April – In Rock History
Number One Songs
1957 All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
1960 Stuck On You – Elvis Presley
1963 He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
1965 Ticket To Ride – The Beatles
1967 Something Stupid – Frank & Nancy Sinatra
1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
1974 Bennie & The Jets – Elton John
1978 Night Fever – Bee Gees
1980 Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) – Pink Floyd
1981 Rapture – Blondie
1984 Footloose – Kenny Loggins
1986 Kiss – Prince & The Revolution
1989 Like A Prayer – Madonna
1992 Stay – Shakespear’s Sister
1996 Firestarter – Prodigy
1997 Block Rockin’ Beats – The Chemical Brothers
2003 In Da Club – 50 Cent
2006 Crazy – Gnarles Barkley
The very first auto-change gramaphone is introduced by HMV for a price of £125.
Bill Haley & His Comets record ‘Rock Around The Clock’ at Pythian Temple.
The Beatles invasion of America hits full stride as they dominate the US Singles chart. They hold the top five positions with:
01. ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
02. ‘Twist And Shout’
03. ‘She Loves You’
04. ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’
05. ‘Please Please Me’
They also occupy the 14th, 44th, 49th, 69th, 79th, 84th and 88th positions as well!
Pink Floyd announce that Syd Barrett has officially left the group due to psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.
The Rolling Stones release ‘Sticky Fingers’. The artwork on the cover features a real zipper that opens to reveal a man in cotton briefs and was conceived by Andy Warhol.
Keith Moon allegedly pays nine cab drivers to block off both ends of a New York street so that he can throw the entire contents of his hotel room out of the window.
Legendary Disco club Studio 54 opens for business. The club grosses over 7 million dollars in it’s first year. It would close it’s doors only three years later.
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd make their first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live.
32 year old singer Brian Johnson joins AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott, who died from a drinking binge.
Joe Strummer disappears for three weeks, causing the Clash to cancel a tour. He is found living rough in Paris.
Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ spends it’s 37th week at Number 1 on the US Album Chart – the longest run in Pop history.
For the first time, a CD version of an album is released before the vinyl version. The album is ‘The Art Of Excellence’ by Tony Bennett.
Billy Idol pleads no contest to punching a woman in the face. He is fined and told he has to make pubic service announcements against drug and alcohol use.
An electrician, Gary Smith, working in Kurt Cobain’s house finds his body lying on the floor in the greenhouse. A shotgun is lying next to his body and it is believed that he committed suicide three days earlier.
Rapper Hammer (formerly known as MC Hammer) files for bankruptcy after spending over thirty million dollars he made from the sales of his album ‘Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt Them’.