Sunday, April 22, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON APRIL 22

Paul Carrack
Born on this day:
1936, Glen Campbell,
1937, Jack Nitzsche, producer
1950, Peter Frampton
1951, Paul Carrack

Rock Pills:
1957, Elvis Presley’s custom built “Music Gates” were installed at Graceland, designed by Abe Saucer and custom built by John Dillars Jr., of Memphis Doors Inc.

1966, due to a contractual dispute, “Wild Thing” by The Troggs was released in the U.S. on both the Atco and Fontana labels. The combined sales help to ensure the song reaches #1 in the States.

1967, in a Most Popular Monkee poll conducted in the U.K. music paper Disc & Music Echo, Davy Jones received 63% of the votes, Micky Dolenz 22%, Peter Tork 8% and Mike Nesmith 7%.

1969, Fleetwood Mac kicked off a 10-date U.K. tour at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill were B.B. King, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Duster Bennett.

1977, The Jam released their first single “In the City,” which peaked at #40 in the British charts. The trio went on to achieve 17 other Top 40 hits including four U.K. #1s.

1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers when appearing on U.S. TV’s Saturday Night Live.

Dave Matthews Band
1989, Madonna started a three-week run on top of the Billboard singles chart with “Like A Prayer,” the singer’s seventh U.S. #1.

1991, The Dave Matthews Band played their first-ever live show when appearing at the Earth Day Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.

2003, songwriter Felice Bryant died aged 77 of cancer. With her husband Boudleaux Bryant she wrote many hits including The Everly Brothers’ “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” and “Wake Up Little Susie’” and “Raining In My Heart” for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their songs included Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles.

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