April 4 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Berry!

Musician’s Born On April 4

1915 Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield)
1941 Major Lance (Um Um Um Um Um Um)
1942 Christopher Franke (Tangerine Dream)
1948 Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers Band)
1952 Dave Hill (Slade)
1957 Graeme Kelling (Deacon Blue)
1962 Craig Adams (The Cult)

Deaths On April 4

1950 Kurt Weill (German composer)

Number 1 In The Charts On April 4

1964 Beatles: Can’t Buy Me Love US 45
1987 Ferry Aid: Let it Be UK 45
1987 Starship: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now US 45
1992 Bruce Springsteen : Human Touch : UK LP
1998 K-Ci and Jo-Jo: All My Life : US single
1998 James : The Best Of… : UK LP

Various Music Events On April 4

1955 Johny Ray, dubbed ‘The Prince of Wails’ by the press, arrives in UK for tour

1959 BBC airs pilot of Juke Box Jury TV show, hosted by David Jacobs

1964 Beatles take the American single chart by storm, holding the top five places:
1. Can’t Buy Me Love
2. Twist and Shout
3. She Loves You
4. I Want to Hold Your Hand
5. Please Please Me
They are also placed at No. 14, 44, 49, 69, 79, 84 and 88

1981 Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz wins Eurovision for UK.

1987 Fleetwood Mac’s Big Love hits UK chart

1987 U2 blast into US LP chart, making highest debut of any studio act since Stevie Wonder in 1980, as The Joshua Tree debuts on Chart at No. 7.

1990 Gloria Estefan, who had been severely injured when her tour bus had an accident. returns to Miami after undergoing back surgery.

1996 Jerry Garcia’s widow, Deborah, and guitarist Bob Weir scatter part of Jerry’s ashes in the Ganges River in India.

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