This Month In Vocal Group History

March 1, 1957

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers received $7,500 to perform at a carnival in Panama.

March 1,1969

Glen Campbell’s 2nd Top 5 hit in four months “Galveston” charted reaching #4.

Top Singles:
“Runaway Child, Runnin’ Wild” The Temptations #2 1969
“Best Of My Love” The Eagles #1 1975

Birthdays: :
Jim Ed Brown (The Browns) 1938
John Carroll (Starland Vocal Band) 1957

March 2, 1984

Legendary Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles closed its doors. Recording home of Phil Spector and most of his classic hits, the studio was demolished to make way for a mini-mall featuring a Del Taco stand.

Top Single:
“Walk Like A Man” The Four Seasons #1 1963

March 3, 1958

The Rock & Roll National Anthem “Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay” by Danny & The Juniors charted eventually reaching #19.

March 3, 1966

Buffalo Springfield was formed by Stephen Stills shortly after the guitarist, driving on Sunset Blvd, in Los Angeles, saw an old Canadian friend Neil Young driving in the opposite direction at the wheel of a hearse.

Top Singles:
“Get Job” The Silhouettes #1 1958
“Duke Of Earl” Gene Chandler & The Dukay’s #1 1962

March 4, 1967

The Four Seasons 33rd hit 45 “Beggin’” charted en rout to #16.

March 4, 1966

John Lennon was quoted in the London Evening Standard newspaper “The Beatles are probably bigger than Jesus right now”.

Top Singles:
“Go Where You Wanna Go” The 5th Dimension #16 1967
“Ruby Tuesday” The Rolling Stones #1 1967

March 5, 1977

The Supremes “Let Yourself Go” became their last of 43 R&B cart singles (#83).

Top Single:
“California Dreamin” The Mama’s & The Papa’s #5 1966

Birthday: :
Bobby Womack (The Valentinos) 1944

March 6, 1959

The “Ben E. King” Drifters first recording session included “There Goes My Baby” (#2 Pop, #1 R&B) the first R&B hit to use strings.

March 6, 1972

John Lennon’s American visa was revoked.

Top Single:
“Pony Time” Chubby Checker & The Dreamlovers #1 1961
“One Bad Apple” The Osmonds

Birthday: :
Mary Wilson (The Supremes) 1944

March 7, 1957

The Tune Weavers standard “Happy Happy Birthday: Baby” was recorded in a Boston studio.

March 7, 1965

During a Rolling Stones performance at The Palace Theatre, Manchester England, a girl fell from the balcony.

Top Single:
“Talkin’ Bout My Baby” The Impressions #25 1964
“I Want To Hold Your Hand” The Beatles #1 1964

March 8, 1969

The 5th Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine” charted becoming the groups first #1.

March 8, 1957

Britain’s New Musical Express predicted that teen idol Tommy Sands would soon eclipse the success of Elvis Presley.

Top Singles:
“This Magic Moment” Jay & The Americans #6 1969
“Everyday People” Sly & The Family Stone #1

March 9, 1957

Fats Domino charted with “I’m Walkin’” and reached #4. The “Fat Man” went on to have 66 Pop hits in 13 years.

Top Single:
“Venus” Frankie Avalon #1

March 10, 1958

The Crowns (formerly The Five Crowns) single “Kiss and Make Up” was released. Within months its local success landed the group on the Apollo stage where Drifters manager George Treadwell appointed them the new Drifters.

March 10, 1977

The Sex Pistols signed with A&M Records in London. The Ceremony was held in from of Buckingham Palace to the Queen’s horror.

Top Singles:
“Devil Or Angel” The Clovers #7 R&B 1956
“Killing Me Softly With His Song” Roberta Flack #1 1973

Birthdays: :
Dexter Tisby (The Penguins) 1935
Bunny DeBarge (DeBarge) 1955

March 11, 1927

Seeburg introduced the first Jukebox. The machine became synonymous with vocal group recordings of the fifties.

March 11, 1967

Dick James, The Beatles publisher, announced that the Lennon-McCartney song “Yesterday” was the most recorded song to date having had 446 different “cover” recordings.

Top Single:
“Hunter Gets Captured By The Game” The Marvelettes #14 1967
“Without You” Nilsson #1 1972

Birthday: :
Fred Johnson (The Marcels) 1942

March 12, 1966

The Drifters “Memories Are Made Of These” was reviewed as an “Exciting revival of the Dean Martin goldie with top Drifters vocals backed by Mariachi brass…..” but it only reached #48 and was their next to last of 36 top 100 hits.

Top Single:
“Lightnin’ Strikes” Lou Christie and The Angels #8 1966

Birthdays: :
Marlon Jackson (The Jackson Five) 1957

March 13, 1964

The Concords recorded “Should I Cry”.

March 13, 1965

Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

Top Single:
“Stop! In The Name Of Love” The Supremes #3 1965
“Ballad Of The Green Berets” Sgt. Barry Sadler #1 1966

Birthday: :
Neil Sedaka (The Tokens) 1939
Dan Bennie (The Reflections) 1940
Donald York (Sha Na Na) 1949

March 14, 1956

The Diamonds cover of The Willows “Church Bells May Ring” came out and beat the original #14 to #62 on the Pop charts.

March 14, 1972

Merle Haggard was granted a full pardon by Governor Ronald Regan 12 years after Haggard was released from San Quentin Penitentiary after serving three years.

Top Singles:
“Give Me Just A Little More Time” The Chairman of The Board #6 1970
“Jacobs Ladder” Huey Lewis & The News #1 1987

Birthday: :
Phil Phillips (The Twilights) 1931

March 15, 1954

The Chords recorded the soon-to-be standard “Sha-Boom which became the first Pop Top 10 hit (#5 Pop, #2 R&B) by a Rock & Roll group.

March 15m 1956

Former dog catcher and carnival huckster Tom Parker signed a youthful Elvis Presley to a management contract.

Top Singles:
“Lady Marmalade” LaBelle #3 1975
“Dizzy” Tommy Roe #1 1969

Birthday: :
Mike Love (The Beach Boys) 1941

March 16, 1970

Tammi Terrell, who had 10 chart hit duets with Marvin Gaye, died of a brain tumor on stage in Marvin’s arms. She was only 23.

Top Single:
“Dock Of The Bay” Otis Redding #1 1968

March 17, 1958

The Coasters recorded “Yakety Yak” (#1 Pop & R&B) and their great arrangement of “Zing, Went The Strings Of My Heart”.

March 17, 1978

The film about Rock & Roll disc jockey Alan Freed, “American Hot Wax” debuted.

Top Singles:
“Duke Of Earl” Gene Chandler & The Dukays #1 R&B 1962
“Tequila” The Champs #1 1958

Birthday: :
Clarence Collins (The Imperials) 1941

March 18, 2001

Mama’s & Papa’s leader John Phillips died. The group was hired to sing behind Barry McGuire on John’s “California Dreamin”. Producer Lou Adler was so impressed with their harmony he put their background an dlead vocals down instead. At his death Phillips was tracking an album he began with The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger 25 years earlier.

March 18, 1957

Bill Haley & The comets returned to America after performing before half a million people on a world tour.

Top Singles:
“Night Fever” The Bee Gees #1 1978
“Penny Lane” The Beatles #1 1967

Birthdays: :
Robert Lee Smith (The Tams) 1936
Wilson Pickett (The Falcons) 1941

March 19, 1969

The Flamingos “Boogaloo Party” charted (#93 Pop). It was their only single from 61 releases to hit in England (#26).

Top Single:
“Earth Angel” The Crew Cuts #5 1955

Birthdays: :
Ruth Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) 1946
Walter Jackson (Velvetones on Deb) 1938

March 20, 1950

The Carols, a Ravens styled quartet on Columbia, recorded their first single “Please Believe Me”.
In 1954 Carols bass lead and adoring Ravens fan Tommy Evans became The Ravens new bass.

March 20, 1960

John Lennon married art exhibitionist Yoko Ono Cox in Gibraltar at the British Embassy.

Top Singles:
“Hurt So Bad” Little Anthony & The Imperials #12 1965
“Surrender” Elvis Presley #1 1961

March 21, 1952

Cleveland D.J. Alan Freed held his 1st Rock & Roll stage show at a theater capable of holding 10,000 occupants. When 30,000 teens showed up the show was canceled by local officials.

Top Singles:
“Fun, Fun, Fun” The Beach Boys #5 1964
“She Loves You” The Beatles #31 1964

Birthday: : Russell Thompkins Jr. (The Stylistics) 1951

March 22, 1961

The Beatles played at the Cavern with Pete Best on drums.

March 22, 2001

Earl Beal, co-founder and baritone of The Silhouettes, died. He and lead singer Billy Horton formed the Philadelphia group in a pool hall in 1955. Beal suggested naming the group after The Rays hit. They had only one chart record but it was a classic “Get A Job” (#1 R&B and Pop). Beal was 76.

March 22, 1956

Carl Perkins was severely injured in a car crash in Wilmington, Delaware while he was enroute to New York to perform on Perry Como’s T.V. show.

Top Singles:
“Wheel Of Fortune” The Cardinals #6 R&B 1952
“Another Brick In The Wall” Pink Floyd #31 1980

Birthday: :
George Benson (The Altairs) 1943

March 23, 1992

Janet Jackson, the youngest member of the Jackson family, signed a $16 million contract with Virgin Records.

Top Single:
“Our Day Will Come” Ruby & The Romantics #1 1963

March 24, 1956

The El Capris “Shimmy Shimmy (Ko Ko Wop) was released. Four yeas later it became a hit for Little Anthony & The Imperials as “Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop).

March 24, 1958

Elvis Presley enlisted in the Army and went from an estimated #10,000 a month to $78 a month.

Top Singles:
“Let Me In” The Sensations #4 1962
“Hey Baby” Bruce Channel #1 1962

Birthday: :
Billy Stewart (The Rainbows) 1937

March 25, 1978

19 years after dying in a plane crash Buddy Holly had his first and only British #1 album with “20 Golden Greats”.

Top Single:
“Happy Together” The Turtles #1 1967

March 26, 1959

The Coasters recorded “Along Came Jones” (#9 Pop, #14 R&B).

Top Single:
“Hearts Of Stone” The Fontane Sisters #3 1955

Birthdays: :
Fred Parris (The Five Satins) 1936
Diana Ross (The Supremes) 1944
Teddy Pendergrass (The Blue Notes) 1950

March 27, 1954

The Spaniels “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight” and The Tempo Toppers “Always” were issued.
The Tempo Toppers lead was a newcomer named Little Richard.

March 27, 1954

The Five Keys collectors classic “Someday Sweetheart” was released. An original 45 today is valued at about $1,000.

Top Single:
“December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)” The Four Seasons #1 1976

Birthday: :
Brenda Knight (Gladys Knight & The Pips) 1941

March 28, 1956

The Five Satins legendary love song “In The Still Of The Night” was released on its original label, Standord. It was reissued soon after on the larger Ember label reaching #24 Pop, #3 R&B.

March 28, 1979

Eric Clapton married Patti Boyd in Tucson, Arizona during the first leg of a 47 city U.S. tour. Patti was the former Mrs. George Harrison.

Top Singles:
“Stay” The Four Seasons #18 1964
“Rapture” Blondie #1 1981

March 29, 1951

The Ravens recorded “You Foolish Thing” for Columbia.

March 29, 1973

12 days after Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show hit “The Cover Of Rolling Stone” peaked at #6 (March 17th) he group literally wound up on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Top Single:
“Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine” The 5th Dimension 1969 #4
“Rock Me Amadeus” Falco #1 1986

Birthday: :
Danny Conn (The Playmates) 1930

March 30, 1967

The Beatles session at Michael Coopers studio in Chelsea resulted in the historic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” L.P. cover.

Top Single:
“Party Doll” Buddy Knox #1 1957

March 31, 1958

MGM changed the name of its Orbit subsidiary to Cub after learning HiFi Records already had an Orbit label. The first act affected was The Velours and their new single “Remember”.

March 31, 1962

The Crystals “Uptown” charted and became their only single featuring six members as La La Brooks joined to replace pregnant Merna Girard who held on long enough to record at the session.

Top Singles:
“No, Not Much” The Four Lads #4 1956
“Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You” Connie Francis #1 1962

Birthday: :
Al Goodman (Ray, Goodman & Brown) 1947

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