Sunday, March 14, 2021

Music History Today: March 15, 2021

March 15, 1963: Bret Michaels (lead singer of Poison) is born Bret Michael Sychak in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Born Bret Michael Sychak on March 15, 1963, in Butler, Pennsylvania. At the age of 6, Michaels was diagnosed with diabetes. Throughout his career, he has taken insulin and measured his blood sugar levels to manage his illness.

Bret Michaels

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In the early 1980s, Michaels started playing in a band with longtime friend and drummer Rikki Rockett. The two later joined forces with bassist Bobby Dall and guitarist Matt Smith to form the band Paris. After playing mostly local gigs in the Pittsburgh area, the band moved to Los Angeles. Not long after their arrival, Smith was replaced by C. C. DeVille, and the band changed its name to Poison. 

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March 15, 1955: Dee Snider (Twisted Sister's lead singer) was born in Astoria, Queens, New York.

Dee Snider said the secret of his longevity is that he’s lived his life as an “anti rock star.” The Twisted Sister frontman argues that a fitness regime in place since his earliest days is the reason he's still able to perform with a full voice at the age of 65.

Dee Snider (lead singer of Twisted Sister)
Dee Snider

“I never drank; I never did drugs,” Snider told Fox 17 Rock & Review in a new interview embedded below. “Even though my voiceover agent sold me as a cigarette-smoking whiskey drinker, because I’ve got that husky voice – but that’s from screaming my lungs out my whole life.” 

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March 15, 1971: Neil Diamond released "I Am... I Said."  

"I Am... I Said" took Diamond four months to compose. One of his most intensely personal efforts, Neil Diamond told Mojo magazine July 2008 that this song came from a time he spent in therapy in Los Angeles. 

Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond

It was consciously an attempt on my part to express what my dreams were about, what my aspirations were about and what I was about. And without any question, it came from my sessions with the analyst. In the same month, he told Q that the song was written "to find [him]self" and added, "It's a tough thing for me to gather myself after singing that song." 

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March 15, 1975: "Black Water," the Doobie Brothers' ode to the Mississippi River, hits number 1 in America. 

There’s something fascinating about a rock band imagining a world where rock ‘n’ roll has yet to exist.  

Doobie Brothers
Doobie Brothers

That’s the Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water,” a Californian band’s blissed-out reverie about an imagined American South, a place where you can drift on a raft down the Mississippi River and then go to hear “some funky dixieland.” Like Creedence Clearwater Revival, another Bay Area rock band who dreamed about Louisiana bayous, the Doobie Brothers felt a longing for a version of Americana that they’d never actually experienced. 

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March 15, 1986:  "Sara" by Starship hits number 1 on the charts.

Starship would score the second of three clustered, mid-1980s No. 1 hit singles with “Sara,” but there was something different about this one — something that has given it far more resonance in the years since its March 15, 1986 release.


There’s a textured emotional atmosphere that stood out, not only in a period of increasingly mechanized songcraft but, as Mickey Thomas tells us in an exclusive Something Else! Sitdown, in the hitmaking period then surrounding Starship, too. “When you think about the exuberance pop of ‘We Built The City,’ or the kind of mainstream fashion of ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,’ ‘Sara’ had a solemn quality to it — and much more depth musically,” 

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