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9th April 1969, Bob Dylan released his ninth studio album Nashville Skyline, which embraced country music. With liner notes by Johnny Cash, (who also appeared on the record), at the time of release it was dismissed by some critics as lightweight, but included ‘Lay, Lady, Lay’, a major hit single for Dylan. The album also […]

Bob Dylan released his ninth studio album “Nashville Skyline” on April 9, 1969. The Columbia Records LP was released as a record, a reel to reel tape and audio cassette. (Fairly early for the cassette format) Building on the rustic style he experimented with on John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline displayed a complete immersion into […]

8th April 1967, John Lennon took his Rolls Royce to coachbuilders J.P. Fallon Ltd in Surrey to enquire if they could paint his car in psychedelic colours. This was based on an idea by Marijke Koger (“The Fool” who was a member of Dutch team of gypsy artists). J.P. Fallon commissioned Steve Weaver’s pattern of […]

Aerosmith released their 3rd and most successful LP “Toys In The Attic” on April 8, 1975. Its first single, “Sweet Emotion”, was released a month later in May, and the second single, “Walk This Way” was released in Aug. in the same year. Steven Tyler said that his original idea for the album cover was […]

8th April 1977, CBS released the self- titled first album by The Clash in the UK. The album is widely celebrated as one of the greatest punk albums of all time. CBS in the US refused to release it until 1979 and Americans bought over 100,000 imported copies of the record making it one of […]

It’s was as simple as 4 3 2 1 On April 7, 1971, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the LP “4 Way Street”. It had the number 4 in the title, it was album number 3 by Crosby, Stills & Nash, LP # 2 as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and their first live […]

7th April 2015, The original manuscript of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ sold for $1.2m (£806,000) at a New York auction. The 16-page draft had been expected to fetch as much as $1.5m (£1m) at the Christie’s sale. McLean said writing the song was “a mystical trip into his past”. The repeatedly mentioned phrase “the day […]

7th April 1994, Lee Brilleaux singer, harmonica player and founding member of Dr Feelgood died of throat cancer aged 41. They had the 1979 UK No.9 single ‘Milk And Alcohol’ and the 1976 UK No.1 live album, ‘Stupidity’. In 1976, Brilleaux helped fund Stiff Records one of the driving forces of the “New Wave” of […]

6th April 1937, Born on this day, Merle Haggard, American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound. Haggard scored over 10 US […]

On April 5 & 6 of 1968, The Turtles played at The Cheetah Club in Chicago (The Aragon Ballroom). It has been rumored and many sites report it as true that Jimi Hendrix was in the audience on the night of the 5th and came on stage and jammed with The Turtles. There is only […]


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