April 30 – Today In Rock Music History

Musician’s Born On April 30

1927 Johnny Horton (Battle of New Orleans)
1933 Willie Nelson (country singer)
1943 Bobby Vee (Take Good Care Of My Baby)
1953 Merrill Osmond (Osmonds)

Deaths On April 30

1966 Richard Farina (US folk singer)
1983 Muddy Waters (blues guitarist)
1993 Mick Ronson

Number 1 In The Charts On April 30

1966 Rolling Stones: Aftermath UK LP
1966 Young Rascals: Good Lovin’ US 45
1977 Glenn Campbell: Southern Lights US 45
1983 Spandau Ballet: True UK 45
1983 Michael Jackson; Beat It US 45
1988 Starlight Express: Theme from Starlight Express UK 45
1988 Erasure: The Innocents UK LP

Various Music Events On April 30

1954 The Metropolitan Disc Jockey Club and Association of Broadcasting is launched in the US with a New York press party

1958 Carole King released The Right Girl (b/w Goin’ Wild), her first ever single on ABC Paramount

1964 Beatles receive $140,000 dollars for the sale of brand-name bubble gum in the USA.

1965 Bob Dylan opens his UK tour in Sheffield

1965 Kinks begin their first headlining UK tour, supported by Yardbirds.

1968 The Kaleidoscope Ballroom opens on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles with Jefferson Airplane and Canned Heat.

1970 Allmann Brothers’ road manager Twiggs Lyndon arrested for murder. He stabbed a club manager for breach of contract.

1978 Rock against Racism Rally held in Victoria Park, featuring Clash and Tom Robinson

1980 Film McVicar, starring Roger Daltrey, premieres in London.

1992 Madonna’s bustier is stolen from “Fredrick’s Of Hollywood” while Los Angeles is gripped by rioting and looting, following the Rodney King verdict, . A $1,000 reward is offered for its return

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