Month: March 2017

You will be the leader of a big ol’ band

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

March 31, 1958

Johnny B GoodeChuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode is released. Six weeks later, it will enter the charts and peak at #8 in the U.S.


Don’t know how I’m gonna do it

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

March 30, 1963

THE_CHIFFONS_THE+CHIFFONS+-+HES+SO+FINE-251448The Chiffons begin a four-week run atop U.S. singles charts with He’s So Fine.  In 1971 George Harrison is taken to court accused of copying the song on his 1970 My Sweet Lord and ordered to pay $587,000 to the writers.

There’s spiritual warfare

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

March 29, 1979

slowtrainAfter attending a Dire Straits show during their residency at the Roxy in Los Angeles, Bob Dylan asks Mark Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on the sessions for his next album. Slow Train Coming is the album, recorded in Muscle Shoals in May of 1979, with Jerry Wexler producing. Dylan had first heard Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler when his assistant Arthur Rosato played him the single Sultans of Swing. Dylan and Knopfler enjoy a happy collaboration, including this wonderful take on Don’t Fall Apart on me Tonight.


Before you break my heart

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

March 27, 1965

Supremes-Stop In The Name Of Love backing trackThe Supremes have their fourth U.S. #1 single with Stop! In The Name Of Love. The song is included on The Supremes’ sixth album, More Hits by The Supremes, and is nominated for the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance, losing to Flowers on the Wall by the Statler Brothers. The song is also honored by inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s permanent collection of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

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.