Saturday, 4 April 2015

Today in rock history

Saturday April 4th
1915 – Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) is born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi
1948 – Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers Band) is born
1952 – Robert William Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy guitarist,  is born
1959 – “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” becomes Buddy Holly’s first posthumous hit,
1962 – Craig Adams (The Cult) is born
1965 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose “Help!”, the title track to the Beatles’ second film.
1966 – Michael Christopher “Mike” Starr, bassist for Alice in Chains,  was born
1967 – Paul McCartney advises Beatles publicist and Monterey Pop Festival organizer Derek Taylor that they should book some guitarist called Jimi Hendrix. Smart move.
1970 – Janis Joplin plays a reunion concert in San Francisco with her old outfit Big Brother & the Holding Company.
1974 – “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones” opens as the first film with a quadraphonic soundtrack.
1981 -Styx’s Paradise Theater goes to No. 1. It would become their fourth album in a row to go triple-platinum, setting a new sales record.
1987 – Jefferson Starship: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now US 45 is no. 1 chart topper.
1987 – Fleetwood Mac’s Big Love hits UK chart.
1987 – U2 blast into US LP chart, making highest debut of any studio act since Stevie Wonder in 1980, as The Joshua Tree debuts on Chart at No. 7.
1992 – Bruce Springsteen : Human Touch : UK LP is no. 1 chart topper.
1994 – Kurt Cobain’s mother files a missing-persons report on her son.
2000 – Mick Jagger returns to Dartford Grammar School in southeast England to open an arts center named in his honor.
2002 – Dave Mustaine announces he’s disbanding thrash godfathers Megadeth after developing a compressed radial nerve in his hand that prevents him from playing guitar.
2002 – Shock rocker Marilyn Manson is sued by the mother of Keanu Reeves’ late girlfriend Jennifer Syme. Syme was killed in a car crash after attending a Manson party in 2001. Maria St. John alleges her daughter died after being “provided with various quantities of cocaine” by Manson.
2003 – The mighty Meat Loaf announces his retirement from music following one last world tour.
2003 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers debut a new song, “Black Leather Woman,” while guesting on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
2003 – Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach is sacked from the touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
2004 – Alanis Morissette appears at the Canadian Juno awards in a nude bodysuit during a skit satirizing American attitudes towards censorship.
2008 – THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury has told Canada’s Sun Media his band won’t be hitting the road with LED ZEPPELIN if and when the legendary group should decide to spin a full-blown tour out of its recent one-off reunion show.

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