Skip to main content

See also:

Today in Rock: April 23

April Stevens
April Stevens
Courtesy of TOO

Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1936 and 2011.

On this day in 1936 future singer April Stevens is NOT born in Niagara Falls, New York despite reports from some sources. Also on this day Roy Orbison is born in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

On this day in 1958 David Seville's “Witch Doctor” hits number one.

On this day in 1960 Steve Clark, future co-lead guitarist for Def Leppard is born in Sheffield, England. Also on this day Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform as "the Nerk Twins" at the Fox and Hounds pub in Reading, England. The pub is owned by McCartney's cousin and her husband.

On this day in 1962 The Beatles with Tony Sheridan release the song “My Bonnie”

On this day in 1964 The Beatles shoot the “Can't Buy Me Love” scene for their film A Hard Day's Night.

On this day in 1970 Norman Greenbaum's “Spirit In The Sky” goes gold.

The Rolling Stones and Pete Ham
The Rolling Stones and Pete Ham Courtesy of TOO

The Rolling Stones and Pete Ham

On this day in 1971 The Rolling Stones release the platter Sticky Fingers.

On this day in 1975 Pete Ham of Badfinger hangs himself in his London home. Ham, who was the group's lead singer and primary songwriter, was despondent over the business dealings that saw the bands album Wish You Were Here pulled from stores and his income cut off.

"The Survivors"
"The Survivors" Courtesy of TOO

"The Survivors"

On this day in 1981 Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, who are both in Germany appearing at different festivals, join Johnny Cash on stage in Stuttgart for a performance that is recorded and later released as the album The Survivors. (The trio tuneful toured together back in 1957.)

Pink Floyd, Wilco and Tom King
Pink Floyd, Wilco and Tom King Courtesy of TOO

Pink Floyd, Wilco and Tom King

On this day in 1994 Pink Floyd's CD The Division Bell hits number one in the US.

On this day in 2002, nine months after the album was rejected by Reprise Records, Wilco release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot on Nonesuch Records.

On this day in 2011 Tom King guitarist for The Outsiders dies at the age of 68.