This Week in Music History
April 19th, 1974 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appear at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. Tickets are just $4.50 and the promoter of the event takes a gamble that word-of-mouth will be enough to fill the 550 seats, however, only 250 attend.
April 20th, 1969 – Drummer Benny Benjamin dies today, he was a session drummer for ‘The Funk Brothers’ and played on many Motown hits in his career, recording with The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder.
April 21st, 1984 – Phil Collins starts a run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from ‘Against All Odds’. It was Phil’s first US No.1 and lasted 3 weeks. Originally titled “How Can You Just Sit There?”, the song was initially from the sessions for Collins’ debut solo album Face Value, and it was one of about a dozen written for his first wife, who had left him.
April 22nd, 2008 – Die hard Elvis Presley fans learn that Elvis had spent time in London on a secret tour given by his friend Tommy Steele. Steele took him around London in 1958 showing him landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament. It wasn’t until 2008 that this information was relieved as it had originally been believed that Elvis had never visited the UK except for a stop over flight.
April 23rd, 1983 – Dexy’s Midnight Runners hits No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Come On Eileen.’ It would be the group’s only No.1 in the U.S.
April 24th, 1976 – Paul McCartney and Wings’ new album ‘Wings At The Speed Of Sound’ goes to No.1 on the album chart. It’s McCartney’s fifth No.1 album after The Beatles became his most successful American chart album, spending seven nonconsecutive weeks at #1.
April 25th, 1979 – The Police make their TV debut on BBC ‘Top Of The Pops’ program. They performed ‘Roxanne’ which was taken from their album ‘Outlandos d’Amour.’