On this day, April 1 In Music History

On this day, April 1 In Music History


On this day, April 1 in 1961 – The Beatles started an exhausting three-month tour in Hamburg where they played for seven hours everyday and eight on the weekends.

1966 – Through Pye Records, David Bowie released his first solo single ‘Do Anything You Say’ but the song flopped. It even failed to chart.

David Bowie’s darkest alter ego – The Thin White Duke

1966 – At Regent Sound Studio in London, The Troggs recorded their chart topping single in the US called ‘Wild Thing’. Song was also a success in the UK where it peaked at No.2.

1970 – A documentary for the Woodstock Music Festival that took place the year before in 1969 premiered in Los Angeles. The film also went on to win an Oscar at the annual Academy Awards.

1970 – Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released her third studio album ‘Ladies of the Canyon’.

1971 – Six months after his death, Jimi Hendrix‘s posthumous compilation album became a certified Gold record by the RIAA.

1976 – AC/DC made their first ever live debut in the United Kingdom when they played at The Red Cow in London.

1983 – Heavy metal guitarist Kirk Hammett received a phone call from Metallica‘s manager to audition for the band. The rest is as they say, history.

1984 – Marvin Gaye was tragically shot and murdered by his father Marvin Sr. after a heated argument. The singer was only 44 at the time of the incident. His father however, was later found to have a brain tumor and the charges for first-degree murder were dropped.

1985 – Van Halen‘s lead singer David Lee Roth left the band in order to pursue a solo career. However he eventually made a comeback in 2006 and still tours with his old band to this day.

1989 – With ‘Eternal Flame’The Bangles topped the singles chart in America and the United Kingdom.

The Bangles – Eternal Flame

1989 – With her fourth studio album Like a PrayerMadonna topped the UK album chart for the third time. Also a chart topper in the US.

1991 – Alternative rock band School of Fish released their self-titled debut album on this day, April 1 in music history.

1992 – British drummer and founding member of The CultNigel Preston died at the age of 28 due to a heroin overdose.

1995 – While serving time in jail, rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur topped the US album chart with his third studio album ‘Me Against the World’.

1999 – R&B musician and songwriter Jesse Stone died at the age of 97. He was also known under his pseudonyms Charles Calhoun and Chuck Calhoun.

2000 – After decades of rocking, Carlos Santana finally managed to score a No.1 in the US with ‘Maria, Maria’.

2004 – Guitarist and founding member of The ZombiesPaul Atkinson died at the age of 58 due to a liver and kidney disease.

2005 – Composer, songwriter and record producer Jack Keller died at the age of 68 after a hard battle with leukemia.

2015 – John Lennon‘s first wife Cynthia Lennon died at the age of 75 after a short battle with cancer. She is also the mother of Julian Lennon.


1932 – American singer and actress Debbie Reynolds was born on this day, April 1 in music history.

1934 – Country singer-songwriter James Edward Brown was born on this day, April 1 in Sparkman, Arkansas.

1939 – Founding member of the family group The Isley BrothersRudolph Isley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1942 – American musician and author Philip ‘Phil’ Margo was born on this day in Brooklyn, New York. Also known for his work with The Tokens with whom he released the chart topping single ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’.

1942 – British guitarist and record producer Alan Blakley was born on this day, April 1 in music history. Also known as a member of The Tremeloes.

1945 – American drummer John Barbata was born on this day in Passaic, New Jersey. He has worked with bands such as The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and so on.

1946 – Bass guitaist, songwriter and record producer Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Lane was born in London, England. Also known as a founding member of Small Faces and Faces.

1947 – English singer-songwriter Robin Edmond Scott was born on this day in Croydon, England. Also known for his music project called ‘M’.

1948 – Jamaican ska and reggae musician James Chambers also known as Jimmy Cliff was born on this day, April 1 in music history.

1951 – Singer-songwriter Henry Gross was born on this day in Brooklyn, New York. Best known for his work with rock band Sha Na Na. Also the youngest person (aged 18) to play on the main stage at the Woodstock music festival in 1969.

1954 – Drummer, songwriter, and record producer Jeffrey Porcaro was born on this day, April 1 in music history. Best known for his work with rock band Toto.

1961 – Vice Versa‘s lead singer and keyboardist Mark White was born on this day in Sheffield, England.

1964 – Scottish singer Susan Boyle who had the best selling album of 2009 with her debut LP, was born in Blackburn.

Featured image by: Isabel Martin

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