April 30th: On this day
1957, Elvis Presley recorded the Leiber and Stoller song ‘Jailhouse Rock’ as featured in his third motion picture of the same name. In the movie, Mike Stoller had a small role as a piano player. ‘Jailhouse Rock’ later became the first song to debut at No.1 in Great Britain.
1958, UK Rock ‘n’ Roller Tommy Steele was knocked unconscious when fans rushed the stage during the opening night of his British tour. As a result of various injuries, Steele was forced to cancel a week’s worth of shows.
1960, The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, giving Warner Bros a No.1 with their first release.
1964, During a UK tour The Beatles played two shows at The Odeon Cinema in Glasgow. They were also interviewed by BBC Scotland and STV for the evening news programs.
1966, The Rolling Stones fourth album ‘Aftermath’ went to No.1 on the UK chart, the group’s third UK No.1 album.
1966, The Young Rascals went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Lovin’. The song had been a hit for The Olympics the year before.
1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England. The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Granada Theatre, Tooting, London.
1968, BBC TV launched The Cilla Black Show making Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show. The theme song, ‘Step Inside Love’, was written by Paul McCartney.
1970, Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for The Allman Brothers Band was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon’s lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.
1976, The Who’s drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.
1977, Glen Campbell went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Southern Nights’, his second US No.1.
1977, Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan. The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people.
1980, The film ‘McVicar’ with Roger Daltrey from The Who in the title role premiered in London, England. John McVicar was a 1960s armed robber turned writer who Scotland Yard publicly announced to be Public Enemy Number One and “wanted dead or alive”.
1982, American music journalist, author and musician Lester Bangs died of a heart attack aged 33. Bangs worked for Rolling Stone, Creem and The Village Voice.
1983, American Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died in his sleep at his home in Westmont, Illinois, aged 68. Major influence of many acts, Cream, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones named themselves after Waters’ 1950 song ‘Rollin’ Stone.’ Best known songs include ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Got My Mojo Working.’
1983, Michael Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Beat It’, his fifth solo US No.1. The third single from the singer’s Thriller album featured Eddie Van Halen on the song’s distinctive overdriven guitar solo, but Halen was prevented by his record label from appearing in the music video.
1988, S’Express were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Theme From S’Express’. One of the landmarks of early acid house and late 1980s sampling culture, the British track sampled Rose Royce, TZ’s ‘I Got the Hots for You’ and the count-in ‘Uno, dos, uno, dos, tres, quatro’ is from Debbie Harry’s 1985 single ‘Feel the Spin’.
1990, Prince played a concert at Rupert’s Night-club, Minneapolis. The $100 a head ticket proceeds all went to the family of his former bodyguard Charles ‘Big Chick’ Huntsberry, who had died from a heart attack.
1991, Nirvana signed a recording contract with Geffen’s DGC label for $290,000.
1999, Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet died aged 52, after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana. Nazareth had the 1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’ 1976 US No. 8 single ‘Love Hurts’.
1999, The three former members of Spandau Ballet lost a court case against band songwriter Gary Kemp. They had claimed they were owed £1 million in lost royalties. The Judge said he had become a fan of the bands during the case.
2001, A light aircraft carrying Sting went off the runway as it landed in Florence. None of the four aboard, Sting, a friend, and two pilots were hurt. Brake failure was suspected as the cause of the accident.
2004, New child abuse charges were made against Michael Jackson including a count of conspiracy, covering allegations of child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment. A new court date of May 28th 2004 was set.
2005, The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 (£105,000) after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. Bus driver Stefan Wohl who was alone on board the bus at the time the sewage was dumped was fined $10,000 (£5,200), the band had already donated $100,000 (£54,252) to two group’s that protect the Chicago River and its surrounding area. The Dave Matthews Band offered their “deepest apologies” to more than 100 boat passengers who were on an architectural tour.
2005, American guitarist Norma-Jean Wofford died. Known as ‘The Duchess’, she worked with Bo Diddley as a Bo-ette from 1962 to 1966. (Diddley was one of the first artists to have female musicians in his group).
2008, Mariah Carey married actor Nick Cannon in the Bahamas following a whirlwind two-month romance. The pop diva met Cannon, 27, while shooting the music video for her single ‘Bye Bye.’ It was the second marriage for Carey, who married Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola in 1993, which ended in 1998.
2008, A giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California. Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.
2008, Gail Renard, who was given the hand written lyrics to ‘Give Peace A Chance’ by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie’s auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying “It will be worth something someday.” The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000 (£400,000).
2014, Guitarist Wilko Johnson had a major operation in an attempt to treat his pancreatic cancer. Johnson was diagnosed at the end of 2012 and was given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy. Johnson told Q magazine that a cancer doctor had become curious as to why he wasn’t dead. And why I wasn’t even sick which resulted in more tests.
2015, Ben E King, (Benjmin Earl Nelson), soul and R&B singer with The Drifters, died at the Hackensack University Medical Center at the age of 76. The Driffters had the 1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, and King scored the the 1987 UK No.1 solo single ‘Stand By Me’, (first released in 1961).
April 30th: Born on this day
1929, Born on this day, Johnny Horton, singer, (1959 US No.1 & UK No.16 single ‘The Battle Of New Orleans’). Horton was killed in a car crash on 5th November 1960.
1943, Born on this day, Bobby Vee, US singer, (1961 US No.1 single & UK No.3 single ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’).
1948, Born on this day, Wayne Kramer, MC5, (1969 album ‘Kick Out The Jams’).
1951, Born on this day, Des Tong, bass, Sad Cafe, (1979 UK No.3 single ‘Every Day Hurts’).
1953, Born on this day, Merrill Osmond, The Osmonds, (1971 US No.1 single ‘One Bad Apple’, 1974 UKNo.1 single ‘Love Me For A Reason’ plus nine other US & UK top 40 singles).
1958, Born on this day, Wonder Mike (Michael Anthony Wright), rapper from The Sugarhill Gang who were the first hip hop act to have a hit with the cross-over single ‘Rapper’s Delight’ in the pop charts in 1979.
1962, Born on this day, Robert Reynolds, bass, The Mavericks, US country rock group, (1998 UK No.4 single ‘Dance The Night Away’).
1967, Born on this day, Turbo B, Snap! (1990 UK No.1 single ‘The Power’).
1968, Born on this day, Ben Ayres, guitar, vocals, Cornershop, (1998 UK No.1 single ‘Brimful Of Asha’).
1969, Born on this day, Paulo ‘Destructor’ JR, Sepultura, (1996 UK No.19 single ‘Roots Bloody Roots’).
1971, Born on this day, Darren Emerson, keyboards, Underworld, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘Born Slippy’).
1971, Born on this day, Chris Henderson, guitarist, 3 Doors Down, (2003 US No.4 single ‘When I’m Gone’, 2005 US No.1 album ‘Seventeen Days’).
1981, Born on this day, Justin Vernon, American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer best known as the frontman of indie folk band Bon Iver.
1981, Born on this day, British DJ David Zowie best known for his song ‘House Every Weekend’, which topped the UK Singles Chart in July 2015.
1982, Born on this day, Cleo Higgins, vocals, Cleopatra, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Cleopatra’s Theme’).
1982, Born on this day, Lloyd Banks, (Christopher Lloyd), US singer, rapper, G-Unit , solo, (2004 US No.1 album ‘The Hunger For More’).
1987, Born on this day, Nikki Webster, Australian singer and model, (2001 Australian No.2 single ‘Strawberry Kisses’). Performed at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.
1989, Born on this day, Harry Bauer Rodrigues, American producer of trap and bass music. Baauer has produced remixes for Nero, The Prodigy, Flosstradamus and No Doubt. Scored the US 2013 US No.1 hit ‘Harlem Shake’.