April 15th: On this day
1964, The Beatles filmed outside shots at the Scala Theatre in Tottenham Street London for their forthcoming movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.
1965, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Country music song ‘The Minute You’re Gone.’ The singers eighth UK No.1.
1967, Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink all appeared at the The Odeon, Blackpool, England, tickets cost 5 and 10 shillings, ($0.70 and $1.40).
1967, Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Somethin’ Stupid’. They became the only father and daughter act ever to score a No.1 single. UB40 singer Ali Cambell covered the song in 1995 with his daughter Kibbi. Robbie Williams had a 2001 UK No.1 with his version of the song featuring Nicole Kidman.
1972, Roberta Flack started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. Written in 1957 by political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who was later to become his wife. At the time the couple were lovers, although MacColl was married to someone else. MacColl is the father of singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl. The song was featured in the Clint Eastwood film ‘Play Misty For Me.’
1978, Television were forced to postpone their gig at Bristol’s Colston Hall after the 40 foot truck carrying their equipment was involved in a crash killing the driver.
1982, Billy Joel was reported to be in ”quite good” condition after major surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. The singer broke his left wrist when his 1978 Harley Davidson hit a car in Long Island, New York. The hospital switchboard was jammed with calls from his fans, and Joel issued a plea through a spokesman that the calls ceased because they were ”tying up lines for those people who are really sick.”
1985, During his Born In The USA world tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the fourth of five sold out nights at Yoyogi Olympic Pool in Tokyo, Japan.
1987, Queen were presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 32nd annual Ivor Novello Awards held in London, England.
1989, American all girl group The Bangles started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Eternal Flame.’ Also a No.1 in Australia (biggest selling single of 1989) and the United States.
1989, Deacon Blue were at No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album, ‘When The World Knows Your Name.’
1989, The Fine Young Cannibals went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘She Drives Me Crazy.’
1995, Montell Jordan started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘This Is How We Do It’, a No.11 hit in the UK.
1996, Milli Vanilli singer Rob Pilatus was jailed for 90 days by a Los Angeles judge for three violent attacks and parole violation.
1996, The rest of Jerry Garcia’s ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A small portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India 11 days earlier. The Grateful Dead leader had died on 9th Aug 1995.
1999, The body of Tammy Wynette was exhumed from her grave in an attempt to settle a dispute over how the country music legend died. A new autopsy was conducted on her a week after three of her daughters filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her doctor and her husband and manager, George Richey, claiming they were responsible for her death 12 months ago. Richey said he had requested the autopsy because of the allegations made against him.
2001, Punk pioneer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) singer of the Ramones died after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer aged 49. On November 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place.
2003, Beyonce was sued by the Wilhemina Artist Agency who claimed she hadn’t paid them the commission for her L’Oreal ads. The agency claimed the singer refused to pass on the 10 percent of the $1m (£640,000), deal that was brokered by the agency.
2005, John Fred Gourrier, singer from John Fred and his Playboy Band died after a long battle with kidney disease aged 63. Had the 1967 US No.1 single ‘Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)’, a parody of The Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’.
2007, Aerosmith Velvet Revolver, Placebo, Keane and Evanescence all appeared at the Quilmes Rock festival at River stadium in Argentina.
2008, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed this day as Mariah Carey day in Los Angeles, California.
2010, After receiving some bad reviews and even enduring some boos during her performance, Whitney Houston brushed off criticism of her first show in the UK in over eleven years by insisting she was playing to a “tough crowd”. She had recently been hospitalized with chronic rhinopharyngitis, which is a swelling of the membranes in the nose and throat.
2015, It was reported that Digital music revenues matched physical sales for the first time in 2014, thanks to strong growth in the streaming market. The digital market rose 6.9% to $6.9 billion (£4.6 billion), representing 46% of all global music sales. CDs, vinyl and other physical formats also accounted for 46% of the market. Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy’ was the most-downloaded single globally in 2014, with Taylor Swift the most popular artist.
April 15th: Born on this day
1894, Born on this day, Bessie Smith, US blues singer, ‘Empress Of The Blues’. Songs include, ‘Downhearted Blues’, ‘St Louis Blues’, and ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out’. Died in a car accident on 26th September 1937
1932, Born on this day, Roy Clark, US singer, (1969 US No.19 single, ‘Yesterday, When I Was Young’).
1939, Born on this day, Reginald Smith (Marty Wilde), 1959 UK No.2 single ‘A Teenager In Love’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles). Father of 80’s singer Kim Wilde.
1940, Born on this day, Clarence Satchell, The Ohio Players, (1974 US No.1 single ‘Fire’). He died on 30th December 1995.
1944, Born on this day, Dave Edmunds, guitar, vocals, producer, Love Sculpture, (1968 UK No.5 single ‘Sabre Dance’), solo (1970 UK No.1 and US No.4 single ‘I Hear You Knocking’). Member of Rockpile.
1947, Born on this day, Michael Chapman, Chinnichap productions, (producer and writer for Suzi Quatro, Mud).
1947, Born on this day, Wooly Wolstenholme, Barclay James Harvest, (eight UK Top 40 albums from 1974-87).
1948, Born on this day Michael Kamen, American composer and orchestral arranger. Worked with many acts including Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Kamen co-wrote Bryan Adams’ ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.’ He died on Nov 18th 2003.
1962, Born on this day, Nick Kamen, singer, (1986 UK No.5 single ‘Each Time You Break My Heart’).
1965, Born on this day, Oscar Harrison, drums, Ocean Colour Scene, (1996 UK No.4 single ‘The Day We Caught The Train’, plus over 12 other Top 40 singles, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Marchin’ Already’).
1965, Born on this day, Linda Perry, songwriter, producer, singer, 4 Non Blondes, (1993 UK No.2 single ‘What’s Up’, 1993 UK No. 4 album ‘Bigger Better Faster More!). Wrote ‘Beautiful’ for Christina Aguilera, plus Jewel, Courtney Love, Gwen Stefani, Sugababes, Robbie Williams, Melissa Etheridge, Gavin Rossdale have all recorded her songs.
1966, Born on this day, Graeme Clark, bass, Wet Wet Wet, (1994 UK No.1 single ‘Love Is All Around’, 15 weeks at No.1, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).
1966, Born on this day, Samantha Fox, former model, singer, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘Touch Me, I Want Your Body’).
1967, Born on this day, Frankie Poullian, bass, The Darkness, (2003 UK No.2 single ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, 2003 UK No.1 album ‘Permission To Land’). Left the band in 2005.
1968, Born on this day, Edward John O’Brien, guitarist, Radiohead. Their 1993 debut single ‘Creep’ was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, ‘Pablo Honey’. Their 1997 album OK Computer appeared in many 1997 critics’ lists and listener polls for best album of the year.
1978, Born on this day, American country and bluegrass musician Chris Stapleton who scored the 2015 US No.1 album Traveller. Stapleton who is a former member of The SteelDrivers has also written hits for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Adele and George Strait.
1980, Born on this day, Patrick Carney, American drummer for The Black Keys, who had the 2014 US No.1 album Turn Blue. He also has a side-project rock band called Drummer.