April

24th April 1976, Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a […]

25th April 1979, The Police made their debut on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops performing ‘Roxanne’. The single which was taken from their album Outlandos d’Amour was written from the point-of-view of a man who falls in love with a prostitute. More on The Police: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/police Read it here

26th April 1966, Dusty Springfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, the singers only UK No.1. When recording the track, Springfield was not satisfied with her vocal until she had recorded forty-seven takes. Read it here

26th April 1980, Blondie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Call Me’, the group’s fourth UK No.1, featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’, the track was also a No.1 in the US where it became the band’s biggest selling single. Producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac […]

27th April 1999, UK band The Verve announced that they had split. They scored the 1997 UK No.1 single ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ and their 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Urban Hymns’ spent over 100 weeks on the UK chart. Leader of the group Richard Ashcroft went solo scoring the 2000 UK No.3 single ‘A Song […]

Black Sabbath released their 9th LP “Heaven and Hell” on April 25, 1980. This was their first album with Ronnie James Dio as their singer. Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne, was first introduced to Sabbath’s Tony Iommi in 1979 by Sharon Arden, who would later marry the band’s then-recently fired vocalist Osbourne. At first, Dio […]

On April 25, 1990, the white Fender Stratocaster guitar that Jimi Hendrix used during his appearance at Woodstock sold for $334, 620 at Sotheby’s auction house in London, making it the most expensive guitar ever sold at the time. After Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix continued to use the guitar for shows including at his final live […]

According to the April 25, 1974 issue of Rolling Stone, “streaking” had become so popular that Yes and Gregg Allman concerts had been interrupted by the fad. The magazine also said that at a recent concert by The Beach Boys the band was streaked by its own crew. We thought this was an interesting little […]

29th April 1945, Born on this day, American recording artist Tammi Terrell who had a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye. She had had hits with Marvin Gaye, and scored seven Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’ and ‘You’re All […]

29th April 1993, Guitarist, producer, Mick Ronson died of liver cancer aged 46. Ronson recorded and toured with David Bowie from 1970 to 1973. Released the 1974 solo album ‘Slaughter On Tenth Avenue’. Ronson co-produced Lou Reed’s album Transformer, also part of Hunter Ronson Band with Ian Hunter. And worked with Morrissey, Slaughter & The […]


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