This Week in Music History
March 26th, 1975 - The film 'Tommy' premieres in London theaters today. The movie is based on The Who's 1969 rock opera album by the same name. Later in the year the film would go on to win the award for 'Rock Movie of the Year' in the First Annual Rock Music Awards.
March 27th, 1971 – Bruce 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, 1981 – Blondie 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.
March 29th, 1979 – At a Dire Straits show in L.A., Bob Dylan asked Mark Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on the sessions for his next album, Slow Train Coming. Dylan had first heard Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler when his assistant played him the single ‘Sultans of Swing’.
March 30th, 1991 – Gloria Estefan hits No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Coming Out Of The Dark’. It is the first single released after Estefan’s tragic accident where an 18-wheeler rammed her tour bus, nearly causing death. It was also the first song that Estefan performed publicly after recovering from the injuries.
March 31st, 2001 – Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown are banned for life from Hollywood’s Bel Air hotel after wrecking their room. Hotel workers said a TV was smashed, two doors were ripped of their hinges, and the walls and carpets were stained from alcohol. The room was so badly damaged, it had to be closed for five days of repairs.
April 1st, 1984 – Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parent’s home in Los Angeles, California. The argument started after his parents squabbled over misplaced business documents, Marvin Jr. attempted to intervene, and was killed by his father using a gun he had given him four months before. Marvin Sr. was sentenced to six years of probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Charges of first-degree murder were dropped after doctors discovered Marvin Sr. had a brain tumor.