1937, Born on this day, Dave Prater, US soul singer, (Sam & Dave), 1967 US No.2 and UK No 24 & 1967 US No.2 single ‘Soul Man’. Killed 9th April 1988 when his car left the road and hit a tree in Syracuse, Georgia.
1937, Born on this day, Sonny Curtis, The Crickets, (1957 US No.1 single ‘That’ll Be The Day’, 1959 UK No.1 single ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ plus over 15 other Top 40 singles.
1941, Born on this day, Danny Rapp, Danny and the Juniors, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘At The Hop’). Rapp shot himself dead in a hotel in Arizona on 5th April 1983.
1944, Born on this day, Richie Furay, guitar, vocals, Buffalo Springfield, (1967 US No.17 single ‘For What It’s Worth’), Poco, (1979 US No. 17 single ‘Crazy Love’), The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band, (1974 US No.27 single ‘Fallin’ In Love’).
1949, Born on this day, Billy Joel, singer songwriter, (1980 US No.1 single ‘It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me’, 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Uptown Girl’, plus over 20 other US & UK Top 40 singles).
1950, Born on this day, Tom Petersson, bass, vocals, Cheap Trick, (1979 UK No.29 & US No.17 single ‘I Want You To Want Me’, 1988 US No.1 single ‘The Flame’).
1971, Born on this day, Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan, bass, Oasis, (first single ‘Supersonic’, 1994 UK No.31, 1996 UK No.1 single ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, 1994 UK No.1 album ‘Definitely Maybe’ fastest selling UK debut album ever. Quit in Aug 1999).
1964, Chuck Berry began his first ever UK tour at The Astoria Theatre, London, supported by The Animals, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Karl Denver and the Nashville Teens.
1964, Louis Armstrong went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hello Dolly’ making him the oldest artist to hit No.1 at the age of 62. In 2011, 85 year-old Tony Bennett broke this record when his Duets album topped the US album chart.
1965, During a UK tour Bob Dylan played the first of two sold out nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience.
1966, The Doors played at the Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, California auditioning for the position of the venue’s house band.
1969, Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s experimental album Electronic Sounds was released on Zapple records.
1970, Guess Who started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘American Woman’, it was the group’s sixth Top 30 hit and only chart topper. The song was born by accident when guitarist Randy Bachman was playing a heavy riff on stage after he had broken a string, the other members joined in on the jam. A fan in the audience who had recorded the gig on tape presented it to the group after the show and they developed it into a full song.
1975, Kiss, James Gang and Rush all appeared at Ohio Northern University in Ada Ohio. Advance tickets cost $5.00.
1980, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ by The Boomtown Rats won the best pop song and outstanding British lyric categories at the 25th Ivor Novello Awards. And Supertramp’s ‘The Logical Song’ won Best Song Musically and Lyrically. Boomtown Rats lead singer Bob Geldoff was inspired to write the song after reading about the tragic shooting spree when 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School.
1982, The Who hit #18 with “You Better You Bet”
1982, Ebony and Ivory (Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder) was a hit. – See more at: https://rockhall.com/story-of-rock/today-in-rock/#sthash.YcQzxMXi.dpuf
1992, Bruce Springsteen made his North American network television debut on Saturday Night Live with host Tom Hanks.
1992, Def Leppard hits #15 with “Let’s Get Rocked”.
1998, Jimmy Page appeared on US TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ with rapper Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs and performed ‘Come With Me’ from the ‘Godzilla’ movie soundtrack. The song sampled the guitar riff from Led Zeppelin’s song ‘Kashmir’.
2013, David Bowie’s latest video, which starred Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard, was temporarily pulled from YouTube over its graphic content. “The Next Day” featured heavy religious imagery, including Cotillard bleeding from stigmata marks. The video sees Bowie performing in a basement bar, surrounded by religious figures, while Oldman, dressed as a priest, punches a beggar before dancing with a prostitute, played by Oscar-winner Cotillard. YouTube admitted making the “wrong call” in removing the video, and reinstated it with an adult content warning.