This Week in Music History
March 12th, 1981- Bow Wow Wow has no choice but to cancel the first several dates of their tour when the Greater London Council insisted that the band's young 15 year old singer, Annabella Lwin, would be charged with truancy.
March 13th, 1965 - Eric Clapton leaves The Yardbirds to pursue a new musical direction in the vein of a more bluesy sound, while the rest of the band wanted to maintain a commercial style more in line with that of their first hit, 'For Your Love'.
March 14th, 1983 - Bon Jovi is officially formed. Jon Bon Jovi had called on his friend David Bryan to help him form his new band. David called bassist Alec John Such and an experienced drummer named Tico Torres, both formerly of the band Phantom's Opera. Originally slated for lead guitar was Bon Jovi's neighbor, Dave Sabo, but Jon saw and was impressed with hometown guitarist Richie Sambora who became the final piece to the puzzle.
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.