Roots of Rock (April 12-17) 

Things that Happened This Week: The birth of rock and roll, the death of legends and Metallica sues IU...

April 12
Bill Haley records "Rock Around The Clock" in 1956. The record will become a modest hit, selling 75,000 copies, but would become a national sensation when it was featured in the movie The Blackboard Jungle a year later. It was also the first (and best) theme song to the TV show Happy Days

April 13
in 1983, Pete Farndon, bassist for The Pretenders on hits "Brass In Pocket" (1980) and "Back On The Chain Gang" (1983), died of a drug overdose. He was 30 years old.

April 14
Metallica filed suit in 2000 against Napster, leading to the service's demise. Indiana University was one of four schools also sued by the band for copyright infringement, but were dropped from the suit after they blocked access to Napster on campus servers.

April 15
Buffalo Springfield perform for the first time in 1966, opening for The Byrds at a concert in San Bernardino, California.
Joey Ramone of the The Ramones died of lymphatic cancer in 2001, at the age of 49 . His real name was Jeff Hyman

April 16
The Rolling Stones first album was released in 1964. It sold over 200,000 copies and hit number one in the UK two weeks later and was the first non-Beatles album to reach the top in over a year.

April 17

Rock and Roll pioneer Eddie Cochran was just 21 years old when he was killed in 1960 after the car in which he was riding blew a tire, then hit a lamp post. Cochran enjoyed hits with "Summertime Blues", "C'mon Everybody" and "Sittin' in the Balcony". Gene Vincent and Cochran's fiancée, Sharon Sheeley, both survived the crash.

In 1969, Bob Dylan's former backing group, simply known as The Band, make their first stand alone appearance at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

Danny "The Phantom" Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen, whose work helped define the E Street Band's sound on hits from "Hungry Heart" through "The Rising", died of cancer at the age of 58 in 2008.
Final performance - Indianapolis / March, 2008


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