Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 30






1957 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
Elvis Presley recorded "Jailhouse Rock". The song went on to top the Cashbox Best Sellers list, the Billboard Pop music chart, the R&B chart and even the Country And Western chart. It also became the first single to enter the UK chart at number 1. The tune was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller specifically for a scene in the movie of the same name.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
UK Rock 'n' Roller Tommy Steele was knocked unconscious when fans rushed the stage during the opening night of his British tour. As a result of various injuries, Steele was forced to cancel a week's worth of shows.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at the top of the UK singles chart with "Cathy's Clown", giving Warner Brothers Records a #1 hit with their very first release.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
The Beatles receive $140,000 for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
The Young Rascals enjoy the first of 14 Billboard Top 40 hits when "Good Lovin" reached #1. Another version of the same song by The Olympics had stalled at #81 the previous year.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
The Fifth Dimension are awarded a Gold record for "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In", a medley from the Rock musical Hair.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon's lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Incredibly, Lyndon was acquitted.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
After playing in Memphis during a southern tour, Bruce Springsteen climbs the fence at Graceland in an attempt to see Elvis Presley. Security guards stop him and he is escorted off the grounds.

April 30
The Who's drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" is released. It will become his fourth US Top Ten hit.

April 30
Glen Campbell reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time with "Southern Nights". It was his 19th Top 40 hit.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
Blues guitarist Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, died of a heart attack at the age of 68. He is considered "the father of modern Chicago Blues" and was a major inspiration for the British Blues explosion in the 1960s. He has been ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time

April 30
After leading the Billboard chart for seven weeks with "Billie Jean", Michael Jackson was back on top with "Beat It". His ten week run at the top was interrupted for a week by Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen".

April 30
The original line-up of the 1960's British group Manfred Mann reunited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of London's Marquee Club.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
20 year old Celine Dion helps Switzerland win its first ever Eurovision Song Contest with her rendition of "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi".

1999 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
All five members of Aerosmith visit shooting victim Lance Kirklin in a Colorado hospital before their show in Denver that evening. The band dedicates "Living On The Edge" to the student, who was one of 28 wounded and 13 killed by two deranged classmates at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20th.

April 30
51 year old Darrell Sweet, drummer of the Scottish Rock group Nazareth, suffered a fatal heart attack just as the band was embarking on the second leg of a US tour. The band had arrived at the Amphitheater in New Albany, Indiana, when Sweet began feeling ill and within minutes went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the New Albany Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Nazareth is best remembered for their 1976 hit "Love Hurts", which was first recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
Michael Jackson was arraigned in a Santa Maria, California courtroom after a grand jury determined that there was sufficient evidence to send him to trial. The jury handed down a ten-count indictment, including four counts of committing lewd acts upon a minor.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
Zola Taylor, who broke gender barriers as the first female member of the 1950s R&B group The Platters, singing on their hit "The Great Pretender", died from complications of pneumonia. She was 69.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
Gail Renard, who was given the hand written words to "Give Peace A Chance" by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie's auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying "It will be worth something someday." The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July '08, it went for $790,000 (400,000 pounds).

2013 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon, was subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. She reportedly had evidence to support Katherine Jackson's claim that promoters were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns while organizing Michael's This Is It comeback concerts.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

April 30
R&B legend Ben E. King passed away at the age of 76. He was a member of The Drifters and sang lead on their biggest singles, "This Magic Moment", "Save The Last Dance For Me" and "There Goes My Baby." King also reached the Billboard Top 40 seven times as a solo artist, including his 1961 #4 hit, "Stand By Me".

April 30
John Fogerty paid a visit to The Late Show With David Letterman during a week-long farewell to the legendary host who was set to retire on May 20th. Fogerty performed a medley of his CCR hits, including "Travelin' Band", "Proud Mary" and "Fortunate Son".






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