Elvis and the tragedy of the dotted line... -- Stones start work on a masterpiece... -- B'day for multi-talented musician's musician...

Ry Cooder; Nashville, Sept. 2014. (Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music)

3/15/1955 (62 years ago today) - There was a clue here...: Elvis Presley signs a management contract with Colonel Tom Parker, whose previous show-biz experiences included "The Great Parker Pony Circus" which featured a troupe of dancing chickens! Well, there you go...

3/15/1968 (49 years ago today) - They felt they had something to prove...: The Rolling Stones knew they had to make an album that would leave everyone's head spinning, so they got real disciplined when starting work on what would become "Beggar's Banquet", with recording sessions at London's Olympic Studios going from 7 pm to 8 am every day. By the end of the week, the results included "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Jigsaw Puzzle", "Parachute Woman", and a raucous instrumental titled "Did Everybody Pay Their Dues?" which would soon morph into "Street Fighting Man". The beginning of The Stones greatest streak is underway; for the next five years, they are the Masters of the Rock Universe...

3/15/1947 - Happy 70th Birthday to the utterly fantastic Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder -- musician, songwriter, film score composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist -- best known for his slide guitar prowess, his dedication to American roots music, and his collaborations with traditional musicians from all over the world (most notably the highly acclaimed worldwide hit, 1997's "The Buena Vista Social Club"). Ry's been called in to spice up tracks on records from the likes of Captain Beefheart, Eric Clapton, Ali Farka Toure, Randy Newman, Van Morrison, Neil Young, The Chieftains, The Doobie Brothers and The Rolling Stones to name but a few! Back in the late 1980's, I saw him blow Clapton totally off the stage at the old Worcester Centrum, he's really that good!!!

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