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31st MARCH

1949: RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. The 7-inch disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier.

1949: The first 45 rpm disc, ‘Texarkana Baby’ by country & western singer Eddy Arnold, was issued by RCA in the US. It was made of green vinyl, as part of an early attempt to colour-code singles according to the genre of music they featured.

1957: Billed as the nation’s only atomic powered singer, Elvis Presley played two shows (2pm and 6pm), at the Olympia in Detroit, Michigan in front of 24,000 fans.

1958: Chuck Berry releases the single rock ‘n’ roll classic “Johnny B. Goode.” It becomes his fifth top 10 single, peaking at No. 8.

1960: Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, his third No.1. Donegan became the first British artist to enter the UK chart at No.1, the only other artist to achieve this feat at this time was Elvis Presley.

1962: The Beatles played their first gig in the South of England when they appeared at The Subscription Rooms, Stroud, on the same bill as The Rebel Rousers.

1964: Filming for A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles played a “live television performance” in front of a studio of screaming fans ~ one of those fans was Phil Collins.

1967: Jimi Hendrix begins first his British tour as part of a package that includes Cat Stevens.

1967: Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time when he was appearing at The Astoria in London, England. It was the first night of a 24-date tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink. The Fender Stratocaster burned on stage by Hendrix sold for £280,000 at a 2008 London auction of rock memorabilia.

1968: Mad Cobra, who went to No. 13 with “Flex” in 1992, is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1972: The Beatles Official Fan Club closed. The Beatles Monthly magazine had ceased three years previously.

1973: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon enters the Billboard albums chart for the very first time.

1973: Donny Osmond was at No.1 on the singles chart with his version of ‘The Twelfth Of Never’ a hit single for Johnny Mathis in 1957.

1975: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Lovin’ You,” Minnie Riperton.

1976: The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, ‘Save Your Kisses For Me.’ The group’s first of three UK No.1’s.

1976: Led Zeppelin released Presence, their seventh studio album, on their own Swan Song Records in the UK. Presence has now been certified 3 times Platinum by the RIAA for US sales in excess of 3 million copies.

1982: The Doobie Brothers break up for the first time.

1982: Toto release their No. 2 single “Rosanna.”

1983: Pink Floyd release The Final Cut, their last album with Roger Waters at the helm.

1984: Kenny Loggins started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Footloose’, the theme from the film with the same name, a No.6 hit in the UK.

1990: German and Italian production team Snap! had their first UK No.1 single with ‘The Power.’

1992: “La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. One,” White Zombie’s major label debut album, is released on Geffen Records.

1992: Def Leppard released their fifth studio album ‘Adrenalize’, the first by the band following the 1991 death of guitarist Steve Clark.

1998: The first Celebration of Female Artists Awards take place at London’s Grosvenor House with performers Shola Ama, SWV, Gala, and Terry Ellis.

1998: Available for the first time on video, “Good Times,” the only movie starring Sonny & Cher, hits stores.

1999: It is announced that tickets for the Cranberries’ forthcoming U.S. tour are to be sold exclusively on the Internet.

2002: Bee Gee Barry Gibb bought his childhood home in Keppel Road, Chorlton, Manchester. Gibb said he was going to clean the house up, rent it out and put a plaque on the wall.

2004: In a radio interview, Ozzy Osbourne confirms that he is reforming Black Sabbath for a summer tour.

2004: Usher’s Confessions album goes straight into the charts at No. 1, selling a whopping 1.1 million copies in its first week of release.

2006: Courtney Love sells off part of her stake in the Nirvana song catalog to primary Wave Music Publishing.

2007: A new world record for the longest non-stop concert was set by hundreds of musicians in Japan. The performance began on the evening of 23 March in the city of Omi, with musicians aged between six and 96 taking turns with over 2,000 tunes being performed over 182 hours. Organisers praised the musicians, one of whom carried on despite a major earthquake during her piano piece.

2008: Cut Copy were at No.1 on the Australian album chart with ‘In Ghost Colours’ the Australian bands second album.

2013: TV hosts Ant and Dec scored their first British No.1 single, with their 1994 hit ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble’. The song made it to No.1 after the duo performed the track on their ITV1 show Saturday Night Takeaway the previous weekend, prompting fans to download it.