A big day in Rock History (March 1)
1944 – Roger Daltrey was born.
1951 – Sam Phillips records “Rocket 88” with singer Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner’s band. for Chess records. This recording is widely considered the first rock and roll record.
1952 – Sam Phillips launches his own label, Sun Records, with the release of “Drivin’ Slow” by saxophonist Johnny London
1956 – ‘Rock and Rollin’ With Fats Domino’, his first long-playing album, is released on the Imperial label.
1956 – Gene Vincent auditions for ‘Country Showtime,’ a local radio-station talent in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He performs Elvis Presley songs and an original, “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” a tape of which lands him a contract with Capitol Records.
1957 – “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” the second single by Jerry Lee Lewis, is released on Sun Records.
1964 – Recording sessions for the Vee-Jay label find Little Richard returning to his rock and roll roots with a then-unknown Jimi Hendrix on guitar.
1966 – London’s ‘Evening Standard’ publishes an interview with John Lennon in which he states that the Beatles are “more popular than Jesus now.” The comment provokes several protests, including the burning of Beatles records.
1969 -Jim Morrison of the Doors is arrested on stage during a gig in Miami, FL, for allegedly exposing himself to the crowd during the band’s show at the Coconut Grove Auditorium.
1970 – The Beatles make their last (taped) appearance on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show via clips for their new songs “Let It Be” and “Two Of Us.”
1972 – The Eagles record their eponymous debut album with producer-engineer Glyn Johns in London.
1974 – Queen begin their first tour as headliners with a show at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
1975 – “The Best of My Love” becomes the Eagles’ first #1 hit and million-selling single. Four more will follow: “One of These Nights” (1975), “New Kid in Town” (1977), “Hotel California” (1977) and “Heartache Tonight” (1979).
1978 – Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” reaches Number 21 on the singles chart.
1982 – Pete Townshend, Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, the Police and David Bowie kick off the “I Want My MTV” advertising campaign.
1985 – Ford licenses the Beatles’ “Help!” for a new commercial, the very first such use of the group’s songs in a TV ad.
1991 – Director Oliver Stone’s biopic The Doors , starring Val Kilmer, opens in Los Angeles.