Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 6






1956 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
Paramount Pictures signs Elvis Presley to a three-picture deal just five days after his first screen test in Hollywood. Elvis was to be paid $100,000 for his first movie, $150,000 for the second and $200,000 for the third.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
Perry Como had his ninth number one single since 1945 and his only Billboard chart topper in the Rock 'n' Roll era with "Round and Round".

April 6
The Toronto quartet, The Diamonds, peak at #2 on the Billboard chart with "Little Darlin'".

1959 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
Fabian's "Turn Me Loose" enters the Billboard Pop chart, where it will reach number 9. The song was written especially for the teen idol by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
ABC Paramount signs Fats Domino, who had been with Imperial Records since the start of his career. Unfortunately, Fats had only one more Top 40 hit, "Red Sails In The Sunset", which reached #35 later in the year.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
The Beach Boys record "California Girls", which will reach number three in the US by August. In 2004, the song was ranked #71 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
The Beatles began recording the basic tracks for "Tomorrow Never Knows" at Abbey Road studios in London.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
Pink Floyd announces that founder Syd Barrett has officially left the group, saying that he is suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
After her performance at the Troubadour club in Los Angeles, 25 year old Carly Simon is introduced to 23 year old James Taylor. The pair would marry the following year, but split in September 1981.

April 6
The Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar", the first single on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking-tongue-and-lips logo designed by John Pasche.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
The Stylistics received their fourth Gold record, this time for "Break Up to Make Up", which had reached #5 in the US and #34 in the UK.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
A seven piece group called Blue Swede became the first Swedish act to top the US charts when their version of "Hooked On A Feeling" went to number one. Although the arrangement brought a fresh sound to the old B.J. Thomas hit, the single didn't chart at all in the UK.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
The Philadelphia R&B trio LaBelle performed their Billboard #1 smash "Lady Marmalade" on US TV's Cher show.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton, the ex-wife of actor George Hamilton. They would be together for five years.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
Bob "The Bear" Hite, vocalist for Canned Heat, died of a heart attack in Venice, California. The 36 year old weighed nearly 300 pounds at the time. The band had success in the late 1960s and early 1970s with, "On the Road Again" (#16), "Going Up the Country" (#11) and "Let's Work Together" (#26). The suicide death of group co-founder Alan Wilson in 1970 effectively brought Canned Heat's career to an end.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
Gilbert O'Sullivan won $2 million in a lawsuit against his manager, Gordon Mills, for unpaid royalties. O'Sullivan, who's real first name is Ray, had hit the charts in the early 1970s with the Top 10 singles, "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Get Down" and "Clair", which he had written for Mill's daughter.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
Ringo Starr guests on Fox TV's The Simpsons.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
George Harrison appeared in his first British post-Beatles solo concert, 22 years after the break-up of the group. The London show was a benefit for the Natural Law party, a fringe group with several candidates in the British election three days later.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
Wendy O. Williams, the chainsaw-wielding singer for the Punk Rock band The Plasmatics, committed suicide in the woods near her Connecticut home.

April 6
Country music legend Tammy Wynette died in her sleep at the age of 55. She crossed over to the Pop chart in 1968 with "Stand By Your Man" (#19), a strangely titled hit for a woman who was married five times.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
66 year old Niki Sullivan, one of the original Crickets, passed away at his home in Independence, Missouri. Sullivan joined up with Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Joe Mauldin in 1956 and played on most of the songs the band recorded. The hassle of touring finally forced him to drop out of the group in 1957. He retired from the music business, but occasionally performed at Holly tribute events.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

April 6
Merle Haggard died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 79. Most often remembered for the hits "Mama Tried", "Okie From Muskogee" and 36 other number one records on the Country chart, he also managed to reach #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974 with "If We Make It Through December".

April 6
Following his death in January, fans pushed six David Bowie albums into the UK Top 40, three of which made the Top 10. Elvis Presley's LP "If I Can Dream", released in October, 2015, came in at #7.

April 6
49-year-old Janet Jackson announced that she had canceled concerts in the UK and Europe because she was planning to start a family with her husband, fashion tycoon Wissam Al Mana. Although she has been married twice before, to musicians James DeBarge and Rene Elizondo, she has no children.






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