This Week In Music History [Including Jerry Garcia’s Arrest On The NJ Turnpike]
March 30, 1958: Little Richard has his first U.S. Top 10 Hit with “Good Golly Miss Molly”. The song was from his last sessions for Specialty Records.
Afterwards he records a series of gospel songs, including “Good Lord, I’m Bored”, “Jesus, There Ain’t Nothing’ Finer Than Wearin’ Eyeliner” and “God, Answer Me Quick, Why Did You Name Me Little Dick?”, all of which, for some reason, failed to catch on.
March 31, 1958: Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Good” is released. It eventually rises to #8 on The Hot 100 and #2 on the R & B charts.
This was due to being showcased at “The Enchantment Under The Sea” High School Dance in Mill Valley, according to a questionable source who couldn’t verify his story (but insisted his name was Marty).
March 27, 1960: Two anti-payola bills are introduced in U.S. congress and payola is blamed for “the cacophonous music called Rock and Roll”, and it’s declared that Rock and Roll would never have gained popularity, “especially among teenagers” if not for payola.
Isn’t it time we recognized this DJ-lucrative business model and give it it’s due credit for launching rock music by bringing it back?
Did I just say that out loud?
March 27, 1973: Jerry Garcia is arrested on the New Jersey Turnpike, but the $15 speeding ticket turns into $2,000 bail when police find a wide variety of drugs in his car, much to the complete shock and disbelief of his followers, who are so stoned they thought the police said, “thugs”.
March 27, 1986: Sammy Hagar plays his first show as lead singer of Van Halen.
Most David Lee Roth fans immediately commit suicide and the rest instantly declare the end of civilization.
March 25, 1990: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is arrested for allegedly exposing his buttocks during a concert in Augusta, Georgia. Female and gay fans are crushed at his decision to expose the “wrong” side.
March 30, 1992: The soundtrack to Wayne’s World is the number 1 album in the U.S. and features the return to the charts of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Sadly, the song is now forever associated with the 1976 AMC Pacer.