1965, The Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week” goes to number one. It’s the first single by a British act to top the American charts but not make the charts in Britain, where it was unreleased.
1966, The Who played at the Ram Jam Club in Brixton, England.
1967, Jimi Hendrix appeared at Club A Go Go in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967, The Monkees held the number one position on the album chart with More Of The Monkees.
1968, The Who play the Opera House in Aurora, Illinois. The show is filmed by a BBC camera crew for a Tony Palmer documentary, They also film that night’s performance at the Exposition Gardens in Peoria, Illinois.
1968, Jimi Hendrix performed at the International Ballroom in Washington, D.C.
1970, Genesis played at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London.
1971, Beatles manager Allen Klein is barred from involvement in the band’s affairs as the Fab Four’s career together winds down. According to legend, it is also on this night that John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr go to Paul McCartney’s London townhouse and throw a brick through one of the windows.
1972, America awarded gold disc for “Horse with No Name.”
1972, Black Sabbath and Yes appeared at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1972, The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona.
1973, the Pink Floyd album Dark Side Of The Moon was released in America, it spent over 740 weeks on the chart over a 14-year period.
1975, John Lennon releases his cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” as a single in the U.S.
1975, Led Zeppelin played at the Sports Arena, San Diego, California.
1977, at 7am in the morning on a trestle table set up out-side Buckingham Palace, London, The Sex Pistols signed to A&M Records. The contract lasted for six days.
1977, AC/DC appeared at St. Andrews Hall, Norwich, England.
1978, The Bee Gees’ “Night Fever” is the number one single in America. In a great turn of pop events, the record actually knocked the band’s own “Stayin’ Alive” out of the top spot.
1979, Rush appeared at the Hollywood Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1981, The Who performed at Wembley Arena in London.
1982, King Crimson played at Dora Cohen Hall, Oxford Polytechnic, Oxford, England.
1985, The Grateful Dead performed at the Community Theater in Berkeley, California.
1988, Younger brother of The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, died in hospital. His death from myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) followed a long battle with cocaine addiction, which had weakened his heart.
1997, LaVern Baker, a rhythm and blues singer died from complications of coronary artery disease at age 57. She had several hits on the pop charts including “Tweedlee Dee” (1955), “Jim Dandy” (1956), and “I Cried a Tear” (1958).
2002, Alanis Morissette went to number one on the US album chart and number two on the UK chart with Under Rug Swept.
2003, During a concert in London, England, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that the band was “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas” (referring to Maines’ hometown of Lubbock and President Bush hailing from the same state). This was during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the comment sparked intense controversy and outrage among Americans, including a large share of country music fans.
2009, Tickets for a one-off gig by Sir Paul McCartney in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on April 19th to an audience of 4,000 fans. Tickets cost $750 (£468.75) each.
2010, Pink Floyd won a court battle with EMI that prevented the record company from selling single downloads and ringtones on the Internet from the group’s albums. Pink Floyd’s back catalog was second only in sales to the Beatles.
Born on this day: Dean Torrence, Jan & Dean (1940); Tom Scholz, Boston (1947); Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam (1963); Robin Thicke (1977); and Carrie Underwood (1983)
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