Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 25






1949 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
An article by Deac Aylesworth in Look Magazine predicted that radio was doomed and that within three years, TV would overshadow radio completely.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
John Walker, the British delegate on the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs announces that there is a "definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop."

1960 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Elvis Presley's first release since leaving the US Army, "Stuck On You", tops the Billboard chart. The record had been so highly anticipated, it sold over one million copies before it was even recorded. It reached #3 in the UK.

April 25
With the Folk music craze in full swing, The Brothers Four enjoyed their biggest hit as "Greenfields" reached #2 on the Billboard chart.

April 25
Funeral services are held for Eddie Cochran at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, California. Only family and friends were allowed to attend.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Peter And Gordon reach #1 on the UK Pop chart with "A World without Love", a song given to them by Paul McCartney because he didn't think it was good enough for The Beatles to record. The song would also top the Cashbox Best Sellers list and the Billboard Hot 100 in June.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Just days after completing "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", The Beatles laid down tracks for "Magical Mystery Tour" at Abbey Road studios in London.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
The Beatles refuse to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. Ringo Starr would later explain, "Our decision would be the same no matter what the cause. We don't do benefits."

April 25
A survey by the Confederation of British Industry showed that listening on the job to Radio 1, the major Pop and Rock station of the BBC, made workers less productive.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
After playing a concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, where men in the crowd taunted the interracial band Pacific Gas and Electric, the group is shot at as their van leaves the club. Four bullets hit the vehicle but no one is hurt.

April 25
The Jackson Five achieve their second straight US #1 single with "ABC". It was also a Top Ten hit in the UK, topping out at #8.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Jim Morrison's 27 year old widow, Pam Morrison, died in her Hollywood apartment. Police think she's been using heroin for about a year and speculate she died of an overdose.

April 25
The Beach Boys are streaked by members of their own road crew during a concert.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Elvis Presley makes what will be the last recordings of his life at a concert at the Saginaw, Michigan Civic Center. Three songs from the show will appear in heavily overdubbed mixes on the posthumously released Presley album, "Moody Blue".

1978 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Queen's single "We Are the Champions" was certified Platinum after reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart and number four on the Billboard Hot 100.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Paul McCartney, who is reluctant to tour because of death threats he was receiving in the wake of John Lennon's murder, decides to disband Wings.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
The Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix used to perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock is auctioned off in London for $295,000.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Brian McLeod, guitarist and backing vocalist for Chilliwack, died of brain cancer at the age of 39. The Vancouver, Canada band is most often remembered for their 1981 hit, "My Girl (Gone, Gone Gone)".

1994 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their "Hell Freezes Over" album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, "Take It Easy", that was included on an Eagles tribute CD. The video from Hell Freezes Over was later released in CD and DVD form and includes an excellent acoustic rendition of "Hotel California", as well as live versions of most of their hit songs. The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question "When will the Eagles get back together?"

1999 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Paul Simon performs "Mrs. Robinson" and receives loud cheers following the line "Where have you gone Joe Di Maggio?" during a ceremony honoring the Yankee Clipper at New York's Yankee Stadium.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Billy Joel lost control of his car on a rain-slicked road in Bayville, New York and crashed into a house. No one in the building was injured and the piano man walked away unscathed.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Bobby "Boris" Pickett, whose Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem "The Monster Mash" to the top of the Billboard Pop chart in 1962, died of leukemia at the age of 69.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Two founding members of The O'Jays, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, filed a 1 million dollar lawsuit against the makers of Crown Royal Whiskey. The suit claimed that the company ripped off their tune "For Love of Money" for a commercial without asking for permission.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

April 25
Eagles' drummer Don Henley lashed out on his Facebook page against fans using cell phones to capture images and video at the band's concerts. "The madness, the rudeness, the thoughtlessness must stop. Constantly looking at the world through a viewfinder is not seeing. Listening to live music while recording on a smartphone is not hearing. Experiencing life second-hand is not living. Be here now." At Eagles' shows on their most recent tour, ushers were instructed to reprimand those who ignored the ban and remove repeat offenders.






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