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Looking Back In Rock History

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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Rewind – Three.0

March – In Rock History

1931

The first jazz album to sell one million copies, ‘Minnie The Moocher’ by Cab Calloway is recorded. 

1952

Alan Freed (the DJ who coined the term Rock ‘n’ Roll) has his Moondog Rock ‘n’ Roll Stage Show cancelled when 30,000 fans arrive at the venue and create a fire hazard.

1956

Colonel Tom Parker signs up as Elvis Presley’s manager. Previous jobs on his resume include palm reading in a fairground show.

1957

Fats Domino hits number one on the R & B chart with the song ‘I’m Walking’, replacing his other song ‘Blue Monday’ at the top spot.

1958

Buddy Holly & The Crickets perform their only UK tour, playing 25 shows (two gigs per night) over three weeks.

1966

John Lennon states that the Beatles are “more popular than Jesus now.” UK fans barely noticed but the quote was taken out of context in America and public outrage ensued.

The full quote was: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.”

1968

The legendary Fillmore East opened it’s doors and began a three year run as one of the most popular clubs in New York, hosting gigs for most, if not all, of the biggest bands in the world at the time. The venue became known as “The Church of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and saw acts like The Doors, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Sly & The Family Stone, The Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys and The Allman Brothers all play there.

1973

Slade become the first band to debut at number one on the UK charts with the song ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’.

1975

The Eagles reach the number one spot for the first time with their single ‘Best Of My Love’.

Led Zeppelin release their double album ‘Physical Graffiti’. It goes to number one and joins all of their previous albums (Led Zeppelin I, II, III, IV and Houses Of The Holy) in the US Albums Chart.

1978

The Police sign with A & M Records for the release of their first single ‘Roxanne’. But it flops. So does the album ‘Outlandos D’Amour’. It will take a year and a re-release of ‘Roxanne’ for them to gain any recognition and find the charts.

1980

Pink Floyd have the number one song in the US charts with ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)’. The very same week they break the record for the most weeks in the US Album Charts when their seven-year-old 33 1/3 long player ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ spends it’s 303rd consecutive week in the list.

1983

U2 hit the top of the UK album chart with ‘War’.

A new digital audio system, referred to as a ‘compact’ disc containing up to 60 minutes of music is launched by Sony, Philips, and Polygram.

1997

The Notorious BIG is shot to death, 24 years old, after a Soul Train Awards party in California. 

1999

Dusty Springfield dies, age 59, of breast cancer. Two weeks later, she is inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) hands out the first batch of Diamond awards for 61 albums that had topped the ten million mark in US sales. The top five were:

‘The Eagles’ Greatest Hits’ – 25+ million
‘Rumors’ by Fleetwood Mac – 18 million
‘Led Zeppelin IV’ – 17 million
‘Back In Black’ by AC DC – 16 million
‘Boston’ – 16 million

2001

Led Zeppelin become the most bootlegged band in rock music with a known 422 illegal albums being sold. Home CD copying is blamed and copy protecting is started by record companies.

2003

A 24 year old girl in a coma is taken to Bryan Adam’s concert in a wheelchair by her mother in Germany. Adams is the girl’s favourite singer and, miracuously, she wakes up during the gig!