April 29th: On this day
1963, Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying the rights to the bands first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the line up and become the bands road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).
1965, Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of £4,000.
1967, Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England.
1967, The 14 hour Technicolour Dream benefit party for The International Times was held at Alexandra Palace in London. Seeing the event mentioned on TV, John Lennon called his driver and went to the show. Coincidentally, Yoko Ono was one of the performers. Other acts to appear included The Flies, Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, The Move and Suzie Creamcheese.
1969, Working on tracks for the forthcoming Beatles Abbey Road album, Ringo Starr added his vocal to ‘Octopus’s Garden.’
1973, John Denver began a weekly live UK BBC 2 TV special, ‘The John Denver Show’.
1976, After a gig in Memphis Bruce Springsteen took a cab to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home and proceeded to climb over the wall. A guard took him to be another crank fan and apprehended him.
1977, The Grateful Dead played the first of five nights at the New York Palladium, New York, NYC.
1978, P.J. Proby was sacked from his role in the London stage musical Elvis after repeatedly changing his lines from the script. Proby had been playing the oldest of three Presley’s in the play.
1980, Black Sabbath began their first tour with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne.
1981, Elton John paid £14,000 for 232 ‘Goon Show’ scripts broadcast during the 50’s at an auction held at Christies, London.
1989, Jon Bon Jovi married childhood sweetheart Hurly on the steps of the Graceland Chapel, Las Vegas.
1990, Floyd Butler of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack at the age of 49. Had the US No.3 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’ in 1969.
1992, Singer Paula Abdul and actor Emilio Estevez were married in a judge’s chambers in Santa Monica, California. One of Abdul’s managers and Estevez’s mother witnessed the ceremony. Abdul filed for divorce two years later.
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 Dogs, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar, T-Bone Burnett.
1995, Rapper Tupac Shakur married Keisha Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility, where he was serving a four-year jail term for sex abuse.
1997, Boy George was accused of being a ‘professional liar’ by musician singer Kirk Brandon during a London court hearing. Brandon was in court suing the singer over claims in George’s autobiography that pair had slept together.
1998, Steven Tyler broke his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska delaying Aerosmith’s ‘Nine Lives’ tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’
2001, Rod Stewart asked for a change in wedding vows bringing them up to-date and to be treated like a dog licence. Stewart said ‘a change is needed because they’ve been in existence for 600 years when people used to live until they were only 35’.
2001, A blue plaque was unveiled at 38 Aubrey Walk, Kensington, London to honor the musical heritage of the address where British singer Dusty Springfield lived between 1968-1972.
2003, A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.
2007, Arctic Monkeys started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare.’
2007, Avril Lavigne was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third album ‘The Best Damn Thing’, also a No.1 on the UK chart.
2009, An anonymous Queen fan won a two-hour one-to-one guitar lesson with Brian May, after bidding £7,600 (approximately $11,900) at a private charity auction. The auction, in support of the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust, of which May is a patron, was held at the exclusive Cuckoo Club in London.
2014, David Gilmour, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway all signed an open letter, published by The Guardian, to keep musical instruments available to UK prisoners. Spearheaded by Billy Bragg, the singer-songwriter founded an “independent initiative” called Jail Guitar Doors in 2007 to provide instruments for the rehabilitation of inmates.
April 29th: Born on this day
1899, Born on this day, Duke Ellington, composer, bandleader, pianist, died 24th May 1974. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday.
1928, Born on this day, Carl Gardner, The Coasters, (1958 US No.1 single ‘Yakety Yak’, 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single ‘Charlie Brown’). He died on June 12, 2011.
1931, Born on this day, Lonnie Donegan, singer who launched the skiffle craze. He had a 1960 UK No.1 single with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, plus over 30 other UK Top 40 singles. He died on November 3rd 2002.
1933, Born on this day, Willie Nelson, country music singer-songwriter, (He was born on April 29, 1933, but his birth was recorded on April 30). Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms. He wrote the country classic ‘Crazy’ a hit for Patsy Cline.
1936, Born on this day, April Stevens (born Carol LoTempio), US singer, Nino Tempo and April Stevens had the 1963 US No.1 ‘Deep Purple’, a No.17 hit in the UK.
1942, Born on this day, Klaus Voorman, bass, Manfred Mann, Plastic Ono Band. Voorman designed the cover for The Beatles album Revolver.
1945, Born on this day, Tammi Terrell, singer, who died of a brain tumour on March 16th 1970 after collapsing into Marvin Gaye’s arms on stage during a duet of ‘That’s All You Need To Get By’. Terrall had undergone eight brain operations in 18 months. She had had hits with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 US No.5 ‘Your Precious Love’.
1947, Born on this day, Tommy James, The Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).
1949, Born on this day, Francis Rossi, guitar, vocals, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, plus 50 other UK Top75 singles since 1968).
1953, Born on this day, Bill Drummond, producer, A&R man, writer, musician. Joined Big In Japan in 1977 (with Holly Johnson, later of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Ian Broudie later of Lightning Seeds). Co-founder of Merseysides Zoo Records. Formed KLF in the late 1980’s, who had a 1991 UK No.1 single 3 AM Eternal’.
1958, Born on this day, Simon Edwards, Fairground Attraction, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘Perfect’).
1960, Born on this day, Phil King, bass, Lush, (1996 UK No.21 single ‘Single Girl’).
1968, Born on this day, Carnie Wilson, of Wilson Phillips, daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson who scored the 1990 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Hold On’.
1973, Born on this day, Mike Hogan, bass, The Cranberries, (1994 UK No.14 single ‘Linger’). The bands 1993 album ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We’ spent 86 weeks on the UK chart.
1979, Born on this day, Joanne Velda O’Meara, vocals, S Club 7, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Bring It All Back’). 2000 UK No.1 album ‘7’ spent over a year on the UK chart.
1980, Born on this day, Kian Egan, vocals, Westlife, (Irish boy band, scored 12 UK No.1 singles, first UK No.1 1999 ‘Swear It Again’ plus 4 UK No.1 albums).
1981, Born on this day, Tom Smith, bass guitarist, Editors, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘An End Has A Start’).