April 16 – Today In Rock Music History

Gerry Rafferty, Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty Birthday April 16

Musician’s Born On April 16

1924 Henry Mancini (orchestra leader)
1929 Roy Hamilton (Unchained Melody)
1936 Bobby Vinton
1939 Dusty Springfield (I Only Want to Be with You)
1945 Stefan Grossman (folk guitarist)
1947 Gerry Rafferty (Baker Street)
1963 Jimmy Osmond (Osmonds)
1963 Nick Berry (actor/singer)
1964 David Pirner (Soul Asylum)

Gerry Rafferty, Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty Birthday April 16

Number 1 In The Charts On April 16

1969 Desmond Dekker: The Israelites UK 45
1977 David Soul: Don’t Give Up on Us US 45
1983 Bonnie Tyler: Faster than the Speed of Night UK LP
1994 Bonnie Raitt : Longing In Their Hearts : US LP

Gerry Rafferty, Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty Birthday April 16

Various Music Events On April 16

1964 Animals debut on UK chart with Baby Let Me Take You Home

1965 Hollies open their first US tour at the Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn

1966 Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence enters UK LP chart

1966 Walker Brothers hit US chart with Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Any More

1969 MC5 dropped by Elektra after group paid for ad in paper slamming a record store for not carrying their LP

1972 ELO play first live gig (at the Fox and Greyhound in Croydon)

1973 TV special James Paul McCartney broadcast

Gerry Rafferty, Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty Birthday April 16

1976 Eric Faulkner (Bay City Rollers) takes pill overdose but recovers in hospital

1990 Second Mandela concert takes place at Wembley, featuring Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed and Bonnie Raitt.

1993 Paul McCartney headlines an Earth Day concert at the Hollywood Bowl with Ringo Starr, Steve Miller and Don Henley. He hasn’t performed there since he appeared with the Beatles in 1965.

1993 Billy Burnette announces he’s leaving Fleetwood Mac. He wants to concentrate on recording country music

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