Our friends at This Day in Music are bringing us some of the most relevant events that happened this week, along with a playlist for each day. Read along and enjoy these musical flashbacks.
22nd March 2009, Lady Gaga Started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Poker Face”, her second UK chart topper and a No.1 hit in over 20 countries. The second single from her debut album topped the charts in twenty countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many European countries. “Poker Face” is also the most downloaded song in the British chart history.
23rd March, 1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his ‘Green Card’ which he was given on 27th July 1976.
The event ended a long battle with the US government, which had tried to deport the singer. The Nixon Administration had targeted him as a trouble maker, a lengthy court battle ensued that ended up lasting more than two years. Finally, after Nixon resigned in the wake of the Watergate scandal and Gerald Ford moved into the White House, Lennon was granted permanent residence and allowed to remain in the country, where Lennon settled in New York.
24th March 1958, At 6.35am, Elvis Presley reported to the Memphis draft board. From there Elvis and twelve other recruits were taken by bus to Kennedy Veterans Memorial Hospital where the singer was assigned army serial number 53310761.
25th March 2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out as they slept. Ozzy and his wife were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped.
26th March 1956, Kay Starr was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock And Roll Waltz.’ The song is told from the point-of-view of a teenager who comes home early from a date, and catches her parents attempting to dance to one of her rock and roll records.
27th March 1971, New York radio station WNBC banned the song ‘One Toke Over the Line’ by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.
28th March 1981, Elton John’s version of The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing Ther” was released as a tribute to John Lennon.
It almost never happened, but for a bet between Elton and Lennon. The two men had recorded a song – “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” – which would appear on Lennon’s Walls and Bridges record, Elton’s feeling was that it was a No.1 record. Lennon wasn’t so sure.
Elton threw down the gauntlet; if the record went toNo.1, which Elton suspected it would, Lennon would join Elton on stage to perform it with him. Lennon won: “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” did hit No.1. Lennon joined Elton on stage on American Thanksgiving, 1974 where they performed three songs together: “Whatever Gets You Through The Night”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, and “I Saw Her Standing There.” This became the last major live performance by John Lennon.