Thursday, 31 March 2016
Today in rock history 1st April
1945 – John Barbata (Jefferson Starship) is born 1955 – George Martin became the head of A&R for EMI’s Parlophone label 1970 – 50 musicians recorded the orchestral scores for The Beatles tracks ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘Across The Universe’ for the Phil Spector produced sessions. 1970 – Earls Court in London received over one million postal ticket applications for The Rolling Stones forthcoming six concerts as part of the group’s European tour. 1973 – Curved Air kicked off a 12-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall. 1976 – Making their live debut in the UK, AC/ DC played at The Red Cow, Hammersmith, London. 1976 – The Buzzcocks played their debut live gig when the appeared at Bolton Institute Of Technology. The power was turned off after three numbers. 1992 – Billy Idol is fined $2,000 by a Beverly Hills, Calif., judge after pleading no contest to charges he hit a woman in the face as they left a restaurant together the previous October. 1992 – Singer Jimmy Buffett and wife Jane Slagsvol have their second child, which they name Sarah Delaney, in Nashville, Tenn. 2000 – Santana started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Maria Maria.’ 2002 – Paul McCartney kicked off the first leg of his 19 date ‘Driving USA’ North American tour at The Oakland Arena, Oakland. 2004 – Paul Atkinson, veteran record executive and guitarist for the Zombies, dies in his sleep after a long battle with cancer and kidney disease. He is 48. 2009 – In what appears to be an elaborate April Fools joke, Nine Inch Nails have announced the release of a new Timbaland-produced album called ‘Strobe Light’.