April

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‘On April 12, 1968, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention performed at a New York dinner for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences dinner. Zappa called the event “a load of pompous hokum” and yells from the stage: “All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you’re […]

In 1972, Stephen Stills formed a new band called ‘Manassas’ and on April 12 they released their debut double LP of the same name. The album debuted on the Billboard Top LP’s chart for the week ending April 29, 1972 and eventually peaked at #4 in June. Stills’ album shared the Top 10 with an […]

11th April 1966, Buffalo Springfield made their live debut at The Troubadour in Hollywood, California. The folk rock band are renowned both for their music and as a springboard for the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina. Buffalo Springfield were among the first wave of North American bands to become […]

Creedence Clearwater Revival released their 7th and final LP Mardi Gras on April 11, 1972. Unlike previous albums, Mardi Gras had Stu Cook and Doug Clifford sharing songwriting and production with John Fogerty, as well as their own lead vocal contributions for the first time. Reviews were mixed to poor, with Jon Landau saying in […]

11th April 1958, Born on this day, Scottish guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Stuart Adamson. He formed The Skids, who had a 1979 UK No.10 single with ‘Into The Valley’ then Big Country, who had the 1983 UK No.10 single with ‘Fields Of Fire’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. On 26 November 2001, Adamson […]

OK, seeing as he was not dead, did he quit before he got sacked? In the April 10, 1970 edition of The Daily Mirror, Paul McCartney made the Beatles’ secret breakup public by issuing a press release to announce that he has left the group, done in the form of a fake interview: “Q: Is […]

Although it had been around since 1954, on April 10, 1956, Leo Fender patented his electric guitar he called a Stratocaster. The Stratocaster was a successor to his popular “Telecaster” model of electric guitar. We thought long and hard about which picture to use with this story. We decided to use a picture of Jimi […]

10th April 1970, 27 year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split, (one week before the release of his solo album). McCartney said, “I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John”. John Lennon, who had kept his much-earlier […]

10th April 1976, Peter Frampton went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Frampton Comes Alive’, one of the biggest selling ‘live’ albums in rock history. It was the best-selling album of 1976, selling over 6 million copies in the US. Frampton Comes Alive! was voted “Album of the year” in the 1976 Rolling […]

In Fort Smith, Ark., Sean Pierce,a 19-year-old man was arrested on April 9, 1992 for wearing a ‘smutty’ T-shirt bearing the name of Van Halen’s current album, “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.” The initial letters of the phrase–a criminal charge in old England that was displayed on the pillory of the person being punished–were highlighted on […]


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