This Week in Music History
March 15th, 1967 – George Harrison records his first session for his new song ‘Within You Without You’ at Abbey Road. George played the swarmandal and tamboura on this track, and was the only one from the band to perform on this song, which at the time of recording was just called ‘Untitled’.
March 16th, 1968 – Otis Redding’s single, ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’, started a five week run at No.1 on the US chart. Otis was killed in a plane crash on December 10th,1967 just three days after recording this song. ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’ became the first posthumous No.1 single in US chart history and would sell over four million copies worldwide.
March 17th, 1978 – U2 wins a talent contest in Dublin. They won $850.00 and a chance to audition for CBS Ireland. The Limerick Civic Week Pop Competition was sponsored by The Evening Express and Guinness Harp Lager.
March 18th, 1967 -The UK based magazine ‘New Musical Express’ announced that former Spencer Davis Group member Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The new ensemble would be named Traffic.
March 19th, 1974 – Jefferson Airplane re-named the group and became Jefferson Starship. The new line-up included Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Cragi Chaquico and Papa John Creach.
March 20th, 1980 – A 28-year-old by the name of Joseph Riviera held up the office at Asylum Records in New York and demanded to see either Jackson Browne or The Eagles. Riviera demanded to talk to them to see if they would finance his trucking operation, but quickly gave him-self up when it became apparent that neither act was in the office at the time.
March 21st, 1981 – REO Speedwagon went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Keep On Loving You’, the group’s first top 40 hit and first No.1. It was also a No.7 hit in the UK.