Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 14






1966 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
The Beatles record "Paperback Writer" and the vocals for "Eleanor Rigby".

1967 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
The Bee Gees release "New York Mining Disaster 1941", which will climb to #10 in the UK and #14 in the US. The song is unusual in that the title never appears in the lyrics, although the originally planned title, "Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones", is heard in the chorus. There actually had been a mining disaster in New York, but it was in 1939, not 1941. The Bee Gees would later say they were inspired to write the song by a 1966 Aberfan mining disaster in Wales.

April 14
The final episode of Where The Action Is, which brought Paul Revere And The Raiders to fame, airs on ABC-TV.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Producer Phil Spector marries Ronnie Bennett of The Ronettes. Although Ronnie's mother was in attendance. the other two Ronnettes, her sister Estelle and her cousin Nedra Talley were not invited. The union would prove to be a very unhappy one for Bennett, who filed for divorce in 1972, citing several instances of alleged cruelty.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
The Monkees' TV special, 33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee, aired on NBC. The plot featured Rock musicians Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll as mad scientists looking for something to rot the minds of young people. The effort will prove to be The Monkees' final performance as a quartet until 1986, as Peter Tork quit the group at the end of the production.

April 14
At Abbey Road Studios, John Lennon and Paul McCartney record "The Ballad of John and Yoko", The Beatles' single that didn't include George and Ringo. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Stephen Stills broke his wrist in a car accident, resulting in the cancellation of an American tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young. Stills drove into a parked car while watching a police patrol car in his rear-view mirror.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Stevie Wonder signed a $13 million deal with Motown, the largest music contract to that date. Wonder would go on to have a half a dozen Top Ten hits from several hot selling albums.

April 14
The Bay City Rollers' singer Eric Faulkner nearly died after swallowing Seconal and Valium tablets. The 21 year old claimed to be weary of the group's hectic schedule.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
With only drummer John Hartman and guitarist Patrick Simmons left over from the band that reached #1 in 1975 with "Black Water", The Doobie Brothers scored their second Billboard chart topper with "What A Fool Believes". It made #31 in the UK. The record, sung by Michael McDonald, would win Grammy Awards in 1980 for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
A New Jersey State assemblyman introduces a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" the official state song. After some consideration, the song was eventually cited by legislators as the state's "rock anthem."

1984 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Michael Jackson made a one hundred thousand dollar contribution to establish a 19-bed cancer research unit at a New York hospital.

April 14
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" LP marks its 37th week at #1 in US, the longest run in Rock history to that date.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Ironton, Ohio, held a record burning after evangelist Jim Brown told them that the song "A Horse is a Horse", the theme song from the US TV show Mr. Ed, contained satanic messages when played backwards.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Thurston Harris, who had a US #6 hit in 1957 with "Little Bitty Pretty One", died of a heart attack at the age of 58.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Burl Ives, who reached the US Top 40 with "Little Bitty Tear" (#9), "Funny Way Of Laughing" (#10) and "Call Me Mr. In-Between" (#19) as well as recording the Christmas classic "Holly, Jolly Christmas", died of cancer at the age of 85.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
The Heavy Metal band Metallica filed suit against Napster Inc, Yale University, the University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Yale and Indiana were dropped from the suit after they blocked access to Napster on campus servers.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Former American Bandstand host, Dick Clark, revealed that he has had type 2 diabetes since 1994, but kept it a secret from everyone except close friends and family.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Steve Jablecki, singer and guitarist for the L.A. group, Wadsworth Mansion, who reached #7 in the US with "Sweet Mary" in 1971, died at the age of 59.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Hundreds of fans and friends, including Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, were on hand to see George Harrison receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records building.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame welcomes Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Miracles, The Small Faces, The Comets, The Blue Caps, The Crickets and The Midnighters.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

April 14
Percy Sledge, whose 1966 hit "When A Man Loves A Woman" topped both the Billboard Pop chart and R&B chart, died of liver cancer at the age of 74.

April 14
65-year-old Billy Joel announced that he and his 33-year-old girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, were expecting a baby. The child would be her first and his second.






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