Sunday, April 1, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON APRIL 1


Beach Boys
Born on this Day:
1942, Alan Blakley, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
1945, John Barbata, The Turtles
1948, Simon Cowe, guitar, Lindisfarne
1962, Peter O'Toole, Hothouse Flowers

Rock Pills:
1961, The Beatles began a three-month residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, playing 92 straight nights. The group played for seven hours a night on weekdays and eight hours at weekends with a 15-minute break every hour. It was during this visit that Astrid Kirchherr cut Stuart Sutcliffe’s hair into the style destined to become known as the “Beatle haircut” which The Beatles later adopted themselves.

1966, The Troggs recorded “Wild Thing” at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London, produced by Larry Page, with Mick Jagger present as an observer. The song went on to be a #1 U.S. and #2 U.K. hit in June.

1969, The Beach Boys announced that they are suing their record label Capitol for $2 million in unpaid royalties.

1972, the three-day Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico featured The Faces, Dr. John, The Allman Brothers, Osibisa, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Alice Cooper and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Security was simple as the event took place on an island accessible by ticket only.

David Lee Roth
1975, The Bay City Rollers’ TV series Shang-A-Lang premiered on ITV in the U.K.

1976, making their live debut in the UK, AC/DC played at The Red Cow pub in Hammersmith, London.

1984, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parents’ home in Los Angeles.

1985, David Lee Roth quit Van Halen shortly after releasing his solo version of The Beach Boys’ “California Girls,” which featured Carl Wilson on background vocals. Lee Roth was replaced by Sammy Hagar later in the year.

2004, Paul Atkinson, guitarist with The Zombies, died aged 58 from liver and kidney disease.

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