On this day, April 4 In Music History

On this day, April 4 In Music History


On this day, April 4 in 1960 – RCA Victor Records became the first company to release pop singles in mono and stereo at the same time. The first record to be released in both mono and stereo was Elvis Presley‘s single ‘Stuck on You’.

1960 – With ‘High Hopes’Frank Sinatra  won an Oscar for Best Original Song at the annual Academy Awards. A track from the movie ‘A Hole In The Head’.

1964 – The Beatles held the first five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Please Please ME #5′, I Want to Hold Your Hand #4′, She Loves You #3′, Twist and Shout #2’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at No.1. An absolute record that still stands still. They also dominated in Canada and Australia where they had 9 and 6 singles in Top 10.

1967 – Cat Stevens and Jimi Hendrix appeared on the first episode of the BBC show Dee Time, hosted by Kiki Dee. They also played a show together the same day at Bournemouth Winter Gardens in England.

1970 – In Framingham, Massachusetts, Diana Ross made her first solo concert after her departure from The Supremes.

1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young topped the US album chart with their second studio album ‘Deja Vu’. Also the band’s first album with Neil Young.

1976 – The Clash made an appearance at the El Paradiso club in London, England on this day, April 4 in music history.

1981 – With their tenth studio album called Paradise TheatreStyx topped the Billboard album chart. Also their most successful album.

1987 – Formerly known as Jefferson AirplaneStarship topped the US singles chart with ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’.

Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

1987 – U2‘s fifth studio album The Joshua Tree debuted at No.7 on the US album chart. The LP also won a Grammy Award for Album Of The Year.

1992 – At The Palladium in Los Angeles, Beastie Boys made their first live appearance.

1996 – Take That made their “last” performance on a Dutch TV show before disbanding. “Last” because they did eventually reunite in 2005 and have been recording and touring ever since.

2003 – After decades of recording and touring, The Rolling Stones finally appeared in India. They performed at the Bangalore Palace in Bangalore.

2003 – With his debut album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) became the highest selling artist for the first quarter of the year after selling more than four million copies in two months.

2007 Keith Richards had to issue a statement to deny a quote from NME magazine that he snorted his father’s ashes.

2008 Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles became the most powerful couple in the industry after marrying each other at a private ceremony.

2009 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Little Anthony and The Imperials, Metallica, Jeff Beck, Run-DMC and Bobby Womack.

Metal Bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2012 – Justin Bieber‘s single ‘Boyfriend’ sold over 600,000 copies in the first week of release. It also debuted on No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

2016 – Three months after his death, it was reported that David Bowie dominated the UK album charts in the first few months of the year.


1913 – One of the most influential blues musicians of 20th century McKinley Morganfield also known as Muddy Waters was born on this day, April 4 in music history.

1939 – South African composer, trumpeter and singer Hugh Maskela was born on this day, April 4 in music history.

1940 – American songwriter Sharon Sheeley was born on this day, April 4 in Newport Beach, California. She wrote songs for musicians such as Brenda Lee, Eddie Cochran (her fiance), Glen Campbell and others.

1948 – Rock and jazz drummer Pick Withers was born on this day in Leicester, England. Best known as the founding member of Dire Straits.

1948 – Bassist and founding member of The Alman Brothers BandBerry Oakley was born on this day in Chicago, Illinois.

1952 – Lead singer and backing vocalist of rock band SladeDavid Hill was born on this day, April 4 in music history.

1952 – Rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Gary Moore was born on this day in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has played with bands such as Thin Lizzy and Skid Row. Also has shared the stage with greats like B.B. King, George Harrison, Albert King and others.

1962 – English musician, bass guitarist and songwriter Craig Adams was born on this day, April 4 in music history.

1966 – Original bassists of Alice In ChainsMike Starr was born on this day, April 4 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He played with the band from 1987 until 1993.

1972 – Magnus Sveningsson of the Swedish rock band The Cardigans, was born on this day, April 4 in in Falkoping.

1973 – Grammy nominated R&B singer-songwriter Kelly Price was born on this day in Queens, New York.

1978 – British singer-songwriter and record producer Lemar Obika was born on this day, April 4 in music history.

1980 – Frontman of indie rock band RazorlightJonathan Borell was born on this day in Surron, England.

Featured image by: Giacomo Bettiol

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