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On this day in music
Apr 19 th
1965 – James Brown The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance
1965 -The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ was released on Capitol records in the US
1968 – John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.
1969 – Queen Smile (later to be known as Queen ) appeared at the Revolution Club in London, England.
1974 -Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by its promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, only 250 people attended. Tickets cost $4.50 and $5.50 in advance.
1980 – Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Call Me’, featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’, the track was also a No.1 in the UK.
1980 – Brian Johnson 32 year old English singer Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who had died after a drinks binge in February 1980.
1980 – Crystal Gayle For the first time ever the Top five artists on the US country chart were all female, Crystal Gayle who was at No.1, with Dottie West, Debbie Boone, Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette making up the rest of the Top 5
1980 -R.E.M. played their first ever gig as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club, Athens, Georgia to 150 people. The show ended at 2am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed
1985 -Bryan Adams was on the UK album chart with Reckelss. His fourth studio album was the first Canadian album to sell more than one million units within Canada
1986 – George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the hit ‘A Different Corner
1986 – Prince started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the hit ‘Kiss.’
1993 – Steve Douglas American saxophonist and flautist Steve Douglas died aged 54. He recorded with Duane Eddy, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley Willy DeVille, Bob Dylan Ramones and others
1995 – The Stone Roses played their first gig in five years when the appeared at The Rockefeller Club, Oslo, Norway.
1997 -Michael Jackson attended an unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris, France
1998 -Robbie Williams started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album Life Thru A Lens. The album spent a total of 218 weeks on the UK chart, with sales of 2.4 million copies
2000 – Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back
2002 – Oasis Police were investigating how tracks from the forthcoming Oasis album ‘Heathen Chemistry’ had been illegally circulated on the Internet
2003 – Conrad Leonard The oldest working musician in Britain, Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career
2005 – Elvis Presley It was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the “real” Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006.
2005 -Richard Lewis American tenor with The Silhouettes died. The doo wop/R&B groups single ‘Get A Job’ was a No.1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958
2010 – The Beatles A week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper that said they forgive John Lennon’s remarks about The Beatles being “bigger than Jesus”, Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness
2012 – Levon Helm, died of throat cancer aged 71. A drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (who became Bob Dylan’s backing group) who then became known as The Band. He sang on Band classics like ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,’ ‘Up on Cripple Creek,’ ‘Rag Mama Rag,’ and ‘The Weight.’
2012 – Leonard Cohen’s former manager was jailed for 18 months for harassing the singer-songwriter. Kelley Lynch was found guilty by a Los Angeles court after a sending a torrent of expletive-strewn emails and letters to the star
2014 – Justin Bieber The White House refused to comment on a campaign to deport Justin Bieber from the US. Around 275,000 people had signed a petition on its website calling for the Canadian singer to be removed from the country
Born on this Day
1928 -Alexis Korner, blues singer, musician. He was a major force behind the UK R&B scene, and formed Blues Incorporated with Charlie Watts
1942 – Alan Price English musician Alan Price, keyboards with The Animals who had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun
1942 – Eddie Kramer South African producer and engineer Eddie Kramer who has worked with many artists including The Beatles, (Magical Mystery Tour), David Bowie, (Young Americans), Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, (engineered five albums), The Rolling Stones and Carlos Santana. Kramer and his crew attended the 1969 Woodstock Festival where they recorded the entire festival.
1943 – Eve Graham Scottish singer Eve Graham from The New Seekers who had the 1972 UK No.1 and US No.7 single ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing
1944 -Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads
1947 – Mark Volman American guitarist Mark Volman, from the The Turtles who had the US 1967 No.1 single ‘Happy Together’ and the 1967 hit ‘She’d Rather Be with Me’. He later worked with Frank Zappa, alongside his friend and partner Howard Kaylan who used the stage names of Flo & Eddie
1956 -Gary Langan from English avant-garde synth-pop group Art of Noise who had the 1988 UK No.5 single ‘Kiss’ with Tom Jones
1956 – Tony Martin English singer Tony Martin, best known for his time fronting Black Sabbath, initially from 1987 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 1997
1966 – Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr.Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr. American record producer, music executive. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records
Today’s theme is The British Invasion
Enough Bullshit Let’s Get This Party Started
Let’s start it off with a few of my favorites