Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 1






1877 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
Thomas Edison devises a telephone design that becomes the basis for his later claim to the invention of the microphone.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
Future Beatles' producer, 29-year-old George Martin, became the head of A&R for EMI's Parlophone label. In a career that spanned more than six decades, he is now considered one of the greatest record producers of all time, with 30 number-one singles in the UK and 23 in the US.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
Elvis shoots a scene from The Rainmaker for his screen test at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. He failed the audition and the film's screenwriter later said that Presley showed the acting ability of "the lead in a high school play."

1957 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
The Everly Brothers release "Bye Bye Love", a song that was rejected by 30 labels before Cadence Records picked it up. The song went to #2 on the US Pop chart and #1 on the Country & Western chart.

April 1
Elvis Presley played two concerts before 23,000 people at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Presley performed outside the US only four times in his career - the two concerts in Toronto, one the next night in Ottawa and a later performance in Vancouver.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
The Beatles begin their second string of shows in Hamburg, Germany, where they will play for 92 consecutive nights before wrapping up on July 1st.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
The Troggs use 45 minutes of spare studio time to record "Wild Thing" at Regent Sound Studio in London. The raw, simple little tune would climb to #2 in the UK and #1 in the US, selling over a million copies by the following June

1969 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
The Beach Boys launch a lawsuit against Capitol Records for over $2 million in unpaid royalties and producer's fees for Brian Wilson. The band also announces that they are starting their own label, Brothers Records, which will be distributed by Warner / Reprise.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
Woodstock, the documentary on the Woodstock Festival that took place in August 1969 at Bethel in New York, premieres in Hollywood. It would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

April 1
Only Ringo Starr is present at the final Beatles recording session, where he overdubs percussion tracks for "The Long and Winding Road", "Across The Universe" and "I Me Mine".

April 1
As an April Fool's joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that they were having dual sex change operations.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
The Bay City Rollers TV series Shang-A- Lang premiered on ITV in the UK. The half-hour show would run for 20 weeks.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
John Lennon's father Freddie died of stomach cancer in Brighton General Hospital at the age of 63. Just days before, after being told of his father's condition, John had sent a huge bouquet of flowers with a card that read "With much love from John, Yoko and Sean."

1984 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
44 year old Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father after a heated family argument. Gaye had just received a Grammy for his hit, "Sexual Healing", his first Top 40 single in 5 1/2 years. Remarkably, Gaye's father received only a six-year suspended sentence and five years probation after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Charges of first-degree murder were dropped after doctors discovered Marvin Sr. had a brain tumor which would kill him in October, 1998.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
David Lee Roth quit Van Halen shortly after releasing his version of The Beach Boys' "California Girls", which featured Carl Wilson on background vocals. Roth's record actually sold slightly better than the original. He was replaced by Sammy Hagar later in the year.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
Billy Idol pleaded no contest to assault charges after he punched a woman in the face. He was fined and ordered to make public service announcements against alcohol and drug use.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
Carlos Santana earns his second #1 single with "Maria, Maria" from his "Supernatural" album.

April 1
While opening for KISS at a concert in Houston, Texas, Ted Nugent makes derogatory remarks about non-English-speaking Americans. His return date slated for next August is canceled.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
Soul singer Edwin Starr, who had hits with "War" (#1), "Agent Double-O Soul" (#21) and "Twenty-five Miles" (#6), died of a heart attack at the age of 61.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
Following in the footsteps of Celine Dion, Cher, Elton John and Bette Midler, Carlos Santana announced that he has been booked to perform about 36 concerts per year at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The show was to be called The Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
Madonna achieved her 12th UK #1 album with "MDNA" to overtake Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most chart-topping albums in Great Britain.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
John Lennon's first wife, Cynthia, died of cancer at the age of 75. The couple, who met just before Beatlemania swept the music world, divorced in 1968 after Cynthia discovered her husband's affair with Japanese artist Yoko Ono.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

April 1
Aviva Maloney, who played in The Monkees' back-up band for nearly twenty years, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Warner Music Group. She claimed she later found out that the reason she was let go was because she didn't look good on stage.






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