Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: April 19

1956: Elvis Presley performed at the Municipal Auditorium in Oklahoma City, Texas.
1956: Clyde McPhatter of the Drifters was released from the U.S. Armed Forces.


1961:  Bobby Lewis released the single "Tossin' and Turnin'".








1961:  Ricky Nelson released the single "Travelin' Man".
1965: The movie Teenage Command Performance, featuring the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, the Four Tops, James Brown and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles opened in London.
 


1965: The Beatles released "Ticket to Ride" on Capitol records.







1965:  Elvis Presley released the single "Crying in the Chapel".
1969: Smile, the group that would later become Queen, appeared at the Revolution Club in London.

1969:  The Isley Brothers took over the top spot on the R&B chart with "It's Your Thing".


 1969: "Galveston" by Glen Campbell spent a fourth out of six weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1969:  Blood, Sweat & Tears remained at #1 on the album chart with their self-titled album.

 

         
          Steppenwolf's third and final Top 10 song... 


 1969:  "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In", one of The Top 20 Songs of the Rock Era* by the 5th Dimension, was #1 for the second out of six consecutive weeks. Blood, Sweat & Tears would have to settle for #2 because of the competition with "You've Made Me So Very Happy". The rest of the Top 10: The Isley Brothers at #3 with "It's Your Thing", Jerry Butler had #4 with "Only the Strong Survive", Tommy Roe was at 5 with his former #1 "Dizzy", Glen Campbell dropped to 6 with "Galveston", the Cowsills moved "Hair" up to #7, Edwin Starr had song #8 with "Twenty-Five Miles", the Zombies were at position #9 with "Time of the Season" and Steppenwolf hopped into the top ten with "Rock Me".
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Only 250 people attended.

1975: Elton John fired bassist Dee Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson.
1975: The Stylistics had the #1 album in the U.K. with The Best Of the Stylistics. 
1975: The Captain & Tennille had their first single debut on the chart on this date with "Love Will Keep Us Together".
 1975: Tony Orlando & Dawn had the #1 Adult Contemporary song with "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You).
1975: Led Zeppelin remained at #1 on the album chart for the fifth week with Physical Graffiti.


                    Ben E. King with his great new song...


1975: Elton John ruled the charts with "Philadelphia Freedom", followed by B.J. Thomas at #2 with (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song", Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You" and Ringo Starr at #4 with "No No Song". The rest of the Top Ten: "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)" by Tony Orlando & Dawn moving from 23-5, Ben E King getting a top ten song with "Supernatural Thing", Sammy Johns' "Chevy Van" at #7, Barry White coming in at 8 with "What Am I Gonna' Do With You", Hot Chocolate with their first top ten "Emma" and Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" at #10.
1980: 32-year-old Geordie Brian Johnson became the lead singer of AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who had died after a drinking binge.

1980: R.E.M. performed for the first time as a group at the 11:11 Koffee Club in Athens, Georgia before 150 people.
1980: Air Supply was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the fourth out of six weeks with "Lost In Love".

 


1980: Blondie began a six week run at #1 with "Call Me" from An American Gigolo. Pink Floyd was displaced and dropped to #2 with "Another Brick in the Wall", Christopher Cross's debut "Ride Like the Wind" had reached #3 and Billy Preston & Syreeta's "With You I'm Born Again" moved up to #4. The rest of the Top Ten: "Special Lady" from Ray, Goodman & Brown, Air Supply's first hit "Lost in Love" moved from 12-6, Bob Seger entered the top ten with "Fire Lake", the Eagles rose to #8 with "I Can't Tell You Why", the Spinners were at #9 with "Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl" and Michael Jackson remained at #10 with "Off the Wall".


1982:  James Ingram & Patti Austin released the single "Baby, Come to Me".







1982:  John Cougar released the single "Hurts So Good".









1986: George Michael reached #1 in the U.K. with "A Different Corner". He became only the second person (Stevie Wonder was the first) to reach #1 with a song that was written, sung, played, arranged and produced by the same person.
1986:  "Kiss" by Prince was the #1 R&B song for a third week.
1986: Whitney Houston dominated the album chart, spending a ninth week (out of 14) at #1 with her self-titled debut.
 1986: "Overjoyed" by Stevie Wonder spent a second week atop the Adult Contemporary chart.
 1988: Sonny Bono was inaugurated as Mayor of Palm Springs.
1993: Saxophonist Steve Douglas, who played on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Be My Baby", died at the age of 55.
1997:  "Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton tied the 35-year-old Rock Era record held by Chubby Checker's "The Twist", as it remained in the Top 10 for a 25th week.
 
1997:  Puff Daddy & Mase had the top song for a fifth week with "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down".  Jewel moved to challenge with the superior song, "You Were Meant for Me" while the Spice Girls were at 3 with "Wannabe".  Other notable songs in the Top 10:  Monica with "For You I Will" at #4, Celine Dion's remake of the Eric Carmen song "All By Myself", Savage Garden with their first Top 10 "I Want You" at #6, Toni Braxton's former #1 "Un-Break My Heart" was still in the Top 10 after 26 weeks of release and Babyface had a hit with one he kept for himself, "Every Time I Close My Eyes".
2002: Layne Staley of Alice and Chains was found dead in his apartment.

Born This Day:


1928: Alexis Korner, who, if you followed this blog's story about the British Rock Family Tree, you know was a major force behind the birth of rock and roll in Britain as a member of Blues Incorporated, was born in Paris, France; he died of lung cancer January 1, 1984.

1942:  Larry Ramos, singer and guitarist with the Association and a member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, was born in Waimea, Hawai'i; died April 30, 2014 of metastatic melanoma.
 
 
1942: Alan Price, keyboardist with the Animals, was born in County Durham, England.
1943: Eve Graham, singer with the New Seekers ("I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing"), was born in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross, Scotland.
1944: Bernie Worrell, founding member and keyboardist for Parliament and Funkadelic, was born in Long Branch, New Jersey.
1947: Mark Volman, founding member of the Turtles and a member of Mothers of Invention, who also worked with Bruce Springsteen and T. Rex, was born in Los Angeles.
1953: Rod Morgenstein, drummer of Winger, was born in New York City.
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