Saturday, April 1, 2017


April 1st: On this Day
1961, The Beatles began a three-month residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, playing 92 straight nights. The group played for seven hours a night on weekdays and eight hours at weekends with a fifteen-minute break every hour. It was during this visit that Astrid Kirchherr cut Stuart Sutcliffe's hair into the style destined to become known as the "Beatle haircut" which The Beatles later adopted themselves. 
1965, The Who recorded an appearance for Top Of The Pops at the Manchester television studio. The band then played a gig supporting Donovan at The Town Hall, Wembley, with Rod Stewart & the Soul Agents appearing at the bottom of the bill.

1966, Pye Records released David Bowie's first solo single, 'Do Anything You Say'. Despite featuring Bowie’s backing band at the time, The Buzz, the single was to be the first simply credited to David Bowie, (which failed to chart). Bowie had previously recorded as David Jones and The Lower Third. 
1966, The Troggs recorded 'Wild Thing' at Regent Sound Studio in London. The song went on to be a No.1 US and No.2 UK hit in June the following year. The track was recorded in one complete take (take two). 
1966, John Lennon bought a copy of Timothy Leary's The Psychedelic Experience and The Tibetan Book Of The Dead, where he read near the beginning of the book's introduction; "When in doubt, relax, turn off your mind, float downstream," which captured Lennon's imagination and became the first line of 'Tomorrow Never Knows', (which he recorded 5 days later). 
1969, The Beach Boys announced they were suing their record label Capitol for $2m in unpaid royalties. 
1970, 50 musicians recorded the orchestral scores for The Beatles tracks 'The Long And Winding Road' and 'Across The Universe' for the Phil Spector produced sessions. The bill for the 50 musicians was £1,126 and 5 shillings, ($1.914). 
1970, Earls Court in London received over one million postal ticket applications for The Rolling Stones forthcoming six concerts as part of the group's European tour. 
1970, As an April Fool's joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that they were having dual sex change operations. 
1975, The Bay City Rollers TV series Shang-A- Lang premiered on ITV in the UK. It featured the band in comedy sketches and performing their songs to a live studio audience made up of their teenage fans. This resulted in chaotic scenes at times as some members of the audience attempted to run onto the studio floor to meet their heroes. It ran for one 20-week series in 75.

1976, Making their live debut in the UK, AC/DC played at The Red Cow in Hammersmith, London. 
1976, The Buzzcocks played their debut live gig when the appeared at Bolton Institute Of Technology. The power was turned off after three numbers. 
1984, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parent's home in Los Angeles, California. The argument started after his parents squabbled over misplaced business documents, Gaye attempted to intervene, and was killed by his father using a gun he had given him four months before. Marvin Sr. was sentenced to six years of probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Charges of first-degree murder were dropped after doctors discovered Marvin Sr. had a brain tumour. 

1985, David Lee Roth quit Van Halen shortly after releasing his version of The Beach Boys 'California Girls', (which featured Carl Wilson on background vocals). He was replaced by Sammy Hagar later in the year. 
1989, Madonna scored her third UK No.1 album with 'Like A Prayer.' Also a US No.1 the album spent 70 weeks on the UK chart. 
1989, The Bangles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Eternal Flame', also a No.1 in the UK and the biggest selling single of 1989 in Australia. 
2001, It was reported that Spice Girl Mel B had been advised to sell her £3.5m Buckinghamshire mansion because she couldn't afford to run it. The singer told friends she had to take out a £500.000 bank loan. 
2004, Paul Atkinson guitarist with The Zombies died aged 58 due to liver and kidney disease. They scored the 1964 US No.2 & UK No.12 single 'She's Not There'. He later became an artists and repertoire executive, working for Columbia and RCA discovering and signing such bands as ABBA, Bruce Hornsby, Mr. Mister, Judas Priest, and Michael Penn. 
2005, During the first leg of their Vertigo World tour, U2 appeared at the Arrowhead Sports Arena in Anaheim, Southern California, with Kings Of Leon as the opening act. By the end of the 131 date tour, 4,619,021 tickets had been sold with a total gross of $389 million. 
2007, Alanis Morissette released a tongue-in-cheek cover of The Black Eyed Peas's 'My Humps', which she recorded in a slow, mournful voice, accompanied only by a piano. The accompanying YouTube video, in which she danced provocatively with a group of men received over 15m views. 
2013, A signed copy of The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sold at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions for $290,500 (£191,000). The selling price far exceeded the $30,000 (£19,700) originally estimated for the rare LP record. The UK Parlophone copy of the album included a high gloss cover and vinyl gatefold sleeve. 
2015, Cynthia Lennon, first wife of The Beatles' John Lennon died at her home in Spain following a short battle with cancer. At the height of The Beatles' early success she was, at the insistence of the band's management, kept in the background so their legions of female fans were not aware of her existence. The couple divorced in 1968 after Cynthia discovered her husband's affair with Yoko Ono. 
April 1st: Born on this day
1939, Born on this day, Rudolph Isley, The Isley Brothers, (1968 UK No.3 single This Old Heart Of Mine', 1973 US No 6 & UK No.14 single 'That Lady'). 
1942, Born on this day, Alan Blakley, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.11 single 'Silence Is Golden'). He died of cancer 1st June 1996. 
1942, Born on this day, Phil Margo, The Tokens, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'). 
1945, Born on this day, John Barbata, The Turtles, (US No.1 single 'Happy Together', Jefferson Starship, (1987 UK & US No.1 single 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us'). 
1946, Born on this day, Ronnie Lane, bass player and vocalist with Small Faces who had a 1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single with ‘Itchycoo Park’ and a 1968 UK No.1 album with 'Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake'. As The Faces they had a 1972 UK No.6 & US No.17 single with ‘Stay With Me’. Ronnie then formed Slim Chance, who had a 1974 UK No.5 single with ‘How Come’. He died on June 4th 1997, aged 51, after a 20 year battle with multiple sclerosis. 
1947, Born on this day, Robin Scott, M, (1979 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Pop Muzik'). 
1948, Born on this day, Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican singer, songwriter, (1969 UK No.6 & US No.25 single 'Wonderful World Beautiful People', 1970 UK No.8 version of Cat Stevens 'Wild World'). 
1948, Born on this day, Simon Cowe, guitar, Lindisfarne, (1972 UK No.3 single 'Lady Eleanor', 1978 US No.33 single 'Run For Home). 
1952, Born on this day, Billy Currie, keyboards, Ultravox, (1981 UK No.2 single 'Vienna', plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). 
1954, Born on this day, Jeff Porcaro, drums, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Africa'). Porcaro died on 5th August 1992. 
1961, Born on this day, Mark White, guitar, keyboards, ABC, (1982 UK No.4 & US No.18 single 'The Look Of Love', plus nine other UK Top 40 singles). 
1961, Born on this day, Susan Boyle, Scottish singer, debut 2009 album 'I Dreamed a Dream' was the biggest selling album in the world in 2009. 
1965, Born on this day, Peter O'Toole, Hothouse Flowers, (1988 UK No.11 single 'Don't Go'). 
1971, Born on this day, Clifford Smith, (Method Man), Wu-Tang Clan, (1997 US & UK No.1 album 'Wu- Tang Forever'). 
1981, Born on this day, Hannah Louise Spearitt, vocals, S Club 7, (1999 UK No.1 single 'Bring It All Back'). 2000 UK No.1 album '7' spent over a year on the UK chart. 
1986, Born on this day, American country music singer-songwriter, Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum. Winner of seven Grammy awards, seven Academy of Country Music awards, and six Country Music Association awards. 
1994, Born on this day, Ella Eyre, English singer and songwriter best known for her collaborations with Rudimental on their UK No.1 single 'Waiting All Night' and DJ Fresh on his single 'Gravity'.

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