Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 9






1860 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
What is believed to be the world's oldest recording was made by French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville when he recorded a young lady, believed by historians to be his daughter, singing "Au Clair de la Lune". The song was captured on a "phonautograph", a device that engraved sound waves onto a sheet of paper blackened by the smoke of an oil lamp. The event took place 17 years before Thomas Edison invented his phonograph.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
Capitol and Vee Jay Records settle their feud out of court over the rights to recordings by The Beatles. Capitol contended in the suit that Vee Jay's rights to the Beatles had been cancelled on August 8th 1963 for non-payment of royalties. Vee Jay was forced to stop selling "From Me To You", "Please Please Me", "Love Me Do" and other early Beatle releases.

April 9
The Rolling Stones make their first live appearance on British TV's Ready Steady Go!

1965 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
Bruce Johnston joins The Beach Boys, replacing Glen Campbell, who was playing bass on the road and singing Brian Wilson's vocal parts.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
Paul McCartney announces a "temporary break with The Beatles," citing "personal differences" and adding that he will no longer record with John Lennon. Paul disapproved of Yoko Ono and of Beatles financial advisor Allen Klein. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney's resignation, John said, "Paul hasn't left. I sacked him." A week after McCartney's announcement, he released his first solo album, spelling the end of The Beatles.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
Terry Jacks was at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Seasons In The Sun", an English-language adaptation of the song "Le Moribond" by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. Earlier recordings had been released by The Kingston Trio and The Fortunes.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
Folk hero Phil Ochs hanged himself at his sister's house in Queens, New York. He was 35.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
ABBA earned their only number 1 hit in the United States when "Dancing Queen" went to the top. The song also led the charts in 13 other countries.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
Brook Benton, most often remembered for his 1970 #4 hit, "A Rainy Night In Georgia", died of complications from spinal meningitis at the age of 57. Along with his own hits, Benton also wrote "A Lover's Question" by Clyde McPhatter and "The Stroll" by The Diamonds.

April 9
Dave Prater of Sam And Dave was killed in a car accident near Sycamore, Georgia while driving to his mother's house. He was 50 years old. The original duo had split on New Year's Eve, 1981 and Prater continued to tour as The New Sam And Dave Revue with Sam Daniels.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
The Rolling Stones' 52-year-old bassist, Bill Wyman, reveals his plans to marry 19 year old Mandy Smith. The two had been dating since she was 13 with the consent of her mother. The pair divorced in 1991.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
Songwriter Laura Nyro died at her home in Danbury, Connecticut of ovarian cancer at the age of 49. Nyro wrote numerous hit songs including "Eli's Coming" by Three Dog Night, "And When I Die" by Blood, Sweat And Tears, "Stoney End" by Barbra Streisand, along with "Stoned Soul Picnic" and "Wedding Bell Blues" by the Fifth Dimension.

April 9
Mae Boren Axton, who co-wrote the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel", was found dead at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. She was 82. Axton's songs were also recorded by such Country stars as Patsy Cline, Faron Young and Hank Snow. She was the mother of singer / songwriter Hoyt Axton who wrote Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World".

2008 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
Elton John performed in concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall to raise funds for Hillary Clinton's US Presidential campaign. With ticket prices ranging from $125 to $2,300, the effort took in over $2.5 million.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
Randy Cain, a founding member of The Delfonics, died at the age of 63. The Philadelphia Soul group reached the Billboard Top 40 six times, including "La-La Means I Love You" (#4 in 1968) and "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time" (#10 in 1970).

2013 - ClassicBands.com

April 9
The passing of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher prompted a huge resurgence of the song "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead", taken from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Fueled by campaigns on Twitter and Facebook, the tune soared up to ninth place on the U.K. iTunes downloads charts and second place on the Amazon singles downloads chart. A Stamford, Connecticut band called The Fifth Estate took a Rock 'n' Roll version of the song to #11 in the US in 1967.






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