8th March 1965, Bob Dylan’s single “Subterranean Homesick Blues” was released in the US. The lead track from his Bringing It All Back Home album, gave Dylan his first top 40 hit on the Billboard chart when it peaked #39.
“Subterranean Homesick Blues” is also noted for its innovative film clip, in what became one of the first ‘modern’ promotional film clips, the forerunner of what later became known as the music video. The clip was shot in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, the cue cards which Dylan holds were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Neuwirth and Dylan himself. While staring at the camera, he flips the cards as the song plays. There are intentional misspellings and puns throughout the clip.
9th March 1985, Dead Or Alive were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”. It was the first No.1 for the production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman who went on to produce over 100 UK Top 40 hits.
The three are considered to be one of the most successful songwriting and producing partnerships of all time, scoring more than 100 UK top 40 hits, selling 40 million records and earning an estimated £60 million (about $103.78 million).
10th March 2005, A survey carried out by Music Choice concluded that “Angels” by Robbie Williams was the song Britons would most like played at their funeral. Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” was second and Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” was voted into third place.
11th March 1993, Oasis recorded their first demos at The Real People’s studio in Liverpool. Songs recorded included “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”, “Columbia” and “Fade Away.”
Oasis went on to record their debut album Definitely Maybe, at Monrow studios in South Wales. When released in August 1994, it became the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK, (being surpassed in 2006 by Arctic Monkeys debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not). The album went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide.
12th March 1994, Swedish group Ace Of Base started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “The Sign”, which was also a No.2 hit in the UK.
The group who were based in Gothenburg, Sweden,were once known as Tech-Noir (French for black technology, after a nightclub in the film The Terminator). Its original lineup consisted of Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg, and three siblings, Jonas “Joker” Berggren, Malin “Linn” Berggren and Jenny Berggren. They released four studio albums between 1993 and 2002, which sold in excess of 37 million copies worldwide.
13th March 1965, Eric Clapton quit The Yardbirds due to musical differences with the other band members. Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, “For Your Love”.
On his way to becoming one of the most successful guitarists in the world, Clapton was a member of: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, The Plastic Ono Band, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends and Derek and the Dominos, as well as working with many other acts. In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.
14th March 1991, American songwriter Doc Pomus (Jerome Solon Felder) died. Pomus found success as one of the finest white blues singers of the 1940s before becoming one of the greatest songwriters in the history of American popular music.
With Mort Shuman he wrote many early 60’s hits including, “A Teenager in Love”, “Save The Last Dance For Me”, “Sweets For My Sweet”, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”, “Little Sister”, “Suspicion”, “Surrender” and “Viva Las Vegas”.