Sunday, April 25, 2010

This Date In Music History-April 25


Jerry Leiber - songwriter and producer for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly. The Monkees, Cliff Richard (1933)

Tony Christie - UK singer (1943)

Bjorn Ulvaeus - Abba (1945)

Stu Cook - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1945)

Michael Kogel - Los Bravos First Spanish rock band to have a UK & US hit single (1945)

Ronnie Gilbert - Blue Magoos (1946)

Michael Brown - Stories (1949)

Michael Brown - Left Banke (1949)

Steve Ferrone - Average White Band (1950)

Fish, (Derek Dick) - Marillion (1958)

Les Pattinson - Echo & the Bunnymen (1958)

Andy Bell - Erasure (1964)

Eric Avery - Jane's Addiction (1965)

Jacob Underwood - O-Town (1980)

They Are Missed:

In 1974, Pamela Courson the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison died of a drug overdose. It was Courson who found the Doors singer dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.

American jazz tenor saxophonist.Willis "Gator" Jackson (April 25, 1932 - October 25, 1987).

Born on this day in 1918, Ella Fitzgerald, US jazz singer, died 15th June 1996.

Born today in 1923, Albert King, US blues guitarist. Died December 20, 1992.

In 2002, TLC member Lisa Lopes was killed in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras, (age 30). Seven other people, including Lopes' brother and sister, who were in the Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle when the crash happened, were taken to a hospital. Lopes who was driving the car when it crashed had spent the past month in Honduras working on various projects including a clothing line, a new solo project and a book.

In 2007, American singer Bobby "Boris" Pickett died of leukemia at the age of 69. Scored the Halloween anthem "The Monster Mash" in 1962. The song had been banned by The BBC in the UK, deemed offensive and wasn’t a hit until 1973. It was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato.


Elvis Presley started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1960 with "Stuck On You."

Just days after the completion of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, the Beatles embarked upon their next project, recording the theme to 'Magical Mystery Tour' at Abbey Road studios in London.

The Beatles recorded "All You Need Is Love" during a British TV broadcast in 1967. Marianne Faithfull sang in the chorus.

The Jackson Five started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1970 with "ABC." It was the group's second #1 hit.

Elvis Presley made the last recordings of his life during a concert at the Saginaw, Michigan Civic Centre in 1977. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, 'Moody Blue'.

In 1979, The Police made their debut on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' performing 'Roxanne'.

The film "Rock & Roll High School" starring the Ramones premiered in 1979.

Paul McCartney disbanded Wings in 1981.

In 1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Ebony And Ivory." This was McCartney's 24th #1 hit single as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!".

U2 started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1987 with 'The Joshua Tree.'

In 1988, Bon Jovi's manager Doc Mcgee was convicted on drug offences arising from the 1982 seizure of 40,000lb of marijuana smuggled into north Carolina from Colombia. McGee was sentenced to a five year suspended prison term and a $15,000 fine.

The Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock festival was auctioned off for a record $295,000 in 1990.

Kris Kross started an eight week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1992 with "Jump." The duo of Chris Smith and Chris Kelly were 12 and 13 when they recorded the song.

In 1994, the Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, "Take It Easy." The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question "When will the Eagles get back together?"

In 1997, U2's 'Pop Mart' world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet.

Next started a four-week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1998 with "Too Close."

Nas was at #1 on the US album chart in 1999 with ‘I Am...’ the rappers second US #1 album.

In 2003, Sinead O'Connor announced on her Web site that she was going to retire. Good....

Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" was released in 2006. The album featured 13 tracks associated with folk singer Pete Seeger.

Rascal Flatts went to #1 on the US album charts in 2009 with ‘Unstoppable’, the American country pop acts sixth studio album.

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