Friday, April 13, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON APRIL 13

Max Weinberg
Born on this date:
1940, Lester Chambers, singer, The Chambers Brothers
1944, Brian Pendleton, guitarist, The Pretty Things
1944, Jack Casady, bassist, Jefferson Airplane
1945, Lowell George, singer, guitarist, Little Feat
1946, Al Green, singer
1951, Max Weinberg, drummer, The E Street Band

Rock Pills:
1957, Elvis Presley hit #1 in the U.S. with the Otis Blackwell composition, “All Shook Up.” The song knocked Perry Como’s “Round and Round” off the top of the charts and would remain there for eight weeks.

1959, Canadian rockabilly artist Ronnie Hawkins recorded “Forty Days,” a reworking of Chuck Berry’s “Thirty Days.”

1965, The Beatles recorded the song “Help!” during an evening recording session at EMI Studios in London.

1967, Nancy and Frank Sinatra were at U.K. #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Somethin’ Stupid,” making them the only father-daughter duo to have a chart-topping single.

1969, Diana Ross made her first TV appearance as a solo act, performing on the Dinah Shore special, Like Hep. Other guests included comedians Lucille Ball and Dick Martin.

1974, Paul McCartney and Wings’ Band on the Run album was at #1 on the U.S. album charts. It was McCartney’s third American chart-topping album, which went on to sell over six million copies worldwide.

1980, after nearly 4,000 performances, the musical Grease closed on Broadway.

1985, the weekly TV program Grand Ole Opry Live began broadcasting on The Nashville Network (TNN) in the U.S.

1993, the first “Aerosmith Day” was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Procol Harum
2005, Johnnie Johnson, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pianist who worked with Chuck Berry, died at the age of 80.

2008, producer and drummer Clifford Davies, who had worked with Ted Nugent from 1975 to 1982, was found dead (aged 59) from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in Atlanta. It was reported that Davies was “extremely distraught” over outstanding medical bills.

2009, Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years, according to a chart compiled for BBC Radio 2. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was at #2, followed by “All I Have to Do is Dream” by The Everly Brothers, Wet Wet Wet’s 1994 hit, “Love is All Around,” and Bryan Adams’ 1991 hit “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.”

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