April 17 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Bill!

Births

1929 James Last (orchestra leader)
1941 Billy Fury (Halfway to Paradise)
1943 Roy Ralph Estrada (Mothers of Invention)
1946 Bill Kreutzman (Grateful Dead)
1948 Jan Hammer
1955 Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks)
1967 Liz Phair

Deaths

1974 Vince Taylor (Sha-Na-Na)
1983 Felix Papaladi (Mountain)
1998 Linda McCartney

No. 1
1965 Bob Dylan Freewheelin’ UK 45
1971 Motown Chart Busters Vol. 5 UK LP
1971 Three Dog Night: Joy to the World US 45
1976 Vangelis: Chariots of Fire US LP
1993 David Bowie : Black Tie White Noise : UK LP
1993 Various : The Bodyguard (OST) : US LP

Miscellany

1955 Fats Domino’s Ain’t That a Shame released in US
1959 Ricky Nelson’s It’s Late hits UK chart
1960 Eddie Cochran dies and Gene Vincent is seriously injured when their car blows a tyre and crashes on the A4 at Chippenham. (Sharon Sheely was also injured)
1964 Rolling Stones release first LP in UK
1969 The Band make their solo stage debut at the Winterland, San Francisco
1970 McCartney (Macca’s first solo LP) released
1970 Johny Cash performs at The White House
1971 Janis Joplin’s Pearl enters UK LP chart
1971 All four Beatles have solo singles in UKcharts: Paul McCartney: Another Day, Ringo Starr: It Don’t come Baby, John Lennon, Power To The People and George Harrison: My Sweet Lord.
1980 Bob Marley plays at Rhodesia Independence Day celebrations
1982 Yazoo debut on UK chart with Only You

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