April 8 – Today In Rock Music History

Steve Howe, Steve Howe Yes Guitarist, Steve Howe Birthday April 8

Musician’s Born On April 8

1942 Roger Chapman (Family)
1947 Steve Howe (Yes)
1962 Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses)
1963 Julian Lennon

Steve Howe, Steve Howe Yes Guitarist, Steve Howe Birthday April 8

Deaths On April 8

1976 Phil Ochs (US folk singer)
1994 Kurt Cobain

Steve Howe, Steve Howe Yes Guitarist, Steve Howe Birthday April 8

Number 1 In The Charts On April 8

1965 Unit 4 Plus 2: Concrete and Clay UK 45
1978 Brian and Michael: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs UK 45
1989 Roxette: The Look US 45
1995 Take That : Back For Good : UK single
1995 Boo Radleys : Wake Up : UK LP

Steve Howe, Steve Howe Yes Guitarist, Steve Howe Birthday April 8

Various Music Events On April 8

1955 Alan Freed’s rock-and-roll Easter Jubilee opens a one-week run at Brooklyn’s Paramount Theatre. The show stars the Penguins, Moonglows and Lavern Baker

1961 BBC ban song 100 Pounds of Clay (Gene McDaniels and Craig Douglas) because it has reference to woman being created from building materials – considered to be blasphemous!

1962 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first meet Brian Jones (then known as Elmo Lewis) at the Ealing Club

1966 Mike Vickers leaves Manfred Mann. ‘Permanent’ replacement named as Jack Bruce

1967 Sandie Shaw wins Eurovision Song contest for UK with Puppet on a String

1970 Woodstock premieres in UK

1973 Neil Young’s film Journey through the Past premiers at the UK Film Festival in Dallas

1977 Damned are the first UK punk band to play US

1977 Clash release their debut LP

1989 Following Abba and Blue Swede, Roxette become third Swedish band to top American chart.

1991 Virgin Records are involved in a lawsuit claiming that Paula Abdul did not do all the singing on her hit album, “Forever Your Girl.” . Virgin eventually win.

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