Monday, April 25, 2011

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON APRIL 25


Bjorn Ulvaeus (Abba)
No.1
1960 Elvis Presley: Stuck on You US 45
1970 Jackson Five: ABC US 45
1987 Madonna: La Isla Bonita UK 45
1998 Next : Too Close : US single

Births
1945 Bjorn Ulvaeus (Abba)
1945 Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1950 Steve Ferrone (Average White Band)
1964 Andy Bell (Erasure)
1965 Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction)
1973 Fredrik Larzon (Millencolin)

Deaths
1970 Otis Spann (US blues performer)
1974 Pamela Morrison (wife of Jim)
2007 Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Miscellany
1956 Elvis Presley reaches top of US chart with Heartbreak Hotel, his first No. 1
1958 Chuck Berry's Sweet Little Sixteen hits UK chart
1977 Elvis Presley records three tracks live (subsequently released on the Moody Blue LP) at Michigan Civic Centre - his last recordings.
1978 Final punk performance at London's 100 Club given by Alternative TV
1981 Wings disband when guitarist Denny Laine quits.
1987 U2 replace Beastie Boys at top of US LP chart with The Joshua Tree
Doc McGhee
1987 Trio takes Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt into US Top 10 for the first time.
1988 Bon Jovi's manager Doc McGhee was convicted on drug offences arising from the 1982 seizure of 40,000lb of marijuana smuggled into north Carolina from Colombia. McGee was sentenced to a five year suspended prison term and a $15,000 fine.
1994 The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album.
1997 U2's 'Pop Mart' world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet.
2009 Rascal Flatts went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Unstoppable’, the American country pop acts sixth studio album.

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