The Roots of Rock (April 5-10)


Things that Happened This Week: The Roots of Rock (April 5-10)

See what happened this week in rock history. Stories of drugs, hookers and cowbell bliss to follow. .

April 5

After riots had broken out in 30 US cities in 1968, James Brown made a national television appeal for calm in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 6

The Beach Boys record "California Girls" in 1965 - it will eventually reach number three in the US by August, and is one of the greatest songs from the mind of Brian Wilson - who survived and came out on the good side of his personal issues, and with more musical integrity intact than the rest, though brothers Carl and Dennis have died and, sadly, Mike Love carries the Beach Boys name on tour.

The Rolling Stones released "Brown Sugar" in 1971. Besides being an iconic rock song, it was the first single on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduced the infamous licking-tongue-and-lips logo, designed by John Pasche.

April 7

Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally" - the first of his three US Top 10 hits - reaches the US Pop chart in 1956, where it would climb to #6. The record would top the R&B chart.

April 8

In 1994, an electrician hired to install a security system at Kurt Cobain's residence finds the body of the 27 year old Nirvana front man lying on the floor of a room above the garage.

Eddie Money's first US hit, "Baby Hold On" entered the Billboard chart in 1978, where it would reach #11. He would go on to place nine more songs in the Top 40, though his biggest were some of his most generic sounding music - still, give proper kudos for using Ronnie Spector on "Take Me Home Tonight" (#4 in 1986) , but not on "Walk On Water" (#9 in 1988).

April 9

In 1970, The Beatles died. Paul McCartney announced a "temporary break with the Beatles," citing "personal differences" and adding that he will no longer record with John Lennon. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney's resignation, John said, "Paul hasn't left. I sacked him." A week after McCartney's announcement, he released his first solo album.

April 10

The Beatles' original bass player, 22 year-old Stuart Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage in 1962. Sutcliffe was included in the band because he had the equipment and place to rehearse (not the first or last bandmember to get a gig that way) His girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, created The Beatle haircut for Stu, and John and Paul followed soon after. Stuarty left the band in 1961 to resume painting because his headaches were getting too severe to play.

Peter Frampton went to #1 on the Billboard album chart with "Frampton Comes Alive", an album that would stay on the chart for 97 weeks and sell over 6 million copies. It is still the fourth largest selling 'live' album of all time, behind Garth Brooks' "Double Live", "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live 1975 - '85" and "The Eagles Live".


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