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31st March 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record. The 7-inch disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that was currently in use. Advertisements for new record players boasted that with 45rpm […]

The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at the London Astoria on March 31, 1967. Also on the bill were Cat Stevens, The Walker Brothers and Englebert Humperdink. While the band waited to perform, Hendrix and his manager Chas Chandler were discussing ways in which they could increase the band’s media exposure. When Chandler asked journalist Keith […]

31st March 1987, Prince released his ninth studio album Sign o’ the Times. Sign o’ the Times produced three top-ten hit singles, ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’, ‘U Got the Look’, (with Sheena Easton) and the title track ‘Sign o’ the Times. In 1989, Time Out magazine ranked it as the greatest album of all […]

On March 30, 1967, The Beatles went Chelsea Manor Studios in London to photograph the cover of their newest album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The band wore satin marching band outfits of various bright colors and posing amid cardboard cutouts of several dozen famous personages. Photographer Michael Cooper’s series of pictures would become […]

29th March 1973, Dr Hook And The Medicine Show got their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine after their hit, ‘The Cover of Rolling Stone’ reached No. 6 on the US singles chart. According to members of the group, they really did buy five copies for their mothers, just like the song said. […]

28th March 1981, Blondie started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rapture’, the group’s fourth US No.1 and the first No. 1 song in the US to feature rap and its lyrics, notable for name-checking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash. More on Blondie here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/blondie Read […]

27th March 1972, Elvis Presley recorded what would be his last major hit, ‘Burning Love,’ which became a No.2 hit on the US chart. Written by Dennis Linde and originally recorded by country soul artist Arthur Alexander, who included it on his 1972 self-titled album. It was soon covered and brought to fame by Elvis, […]

27th March 1984, Bryan Adams went into Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, Canada to record ‘Run To You’ for his fourth studio album, Reckless. It was the first single released from the album and gave Adam’s his first UK hit peaking at No.11. The music video shot in London and Los Angeles was nominated for the […]

27th March 2000, Singer, songwriter, poet and actor, Ian Dury died after a long battle with cancer aged 57. Dury had been disabled by polio as a child, formed Kilburn and the High Roads during the 70’s. His first album ‘New Boot’s And Panties’ became a punk classic spending 90 weeks on the UK chart, […]

25th March 1966, At a photo session at Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of their next American album, ‘Yesterday and Today’. After advance copies were sent to disc jockeys and record reviewers, negative reaction to the cover […]


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