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13 April 1974, Paul McCartney’s Band On The Run went to No.1 on the US album charts. McCartney’s third US No.1, went on to sell over 6 million copies world-wide. It’s commercial performance was aided by two hit singles ‘Jet’ and ‘Band on the Run’. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/liner-notes/band-on-the-run/ Band On The Run – Wings Hit It Big […]

9th April 1997, Songwriter Mae Boren Axton died aged 82 after drowning in her bath at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee after an apparent heart attack. Known as the 'Queen Mother of Nashville' she wrote over 200 songs including a co-writing credit on the Elvis Presley hit 'Heartbreak Hotel'. She was the mother of country […]

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 […]

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 […]

5th April 1994, Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at his home in Seattle. Cobain's body wasn't discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system, who initially believed that Cobain was asleep, until he saw the shotgun pointing at his chin. A suicide note […]

4th April 2008, Procol Harum singer Gary Brooker won back full royalty rights to the band's worldwide hit, 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' at London's Court of Appeal. The decision overturned a 2006 ruling that organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to a 40% portion of royalties on the 1967 hit after he argued he had […]

3rd April 1979, Kate Bush kicked off the 28-date ‘Tour Of Life’ trek making her concert debut at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre, England. Bush never set out on another tour again. She played a run of 22 shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/artists/kate-bush/ Kate Bush | This Day In Music This is an extract […]

31st March 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. The 7-inch disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that was currently in use. Advertisements for […]

31st March 2015, Joni Mitchell was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. The singer songwriter was admitted to intensive care where she underwent tests. Los Angeles fire officials said paramedics had answered a 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives, and had taken a patient whom they did […]


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