Every day, from now until the end of your life, it's today's rocking events in years gone by.
Wednesday 1st April
1945 – John Barbata (Jefferson Starship) is born
1955 – George Martin became the head of A&R for EMI’s Parlophone label
1956 – A Paramount Studios screen test by Elvis Presley leads to a three-film contract guaranteeing $450,000
1970 – 50 musicians recorded the orchestral scores for The Beatles tracks ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘Across The Universe’ for the Phil Spector produced sessions. The bill for the 50 musicians was £1,126 and 5 shillings,
1970 – Earls Court in London received over one million postal ticket applications for The Rolling Stones forthcoming six concerts as part of the group’s European tour.
1973 – Curved Air kicked off a 12-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall.
1976 – making their live debut in the UK, AC/ DC played at The Red Cow, Hammersmith, London.
1976 – The Buzzcocks played their debut live gig when the appeared at Bolton Institute Of Technology. The power was turned off after three numbers.
1992 – Billy Idol is fined $2,000 by a Beverly Hills, Calif., judge after pleading no contest to charges he hit a woman in the face as they left a restaurant together the previous October.
1992 – Singer Jimmy Buffett and wife Jane Slagsvol have their second child, which they name Sarah Delaney, in Nashville, Tenn.
1999 – Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer and Rhythm & Blues Hall of Famer Jesse Stone dies in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He is 97. Stone, one of the founders of Atlantic Records, helped define the rock sound through his work as writer and arranger of such seminal hits as Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle & Roll.”
2000 – Santana started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Maria Maria.’
2002 – Paul McCartney kicked off the first leg of his 19 date ‘Driving USA’ North American tour at The Oakland Arena, Oakland.
2004 – Paul Atkinson, veteran record executive and guitarist for the Zombies, dies in his sleep after a long battle with cancer and kidney disease. He is 48.
2009 – Nine Inch Nails Mock Chris Cornell With April Fools Joke NME reports: In what appears to be an elaborate April Fools joke, Nine Inch Nails have announced the release of a new Timbaland-produced album called ‘Strobe Light’.