On this day, March 15 In Music History

On this day, March 15 In Music History


On this day, March 15 in 1955 – Fats Domino recorded ‘Ain’t It A Shame. The song would reach No.1 on the US R&B chart but only No.10 on the Pop chart in the following months. However, Pat Boone‘s cover of the song would manage to reach No.1 on the Pop chart the same year.

1958 – Elvis Presley played his last concert Russwood Park in Memphis before joining the US army.

1966 – At the annual Grammy Awards, Frank Sinatra won Album of the Year with ‘September of My Years’, while Tom Jones won an award for Best New Artist.

1967 – The Beatles recorded George Harrison‘s song from the “Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band” album ‘Within You, Without You’.

1969 – While Janis Joplin appeared on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine, Cream topped the US album chart for four weeks with their fourth and final studio album ‘Goodbye’,

1973 – While Roberta Flack topped the US singles chart with ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’Elton John topped the US album chart with ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player’.

1975 – The Doobie Brothers topped the Billboard singles chart for the first time in their career with ‘Black Water.

1975 – With her sixth studio album ‘Have You Never Been Mellow’Olivia Newton-John topped the US album chart.

1976 – Kiss released their fourth studio album called ‘Destroyer’. (Buy the album)

Kiss – Detroit Rock City

1976 – Deep Purple made their last appearance with David Coverdale in their lineup at the Empire Theater in Liverpool. Which also put an end to the band till 1984 when Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore joined.

1982 – Bob Dylan was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of fame during a ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel in New York.

1983 – Cathy Smith was arrested for second-degree murder of John Belushi because she injected him with 11 doses of speedball. However she served 15 months in prison three years later from December 1986 to March 1988.

1986 – With ‘Sara’Starship scored their second No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after ‘We Built This City’.

1989 – The Rolling Stones signed the biggest contract ($70 millions) in music history at the time to play 50 shows in North America.

1998 – With her seventh studio album ‘Ray of LightMadonna topped the UK album chart. Also her sixth album to achieve such feat.

1999 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Bruce Springsteen, Del Shannon, Billy Joel, Dusty Springfield, Curtis Mayfield, Paul McCartney and George Martin.

2002 – American singer and member of The Teddy BearsMarshall Leib died at the age of 63 from a heart attack.

2004 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Dells, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, Prince, Traffic, Bob Seger and George Harrison.

2010 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges and ABBA.

Metal Bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2013 Sidney Louie Gunter Jr also known as Hardrock Gunter died at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia.

2014 – Drummer of the rock band the StoogesScott Asheton died at the age of 64 from a heart attack.

2015 – Toto‘s bassist Michael Porcaro who retired in 2007 because of health problems died at the age of 59 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.


1912 – Country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist Samuel ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins was born on this day, March 15 in Centerville, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him on 71st place out of 100 on the greatest guitarists of all time list. Also a big influence and inspiration for Jimi Hendrix’s work.

1919 – Record producer George Avakian was born on this day in music history. He worked with the likes of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

1922 – British trumpeter Eddie Calvert was born on this day, March 15 in music history. He had a #1 hit in 1954 in the UK with the instrumental ‘Oh, Mein Papa’.

1932 – Turkish-American record producer Arif Mardin was born on this day in Istanbul, Turkey. He worked with the likes of Queen, Phil Collins, Bee Gees, Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin and so on. Also has won eleven Grammy Awards.

1940 – Founding member of the Grateful DeadPhil Lesh was born on this day, March 15 in Berkeley, California.

1941 – Co-founder, vocalist and lyricist of The Beach BoysMike Love was born on this day in Los Angeles, California.

1943 – American musician, songwriter, and record producer Sly Stone was born in Denton, Texas. Also known as the frontman of Sly & the Family Stone.

1946 – Founding member and guitarist of the 1970s funk band WarHoward E. Scott was born on this day, March 15 in music history.

1947 – American musician and multi-instrumetalist Ry Cooder was born on this day in Los Angeles.

1948 – Reggae drummer Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett was born on this day, March 15 in music history.

1955 – Lead singer and songwriter of the heavy metal band Twisted SisterDee Snider was born on this day in New York.

Dee Snider – RockFest Barcelona, 17/07/2016

Twisted Sister

Image by: dr_zoidberg

1962 – Singer-songwriter Terence Trent D’Arby was born on this day, March 15 in New York.

1963 –  Lead singer of the glam metal band PoisonBret Michaels was born on this day in music history.

1964 Kennedy William Gordy also known as Rockwell was born on this day in Detroit, Michigan.

1968 – Sugar Ray‘s lead vocalist Mark McGrath was born on this day, March 15 in music history.

1968 – Heavy metal musician (of Iced EarthJon Schaffer was born on this day in Franklin, Indiana.

1972 – Blink-182‘s bassist and co-lead vocalist Mark Hoppus was born on this day, March 15 in music history.

1975 – William Adams (will.i.am) from Black Eyed Peas‘ was born in Los Angeles, California. Also famous for his solo work.

1977 – Linkin Park‘s DJ Joe Hahn was born on this day, March 15 in Glendale, California.

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