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    HC's Rock Rewind: April 10 - 23

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    HC's Rock Rewind

    A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History

     

    by Team HC

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    April 10th -16th

     

    This week in rock music history was marked by abundance of significant events. One of the songs that launched rock and roll was recorded, one of contemporary music’s greatest bands announced their breakup, and, sadly, an R&B/funk giant performed his final show. A trove of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by David Bowie, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Cult. Read on for a look back at other noteworthy moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

     

    Events

    1954 – Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock.” A world-wide smash, the recording eventually achieves sales of 25 million.

    1957 – Ricky Nelson performs his debut single, “I’m Walkin’,” on the TV show “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” effectively launching his music career at age 16.

    1961 – Bob Dylan performs his first New York City live gig, opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City.

    1966 – Buffalo Springfield make their live debut, performing at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

    1967 – Marvin Gaye records his version of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

    1968 – Janis Joplin makes her first American TV appearance, performing on “The Hollywood Palace” with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

    1969 – The 5th Dimension’s recording of “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” tops the charts and remains in that spot for six weeks.

    1970 – Paul McCartney issues a press release announcing the breakup of the Beatles. It later comes to light that John Lennon had decided to leave the Beatles much earlier than McCartney, but had kept his intentions secret from the press.

    1970 – The Beatles’ Let It Be album tops the U.S. charts.

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    1970 – Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” is certified gold in the U.S.

    1972 – Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut, performing at the Fox and Greyhound Pub in Croydon, England.

    1975 – Ronnie Wood is announced as the replacement for recently departed Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.

    1976 – Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive! album hits #1 on the U.S. charts. It goes on to occupy the top spot for 10 non-consecutive weeks, and remains on the chart for a total of 97 weeks.

    1973 – Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy album is certified gold.

    1979 – Mickey Thomas—previously best known as the lead vocalist on Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”—becomes the new lead singer for Jefferson Starship.

    1994 – More than 5,000 people attend a memorial service for Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, held at the Seattle Flag Pavilion.

    1994 – Oasis release their first single, “Supersonic.”

    2002 – S.C. governor James Hodges declares singer James Brown the state’s “Godfather of Soul.”

    2009 – Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” is determined to be the most-played song in public places during the past 75 years, according to BBC Radio 2. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” comes in at Number Two.

    2014 – REM’s Michael Stipe inducts Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stipe’s comments include the observation that Nirvana “spoke truth and a lot of people listened.”

    2016 – Prince stages his final show, performing at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The last song he performs is “Purple Rain.”

     

    Releases

    1970 – Elton John: Elton John

    1972 – Raspberries: Raspberries

    1972 – Creedence Clearwater Revival: Mardi Gras

    1972 – Stephen Stills and Manassas: Manassas

    1973 – The J. Geils Band: Bloodshot

    1973 – David Bowie: Aladdin Sane

    1973 – Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch a Fire

     

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    1974 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Second Helping

    1975 – The Beach Boys: Spirit of America

    1976 – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Live Bullet

    1978 – Various Artists: Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture

    1979 – Thin Lizzy: Black Rose: A Rock Legend

    1980 – Judas Priest: British Steel

    1980 – Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden

    1981 – Public Image Ltd.: The Flowers of Romance

    1982 – John Cougar: American Fool

    1982 – Van Halen: Diver Down

    1983 – R.E.M.: Murmur

    1983 – David Bowie: Let's Dance

     

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    1984 – Rush: Grace Under Pressure

    1987 – Fleetwood Mac: Tango in the Night

    1988 – Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

    1988 – Neil Young and the Bluenotes: This Note's for You

    1988 – Cheap Trick: Lap of Luxury

    1989 – The Cult: Sonic Temple

    1989 – Garth Brooks: Garth Brooks

    1990 – Lou Reed and John Cale: Songs for Drella

    1991 – Temple of the Dog: Temple of the Dog

    1994 – Hole: Live Through This

    1998 – Widespread Panic: Light Fuse, Get Away

    1999 – Shelby Lynne: I Am Shelby Lynne

    2002 – Sheryl Crow: C'mon C'mon

     

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    2003 – ZZ Top: Mescalero

    2003 – Fleetwood Mac: Say You Will

     

    Deaths

    Stuart Sutcliff – April 10, 1962

    Josephine Baker – April 12, 1975

    Sam Kinison – April 10, 1992

    Anthony Newley – April 14, 1999

    Skip Spence – April 16, 1999

    Joey Ramone – April 15, 2001

    Little Eva – April 10, 2003

    Ritchie Cordell – April 13, 2004

    Johnnie Johnson – April 13, 2005

    June Pointer – April 11, 2006

    Mississippi Slim – April 14, 2010

    Jesse Winchester – April 11, 2014

    Percy Sledge – April 14, 2015

     

     

    Births

    Henry Mancini – April 16, 1924

    Loretta Lynn – April 14, 1935

    Dusty Springfield – April 16, 1939

    Herbie Hancock – April 12, 1940

    John Kay (Steppenwolf) – April 12, 1944

    Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) – April 13, 1944

    Dave Edmonds – April 15, 1944

    Lowell George – April 13, 1945

    Ritchie Blackmore – April 14, 1945

    Al Green – April 13, 1946

    Bunny Livingston – April 10, 1947

    Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep) – April 16, 1947

    Fred Smith (Television) – April 10, 1948

    June Millington (Fanny) – April 14, 1949

    Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic) – April 10, 1950

    David Cassidy – April 12, 1950

    Max Weinberg – April 13, 1951

    Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) – April 16, 1953

    Jimmy Destri (Blondie) – April 13, 1954

    Vince Gill – April 12, 1957

    Stuart Adamson (Big Country) – April 11, 1958

    Brian Setzer – April 10, 1959

    Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) – April 12, 1964

    Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) – April 16, 1964

    Ed O’Brien (Radiohead) – April 15, 1968

     

     

    April 17th - 23rd

     

    A trove of memorable events occurred during this week in rock and roll history. An iconic alternative-rock band performed in public for the first time, sessions for a landmark ‘70s album began in San Francisco, and an unlikely rock opera (not by The Who) opened on Broadway. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

     

    Events

    1951 – Les Paul and Mary Ford’s “How High the Moon” hits Number One.

    1963 – The Beatles and The Rolling Stones meet for the first time, at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey.

    1965 -- The legendary “T.A.M.I. Show” film opens in London under the title “Teenage Command Performance.” The film features The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, James Brown, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

    1967 – The Beatles wrap up recording sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

     

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    1968 – Deep Purple make their debut stage appearance, in Kastrup, Denmark.

    1969 – The Who perform Tommy in its entirety for the first time, at a show in Dolton, England.

    1969 – John Lennon officially changes his full name from John Winston Lennon to John Winston Ono Lennon.

    1969 -- The Band perform their first solo concert, staging a show in San Francisco, California.

    1970 – Elton John makes his solo stage debut, opening for Spooky Tooth, T.Rex and Jackie Lomax at The Roundhouse in London.

    1970 – Santana begin sessions for their breakthrough album, Abraxas. Upon its release in September, the album tops the U.S. album charts.

    1971 – Three Dog Night’s recording of “Joy to the World” hits the Number One spot, where it remains for six weeks.

    1973 – The original Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies album hits the Number One spot in the U.S.

    1975 -- Alice Cooper’s first TV special, “Welcome to My Nightmare: The Making of a Record Album,” airs on network television in America.

    1978 – Bob Marley appears as headliner at the One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica. It’s the reggae legend’s first public appearance in his home country since the attempt on his life two years earlier.

    1980 – R.E.M. perform their first show under the name R.E.M., at a small, unlicensed venue in Athens, Georgia.

    1981 – Prog-rockers Yes disband temporarily when Chris Squire and Alan White leave to begin rehearsing with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. The intended “supergroup” fails to materialize, however, and Yes later reforms to release the hugely successful 90125 album.

    1990 – In Rio de Janeiro, a record crowd of 184,000 turn out to see the final show of Paul McCartney’s 330-city tour.

    1991 – Small Faces and Humble Pie frontman Steve Marriott dies tragically, when a fire sweeps through his home in Arkesden, Essex. He is just 44 years old.

    2010 – Green Day’s “American Idiot” rock opera opens on Broadway, one year after its debut at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

     

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    2015 – Ringo Starr becomes the last of The Beatles to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.

     

    Releases

    1957 -- Ricky Nelson:  “I’m Walkin’” (single)

    1965 -- The Beatles:  “Ticket to Ride” (single)

    1966 -- The Troggs: “Wild Thing” (single)

    1968 -- The Zombies:  Odessey and Oracle

    1970 – Paul McCartney:  McCartney

    1970 -- Jethro Tull:  Benefit

    1971 -- The Doors:  L.A. Woman

    1971 -- The Rolling Stones:  Sticky Fingers

    1973 – Eagles: Desparado

    1974 – Robin Trower: Bridge of Sighs

    1975 -- ZZ Top:  Fandango!

    1976 – The Rolling Stones: Black and Blue

     

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    1976 -- The Ramones:  Ramones

    1980 -- Pete Townshend: Empty Glass

    1982 – Laurie Anderson: Big Science

    1985 – Prince: Around the World in a Day

    1988 – The Jesus and Mary Chain:  Barbed Wire Kisses

    1989 – Pixies: Doolittle

    1993 – Shania Twain:  Shania Twain

    1993 – Aerosmith:  Get a Grip

    1998 -- Jimmy Page and Robert Plant:  Walking Into Clarksdale

    2002 – Paul Westerberg:  Stereo

    2002 – Wilco:  Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

     

    Deaths

    Eddie Cochran – April 17, 1960

    Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) -- April 21, 1978

    Felix Pappalardi – April 17, 1983

    Steve Marriott -- April 20, 1991

    Johnny Thunders -- April 23, 1991

     

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    Johnny Shines -- April 20, 1992

    Bernard Edwards (Chic) -- April 18, 1996

    Linda McCartney – April 17, 1998

    Earl King – April 17, 2003

    Nina Simone -- April 21, 2003

    Danny Federici (E Street Band) – April 17, 2008

    Levon Helm -- April 19, 2012

    Storm Thorgerson (album designer) -- April 18, 2013

    Richie Havens -- April 22, 2013

     

    Births

    Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown -- April 18, 1924

    Don Kirshner – April 17, 1934

    Paul Rothchild (Producer) -- April 18, 1935

    Glen Campbell -- April 22, 1936

    Roy Orbison -- April 23, 1936

    Skip Spence -- April 18, 1946

    Iggy Pop -- April 21, 1947

     

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    Jan Hammer – April 17, 1948

    Paul Davis -- April 21, 1948

    Peter Frampton -- April 22, 1950

    Luther Vandross -- April 20, 1951

    Paul Carrack -- April 22, 1951

    Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) – April 17, 1955

    Robert Smith (The Cure) - April 21, 1959

    Steve Clark (Def Leppard) -- April 23, 1960

    Liz Phair – April 17, 1967

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