On this day, April 6 In Music History

On this day, April 6 In Music History


On this day, April 6 in 1956 – After auditioning the week earlier, Elvis Presley signed a seven year deal with Paramount Studios. He had to do three movies with them, for which he received $450,000.

1957 – With ‘Round and Round’Perry Como scored his ninth number one single since 1945 on the Billboard singles chart.

1963 – Instead of renewing his contract with Imperial RecordsFats Domino signed with ABC-Paramount Records.

1966 – The Beatles started their first recording session for their seventh studio album ‘Revolver’. At the Abbey Road studios in London, they recorded John Lennon‘s ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’.

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1968 – Pink Floyd announced the departure of the band’s founder Syd BarrettSyd left the band because he suffered from psychiatric disorders caused by a drug abuse.

1968 – The soundtrack LP from the movie The Graduate topped the US album chart. The album featured many Simon and Garfunkel songs including the classics ‘Sound of Silence’ and ‘Mr. Robinson’. They also topped the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Mr.Robinson’ later that year.

1969 – Founding member and bassist of The KinksPete Quaife left the band after five years of touring and recording.

1970 – Only couple months after leaving The SupremesDiana Ross released her debut album as a solo artist called ‘Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)’.

1971 – Russian composer, pianist and conductor Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky died at the age of 88 due to a heart failure.

1971 – The Rolling Stones launched their own record label ‘Rolling Stones Records’. They also released their first single through their new label called ‘Brown Sugar’.

1973 – David Bowie released ‘Drive-In Saturday’, a single from his sixth studio album Aladdin Sane. The track peaked at number three on the UK singles chart.

David Bowie – Drive-In Saturday

1974 – With ‘Piano Man’Billy Joel managed to enter the Top 40 in the US for the first time in his career. The track later peaked at No.25.

1974 – Over 200,000 people attended the California Jam 1 Festival in Ontario. Bands such as The Eagles, Deep Purple, Wind & Fire, Black Sabbath all appeared at the festival.

1979 – Rod Stewart married George Harrison‘s ex-wife Alana Hamilton in Beverly Hills, California. They had two kids but their marriage only lasted for five years.

1984 – Early rock and roll musician Ral Donner died at the age of 41 after battling with lung cancer.

1985 – Because of unpaid royalties, Gilbert O’Sulivan won a $2 million worth lawsuit against his manager Gordon Mills.

1988 – Barbara Robison collapsed during a concert in Butte, Montana and was rushed to a hospital. Sadly however, she didn’t manage to recover and passed away two weeks later due to a toxic shock poisoning.

1992 – Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox released her debut album as a solo artist called ‘Diva’. The record topped the UK album chart and also sold over 1.2 million copies in Britain alone.

1992 – For the first time since 1969, George Harrison performed a full live solo concert. The show took place in London, England.

1998 – Punk-rock singer and songwriter Wendy O. Williams died at the age of 48 after committing suicide. Best known as the lead singer of Plasmatics.

1998 – Country music singer-songwriter Tammy Wynette died at the age of 55 after battling with numerous health problems for years.

2004 – Rock and roll guitarist Niki Sullivan died at the age of 66 due to a heart attack. Best known as a founding member of Buddy Holly’s backing band The Crickets.

2016 – Due to complications from pneumonia, Merle Haggard died on the day he was also born on. It was his 79th birthday.


1921 – Blues harmonica player Walter Horton also known as Big Walter was born on this day, April 6 in music history.

1927 – American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger Gerry Mulligan was born on this day in Queens, New York City. As an arranger he had worked with musicians such as Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, Chet Baker and others.

1929 – Pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor André George Previn was born on this day in Berlin, Germany.

1937 – Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Merle Haggard was born on this day, April 6 in music history. Also known as one of the pioneers of the Bakersfield sound.

1941 – American guitarist and music producer William Louis Shelton was born on this day in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1942 – German musician and composer Christopher Franke was born on this day, April 6 in Berlin. Best known as member of electronic group Tangerine Dream from 1971 until 1987.

1944 – Founding member and bassist of The Pretty ThingsJohn Stax was born on this day, April 6 in music history.

1947 – Drummer of British soul band Hot ChocolateTony Conner was born on this day, April 6 in Romford, England.

1952 – German heavy metal singer Udo Dirkschneider was born on this day in Wuppertal. Best known as founding member of Accept with whom he played from 1976 until 1987. But also for his post-Accept band called U.D.O.

1965 – Frontman of the alternative rock band Pixies, Charles Thompson was born on this day, April 6 in Boston, Massachusetts. Also known as Black Francis or Frank Black by his stage name.

1978 – British singer and pianist Myleene Klass was born on this day in Norfolk, England. Best known as member of the pop group Hear’Say.

Featured image by: Shinya Suzuki

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