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On this day in music
Apr 12 th
1954 -Bill Haley and The Comets recorded ‘Rock Around the Clock’ at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. The single went on to sell 25 million copies and is considered to be the song that put Rock and Roll on the map around the world
1957 – Lonnie Donegan The ‘King of Skiffle’ was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cumberland Gap
1963 – Bob Dylan performed his first major solo concert at the Town Hall in New York City. Dylan played a 24 song set including ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’, ‘Highway 51’ and ‘Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie
1966 – Jan Berry (Jan and Dean) was almost killed when he crashed his car into a parked truck a short distance from Dead Man’s Curve in Los Angeles. Berry was partially paralysed and suffered brain damage. Berry was able to walk again after extensive therapy.
1967 – Mick Jagger was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger lost his temper after The Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight
1968 – Pink Floyd released their fourth UK single ‘It Would Be So Nice’, written by Richard Wright with Roger Waters’ ‘Julia Dream’ on the B-side. Pink Floyd were on tour in Europe on this day, and played their second night at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy.
1969 -The 5th Dimension started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In’, a No.11 hit in the UK.
1975 – David Bowie During an interview with Playboy Magazine David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, ‘I’ve rocked my roll. It’s a boring dead end, there will be no more rock ‘n’ roll records from me. The last thing I want to be is some useless f—ing rock singer
1989 – David Cassidy Two DJ’s on Los Angeles station KLOS asked ‘what ever happened to David Cassidy’ The singer called the station up and the presenters invited him onto the show. David played three songs live on air and was subsequently signed by a new record label
1989 -Garth Brooks released his self-titled debut album which was both a critical and chart success, peaking at No.13 on the Billboard 200 and No.2 on the Top Country Albums
1990 – The Beatles The Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre announced that Asteroids 4147-4150, would be named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr after the four members of The Beatles.
1995 – Selena Two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, (then the governor of Texas), declared ‘Selena Day’ in Texas. The Mexican American singer Selena was murdered aged 23 by the president of her fan club Yolanda Sald’var on 31st March 1995.
1997 -R Kelly started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his Grammy award winning song ‘I Believe I Can Fly.’ A No.2 hit in the US, the track was featured in the film ‘Space Jam’.
2000 -Metallica filed a suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement.
2005 – Mariah Carey released The Emancipation of Mimi, the album entered the US chart at number one, going six times platinum in less than a year, and subsequently became the most successful album of 2005
2007 -The Beatles company, Apple Corps, settled a £30 million ($59.2 million) royalties dispute with the band’s label, EMI
2010 – The Beatles The Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Ramano published a story praising The Beatles and saying that it forgave John Lennon for his 1966 comment that the group was ‘bigger than Jesus.’
2012 – Andrew Love Saxophone player Andrew Love died aged 70. He was best known for being a member of The Memphis Horns with trumpet player Wayne Jackson where the two created the signature horn sound at Stax Records on hit records by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and others such as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield
2014 – Pulp The Pulp’s hit ‘Common People’ was voted the top Britpop anthem by listeners of BBC Radio 6 Music in the UK
2015 – Nelly Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly was arrested on drugs charges after police stopped the bus in which he was travelling in Tennessee. Officers found ‘five coloured crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia’ and handguns on board the tour bus
2016 – Led ZeppelinA US court ruled that Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page must face trial in a copyright row over the song ‘Stairway to Heaven’. The copyright infringement action had been brought by Michael Skidmore
2016 – British Artists A report showed that British artists including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Adele had helped the music industry return to meaningful growth for the first time in almost 20 years. British artists accounted for five of the top 10 selling albums during 2015, as the global music industry generated $15bn (£10.5bn)
Born on this day
1933 – Tiny Tim American singer Tiny Tim, who had a 1968 US No.17 single with ‘Tiptoe Through The Tulips’. He died of a heart attack on November 29th 1996 on stage while performing the same song
1940 – Herbie Hancock American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer Herbie Hancock who had the 1983 UK No.8 single ‘Rockit
1944- John Kay German-Canadian rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Kay, from Steppenwolf who had the 1969 US No.2 hit single ‘Born To Be Wild’
1949 -Donald Ray Mitchell, from American group Was Not Was, who had the 1992 UK No.4 single ‘Shake Your Head’
1950 – David Cassidy American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Cassidy, known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones)
1956 -Alexander Briley, from American disco group The Village People. They had the hit singles ‘Macho Man’, ‘In the Navy’, ‘Go West and the 1978 US No.2 hit ‘YMCA’.
1957 – Vince Gill American country singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vince Gill who has won 17 Country Music Awards and 14 Grammy Awards. He has recorded more than 20 studio albums, and charted over 40 singles
1958 -Will Sergeant, English guitarist, best known for being a member of Echo & the Bunnymen who had the 1983 UK No.8 single ‘The Cutter’ and the single ‘The Killing Moon’.
1962 – Art Alexakis, guitar, vocals, from American rock band Everclear.
1962 – Rob Baker Canadian guitarist Rob Baker, best known as the lead guitarist for the rock band The Tragically Hip
1964 – Amy Ray, from Grammy Award–winning folk rock music American duo Indigo Girls who have released over 15 albums
1965-Sean Welch, bassist with The Beautiful South, who had the 1990 UK No.1 single ‘A Little Time’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles
1978 – Guy Berryman Scottish musician, multi-instrumentalist Guy Berryman, Coldplay who had the 2000 UK No.4 single ‘Yellow’,
1980 -Bryan McFadden, from Irish pop vocal group Westlife who scored 14 UK No.1 singles, and have sold over 50 million records worldwide with the single ‘Swear It Again’.
1984 – Alessandro Venturella British heavy metal musician Alessandro Venturella who is a member of American band Slipknot
1987 – Brendon Urie singer with American rock band Panic! at the Disco
Todays theme is Show tunes /Movie theme songs
Enough Bullshit Let’s Get This Party Started
Let’s start it off with a few of my favorites