March 5 – Rocket 88, Morrison warrant, Sullivan vanishes, The Power

1951


Delta Cats (Brenston upper left, Turner center)

Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm record the song Rocket 88 at 28 year-old Sam Phillips‘ Memphis Recording Service.

Some consider it the first true rock and roll record. When released on Chess 1458 — named for a flashy new Oldsmobile model — it’s credited to singer-saxophonist Jackie Brenston (who sang the vocal) and his Delta Cats. Whatever you callem, it climbs to USR&B#1 and sells a reported half-million copies. In another year, Phillips would start up Sun Records.

▷Jackie Brenston & Ike Turner, Delta Rhythm Kings▹

See also: Origins of rock and roll

1969

A warrant is issued in Miami, FL for The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison … for supposedly exposing himself at a March 1 concert.

He turns himself in on April 4. In 1970 he’s sentenced to eight months of hard labor, and for some reason decides to tour Europe.

See also: Mysterious Death of Jim Morrison

1975
 Welcome to the Motel Santa Rosa 

On the way to Nashville, LA country singer Jim Sullivan checks into a motel in Santa Rosa, NM.

Two days later his VW Bug, with his guitar inside, is found in the desert 20 miles SE of Santa Rosa . Two years of search parties turn up nothing. (*) (*)

Reportedly Sullivan was in the commune scene of the late 60s classic film Easy Rider. Spooky. His 1969 first album ‘UFO’, (*) backed up by The Wrecking Crew (heard on The Byrds classic Mr. Tambourine Man), has been re-released.

1990

German eurodance project Snap! has a European Hot 100 Singles (USDance,UK,NL, CH#1, international top-5) hit with The Power.

It’s definitely the only #1 single to start with a line recorded from a Russian shortwave transmission.

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