This Weekend In Music History
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 15th, 1967 - George Harrison records his first session for his new song ‘Within You Without You’ at Abbey Road. George played the swordmandel and tamboura on this track, and was the only one from the band to perform on this song, which at the time was just called ‘Untitled’.
March 15th, 1969 – Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan’s first book of poetry ‘The Warlock Of Love’ was published.
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 10th December 1967, just three days after recording the 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 16th, 2005 – Billy Joel checks into a rehab center for alcohol abuse. A statement from the Joel’s spokesperson blamed his latest problem on “a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress.”
March 17th, 2008 - Abba’s former drummer, Ola Brunkert, is found dead with his throat cut at his home in Spain. Brunkert died after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home. He was found in his garden after trying to seek help. The 62 year old musician had played on every Abba album and had toured with the group.