Today In Rock: March 3

1952

Lloyd Price cuts "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" for Specialty Records in New Orleans. It tops the R&B and Best Seller charts for seven weeks.

1954

Alan Freed moves his rock and roll show to New York City at WINS and later WABC.

1956

"Please, Please, Please," James Brown's first single for Syd Nathan's Federal label (a King subsidiary), is released, thereby launching the career of this legendary soul singer.

1957

"Just Because," Lloyd Price's post-Army debut for the ABC-Paramount label, enters the singles charts, peaking at #3 R&B and #29 pop.

1958

Roy Hamilton hits #2 on the R&B chart and #13 on the pop chart with "Don't Let Go".

1958

"Maybe" by the Chantels hits #15.

1959

Venus (Frankie Avalon) was a hit.

1962

The Iketees hits #19 with "I'm Blue (the Gong Gong Song)".

1962

"Twistin' Postman" by the Marvelettes goes to #34.

1969

Bob Dylan hits #7 with "Lay Lady Lay."

1973

Edward Bear hits #3 with "Last Song".

1973

America hits #35 with "Don't Cross the River".

1973

The Spinners hit #4 with "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love".

1973

Slade hits #1 in the UK with "Cum On Feel the Noise."

1973

John Denver hits #9 with "Rocky Mountain High".

1979

Frank Zappa releases 'Sheik Yerbouti,' a double album that contains the disco parody single "Dancin' Fool."

1979

Foreigner hits #15 with "Blue Morning, Blue Day".

1984

Queen releases "Radio Ga-Ga," their last Top Forty hit in the U.S. until "Bohemian Rhapsody"'s renaissance in 1992. The leadoff single from 'The Works,' Queen's 12th studio album, hits #16 in the U.S. and #2 in the U.K.

1984

Kajagoogoo hits #25 in the UK with "The Lion's Mouth".

1985

Can't Fight This Feeling (REO Speedwagon) was a hit.

1986

Richard Manuel of The Band hangs himself at a motel room in Winter Park, Florida.

1989

Prince hits #1 with "Batdance"

1989

MTV world premieres Madonna's "Like a Prayer" video.

1990

Warrant hits #20 with "Sometimes She Cries".

1993

MTV launches the network's "Free Your Mind: campaign with "Straight From the Hood," an MTV News Special Report which takes a probing, personal look at the young people of South Central Los Angeles in the wake of the April 1992 uprising. This is the first in a series of programs that will air in 1993 as part of MTV's pro-social campaign, "Free Your Mind." The campaign will look at racial mistrust, homophobia, sexism and religious intolerance, as well as the role that rock and roll plays in dispelling and perpetuating peoples' fear of things different.