Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 2






1960 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Lonnie Donegan becomes the first British artist to enter the UK chart at number one when "My Old Man's A Dustman" debuts at the top. The only previous artist to achieve this feat was Elvis Presley.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
The Beach Boys record "I Get Around", which will become their first US #1 single by the following July, selling nearly two million copies. It reached #7 in the UK.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Freddie And The Dreamers record "Do The Freddie", a song that was put together quickly after American audiences wanted to know more about the swaying motion that lead singer Fred Garrity seemed to do on stage. Although it reached #18 in the US, it was dismissed as "silly" in the UK and never released.

April 2
The UK music show Ready Steady Go! takes on a temporary name change to Ready Steady Goes Live!. Acts would now perform their songs live instead of miming to their records. The series ran until December 23rd, 1966, with the last show being titled Ready Steady Goes!.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass become the first act to have four LP's in the Top 10 of the Billboard album chart.

April 2
The Pozo Seco Singers, consisting of Susan Taylor, Don Williams and Lofton Kline, enjoy their first Billboard Hot 100 hit when "Time" peaks at #47. The song had greater success on the Easy Listening Chart where it climbed to #3.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Eighteen year old Steve Winwood left The Spencer Davis Group to join Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood in Traffic. Winwood had been with Spencer Davis since he was 15.

April 2
The Beatles are photographed with a photo collage and wax figures from Madame Tussaud's museum for the cover artwork of their soon to be released "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album at Chelsea Manor Studios in London. Before the album sleeve is printed, figures of Adolf Hitler and Jesus Christ were removed.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Frank Sinatra's version of "My Way" entered the Billboard Hot 100 where it would rise to #27. In the UK, the song would spend an amazing 75 weeks in the Top 40, peaking at #5.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Ringo Starr releases "It Don't Come Easy", which will climb to #4 in both the US and the UK. It is the first of ten Billboard Top 40 hits he will enjoy over the next ten years.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" album went to #1 on the Billboard chart where it stayed for 31 weeks. Worldwide, the LP would sell over 25 million copies.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
At the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, Anne Murray won four Juno Awards, including best single for "I Just Fall in Love Again". The show's host, Burton Cummings, former lead singer of The Guess Who, was named top male vocalist.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" becomes their third UK number one record. It reached #6 in the US.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Often referred to as the world's best drummer, Buddy Rich died of complications caused by a brain tumor. He was 69 years old.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Singer Joni Mitchell is reunited with Kilauren Gibb, the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Cor van Beek, drummer for Shocking Blue on their 1969, number one hit "Venus", died at the age of 49.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Paul Atkinson, guitarist for The Zombies, lost his battle with liver and kidney disease. He was 58. The band's biggest hits included "She's Not There", "Tell Her No" and "Time Of The Season".

2010 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Two men received minor injuries and a third suffered a broken leg when part of the stage being set up for a concert by Elton John at the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico collapsed during construction.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
Elton John appeared on TV's Saturday Night Live where he and Leon Russell performed a couple of songs together. He also joked about being gay, performing at the royal wedding and being a new father.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

April 2
A decade after its physical release, the stripped-down, Phil Spector-free version of The Beatles' "Let It Be" made its debut on iTunes.






 MORE INTERVIEWS