This Week In Music History
Feeling nostalgic? Take a trip back in music history and revisit all the good and bad that has happened in the world of music. Did you know that this week in 1970 Paul McCartney announced that he’d quit the Beatles?
Also this week in music, Bob Dylan played his first professional gig.
This Week in Music Over The Years (April 10- 16)
April 10, 1970 – 27 year old Paul McCartney announces he’s quit the Beatles with no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John Lennon. He also added he is forming ‘McCartney Productions’, and that he’s bought the film rights to ‘Rupert the Bear’.
April 10, 1994 – Over 5,000 fans attended a public memorial service for Kurt Cobain at Seattle Flag Pavilion
April 11, 1961 – Bob Dylan plays his first ‘professional’ gig at Gerde’s Folk City. He opened for John Lee Hooker. He sings ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and ‘Song to Woody’. Joan Baez supported him from the audience.
April 11, 1964 – Beatles occupy a record-breaking fourteen positions on US Hot 100 chart – Can’t Buy Me Love (1), Twist and Shout (2), She Loves You (4), I Want to Hold Your Hand (7), Please Please Me (9), Do You Want to Know a Secret (14), I Saw Her Standing There (38), You Can’t Do That (48), All My Loving (50), From Me to You (52), Thank You Girl (61), There’s a Place (74), Roll Over Beethoven (78) and Love Me Do (81)
April 12, 1997 – The Fugees play the first of two Charity gigs in Haiti . The gigs, to raise money for Haitian refugees, end up costing more than they raised.
April 13, 1971 – The Rolling Stones released ‘Brown Sugar’ the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking- tongue and lips logo.
April 14, 1990 – Madonna scored her seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Vogue’, also a US No.1 hit. Taken from her soundtrack album I’m Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy).
April 15, 1989 – The Fine Young Cannibals went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘She Drives Me Crazy.’
April 16, 1996 – Kiss appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they announced a reunion tour. It would mark the first time all four members had appeared together in over fifteen years.