Friday, April 20, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON APRIL 20

Deep Purple
Born on this day:
1948, Craig Frost, keyboardist, Grand Funk Railroad
1951, Luther Vandross, singer
1971, Mikey Welsh, bassist, Weezer

Rock Pills: 
1957, Elvis Presley started an eight-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “All Shook Up,” which sold more than 2 million copies and became the biggest single of 1957.

1959, In the U.S., Goldband Records released “Puppy Love” by a 13-year old Dolly Parton. The song was recorded two years earlier when she was just 11 years old. The song didn’t chart but was a hit in 1960 for Paul Anka and in 1972 for Donny Osmond.

1968, Deep Purple made their live debut in Tastrup, Denmark.

1985, The charity record “We are the World” by USA For Africa hit #1 on the U.K. singles chart. The U.S. artists’ answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, plus Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, who composed the track.

Steve Marriott
1991, Steve Marriott, former guitarist and singer with The Small Faces and Humble Pie, died in a fire at his home in Arkesden, Essex.

1992, A Concert For Life took place at London’s Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for AIDS awareness. Acts appearing include Liza Minelli, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi, David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield (Metallica), George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliot and Phil Collen (from Def Leppard), and Axl Rose and Slash.

1993, Aerosmith released Get a Grip, which became their first album to debut at #1 and sold 7 million copies in the U.S. It also won the band two Grammys.

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