April 1 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Billy!

Billy Currie, Ultravox Keyboards, Billy Currie Birthday April 1

Musicians Born On April 1

1927 Amos Milburn (blues performer)
1932 Debbie Reynolds (Tammy)
1939 Rudolph Isley (Isley Brothers)
1945 John Barbata (Jefferson Starship)
1946 Ronnie Laine (Faces)
1946 Arthur Conley (Sweet Soul Music)
1948 Simon Crowe (Lindisfarne)
1948 Jimmy Cliff
1952 Bill Currie (Ultravox)
1961 Mark White (ABC)
1962 Phillip Schofield (DJ)

Billy Currie, Ultravox Keyboards, Billy Currie Birthday April 1

Deaths On April 1

1917 Scott Joplin (Maple Leaf Rag)
1984 Marvin Gaye (Sexual Healing)

Billy Currie, Ultravox Keyboards, Billy Currie Birthday April 1

Number 1 In The Charts On April 1

1989 Madonna: Like a Prayer UK LP
1989 Bangles: Eternal Flame US 45
1995 Outhere Brothers : Dont Stop (Wiggle Wiggle) : UK single
1995 Celine Dion : The Colour of My Love : UK LP
1995 2Pac : Me Against The World : US LP

Billy Currie, Ultravox Keyboards, Billy Currie Birthday April 1

Various Music Events On April 1

1928 First auto-change gramophone introduced by HMV, price £125.

1957 Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers open a twelve-week European tour.

1957 Everly Brothers release Bye Bye Love, previously rejected by thirty acts.

1966 David Bowie’s Do Anything You Say released in UK on Pye

1969 Beach Boys sue Capitol Records for $2 million, claiming unpaid royalties

1974 The Who sell out 80,000 seats in 60 hours for Madison Square Garden – a record.

1976 Rolling Stones’ forthcoming UK tour draws over one million ticket applications which are moved by security men to specially guarded vaults. The tickets are chosen by ballot. The GP makes over £30,000 from the postage.

1977 Beach Boys sign to Caribou Records , having just completed an LP for Reprise to whom they still owe an album.

1989 My Heart Can’t Tell You Moves to No. 4 in the US, giving Rod Stewart his biggest hit since No. 1 Do Ya Think I’m Sexy in 1978

1992 Billy Idol pleaded no contest to punching a woman in the face. He was fined and told to make public service announcements against alcohol and drug use.

1993 Neil Young, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins and the Wilson sisters were among the performers at a pro-environment rally in Portland, Oregon.Thousands of people listened in the rain.

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