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1966, The Who appeared at the Central Pier, Morecambe, Lancashire, England.
1966, During an UK tour, Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike while scrambling at Hawkstone Park, Birmingham fracturing his foot. He played the remaining dates sat on a stool and walking on crutches.
1967, Fats Domino played his first ever UK date at London’s Saville Theatre, supported by The Bee Gees and Gerry And The Pacemakers.
1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for “Michelle,” the most performed song in the UK in 1966.
1967, The Young Rascals record their future number one smash “Groovin’.”
1968, The Bee Gees kicked off a 24-date UK tour at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Also on the tour, The Foundations and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
1968, The Who appear at The Forum in Montreal, Canada. Opening for them is The Troggs making their North American debut.
1968, The Beatles were at number one on the singles chart with “Lady Madonna,” the group’s 14th chart topper.
1969, Pink Floyd played at St. James’ Church Hall, Chesterfield, England, supported by King Mob Echo and Gandalf’s Garden. The set list: Astronomy Domine / Careful With That Axe, Eugene / Interstellar Overdrive / Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun / A Saucerful Of Secrets.
1970, Led Zeppelin performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1971, New York radio station WNBC banned the song “One Toke Over the Line” by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.
1971, Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey, tickets cost $4.00. Springsteen had just disbanded his group Steel Mill and within a few weeks would form Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steve Van Zandt.
1972, Elvis Presley recorded what would be his last major hit, “Burning Love,” a number two hit.
1973, Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead was arrested when police found cocaine and LSD in his car after being busted for speeding in New Jersey.
1973, Rolling Stone magazine reported that after becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana had changed his name to “Devadip,” which means “the lamp of the light of the Supreme.”
1975, Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Bayfront Center Arena, St. Petersburg, Florida.
1976, Genesis appeared at Memorial Auditorium, Kitchener, Ontario.
1976, Paul McCartney and Wings were forced to postpone forthcoming US tour for three weeks after guitarist Jimmy McCulloch fell in his hotel bathroom and broke a finger.
1977, Genesis played at the Sports Arena, San Diego, California.
1978, The Beatles parody All You Need Is Cash featuring The Rutles was shown in the UK on BBC-TV.
1978, Bob Dylan performed at the Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia.
1979, Eric Clapton married Patti Harrison, the former wife of George, at Temple Bethel, Tucson, Arizona. Patti applied for a divorce in 1988.
1980, Rush appeared at Memorial Arena, Victoria, British Columbia.
1981, Eric Clapton performed at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.
1982, Former Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was admitted to hospital for treatment for multiple sclerosis. Lane succumbed to the disease in 1997.
1984, Bryan Adams went into Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, Canada to record “Run To You” for his fourth studio album, Reckless. It was the first single released from the album and gave Adam’s his first UK hit, peaking at number 11. The music video shot in London and Los Angeles was nominated for the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards in five different categories.
1986, Van Halen kicked off a 112-date North American tour at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Los Angeles. This was the band’s first tour with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals.
1987, U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown Los Angeles to make the video for “Where The Streets Have No Name.” The commotion attracted thousands of spectators and brought traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stop the shoot.
1988, The Grateful Dead played at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
2000, Singer, songwriter, poet and actor, Ian Dury died after a long battle with cancer aged 57. Dury had been disabled by polio as a child, formed Kilburn and the High Roads during the 1970’s. His first album New Boot’s And Panties became a punk classic spending 90 weeks on the UK chart, featured the 1979 UK number one single “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.”
2012, David Bowie’s landmark album Ziggy Stardust was celebrated with a blue plaque in central London. Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp, unveiled a plaque at the spot where the cover of the 1972 release was shot. The location in Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, is now a pedestrian area featuring bars and restaurants.
Born on March 27: Sarah Vaughn, jazz singer (1934); Andy Bown, bass, songwriter, Status Quo, The Herd, Judas Jump (1946); Tony Banks, Genesis (1950); Paul Wickens, multi-instrumentalist, Paul McCartney, Styx, David Gilmour, others (1956); Andrew Farriss, INXS (1959); Johnny April, bass, Staind (1965); Brendan Hill, drummer, Blues Traveler, Stolen Ogre (1970); Fergie, The Black Eyed Peas (1975)
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1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes.
1966, The Who performed at St. George’s Ballroom in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England.
1967, Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Tabernacle Club in Stockport, Manchester, England.
1968, Pink Floyd performed live for the program Late Night Line Up at BBC Lime Grove Studios in London. It was broadcast on September 10th by BBC2 TV.
1969, Marvin Gaye was at number one on the singles chart, with “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips, reaching the number two spot. It has been covered by numerous artists, including the song has been covered by a range of musicians including Creedence Clearwater Revival, who recorded an eleven-minute version for their 1970 album, Cosmo’s Factory, that was released as a single, reaching 43 on Billboard‘s chart.
1970, Canned Heat and the MC5 played at the Varsity Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1970, The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Alumni Hall in Atlanta, Georgia.
1970, Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary pleaded guilty to “taking immoral liberties” with a 14 year old girl in Washington D.C. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three months in jail. Just days earlier, the trio had won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for their album, Peter, Paul and Mommy.
1971, Black Sabbath appeared at Memorial Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.
1972, Yes played at Lakeland Community College, Mentor, Ohio.
1973, The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1974, Queen appeared at Douglas Palace Lido, Isle Of Man, England.
1976, the final US show of David Bowie’s World Tour.was held at Madison Square Garden in New York. Afterwards, a small party was held at the Penn Plaza Club for Bowie and the crew.
1976, One-man blues band Duster Bennett was killed in a car accident. 1970 album Smiling Like I’m Happy. Heworked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and B.B. King.
1976, Anita Pallenberg the girlfriend of Rolling Stone Keith Richards gave birth to a baby boy, Tara, (he died ten weeks later from pneumonia).
1977, Hall and Oates started a three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Rich Girl’, the duo’s first number one.
1978, Aerosmith performed at the Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
1980, The Police became the first Western pop group to play in Bombay, India for over ten years when they played a one-off gig in the city.
1985, Radio stations in South Africa banned all of Stevie Wonder’s records after he dedicated the Oscar he had won the night before at The Academy Awards to Nelson Mandela.
1988, Morrissey went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo LP Viva Hate.
2000, Santana started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with Supernatural. The album went on to win eight Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year.
2004, Jan Berry of Jan and Dean, died at the age of 62, after being in poor health sustained in a 1966 car crash. Had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.26 single “Surf City,” (co written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson). At the height of their fame, Jan and Dean hosted and performed at The T.A.M.I. Show, the film also featured The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
Born on March 26: Diana Ross (1944); Richard Tandy, ELO and Steven Tyler, Aerosmith (1948); Teddy Pendergrass (1950); James Iha, Smashing Pumpkins (1968)
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1966, At a photo session with Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of their next American album, Yesterday and Today. After a public outcry, the album was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover. At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the Butcher photograph. Lennon said that it was “as relevant as Vietnam” and McCartney said that their critics were “soft.” However, this opinion was not shared by all band members. George Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology that he thought the whole idea “was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naïve and dumb; and that was one of them.”
1966, The Who play the Corn Exchange in Hertford, England.
1967, The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” during a global satellite broadcast.
1967, Jimi Hendrix played at the Gliderdrome Bingo Hall in Boston, Lincolnshire, England. The building was originally an open air skating rink. A roof was added just after the outbreak of World War II. The Gliderdrome was destroyed by fire on in May, 1959, but the “new” Glider was opened within a year on Wednesday, January 27 1960.
1967, The Turtles started a three week run at number one on the singles chart with “Happy Together.”
1967, The Who and Cream made their U.S. concert debut at RKO 58th Street Theatre, New York City as part of a rock and roll extravaganza promoted by DJ Murray the K.
1967, The Rolling Stones kicked off a three-week European tour in Orebro, Sweden. Arriving in Copenhagen for the tour the group were delayed after customs officers search all their luggage for drugs.
1967, Pink Floyd played three gigs in 24 hours. The appeared at the Ricky Tick Club at the Thames Hotel in Windsor, England, then headed for a late show at the New Yorker Discotheque in Swindon, with The Outer Limits as support. Lastly, then played at the Shoreline Club at the Caribbean Hotel in Bognor Regis, as part of an Easter Weekend All-Nighter.
1968, The 58th and final episode of The Monkees TV series was broadcast in the US.
1969, John and Yoko started their week long “bed-in” in the presidential suite at The Amsterdam Hilton hotel. The couple invited the world’s press into their hotel room every day, to talk about promoting world peace.
1969, Yes appeared at Madam Toussauds Hall Of Kings, London.
1970, Led Zeppelin performed at the Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado.
1971, Grand Funk Railroad played at Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York.
1971, The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the O’Shaughnessy Theater, St. Paul, Minnesota.
1972, America started a three week run at number one on the US singles chart with their debut hit “Horse With No Name.” The group scored eight other top 40 hits during the ’70s.
1972, Lindisfarne started a four-week run at number one on the UK album chart with their debut album Fog On The Tyne.
1973, King Crimson performed at Colston Hall, Bristol, England.
1973, Roxy Music appeared at Festival Hall, Torbay, England.
1974, Rolling Stone reports that concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman, and the Beach Boys have all been hit by streakers, no doubt inspired by Ray Stevens’ No. 1 hit “The Streak.” Meanwhile, Allman himself performs the last date of a solo tour. To reassure the audience that the Allman Brothers Band are not splitting up, the entire band comes out and performs a 90-minute encore.
1974, KISS performed at the Bayou Theater, Washington D.C.
1975, Aerosmith played at the War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, the first date on their 63 date North American Toys In The Attic Tour.
1976, US singer, songwriter Jackson Browne’s wife Phyllis Major committed suicide.
1977, Elvis Costello released his debut single “Less Than Zero.” It didn’t make the Top 40.
1978, 20 Golden Greats by Buddy Holly and The Crickets went to number one on the UK album chart, giving Holly his first ever chart topping, LP almost 20 years since his first release in 1959.
1978, Kansas performed at the Hammersmith Odeon, London.
1979, Van Halen played at Selland Arena, Fresno, California.
1981, Rush appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto.
1982, The Police performed at Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri.Rush
1983, Motown Records celebrated its 25 anniversary with a concert in Pasadena, featuring; The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson 5.
1993, The Grateful Dead performed at the Dean Smith Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
2002, Bono from U2 made a appearance at the air rage trial of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, telling the court “I came to court because Peter is actually famously known for being a peaceable person. I once had to twist his arm to get him to a boxing match.” Buck was later cleared of all charges. He had been accused of attacking two cabin staff and covering them in yogurt, knocking over a cart and trying to steal a knife. Buck did not deny his behavior but claimed a Zolpiden sleeping pill reacted violently with alcohol, turning him into a “non-insane automaton”.
2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out as they slept. Ozzy and his wife were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped.
2006, Buck Owens Jr. American singer and guitarist died. Pioneered the Bakersfield sound a reference to Bakersfield, California. He scored twenty No.1 hits on the Billboard country music charts.
2007, The Notorious B.I.G. was at number one on the US album charts with Greatest Hits. It was the rapper’s fourth album release after being killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California on March 9, 1997.
Born on March 25: Johnny Burnette, American singer-songwriter, The Rock and Roll Trio (1934); Hoyt Axton (1938); Aretha Franklin (1942); Elton John (1947); Jack Hall, Charlie Daniels Band (1947); Chuck Greenberg, American saxophonist, songwriter, producer, Shadowfax (1950); Steve Norman, guitar, sax, Spandau Ballet (1960); Jeff Healy (1966); Frank Ferrer, American drummer, Guns N’ Roses, The Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love (1966); Ryan Lewis, American DJ, producer, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (1988)
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1965, The Beatles continued filming Help! at Twickenham Studios, England. They shot the interior temple scenes, including the one where they “dive through a hollow sacrificial altar and into water”. That scene was then cut to the swimming pool scene filmed in the Bahamas on February 23.
1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with “Homeward Bound.” It was released in the US in January. 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 have stolen it many times.
1967, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at the Ricky Tick Club in Hounslow, England.
1970, Genesis performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London.
1971, The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Foster Auditorium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1972, King Crimson played at Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York.
1973, Pink Floyd played the last date of their North American tour at the Park Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1973, Alice Cooper went to number one on the UK album charts with Billion Dollar Babies.
1973, During a Lou Reed show in Buffalo, New York, a fan jumped on stage and bit Lou on the bottom. The man was thrown out of the theater and Reed completed the show.
1973, The O’Jays went to number one on the US singles chart with “Love Train.”
1973, “Dueling Banjos” by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell begins its second week as number one on the USA album charts.
1973, The Grateful Dead played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1974, Yes appeared at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1975, David Bowie sees Rod Stewart and The Faces at Madison Square Garden with Ava Cherry and Warren Peace, going backstage for the after show party.
1975, LaBelle had a chart topping hit with “Lady Marmalade.” The group was originally called Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles.
1975, Genesis appeared at Palasport Parco Rufino, Turin, Italy.
1975, Led Zeppelin performed at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The set list: Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused (incl. Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (incl. The Crunge), Black Dog, Heartbreaker.
1976, The Who played at Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon.
1977, Jethro Tull headlined at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto.
1978, Aerosmith played at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, Ohio.
1980, Van Halen performed at Spokane Coliseum, Spokane, Washington.
1981, The Grateful Dead performed at the Rainbow Theater in London.
1982, ZZ Top appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California.
1984, The former lead singer of the Commodores Lionel Richie started a six week run at number one on the UK singles chart with “Hello.” It was also a chart topping hit in the US.
1984, Blue Oyster Cult played at Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee.
1985, “Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins was at number one on the UK singles chart. Bailey was a former vocalist with Earth Wind & Fire. Phil Collins produced, drummed and sang on the track.
1992, A Chicago court settled the Milli Vanilli class action suit by approving cash rebates of up to $3 (£1.76) to anyone proving they bought the group’s music before November 27 1990, the date the lip synching scandal broke. Milli Vanilli won the 1989 best new artist Grammy after hits like “Blame it on the Rain” and “Girl, You Know It’s True,” selling 30 million singles and 14 million albums. But in late 1990, the performers were stripped of the award after it was revealed that neither actually sang on the Milli Vanilli album.
1997, Singer with Philly soul group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Harold Melvin died aged 57. Had the 1972 US number three and 1974 UK number nine single “If You Don’t Know Me By Know.”
2001, A stretch of road on Highway 19 in Macon, Georgia, was named Duane Allman Boulevard, near where the Allman Brothers guitarist died aged 24 in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971.
2009, Motown drummer Uriel Jones, died aged 74 after suffering complications from a heart attack. Jones played on many Motown classics including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” by Marvin Gaye, “Cloud Nine” by the Temptations, “I Second That Emotion” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder.
2013, Pictures of The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert, taken by an amateur photographer who bluffed his way backstage, sold for £30,000 ($45,000) at auction. Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get next to the stage for the legendary New York show.
Born on March 24: Holger Czukay, Can (1938); Don Covay, American R&B, rock and roll, soul singer-songwriter (1938); Klaus Dinger, German guitarist, songwriter, Neu!, La Düsseldorf, Kraftwerk (1946); Lee Oskar, War (1948); Nick Lowe (1949); Dougie Thompson, Supertramp (1951); Nena, singer (1960); Sharon Corr, vocals, violin, The Corrs (1970); Chad Blutler, drums, Switchfoot (1974);
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1966, The Who perform at the Tower Ballroom in Great Yarmouth, England. The band’s road manager, Neville Chesters, joins The Who onstage to sing “You Were On My Mind.”
1967, Pink Floyd performed at Clifton Hall at the Rotherham College of Technical Dance, South Yorkshire, England.
1967, At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966: Best-selling British single “Yellow Submarine,” most-performed song “Michelle,” and next-most-performed song “Yesterday.” None of the Beatles attended and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for “Michelle” was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son would go on to become the professional musician Elvis Costello.
1968, The Grateful Dead played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969, During a UK tour Stevie Wonder played two shows at the Coventry Theatre in the West Midlands. Also on the bill, The Foundations, The Flirtations and Emperor Rosko.
1970, Although the Beatles had abandoned the tracks originally cut for Let It Be, their business manager, Allen Klein, invites Phil Spector to remix the recordings. Spector’s tampering with the original recordings further alienates Paul McCartney from the band.
1970, Led Zeppelin played at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. The next day’s Oregon News reported, “Led Zeppelin, the four-man demolition squad disguised as a rock group, pushed aside a series of boring solos Monday night and laid out Portland music fans with some good old rock and roll. Playing to an estimated 7,000 people in the Memorial Coliseum, they plodded along with excessive instrumental solos, repeatedly asking the crowd to loosen up until they heard what they came to hear – loud, driving rock music.”
1971, Soft Machine appeared at the Gondel FilmKunstTheater, Bremen, Germany.
1971, Led Zeppelin performed the last of the Back to the clubs tour dates at the Marquee in London.
1972, The film of The Concert For Bangladesh featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York. The event was the first benefit concert of this magnitude in history. The concert raised almost $250,000 (£166,667) for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. Sales of the album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. By 1985, through revenue raised from the Concert for Bangladesh live album and film, an estimated $12 million had been sent to Bangladesh in relief. It would be the inspiration for LiveAid and future relief based mega-events.
1972, Pink Floyd spend the first of eight days recording performances at Pompeii, Italy’s Roman amphitheater.
1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his “Green” card which he was given on July 27, 1976. Yoko Ono is granted permanent residency in the US.
1974, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross entered the UK singles chart with “You Are Everything” which was originally recorded by the Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics. Released as the second UK single from the Diana & Marvin album, the song reached numbrer five in the UK Singles Chart.
1974, Queen played at the Links Pavilion, Cromer, England.
1974, Cher went to number one on the US singles chart with “Dark Lady,” the singer’s third solo chart topper. It reached number 36 in the UK.
1975, Neil Young, as well as Bob Dylan and the Band, performed at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.
1976, David Bowie appeared at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York.
1977, Elvis Presley appeared at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. This was the first date of 49-date US tour over three months and Presley’s last ever tour. His final live performance was on June 26, 1977 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1980, The Psychedelic Furs and The Teardrop Explodes appeared at The Lyceum Ballroom, London.
1983, The Smiths played their first ever London show at The Rock Garden, London, England.
1985, Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to number one on the US album chart with Centerfield.
1990, Fleetwood Mac kicked off their Behind The Mask world tour with 14 dates in Australian starting at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
1991, R.E.M. scored their first UK chart topping album with their seventh LP, Out Of Time, featuring the singles “Losing My Religion” (which became R.E.M.’s highest-charting hit in the US, reaching number four,) and “Shiny Happy People.” The video for “Losing My Religion” won two Grammy Awards and six MTV Awards.
2008, Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some of the band as the “fifth Beatle” becoming the Beatles’ road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. He led the legal battle with Apple computers over the use of the Apple name and a royalties dispute between the Beatles and record label EMI. Aspinall had also played background instruments on Beatles tracks including “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Within You Without You” and “Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.”
Born on March 23: Jimmy Miller, producer, Rolling Stones (1942); David Grisman, American mandolin player, composer (1945); Ric Ocasek, The Cars (1949); Phil Lanzon, English keyboard player, songwriter Uriah Heep (1950); Chaka Khan (1953); – Eldon Hoke, American drummer, singer The Mentors, The Screamers (1958); Marti Pellow, Scottish singer-songwriter, Wet Wet Wet (1965); Damon Albarn, Blur (1968)