Thursday, April 19, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON APRIL 19

Mark Volman
Born on this day:
1928, Alexis Korner, blues singer, guitarist, broadcaster
1942, Alan Price, keyboardist (The Animals, Alan Price Set)
1944, Bernie Worrell, keyboardist (Parliament Funkadelic)
1947, Mark Volman, vocalist (The Turtles)

Rock Pills:
1965, The film The T.A.M.I. Show (Teen Age Music International) featuring a star list of performers, including The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Supremes, The Miracles, and Chuck Berry, opened in Britain to limited distribution under the title Teenage Command Performance. The movie would not be properly released in the U.K. until the following year.

1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.

1969, Smile, the band that would later be known as Queen, appeared at the Revolution Club in London.

1974, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by the promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, but only 250 people attended.

1980, 32-year old vocalist Brian Johnson replaced the late Bon Scott in AC/DC.

1988, Sonny Bono was inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs, California.

2000, Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that the two musicians had been overpaid in error but because they had no other income they would not have to pay it back.

Brian Johnson
2002, Police investigated how tracks from the forthcoming Oasis album, Heathen Chemistry, had been illegally circulated on the Internet. They believed the person responsible had access to the band’s private recording sessions.

2005, It was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to experience the “real” Elvis Presley at Graceland would air nationally in the U.S. starting in April 2006. It was the first time in the history of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. that the company had used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism.

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