April 16th: On this day
1955, Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), performed at the Jamboree at the Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas. Also on the bill, Sonny James, Hank Locklin, Charline Arthur, tickets were $.60 for adults, $.30 for children.
1956, Buddy Holly’s first single ‘Blue Days, Black Nights’, was released. The track was later featured on That’ll Be The Day the third album from Buddy Holly. Decca, Holly’s first major record label, after failing to produce a hit single from Holly’s early recordings, packaged these 1956 tunes after he had some success with recordings from the Brunswick and Coral labels.
1964, The Rolling Stones first album was released in the UK, it went to No.1 two weeks later and stayed on the chart for 40 weeks, with 11 weeks at No.1.
1964, The Beatles filmed the “chase scenes” for A Hard Day’s Night with actors dressed as policemen in the Notting Hill Gate area of London. In the evening they recorded the title track for the film, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ at Abbey Road. John and Paul had the title first, and had to write a song to order, completing the track in nine takes.
1967, Cream appeared at the ‘Daily Express Record Star Show’ at The Empire Pool, Wembley, England.
1969, Desmond Dekker and the Aces were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Israelites’, making Dekker the first Jamaican artist to have an UK No.1 single.
1969, Elektra Records dropped Detroit’s MC5 from their label after the band took out an advertisement in a local paper that included the company logo and said; “Fuck Hudsons.” The band were protesting at the Michigan department store’s refusal to stock their albums.
1970, The Led Zeppelin single ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on 5th December 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a ‘no-singles’ approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK, and he halted the release.
1972, The Electric Light Orchestra made their debut at The Fox and Greyhound in Croydon, London. ELO were formed to accommodate former Move members Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne’s desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. Wood departed following the band’s debut record, Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group’s original compositions and produced every album.
1972, Pink Floyd appeared at the Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. A typical set list on this The Dark Side of The Moon tour was: The Dark Side of the Moon (entire album), One of These Days, Careful with that Axe Eugene, Echoes, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun.
1973, During his Ziggy Stardust World tour, David Bowie appeared at the Kobe, Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Japan.
1973, Paul McCartney’s first television special, James Paul McCartney, was aired in America on the ABC network. The show, which includes performances by McCartney and Wings, would be broadcast in the UK on May 10th.
1976, Aerosmith played at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, the first date on their 76 date North American Rocks Tour.
1977, David Soul one half of TV cop show “Starsky & Hutch”, went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’, his only US hit. Also No.1 in the UK.
1983, Bonnie Tyler went to No.1 on the UK chart with her debut album and only chart topper ‘Faster Than The Speed Of Night.’
1985, During the North American leg of their Unforgettable Fire tour U2 played the first of three nights at The Centrum, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1993, David Lee Roth was arrested in New York’s Washington Square Park for allegedly buying a $10 bag of marijuana.
1993, Paul McCartney headlined a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate ‘Earth Day’ along with Ringo Starr, Don Henley and Steve Miller. McCartney had last performed there as a member of The Beatles in 1965.
1994, Prince had his first UK No.1 with ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’, (his 37th single release). It was his first release since changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol.
1996, KISS appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they announced a reunion tour. It would mark the first time all four members had appeared together in over fifteen years.
1997, Mark Morrison was convicted with threatening a police officer with an illegal 23,000-volt electric stun gun. The singer left Maryebone Magistrates’ Court in tears after being warned he was likely to be sent to prison.
1998, Janet Jackson played the first night on her third world tour at The Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Support acts on her Velvet Rope Tour included Usher, N Sync and Boyz II Men.
1999, Skip Spence, an original member of Jefferson Airplane and founding member of Moby Grape, died of lung cancer in a San Francisco hospital aged 52. He had battled schizophrenia and alcoholism.
2000, German eurohouse group Fragma went to No. 1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Toca’s Miracle.’
2003, Jerry Lee Lewis filed for divorce from his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver Lewis. The 67-year-old singer married Kerrie in 1984 who was the president of Lewis Enterprises Inc. fan club.
2005, OK Computer by Radiohead was voted the best album of all time in a poll by UK TV station Channel 4. U2 were in second place with The Joshua Tree and Nirvana in third with Nevermind.
2013, Edwin Shirley the co-founded Edwin Shirley Trucking, which became one of the largest music transport companies in Europe died of cancer. Brian May noted Shirley’s importance to their touring operation: “Edwin was at the head of Queen’s vehicle convoy for so many years I can’t begin to remember how many… He was a great pal of Gerry Stickells, our illustrious Tour Manager and the two of them wrote the book on how to party on tour.”
2015, An auction of part of the model railway collection owned by record producer Pete Waterman raised more than £600,000. Waterman said he was selling the collection, which included 56 Gauge 1 steam models, to fund apprenticeships at the heritage trust he runs.
April 16th: Born on this day
1924, Born on this day, Henry Mancini, US composer and conductor, died 14th June 1994, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘How Soon’, 1969 US No.1 single ‘Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet’).
1924, Born on this day, Rudy Pompilli, saxophonist with Bill Haley and his Comets, 1955 UK & US No.1 single with ‘Rock Around the Clock’. Pompilli died on February 5th 1976.
1929, Born on this day, US singer Roy Hamilton, had the 1955 US No.6 single ‘Unchained Melody.’ Hamilton died of a stroke on 29th July 1969.
1935, Born on this day, Bobby Vinton, (1963 US No.1 single & 1990 UK No.2 single ‘Blue Velvet’, plus 29 other US Top 40 hits).
1939, Born on this day, Dusty Springfield, UK singer who had her first UK hit single in 1963 with ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, which reached No.4, a 1966 UK No.1 & US No.4 single with ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles. She died on March 3rd 1999.
1947, Born on this day, Gerry Rafferty, UK singer songwriter, Stealers Wheel, (1973 US No.3 & UK No.8 single ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’, The song was used in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs, during the famous “ear” scene.). Solo, (1978 UK No.3 and US No.2 single ‘Baker Street.’ Member of late 1960’s group The Humblebums with Billy Connolly). Died on 4th Jan 2011 at the age of 63 after suffering a long illness.
1949, Born on this day, Boll ‘Sputnick’ Spooner, guitar, The Tubes, (1977 UK No.28 single ‘White Punks On Dope’. 1983 US No.10 single ‘She’s A Beauty’).
1951, Born on this day, John Bentley, bass, Squeeze, (1979 UK No.2 single ‘Up The Junction’).
1953, Born on this day, PeterGarrett Australian musician, environmentalist, activist. He became the singer with the Australian rock band Midnight Oil in 1973. In 2010, their album Diesel and Dust ranked No.1 in the book The 100 Best Australian Albums.
1956, Born on this day, Paul Buchanan, The Blue Nile, (1991 UK No.50 single ‘Saturday Night’, 1989 UK No.12 album, ‘Hats’, had songs covered by Annie Lennox and Rod Stewart.
1959, Born on this day, Stephen Singleton, ABC, (1982 UK No.4 and US No.18 single ‘The Look Of Love’, plus nine other UK Top 40 singles).
1963, Born on this day, Little Jimmy Osmond, (1972 UK No.1 and US No.38 single ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’).
1963, Born on this day, Nick Berry, singer, actor, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Every Loser Wins’).
1964, Born on this day, Dave Pirner, vocals, guitar, Soul Asylum, (1993 US No.5 and UK No.7 single ‘Runaway Train’).
1969, Born on this day, Sean Cook, bass, Spiritualized, (1995 UK No.30 single ‘Let It Flow’).
1970, Born on this day, Gabrielle, singer, (1993 UK No.1 single ‘Dreams’ and over 10 other UK Top 20 singles, 2000 UK No.1 album ‘Rise’).
1971, Born on this day, Selena Quintanilla-P’rez, best known as Selena, Mexican American singer “the queen of Tejano music.’ Her album Selena Live! won a Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Album at the 36th Grammy Awards. Yolanda Sald’var the president of her fan club, murdered her on March 31, 1995. Warner Brothers made a film based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez in 1997.
1973, Born on this day, Akon, (Aliaune Thiam), US singer, (2005 UK No.1 album ‘Trouble’, 2005 UK No.1 and US No.4 single ‘Lonely’, (which samples Bobby Vinton’s ‘Mr. Lonely’). Akon is the first solo artist to hold both the No.1 and No.2 spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the No.1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world.