Sunday, April 17, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: April 17


1960: While touring in the U.K., 21-year-old Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was taking crashed into a lamp post in Chippenham, Wiltshire. Singer Gene Vincent was also seriously injured but survived the crash.
1961:  Ray Charles landed the #1 R&B song with "One Mint Julep".
1961: "Blue Moon" was #1 for the second week in a row for the Marcels. Del Shannon's classic "Runaway" was making its move at #2. The rest of the Top Five: "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe was #3, Floyd Cramer had #4 with "On the Rebound" and Clarence Henry was at 5 with "But I Do".
1962: Tony Bennett recorded his first song, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams".
1964: Van Morrison and Them made their first public appearance at the Maritime Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1965: Bob Dylan's first album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan topped the U.K. album charts.
1965:  Roger Miller dominated the Easy Listening chart for a 10th week with "King of the Road".



                  Freddie & the Dreamers topped the charts


1965: Freddie & the Dreamers owned #1 with "I'm Telling You Now", followed by the Supremes' former #1 "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Game of Love" by Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders. The rest of the Top Ten: "I Know a Place" from Petula Clark at #4, Jr. Walker & the All Stars at 5 with "Shotgun", Herman's Hermits coming in at #6 with "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat", the Kinks had #7 with "Tired of Waiting for You", "Nowhere To Run" by Martha & the Vandellas, "The Clapping Song" from Shirley Ellis at #9 and the Moody Blues' first top ten hit "Go Now" at #10.

1967:  The Young Rascals released the single "Groovin'".
1969: The Band played for the first time by themselves apart from Bob Dylan at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco.
1970: Paul McCartney played every instrument on his first solo album McCartney.
1971:  Marvin Gaye remained at #1 on the R&B chart for a fourth week amidst stiff competition with "What's Going On".

1971:  We had the good fortune to be introduced to great talents on this date.  With her first career single, Carly Simon debuted on the chart with "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be".
1971:  Although most would not come to know him until several years later, Boz Scaggs debuted with his first career single, "We Were Always Sweethearts".
1971: All four ex-Beatles had solo singles--Paul McCartney with "Another Day", John Lennon had "Power to the People", George Harrison with the classic "My Sweet Lord" and Ringo Starr had "It Don't Come Easy".

1971: "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night first hit #1 on this date; they would monopolize the top spot for six weeks in a row. Marvin Gaye had #2 with his socially-conscious "What's Going On" and the former #1 "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me" by the Temptations fell to #3. The rest of the Top Ten: "She's a Lady" from Tom Jones, Paul McCartney's double sided hit "Another Day"/"Oh Woman Oh Why" was at #5, the rapid mover (16-6) "Put Your Hand in the Hand" by Ocean, Janis Joplin was at 7 with her former #1 written by Bob Dylan "Me and Bobby McGee", #8 was "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted" by the Partridge Family, the Carpenters had #9 with "For All We Know" and Brewer & Shipley was at 10 with "One Toke Over the Line".
1973: Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon was certified gold in the U.S.
1974: Guitarist Vinnie Taylor of Sha Na Na was found dead in his hotel room in Charlottesville, Virginia from drugs.
1975: Elvis Presley bought a jet from Delta Airlines for $250,000, when he named Lisa Marie.
1976: John Denver had another #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Looking for Space".
1976:  "Disco Lady" by Johnnie Taylor spent a sixth week at the top of the R&B chart.

1976:  A new group first appeared on the chart and the groundbreaking fact about them was that they were led by women--unheard of in the Rock Era to that point.  Music Directors at radio stations didn't quite have the ears to be able to recognize talent right away, making Heart's first single one of Inside the Rock Era's Top Unknown/Underrated Songs*.




    The Commodores moved to #5 with "Sweet Love"


1976: Johnnie Taylor was at #1 with "Disco Lady', followed by the Bellamy Brothers ("Let Your Love Flow") and Maxine Nightingale ("Right Back Where We Started From"). The remainder of the Top Ten: "Boogie Fever" by the Sylvers was song #4, the Commodores had their first big hit with "Sweet Love", "Only Sixteen" from Dr. Hook remained at #6, former Lovin' Spoonful leader John Sebastian moved into the top ten with "Welcome Back", Peter Frampton was at #8 with "Show Me the Way", Queen had song #9 with the classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Elvin Bishop climbed into the top ten with "Fooled Around and Fell In Love".
1977: The Police appeared at the Roundhouse in London, England.

1978:  Gerry Rafferty released the single "Baker Street".







1978:  ABBA released the single "Take a Chance on Me".
1982: Bucks Fizz topped the U.K. charts with "My Camera Never Lies".
1982:  Stevie Wonder had the top R&B song for the ninth straight week with "That Girl".
1982:  Vangelis had the #1 Adult Contemporary song with "Chariots of Fire".
1982: "I Love Rock 'N Roll", Joan Jett's musical declaration, spent a fifth out of seven weeks at #1. The Go-Go's remained at #2 with "We Got the Beat", Vangelis was at 3 with "Chariots of Fire" and the J. Geils Band had another top ten with "Freeze Frame". The rest of the Top Ten: Olivia Newton John had #5 with "Make a Move On Me", Rick Springfield remained at 6 with "Don't Talk to Strangers", Huey Lewis & the News climbed to #7 with their debut hit "Do You Believe In Love", Bertie Higgins moved "Key Largo" to #8, Journey's "Open Arms", one of the top #2 songs in history (6 weeks there) was on its way down at #9 and Stevie Wonder had the 10th spot with "That Girl".
1982: Paul McCartney became the first songwriter to have simultaneous hits on the black and country music charts.

1982: Vangelis topped the album charts with Chariots of Fire; he also took home an Oscar for Best Original Score from the movie of the same name and had the #1 Adult Contemporary song for the third week in a row with the title song from his album and the movie.
1983: Felix Pappalardi, bass player and producer of Mountain ,was shot dead by his wife during a fight. He had also produced the Cream albums Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire and albums by Hot Tuna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Pappalardi was 43.
1987: Carlton Barrett, drummer and percussionist for Bob Marley and the Wailers, was shot dead outside his house in Kingston, Jamaica. Barrett invented the one-drop rhythm, a style of percussive drumming.
1992: The "Bodyguard Soundtrack" was the #1 album on this date, one of 20 weeks it ruled the album charts.
1993: Former Bangles lead singer Susanna Hoffs married M. Jay Roach in Los Angeles.
1993: David Bowie hit #1 in the U.K. with his album Black Tie White Noise.
1993:  Silk had the #1 R&B song for a sixth week with "Freak Me".
1993: Informer spent a sixth week at #1 with "Informer", followed by Silk's "Freak Me". Dr. Dre had the third most popular song with "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang", Whitney Houston was at #4 with "I Have Nothing" and Jade came in at 5 with "Don't Walk Away".
1994: Pink Floyd began four weeks at the top of the U.K. album chart with The Division Bell.
1995: Following the successful operation of Bill Berry for a brain aneurysm, R.E.M. announced they would resume their worldwide tour.

1998: Linda McCartney died from cancer at the age of 57. She had married Paul in 1969 and was a member of Wings.
2001: The late Joey Ramone was buried in New Jersey following a private service in Forest Hills, Queens.
2004: Usher spent the second of nine weeks at #1 on the album chart with Confessions.
2008: Danny Federici, keyboardist for Bruce Springsteen in the E Street Band, died from cancer at age 58.


Born This Day:

1934: Rock Promoter Don Kirshner, who helped break Carole King, Neil Diamond, the Monkees, Neil Sedaka and Bobby Darin; Kirshner died in Boca Raton, Florida on January 17, 2011
1943: Roy Estrada, bassist for the Frank Zappa band.
1948: Jan Hammer, keyboardist for Jeff Beck and Santana and solo performer on the "Miami Vice Theme"
1954: Michael Sembello, singer and guitarist ("Maniac")
1964: James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle
1967: Liz Phair, songwriter
1967: Matt Chamberlain, one of the most prolific session drummers; Chamberlain has played for Elton John, Pearl Jam, Christina Aguilera, David Bowie, John Mayer, Kanye West, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams and many others
1970: Redman

1974: Victoria Beckman (Adams), formerly of the Spice Girls and a solo performer, was born in Harlow, England.

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