April 14 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Ritchie!

Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow Guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore Birthday April 14

Musician’s Born On April 14

1933 Buddy Knox (Party Doll)
1935 Loretta Lynn (Country singer)
1945 Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
1946 Patrick Fairley (Marmalade)
1969 Martyn Le Noble (Porno For Pyros)

Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow Guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore Birthday April 14

Deaths On April 14

1983 Pete Farndon (Pretenders)
1995 Burl Ives

Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow Guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore Birthday April 14

Number 1 In The Charts On April 14

1966 Spencer Davis: Somebody Help Me UK 45
1973 Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy UK LP
1979 Art Garfunkel: Bright Eyes UK 45
1979 Doobie Brothers: What A Fool Believes US 45
1990 Madonna: Vogue UK 45
1990 Tommy Page : I’ll Be Your Everything : US single

Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow Guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore Birthday April 14

Various Music Events On April 14

1954 Midnighters have first big hit since changing their name from The Royals with Work with Me Annie

1956 Little Richard’s Long Tall Sally hits top of US R&B chart

1967 With publicity stating them to be ‘the most significant talent since the Beatles’, Polydor releases Bee Gees’ New York Mining Disaster

1967 Denny Laine releases Say You Don’t Mind – his first solo single

1968 During a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Pink Floyd demonstate ‘Azimuth co-ordinator’, a device for projecting sound from anywhere in the concert hall, called ‘more furious madness from the massed gadgets of Auzimenes’s.

1969 Following Take II, John and Paul finish The Ballad of John and Yoko, the Beatles single that didn’t feature George and Ringo, at Abbey Road

1974 Pete Townshend plays solo for the first time at Roundhouse, London

1980 Gary Numan releases The Touring Principle, the first full-length commercially available video

1984 Michael Jackson’s Thriller LP logs 37th week at No. 1 in US – the longest run in pop history

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