Bono is officially awarded an honorary knighthood in Dublin, Ireland. U2’s The Edge and Adam Clayton attend as Bono receives the honor from the British ambassador to Ireland. Bono, a non-Briton, isn’t allowed use the title “Sir.” It doesn’t seem to bother him. “You have permission to call me anything (else) you want… Lord of lords, your demigodness, that’ll do,” says the singer. 2007

Guitar Hero: Metallica, is released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. There are also songs from Slayer. “There had been some issues with (the content of) their lyrics but we stood up for Slayer, and we finally got Slayer cleared,” states Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. 2009

After weeks of speculation, following the departure of drummer Shawn Drover, Megadeth confirm that Lamb Of Lamb’s Chris Alder is going to be behind the kit. 2015

Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman dies at age 73. His namesake band (Thunderclap Newman) was formed by The Who’s Pete Townshend and manager Kit Lambert as a showpiece for Newman, John ‘Speedy’ Keen and Jimmy McCulloch. The group is best remembered for ’69’s “Something In The Air.” 2016

The Library of Congress adds Don McLean’s “American Pie,” The Eagles “Greatest Hits” and David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” to their National Recording Registry.  2017

Def Leppard, Radiohead, The Cure and the Zombies are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Def Leppard had been eligible since ’04. 2019