April 7 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday John!

Musician’s Born On April 7

1915 Billie Holliday
1918 Percy Faith (A Theme From a Summerplace)
1935 Bobby Bare (The All-American Boy)
1937 Charlie Thomas (Drifters)
1938 Freddie Hubbard (Trumpet player)
1938 Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane)
1943 Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull/Blodwyn Pig)
1946 Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead)
1949 John Oates
1951 Janis Ian (At Seventeen)
1952 Bruce Gary (Knack)
1960 Simon Climie (Climie Fisher)
1976 Victoria Addams (Spice Girls)

Deaths On April 7

1981 Kit Lambert (1960s manager of the Who)
1998 Wendy O Williams (Plasmatics)

Number 1 In The Charts On April 7

1962 Shelly Fabares: Johnny Angel US 45
1973 Gilbert O’Sullivan: Get Down UK 45
1973 Vicki Lawrence: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia UK 45
1990 Carpenters : Only Yesterday : UK LP
1997 R Kelly : I Believe I Can Fly : UK single

Various Music Events On April 7

1943 LSD synthesized by Albert Hofman

1956 American CBS begin broadcasting the first national R&B show – Rock and Roll Dance Party, with Alan Freed.

1956 Columbia Records announce that all future pop releases will be on 45 rpm

1967 Tom Donahue, a San Francisco DJ, starts to programme ‘progressive’ music on KPMX. The format embraces the best of today’s rock and roll, folk, traditional and city blues, reggae, electronic music and some jazz and classical selections.

1975 Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple

1979 Boomtown Rats play California Music Festival on first US tour.

1979 Crazy Love by Poco tops first Billboard ‘Adult Contemporary’ chart

1983 President Reagan overturns James Watts’s decision of two days ago and invites Beach Boys to perform.

1990 Elton John dedicates “Candle in the Wind” to AIDS patient Ryan White during his performance at Farm Aid IV. White dies later that night. Other performers at the Festival, held at the Indiana Hoosierdome, include Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Guns N’ Roses and Jackson Browne.

1997 Liam Gallagher marries Patsy Kensit

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