April 24th: On this day
1955, Perez Prado was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White’. Known as the ‘King of the Mambo’ the instrumental was the theme from the film ‘Underwater’ where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to ‘Cherry Pink’.
1956, Elvis Presley signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures that allowed him one film a year with other studios.
1959, Buddy Holly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Paul Anka song ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.’ A No.1 hit six weeks after Holly’s death.
1961, Bob Dylan appeared on Harry Belafonte’s album ‘The Midnight Special’ playing harmonica on the track ‘Calypso King’; Dylan was paid a $50 session fee for this his first ever recording.
1961, Del Shannon started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Runaway’, also a No.1 in the UK. Del was the first person to have a hit with a Beatles song in the US with his version of ‘From Me To You.’
1965, Beatles manager Brian Epstein won the ‘star prize’ of an album when he had his letter published in UK music weekly ‘Melody Maker’ informing its readers that Paul McCartney played lead guitar on ‘Ticket To Ride.’
1965, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Game Of Love’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Wayne took his name from DJ Fontana the Elvis Presley drummer. Eric Stewart guitarist in the Mindbenders went on join Hotlegs and 10CC.
1968, The Beatles new company, Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie. (Apple later signed Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, Badfinger, and Billy Preston).
1968, Louis Armstrong was at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘What A Wonderful World / Cabaret.’ At 69 years of age, it made Armstrong the oldest act ever to score a UK No.1.
1971, Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘4 Way Street.’
1972, John Lennon’s controversial single, ‘Woman Is the Nigger of the World’ was released in the US. The song peaked at No.57, despite virtually every radio station in the country refusing to play it. Yoko Ono said the phrase during a magazine interview in 1967 and Lennon later explained that he was making a point that women deserved higher status in society.
1975, Peter Ham, British singer, songwriter with Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home, aged 27. Ham co-wrote ‘Without You’, with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey. Ham was a founder member of The Iveys, who became Badfinger, were signed to the Beatles’ Apple label, their first hit ‘Come And Get It’ was written by Paul McCartney.
1976, ‘Wings At The Speed Of Sound’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney’s fifth No.1 album after The Beatles became his most successful American chart album, spending seven unconsecutive weeks at No.1. The album featured the hits ‘Let ‘Em In’ and ‘Silly Love Songs’.
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 cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.
1979, Ray Charles’ ‘Georgia On My Mind’ was proclaimed the state song of Georgia. The music to the song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael who also recorded a version of the song in New York in the same year. Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, recorded it in 1960 on the album The Genius Hits the Road.
1981, New Order started work on their first album at Strawberry studios in Stockport, England.
1990, The road crew for Roger Waters discovered an unexploded World War II bomb while constructing the set for The Wall concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany.
1992, David Bowie married Somali born supermodel and actress Iman in Switzerland. Iman first got married at the age of eighteen to a young Somali man, in 1977, she married American basketball player Spencer Haywood.
1995, Oasis released ‘Some Might Say’ which went on to give the band their first UK No.1 single. The planned promo video for the song was cancelled due to Liam not turning up for the shoot. Instead, a makeshift video was created using footage from the ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’, US ‘Supersonic’ and UK ‘Whatever’ videos.
2003, The first official UK download chart was compiled after the big five record companies- EMI, Warners, Sony, BMG and Universal combined for a Digital Download day. Over 150,000 computer users had downloaded 1.1m tracks. The Net Parade Top 3: No.3, Tatu, ‘All The Things She Said’, No, 2, Coldplay ‘Clocks’ and No.1 Christina Aguilera, ‘Beautiful.’
2003, Dixie Chicks launched a publicity campaign to explain their position after the controversy of Natalie Maines’ statement regading the Iraq war. During a prime-time interview with TV personality Diane Sawyer, Maines said she remained proud of her original statement. The band also appeared naked (with private parts strategically covered) on the current cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine, with slogans such as “Traitors”, “Saddam’s Angels”, “Dixie Sluts”, “Proud Americans”, “Hero”, “Free Speech”, and “Brave” printed on their bodies. The slogans represented the labels (both positive and negative) that had been placed on them in the aftermath of Maines’ statement.
2004, Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder of Death Row records was released from Mule Creek State Prison in California after serving 10 months for breaking his parole on a 1997 assault. Knight was sent back to prison on 4 August for a second parole violation after he punched a parking attendant outside a Hollywood night-club in 2003.
2005, US singer Akon went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Trouble’. Mariah Carey was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Emancipation of Mimi.’
2007, Sheryl Crow said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment. The singer suggested using “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”. Crowe made the comments on her website after touring the US on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change. Crow had also designed a clothing line with what she called a “dining sleeve”. The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another “dining sleeve” after the diner has used it to wipe his or her mouth.
2007, The Arctic Monkeys sold 85,000 copies of their new album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ on its first day in UK shops, putting it on course to be the year’s fastest-selling new release.
2012, Sinead O’Connor cancelled the remaining dates of her world tour, saying she was still recovering from a “very serious breakdown”. In a statement on her official website, she said she had scrapped all concerts this year due to her bipolar disorder. Her website was also now being deleted along with her Twitter account.
April 24th: Born on this day
1942, Born on this day, Barbra Streisand, singer, actress, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.31 single ‘The Way We Were’, 1980 UK & US No.1 single ‘Woman In Love’ plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles and 4 other US No.1’s).
1945, Born on this day, Doug Clifford, drums, Creedence Clearwater Revival, (1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single ‘Bad Moon Rising’ plus 11 other US Top 40 singles, 1970 US & UK No.1 album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’).
1947, Born on this day, Glenn Cornick, bass guitar, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 and US No.11 single ‘Living In The Past’). Cornick died on 29th Aug 2014.
1947, Born on this day, Ann Kelly, The Hues Corporation, (1974, US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Rock The Boat’).
1948, Born on this day, Steve York, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’).
1951, Born on this day, Nigel Harrison, British bass player with Blondie from 1977-82. Also a member of Silverhead.
1954, Born on this day, Jack Blades, bassist with Night Ranger and Damn Yankees, 1990 album ‘Damn Yankies.’
1957, Born on this day, David Jay, Bauhaus, (1982 UK No.15 single ‘Ziggy Stardust’) also a member of Love & Rockets.
1958, Born on this day, Boris Williams, drums, The Cure, (1992 UK No.6 single ‘Friday I’m In Love’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).
1960, Born on this day, Paula presenter on UK music TV show The Tube. Yates is the ex-wife of Sir Bob Geldof and was the girlfriend of INXS singer Michael Hutchence. Yates died on September 17th 2000.
1963, Born on this day, Billy Gould, Faith No More, (1993 UK No.3 and US No.4 single ‘I’m Easy’).
1964, Born on this day, Paul Ryder, bass, Happy Mondays, (1990 UK No.5 single ‘Step On’).
1967, Born on this day, Patty Schemel, Hole, (1995 UK No.16 single ‘Doll Parts’).
1967, Born on this day, Shannon Larkin, drummer, Ugly Kid Joe, Godsmack, (2003, US No.1 album ‘Faceless’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘IV’).
1968, Born on this day, Aaron Comess, drums, The Spin Doctors, (1993 UK No.3 & US No.7 single ‘Two Princes’).
1971, Born on this day, Jasbinder Mann (Jas Mann) musician, producer, 1996 UK No.1 single ‘Spaceman’, No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spaceman’, the fastest selling non-charity single ever. (420,000 copies in 6 days). The song was used as the backing for a Levi Jeans TV commercial.
1974, Born on this day, Brian Marshall, bassist, Creed, (2001 US No.1 & UK No.13 single ‘With Arms Wide Open’, 2002 US No.1 album, ‘Weathered’).
1982, Born on this day, Kelly Clarkson, singer, who came to prominence after winning the first season of American Idol, (2002 US No.1 single ‘A Moment Like This’).
1987, Born on this day, English singer-songwriter Ben Howard who won two BRIT Awards in 2013: British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist.