Sunday, April 29, 2012

This Date in Rock Music History: April 30

1957:  Elvis Presley recorded the classic "Jailhouse Rock".  (Note:  Some websites report that Presley recorded the song "Jailhouse Rock" on April 30 and May 3, and some say that he recorded it in three sessions--2 on April 30 and May 3 at Radio Recorders and 1 at MGM Studios in Hollywood, California.  Presley did record songs for the movie 'Jailhouse Rock' on those other two days, but according to the book 'Elvis Presley:  A Life In Music' by Ernst Jorgensen, Presley completed recording of the song "Jailhouse Rock" on April 30 at Radio Recorders.)
1960:  Fats Domino recorded "Walking To New Orleans".

1960:  The Everly Brothers began seven weeks at the top of the U.K. chart with "Cathy's Clown".  It was the first release from new record company Warner Brothers.

1962:  Ray Charles released the single "I Can't Stop Loving You".
1964:  The Beatles did two shows at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow, Scotland.
1965:  Herman's Hermits and the Zombies began their first tour of the United States.

1965:  Bob Dylan began a tour of the U.K. at Sheffield City Hall in Sheffield, England, a concert that was later featured in the movie Don't Look Back.
1965:  The Yardbirds and Kinks performed two shows at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough, England.
1965:  The Rolling Stones topped the U.K. Album chart with Aftermath.
1966:  "Get Ready" by the Temptations topped the R&B chart.
1966:  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass remained at #1 on the Album chart for a third week with their new release Going Places.  Whipped Cream & Other Delights from the group was heading back up after 51 weeks of release.

1966:  The Young Rascals made the final leap to #1 with "Good Lovin'".  "You're My) Soul And Inspiration" from the Righteous Brothers was #2, while the Mamas and the Papas climbed from 10-3 with "Monday, Monday".  The Beach Boys reached #4 with "Sloop John B", ahead of "Secret Agent Man" from Johnny Rivers.  The rest of the Top 10:  Boise, Idaho's Paul Revere & the Raiders with "Kicks", the Outsiders had a great song with "Time Won't Let Me", Cher tumbled with "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)", the Lovin' Spoonful turned and headed downward with "Daydream" and Herman's Hermits landed at #10 after just four weeks with "Leaning On The Lamp Post".

1968:  Cliff Nobles & Company released the single "The Horse".
1968:  Founder Al Kooper left the group Blood, Sweat & Tears.
1970:  Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager of the Allman Brothers, was arrested after stabbing a club manager over an alleged breach of contract.

1973:  Seals & Crofts released the single "Diamond Girl".
1977:  Led Zeppelin played to 77,229 fans in the Silverdome in Detroit, Michigan.  It would temporarily break the record for the biggest concert in history (Paul McCartney would later shatter the record.)
1977:  Marvin Gaye moved to #1 on the R&B chart with "Got to Give It Up" (Pt. 1)".

1977:  The highly-underrated "Hello Stranger" by Yvonne Elliman took over at #1 on the Adult chart.

                                                                A little A.R.S....

1977:  Glen Campbell scored his second career #1 with "Southern Nights", somehow holding off "Hotel California" by the Eagles.  Previous chart-topper "Don't Leave Me This Way" from Thelma Houston was third, but Leo Sayer was making his move (9-4) with "When I Need You".  The rest of the Top 10:  One of Natalie Cole's biggest hits, "I've Got Love On My Mind", David Soul with "Don't Give Up On Us", the Atlanta Rhythm Section jammed with "So In To You", Jennifer Warnes moved up to #8 with "Right Time Of The Night", Stevie Wonder climbed from 19 to 9 with "Sir Duke" and William Bell made the mistake of "Tryin' To Love Two".
1977:  The Eagles had overtaken Fleetwood Mac's Rumours for the #1 album, something very few albums in the Rock Era could have pulled off, and now Hotel California achieved its third week at #1.  

1978:  The Clash played in a Rock Against Racism rally at Victoria's Club in London.
1980:  Roger Daltrey's movie McVicar premiered.
1983:  Toto took a turn at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "I Won't Hold You Back".

Der Kommissar by After the Fire on Grooveshark  
                                        After the Fire had a bonafide smash...

1983:  Michael Jackson, with help from the great guitarist Eddie Van Halen, had the new #1--"Beat It".  Dexys Midnight Runners fell after one week at the top with "Come On Eileen".  The Greg Kihn Band scored their biggest career hit with "Jeopardy", Styx bowed out with "Mr. Roboto" and After the Fire moved "Der Kommissar" to #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  David Bowie with "Let's Dance", Michael Jackson's former #1 "Billie Jean", Thomas Dolby had "She Blinded Me With Science", Men At Work were back with "Overkill" and Prince reached the Top 10 with "Little Red Corvette".
1983:  Thriller by Michael Jackson reached 10 weeks at #1 on the Album chart.  Jackson would go on to post 37 weeks at the top, a Rock Era record.  
1988:  Erasure had the number one album in the U.K. with The Innocents.
1988:  Al B. Sure!  had the new #1 on the R&B chart with "Nite and Day".
1988:  Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd dropped out of the album chart after a record 725 weeks.  It reappeared several times since 1988, and holds the Rock Era record now with 861 weeks.

1999:  Darrell Sweet, drummer of Nazareth, died at the age of 51 after suffering a heart attack.  (Note:  numerous websites claim Sweet was 52 when he died.  He was 51, having been born May 16, 1947, according to 'Billboard' magazine.)
2002:  Vanessa Carlton released her debut album Be Not Nobody.
2003:  Madonna was #1 on the Album chart with American Life.
2004:  Ray Charles made his last public appearance when his recording studio was given landmark status by the city of Los Angeles.
2005:  Coldplay, Weezer, the Chemical Brothers and Snow Patrol starred on the first day of the Coachella Festival in California.

2005:  Cher played the final night of her three-year long Farewell tour at the Hollywood Bowl.
2006:  Gnarls Barkley paced both the Singles and Album charts in the U.K. with the song "Crazy" and the CD St. Elsewhere.

2007:  Zola Taylor of the Platters died at age 69 as a result of pneumonia in Riverside, California.
2008:  Mariah Carey tried again to see if she could keep a man  (she couldn't).  Carey married actor Nick Cannon in the Bahamas.
2008:  Gail Renard, the person given the lyrics to "Give Peace A Chance" by John Lennon, sold the copy at a Christie's auction.  The lyrics brought in $790,000, though we know they are priceless.
2010:  Buffy Sainte-Marie received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Canada.

2014:  Larry Ramos, singer and guitarist of the Association, died of metastatic melanoma in Clarkston, Washington at the age of 72.  (Note:  some websites say Ramos died in his hometown (he was born in Waimea, Hawai'i), while others say he died in Clarkston, Idaho.  There is no such town in Idaho; Ramos died in Clarkston, Washington according to the newspaper 'The Star Advertiser'.)

Born This Day:

1925:  Johnny Horton was born in Los Angeles, California; died November 5, 1960 when his car was struck by a drunk driver near Milano, Texas on the way from a concert in Austin, Texas to Shreveport, Louisiana.  
1933:  Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas.  (Note:  some websites mistakenly say Willie was born April 29.  According to 'Country Music Television', the book 'Handbook of Texas Music' by Laurie E. Jasinski, and numerous other credible sources, Nelson was born on April 30.) 1941:  Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny, who put together one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era*--"Sleepwalk", was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1943:  Bobby Vee was born in Fargo, North Dakota.
1944:  Richard Shoff of the Sandpipers ("Come Saturday Morning") was born in Seattle, Washington.
1948:  Wayne Kramer, singer,songwriter, guitarist and producer of MC5, was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1953:  Merrill Osmond of the Osmond Family was born in Ogden, Utah.
1967:  Turbo B. (real name Durron Maurice Butler) of Snap!  ("The Power" from 1990) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1971:  Chris Henderson, guitarist of 3 Doors Down, was born in Edmonds, Washington.
1971:  Chris "Choc" Dalyrimple of Soul for Real ("Candy Rain" from 1995)
1972:  J.R. Richards, lead singer of Dishwalla ("Counting Blue Cars"), was born in Santa Barbara, California.
1973:  Jeff Timmons, founding member, singer and producer of 98 Degrees, was born in Canton, Ohio.

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