EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY, APRIL 15
On this day, April 15 in 1964 – During a long day of filming of The Beatles‘ first movie at the Scala Theater in London, Ringo Starr told his bandmates that it’s been ‘a hard day’s night’. A phrase that inspired John Lennon to write the same titled song. Even the movie was supposed to be called Beatlemania!, but they changed it to ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.
1966 – The Rolling Stones released their sixth studio album ‘Aftermath’ through Decca Records in Britain. In US however, they had to wait till 20 June to buy and listen the record.
1966 – While The Spencer Davis Group topped the UK singles chart with ‘Somebody Help Me’, Buffalo Springfield played their first ever live gig at a concert in San Bernardino, California. They opened for The Byrds.
1968 – Aretha Franklin recorded ‘Think’, a song from her thirteenth studio album Aretha Now. She released the song in May 2nd the same year. And while it peaked at No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100, it topped Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart.
1970 – At the annual Academy Awards, a movie about the chronicles of the eponymous music festival Woodstock, won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
1971 – The Beatles won their first and only Oscar for Best Original Song Score with their fifth movie ‘Let It Be’. However, none of them attended the ceremony and Quincy Jones accepted the award on their behalf.
1972 – With her own version of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, Roberta Flack started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. The reason behind the massive success of this song was because it featured in Clint Eastwood’s movie Pay Misty For Me.
1974 – Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd released their second studio album called ‘Second Helping’. It featured their now-signature song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
1982 – A car hit Billy Joel while he was driving his Harley Davidson. The singer broke his left wrist and suffered multiple other injuries for which he stayed over a month in hospital bed. But at the end everything turned out to be fine.
1982 – Canadian heavy metal band Anvil released their second studio album called ‘Metal on Metal’.
1983 – Hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains released their second full-length album called ‘Rock For Light’.
1989 – The all-female pop rock group The Bangles started a four week run at number one on the UK singles chart with ‘Eternal Flame’. Also a chart topper in the US and Australia.
1989 – Three months after its release, rapper Tone Loc topped the US album chart with his debt album ‘Loc-ed After Dark’.
1996 – Robert Pilatus of the pop music duo Milli Vanilli was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violent attacks while on parole.
2001 – Founding member and frontman of punk rock band Ramones, Jeffrey Ross Hyman also known as Joey Ramone died at the age of 49 from lymphoma.
2011 – Keyboardist and vocalist for rock band The Fabulous Wailers, Kent Morrill died on this day at the age of 70.
2017 – American songwriter and record producer Sylvia Rose Moy died on this day, April 15 at the age of 78.
2017 – British guitarist and composer Allan Holdsworth died at the age of 70 from a heart disease at his home in California.
BORN ON THIS DAY, APRIL 15 IN MUSIC HISTORY
1894 – Blues singer Bessie Smith was born on this day, April 15 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Often praised as one of the greatest singers of her era and also called the ‘Empress of the Blues‘.
1933 – American singer and musician Roy Clark was born on this day, April 15 in music history. Best known for hosting the country music variety show Hee Haw.
1937 – Country and rockabilly singer-songwriter Robert ‘Bob’ Luman was born on this day, April 15 in Blackjack, Texas.
1939 – British singer and songwriter Marty Wilde was born on this day in South London, England. He is also the father of pop singers Ricky, Kim and Roxanne Wilde.
1944 – Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer Dave Edmunds was born on this day, April 15 in music history.
1947 – Record producer and songwriter Michael ‘Mike’ Chapman was born on this day, April 15 in Nambour, Australia. He produced breakthrough albums for bands such as Blondie and The Knack.
1947 – English musician Stuart ‘Wooly’ Wolstenholme was born on this day, April 15 in music history. Also known as vocalist and keyboardist for progressive rock band Barclay James Harvest.
1948 – Session musician, composer, orchestral arranger/conductor and also a songwriter Michael Kamen was born in New York City.
1948 – Founding member and lead singer of rock band UFO, Phil Mogg was born on this day, April 15 in London, England.
1966 – Singer-songwriter Samantha Fox was born on this day in London, England. Best known for her debut single ‘Touch Me (I Want Your Body)’ which peaked at number one in 17 countries. She is also an actress and a former glamour model.
1968 – Radiohead‘s guitarist and backing vocalist Ed O’Brien was born on this day in Oxford, England. Rolling Stone magazine ranked O’Brien as the 59th greatest guitarist of all time.
1978 – Country and rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer Chris Stapleton was born in Lexington, Kentucky.