April 15 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Dave!

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Musician’s Born On April 15

1894 Bessie Smith (blues singer)
1933 Roy Clark
1939 Marty Wilde (Bad Boy)
1942 Allan Clarke (Hollies)
1944 Dave Edmunds (I Hear You Knocking)
1966 Gracie Clark (Wet Wet Wet)
1966 Samantha Fox
1968 Ed O’Brien (Radiohead)

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Deaths On April 15

1970 George Gowdner (founder of Red Bird Label with Leiber and Stoller)

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Number 1 In The Charts On April 15

1965 Cliff Richard: The Minute You’re Gone UK 45
1967 Nancy and Frank Sinatra: Something Stupid US 45
1972 Royal Scots Dragoon Guards: Amazing Grace UK 45
1972 Roberta Flack: First Time Ever I Saw Your Face US 45
1978 Nat King Cole: 20 Golden Greats UK LP
1989 Bangles: Eternal Flame UK 45
1989 Fine Young Cannibals. She Drives Me Crazy US 45
1995 Montell Jordan : This Is How We Do It : US single
1995 Bruce Springsteen : Greatest Hits : UK LP
1996 Mark Morrison : Return Of The Mack : UK single

Various Music Events On April 15

1966 Rolling Stones release Aftermath LP in UK (their first LP to feature all original material)

1966 UK music press announces there’ll be no new Beatles film for the time being. Producer Walter Shenson says, ‘We’ve turned down everything from The Beatles in the Army to The Beatles Meet Elvis’.

1976 Rolling Stones release Black and Blue, the first Rolling Stones LP to feature guitarist Ron Wood

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1989 Tone Loc’s Loc-ed After Dark becomes first black rap LP to hit No. 1 in US

1989 You Got It takes Roy Orbison into the American Top 10 for the first time since Pretty Woman in 1964 – a gap of 24 and a half years. His Top 10 success has thus spanned over 28 years, the longest ever. You Got It also becomes first single to get into the Top 10 on the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary chart (No. 1) Album Rock Tracks Chart and Country Chart

1996 The rest of Jerry Garcia’s ashes are scattered in San Francisco, near the Golden Gate Bridge. (see April 4)

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