Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 8






1961 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
Britain's BBC Radio bans the song "100 Pounds of Clay" by Gene McDaniels because it has a reference to women being created from building materials, which the network considered to be blasphemous.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
John and Cynthia Lennon become the proud parents of a baby boy who they name Julian, after John's late mother, Julia. The lad would grow up to have a music career of his own, scoring Top Ten hits with "Valotte" (#9 in 1984) and "Too Late for Goodbyes" (#5 in 1985).

1964 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
The Supremes record "Where Did Our Love Go" at Motown Studios in Detroit. The song would become the first of their five straight US number one singles.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
The Righteous Brothers reach the top of the Billboard singles chart for the second time with "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration". It was a #15 hit in the UK.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
Gilbert O'Sullivan scored his second UK #1 with "Get Down". It reached #7 in the US.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
Eddie Money saw his first US hit, "Baby Hold On" enter the Billboard chart, where it would reach #11. He would go on to place nine more songs in the Top 40, including two Top 10 hits "Take Me Home Tonight" (#4 in 1986) and "Walk On Water" (#9 in 1988).

1985 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
American songwriter John Fred Coots, who co-wrote Pat Boone's US chart topper "Love Letters In The Sand", as well as the children's Christmas classic "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", died at the age of 87. In all, Coots wrote over 700 songs.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
26-year-old David Hirsch replaced 59-year-old Dick Clark on American Bandstand. His debut also marked Bandstand's move to the USA cable network from national syndication. Clark had been the host of the program for 33 years.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd's 1973 album "Dark Side of the Moon" had become the fourth biggest-selling album in US history and had passed the 13 million mark in sales. Worldwide, "Dark Side of the Moon" has sold more than 25 million copies.

April 8
An electrician hired to install a security system at Kurt Cobain's residence finds the body of the 27 year old Nirvana front man lying on the floor of a room above the garage with a shotgun on his chest and a suicide note nearby. Not everyone was convinced his death was a suicide and The Mystery Of Kurt Cobain's Death is still a hotly debated topic today.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
The Rolling Stones' guitarist Ron Wood was exploring islands near Rio de Janeiro in a small boat when one of the engines caught fire. He, along with ten other passengers were rescued when nearby journalists came to their aid.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
Santana returned to the top of the US singles chart for the second time in six months with "Maria Maria", another track pulled from the Grammy Award winning album "Smooth".

2010 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
Malcom McLaren, best known as the manager of the Sex Pistols, died of cancer in New York City at the age of 64.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
Annette Funicello, who had two US Top 10 singles: "Tall Paul" in 1959 and "O Dio Mio" in 1960, died from complications of multiple sclerosis at the age of 70. She rose to fame for her TV role on The Mickey Mouse Club and continued her acting career into her adult life, which included six Beach Party movies with Frankie Avalon.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
A documentary that chronicled the history of one of the British Invasion's most popular bands called, The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over, premiered on PBS' Great Performances.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
People magazine reported that Barry Manilow secretly married his manager, Garry Kief, sometime during 2014. The publication's sources said that Barry and Garry invited "20 to 30 guests" to Manilow's Palm Springs house under the guise of a luncheon, which turned out to be a wedding ceremony.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

April 8
Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and Cheap Trick were among the artists inducted into Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Barclays Center.

April 8
Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert in Greensboro, North Carolina to protest the state's passing of the controversial Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. Also known as the "bathroom bill", the Act said that transgender people must use rest rooms associated with the sex noted on their birth certificate.






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