Wednesday, April 18, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON APRIL 18

Mark Tremonti
Born on this day:
1939, Glen D. Hardin, piano (The Crickets)
1942, Mike Vickers, arranger, guitarist, woodwinds (Manfred Mann)
1944, Skip Spence, drummer, guitarist, vocalist (Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape)
1958, Les Pattinson, bassist (Echo & The Bunnymen)
1974, Mark Tremonti, guitarist (Creed)

Rock Pills: 
1964, The Beatles’ pre-recorded appearance on the British comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show was broadcast on ITV. The Beatles played “This Boy,” “All My Loving” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and also took part in a comedy sketch with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the #1 spots on both the U.K. and U.S. charts with “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

1969, Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb. Maurice’s older brother, Barry, served as best man. The couple split in 1973.

1984, Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair damage caused by his hair catching fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.

1985, Wham! became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China.

1987, Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I Knew You Were Waiting,” which also hit #1 in the U.K. The feat allowed Aretha to set a record for the artist with the longest gap between #1 singles in the U.S.; it had been 19 years and 10 months since she’d top the charts with “Respect” in June 1967.

U2
1996, Bernard Edwards, bassist and producer from Chic, who also worked with ABC, The Power Station, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry, Air Supply and Rod Stewart, died of pneumonia in a Tokyo hotel room while touring Japan.

2006, A line from U2’s 1992 hit “One” was voted the U.K.’s favorite song lyric in a poll of 13,000 people by VH1. The line “One life, with each other, sisters, brothers” came in at #1. The Smiths’ lyric “So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die” from the song “How Soon Is Now?” came in second place, followed by “I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us,” from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

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