Rock and Roll March 20

  • 1960 – after returning from the Army Elvis’ fans were starved for new music by him and he came out with this next hit.
  • 1961 – Ricky Nelson came out with a catchy song “Hello Mary Lou”.
  • That same year Elvis came out with another hit song “Surrender”. What is interesting is that the melody to this song dates back to 1911 as “Come Back to Sorrento”. Elvis hit number one with this song.
  • 1972 – Ringo Starr recorded “Back Off Boogaloo” which became a top single.
  • 1982 – “I Love Rock and Roll” sung by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts rose to number one on the charts and stayed there for seven weeks.
  • 1989 – can you imagine that this was the year Dick Clark retired from American Bandstand.
  • 1991 – Tragically Eric Clapton’s son Conor, who was only four years old fell to his death in New York City from an apartment on the 53rd floor. It inspired his father to write the song “Tears in Heaven”.
  • 2013 – On what would have been their 44th wedding anniversary, Yoko Ono tweeted an image of the blood-stained glasses of John Lennon with the message that since he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980, more than 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the U.S.


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