Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 5






1959 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
The Fleetwoods sing their current #1 hit "Come Softly To Me" on The Ed Sullivan Show. The song was written as "Come Softly", but the owner of Dolphin Records, Bob Reisdorf, added "To Me" because he thought the original title might be considered risque and would not receive radio play. It's interesting to note that the title phrase never appears in the song's lyrics.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
Jerry Lee Lewis plays at The Star Club in Germany and records an LP called "Live At The Star Club", backed by The Nashville Teens (who were neither from Nashville or in their teens). Rolling Stone magazine gave it a positive review, saying "Live At The Star Club, Hamburg is not an album, it's a crime scene." Unfortunately, due to legal constraints, the album would only be available in Europe for several decades.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
30 year old Sonny Bono and his 18 year old wife Cher are signed to Atco Records by Ahmet Ertegun. The duo had earlier made a handful of unsuccessful singles as Caesar And Cleo, but over the next seven years they would enjoy eleven Billboard Top 40 hits.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
Paul McCartney flies to America to attend girlfriend Jane Asher's 21st birthday party in Denver, Colorado. He gave her a large diamond ring, which she later lost.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
After riots had broken out in 30 US cities, James Brown made a national television appeal for calm in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
"These Eyes" by The Guess Who enters the Billboard chart on its way to #6 a month later. Guitarist Randy Bachman wrote the basic piano chords with an original title of "These Arms". Vocalist Burton Cummings changed the title to "These Eyes" and added the middle eight bars.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
Chicago became the first American Rock group to perform at Carnegie Hall. They played six sold out shows and recorded the concerts for the four-record album, "Chicago at Carnegie Hall", which became their third LP to make the top 5 in the US.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
Minnie Riperton's, "Lovin' You" reached the top of the Billboard singles chart. Minnie began recording as part of The Gems and then later with Rotary Connection. She had retired from the music scene in 1970 to raise a family when Stevie Wonder persuaded her to join his back-up group, Wonderlove. Wonder later produced Riperton's first solo album, "Perfect Angel" along with four more albums before she died of cancer on July 12th, 1979. "Lovin' You" reached #2 in the UK.

April 5
An all female Rock band out of L.A. called Fanny enjoy their biggest hit when "Butler Boy" tops out at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their first taste of recording success had come in 1971 when a song called "Charity Ball" peaked at #40.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
US Interior Secretary James Watt officially announces that he will not invite The Beach Boys and The Grass Roots to perform at the annual Fourth of July celebration in Washington because they attract "the wrong element of people." His choice of entertainers is Wayne Newton. President Ronald Regan would overturn the decision two days later.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
James Brown turned himself in to police in Aiken, South Carolina to face charges that he beat his third wife with a pipe and fired a gun into a car while she was inside.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
Jimi Hendrix's former girlfriend, Monika Danneman, committed suicide after losing a court case brought by another former lover, Kathy Etchingham. The two had been in dispute over the circumstances of Hendrix's death, leading to the police reopening their inquiries into the incident in 1993.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
50 year old drummer Cozy (Collin) Powell was killed in a car accident after bad weather forced him to lose control on a highway near Bristol. He had worked with Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Peter Green, Jeff Beck and Emerson, Lake And Powell.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
Gene Pitney, who had a string of hits in the early and mid-sixties, including " The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (#4), "Only Love Can Break A Heart" (#2) and "It Hurts To Be In Love" (#7), was found dead at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff, Wales. He was 65.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
Former KISS guitarist Mark St. John died from an apparent brain hemorrhage at the age of 51. St. John was Kiss' third official guitarist, having replaced Vinnie Vincent in 1984 and appeared on the album "Animalize".

2011 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
The Recording Academy announced a major streamlining of its Grammy categories, cutting them from 109 down to 78. Gone are awards for Best Male and Female Vocal in the Pop, Country and R&B genres, Pop and Country collaboration, and Best Pop, Rock and Instrumental Performances. In all, 52 awards were eliminated and 21 were created.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

April 5
The Los Angeles County coroner released Whitney Houston's final autopsy report which showed the singer drowned face down in a tub of "extremely hot water" about 12 inches deep. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning with the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" as contributing factors.






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