Tuesday April 14th
1945 – Ritchie Blackmore, of Deep Purple and Rainbow, is born in Weston-Super-Mare, England.
1955 – Fats Domino releases “Ain’t That a Shame.”
– The Beatles are introduced to the Rolling Stones for the first time
backstage in Richmond, England. George Harrison says he’s particularly
impressed by the unsigned band’s performance.
1965 – The Beatles announce that the title of their second film has been changed from Eight Arms to Hold You to Help!
– David Bowie releases his novelty single “The Laughing Gnome.” Using
music hall stylings and a sped-up voice, the song becomes a hit only in
1969 – Led Zeppelin enter the English albums chart with their self-titled debut in its third week of release.
1969 – The Beatles record “The Ballad of John and Yoko” at Abbey Road
1974 – Pete Townshend performs solo for the first time at London’s Roundhouse. He’s backed by tapes he made in his home studio.
– Bruce Springsteen: A resolution is introduced in the New Jersey
Assembly to make Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” the official state
song. The resolution fails to be passed.
1980 – Pete Townshend releases his solo album Empty Glass.
1982 – Diver Down is released
1983 – Pete Farndon of the Pretenders dies at the age of 29.
1997 – Ringo Starr debuts as the host of the VH1 program Classic Albums.
– Courtney Love tells Blender magazine that she’s been swindled out of
$40 million “by a fiduciary institution.” An insider says she is in debt
to the tune of $4 million. “I’m covered in loser dust,” she wails.
2006 – The Beatles announce plans to digitally remaster their back catalog and sell it online.
2009 – George Harrison receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
– Tom Petty tells Playboy “There are no record people left in the
record business; now it’s some guy who used to be with the leased-car
department and got a promotion. Or maybe he was an accountant and now
he’s a record-company president. And he hires more accountants and