On This Day – March 20 – John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Mark Morrison & more

Elvis Presley starts his first recordings since being discharged from the US Army. A 12-hour session in Nashville produces his next No. 1, ‘Stuck On You’. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley’s touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last time.

The first of a twice-nightly UK Tamla Motown package tour kicks off at north London’s Finsbury Park Astoria featuring Stevie Wonder, The Miracles, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes and The Temptations.

John Lennon marries Yoko Ono at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. They spend their honeymoon in Amsterdam campaigning for peace via a week-long ‘Bed-In’. Lennon details this period in The Beatles’ single, ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko’, recorded by just Lennon and Paul McCartney on April 14, 1969.

At their own expense The Rolling Stones place full page advertisements in all the UK music papers disclaiming any connection with the compilation album Stone Age, issued by their old record company Decca, saying “in our opinion the content is below the standard we try to keep”.

Lou Reed is banned from appearing at the London Palladium because of his supposed punk image.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts start a seven week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’; No. 4 in the UK. The song had previously been a B-side by 70s band, Arrows.

Gloria Estefan’s tour bus is rammed by a tractor-trailer on the way to a concert. Emilio Estefan and their son Nayib are injured, while Gloria suffers a serious back injury which requires an operation two days later.

Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor, falls to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment after a housekeeper who was cleaning the room left a window open. The boy was in the custody of his mother, Italian actress, Lori Del Santo and the pair were visiting a friend’s apartment. Clapton was staying in a nearby hotel after taking his son to the circus the previous evening. The tragedy inspired his song ‘Tears In Heaven’.

UK police are investigating singer Mark Morrison after they discover he had sent a friend to carry out his community service, a sentence he was given after being involved in a fight.

Jon, Paul and Bradley from pop group S Club 7 are apprehended by police as they walk through Covent Garden, London, openly smoking a marijuana joint. They are taken to Charing Cross police station and held for four hours.

The Daily Mail carries a report that Robbie Williams has become a priest. He was ordained via the Internet by the non-denominational Universal Ministries and officiated the wedding of Billy Morrison from rock band The Cult and Jennifer Holliday.

Born on this day:
1951 Carl Palmer, drummer (Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, ELP)
1953 Poison Ivy Rorschach (Kristy Wallace), guitar (The Cramps)
1961, Slim Jim Phantom, drums (The Stray Cats)
1972 Shelly Poole, singer, songwriter (Alisha’s Attic)
1972 Alex Kapranos, guitar, vocals (Franz Ferdinand)
1976 Chester Bennington, vocals (Linkin Park)

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