Sunday, April 8, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON APRIL 8


Steve Howe

Born on this date:
1942, Roger Chapman, singer, Family
1947, Steve Howe, guitarist, Yes, Asia
1963, Julian Lennon, singer-songwriter

Rock Pills:
1964, The Supremes recorded “Where Did Our Love Go” at Motown’s Studio A in Detroit. The song would become the first of the female trio’s five U.S. #1 singles.

1967, the ‘Hit The Road Stax’ tour, featuring Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley and Booker T & The MGs, appeared at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

1967, in Vienna, Sandie Shaw became the first U.K. female artist to win the Eurovision Song Contest with the song, “Puppet on a String” (which she loathed and declined to ever sing again).

1975, Aerosmith released Toys in the Attic, featuring two of the band’s biggest hits, “Walk This Way” and “Sweet Emotion.”

1977, The Damned became the first British punk group to appear at New York’s CBGB. 

1979, Van Halen’s World Vacation tour, in support of Van Halen II, stopped at the Lo Angeles Sports Arena.

1989, Roxette were at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “The Look,” the duo’s first American chart-topper and a #7 hit in the U.K.

Aerosmith
1994, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobian was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Lake Washington, Washington. He was 27.

1994, the Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, had become the fourth biggest-selling album in its history, passing the 13 million mark in U.S. sales. To date, the album has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide.

1998, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was among 12 passengers rescued from a boat off the coast of Brazil. The boat was exploring the islands near Angra Dos Reis, south of Rio de Janeiro, when one of its engines caught fire. Passengers were rescued by nearby journalists and the boat exploded moments after they evacuated.

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