Friday, April 8, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: April 8

1956:  Elvis Presley played two shows at the Denver Coliseum in Colorado.

1957:  Elvis owned #1 with "All Shook Up".

1959:  Lloyd Price released the single "Personality".  (Note:  one website naively says the single was released April 27.  "Personality" debuted on the chart on April 27.  It is physically impossible for a song to be released by a record company, listened to and added to radio station playlists, reported by the radio station to the trade papers, and printed and published by the trade papers, all in one day.)

1959:  Wilbert Harrison released the single "Kansas City".
1962:  Connie Francis continued to lead the way on the Easy Listening chart for a third week with "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You".
1964:  The Supremes recorded "Where Did Our Love Go" at Motown Studios in Detroit, Michigan.  The song would become their first #1 song.

1965:  Unit Four Plus Two topped the U.K. Singles chart with "Concrete And Clay".
1967:  Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T and the MG's, Eddie Floyd and Arthur Conley joined for a concert at Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1967:  Aretha Franklin had the #1 R&B song for a third week with "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)".

1967:  Monkee Mania--The Monkees enjoyed their 22nd straight week with the #1 album, 13 with The Monkees and the last 9 with their follow-up, More of the Monkees.

1967:  "Happy Together" by the Turtles was the top song for a third week, followed by "Dedicated To The One I Love" by the Mamas and the Papas and "Somethin' Stupid" by Frank & Nancy Sinatra.  The Four Tops moved up with "Bernadette"  and Petula Clark had #5 with "This Is My Song".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Penny Lane" from the Beatles, the Five Americans moved up with "Western Union", Tommy James & the Shondells continued their hot streak with "I Think We're Alone Now", the Monkees jumped from 19 to 9 with "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" and Herman's Hermits fell with "There's A Kind Of Hush". 

1968:  The Petula Clark special Petula aired on NBC-TV.
1969:  Neil Diamond set a record by selling out the Los Angeles Forum for nine concerts in a row.
1970:  The U.K. premiere of the movie Woodstock was in London.  The film was a documentary of the landmark festival in August of 1969 in Bethel, New York.

1971:  Chicago became the first rock group to ever sell out a week of shows at Carnegie Hall (April 5-10) in New York City.
1972:  America's self-titled debut album was #1 for a third week.  

1972:  For the third straight week, the Dramatics owned the #1 R&B song with "In The Rain".  
1972:  A brand new Singles chart was released on this date and America continued to hold on to #1 with their debut song "A Horse With No Name" for the third week in a row.  The rest of the Top Five--#2 "Heart Of Gold" by Neil Young (a former #1), #3 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack (on its way to #1), "I Gotcha'" by Joe Tex and "Rockin' Robin" by Michael Jackson.
1974:  The members of ABBA arrived in London for a promotional trip.
1975:  Aerosmith released Toys in the Attic on Columbia Records.

1977:  The Clash released their self-titled album.  (Note:  some websites claim the album was released on April 4, but according to the official Clash website, the correct date is April 8.)
1977:  Fleetwood Mac played the first of three sold-out concerts at the Rainbow Theatre in London.

                                   Journey was off and running...

1978:  Journey debuted with their first hit "Wheel In The Sky" (and a Top Underrated Song*) on this date.

                                           Raydio broke it down into simple terms...

1978:  The new chart came out on this date and the Bee Gees dominated #1 for the fourth week in a row with "Night Fever", which would stay at the top for another four weeks.  "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees (which was the previous #1), #3 "Lay Down Sally" by Eric Clapton, "Can't Smile Without You" by Barry Manilow and "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman, another song written by the Brothers Gibb from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, followed.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Emotion" from Samantha Sang, Kansas moved from 10 to 7 with "Dust In The Wind", Andy Gibb was still in the Top 10 after 23 weeks with "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water", former Spirit member Jay Ferguson had song #9--"Thunder Island" and Raydio moved up with "Jack And Jill".
1978:  England Dan & John Ford Coley remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the third week in a row (out of six) with "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again".

                                                           "Runaway" from Jefferson Starship...

1978:  The Soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever" spent its 12th consecutive week at #1 on the Album chart.  Eric Clapton was #2 with Slowhand, while Barry Manilow (Even Now) and Billy Joel (The Stranger) swapped places.  Aja from Steely Dan was #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Weekend in L.A. from George Benson, Kansas edged up with Point of Know Return, Jackson Browne's excellent Running On Empty, Earth from Jefferson Starship moved into the Top 10 and Styx remained at #10 with The Grand Illusion.
1979:  Aerosmith was featured in concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the California World Music Festival.

1982: Toto released their landmark album Toto IV on Columbia Records.

1985:  Leader of the Pack:  The Songs of Ellie Greenwich opened at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway in New York City.

1985:  Songwriter J. Fred Coots died in New York City at the age of 87.  He wrote over 700 songs, including Pat Boone's #1 "Love Letters In The Sand" and the Christmas favorite "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town".
1988:  R.E.M. changed recording labels from IRS Records to Warner Brothers.
1989:  Lol Tolhurst, keyboardist and founding member of the Cure, left his group.
1989:  Tone Loc entered the Top 10 with "Funky Cold Medina".
1989:  "Eternal Flame" by the Bangles reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1991:  EMF released the single "Unbelievable" in the United States.  (Note:  some websites naively say the single was released on May 14.  "Unbelievable" debuted on the Singles chart on April 13.  It is physically impossible for a song to be included on the Singles chart if it has not yet been released as a single.)

1991:  Michael W. Smith released the single "Place In This World".
1993:  Bruce Springsteen played the second of two sellouts at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland.
1994:  Electrician Gary Smith discovered the dead body of Kurt Cobain three days after Cobain had killed himself at his house in Seattle.  KXRX of Seattle broke the story at 9:40 a.m. that the Nirvana lead singer and guitarist was dead from suicide at the age of 27.  A high concentration of heroin was found in Cobain's body.

1995:  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that Pink Floyd had taken over the fourth spot on the all-time list of best-selling albums with Dark Side of the Moon, which had passed 13 million sales in the U.S.  The album has now been certified as selling 15 million.
1995:  Take That scored their sixth #1 in the U.K. with "Back For Good".  The single topped 300,000 in sales its first week and won Best British Single at the 1996 Brit Awards.

                       Crow  was "Strong Enough" to reach the Top 5...

1995:  Madonna had the #1 song for a seventh and final week with "Take A Bow".  "Candy Rain" from Soul for Real had to settle for second with "Run Away" from Real McCoy, TLC's "Red Light Special" and "Strong Enough" from Sheryl Crow giving pursuit.
1997: Third Eye Blind released their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records.

                                                  We miss you, Laura...

1997:  Accomplished songwriter Laura Nyro died from ovarian cancer in Danbury, Connecticut.  Nyro wrote "And When I Die" for Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Eli's Coming" for Three Dog Night, "Stoned Soul Picnic" for the 5th Dimension and "Stoney End" for Barbra Streisand.  
1998:  Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was rescued along with others from a boat off the coast of Brazil after the engine had caught fire.  Nearby journalists rescued the passengers shortly before the boat exploded.
1998:  Maybe their band should be called the Jailbirds?  Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was ordered to serve six months in jail for breaking probation.

2000:  Rage Against the Machine won five California Music Awards for their album The Battle of Los Angeles.
Until the End of Time.
2001:  Emma Bunton found success away from the Spice Girls with her #1 U.K. song "What Took You So Long". Bunton was the fourth of the Spice Girls to record a solo #1.
2003:  The debut of Cher's special Cher:  The Farewell Tour aired on NBC.
2006:  Prince proved he could still do it with his album 3121, which reached #1.
2008:  Mariah Carey was all obsessed with "Touch My Body", her new #1.
2009:  A street in Camden, New Jersey was named after songwriter and producer Leon Huff.

Born This Day:
1929:  Jacques Brel, singer and songwriter, was born in Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium; died of a pulmonary embolism October 9,1978 in Bobigny, France.  Dusty Springfield, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, David Bowie and the Kingston Trio are among those who have recorded Brel's songs.
1941:  Peggy Lennon of the famous Lennon Sisters was born in Los Angeles.
1944:  Deke Richards (Dennis Lussier), who wrote "ABC" for the Jackson 5 and "Love Child" for the Supremes and produced the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Bobby Darin and Martha and the Vandellas, was born in Los Angeles; died March 24, 2013 in Bellingham, Washington of esophageal cancer.

1947:  Steve Howe, elite guitarist of Yes and Asia, was born in Holloway, London.   
1962:  Izzy Stradlin (real name Jeffrey Dean Isbell), guitarist for Guns N' Roses, was born in Lafayette, Indiana.
1963:  Julian Lennon, first son of John and Cynthia Lennon, who had hits himself with "Valotte" and "Too Late For Goodbyes", was born in Liverpool, England.
1964:  Marcel Hall (Biz Markie) was born in Harlem, New York.
1971:  Darren Jessee, drummer of Ben Folds Five, was born in Houston, Texas.
1972:  Paul Gray, bassist with Slipknot, was born in Los Angeles.

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