This Weekend in Music History
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, 2000 – Mungo Jerry singer, Ray Dorset, was ordered to pay a former employee $1,054 in back wages after being charged with harassing her after she left his company. Dorset told the court he had paid her double pay by mistake for ten months.
March 31th, 1984 – Kenny Loggins started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Footloose’, the theme from the film with the same name. It also ranks number 96 on the American Film Institute’s ’100 years, 100 songs’ chart.
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.
April 2nd, 1964 – The Beach Boys recorded their next single ‘I Get Around’, which became their first US No.1 in the summer of this year.
April 3rd, 1969 – Jim Morrison turned himself in to the FBI in L.A. He was charged on six counts of lewdness and public exposure at a concert in Miami on March 2nd, 1969. He was later released on $2000 bail.
April 4th, 1982 – Eric Clapton’s re-released version of Layla, originally featured on the Derek and the Dominos album gets a new life as a chart topper in the UK. Inspired by Clapton’s secret love in the 70’s for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend George Harrison, ‘Layla’ is considered one of rock music’s definitive love songs, and features one of the most recognizable guitar riffs played by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman.