On this day, April 7 In Music History

On this day, April 7 In Music History


On this day, April 7 in 1956 – With Alan Freed as host, the first nationally broadcasted Rock and Roll show premiered on the CBS Radio Network. The show was called Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party.

1962 – While they are at the local music venue in West London, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met their future bandmate Brian Jones. A year later the three of them performed together at the same place under the name Rolling Stones with Charlie Watts on drums.

1968 – At the Westbury Music Fair in Long Island, New York, Nina Simone performed ‘Why (The King of live is Dead)‘. A song dedicated to the late Martin Luther King Jr who was assassinated three days earlier.

1968 – While Nina Simone sang in Long Island, another tribute jam session to Martin Luther King was held at the Generation Club in New York. Musicians such as B.B. King, Richie Havens, Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix all performed at the event.

1970 – While The Beatles topped the US singles chart with ‘Let It Be’, John Lennon as a solo artist reached No.3 with ‘Instant Karma!’. And also to be noted is that The Jackson 5 were at #2 with ‘ABC’.

1975 – After a show in Paris, France, Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple. He later went on to form the rock supergroup Rainbow.

1978 – Prince released his debut album ‘For You’ on this day, April 7 in music history via Warner Brothers Records

1978 – The Police released Sting‘s song ‘Roxanne’. The track peaked at #12 on the UK singles chart but it still managed to find its place on the Rolling Stones “500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. It was also inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.

The Police – Roxanne

1981 – Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band kicked of their first world tour in Hamburg, Germany. Before that they never toured outside North American.

1981 – British record producer, record label owner and manager of The WhoKit Lambert died at the age of 45 after falling down a flight of stairs.

1985 – The English pop duo Wham! made history on this day because they became the first western pop group to perform in China.

1987 – American jazz vocalist and performer Maxine Sullivan died at the age of 75 after suffering a seizure.

1987 – Whitesnake released their eponymous and bestselling seventh studio album. The album features classics such as ‘Here I Go Again’ and ‘Is This Love?’.

1988 – Alice Cooper almost lost his life during rehearsal before a show. A safety rope snapped, broke his arm and left him swinging in the air by his neck. But luckily he was saved by a roadie who was at the scene.

1994 – Founding member and singer of Dr FeelgoodLee Brilleaux died at the age of 41 from lymphoma.

1998 – Cuban American session drummer Carlos Vega died at the age of 41 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound

2000 – German bassist and singer Heinz Burt died at the age of 57 after a long battle with motor neuron disease.

2008 – Bob Dylan became the first rock musician to receive a Pulitzer Price for his ‘profound impact on popular music and American culture’.

2017 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Nile Rodgers, Pearl Jam, Tupac Amaru Shaku, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Yes.

Metal Bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


1915 – American jazz singer Eleanora Fagan also known as Billie Holiday was born on this day, April 7 in music history.

1920 – Composer of Hindustani classical music Rabindra ‘Ravi’ Shankar was born in Benaes, India. He is also the father of Norah Jones.

1935 – Country music singer-songwriter Robert ‘Bobby’ Bare was born on this day, April 7 in Ironton, Ohio. His son Bobby Bare Jr. is also a musician.

1937 – American rhythm and blues musician Charlie Thomas was born on this day Lynchburg, Virginia. Best known as member of The Drifters. Also an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1988.

1938 – American musician Spencer Dryden was born on this day, April 7 in music history. Best known as drummer for Jefferson Airplane. But has also played for New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Dinosaurs.

1943 – Founding member and guitarist of Jethro TullMick Abrahams was born on this day in Luton, England.

1947 – Founding member of the electronic music group KraftwerkFlorian Schneider was born in Ohningen, Germany.

1948 – Pioneering musician of the disco genre, Carol Douglas was born on this day, April 7 in Brooklyn, New York City.

1948 – Singer, songwriter and record producer John William Oates was born on this day in New York City. Best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates.

1951 – American rock and blues musician Bruce Gary was born on this day, April 7 in music history. Also known as the drummer for The Knack.

1951 – Singer-songwriter Janis Ian was born on this day as Janis Eddy Fink in New York City. Best known for her 1975 chart topping single ‘At Seventeen’.

1960 – Singer-songwriter and record producer Simon Climie was born in London, England. Also known as the lead singer of UK duo Climie Fisher.

1979 – Member of the English boy band Blue, Duncan James was born on this day, April 7 in music history.

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