Saturday, April 21, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON APRIL 21

Iggy Pop
Born on this day:
1947, Iggy Pop, singer, The Stooges
1947, Alan Warner, guitarist, The Foundations
1959, Robert Smith, singer, songwriter, The Cure

Rock Pills: 
1967, Working at EMI Studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by recording a short section of gibberish which would play in the LP’s run-out groove. They record assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up, randomly re-assembled and edited backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, this was preceded by a high-pitch, 15 kilocycle whistle audible only to dogs.

1969, In her only London appearance, Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall supported by Yes.

1973, Tony Orlando & Dawn started a four week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Tie a Yellow Ribbon (Round the Old Oak Tree),” which became the biggest seller of 1973, selling more than 6 million copies. The song is based on a true story of a prisoner who wrote to his wife asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the town square of White Oak, Georgia, if she still loved him.

1978, Sandy Denny, former singer of Fairport Convention and Fotheringay, died at age 31 from a traumatic, mid-brain hemorrhage. Denny had previously been injured in a fall down a staircase, and a month later collapsed at a friend’s home, dying four days later in hospital.

1990, Paul McCartney played to an audience of 184,000 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert.

1990, Sinead O’Connor began a four-week stay at #1 in the U.S. singles chart with her version of the Prince song “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The track also was a chart-topper in 18 other countries.

Sandy Denny
1993, Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman married for the third time, tying the knot with 33-year-old fashion designer Suzanne Accosta in the medieval French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

2000, Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires, who sang on Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog,” and also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard, died of a heart attack.

2007, Doris Richards, the mother of Keith Richards, died at age 91 of cancer. Doris bought the future Rolling Stone his first guitar for his 15th birthday. Keith learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled in him an early passion for music.

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