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April 30

1957, Elvis Presley recorded the Leiber and Stoller song ‘Jailhouse Rock’ as featured in his third motion picture of the same name. In the movie, Mike Stoller had a small role as a piano player. ‘Jailhouse Rock’ later became the first song to debut at No.1 in Great Britain.
1958, UK Rock ‘n’ Roller Tommy Steele was knocked unconscious when fans rushed the stage during the opening night of his British tour. As a result of various injuries, Steele was forced to cancel a week’s worth of shows.
1960, The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, giving Warner Bros a No.1 with their first release.
1964, During a UK tour The Beatles played two shows at The Odeon Cinema in Glasgow. They were also interviewed by BBC Scotland and STV for the evening news programs.
1966, The Rolling Stones fourth album ‘Aftermath’ went to No.1 on the UK chart, the group’s third UK No.1 album.
1966, The Young Rascals went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Lovin’. The song had been a hit for The Olympics the year before.
1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England. The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Granada Theatre, Tooting, London.
1968, BBC TV launched The Cilla Black Show making Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show. The theme song, ‘Step Inside Love’, was written by Paul McCartney.
1970, Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for The Allman Brothers Band was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon’s lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.
1976, The Who’s drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.
1977, Glen Campbell went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Southern Nights’, his second US No.1.
1977, Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan. The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people.
1980, The film ‘McVicar’ with Roger Daltrey from The Who in the title role premiered in London, England. John McVicar was a 1960s armed robber turned writer who Scotland Yard publicly announced to be Public Enemy Number One and “wanted dead or alive”.
1982, American music journalist, author and musician Lester Bangs died of a heart attack aged 33. Bangs worked for Rolling Stone, Creem and The Village Voice.
1983, American Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died in his sleep at his home in Westmont, Illinois, aged 68. Major influence of many acts, Cream, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones named themselves after Waters’ 1950 song ‘Rollin’ Stone.’ Best known songs include ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Got My Mojo Working.’
1983, Michael Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Beat It’, his fifth solo US No.1. The third single from the singer’s Thriller album featured Eddie Van Halen on the song’s distinctive overdriven guitar solo, but Halen was prevented by his record label from appearing in the music video.
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1988, S’Express were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Theme From S’Express’. One of the landmarks of early acid house and late 1980s sampling culture, the British track sampled Rose Royce, TZ’s ‘I Got the Hots for You’ and the count-in ‘Uno, dos, uno, dos, tres, quatro’ is from Debbie Harry’s 1985 single ‘Feel the Spin’.
1990, Prince played a concert at Rupert’s Night-club, Minneapolis. The $100 a head ticket proceeds all went to the family of his former bodyguard Charles ‘Big Chick’ Huntsberry, who had died from a heart attack.
1991, Nirvana signed a recording contract with Geffen’s DGC label for $290,000.
1999, Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet died aged 52, after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana. Nazareth had the 1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’ 1976 US No. 8 single ‘Love Hurts’.
1999, The three former members of Spandau Ballet lost a court case against band songwriter Gary Kemp. They had claimed they were owed £1 million in lost royalties. The Judge said he had become a fan of the bands during the case.
2001, A light aircraft carrying Sting went off the runway as it landed in Florence. None of the four aboard, Sting, a friend, and two pilots were hurt. Brake failure was suspected as the cause of the accident.
2004, New child abuse charges were made against Michael Jackson including a count of conspiracy, covering allegations of child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment. A new court date of May 28th 2004 was set.
2005, The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 (£105,000) after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. Bus driver Stefan Wohl who was alone on board the bus at the time the sewage was dumped was fined $10,000 (£5,200), the band had already donated $100,000 (£54,252) to two group’s that protect the Chicago River and its surrounding area. The Dave Matthews Band offered their “deepest apologies” to more than 100 boat passengers who were on an architectural tour.
2005, American guitarist Norma-Jean Wofford died. Known as ‘The Duchess’, she worked with Bo Diddley as a Bo-ette from 1962 to 1966. (Diddley was one of the first artists to have female musicians in his group).
2008, Mariah Carey married actor Nick Cannon in the Bahamas following a whirlwind two-month romance. The pop diva met Cannon, 27, while shooting the music video for her single ‘Bye Bye.’ It was the second marriage for Carey, who married Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola in 1993, which ended in 1998.
2008, A giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California. Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.
2008, Gail Renard, who was given the hand written lyrics to ‘Give Peace A Chance’ by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie’s auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying “It will be worth something someday.” The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000 (£400,000).
2014, Guitarist Wilko Johnson had a major operation in an attempt to treat his pancreatic cancer. Johnson was diagnosed at the end of 2012 and was given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy. Johnson told Q magazine that a cancer doctor had become curious as to why he wasn’t dead. And why I wasn’t even sick which resulted in more tests.
2015, Ben E King, (Benjmin Earl Nelson), soul and R&B singer with The Drifters, died at the Hackensack University Medical Center at the age of 76. The Driffters had the 1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, and King scored the the 1987 UK No.1 solo single ‘Stand By Me’, (first released in 1961).
April 30th: Born on this day
1929, Born on this day, Johnny Horton, singer, (1959 US No.1 & UK No.16 single ‘The Battle Of New Orleans’). Horton was killed in a car crash on 5th November 1960.
1943, Born on this day, Bobby Vee, US singer, (1961 US No.1 single & UK No.3 single ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’).
1948, Born on this day, Wayne Kramer, MC5, (1969 album ‘Kick Out The Jams’).
1951, Born on this day, Des Tong, bass, Sad Cafe, (1979 UK No.3 single ‘Every Day Hurts’).
1953, Born on this day, Merrill Osmond, The Osmonds, (1971 US No.1 single ‘One Bad Apple’, 1974 UKNo.1 single ‘Love Me For A Reason’ plus nine other US & UK top 40 singles).
1958, Born on this day, Wonder Mike (Michael Anthony Wright), rapper from The Sugarhill Gang who were the first hip hop act to have a hit with the cross-over single ‘Rapper’s Delight’ in the pop charts in 1979.
1962, Born on this day, Robert Reynolds, bass, The Mavericks, US country rock group, (1998 UK No.4 single ‘Dance The Night Away’).
1967, Born on this day, Turbo B, Snap! (1990 UK No.1 single ‘The Power’).
1968, Born on this day, Ben Ayres, guitar, vocals, Cornershop, (1998 UK No.1 single ‘Brimful Of Asha’).
1969, Born on this day, Paulo ‘Destructor’ JR, Sepultura, (1996 UK No.19 single ‘Roots Bloody Roots’).
1971, Born on this day, Darren Emerson, keyboards, Underworld, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘Born Slippy’).
1971, Born on this day, Chris Henderson, guitarist, 3 Doors Down, (2003 US No.4 single ‘When I’m Gone’, 2005 US No.1 album ‘Seventeen Days’).
1981, Born on this day, Justin Vernon, American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer best known as the frontman of indie folk band Bon Iver.
1981, Born on this day, British DJ David Zowie best known for his song ‘House Every Weekend’, which topped the UK Singles Chart in July 2015.
1982, Born on this day, Cleo Higgins, vocals, Cleopatra, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Cleopatra’s Theme’).
1982, Born on this day, Lloyd Banks, (Christopher Lloyd), US singer, rapper, G-Unit , solo, (2004 US No.1 album ‘The Hunger For More’).
1987, Born on this day, Nikki Webster, Australian singer and model, (2001 Australian No.2 single ‘Strawberry Kisses’). Performed at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.
1989, Born on this day, Harry Bauer Rodrigues, American producer of trap and bass music. Baauer has produced remixes for Nero, The Prodigy, Flosstradamus and No Doubt. Scored the US 2013 US No.1 hit ‘Harlem Shake’.

April 27Th

Since December 11,2015-April 26 I didn’t miss a day, but I spept most of April 27 and when I was on my real job (not this website), I was trying to make up the time and forgot my website completely. It seems I’m alone here anyway, so what does it matter !!!

April 27

1957, In a rare appearance outside the United States, Elvis Presley performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada where he wore his full gold lame suit for the last time.
1963, Little Peggy March started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Will Follow Him’. At 15 years, 1 month and 13 days old, Little Peggy March became the youngest female singer to have a US No.1 record.
1963, The Beatles appeared at The Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire, England. The Beatles made a total of six concert appearances at this venue in Northwich.
1965, Bob Dylan was interviewed by BBC journalist and radio presenter Jack DeManio in the Savoy Hotel, London, for the BBC’s Home Service, which was broadcast on the Today programme the following day. Later on the 27th, Dylan and Joan Baez were filmed singing the traditional song Wild Mountain Thyme in the Savoy. Parts of the interview and the song were used in the film Don’t Look Back.
1966, The Beatles started recording the new John Lennon song ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ at Abbey Road studios London, England. The song features the then-unique sound of a reversed guitar duet played by George Harrison. It was released two months earlier in the United States on the album Yesterday And Today and did not feature on the original US version of Revolver.
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1967, Sandie Shaw was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Puppet On A String’, her third UK No.1 and the Eurovision Song Contest winner of 1967.
1969, Pink Floyd appeared at Mothers Club in Erdington, Birmingham, England. Radio 1 DJ John Peel reviewed the gig as ‘…sounding like dying galaxies lost in sheer corridors of time and space’. Recordings from this show were included in the group’s 1969 album Ummagumma.
1970, David Bowie and The Hype, Barclay James Harvest, High Tide and The Purple Gang all appeared at Stockport Grammar School, England.
1971, The Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City. The Beach Boys also appeared on stage with the Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.
1974, A free afternoon event was held in the parking lot of the University of Connecticut, Ice Hockey Arena in Storrs. The four acts that appeared, Aerosmith Bruce Springsteen, Fairport Convention and Fat Back. Springsteen then went on to play another gig that evening at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
1975, Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles’ Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights for possession of marijuana.
1976, Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels.
1981, Ringo Starr married actress and one time ‘Bond girl’ Barbara Bach. The pair met while filming the movie, Caveman, with Dennis Quaid and Shelley Long. In attendance at the wedding were George Harrison and Paul McCartney.
1985, USA For Africa started a three-week run at No.1 on the US chart with ‘We Are The World’. The US artists’ answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon plus the composer’s of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
1994, A man was arrested after breaking into Ace Of Base singer Jenny Berggren’s home. Jenny was asleep at the time and woke up to find the man above her holding a hunting knife.
1996, Oasis played the first of two nights at Manchester’s Maine Road football ground as a ‘thank you’ to their fans, the 80,000 tickets sold out in hours.
1999, UK band The Verve announced that they had split. They scored the 1997 UK No.1 single ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ and their 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Urban Hymns’ spent over 100 weeks on the UK chart. Leader of the group Richard Ashcroft went solo scoring the 2000 UK No.3 single ‘A Song For The Lovers’ and the 2000 UK No.1 album ‘Alone With Everybody.’
2003, Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘American Life’, the singers eighth No.1 album. Also a US No.1 album.
2008, The Last Shadow Puppets went to No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘The Age of the Understatement’, a side project of Alex Turner of Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of Liverpool band The Rascals.
2009, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a robbery outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band were recording. Ament and a band employee had arrived at the rear of the studio when three assailants brandishing knives emerged from the woods wearing black masks and smashed the windows of a rented Jeep. The robbers grabbed a BlackBerry and Ament’s passport and stole $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods.
2009, Aerosmith were to hold a free concert in Hawaii to placate angry fans who brought a legal case against them. Fans filed a class action case, which claimed the band had cancelled a sold-out show in Maui two years ago, leaving hundreds of fans out of pocket in favour of a bigger gig in Chicago. Lawyers for the would-be concert-goers said Aerosmith had now agreed to put on a new show, and would pay all expenses. Everyone who bought a ticket to the original concert would receive a free ticket.
2010, Music sales in the UK had grown for the first time in six years, according to music industry body the British Phonographic Institute (BPI). Revenue increased by 1.4%, bringing the total income for 2009 to £928.8m. Download sales provided the shot in the arm, rising by more than 50% to earn £154m, compared with £101.5m in 2008.
2013, A blue plaque was unveiled at Swansea railway station, Wales, honouring Peter Ham who co-wrote ‘Without You’, a hit for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey. Ham who was a member of Badfinger were signed to The Beatles Apple Records label, (and enjoyed their biggest hit in 1970 with a Paul McCartney penned, ‘Come And Get It’. Ham took his own life in 1975 at the age of 27.
April 27th: Born on this day
1944, Born on this day, Cuba Gooding, Main Ingredient, (1974 US No.10 & UK No.27 single ‘Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely’).
1947, Born on this day, Ann Peebles, US soul singer, (1973 US No.33 & UK 41 single ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’).
1947, Born on this day, Gordon Haskell, UK singer, songwriter, King Crimson, solo, (2001 UK No.2 single ‘How Wonderful You Are’, 2001 UK No.2 album, ‘Harry’s Bar’).
1947, Born on this day, Peter Ham, vocals, guitar, The Iveys and then Badfinger, (1970 UK No.4 single ‘Come And Get It’). Ham committed suicide on 24th April 1975.
1948, Born on this day, Kate Pierson, vocals, The B-52’s, (1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Love Shack’).
1949, Born on this day, Clive Taylor, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’, plus five other UK Top 40 hits).
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1949, Born on this day, Herb Murrell, vocals, The Stylistics, (1974 US No.2 single ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’, 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Can’t Give You Anything But My Love’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1951, Born on this day, Paul Frehley, guitar, vocals, KISS (1974 US No.5 single ‘On And On’ 1976 US No 11 album ‘Rock and Roll Over’ spent 26 weeks on the chart. 1987 UK No.4 single ‘Crazy Crazy Nights’).
1959, Born on this day, Marco Pirroni, guitar Adam And The Ants, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Stand And Deliver’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1959, Born on this day, Sheena Easton, UK singer, (1980 UK No.3 & 1981 US No.1 single ‘Morning Train, Nine To Five’).
1972, Born on this day, Bob Coombes, keyboards, Supergrass, (1995 UK No.2 single ‘Alright’, 1995 UK No.1 album ‘I Should Coco’ spent 35 weeks on the UK chart).
1979, Born on this day, Will Boyd, bass, Evanescence, (2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Bring Me To Life’, 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album ‘Fallen’). Left the group in June 2006.
1984, Born on this day, Yonah Higgins, vocals, Cleopatra, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Cleopatra’s Theme’).
1984, Born on this day, Patrick Stump, lead singer, rhythm guitarist, Fall Out Boy, (2007 US No.1 album ‘Infinity on High).

April 29

1963, Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying the rights to the bands first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the line up and become the bands road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).
1965, Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of £4,000.

1967, Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England.

1967, The 14 hour Technicolour Dream benefit party for The International Times was held at Alexandra Palace in London. Seeing the event mentioned on TV, John Lennon called his driver and went to the show. Coincidentally, Yoko Ono was one of the performers. Other acts to appear included The Flies, Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, The Move and Suzie Creamcheese.

1969, Working on tracks for the forthcoming Beatles Abbey Road album, Ringo Starr added his vocal to ‘Octopus’s Garden.’

1973, John Denver began a weekly live UK BBC 2 TV special, ‘The John Denver Show’.

1976, After a gig in Memphis Bruce Springsteen took a cab to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home and proceeded to climb over the wall. A guard took him to be another crank fan and apprehended him.

1977, The Grateful Dead played the first of five nights at the New York Palladium, New York, NYC.

1978, P.J. Proby was sacked from his role in the London stage musical Elvis after repeatedly changing his lines from the script. Proby had been playing the oldest of three Presley’s in the play.

1980, Black Sabbath began their first tour with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne.

1981, Elton John paid £14,000 for 232 ‘Goon Show’ scripts broadcast during the 50’s at an auction held at Christies, London.

1989, Jon Bon Jovi married childhood sweetheart Hurly on the steps of the Graceland Chapel, Las Vegas.

1990, Floyd Butler of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack at the age of 49. Had the US No.3 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’ in 1969.

1992, Singer Paula Abdul and actor Emilio Estevez were married in a judge’s chambers in Santa Monica, California. One of Abdul’s managers and Estevez’s mother witnessed the ceremony. Abdul filed for divorce two years later.

1993, Guitarist, producer, Mick Ronson died of liver cancer aged 46. Ronson recorded and toured with David Bowie from 1970 to 1973. Released the 1974 solo album ‘Slaughter On Tenth Avenue’. Ronson co-produced Lou Reed’s album Transformer, also part of Hunter Ronson Band with Ian Hunter. And worked with Morrissey, Slaughter & The Dogs, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar, T-Bone Burnett.

1995, Rapper Tupac Shakur married Keisha Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility, where he was serving a four-year jail term for sex abuse.

1997, Boy George was accused of being a ‘professional liar’ by musician singer Kirk Brandon during a London court hearing. Brandon was in court suing the singer over claims in George’s autobiography that pair had slept together.

1998, Steven Tyler broke his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska delaying Aerosmith’s ‘Nine Lives’ tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’

2001, Rod Stewart asked for a change in wedding vows bringing them up to-date and to be treated like a dog licence. Stewart said ‘a change is needed because they’ve been in existence for 600 years when people used to live until they were only 35’.

2001, A blue plaque was unveiled at 38 Aubrey Walk, Kensington, London to honor the musical heritage of the address where British singer Dusty Springfield lived between 1968-1972.

2003, A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.

2007, Arctic Monkeys started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare.’

2007, Avril Lavigne was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third album ‘The Best Damn Thing’, also a No.1 on the UK chart.

2009, An anonymous Queen fan won a two-hour one-to-one guitar lesson with Brian May, after bidding £7,600 (approximately $11,900) at a private charity auction. The auction, in support of the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust, of which May is a patron, was held at the exclusive Cuckoo Club in London.

2014, David Gilmour, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway all signed an open letter, published by The Guardian, to keep musical instruments available to UK prisoners. Spearheaded by Billy Bragg, the singer-songwriter founded an “independent initiative” called Jail Guitar Doors in 2007 to provide instruments for the rehabilitation of inmates.
April 29th: Born on this day

1899, Born on this day, Duke Ellington, composer, bandleader, pianist, died 24th May 1974. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday.

1928, Born on this day, Carl Gardner, The Coasters, (1958 US No.1 single ‘Yakety Yak’, 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single ‘Charlie Brown’). He died on June 12, 2011.

1931, Born on this day, Lonnie Donegan, singer who launched the skiffle craze. He had a 1960 UK No.1 single with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, plus over 30 other UK Top 40 singles. He died on November 3rd 2002.

1933, Born on this day, Willie Nelson, country music singer-songwriter, (He was born on April 29, 1933, but his birth was recorded on April 30). Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms. He wrote the country classic ‘Crazy’ a hit for Patsy Cline.

1936, Born on this day, April Stevens (born Carol LoTempio), US singer, Nino Tempo and April Stevens had the 1963 US No.1 ‘Deep Purple’, a No.17 hit in the UK.

1942, Born on this day, Klaus Voorman, bass, Manfred Mann, Plastic Ono Band. Voorman designed the cover for The Beatles album Revolver.

1945, Born on this day, Tammi Terrell, singer, who died of a brain tumour on March 16th 1970 after collapsing into Marvin Gaye’s arms on stage during a duet of ‘That’s All You Need To Get By’. Terrall had undergone eight brain operations in 18 months. She had had hits with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 US No.5 ‘Your Precious Love’.

1947, Born on this day, Tommy James, The Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).

1949, Born on this day, Francis Rossi, guitar, vocals, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, plus 50 other UK Top75 singles since 1968).

1953, Born on this day, Bill Drummond, producer, A&R man, writer, musician. Joined Big In Japan in 1977 (with Holly Johnson, later of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Ian Broudie later of Lightning Seeds). Co-founder of Merseysides Zoo Records. Formed KLF in the late 1980’s, who had a 1991 UK No.1 single 3 AM Eternal’.

1958, Born on this day, Simon Edwards, Fairground Attraction, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘Perfect’).

1960, Born on this day, Phil King, bass, Lush, (1996 UK No.21 single ‘Single Girl’).

1968, Born on this day, Carnie Wilson, of Wilson Phillips, daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson who scored the 1990 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Hold On’.

1973, Born on this day, Mike Hogan, bass, The Cranberries, (1994 UK No.14 single ‘Linger’). The bands 1993 album ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We’ spent 86 weeks on the UK chart.

1979, Born on this day, Joanne Velda O’Meara, vocals, S Club 7, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Bring It All Back’). 2000 UK No.1 album ‘7’ spent over a year on the UK chart.

1980, Born on this day, Kian Egan, vocals, Westlife, (Irish boy band, scored 12 UK No.1 singles, first UK No.1 1999 ‘Swear It Again’ plus 4 UK No.1 albums).

1981, Born on this day, Tom Smith, bass guitarist, Editors, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘An End Has A Start’).

April 28

1958, Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show played 2 shows at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tour featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.

1964, The Beatles recorded the TV special ‘Around The Beatles’ at Wembley studios England. As well as performing songs they played Act V Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ with John playing the female role of Thisbe, Paul as Pyramus, George as Moonshine and Ringo as Lion. Paul later named his cat Thisbe.

1968, The Broadway musical ‘Hair’ opened at the Biltmore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs ‘Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.

1973, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon went to No.1 in the US. The album went on to enjoy a record-breaking 741 discontinuous weeks on the Billboard chart, and has now sold over 45 million copies world-wide. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks there, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006.
1980, Marshall Tucker Band bass player Tommy Caldwell died of injuries from a car accident aged 30 in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Original frontman for the Marshall Tucker Band between 1973 and 1980.

1981, Former member of T Rex, Steve Currie was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal, he was 33 years old. Joined T. Rex (recently renamed from Tyrannosaurus Rex) as bass guitarist in late 1970, also worked as a session player, played on ‘Motorbikin’ by Chris Spedding.

1982, The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee heard testimony from “experts” who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward, contained the words: “I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan.”

1983, During the second leg of their ‘War’ North American tour, U2 appeared at the Rochester Institute Of Technology Ice Rink, Rochester, New York.

1990, Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of The Everly Brothers Don at Cupid’s Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced in January 91 after a stormy nine months of marriage.

1990, Sinead O’Connor started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.’

1997, Mark Morrison was fined £750 after admitting threatening behaviour during an incident in Leicester city centre when he believed someone had kicked his car.

1999, The tour bus carrying The Clint Boon Experience was involved in a near fatal accident when it was involved in a crash outside Glasgow. Members of the band had to be airlifted to hospital.

1999, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000, A blaze swept through James Brown Enterprises, the office that co-ordinate the superstar’s tours. Nobody was injured, but memorabilia and live tapes were destroyed in the blaze. An employee was later arrested charged with arson.

2000, Paul Atkinson was jailed for three years after being found guilty of stealing more than £25,000 from Rolling Stone Charlie Watts. Atkinson had been the manager of an Arabian stud farm owned by Watts.

2002, Sugababes scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘Freak Like Me.’ The song was originally by American Adina Howard (1995) and was mixed with the synth line from Gary Numan’s 1979 hit ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’.

2006, ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus was accused of avoiding paying 87m Swedish kronor (£6.5m) in taxes on the band’s hit songs and musicals. The Swedish government was demanding he repaid the money. Abba sold over 370 million records and he also co-wrote the musical Mamma Mia.

2007, Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah was arrested and spent the night in a police cell over allegations she assaulted an 18-year-old woman in a Guildford bar. Police confirmed a 23-year-old female was arrested following an “incident”.

2008, Scott Weiland singer with The Stone Temple Pilots was sentenced to 192 hours in county jail for his November 2007 drink driving offence. He was also fined $2000, required to complete an 18-month alcohol programme and was placed on probation for four years.

2009, A TV commercial for insurance featuring Iggy Pop was ruled as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority. In the advert, the singer was seen exclaiming that he had an insurance policy with Swiftcover but the company did not cover musicians at the time of the ad being shown. Swiftcover had since started to offer policies to musicians, and stated that Mr Pop would continue to endorse the company.

2013, Emeli Sande set a new record for the most consecutive weeks on the UK’s Official Album Chart top 10 of any debut album. ‘Our Version Of Events’ was released in February 2012 and went on to become the biggest selling album that year. The album hadn’t dropped out of the top 10 since its release and had been in the UK’s Official Album Chart for 63 weeks. The 26-year-old singer had overtaken The Beatles who previously held the record.

2014, Scorpions drummer James Kottak was sentenced to one month in jail in Dubai for offensive behaviour after an incident at Dubai airport on 3 April of this year. He was convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger and being under the influence of alcohol.

2014, Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell appeared in court after being arrested over a domestic dispute. The arrest came after a caller from the singers’ home phoned the emergency services and then hung up. Simon told a Superior Court judge in Norwalk, Connecticut, he had a rare argument with his wife on Saturday night at their home and they were now fine.

2015, Jack Ely died at the age of 71 after a long illness. The Kingman singer’s hit ‘Louie Louie’ reached the top of the charts in 1963 and sparked an FBI investigation into whether or not its lyrics were obscene.
April 28th: Born on this day

1945, Born on this day, John Wolters, drums, Dr Hook, (1972 UK No.2 and US No.5 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’).

1953, Born on this day, Kim Gordon, bassist, artist, record producer, video director and actress. She has sung and played bass and guitar in the alternative rock band Sonic Youth, and in Free Kitten.

1955, Born on this day, Eddie Jobson, violin, Curved Air, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘Back Street Luv’), Roxy Music, (1975 UK No.2 single ‘Love Is The Drug’).

1968, Born on this day, Daisy Berkowitz, Marilyn Manson, (1998 US No.1 album, ‘Mechanical Animals’, UK No. 12 single, ‘The Dope Show’1998 UK No. 12 single, ‘The Dope Show’).

1968, Born on this day, Howard Donald, Take That (1995 UK No.1 single ‘Back For Good’ and seven other UK No.1 singles, 1993 UK No.1 album ‘Everything Changes spent 78 weeks on the UK chart). Re-formed without Robbie Williams in 2006 for a sold-out European tour. Topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time in their career when the single ‘Patience’ and album ‘Beautiful World’ both reached No.1 in Dec 2006.

1969, Born on this day, Mica Paris, singer, (1988 UK No. 7 single, ‘My One Temptation’).

1973, Born on this day, Bigg Gipp (born Cameron Gipp), US rapper, member of Goodie Mob, features on the US No.1 single ‘Grillz’ by Nelly with Ali & Paul Wall.

April 26

1964, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five headlined the NME poll winner’s concert at Wembley Empire Pool, London.

1966, Dusty Springfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, the singers only UK No.1. When recording the track, Springfield was not satisfied with her vocal until she had recorded forty-seven takes.

1969, During the band’s second North American tour Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at The Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco in California. It was during this show that ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was played live for the first time.

1975, BJ Thomas went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(Hey Won’t You Play), Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song’. It was the singers second US No.1. Not a hit in the UK.

1978, Ringo Starr’s TV special, Ringo, a musical version of The Prince and the Pauper aired on American television. Ringo played both characters, George Harrison provided the narration.

1980, Blondie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Call Me’, the group’s fourth UK No.1, featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’, the track was also a No.1 in the US where it became the band’s biggest selling single. Producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac to help compose and perform a song for the soundtrack, but she declined.

1980, The Beat released ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’ which became the first digitally recorded single in the UK.
1982, Out on a day’s shopping, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

1984, Mike McCartney unveiled the £40,000 statue of The Beatles by John Doubleday at the new £8 million Cavern Walks shopping centre in Liverpool, England. John’s first wife, Cynthia, was also in attendance.

1986, Van Halen started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘5150’.

1988, Mick Jagger appeared in White Plains, New York, Federal Court in the copyright infringement case brought by reggae singer Patrick Alley, who claimed the Mick Jagger solo track Just Another Night was a plagiarism of his own song of the same name. Alley was claiming $7m in profits from the track. During the case Sly Dunbar played drums to the court to show how the beats were different in each song and Mick sang and played demos of his song to show the court the development of the track. At the end of the week-long trial, Jagger won the case.

1990, New Kids On The Block’s Danny Wood injured his ankle while on stage in Manchester when he tripped over a toy animal thrown on stage by a fan; he was forced to fly back home to the US for treatment.

1990, Nirvana appeared at the Pyramid Club in New York City. The bands label Sub Pop filmed the show and the performance of ‘In Bloom’ was later used as a promo clip.

1994, Grace Slick pleaded guilty to pointing a shotgun at police in her California home. She claimed she was under stress because her home had burned down the previous year. She was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and told to attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week for three months.

1995, Courtney Love reportedly turned down an offer of $1m from Playboy to pose nude for the magazine.

1997, Ernest Stewart, keyboard player with KC and the Sunshine Band, died of an asthma attack. (1975 US No.1 single ‘That’s The Way, I Like It’, 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Give It Up’).

2001, Destiny’s Child were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Survivor’, Janet Jackson was at No.1 on the US chart with ‘All For You’ and Shaggy and Ricardo RikRok Ducent had the Australian No.1 single with ‘It Wasn’t Me’

2008, Amy Winehouse spent the night in custody after being arrested on suspicion of assault. Police said Winehouse had been “in no fit state” to be questioned when she arrived at the London station and she was kept in the cells. The 24-year-old was to be questioned about an incident said to have occurred 3 days earlier after a 38-year-old man claimed he was assaulted.

2009, Tinchy Stryder feat N-dubz started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Number 1’, the first time ever that a single called ‘Number 1’ has made it to the top of the UK charts.

2013, US country singer George Jones who had a string of number one songs between the 1950s and 1990s, died aged 81. Nicknamed Possum, his signature song was He Stopped Loving Her Today, a track about love and death. He was married to Tammy Wynette between 1969 and 1975 and the pair recorded several songs together in the 1970s.
April 26th: Born on this day

1938, Born on this day, Duane Eddy, guitarist, (1960 UK No.2 and US No.4 single ‘Because They’re Young’, plus over 15 other UK & US Top 40 singles).

1938, Born on this day, Maurice Williams, (1960 US No.1 & 1961 UK No.14 single with The Zodiacs, ‘Stay’). Also a hit for Jackson Browne and The Hollies.

1940, Born on this day, Giorgio Moroder, producer, (1979 US No.33 & UK No. 48 single, ‘Chase’ from the film Midnight Express. Produced Donna Summer’s world- wide 1976 hit ‘Love To Love You Baby’, 1984 UK No.3 single with Phil Oakey, ‘Together In Electric Dreams.’)

1942, Born on this day, Bobby Rydell, US singer, (1960 US No.2 & UK No.7 single ‘Wild One’, plus 17 other US Top 40 hits).

1945, Born on this day, Tony Murray, The Troggs, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Wild Thing’).

1945, Born on this day, Gary Wright, Spooky Tooth, solo, (1976 US No.2 single ‘Dream Weaver’).

1951, Born on this day, Nick Garvey, The Motors, (1978 UK No.4 single ‘Airport’).

1952, Born on this day, Neol Davies, Selecter, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘On My Radio’).

1960, Born on this day, Roger Taylor, drums, Duran Duran who scored the 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Is There Something I Should Know’ plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles, and the 1984 US No.1 single ‘The Reflex’. Also a member of Arcadia who had the 1985 UK No.7 single ‘Election Day’ and The Power Station.

1961, Born on this day, Chris Mars, drums, The Replacements, (1984 album ‘Let It Be’).

1970, Born on this day, Ruth Anne, vocals, Olive, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘You’re Not Alone’).

1970, Born on this day, Tionne Watkins, T- Boz, vocals, TLC, (1995 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Waterfalls’ 1999 US No.1 album ‘Fanmail’ spent 57 weeks on the UK chart).

1971, Born on this day, Jay DeMarcus, (real name: Stanley Wayne DeMarcus Jr.), bassist, Rascal Flatts, (2004 US country No.2 single ‘I Melt’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘Me And My Gang’).

1975, Born on this day, Joey Jordison, drums, Slipknot, (2001 UK No.1 album ‘Iowa’).

1976, Born on this day, Jose Antonio Pasillas II, drummer, Incubus, (2004 US No.2 and UK No.6 album ‘A Crow Left of the Murder’’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘Light Grenades’).

1981, Born on this day, Ms Dynamite, (Niomi McLean Daley), UK rapper, singer, (2002 UK No. 7 single ‘It Takes More’).

1982, Born on this day, Jonathan Lee, vocals, S Club 7, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Bring It All Back’). 2000 UK No.1 album ‘7’ spent over a year on the UK chart.

April 25

1954, Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Such A Night.’ The singer’s first of three UK No.1’s. He became deaf in his right ear aged 13 after an accident and would later perform wearing a hearing aid. Dexys Midnight Runners’ 1982 music video for ‘Come On Eileen’, used footage of Ray from 1954. The lyrics of the song say, “Poor old Johnnie Ray sounded sad upon the radio / he moved a million hearts in mono”.

1960, Elvis Presley started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stuck On You’, his first hit single after his two-year stint in the US Army. It became his first No.1 single of the 1960s and thirteenth overall.

1965, During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to over 16,000 fans.

1967, Just days after the completion of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles embark upon their next project, recording the theme to ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ at Abbey Road studios in London.

1970, The Jackson Five started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘ABC’. It was the group’s second US No. 1, a No.8 hit in the UK.

1974, Pamela Courson the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison died of a drugs overdose. It was Courson who found The Doors singer dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.

1977, Elvis Presley made the last recordings of his life during a concert at the Saginaw, Michigan Civic Centre. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, ‘Moody Blue’.

1979, The Police made their debut on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops performing ‘Roxanne’. The single which was taken from their album Outlandos d’Amour was written from the point-of-view of a man who falls in love with a prostitute.

1980, Stranglers singer, guitarist Hugh Cornwell was released from a London prison after serving six weeks for possession of drugs.

1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory.’ This was McCartney’s 24th No.1 hit single as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say “black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!”. It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.

1987, Madonna went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘La Isla Bonita.’ The fifth and final single from her third studio album, True Blue, made her the only female artist to score four UK No.1 singles. The song had been offered to Michael Jackson for his Bad album.

1987, U2 started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album Joshua Tree. Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, the album topped the charts in over 20 countries, and is one of the world’s all-time best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold. The album which won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year produced the hit singles ‘With or Without You’, ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, and ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’.
1988, Carolyn Franklin the Younger sister of Aretha Franklin, died of breast cancer at the age of 43. Released numerous albums throughout the 1970s, had the 1973 No.1 R&B hit’ Angel’. She appeared as one of Aretha’s background singers in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers.

1988, Bon Jovi’s manager Doc McGee was convicted on drug offences arising from the 1982 seizure of 40,000lb of marijuana smuggled into north Carolina from Colombia. McGee was sentenced to a five year suspended prison term and a $15,000 fine.

1990, The Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock festival was auctioned off for a record $295,000. His two-hour set at the 1969 festival became the longest of his career.

1992, Kris Kross started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Jump’, a No.2 hit in the UK. The duo of Chris Smith and Chris Kelly were 12 and 13 when they recorded the song.

1994, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a TV cameraman during the memorial services for actor River Phoenix the previous November.

1994, The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, ‘Take It Easy’ The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question “When will the Eagles get back together?”

1996, A pair of skin-tight trousers owned by Queen singer Freddie Mercury were sold at a pop memorabilia sale in London.

1997, U2’s ‘Pop Mart’ world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet.

2002, TLC member Lisa Lopes was killed in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras, aged 30. Seven other people, including Lopes’ brother and sister, who were in the Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle when the crash happened, were taken to a hospital. Lopes who was driving the car when it crashed had spent the past month in Honduras working on various projects including a clothing line, a new solo project and a book.

2003, In this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, Paul McCartney was confirmed as the world’s richest musician with a fortune worth over £760m. Madonna was 4th in the list with £227m, Mick Jagger 6th with £175m and Elton John 7th with £170m. Ozzy Osbourne became the 24th richest musician after earning an estimated £42m from his MTV show The Osbournes. And Simon Fuller was said to have earned over £50m from sales of the ‘Pop Idol’ TV show.

2005, Bruce Springsteen played the opening show on his Devils & Dust Tour North American Tour at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

2007, During The Rolling Stones current world tour, aides to George Bush were told they couldn’t book a luxury five star hotel suite because Mick Jagger had already booked it. Jagger had splashed out £3,600 a night for the suite at the five-star Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria, in advance of the band’s appearance there. Prior to the attempted booking, US Secret Service agents had already vetted the hotel, but to no avail.

2007, American singer Bobby “Boris” Pickett died of leukaemia at the age of 69. Scored the Halloween anthem ‘The Monster Mash’ in 1962. The song had been banned by The BBC in the UK, deemed offensive and wasn’t a hit until 1973. It was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato.

2008, The Empire State Building in New York City was lit up in Mariah Carey’s motif colours, lavender, pink, and white, in celebration of her achievements in the world of music. Carey was the first person in history to be honoured with this event.

2009, A man suing rapper Snoop Dogg told a court he received a ‘brutal’ beating from the star’s security. Richard Monroe Jr also claimed that the rapper hit him with a microphone after he climbed on stage. Mr Monroe was asking for $22m (£15m) in damages from the rapper and others. Jurors were told that as the performer started his hit ‘Gin and Juice’, at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, Mr Monroe thought there was an open invitation to go up on stage and party.

2009, Rascal Flatts went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Unstoppable’, the American country pop acts sixth studio album.

2014, Spotify removed a album of silence by American funk band Vulfpeck from its streaming site. The band’s fourth record, Sleepify, was made up of 10 tracks of silence which they encouraged fans to stream on repeat overnight. The idea was aimed at generating money so that the band could go on tour and not charge admission fees.
April 25th: Born on this day

1918, Born on this day, Ella Fitzgerald, US jazz singer, died 15th June 1996, (1960 US No.27 & UK No.19 single ‘Mack The Knife’).

1923, Born on this day, Albert King, US blues guitarist. Died 20th December 1992.

1933, Born on this day, Jerry Leiber, (& Stoller), songwriter and producer for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Monkees, Cliff Richard. Among their hit songs: Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, Don’t, There Goes My Baby, Searchin’, Yakety Yak and Kansas City. Leiber died on August 22, 2011 in Los Angeles at the age of 78 from cardio-pulmonary failure.

1943, Born on this day, Tony Christie, UK singer, 1971 UK No.18 single (‘Is This The Way To) Amarillo’, re-released in aid of Comic Relief in 2005 becoming a UK No.1 with comedian Peter Kay. This broke the record set over 18 years previously by Jackie Wilson. His “Reet Petite” topped the chart in Dec 1986; 29 Years, 1 Month, and 11 Days after it first entered the chart. The new record set by Christie was 33 Years, 3 Months, and 27 Days.

1944, Born on this day, Charlie Harper, vocals, punk band, UK Subs, (1979 UK No.26 single ‘Stranglehold’).

1945, Born on this day, Bjorn Ulvaeus, guitar, vocals, ABBA (first UK hit was 1974 No.1 single ‘Waterloo’, followed by eight other UK No.1 singles and nine No.1 albums, 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dancing Queen’).

1945, Born on this day, Stu Cook, bass, Creedence Clearwater Revival, (1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single ‘Bad Moon Rising’ plus 11 other US Top 40 singles, 1970 US & UK No.1 album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’).

1945, Born on this day, Michael Kogel, Los Bravos, (1966 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘Black Is Black’). First Spanish rock band to have a UK & US hit single.

1946, Born on this day, Ronnie Gilbert, The Blue Magoos, (1967 US No.5 single, ‘We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet’).

1949, Born on this day, Michael Brown, singer, 1966-67 he was in the Left Banke, which had a 1966 US number 5 hit, ‘Walk Away Renee’ and was a member of Stories, (1973 US No.1 single ‘Brother Louie’). Written by Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate who had a UK No.7 with the song the same year. Brown died on March 19, 2015, at age 65.

1950, Born on this day, Steve Ferrone, drummer, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).

1958, Born on this day, Fish, (Derek Dick), Marillion and solo, vocals, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’). Radio presenter.

1964, Born on this day, Andy Bell, Erasure, (1992 UK No.1 single ‘Abba- esque’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1964, Born on this day, Maya Gilder, keyboards, Furniture, (1986 UK No.21 single ‘Brilliant Mind’).

1965, Born on this day, Eric Avery, Jane’s Addiction, (1991 UK No.34 single ‘Been Caught Stealing’, 1990 US No. 19 album ‘Ritual De Lo Habitual’).

1965, Born on this day, Simon Fowler, vocals, Ocean Colour Scene, (1996 UK No.4 single ‘The Day We Caught The Train’, plus over 12 other Top 40 singles, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Marchin’ Already’).

1980, Born on this day, Jacob Underwood, O-Town, winners of US TV show ‘Making The Band’ (2001 US No.3 single ‘All Or Nothing’, 2001 UK No.3 single ‘Liquid Dreams’).

 

April 23

1956, Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), played the first night of a two-week engagement (playing 2 shows a day) at the New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas. Presley was not the typical Las Vegas Strip entertainer of the time and his shows were met with a cool reception.

1960, The Nerk Twins appeared at The Fox And Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire, England. The Nerk Twins being John Lennon and Paul McCartney who were staying at Paul’s aunt’s pub.

1963, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones meet for the first time during a Stones performance at the Crawdaddy Club. The music venue in Richmond, Surrey, also saw performances by Led Zeppelin, Long John Baldry, Elton John and & Rod Stewart.

1964, Peter and Gordon were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the John Lennon and Paul McCartney song ‘A World Without Love.’ The Duo’s only UK No.1.

1965, The Rolling Stones kicked off their third North American tour at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, Canada. The 4,750-seat, multi-purpose arena was built in 1962.

1969, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get Back’ the group’s 16th UK No.1. Credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”, it was the Beatles’ only single that credited another artist, ‘Get Back’ was also the Beatles’ first single release in true stereo in the US.

1971, The Rolling Stones released their classic album Sticky Fingers in the UK. The band’s first release on their own label via Atlantic Records, the cover was designed by Andy Warhol, who was paid $15,000 for his efforts. The LP sleeve featured a close-up of a pair of jeans with a working zip. Widely assumed to be that of Mick Jagger, the crotch photographed for the cover was actually that of actor Joe Dallesandro.
1976, Ramones released their eponymous debut album. The front cover depicts the band members standing in a line leaning against a brick wall, taken by Roberta Bayley. The cover was ranked No.58 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Album Covers.

1977, Thelma Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, a No.13 hit in the UK.

1978, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious filmed his version of ‘My Way’ for the Sex Pistols film ‘The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.’

1979, David Bowie premiered his new single ‘Boy’s Keep Swinging’, on the BBC’s TV’s ‘Kenny Everett Video Show.’

1983, David Bowie started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers produced ‘Let’s Dance’, featuring the title track which made No. 1 on the US and UK singles chart and ‘China Girl.’

1983, U2 kicked off their 48-date ‘War’ North American tour at The Carolina Concert For Children benefit, Chapel Hill, Carolina.

1987, Carole King sued record company owner Lou Adler for breach of contract. King claimed that she was owed over $400,000 in royalties. She also asked for all rights to her old recordings.

1988, Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’, their second No.1 LP.

1988, Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang happy birthday to him.

1988, Whitney Houston smashed a chart record held by The Beatles and The Bee Gees when ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, became her seventh consecutive US No.1, a No.14 hit in the UK.

1991, Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose. He renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.

1992, George Michael announced he was donating $500,000 royalties from the sale of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, to various British and American charities.

1994, Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Division Bell’, their fourth No.1 album. Bob Egan Pop Spots

1995, Peter Hodgson, from Liverpool found a tape in his attic containing 16 of The Beatles earliest recordings made in 1959. The tape included ‘Hello Little Girl’, a Lennon-McCartney composition that the Beatles never recorded and Ray Charles’ ‘Hallelujah, I Love Her So’. The sessions had been made on a reel-to-reel recorder that Hodgson’s father had lent to Paul McCartney.

1997, Club boss Paul Donavan was fined over £2,000 after being found guilty of tricking fans that he had Peter Andre appearing at his Club in the West Midlands. He had in fact an act called Peter Andrex a puppet who threw toilet rolls.

2008, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was sentenced to three years probation after admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol. 48-year-old Sambora who was not at the court hearing would also have to attend first offender alcohol awareness classes. He was arrested in Laguna Beach after his car was seen weaving between traffic lanes.

2008, Amy Winehouse went out on a drink and drug-fuelled spree and hit and head-butted two men. After drinking all day, Amy visited the Good Mixer pub in Camden, London with Babyshambles guitarist Mik Whitnall. Inside she allegedly punched Mustapha el Mounmi in the face after he refused to give way to her at the pool table. The singer then left to visit Bar Tok in the early hours and once at the bar shouted “I am a legend get these people out. I want to take drugs.” After leaving the bar a good Samaritan tried to get her a cab, but she reportedly thought he was trying to molest her and allegedly head-butted him in the face.

2012, Thomas “Tommy” Marth, the touring and studio saxophonist for the Killers, died after shooting himself in the head at his Las Vegas home. The 33-year-old musician joined the band in 2005 and played on the live tours with Brandon Flowers and co between 2008 and 2010. Tommy also performed on 2006 release Sam’s Town and 2008’s Day & Age.
April 23rd: Born on this day

1936, Born on this day, Roy Orbison singer, songwriter, who had a 1964 UK & US No.1 single with ‘Pretty Woman’ plus over 20 US & 30 UK Top 40 singles. With the Traveling Wilburys he had a 1988 UK No.21 single with ‘Handle With Care’. Orbison died on December 6th 1988.

1939, Born on this day, Ray Peterson, US singer, (1960 US No.7 single ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’).

1949, Born on this day, John Miles, singer, songwriter, guitarist, (1976 UK No.3 single ‘Music’). Also worked with Alan Parson’s, Jimmy Page, Joe Cocker and Tina Turner.

1955, Born on this day, Ray Burns, (Captain Sensible), The Damned, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Eloise’) solo (1982 UK No.1 single ‘Happy Talk’).

1960, Born on this day, David Gedge, vocals, guitar, The Wedding Present, (UK indie band, during 1992 they released 1 single every month giving them 12 Top 30 hits, making them the only group to score more than 10 new hits in one year).

1960, Born on this day, Steve Clark, guitarist with Def Leppard, who had a 1987 UK No.6 single with ‘Animal’, a 1987 worldwide No.1 album with Hysteria and a 1988 US No.1 single with ‘Love Bites’. Clark died on January 8th 1991, aged 30 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs.

1964, Born on this day, Simon Matthews, drummer with English group Jesus Jones who had the 1990 US No.2 hit with ‘Right Here Right Now’ and the 1991 UK No.7 single ‘International Bright Young Thing’.

1968, Born on this day, Paul Clifford, bass, The Wonder Stuff, (1991 UK No.1 single ‘Dizzy’, with Vic Reeves).

1968, Born on this day, Stan Frazier, Sugar Ray, (1999 UK No. 10 single ‘Every Morning’).

1985, Born on this day, Taio Cruz, English singer-songwriter, producer. 2009 UK No.1 single ‘Break Your Heart.’

April 22

1957, Elvis Presley had his custom built ‘Music Gates’ installed at Gracelands. The gates were designed by Abe Saucer and custom built by John Dillars Jr, of Memphis Doors inc.

1964, The President of The National Federation Of Hairdressers offered a free haircut to the next No.1 group in the UK pop charts. He said The Rolling Stones are the worst, one of them looks as if he’s got a feather duster on his head.’

1965, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ticket To Ride.’ Taken from the film Help! it was the group’s seventh UK No.1.

1966, ‘Wild Thing’ by The Troggs (who were originally called The Troglodytes) was released in the U.S. on both the Atco and Fontana labels. The song went on to reach No.1. Fronted by Reg Presley, ‘Wild Thing’ became a major influence on garage rock and punk rock.

1966, Two dozen local group’s appeared at a ‘battle of the bands’ gig in Matawan Keyport Roller Drome in New Jersey. All acts performed three songs each. The Rogues won first place, second was Sonny & The Starfires, and third place went to The Castiles, (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals). The three winners were given an opportunity to perform at the Roller Drome the following week as part of a major concert headlined by The Crystals.
1967, In the most popular Monkee poll conducted in the music paper Disc & Music Echo, Davy Jones received 63% of the votes, Mickey Dolenz 22%, Peter Tork 8% and Mike Nesmith 7%.

1969, On the roof of the Apple building in London, John Lennon changed his middle name from Winston to Ono.

1972, Deep Purple scored their second UK No.1 album with Machine Head. The album which features ‘Smoke on the Water’ and ‘Highway Star’, is often cited as a major influence in the early development of the heavy metal music genre and commercially, it was Deep Purple’s most successful album.

1977, The Jam released their first single ‘In The City’, which peaked at No. 40 in the UK charts. The English punk rock/New Wave/mod revival formed in Woking, Surrey, fronted by Paul Weller, achieved 17 other Top 40 hits including four UK No.1’s.

1978, Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the ‘One Love Peace Concert’ in Jamaica. It was Marley’s first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier.

1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on US TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live’.
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1989, Madonna started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Like A Prayer’, the singers seventh US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.

1991, The Dave Matthews Band played their first ever-live show when they appeared at The Earth Day festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.

2001, Destiny’s Child went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Survivor.’ Their second chart topper, they were the first US female band to have more than one UK No.1. The song won the trio a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Group.

2003, Songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer. Wrote many hits with her husband Boudleaux including; The Everly Brothers, ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’, ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ and ‘Raining In My Heart’ a hit for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their song include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles.

2007, Beyonce & Shakira were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Beautiful Liar’. The track won the Most Earth-Shattering Collaboration award at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and the song won an Ivor Novello Award for Best-Selling British Song.

2008, It was revealed that 60’s singer Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after Presley struck up a friendship with Steele. When the rock legend flew into London for a day, Steele apparently took him round the city, showing him famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament. For more than 50 years, Presley fans had believed the only time Elvis ever set foot in the UK was during a stop-over at Prestwick Airport in Scotland in March 1960.

2013, Richie Havens, the folk singer who opened the legendary 1969 Woodstock rock festival, died of a heart attack at 72. He died at his home in Jersey City, New Jersey.
April 22nd: Born on this day

1922, Born on this day, Jazz musician and bandleader Charles Mingus, died 5th January 1979 aged 56. His final project was the collaboration with Joni Mitchell Mingus.

1936, Born on this day, Glen Campbell, country singer, songwriter, actor, TV presenter. Hits include ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, ‘Wichita Lineman’, and ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’. As a session musician in the 1960s he worked with Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Mamas & the Papas. He was a touring member of The Beach Boys, filling in for an ailing Brian Wilson in 1964/65. His guitar playing can be heard on ‘Strangers in the Night’ by Frank Sinatra, ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’‘ by The Righteous Brothers and ‘I’m a Believer’ by The Monkees.

1937, Born on this day, Jack Nitzsche, producer, songwriter. Produced The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Walker Brothers. Co-wrote, ‘Up Where We Belong’ with Buffy Sainte-Marie. Died of a heart attack on 25th August 2000.

1939, Born on this day, Simon Napier- Bell, UK manager of Wham! T Rex and Japan.

1944, Born on this day, Drummer Howard Wyeth, Worked with Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell. He died of a heart attack 27th March 1996.

1950, Born on this day, Peter Frampton, guitar, vocals, The Herd, (1968 UK No.5 single ‘I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die’), Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’) & solo, (1976 UK No.10 single ‘Show Me The Way’). Worked with David Bowie, George Harrison, Harry Nilsson.

1950, Born on this day, Pete Car, American guitarist best known as part of the studio backing band known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama. He has contributed to hit recordings by Joan Baez, Luther Ingram, Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, Paul Simon, The Staple Singers, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Wilson Pickett, Bob Seger and many more.

1951, Born on this day, Paul Carrack, keyboards, guitar, vocals, Ace, (1974 UK No.20 single ‘How Long’) Squeeze, (1981 UK No.41 single ‘Tempted’), Mike And The Mechanics, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Living years’) and solo hits.

1956, Born on this day, Kenny Lyons, The Lemonheads, (1993 UK No.14 single ‘Into Your Arms’).

1969, Born on this day, Craig Logan, Bros, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘I Owe You Nothing’, plus 10 other UK Top singles).

1974, Born on this day, Shavo Odadjian, bassist, System of a Down, (2005 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Mezmerize’).

1979, Born on this day, Daniel Johns, Silverchair, (1997 Australian No.1 & UK No.34 single ‘Freak’, 1995 Australian No.1 album ‘Frogstomp’ plus three other Australian No.1 albums).

1984, Born on this day Amelle Berrabah, Sugababes. (replaced co-founding member Mutya Buena in December 2005), 2007 UK No.1 single ‘About You Now.’

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1958, US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Whole Lotta Woman’. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage.

1962, Elvis Presley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Luck Charm’, his fifth US No.1 of the 60’s. Also an UK No.1 hit.

1967, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembled and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album.
1969, Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes.

1970, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings.

1973, Tony Orlando & Dawn started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’, (it became the biggest seller of 1973, selling over 6 million copies). The song was based on a true story of a prisoner who wrote to his wife asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the town square in White Oak, Georgia, if she still loved him.

1976, Women Against Violence Against Women called for a boycott of all Warner Communications albums because of the promotional campaign for The Rolling Stones’ new album Black and Blue. The album was being promoted with a controversial advertising campaign that depicted the model Anita Russell, bruised and bound, under the phrase ‘I’m Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones – and I love it!’

1978, UK folk singer Sandy Denny died aged 31. While on holiday with her parents in Cornwall, England, Denny was injured in a fall down a staircase. A month after the fall she collapsed at a friend’s home; four days later she died in Hospital, her death was ruled to be the result of a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage. She was a member of Fairport Convention and a solo artist. Her 1967 song ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes’, was covered by Judy Collins. Denny sang on the Led Zeppelin track ‘Battle Of Evermore’ on the bands fourth album, (the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin album).

1979, Amii Stewart went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Knock On Wood’, it made No.6 in the UK the same year and No.7 when re- issued in 1985.

1982, Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France.

1984, Phil Collins started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from ‘Against All Odds’. It was Phil’s first US No.1, a No. 2 in the UK.

1990, Sinead O’Connorr started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song ‘Nothing Compares To You’. The track was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries. The video was shot in Paris, and consists almost solely of a close-up on O’Connor’s face as she sings the lyrics. Towards the end of the video, two tears roll down her face. The clip won Best Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards – the first video by a female artist to win in this category.

1993, Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman married for the third time when he tied the knot with 33-year-old fashion designer Suzanne Accosta in the medieval French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

2000, Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires died of a heart attack. Sang on Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ and ‘Hound Dog.’ Also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard.

2001, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by police for 12 hours.

2002, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hindu Times’, the bands sixth UK No.1 and the first single to be released from their fifth album Heathen Chemistry.

2004, Former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan was attacked in a London pub. The singer was assaulted at the Joiner’s Arms pub in central London and suffered a fractured cheekbone after being kicked, punched and hit with a metal bar. Two men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested and later released on bail.

2006, The Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 a co-headlining tour between country music singers, and husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill kicked off at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus ending after 73 shows on September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas. The tour became the highest grossing country music tour ever with a gross of $90 million.

2007, Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him with an early passion for music.

2008, American soul singer and songwriter Al Wilson died of kidney failure at the age of 68. Wilson had a number of US hits, including The ‘Snake’ in 1968 and ‘Show and Tell’ in 1974.

2013, Calvin Harris made chart history by becoming the first artist to have eight top 10 hits from one studio album. His track ‘I Need Your Love’, featuring singer Ellie Goulding, climbed to No.7 on the Official UK Chart. The DJ and producer from Dumfries, Scotland had overtaken Michael Jackson, who previously held the record with seven top 10 hits from both his 1987 album Bad and his 1991 record Dangerous.

2014, Robin Thicke’s controversial hit single Blurred Lines was named the UK’s most-downloaded song of all time. The song had sold 1.54 million copies since it was released in May 2013, despite criticisms of its explicit lyrics. About 20 university student unions banned the track, saying it promoted “date rape culture”, an accusation Thicke consistently denied.

2015, Phil Rudd, drummer of AC/DC, changed his plea to guilty on a charge of a threat to kill, in a court in Tauranga, New Zealand. The court heard Rudd was unhappy about his album’s launch party and asked for a former employee to be “taken out”. He had previously denied the charge. He also pleaded guilty to cannabis and methamphetamine possession. The court heard that he had fired a number of employees last August after the launch of his solo album, Head Job.
April 21st: Born on this day

1947, Born on this day, Alan Wagner, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’. 1969 US No.3 single ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’.)

1947, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter, musician and actor James Osterberg, (Iggy Pop). Member of The Stooges and solo artist, Pop is sometimes credited with the invention of stage diving. Hits include: ‘Lust for Life’, ‘The Passenger’, ‘Real Wild Child’, and ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’.

1947, Born on this day, John Weider, guitar, Family, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘In My Own Time’), also member of The New Animals.

1948, Born on this day, Paul Davis, singer, (1982 US No.6 single ’65 Love Affair’).

1951, Born on this day, Nicole Barclay, Fanny, (1975 US No.29 single ‘Butter Boy’).

1958, Born on this day, Mike Barson, keyboards, Madness, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘House Of Fun’ & over 20 other Top 40 UK hit singles).

1959, Born on this day, Michael Timmins, guitar, Cowboy Junkies, (1989 album ‘The Trinity Session’).

1959, Born on this day, Robert Smith, guitar, vocals, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single ‘Love Song’, 1992 UK No.6 single ‘Friday I’m In Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1963, Born on this day, Johnny McElhone, Altered Images, (1981 UK No.2 single ‘Happy Birthday’) then joined Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Say What You Want’, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘White On Blonde’).

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