On this day, April 14 In Music History

On this day, April 14 In Music History


On this day, April 14 in 1960 – A Broadway musical inspired by Elvis Presley‘s draft in the military started playing in the theater. The name of the musical – Bye Bye Birdie.

1963 – All four members of The Beatles attended a Rolling Stones gig at The Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. That’s also when the bands met each other for the first time.

1966 – With ‘Somebody Help Me’The Spencer Davis Group topped the UK singles chart. Also their second number one single in the United Kingdom.

1966 – At Abbey Road Studios in London, The Beatles recorded the vocals for ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘Paperback Writer’.

1967 David Bowie released his nonsensical single ‘The Laughing Gnome’  through Deram Record. The song failed to chart. However, on its re-release in 1973 it reached No.6 in the UK and No.3 on the New Zealand singles chart.

1967 – The Bee Gees released their debut single ‘New York mining Disaster 1941’ through Polydor Records. The song peaked at No.10 in the UK and on No.14 on the US singles chart.

1970 – At the Royal Albert Hall in London, Creedence Clearwater Revival made their first live performance in the United Kingdom.

1973 – Two months after recording it, David Bowie released ‘Starman’ as a single in the UK. The song became his first hit since ‘Space Oddity’ in 1969.

1974 – With their fifth studio album ‘Houses of the Holy’, Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at number one on the UK album chart. Also topped the US album chart later.

1975 – After Mick Taylor‘s departure from The Rolling Stones many guitarists such as Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott and Jeff beck were rumored to replace him. But at the end it was Ronnie Wood who took his place.

1978 – With the soundtrack (‘Bright Eyes’) from the movie ‘Watership Dawn’Art Garfunkel topped the British singles chart.

Art Garfunkel – Bright Eyes

1980 – Heavy metal band Iron Maiden released their eponymous album through EMI Records in the UK. In North American however, the album was released couple months later.

1980 – Another British heavy metal band released a studio album on this day, April 14. It was Judas Priest who released their sixth studio album – British Steel.

1983 – Bassist and founding member of The PretendersPete Farndon died at the age of 30. He overdosed on heroin while in his bathtub and drowned.

1988 – Hip hop group Public Enemy released their second studio album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’.

1990 – American rock and roll singer Thurston Harris died at the age of 58 from a heart attack. He had the biggest musical success in early to mid 1950s.

1990 – Singer-songwriter Tommy Page topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘I’ll Be Your Everything’.

1997 – Electronic music band Depeche Mode released their ninth studio album ‘Ultra’ through Mute Records.

1998 – American rock/metal band Clutch released their third full-length album ‘The Elephant Riders’ through Colombia Records.

1999 – English singer-songwriter and actor Anthony Newley died at the age of 67 from renal cancer.

2005 – R&B and soul musician John Fred Gourrier died at age of 63 due to complications from kidney transplant. Best known for the 1967 hit song ‘Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)’.

2007 – Traditional pop musician and entertainer Donald Tai Loy Ho died at the age of 75 due to a heart failure.

2010 – Blues musician Walter Horn Jr also known as Mississippi Slim died at the age of 66 from a heart attack.

2012 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Crickets, The Comets, The Blue Caps, Donovan, The Famous Flames, Laura Nyro, The Midnighters, Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Beastie Boys and Faces.

2014 – Sam Smith released his most successful single (to date) ‘Stay With Me’. The song peaked at No.2 in the US while it topped the UK, Canadian and New Zealand charts. Also a Top 10 hit in multiple countries all around the world.

2015 – R&B, soul and gospel singer Percy Sledge died at the age of 74. Best known for his chart topping single ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’.

2018 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Dire Straits, The Cars, Bon Jovi, Nina Simone and The Moody Blues.

Metal Bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


1935 – American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn was born on this day, April 14 in music history. In her six decades long career, she has sold over 45 million albums worldwide. She has multiple certified gold albums and also many awards to her name.

1942 – English session pop singer and recording artist Anthony “Tony” Burrows was born on this day, April 14 in music history.

1945 – Guitarist and songwriter Ritchie Blackmore was born on this day, April 14 in Weston-super-Mare, England. Best known as one of the founding members of Deep Purple with whom he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also known for his rock supergroup Rainbow.

1949 – Co-founder and lead guitarist of the all-female rock band Fanny, June Millington was born on this day, April 14 in Manila, Philippines.

1949 – Welsh rock drummer Dennis Bryon was born on this day, April 14 in music history. Best known for his work with the Bee Gees from 1974 until 1979.

1964 – American musician Vincent “Vinnie” Moore was born on this day in New Castle, Delaware. Also known as the guitarist for hard rock band UFO.

1969 – Dutch bassist and a founding member of Porno for Pyros, Martyn LeNoble was born on this day, April 14 in Vlaardingen, Netherlands

1973 – American tenor David Miller was born on this day, April 14 in San Diego, California. Also known as member of the multi-national classical crossover vocal group Il Divo.

1974 – Rapper and actress Shawntae Harris also known by her stage name as Da Brat was born on this day in Chicago, Illinois.

1980 – Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Win Butler was born on this day, April 14 in Tuckee, California. Best known as the co-founder of indie rock band Arcade Fire.

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