Rewind – Four.0

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

1928

Gramophone

The very first auto-change gramaphone is introduced by HMV for a price of £125.

1954

Bill Haley & His Comets

Bill Haley & His Comets record ‘Rock Around The Clock’ at Pythian Temple.

1964

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!

1968

Syd Barrett

Pink Floyd announce that Syd Barrett has officially left the group due to psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.

1971

Sticky Fingers

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.

1976

Keith Moon

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.

1977

Studio 54 DJ Booth

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.

1978

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd make their first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live.

1980

32 year old singer Brian Johnson joins AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott, who died from a drinking binge.

1982

Joe Strummer disappears for three weeks, causing the Clash to cancel a tour. He is found living rough in Paris.

1984

Thriller

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ spends it’s 37th week at Number 1 on the US Album Chart – the longest run in Pop history.

1987

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.

1992

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.

1994

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.

1996

Hammer

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’.

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