A poet and a one-man band

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

March 24, 1966

Homeward_Bound_coverSimon and Garfunkel make their U.K. singles chart debut with Homeward Bound. It peaks at #9 in the U.K. and goes to #1 in New Zealand. Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station, Widnes, England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train. A plaque is displayed in the station to commemorate this, although memorabilia hunters keep stealing it. The song describes his longing to return home, both to his then girlfriend, Kathy Chitty in Brentwood, Essex, England, and to return to the United States. The song is a #5 hit in the U.S.

Hey let’s go

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

March 23, 1985

JFCFFormer Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty goes to #1 on U.S. album charts with Centerfield. It is his first album in nine years — ending a long period of legal and creative wrangling. The LP also hits #1 in Norway and Sweden. In addition to the title track, this piece of work includes the glorious Rock and Roll Girls.

No thought control

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

March 22, 1980

pink_floyd_anotherbrick_8481Pink Floyd starts a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. Singles chart with Another Brick in the Wall Part II. The track, the group’s only U.S. chart topper, is also a #1 in the U.K., Germany, Australia, Italy and in many other countries around the world. Pink Floyd receives a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group for the song, but loses to Bob Seger’s Against The Wind.

You could have been a candle

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

March 20, 1964

Meet-the-tempts-1964The Temptations release their debut album Meet the Temptations on the Gordy (Motown) label. The lineup on the cover features Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and newest Temptation, Davis (later David) Ruffin. Ruffin joins the act three months before this album is released, and actually only appears on the #1 hit The Way You Do The Things You Do.

We want folksingers here

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

March 19, 1962

Bob_Dylan_-_Bob_DylanBob Dylan’s debut album, titled Bob Dylan, is released by Columbia in the U.S. It doesn’t sell well, and within the studio it’s called “Hammond’s Folly” — producer John Hammond had signed Dylan. Bob Dylan will not receive much acclaim until years later.

“These debut songs are essayed with differing degrees of conviction,” writes music critic Tim Riley, “[but] even when his reach exceeds his grasp, he never sounds like he knows he’s in over his head, or gushily patronizing … Like Elvis Presley, what Dylan can sing, he quickly masters; what he can’t, he twists to his own devices. And as with the Presley Sun sessions, the voice that leaps from Dylan’s first album is its most striking feature, a determined, iconoclastic baying that chews up influences, and spits out the odd mixed signal without half trying.” The LP has two songs written by Dylan, Talkin’ New York and Song to Woody.