Angus Young performs


Classic Rock Almanac March 31, 2018

March 31, 2018


1999-Elton John wins the Outstanding Contribution to Music prize at Capital Radio's London Awards. Genesis is honored with a Millennium Monster award.

1999-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tape an exclusive concert for VH1 Storytellers.

1982-The Doobie Brothers announce that they will break up after a farewell tour. In 1986, they begin reuniting regularly for benefit shows, and undertake a full-time group reunion in 1987.

1972-The official Beatles fan club closes due to sagging membership. Its monthly magazine and fan club shop had both already shut down.

1969-Original Kinks bassist Peter Quaife formally leaves the band. He'd informed them of his decision in January, but agreed to stay on until their new single, "Plastic Man" had been launched.

1967-The Jimi Hendrix Experience begins its first U-K tour, opening for the Walker Brothers in London on a bill with Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck. After the show, Hendrix is taken to the hospital for minor burns to his hands that he suffered setting his guitar on fire with lighter fluid.

1964-The Beatles film the T-V concert scenes for A Hard Day's Night at the Scala Theater in London. 13-year-old child actor Phil Collins is one of the 350 people in the crowd, who by union rules are paid as extras. The Fab Four lip-synch "Tell Me Why," "And I Love Her," "I Should Have Known Better" and "She Loves You" for the movie cameras.

1964-The Beatles get a gold record for "Can't Buy Me Love."

1958-Chuck Berry releases "Johnny B. Goode" on Chess Records.


Angus Young - 63 years old
AC/DC lead guitarist. Born 1955.

Tony Brock - 64 years old
The drummer (The Babys, Rod Stewart, Eddie Money and others) owns a recording studio in Los Angeles. Born 1954.

Dave Bickler - 65 years old
The original singer of Survivor is the voice on "Eye of the Tiger" (1982). These days he's a jingle singer. Born 1953.

Mick Ralphs - 74 years old
Bad Company/Mott the Hoople guitarist. Born 1944.

Hugh McCracken - Died in 2013
The American guitarist played on countless recordings during his long career, which began in the 1960s. He is on records by Steely Dan, Billy Joel, B.B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Eric Carmen, Loudon Wainwright III, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Four Seasons, Hall & Oates and Gary Wright -- plus many others. He famously turned down an offer to join Wings in 1971. McCracken died of leukemia on March 28th, 2013. Born 1942.