Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 3






1956 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
Elvis Presley makes the first of two appearances on The Milton Berle Show, live from the flight deck of the USS Hancock. He earns $5,000 for performing "Heartbreak Hotel", "Money, Honey" and "Blue Suede Shoes". It's estimated that one out of every four Americans sees the show.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
The BBC bans The Coasters' song "Charlie Brown" because of the word "spitball." Two weeks later they would change their decision and start to play the single, which rose to #6 on the UK chart.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
The Everly Brothers begin their first ever UK tour in London, where they were supported by The Crickets.

April 3
Elvis Presley enters a Nashville studio where he records "It's Now Or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?".

1961 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
A Pittsburgh quintet called The Marcels took "Blue Moon", a tune written in 1934 by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, to the top of the Billboard chart. It was also a #1 in the UK. Rodgers hated the doo-wop arrangement so much that he took out advertisements in UK trade papers, urging people not to buy it.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
Bob Dylan made his first entry on the UK charts with "The Times They Are A-Changin'", which would reach #9.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
After having several mid-charting singles over the past five years, Soul singer Solomon Burke finally has a Billboard R&B #1 hit with "Got To Get You Off My Mind".

1969 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
The Doors' Jim Morrison turns himself in to the FBI in Los Angeles. He is charged with inter-state flight to avoid prosecution on six charges of lewd behavior and public exposure at a concert in Miami on March 2nd, 1969. He is later released on $2000 bail.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
The Temptations hit the top of the Billboard Pop chart for the third and final time with "Just My Imagination", a #8 hit in the UK. They would place 11 more songs in the US Top 40 during the next 20 years.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
Capitol Records issued two Beatles' greatest hits packages - "The Beatles: 1962-1966" and "The Beatles: 1967-1970". Fans call them "the red album" and "the blue album".

1976 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" climbed to number one on the Billboard Pop chart. It would become the first disc to be given the newly introduced Platinum Award by The Recording Industry Association of America. In the UK, the song reached #25.

April 3
A song about the death of his pet dog called "Shannon" by newcomer Henry Gross entered the Billboard chart. It would go on to be a number 6 hit.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
The Traveling Wilburys record "Handle With Care" in Malibu, Florida. The Quintet is comprised of Nelson (George Harrison), Lucky (Bob Dylan), Otis (Jeff Lynn), Charlie (Tom Petty) and Lefty (Roy Orbison).

1989 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
23 people were arrested after several thousand fans without tickets tried to crash a Grateful Dead concert at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
Ray Charles became the first performer to have hits on Billboard's charts in five different decades when his version of Leon Russell's "A Song For You" entered the R&B singles chart.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson was born.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
With her 18th chart-topping hit, "Touch My Body", 38 year old Mariah Carey passed Elvis Presley for the most number one songs on the Billboard singles chart, placing her second only to The Beatles.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
Robert Burns Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer, was killed in a single car accident in Georgia at the age of 64. He played on the band's first two albums, 1973's "Pronounced 'Leh-'nerd 'Skin-'nerd" and 1974's "Second Helping" before leaving due to the rigors of touring. He rejoined Skynyrd on stage at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony performance in 2006 where he was enshrined alongside his former band mates.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

April 3
Former Guess Who lead singer Burton Cummings was inducted into The Canadian Music Hall Of Fame as a solo artist during a ceremony at the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary. The entire band had previously been enshrined in 1987.






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