Thursday April 16th
1947 – Gerry Rafferty is born in Paisley, Scotland.
1956 – Rock `n’ roll pioneer Buddy Holly’s first single, “Blue Days, Black Nights,” is released.
1963 – The Beatles perform on BBC TV for the first time on The 625 Show.
1964 – Animals debut on UK chart with Baby Let Me Take You Home.
1964 – David Pirner (Soul Asylum) is born this day
– The Rolling Stones first album was released in the UK, it went to
No.1 two weeks later and stayed on the chart for 40 weeks, with 11 weeks
1967 – Cream appeared at the ‘Daily Express Record Star Show’ at The Empire Pool, Wembley, England.
1972 – Electric Light Orchestra makes its live debut at the Greyhound Club in Surrey, England.
1974 – Queen play their first American concert at Denver’s Regis College.
1976 – Aerosmith played at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, the first date on their 76 date North American Rocks Tour.
1977 – Fleetwood Mac release “Dreams,” which becomes their first chart-topping single.
– At London’s Wembley Stadium, artists including Peter Gabriel, Lou
Reed, Simple Minds, and Tracy Chapman take part in a musical celebration
of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
1990 – Nirvana appeared at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1993 – Billy Burnette announces he’s leaving Fleetwood Mac. He wants to concentrate on recording country music.
1993 – David Lee Roth is busted by police after allegedly buying marijuana in New York’s Washington Square Park.
1995 – Bob Seger becomes a dad again when his wife gives birth to his first daughter, Samantha Char.
2003 – Hole’s Courtney Love announces the title of her first solo album will be America’s Sweetheart.
– Jerry Lee Lewis filed for divorce from his sixth wife, Kerrie
McCarver Lewis. The 67-year-old singer married Kerrie in 1984 who was
the president of Lewis Enterprises Inc. fan club.
2004 – Slipknot: A
21-year-old Central Michigan University student suffers a fatal heart
attack during a Detroit concert by Iowan gore rockers Slipknot. The
student’s mother says concert conditions were not to blame for his