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March 22nd,1984Queen films their video for ‘I Want To Break Free’ at a studio in London. It was directed by David Mallet and was a parody of a British soap opera, featuring the band members dressing in drag. Guitarist Brian May later said the video ruined the band’s image in America, and was initially banned by MTV.

March 23rd,1960Elvis Presley takes the train from Nashville to Miami to record a TV show with Frank Sinatra. The special is to welcome him home from the Army.

March 24th, 1966 Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with ‘Homeward Bound.’ 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. 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.

March 25th, 1985Prince takes home the Best Original Score prize for the film Purple Rain at this year’s Oscars ceremony. Best Original Song goes to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from the film The Woman in Red.

March 26th, 1969Marvin Gaye jumps on the bandwagon with his version of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. It was on this day that it hit No. 1 in the UK, but the song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in ’67 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.

March 27th, 1971Bruce Springsteen and Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band at The Sunshine In in Asbury Park. Tickets were just $4.00. Springsteen had just split from his previous group Steel Mill and would form Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steve Van Zandt.

March 28th, 1981Blondie started a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Rapture’, the group’s fourth No.1. It would also go on to become a No.5 hit in the UK.

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