April 12 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Herbie!

Musician’s Born On April 12

1930 Carol Lindsay (Kaye Sisters)
1933 Tiny Tim (US singer/eccentric)
1940 Herbie Hancock (Rockit)
1944 John Kaye (Steppenwolf)
1947 Emmylou Harris (US country singer)
1950 David Cassidy
1951 Alexander Briley (Village People)
1958 Will Sergeant (Echo and the Bunnymen)
1958 Fish (Marillion)
1964 Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)
1966 Marc Ford (Black Crowes)

Number 1 In The Charts On April 12

1957 Lonnie Donegan: Cumberland Gap UK 45
1959 Fifth Dimension: Aquarius US 45
1975 Elton John: Philadelphia Freedom US 45
1980 Detroit Spinners: Working My Way Back to You UK 45

Various Music Events On April 12

1954 Big Joe Turner’s Shake Rattle and Roll released in US

1954 Bill Haley and the Comets record Rock Around the Clock at Pythian Temple on West Wide of New City. Song first released as R&B number by Sonny Dae

1957 Alan Freed’s rock-and-roll Easter Jubilee opens for a ten-day run at Brooklyn Paramount. Buddy Knox, Charlie Gracie and Bo Didley on the bill

1960 Billy Fury records his first LP, subsequently released as ten-inch Sound of Fury

1962 Bob Dylan’s Town Hall concert in New York is recorded. Tomorrow Is a Long Time later released

1966 While driving his white Corvette in Los Angeles following news that he’s been drafted, Jan Berry suffers the car crash that ends his career

1967 US Greyhound bus company begins a guided tour service of ‘Hippyland’ in San Francisco

1969 Led Zeppelin takes the band on to UK LP chart for the first time

1973 That’ll Be the Day, starring David Essex and Ringo Starr, premieres at ABC Shaftesbury Avenue

1997 The Fugees play the first of two Charity gigs in Haiti . The gigs,to raise money for Haitian refugees, end up costing more than they raised.

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