April 19th: On this Day
1965, The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance.
1965, The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ was released on Capitol records in the US. The single’s label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie ‘Eight Arms to Hold You’ (the original name for the movie ‘Help!’).
1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.
1968, Pink Floyd released their fourth UK single ‘It Would Be So Nice’, written by Richard Wright with Roger Waters’ ‘Julia Dream’ on the B-side. Pink Floyd were on tour in Europe on this day, and played their second night at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy.
1969, Smile (later to be known as Queen ) appeared at the Revolution Club in London, England.
1974, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by its promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, only 250 people attended. Tickets cost $4.50 and $5.50 in advance.
1980, Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Call Me’, featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’, the track was also a No.1 in the UK.
1980, 32 year old English singer Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who had died after a drinks binge in February 1980. Johnson’s first band was the Gobi Desert Canoe Club. He was also in a band called Fresh. From 1970, Johnson played with cabaret/club band The Jasper Hart Band, performing songs from the musical Hair. He and other members of the band went on to form Geordie.
1980, For the first time ever the Top five artists on the US country chart were all female, Crystal Gayle who was at No.1, with Dottie West, Debbie Boone, Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette making up the rest of the Top 5.
1980, R.E.M. played their first gig as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club, Athens, Georgia to 150 people. The show ended at 2am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed.
1985, Bryan Adams was on the UK album chart with Reckelss. His fourth studio album was the first Canadian album to sell more than one million units within Canada. Six singles were released from the album: ‘Run to You,’ ‘Somebody,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Summer of ’69,’ ‘One Night Love Affair,’ and ‘It’s Only Love.’ All six singles made the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, a feat that at the time had been accomplished previously only by Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
1986, George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Different Corner’, the singers second solo No.1. Michael became the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach No.1 with his first two releases. The song was also credited with being the second No.1 (after ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ by Stevie Wonder), which was written, sung, played, arranged and produced by the same person.
1986, Prince started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss.’ Prince also had the No.2 song ‘Manic Monday’, by The Bangles, which he wrote under the pseudonym ‘Christopher.’
1995, The Stone Roses played their first gig in five years when the appeared at The Rockefeller Club, Oslo, Norway.
1997, Michael Jackson attended an unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris, France. Jackson provided one of his own outfits to dress the figure.
1998, Robbie Williams started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album Life Thru A Lens. The album spent a total of 218 weeks on the UK chart, with sales of 2.4 million copies.
2000, Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back.
2002, Police were investigating how tracks from the forthcoming Oasis album ‘Heathen Chemistry’ had been illegally circulated on the Internet. They thought the person responsible had access to their private recording sessions.
2003, The oldest working musician in Britain, Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham.
2005, It was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the “real” Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006. It was the first time in the history of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism.
2010, A week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper that said they forgive John Lennon’s remarks about The Beatles being “bigger than Jesus”, Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness. The newspaper’s editors had written, “The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic… (but) what would Pop music be like without the Beatles?” Ringo was unimpressed and replied “Didn’t the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they’ve still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they’ve got more to talk about than the Beatles.”
2012, Levon Helm, died of throat cancer aged 71. A drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (who became Bob Dylan’s backing group) who then became known as The Band. He sang on Band classics like ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,’ ‘Up on Cripple Creek,’ ‘Rag Mama Rag,’ and ‘The Weight.’
2012, Leonard Cohen’s former manager was jailed for 18 months for harassing the singer-songwriter. Kelley Lynch was found guilty by a Los Angeles court after a sending a torrent of expletive-strewn emails and letters to the star. She was also sentenced to five months probation and ordered to attend anger-management courses. Cohen thanked the court for the “even-handed and elegant manner in which these proceedings have unfolded”.
2014, The White House refused to comment on a campaign to deport Justin Bieber from the US. Around 275,000 people had signed a petition on its website calling for the Canadian singer to be removed from the country. The campaign had been set up in January of this year when the 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drink and drug-driving and illegal drag racing.
April 19th: Born on this day
1928, Born on this day, Alexis Korner, blues singer, musician. Major force behind the UK R&B scene, formed Blues Incorporated with Charlie Watts, had hits with CCS, (1971 UK No.5 single ‘Tap Turns On The Water’). Writer and radio presenter. Korner died on January 1st 1984.
1942, Born on this day, Alan Price, keyboards, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’). And solo, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear’).
1943, Born on this day, Eve Graham, (Evelyn May Beatson), singer, The New Seekers, (1972 UK No.1 and US No.7 single ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’).
1944, Born on this day, Bernie Worrell, keyboards, Parliament, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’).
1947, Born on this day, Mark Volman, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’). Flo and Eddie, worked with Frank Zappa, T Rex and Bruce Springsteen.
1956, Born on this day, Gary Langan, Art Of Noise, (1988 UK No.5 single with Tom Jones ‘Kiss’).