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April 1st:
1928 - The first auto-change gramophone is introduced by HMV, price £125.
1956 - Elvis Presley was given a screen test at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, acting the role of Jimmy Curry in a scene from 'The Rainmaker.'
1961 - The Beatles began a three- month residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg. They played for seven hours a night on weekdays and eight hours at weekends with a fifteen-minute break every hour.
1969 -The Beach Boys announced that they were suing their record company for over $2 million in royalties. They also announced that they were starting a new record label called Brothers Records.
1970 - The "Woodstock" movie premiered in Hollywood.
1974 - The Who sold out of all 80,000 seats in 60 hours for Madison Square Garden - a record of the time.
1975 - The Bay City Rollers TV series 'Shang-A- Lang' premiered on ITV in the UK.
1984 - Marvin Gaye is shot to death by his father during an argument, one day before his 45th birthday.
1985 - Tom Bailey singer with The Thompson Twins collapsed from exhaustion while staying at The Holiday Inn, Chelsea.
1990 - Willie Nelson's tour bus crashed into a car in Riverdale, Canada, killing the car driver.

1992 - Billy Idol is fined $2,000 by a Beverly Hills, Calif., judge after pleading no contest to charges he hit a woman in the face as they left a restaurant together the previous October.
2001 - It was reported that Spice Girl Mel B had been advised to sell her £3.5m Buckinghamshire mansion because she couldn't afford to run it. The singer told friends she had to take out a £500.000 bank loan.

April 2nd
:
1960 - Highlander Folk Schools 7th annual college workshop took place on the first weekend in April, with 83 students from 20 colleges attending. As part of a talent show and dance, Guy Carawan taught the students the song "We Shall Overcome"
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1965 - The first edition of new music show 'Ready Steady Goes Live!' was shown on UK TV.
1966 - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass have four LP's in US Top 10, a chart feat never equalled. 'What Now My Love', 'Going Places', 'Whipped Cream', and 'South Of The Border'
1967 - Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic &
The Beatles finished recording the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." the biggest selling album of the 60's in the UK.
1977 - Frank Sinatra scored his first ever UK No.1 album with 'Portrait Of Sinatra', his 46th album release.
1979 - 2 April - Kate Bush begins her first and, to date, her only live tour.
1981 - A bottle-shaped children's book, based on the lyrics of Sting's Message In A Bottle, is published
1981 - CBS records launched the 'Nice Price' series of back catalogue albums in the UK. The first batch priced at £2.99 included early albums by Bob Dylan, Santana, Billy Joel, Abba, Janis Joplin and Simon and Garfunkel.
1990 - Eric Clapton was fined £300 with £10 costs by Walton-on- Thames Magistrates court, after being booked for speeding at 105mph; Clapton was also banned from driving for three months.
1997 - Singer Joni Mitchell is reunited with Kilauren Gibb, the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
2002 - Lee Anderson Minnelli sued her stepdaughter Liza Minnelli for elder abuse and breach of contract. The claim was filed based on the will of Vincente Minnelli.
2004 - Coldplay singer Chris Martin was accused of attacking a photographer after leaving a London restaurant with his wife Gwyneth Paltrow.

April 3rd:
1960 - Everly Brothers begin first ever UK tour in London
1964 - Bob Dylan made his first entry into the UK charts with his single 'The Times They Are A-Changin'.
1969 - Jim Morrison turns himself over to the FBI in Los Angeles. Charged with an inter-state flight to avoid prosection on six charges of lewd behaviour and public exposure at a concert in Miami on 2 March 1969, he is later released on $2000 bail.
1975 - Steve Miller is charged with setting fire to the clothes of a friend, Benita Diorio. When police arrived at Steve's house, Di Orio was putting out the flames. Miller then get's into a fight with some of the policemen and is charged with resisting arrest. Charges were dropped the following day.
1976 - Brotherhood of Man win the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK with the song "Save Your Kisses For Me". It goes on to be the biggest-selling Eurovision winner ever.
1989 - Pepsi dismissed Madonna as a spokesperson after her "Like a Prayer" video was called "blasphemous" by the Vatican.
1991 - Paul McCartney recorded his unplugged session for MTV.
1993 - 10 years after It's first release, The Bluebells had a UK No.1 single with 'Young At Heart' after the track was featured on a Volkswagen TV commercial
1998 - Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson was born.
2001 -
Robbie Williams won the award for the most radio plays in the UK for the third year running. The singer picked up the award at the Radio Academy awards in London.
2007 - American rock band Survivor performed "Eye of the Tiger" on ABC's Dancing with the Stars

April 4th:
1858 - Daniel Emmett introduced "I Wish I was in Dixie’s Land." About two years later the song became the Civil War song of the Confederacy.

1959 - BBC airs pilot of Juke Box Jury TV show, hosted by David Jacobs
1964 - The Beatles held the top five places in the US singles chart, at No. 5 'Please Please Me', No.4 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', No.3, 'Roll Over Beethoven', No.2 'Love Me Do' and at No.1 'Can't Buy Me Love'.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix was the special guest on the first edition of the UK BBC- TV's 'Dee Time', along with Kiki Dee and Cat Stevens.
1968 - Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Buddy Guy met up for an all night blues session at a club in the US, after hearing the news of Martin Luther King's assassination.
1970 - Brinsley Schwartz launched by a £120,000 hype that involves flying a 133 London journalists to the New York Fillmore East for one performance, then back again. The band was supporting Van Morrison. Management company, Flamepushers, folded with huge debts.
1981 - The documentary film "This is Elvis" premiered at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX.
1987 - U2 rocket into US LP chart, making it the highest debut of any studio act since Stevie Wonder in 1980, as The Joshua Tree debuts on Chart at No. 7.
1990 - Gloria Estefan, who had been severely injured when her tour bus had an accident. returns to Miami after undergoing back surgery.
1996 - Jerry Garcia's widow, Deborah, and guitarist Bob Weir scatter part of Jerry's ashes in the Ganges River in India.
A days later on April 15th, the rest of Jerry Garcia's ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
2000 . . Mick Jagger attends the opening of an arts center named after him at Dartford Grammar School in southeast England.
2003 - 50 Cent became the best selling artist in the US so far this year when his latest album 'Get Rich or Die Tryin'' sold more than four million copies in 2 months.
2009 - Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney perform together, for the first time since 2002, at the Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation.

April 5th:

1958 - Irving Feld's Greatest Show of Stars, with Sam Cooke headlining, begins eight-day tour. Also featured are the Everly Brothers, Royal Teens and Clyde McPhatter.
1967 - Monkees fans walked from London's Marble Arch to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square to protest Davy Jone's planned call-up. (Jones was exempted because he was deemed responsible for supporting his father).
1967 - Paul McCartney flies to US for Jane Asher's 21st birthday party in Denver, Colorado, carrying a large diamond ring which she later lost
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1969 - The first International Festival of Country Music takes place at Wembley
1974 - The 19th Eurovision Song Contest is staged at The Dome in Brighton. The winning Swedish group ABBA, go on to be the top-selling act of the decade.
1977 - Music for the Deep! 115 American musicians and environmentalists take part in four concerts in Tokyo as Japan Celebrates the Whale and Dolphin.
1978 - Duran Duran made their live debut at The Lecture Theatre, Birmingham Polytechnic.
1979 - North London Avengers change their name to Madness.

1983 - Beach Boys and Grass Roots were banned by Interior Secretary James Watt from performing at annual Fourth of July celebration in Washington, but two days later President Reagan overturns James Watts's decision and invites Beach Boys to perform.
1984 - Marvin Gaye's funeral took place at The Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles; Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy and other Motown singers, writers and producers, attended the service.
1985 - 3:50 p.m. GMT, an estimated 5,000 radio stations around the globe simultaneously play "We Are the World." The song is recorded by a collection of recording artists, USA for Africa, to raise money to feed starving people in Africa and the United States.
1999 - Three of Tammy Wynette's daughters filed a $50 million lawsuit that blamed Wynette's death on negligence by her husband and her doctor.
2000 - Jose Feliciano and salsa musician Willie Colon are among 34 new inductees to the International Latin Music Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York. Harry Belafonte and guitarist Ry Cooder receive Special Recognition Awards.
2003 - Paul McCartney kicked off the UK leg of his 'Back In The World Tour' at Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, a year after it began in America. The set included 22 Beatles songs.


April 6th:
1956 -
Elvis Presley signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.
1963 - ABC Paramount record label signs Fats Domino, who has been with Imperial since the start of his career.
1968 - Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.
1969 - Pete Quaife leaves the Kinks, and is by replaced by John 'Nobby' Dalton
1971 - Carly Simon was introduced to James Taylor after her show at the Troubadour, Los Angeles. The couple married on 3rd November 1972.
1971 - The Rolling Stones launched their own record label, 'Rolling Stones Records', with a million deal with Atlantic Records.
1973 - Trident and EMI signed a contract for a recording deal for Queen, and July of that year saw the release of QUEEN, their debut album. They had signed recording, publishing and management contracts with Trident in 1972. (During that year they were paid just £60 a week! (£15 each!)
1979 - Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton.
1985 - UK singer, songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan won a lawsuit against his manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties and was awarded $2 million.
1999 - An All Star tribute to singer, Johnny Cash took place in New York, Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak and U2 all performed for the TV special.
2000 - Eighties pop star Steve Strange lead singer of Visage, was arrested after stealing a £10.99 Teletubbies doll in Bridgend, south Wales. He was given a suspended jail sentence after being caught on a shoplifting spree stealing cosmetics and clothes from High Street stores.
2002 . .
Sarah McLachlan and drummer Ashwin Sood, welcome their baby daughter, India Ann Sushil Sood .

April 7th:
1943 - LSD synthesised by Albert Hofman
1956 -
Columbia Records announce that all future pop releases to the public will be on 45 rpm. 1954 was the year that most major record companies begin delivering 7-inch 45 rpm record singles to radio stations instead of 78s. This and the rising popularity of the 33 1/3 format for full albums results in the beginning of the end for the 78 RPM format.
1956 - American CBS begin broadcasting the first national R&B show - Rock and Roll Dance Party, with Alan Freed.
1962 - Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met Brian Jones for the first time
, at Ealing Jazz Club, Brian was calling himself Elmo Lewis & playing guitar with Paul Jones.
1967 - San Francisco DJ,
Tom Donahue, starts to programme 'progressive' music on KPMX. The format embraces the best of the day's rock and roll, folk, traditional and city blues, reggae, electronic music and some jazz and classical selections.
1973 - Cliff Richard takes part in the 18th Eurovision Song Contest. He finishes in 3rd place for the UK with the song "Power to All Our Friends".
1975 - The Shadows represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden. They come second.. Tommy Bolin replaced Blackmore.
1979 - Siouxsie And The Banshees played a charity gig for MENCAP, but after crowd trouble mencap were faced with a £2,000 bill for seat damage.
1984 - A record 40 British acts appeared on the US top 100 singles chart.
1985 - Wham! became the first western pop group to perform live in China, when they played at the workers gymnasium in Beijing.

1988 - During a European tour, Alice Cooper accidentally hung himself in a rehearsal when a safety rope snapped; he dangled some seconds before a roadie saved him.
1990 - Elton John dedicates "Candle in the Wind" to AIDS patient Ryan White during his performance at Farm Aid IV. White dies later that night.
1997 - Liam Gallagher marries Patsy Kensit
2001 - Paul McCartney bought the four- bedroom Beverly Hills home of Courtney Love for $3.995m.
2007 - Joss Stone's third studio album Introducing Joss Stone enters the U.S. Billboard 200 at No.2, the highest début entry by a British female solo artist on the U.S. chart; the record was previously held by Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, which had come in at No.7 the previous week.

April 8th
:
1961 - BBC banned the song '100 Pounds of Clay' because it had reference to woman being created from building materials, considered to be blasphemous.
The song reached No. 9 in the UK charts by April 20th.
1967 - Sandie Shaw won the Eurovision Song Contest held in Vienna representing Britain with the song 'Puppet On A String'. She became the first UK female artist to win the contest.
1967 -
Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley and Booker T And The MG's appeared live at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
1970 - The London premiere of the movie 'Woodstock' took place.
1977 - Damned are the first UK punk band to play US.
1982 - New Order's bass player Peter Hook was knocked unconscious during a riot at a gig in Rotterdam.
1994 - Electrician Gary Smith who was working at Kurt Cobain's house in Seattle discovered Cobain's body lying on the floor in the greenhouse. Local radio station KXRX broke the news at 9.40am that Kurt is dead. A shotgun was found next to Cobain's body.
He had committed suicide three days before.
1991 - Virgin Records are involved in a lawsuit claiming that Paula Abdul did not do all the singing on her hit album, "Forever Your Girl." . Virgin eventually win.
1998 - Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was jailed (for 6 months) after breaking a probation order incurred on him for an assault on a photographer some months previously.
2000 - Sean "Puffy" Combs cancels a sold-out appearance at London's Wembley stadium. The show is the planned finale of the rapper's European tour. Fans are not offered an explanation for the cancellation, according to the BBC, and are told only that refunds would be available at the point of purchase.

April 9th:
1956 - Gene Vincent recorded the classic rock 'n roll song 'Bebop-A-Lula.
1965 - Bruce Johnston joined the Beach Boys as the permanent replacement for Brian Wilson & the Rolling Stones' dress sense was attacked by E.M. Roberts, a Welsh headmaster, who was particularly critical of corduroy trousers. He said it was a 'disservice to the young if adults interpret freedom as a complete disregard of the rules'.
1966 - Jeff Beck collapsed on stage during a Yardbirds gig in Marseilles, France.
1969 - David Bowie met future wife Angie Barnett for the first time at The Speakeasy Club, London.
1973 - Queen, newly signed to EMI played their debut performance at the Marquee Club in London.
1989 - 37 years after his US chart debut with 3 O'Clock Blues, B.B. King finally enjoys UK success, entering chart at No. 12 with U2 on When Love Comes to Town.
1989 - 53 yr old Rolling Stone rocker, Bill Wyman announced his forthcoming marriage to 19 year old Mandy Smith. He revealed the couple had been dating for six years. The marraige lasted only 17months. (Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46)
1989 - 37 years after his US chart debut with 3 O'Clock Blues, B.B. King finally enjoys UK success, entering chart at No. 12 with U2 on When Love Comes to Town.
1997 - Soundgarden announce that they are to disband
2002 - Eminem agreed to pay $100,000 minus attorney's fees to a man who had filed a civil lawsuit against him for allegedly hitting him in the head and face with an unloaded handgun. The man, John Guerra, had kissed Eminem's wife Kim.
2003 - Paul McCartney played his first Manchester show in 24 years when he appeared at the MEN Arena as part of the UK leg on the 'Back In The World Tour 2003.'
2013 - Keith Richards announced on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that Mick Taylor would be performing with the band for shows on the 50 & Counting... tour.

April 10th
:
1956 - Nat King Cole was attacked on stage and badly beaten up by racial segregationists during a show in Birmingham, Alabama.
1965 - A School in Wrexham, Wales, asked parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them to school in 'corduroy trousers', like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones.
1968 - On his 41st single release Cliff Richard had his ninth UK No.1 with 'Congratulations' the British entry in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest.
1970 - Doors singer Jim Morrison is dragged offstage by keyboardist Ray Manzerak during a concert in Boston, when Morrison screams to the audience, 'Would you like to see my genitals', the management switched of the power.
1970 - 27 year old Paul McCartney announces he's quit the Beatles with no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John Lennon. He also added he is forming 'McCartney Productions', and that he's bought the film rights to 'Rupert the Bear'.
1976 - Peter Frampton went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Frampton Comes Alive', the biggest selling 'live' album in rock history.
1976 - UK music weekly The Melody Maker reviewed a Sex Pistols gig with the words, 'I hope we shall hear no more of them.'
1978 - Cher appeared on the cover of "People" with her boyfriend Gene Simmons
1990 -Tom Waits took Doritos Chips to court for using a 'Waites', sound-alike on radio ads. The jury awarded him $2.475 million in punitive damages.
1994 - Over 5,000 fans attended a public memorial service for Kurt Cobain at Seattle Flag Pavilion.
2001 - Bruce
Springsteen was awarded more than £2m damages after winning a court battle to keep the rights to his early songs. Ronald Winter of Masquerade Music had released the album 'Before The Fame' was found to be in breach of copyright.

April 11th
:
1956 - Travelling from Amarillo to Nashville, the plane that Elvis Presley was flying on developed engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing. The incident created a fear of flying for Presley.
1961 -
Bob Dylan plays his first 'professional' gig at Gerde's Folk City. He opened forJohn Lee Hooker. He sings 'House of the Rising Sun' and 'Song to Woody'. Joan Baez supported him from the audience
.
1964 - Beatles occupy a record-breaking fourteen positions on US Hot 100 chart - Can't Buy Me Love (1), Twist and Shout (2), She Loves You (4), I Want to Hold Your Hand (7), Please Please Me (9), Do You Want to Know a Secret (14), I Saw Her Standing There (38), You Can't Do That (48), All My Loving (50), From Me to You (52), Thank You Girl (61), There's a Place (74), Roll Over Beethoven (78) and Love Me Do (81)
1970 - Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour.
1977 - Alice Cooper played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country's history.
1981 - Eddie Van Halen marries Valerie Bertinelli
1986 - Dave Clark's musical 'Time' opened at London's Dominion Theatre, starring Cliff Richard.
1991 - Paula Abdul held a press conference in Hollywood to deny allegations that backing vocalist Yvete Marine had sung un-credited lead parts on Paula's 'Forever Your Girl' LP.
2001 - Robbie Williams raised £165,000 at a charity auction with the money going to his old school in Stoke to build a performing arts block. Items included his personal possessions, including a toilet from a stage show, a Union Jack bikini, Tiger's head briefs, a Millennium jet pack and the hand written lyrics to 'Angels' which sold for £27,000.
2006 - Proof aka Deshaun Holton, was fatally shot in the head and chest by club bouncer Mario Etheridge at the CCC Club on 8 Mile Road in Detroit after Proof shot Keith Bender, Jr. (Etheridge's cousin) to death.
2009 - Susan Boyle's version of the song "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Misérables on Britain's Got Talent becomes a worldwide sensation, as it is seen over 200 million times on YouTube and other video outlets.


April 12th:
1954 - Bill Haley and the Comets record Rock Around the Clock at Pythian Temple on West Wide of New City. Song first released as R&B number by Sonny Dae
1957 - The 'King of Skiffle' Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cumberland Gap.'
1967 - US Greyhound bus company begins a guided tour service of 'Hippyland' in San Francisco.
1966 - Tom Jones went into hospital to have his tonsils removed, (or was it maybe a nose job).
1966 - Jan Berry suffers the car crash that ends his career, when driving his white Corvette in Los Angeles following news that he's been drafted.
1973 - That'll Be the Day, starring David Essex and Ringo Starr, premieres at ABC Shaftesbury Avenue.
1975 - David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, 'I've rocked my roll. It's a boring dead end, there will be no more rock 'n' roll records from me.'
1989 - Two DJ's on Los Angeles station KLOS asked what ever happened to David Cassidy' The singer called the station up and the presenters invited him onto the show. David played three songs live on air and was subsequently signed by a new record label.
1993 - Actress Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from Lenny Kravitz.
1997 - The Fugees play the first of two Charity gigs in Haiti . The gigs, to raise money for Haitian refugees, end up costing more than they raised.
2000 - The members of Metallica filed a suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement.

April 13th
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1967 - Rolling Stones perform behind Iron Curtain for the first time at the Palace of Culture, Warsaw. Police use tear gas to subdue 2,000 fans.
1969 - Diana Ross appeared solo on Dinah Shore's NBC-TV special "Like Hep".
1970 - Led Zeppelin became the first band to sell out the Montreal Forum.
1973 -The Who's frontman, rocker Roger Daltrey releases his first solo LP. The album entitled "Daltrey" is produced by 60's pop star Adam Faith.
1979 - Five days into Van Halen's latest tour, David Lee Roth collapsed from exhaustion on stage in Spokane, Washington.
1980 - The musical Grease closed after 3,388 performances in New York, having grossed over $8 million. It was nominated for seven Tony Awards but won none. December 1979, Grease broke Broadway’s long-run record. The show also ran for over two years in Mexico under the title Vaselina, becoming the longest-running musical there too.
1982 - David Crosby was arrested when police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a show in Dallas.
1985 - "The Grand Ole Opry" debuted on US television. "The Grand Ole Opry" is the oldest continuous radio program in the United States, having been broadcast on WSM since October 5, 1925.
1993 - The first 'Aerosmith Day' was observed in the State of Massachusetts after the band were given their very own holiday by then-Governor William Weld .
2002 - Thieves broke in to a house in Bexhill, Sussex and stole a hi- fi system and
the owners entire Showaddywaddy record collection, but left albums by Madonna, Robbie Williams and Oasis.
2003 - The Beatles Apple Corp company was listed as Britain's fastest profit-growth firm with an annual profit growth of 194%

April 14th:

1922 - Jeanette Vreeland sang the first radio concert from an airplane as she flew over New York City.
1956 - Little Richard's Long Tall Sally hits top of US R&B chart.
1967 - With hype stating them to be 'the most significant talent since the Beatles', Polydor releases Bee Gees' New York Mining Disaster'.
1968 - During a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Pink Floyd demonstate 'Azimuth co-ordinator', a device for projecting sound from anywhere in the concert hall, called 'more furious madness from the massed gadgets of Auzimenes's.
1969 - The recording of
The Beatles first stereo single'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon, Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars.
1971 - The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of 'drug-oriented records' including Jefferson Aiplanes 'White Rabbit', Procol Harums 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', Puff The Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary and The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'
1976 - Motown Records and Stevie Wonder held a news conference to announce he had signed a "$13 million-plus" contract with the label.
1975 - A Rolling Stones press release confirmed that Ron Wood would be joining the band for their American tour; there had been many rumour's that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck or Chris Spedding may replace Mick Taylor as guitarist.
1984 - Michael Jackson's Thriller LP logs 37th week at No. 1 in US - the longest run in pop history.
1997 - Successful British urban R&B singer Mark Morrison was convicted with threatening a police officer with an illegal 23,000-volt electric stun gun. The singer left Maryebone Magistrates' Court in tears after being warned he was likely to be sent to prison.
2001 - P. Diddy, Sean Puffy Combs, was arrested in Miami for riding a scooter in South Beach on a suspended driver's license. He was released 20 minutes later after signing a promise to appear in court.

April 15th:
1927 - 15 inches of rain fell on New Orleans in just 18 hours,; this event later inspired the Randy Newman song "Louisiana 1927".
1958 - Buddy Holly's Fender Stratocaster guitar was stolen at a St. Louis concert.
1960 - 200 students assembled in Raleigh, NC, for a three-day conference at Shaw University. Called by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to develop a youth wing, the students instead organized the independent Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). They invited Guy Carawan to lead the singing, and he closed this first evening with "We Shall Overcome"
1966 - Buffalo Springfield performed for the first time as the support act for the Byrds in San Bernadino, CA.
1967 - Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra started a 4 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Somethin' Stupid', The only father and daughter act ever to score a No.1 single.
1969 - Archie Bell of The Drells completes his tour of duty in Vietnam and is discharged from the US Army.
1971 - The Beatles win their only Oscar, taking Best Original Song Score for their movie Let It Be.
1978 - Television were forced to postpone their gig at Bristol's Colston Hall after the 40 foot truck carrying their equipment was involved in a crash killing the driver.
1982 - Billy Joel broke his left wrist when his motorbike hit a car in Long Island, New York. He spent over a month in hospital.
1989 - 'You Got It' takes Roy Orbison into the American Top 10 for the first time since Pretty Woman in 1964 - a gap of 24 and a half years. His Top 10 success has thus spanned over 28 years.
1989 - Tone Loc's Loc-ed After Dark becomes first black rap LP to hit No. 1 in US.
1996 - Milli Vanilli singer Rob Pilatus was jailed for 90 days by a Los Angeles judge for three violent attacks and parole violation.
1996 - The rest of Jerry Garcia's ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A small portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India 11 days earlier.
2003 - Beyonce was sued by the Wilhemina Artist Agency who claimed she hadn't paid them the commission for her L'Oral ads. The agency claimed the singer refused to pass on the 10 percent of the $1m (£640,000), deal that was brokered by the agency.
2006 - Elton John cleans out his closet and raises over $700,000 for his AIDS Foundation when he sells over 10,000 articles of clothing in his Elton's Closet sale in New York.
2007 - The rock band Cluster reunite for their first concert since 1996.
2012 - A virtual Tupac Shakur performs at the Coachella festival, rapping "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" before disappearing in a flash. Often reported as a hologram, the technology used to bring Tupac to life later revealed to be a system of mirrors, glass and computer animation.
2014 - the Rolling Stones announced that they had rescheduled their Australian tour to start at the newly revamped Adelaide Oval on 25 October.

April 16th:
1957 . . 77 Sunset Strip debuts as an episode of ABC-TV's Conflict series.
1966 . .
Percy Sledge released his international hit "When A Man Loves A Woman" on Atlantic Records, it became the first gold record released by Atlantic Records.
1969 . . Desmond Dekker and the Aces went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Israelites', making Dekker the first Jamaican artist to have an UK No.1 single.
1969 . . Elektra drops the MC5 after the retailer Hudson's pulls all Elektra album in retaliation for an ad MC5 put in an underground paper that said "F--k Hudson's." The band was upset because they refused to stock their Kick Out The Jams album.
1974 . . Queen held its first U.S. concert at Regis College in Denver, CO.
1993 . . Billy Burnette announces he's leaving Fleetwood Mac. He wants to concentrate on recording country music
1971 . . The Rolling Stones release Brown Sugar, which is the first single out on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
1972 . . Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut at the Fox and Greyhound pub in Park Lane, Croydon, England.
1973 . . Paul McCartney's first television special, James Paul McCartney, aired on ABC, featuring some Beatles songs, new Wings tracks, sketches, and a performance of a song called "Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance," originally written for Twiggy.
1976 . . Eric Faulkner of The Bay City Rollers took a pill overdose but luckily he recovered in hospital.
1976 . . Boz Scaggs goes to visit friend Bobby "Blue" Bland backstage at the famed Antone's in Austin, TX, and is beaten unconscious by two bouncers.
1992 . . Nirvana appears on the cover of Rolling Stone with Kurt Cobain wearing a T-shirt that says, "Corporate Magazines Still Suck".
1999 . . Shania Twain became the first woman to be named as songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
1996 . . Kiss perform at the Grammys in full makeup and fabulous costumes. It's olny the second time since 1980 (following their 1995 MTV Unplugged taping) that all four original members have been on stage together.
1996 . . Judy Collins marries her second husband, designer Louis Nelson.
1997 . . Elton John is awarded an honorary membership to his old alma mater, Britain's Royal Academy of Music.
2003 . . After suffering a stroke in his Manhattan apartment, Luther Vandross is admitted to a local hospital.
2003 . . Jerry Lee Lewis filed for divorce from his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver Lewis. The 67-year-old singer married Kerrie in 1984 who was the president of Lewis Enterprises Inc. fan club.
2007 . . Ornette Coleman wins the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2006 album, Sound Grammar, the first jazz work to receive the honor.
2008 . . Barbra Streisand donates $5 million to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for a women's heart education and research program.


April 17th:
1960 . . Eddie Cochran dies, and Gene Vincent
& Sharon Sheely are seriously injured when their car blows a tyre and crashes on the A4 at Chippenham in England. Eddie died from severe brain injuries, he was only just 21..
1964 . . Van Morrison's band 'Them', made their first concert appearance, at Belfast's Maritime Hotel.
1969 . .
The first solo concert by The Band is held, in San Francisco, CA.
1970 . . Johnny Cash played at the White house for President Nixon, who requested that he played 'A Boy Named Sue.'
1970 . . Paul McCartney released his first solo album, 'McCartney', it reached the No.2 spot in the UK and topped the Billboard 200 chart in America
1971 . . All four Beatles have solo singles in UKcharts: Paul McCartney: Another Day, Ringo Starr: It Don't come Baby, John Lennon, Power To The People and George Harrison: My Sweet Lord.
1980 . . Bob Marley plays at Rhodesia Independence Day celebrations as the official guests of State at Zimbabwe's Independence festival.
1993 . . Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles marries screenwriter Jay Roach in Los Angeles.
1995 . . American singer-songwriter Judy Collins gets married 18 years to the day after meeting her husband-to-be, designer and fellow activist Louis Nelson.
2004 . . Kurt Cobain's Mark IV-style Mosrite Gospel guitar sold for $100,000 at the Icons of 20th Century Music auction held in Dallas, Texas. Other items sold included Elton John and Bernie Taupin's song writing piano which sold for $140,000 and a 1966 Rickenbacker guitar owned by The Byrds Roger McGuinn's sold for $99,000.
2005 . . Digital downloads are included in the chart for the first time, but only for sales of a record with an equivalent physical release.
2007 . . Arcturus officially announces they are splitting up.
2010 . . The Rolling Stones released a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single of the previously unreleased track "Plundered My Soul" in honour of Record Store Day.

April 18th:
1796 . . "The Archers" by Benjamin Carr was performed in New York City. It was the first opera written by an American composer.
1960 . . Bobby Rydell guests as "The Singing Delinquent" on an episode of Make Room For Daddy on CBS-TV.

1963 . .
Beatles' Paul McCartney meets actress and TV personality Jane Asher backstage at a Royal Albert Hall performance in London for the radio show Swingin' Sound '63. She became his fiancee but never his wife.

1964 . . American Bandstand airs a taped telephone interview with The Beatles.
1980 . . Another Brick In The Wall (part II) became Pink Floyd's only No. 1 single in the USofA.
1971 . . The Diana Ross television musical special Diana, featuring guest stars Bill Cosby, Danny Thomas and the Jackson 5 aired on ABC.
1973 . . The Neil Young movie "Journey Through the Past" debuted at the Dallas Film Festival.
1975 . . Four Bay City Rollers fans were taken to hospital and 35 others required on site treatment after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet their heroes at a BBC Radio 1 fun day at Mallory Park.
1985 . . Liberace grossed more than $2,000,000 for his engagement at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. He broke his own record of $1.6 million.
1987 . . Aretha Franklin scores a No.1 US hit with "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me," a duet with George Michael of Wham!. Her first No. 1 in 19 years and 10 months, it breaks the record for the longest span between #1 hits.
1988 . . Motown's songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
1988 . .
Dennis "Leppo" Lobban, the accused murderer of reggae legend Peter Tosh, goes on trial in Jamaica.
2003 . . Etta James gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2005 . .
Sports firm Reebok, pulled a UK TV ad featuring 50 Cent after Lucy Cope, a mother whose son was shot dead complained it glamorised gun crime. The ASA were investigating 54 other veiwer complaints over a reference to the rapper having been shot nine times.
2008 . . Foxy Brown is released from Riker's Island jail after serving an eight month sentence for battery.


April 19th:
1924 . . "The Chicago Barn Dance" debuted on WLS Radio in Chicago. The show, later renamed "The National Barn Dance." was one the longest running programs on radio. The show blended music, comedy and down-home theatrical skits that lasted well over five decades.

1937 . . Life magazine publishes a 3 page article headlined: Lead Belly - Bad Nigger Makes Good Minstrel.
1962 . . Jackie Wilson debuts at the Copacabana in New York.
1965 . . The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show opened in London under the title Teenage Command Performance. Partly financed by Phil Spector, it featured The Rolling Stones, Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
1968 . . George Harrison and John Lennon bail out of their meditation lessons with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi two weeks early; later, all four Beatles publicly distance themselves from the Maharishi.
1978 . . More than 40 musicians, including Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and John Hall, petition Jimmy Carter to halt USA's commitment to nuclear power
1980 . . Brian Johnson 32 year old singer with Geordie joined AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott, who died after a drinking binge.
1975 . . The Raspberries split up.
1982 . . Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a world tour, but split up again in the midst of it.
1988 . . Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) is inaugurated as mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
1990 . . The TV movie, Summer Dreams: The Story Of The Beach Boys airs on ABC.
2000 . . Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with 2 former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back.
2004 . . A stage musical version of the film, Jailhouse Rock opened in London.
2006 . . Eminem, D12, 50 Cent and thousands of others attended Proof's funeral at the Fellowship Chapel in Detroit.
2008 . . With I'm A Fire, Donna Summer becomes the first artist to have a song reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in every decade since the chart’s 1974 debut.
2009 . . The Flaming Lips celebrate Earth Day with a performance on the National Mall in Washington, DC.


April 20th:
1935 - 'Your Hit Parade' was first broadcast on radio. Sponsered by the Lucky Strike cigarette company, it aired for 20 years on radio, and from '50 to '59 on TV. "Your Hit Parade" survey checks the best sellers of sheet music and phonograph records - the songs most heard on the air and most played on the automatic coin machines - an accurate, authentic tabulation of America's taste in popular music.
1949 - Phil Spector's father commits suicide when Phil is just 9 years old. The title of the song 'To Know Him Is To Love Him', which Phil Spector wrote for the Teddy Bears, comes from the inscription on his father's headstone.
1959 - Dolly Parton, at 13 years old releases Puppy Love in the US, her first single.
1968 - Deep Purple play
their first live show in Denmark at at the Vestpoppen, in Kastrup.
1970 - The New York Times reported that Catholic and Protestant youth groups had adopted the Yellow Submarine as a religious symbol.
1976 - George Harrison, a good friend of Eric Idle, joins Monty Python on stage at the comedy troupe's show at New York's City Center. Dressed as a Canadian Mountie, Harrison joins the chorus for "The Lumberjack Song." No mention is made of Harrison's appearance, and few in the audience recognize him. The next night, Nilsson shows up to perform the same feat, but with disastrous results, as he falls into the audience and breaks his arm.
1979 - Lighting director Billy Duffy was killed in a accident during a Kate Bush concert in Southampton, England. 21-year old Duffy fell twenty feet through an open trap door on the stage. Kate Bush held a benefit concert on 12th May with Peter Gabriel and Steve Harley at London's Hammersmith Odeon for his family.
1981 - John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to drug possession charges; the sentence was suspended after 30 days. Phillips started touring the US lecturing against the dangers of taking drugs.

1985 - The charity record 'We Are The World' by USA For Africa went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The all-star cast included
Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan plus the composer's writers of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
1990 - It is the start of 'Janet Jackson week' in Los Angeles and
Janet Jackson was bestowed with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1992 - 'A Concert For Life' took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. A host of mega stars appeared, including Extreme, Bob Geldof, U2, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, George Michael with Queen, Elton John, Annie Lennox, David Bowie and so many more.
1999 - During his concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, Billy Joel announces his retirement from touring and recording pop music. (but he eventually returned to the stage.)
1999 - Rapper Mase, 21, announces that he is retiring from music in order to “follow God.”
2000 - Robert Plant appeared at Disney's Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave his handprints outside the theatre.
2002 - In the dispute over who owned the rights to Nirvana's recordings Dave Grohl and Kirst Novoselic asked a Seattle Court to prove that Courtney Love was mentally stable. They told the court that Love was 'irrational, mercurial, self-centred, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.' They also claimed a contract was invalid because Love was 'stoned' at the time.
2010 - The stage adaptation of Green Day's American Idiot rock opera officially opened on Broadway, a year after its debut at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
2011 - After 42 years as lead guitarist with British heavy metal band Judas Priest, it was announced founder member K.K. Downing had retired from the band and would not complete the Epitaph World Tour. K.K. cited differences with the band and management and a breakdown in their relationship. Sadly that left his life long friend, bassist Ian Hill, as the only remaining founding member of the band.
2013 - Five days after three people were killed in bombings at the Boston Marathon, Neil Diamond made a surprise appearance at Fenway Park, where he performed "Sweet Caroline" at the Red Sox game against the Kansas City Royals.

April 21st:
1945 . . One of the world's first great R&B labels, Modern Records, is formed by Saul and Jules Bihari in Los Angeles.
1961 . . The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1963 . . The Beatles and the Rolling Stones met for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. The Rolling Stones opened show.
1969 . . Janis Joplin, accompanied by her newly formed band made her first London concert appearance at Royal Albert Hall. Janis Joplin & Her Kozmic Blues Band, which contained a horn section had a southern soul leaning and feeling. This performance was considered one of the best of her (sadly short) career.
1969 . . Mick Jagger sent a letter to Andy Warhol, who had agreed to design the artwork for the Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers. He writes: "In my short sweet experience, the more complicated the format of the album... the more f--ked up the reproduction and agonising delays".
Warhol eventually delivered the design with a working zipper, which became one of the most memorable album covers ever made.
1970 . . Elton John makes his stage debut as a solo act when he opens for T. Rex, Spooky Tooth, and Jackie Lomax at the Roundhouse in London.
1976 . . A night after George Harrison joined Monty Python in their performance of "The Lumberjack Song" at a New York show, Harry Nilsson tried it. While Harrison blended in as a member of the chorus, dressed as a Mountie, Nilsson wore dark glasses and made a spectacle of himself. When he went to the front of the stage to shake hands with audience members, he fell into the crowd and broke his arm.
1977 . . "Annie" opened on Broadway. Same day
Natalie Cole and John Denver were guests on Frank Sinatra's ABC-TV special "Sinatra & Friends".
1977 . . Jesse Winchester performs in US for the first time in ten years following a move to Canada to avoid the draft.
1977 . . Elvis Presley begins his last concert tour in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1990 . . Paul McCartney sets a new world record for attendance at a concert by a single artist when his tour-ending concert at the Maracana Stadium in Rio draws 184,000 people.
1993 . . Bill Kreutzmann, drummer for Grateful Dead, spots a 17-year-old surfer foundering in a riptide near Mendocino, CA and dives in, saving his life.
1993 . . Bill Wyman marries 33year old Suzanne Accosta, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France..
2001 . . Peter Buck of R.E.M.
was arrested after he got unruly on a British Airways flight. He was accused of drinking 15 glasses of wine, overturning a service cart and engaging in other bad behavior, but charges are eventually dropped. He claimed that ingesting both a sleeping pill and wine caused him to lose it.
2003 . . British pop group S Club 7 announces it is splitting up after five years.
2003 . . EMI and Universal Music sue the file-sharing service Napster for copyright violations.
2004 . . Michael Jackson is officially charged with child molestation after a California grand jury determines there is enough evidence to proceed with allegations made against him for time spent at his Neverland Ranch.
2004 . . Future Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson gets voted off Season 3 of American Idol, where she finishes in seventh place.
2004 . . Former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan was attacked in a London pub. The singer was assaulted at the Joiner's Arms pub in central London and suffered a fractured cheekbone after being kicked, punched and hit with a metal bar.
2014 . . Big Sean becomes the first rapper to perform at the White House when he duets with Ariana Grande on "Right There" at the annual Easter Egg Roll.

April 22nd
1959 . . The Alan Freed rock and roll movie "Go, Johnny, Go" premieres in New York, featuring Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, The Cadillacs, and The Flamingos.
1961 . . First annual Country Music Festival held in US, at the 13,000-seater Coliseum in Jacksonville, with Faron Young and Earl Scrubbs.
1962 . . Jerry Lee Lewis loses his first son, Steve Allen, in a tragic drowning accident at the age of three.
1964 . . The President of England's National Federation of Hairdressers makes headlines when he offers a free haircut to the next rock group to reach No.1.
1967 . . Elvis Presley's 23rd film, Easy Come, Easy Go, premieres in Hollywood
1968 . .
Herb Alpert sings "This Guy's in Love With You" to his wife on the TV special 'The Beat of the Brass', after which it became a huge hit.
1969 . .
John Lennon has his name legally changed from John Winston Lennon to John Ono Lennon, on the roof of Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row, London,
1969 . . The Who gave their first complete live performance of the rock opera "Tommy" at a show in Dolton, England, and exactly 5 years later ~ Tina Turner started filming in the role of Acid Queen in the Who's film "Tommy".
1972 . . A crowd of 25,000 attends "Roberta Flack Human Kindness Day" at the Washington Mall in honor of the singer. There would be 3 more Human Kindness Days - the last one in 1975 turned violent.
1974 . . Tina Turner started filming in the role of Acid Queen in the Who's film "Tommy".
1978 . . John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on US TV's 'Saturday Night Live'. (NBS)
1978 . . Bob Marley headlines the historic One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica, the singer's first appearance in his home country since an assassination attempt 2 years earlier. At the concert, Marley manages to unite Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley with rival Edward Seaga, who had both been using local warlords to battle for power.
1979 . . Keith Richards starts to serve his punishment for a Toronto arrest on heroin charges when The Rolling Stones play the first of two concerts in Ontario to raise money for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, which is his court-ordered community service!
1981 . .Two days after being released from a hospital for treatment of ulcers, Eric Clapton was hospitalised once again with injuries from a car crash in Seattle, WA. when he suffered bruised ribs and a lacerated chin.
1993 . . The Who's 'Tommy' opened on Broadway at the St James Theatre.
1998 . . Rock band Faith No More announce that they have split.
1999 . . Sinead O'Connor is ordained in Lourdes, France as the first woman priest in the Latin Tridentine Church, a dissident Roman Catholic group.
2009 . . Jeff Beck is joined onstage by Rod Stewart for the first time in over 25 years at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
2011 . . At age 51, Bryan Adams became a father for the first time when his baby girl Mirabella Bunny is born.


April 23rd:
1960 . . Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform as "the Nerk Twins" at the Fox and Hounds pub, a pub is owned by McCartney's cousin and her husband, in Reading, England.
1963 . . Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert, at New York City’s Town Hall.
1969 . . The Ash Grove, 8162 Melrose Avenue in West Los Angeles burns to the ground. Founded by Ed Pearl in 1959 it grew - almost by accident - from a typical folk coffee house into a major musical power centre which dominated the alternative musical environment, first of Los Angeles, then the entire West Coast during the next decade.

1971 . . The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers is released.
1974 . .
Mama Cass collapsed from exhaustion, just before being scheduled to appear as guest host on NBC-TV's Tonight Show.
1975 . .
Badfinger's lead singer and main songwriter, Pete Ham, depressed over business dealings that saw the bands album Wish You Were Here pulled from stores and his income cut off, hangs himself in his London home.
1978 . . Sid Vicious filmed his rendition of Paul Anka's "My Way" for the Sex Pistols' film "The Great Rock n' Roll Swindle".
1981 . . Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, who were appearing
at different festivals in Germany, went to join Johnny Cash on stage in Stuttgart for a performance that was recorded and released as the album The Survivors. The trio toured together back in 1957.
1985 . . Liberace guest-stars as himself on today's episode of NBC-TV's long-running soap Another World.
1987 . . Carole King sued record company owner Lou Adler for breach of contract. King asked $400,000 in royalties the rights to her old recordings.
1988 . . Roy Orbison celebrates his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert in Los Angeles, where Bruce brings him onstage so the crowd could sing him Happy Birthday.
1988 . . Whitney Houston becomes first artist to hit No. 1 on US Hot 100 with seven consecutive singles as 'Where Do Broken Hearts Go' hits the top. Previous record holders (with six each) were Beatles and Bee Gees. She becomes the second only artist to release four No. 1s from the same LP.
1995 . . The Sunday Times reports the story that a welder in Liverpool named Peter Hodgson found a reel of Beatles material in his attic. After hearing the recordings, Paul McCartney bought the reel and used some of it on the Anthology collection. Songs included the Lennon/McCartney original "Hello Little Girl" and the Ray Charles cover "Hallelujah, I Love Her So".
1997 . . The Four Tops received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2007 . . Bevan Davies replaces Will Hunt as drummer for Static-X.
2012 . . Neil Diamond aged 71 marries his manager 42 year old Katie McNeil.


April 24th:
1934 - The pipeless organ was patented by Laurens Hammond.
1944 - Ivor Novello is convicted at Bow Street, London, of conspiracy to misuse petrol coupons; he is given an eight week gaol sentence.
1957 - Ricky Nelson's first record, "Teenager's Romance," was released.
1959 -
The Saturday night pop-music show, Your Hit Parade, that's been running since April 1935, has its last US radio broadcast.
1961 - Bob Dylan makes his recording debut, playing harmonica on the title track of Harry Belafonte's LP Midnight Special. He is paid $50.
1963 - 18 year old Brenda Lee marries 19 year old Ronnie Shacklett in Nashville.
1965 - Brian Epstein won the 'star prize' of an album when he had his letter published in music weekly 'Melody Maker' informing it's readers that Paul McCartney played lead guitar on 'Ticket To Ride.'

1968 - Apple Records refused to sign David Bowie.
1968 - Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool.
1974 - David Bowie releases Diamond Dogs. The cover is a painting of Bowie as half-dog, half-man creature created by the Dutch artist Guy Peellaert.
1975 - Pete Ham, founder of the group Badfinger, is found hanged in his London garage. His death is ruled a suicide.
1976 - Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play 3 songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This we the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.
1977 - Talking Heads begin their first European tour, supporting The Ramones.
1979 - Ray Charles sings "Georgia On My Mind" at the ceremony where the song is named the official state song of Georgia.
1984 - R.E.M. kicked off a 7-date UK tour at the Tin Can Club, Birmingham, England, the bands first UK tour.
1984 - Jerry Lee Lewis gets married, this time to the 22-year-old Kerrie McCarver, the president of his fan club. The marriage lasted 21 years.
1990 - While constructing the set for Pink Floyd's "The Wall" concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany, Roger Waters road crew discovers an unexploded WW II bomb.
1992 - The Cleveland Orchestra sued Michael Jackson for $7 million after they discovered Michael had used part of their recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on his hit album.
1992 - R&B singer Wilson Pickett side-swipped
a pedestrian, 86-year-old Pepe Ruiz, with his car. Wilson had been drinking and police found open beer and vodka bottles in his car. He had double the legal amount of alcohol in his system and he was charged with aggrivated assault..
1992 - David Bowie marries again, this time to fashion super model Iman in a secret ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland.
1994 - Madonna visited the San Antonio Spurs locker room to congratulate David Robinson on his 71-point performance.
1996 -
Stone Temple Pilots were forced to cancel shows; they issued a statement saying that lead singer Scott Weiland had "become unable to rehearse or appear for these shows due to his dependency on drugs. He is currently under a doctor's care in a medical facility".
2002 - Pop singer Jewel broke her collarbone and one of her ribs when she was thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray.
2003 -
The first official UK download chart was compiled after the big five record companies- EMI, Warners, Sony, BMG and Universal combined for a Digital Download day. Over 150,000 computer users had downloaded 1.1m tracks.
The Net Parade Top 3: No.3, Tatu, 'All The Things She Said', No.2, Coldplay, 'Clocks' and No.1 Christina Aguilera, 'Beautiful.'

2005 . .
The Broadway musical and Beach Boys tribute 'Good Vibrations' closes after 94 performances.
2007 - American President George W. Bush is denied the luxury suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna when Mick Jagger, who was in town with The Rolling Stones on a tour, booked it first.
2008 - Jane's Addiction reunite to rock the NME Awards.
2009 - Robin Thicke performs his smash-hit “Lost Without U” after The Oprah Show on the Oprah Friday’s Live segment. So many viewers complain about missing the performance that Oprah brings Robin back for a repeat performance a month later.
2011 - American Idiot, the punk rock band Green Day's rock opera, based on their 2004 album, American Idiot, closes after 422 performances at St. James Theatre on Broadway.

April 25th:
1955 . . The UN's commission on narcotics releases a report stating "a definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop"
.
1961 . . Elvis Presley makes his last stage appearance for nearly eight years, at Bloch Arena in Hawaii.
1967 . . The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour was released
1968 . . The Beatles refused to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show because "Our decision would be the same no matter what the cause. We don't do benefits."
1974 . . Pamela Courson, Jim Morrison's girlfriend who found him dead in a bathtub on July 3rd 1971 in Paris, France, dies herself of a heroin overdose.
1974 . . Rolling Stone Mag reports that both Yes and Greg Allman concerts have been interrupted by "streakers" running around.
1975 . . A forerunner to Michael Jackson's Thriller video, the Alice Cooper horror / music special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare (ft Vincent Price) airs on ABC.
1975 . . The original New York Dolls break up after Jerry Nolan and Johnny Thunders leave the band in the middle of a tour in Florida.
1977 . . Elvis Presley records three tracks live (subsequently released on the Moody Blue LP) at Michigan Civic Centre -which were his his last ever recordings.
1978 . . The final punk performance was staged at London's 100 Club given by Alternative TV
1978 . . Queen's "We Are The Champions" is certified gold.
1981 . . The UK band 'Wings' disbanded when guitarist Denny Laine quits.
1985 . .
"Big River," a musical by Roger Miller & William Hauptman, opens on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. It ran for 1,005 performances, and later wins a Tony as Best Musical.
1990 . .
Sotheby's auction house in London sold the White Fender Stratocaster on which Jimi Hendrix played the US national anthem at Woodstock, it sold for £198,000 – a record in 1990, when 'celebrity' guitars were a new phenomena.
1993 . . Legendary album artist Stanley "Mouse" Miller, designer of Grateful Dead's "skull and roses" logo, has his upcoming liver transplant financed by the band.
1994 . . A judge finds Michael Bolton's 1991 hit "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" plagiarizes The Isley Brothers' 1966 song of the same name, despite Bolton's protests that he's never heard the song.
1999 . . It's Joe DiMaggio Day at Yankee Stadium, and Paul Simon performs Mrs. Robinson, which contains the famous line, "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?"
2000 . . Eric Clapton is reunited with his former Derek and the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock for their first performance together in 29 years. The setting is the London-based BBC TV series Later With Jools Holland.
2003 . . The parents of the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison sue the remaining members for touring with a new singer as "The Doors 21st Century" using the band's image and logo.
2004 . . Billy Joel, is in yet another car accident - his third in two years.
2008 . . Phil Collins announces his retirement from releasing albums and touring.

April 26th:
1913 . . 13 year old Mary Phagan is found murdered in the basement of a pencil factory at Atlanta, Georgia. Her death inspires the song "Little Mary Phagan".
1964 . . The Beatles attend Roy Orbison's belated 28th birthday party in London.
1975 . . B.J. Thomas had the longest title of a number one song at the top of the "Billboard" popular music chart. The song was "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."
1977 . . Jim Steinman's play Neverland opened at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Three of the songs he wrote for the production appear on Meat Loaf's album Bat Out Of Hell, which would become one of the 10 best-selling albums of all time.
1977 . .
The world famous disco club "Studio 54" at 254 West 54th Street, the dream of Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager, opens for business. The club grossed an estimated 7 million after one year of operation.
1978 . . Ringo Starr stars in his first TV special in America - an updated version of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper.

1980 . . The Carpenters' Music, Music, Music TV special airs on ABC.

1980 . .
"Studio 54" at 254 West 54th Street,
1982 . . Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in The Clash cancelling a tour. He was found living rough in Paris.
1982 . . Rod Stewart was mugged in Los Angeles in broad daylight. He was robbed of his $50,000 Porsche by a gunman on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.
He was not hurt in the incident.
1998 . . The Simpsons' season nine episode "Trash of the Titans", was aired, it was dedicated to memory of Linda McCartney.
2003 . . The Morgan Creek Bridge in Chapel Hill, Nth Carolina is renamed the James Taylor Bridge in honor of the singer, who mentioned it in his song "Copperline"
.
2003 . . David Cassidy guests on CBS-TV's The Agency.

2006 . . Multi-award winning, country singer Kellie Pickler gets voted off Season Five of American Idol, she ended up in 6th place.
2008 . . Leona Lewis became the first British woman to go straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with a debut album.
.. "Spirit".

2014 . . Police officers responded to a call at Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell, Connecticut home to investigate a "family dispute" after Brickell's mother called 911 and hung up. Brickell and Simon were subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The charges were subsequently dropped.

April 27th:
1940 . . Hoots Mon! starring Max Miller, Florence Desmond and Hal Walters opens in the UK. It was the ninth and final film that the music hall star Max Miller made for Warner Brothers.
1964 . . John Lennon's first book of prose and poetry, 'In His Own Write', is published in the US.
1967 . . Bee Gees debut on UK chart with "New York Mining Disaster" and Traffic
debut on US charts with their LP "Mr. Fantasy".
1969 . . Joe Cocker makes his TV debut, singing Feelin' Alright on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1970 . . John Lennon's famously explicit "Bag One" lithographs are returned to the London Arts Gallery exhibition after a High Court judge rules them "unlikely to deprave or corrupt"
. They were a suite of lithographs all by John Lennon which he had given to Yoko Ono as a wedding gift in 1969.
1975 . . Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles' Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights for possession of marijuana.
1976 . . Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found in his luggage. David claims he was researching a film on Joseph Goebbels, and is released after a few hours.
1979 . . Stevie Wonder makes a surprise appearance at a Duke Ellington tribute concert held at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. He performs his Ellington encomium Sir Duke along with Ellington's "C-Jam Blues".
1981 . . Ringo Starr marries Barbara Bach at Marylebone Registry Office.
1987 . . The Irish rock band U2 appear on the cover of Time magazine with the headline "Rock's Hottest Ticket".
1992 . . Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle and husband Morgan Mason have their first child. They name the boy after his grandfather, actor James Mason.
1994 . .
A man was arrested after breaking into Ace Of Base singer Jenny Berggren's home. Jenny was asleep at the time and woke up to find the man above her holding a hunting knife.
1994 . . San Francisco's legendary rock venue the Fillmore Auditorium reopens, with performances by The Smashing Pumpkins and American Music Club.
1999 . . The Lollapalooza festival tour is cancelled for the second consecutive year.
2003 . . Iggy Pop reunites with The Stooges for the first time in 30 years to close the Coachella festival.
2004 . . Elton John publicly responds to American Idol's snub of Jennifer Hudson by declaring the voters "incredibly racist"
.
2006 . .
Rolling Stones Keith Richards, at the age of 62 years, of falls out of a palm tree while holidaying in Fiji and goes to the hospital with a concussion.
2008 . . Prince makes the crowd go crazy by covering for Radiohead during an epic headlining set after being a last-minute addition to the Coachella Festival.
2009 . .
Jeff Ament bass player with Pearl Jam was robbed outside the Atlanta studio where the band was recording. The thieves stole cash and equipment.
2012 . . Bob Dylan receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from US president Barack Obama, which is the highest honor awarded to a United States civilian citizen. He is the 29th musician to receive the award.
2014 . . Radio Devon DJ, David Lowe, played an early version
of "The Sun Has Got His Hat On" by the UK dance band Ambrose and his Orchestra, on his golden oldies program, which resulted in him being fired. Mr Lowe, a broadcaster for 32 years, said it was an "innocent mistake". The second verse of the song, features the line: "He's been tanning [n-word] out in Timbuktu, now he's coming back to do the same to you". More modern versions of the song omit the banned word.

April 28th:
1955 - Alan Freed and Coral invalidate his contract as label A&R man only a month after he signed. Freed says he does not have the time to do the job properly.
1965 - Barbara Streisand's first TV special aired on CBS, "My Name is Barbara".
1963 - 19 year old Andrew Loog Oldham, who did some PR work for The Beatles, went to see The Rollin' Stones at a show in Richmond, UK. He ended up as their manager and makes them add the "g" to thier band name.
1967 -
"Mama" Cass Elliot of The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to her only child, a little girl, named Owen Vanessa. The father was never made public.
1968 - The Seeds guest star as "The Warts" on tonight's "How Not To Manage A Rock Group" episode of the NBC-TV sitcom The Mothers-In-Law.
1968 - The musical 'Hair' opened at the Baltimore Theatre, Broadway, New York. The first rock- musical, it went on to give 1,729 performances on Broadway and was made into a movie in 1979.
1973 -
Pink Floyd's album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' went to No.1 on the US chart, seeing a record breaking 741 weeks, selling over 20 million copies world-wide.
1975 - John Lennon is the guest on NBC-TV's Tonight Show.
1975 - Ringo Starr appears on NBC's Smothers Brothers Show to sing his latest hit, "No No Song."
1987 - On a plane that was returning to Boston, from Miami, Ozzy Osbourne bought three rounds of drinks and sang "Crazy Train" over the PA system.
1987 - Ray Charles appears before Congress for more funding for hearing research, stating "My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity".
1987 - For the first time, a compact disc of an album was released before its vinyl version. The album was "The Art of Excellence" by Tony Bennett.
1989 -
High school sweethearts, Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley were married.
1990 - Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses marries Don Everly's daughter Erin, who inspired the song "Sweet Child O' Mine". The marrage lasted nine months.
1991 - Bonnie Raitt and Michael O'Keefe were married in N.Y.C., it lasted 8 years.
1999 - Members of The Verve release a statement announcing their breakup.
1999 - Marilyn Manson walked off stage during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa, when he realized that someone had put a large yellow "smiley face" on a stage prop. 23 arrests were made in the aftermath.
2000 - Paul Atkinson was jailed for three years after being found guilty of stealing more than £25,000 from Rolling Stone drummer, Charlie Watts. Atkinson had been the manager of an Arabian stud farm owned by Mr. Watts.

2000 - James Brown Enterprises, which handles tours for The Godfather Of Soul, has its offices destroyed by fire, destroying music and memorabilia. An employee is later charged with arson.
2002 - Vince Neil allegedly attacked a record producer outside the Rainbow Room in West Hollywood.
(9. 27.02. Neil pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of battery)
2005 - Country artist Eddie Montgomery seriously injures his left wrist during a show in Asheville, N.C., as he falls to the arena floor off a speaker cabinet onstage.
2003 - Apple launches the iTunes Music Store, which becomes the first widely-successful legal music download site. It has been the largest music vendor in the world since February 2010.
2006 - ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus is accused by the Swedish government of owing $12 million of back taxes.

April 29th:
1936 - First television interview took place when actress Peggy O'Neill interviewed at the Ideal Home Exhibition, London.
1960 - Warner Brothers launched its own record label in Britain with the release of The Everly Brothers 'Cathy's Clown.'
1967 - a fourteen-hour Technicolour Dream event is held in London at Alexandra Palace with Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Pretty Things and Arthur Brown.
1976 -
Bruce Springsteen climbed the wall of Graceland hoping to get a glimpse of Elvis Presley. He was escorted off the premises by security guards and told Elvis was not at home.
1980 - Black Sabbath began their first tour with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio as singer. With Ronnie James on vocals the band released the classic “Heaven And Hell” album 4 days prior to the start of the tour.
1985 - Queen singer Freddie Mercury releases his first solo album Mr. Bad Guy
. In contrast to Queen rock influences, this has influences ranging from disco to dance music. It peaked at No.6 in the UK, but in the US it only reach to No.157.
1982 - Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni are named Songwriters of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards, and their "Stand And Deliver" is named the best selling single.
1988 - Eric Clapton filed for a divorce from Patti Boyd.
1992 - Paula Abdul marries actor Emilio Estevez
1993 - Barry White,
an animated version, was a guest on "The Simpsons."
1995 - Tupac Shakur married Keisha Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility. He was serving a 4 1/2 year jail term for sex abuse.
1996 - Producer Phil Spector cancels a recording project with Celine Dion over the lack of a contract.
1997 - Boy George was accused of being a 'professional liar' by musician singer Kirk Brandon during a London court hearing. Brandon was in court suing the singer over claims in George's autobiography that pair had slept together.
1998 - While performing "Mama Kin" at a show in Anchorage, Alaska, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith lost control of his microphone stand,
it came crashing into his knee, he fell, tearing ligament in the proccess. This forced the band to postpone the rest of their tour while Tyler recovers from surgery.
1999 - After re-uniting with Pamela Anderson Lee, Tommy Lee quit Mötley Crüe to devote time to his new band, Methods of Mayhem, and his family.
2001 - Rod Stewart asked for a change in wedding vows bringing them up to-date and to be treated like a dog licence. Stewart said "a change is needed because they've been in existence for 600 years when people used to live until they were only 35".

2005 - Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary underwent a bone marrow transplant to battle leukemia.
2007 - Rage Against The Machine played thier first show in seven years when they closed the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA.

April 30th:
1925 - The musical "On With The Dance" opens at the London Pavilion.
1954 - The Metropolitan Disc Jockey Club and Association of Broadcasting is launched in the US with a New York press party
1965 - Bob Dylan begins the tour immortalized in the documentary Don't Look Back, performing at the City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1965 - Herman's Hermits make their American stage debut, with The Zombies as their opening act.
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.
1968 - The Kaleidoscope Ballroom opens on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles with Canned Heat and Jefferson Airplane performing.
1970 - Twiggs Lyndon, Allmann Brothers' road manager is arrested for murder. He stabbed a club manager to death for breach of contract. Astonishingly Lyndon got off by pleading temporary insanity caused by being the tour manager for The Allman Brothers Band!
1976 - The Who's drummer, Keith Moon, so it is said, paid nine cab drivers $100 each 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 - Led Zeppelin played to 76,229 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome, which set a new record for largest attendance for a single act concert.
1978 - Rock against Racism Rally held in Victoria Park, featuring Clash and Tom Robinson
1980 - The crime drama .film 'McVicar' with The Who's Roger Daltrey in his first major acting role, indeed the title role, premiered in London.
1983 -
London's legendary Marquee Club celebrated its 25th anniversary with Manfred Mann who reformed in their original Sixties incarnation to perform at the venue they started it.
1988 - For the first time since its release 11 years earlier, Pink Floyd's landmark LP Dark Side Of The Moon leaves the Billboard charts, only to return a few months later.
1992 - While Los Angeles is gripped by rioting and looting, following the Rodney King verdict, Madonna's bustier was stolen from Fredrick's Of Hollywood. A $1,000 reward was offered for its return.
1998 - The Oak Ridge Boys performed in Washington, DC, at the 50th anniversary ceremony of the American Red Cross' blood services.
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.
2002 - Roger Daltrey of The Who stars as a music teacher on the "That '70s Musical" episode of That 70's Show.
2004 - Ray Charles appears at his Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic landmark. Sadly it was be the last public appearance he ever makes.
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).
2006 - Madonna plays a festival for the first time when she appears at Coachella.
2008 - At the Coachella festival, Roger Waters's giant inflatable pig escapes, and floated away into the countryside and ultimately deflated. A
reward of $10,000 was offered a for its return.
2008 - Mariah Carey marries rapper-actor Nick Cannon in a secret ceremony at Carey’s house in Eleuthera, Bahamas.

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