April 10th: On this day
1956, Nat King Cole was attacked on stage by a group of five racial segregationists during a show at the Municipal Hall in Birmingham, Alabama. The attackers were arrested by police and Cole returned later that night for a second show.
1962, The Beatles former bass player Stuart Sutcliff died, (original bassist for eighteen months – January 1960 – June 1961). Sutcliff had stayed in Hamburg Germany after leaving the group. He died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital, aged 22.
1965, A British school in Wrexham, North Wales, asked parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them to school in ‘corduroy trousers’, like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones.
1965, British acts started a run of seven weeks at the top of the US charts when Freddie and the Dreamers went to No.1 with ‘I’m Telling You Now’, followed by Wayne Fontana’s ‘Game Of Love’, Herman’s Hermits ‘Mr’s Brown’ and The Beatles ‘Ticket To Ride.’
1967, Marvin Gaye recorded his version of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.
1968, On his 41st single release Cliff Richard had his ninth UK No.1 with ‘Congratulations’ the British entry in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest.
1970, Doors singer Jim Morrison was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a concert in Boston, after Morrison asked the audience, ‘Would you like to see my genitals?’. Theater management quickly switched off the power. Morrison had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for “lewd and lascivious behavior” during a performance.
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 decision to leave The Beatles quiet for the sake of the others, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney’s resignation, Lennon said, “Paul hasn’t left. I sacked him.”
1976, Peter Frampton went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Frampton Comes Alive’, the biggest selling ‘live’ album 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 Stone readers poll. It stayed on the chart for 97 weeks.
1976, The TV soundtrack album ‘Rock Follies’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. Follies featured Julie Covington.
1976, UK music weekly The Melody Maker reviewed a Sex Pistols gig with the words, ‘I hope we shall hear no more of them.’
1982, Iron Maiden scored their first UK No.1 album with The Number Of The Beast. The bands third studio album saw the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and the final appearance of the late drummer Clive Burr. This was their first album to reach No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart, and be certified platinum in the US.
1984, Nate Nelson, lead vocalist for The Flamingos on their 1959 hit ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, died of heart disease aged 52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband.
1985, Madonna kicked off her very first North American tour by playing the first of three nights at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna on this 40-date Virgin Tour.
1990, Tom Waits took Doritos Chips to court for using a ‘Waits’, sound-alike on radio ads. The jury awarded him $2.475 million in punitive damages, Waits comments after the case, ‘now by law I have what I always felt I had…a distinctive voice.’
1993, Depeche Mode entered the US album chart at No.1 with ‘Songs Of Faith And Devotion.’
1994, Over 5,000 fans attended a US public memorial service for Kurt Cobain at Seattle Flag Pavilion.
1998, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland married Heather McMillan, the honeymoon was spent visiting amusement parks across the country.
1999, A charity tribute concert for the late Linda McCartney was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Among the performers were Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, George Michael, Elvis Costello and Sinead O’Connor.
2001, Bruce Springsteen won a court battle to keep the rights to his early songs. Ronald Winter of Masquerade Music had released the album ‘Before The Fame’ was found to be in breach of copyright. Springsteen was awarded more than £2m damages.
2001, Sean Puffy Combs was stopped by police in Golden Beach, Miami who informed him that his driving license was suspended. Combs was not arrested because he claimed he was unaware of the suspension, but he was cited for the traffic violation.
2001, Eminem was given 2 years probation and fined £1,800 and £3,600 costs after admitting carrying a concealed weapon. The charges followed an incident outside a club in Warren, Michigan last June when Eminem ‘pistol whipped’ John Guerra after he saw him kissing his wife.
2003, American singer Little Eva died in Kinston, North Carolina, aged 59. She had the 1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Loco-Motion’. Eva was working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record the song they’d just written. ‘The Loco-Motion’ was also a hit for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (US No.1) and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (US No.3).
2003, Former Oak Ridge Boys member Noel Fox died at a Nashville hospital following a series of strokes aged 63. Fox sang with the Oak Ridge boys until 1972, and later became a music business executive.
2005, The final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the UK. The show reached a peak audience of eight million at it’s height during a three year run. Ozzy Osbourne was at a loss to explain its popularity, saying, “I suppose Americans get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family like us make complete fools of ourselves every week.”
2006, Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin announced they had named their second child, a boy, Moses Martin. The couple also had a daughter named Apple.
2013, Kate Bush received her CBE for services to music from the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, England. The singer-songwriter, who was catapulted to fame in 1978 when Wuthering Heights topped the charts, said she was “incredibly thrilled”. The 54-year-old dedicated the award to her family and joked that it would have pride of place at the top of her Christmas tree.
April 10th: Born on this day
1921, Born on this day, Sheb Wooley, actor, singer, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.12 single, ‘The Purple People Eater’, played Pete Nolan in the TV series ‘Rawhide’).
1932, Born on this day, Nate Nelson, The Flamingos, 1959 hit ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. Died of heart disease on April 10th 1984 aged 52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband.
1936, Born on this day, Bobbie Smith, vocals, Detroit Spinners, (1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Working My Way Back To You’). Smith died on 16th March 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the age of 76 due to complications from pneumonia and influenza.
1940, Born on this day, Ricky Valance, (born David Spencer), the first Welsh singer to score a UK No.1 with the 1960 single, ‘Tell Laura I Love Her.’
1947, Born on this day, Karl Russell, The Hues Corporation, (1974, US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Rock The Boat’).
1947, Born on this day, Bunny Livingston, Bob Marley and the Wailers, percussion, vocals, left in 1974.
1947, Born on this day, Burke Shelley bass guitarist, and vocalist Welsh rock group Budgie. (1971 single ‘Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman’).
1948, Born on this day, Fred Smith, bass, Television, (1977 single and album ‘Marquee Moon’).
1950, Born on this day, Ernest Stewart, keyboards, KC and the Sunshine Band, (1975 US No.1 single ‘That’s The Way, I Like It’, 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Give It Up’). He died on 26th April 1997.
1950, Born on this day, Dave Pevertt, vocals, guitar, Savoy Brown, Foghat, (1976 US No. 20 single ‘Slow Ride’). He died on 7th February 2000.
1950, Born on this day, Eddie Hazel, Parliament, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’).
1953, Born on this day, Terre Roche, singer, songwriter, The Roches, worked with Paul Simon and Loudon Wainwright.
1957, Born on this day, Steven Gustafson, 10,000 Maniacs, (1993 UK No.47 single ‘Candy Everybody Wants’, 1994 US No.11 single ‘Because The Night’).
1959, Born on this day, Brian Setzer, guitar, vocals, The Stray Cats, (1980 UK No.9 single ‘Runaway Boys’, 1983 US No.3 single ‘Stray Cat Strut’). Brian Setzer Orchestra.
1959, Born on this day, Katrina Leskanich, Katrina And The Waves, (1983 UK No.8 single ‘Walking On Sunshine’).
1963, Born on this day, Mark Oliver Everett, lead singer, guitarist, and keyboardist with Eels.
1964, Born on this day, Alan ‘Reni’ Wren, drums, The Stone Roses, (1989 UK No.8 single ‘Fool’s Gold’, 1989 album, The Stone Roses’).
1968, Born on this day, Kenediid Osman, bass, Sleeper, (1996 UK No.10 single ‘Sale Of The Century’).
1970, Born on this day, Mike Mushok, guitar, Staind, (2001 US No.1 album, ‘Break The Cycle’, 2001 US No. 7 & UK No. 15 single ‘It’s Been A While’).
1979, Born on this day, Sophie Ellis Bextor, singer, theaudience, (2000 UK No.25 single ‘If You Can’t Do It When You’re Young, When Can You Do It’), 2000 UK No.1 single with Spiller, ‘Groovejet, If This Ain’t Love’), Solo, (2001 UK No.2 single ‘Murder On The Dancefloor).
1980, Born on this day, Bryce Dane Soderberg, bassist and singer, Lifehouse, (2001 US No.10 & UK No.25 single ‘Hanging By A Moment’).
1981, Born on this day, Elizabeth Margaret, vocals, Atomic Kitten, (2000 UK No.1 single ‘Whole Again’).
1983, Born on this day, American multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Dost from Fun. Fun’s second album, ‘Some Nights’ saw the band score their first No.1 hit single, ‘We Are Young’.
1984, Born on this day, Mandy Moore, US singer, (2000 UK No.6 single ‘Candy’).