16 April

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1973 Paul McCartney's first television special, James Paul McCartney, airs on ABC, featuring a few Beatles songs, new Wings tracks, sketches, and a final performance of a song called "Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance," originally written for Twiggy.

1972 Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut at Croydon, England's Fox and Greyhound pub.

1971 Ringo Starr releases his second solo single in the US, "It Don't Come Easy," which will peak at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1971 Tejano singer Selena is born Selena Quintanilla in Lake Jackson, Texas.

1969 The Beatles record "Old Brown Shoe" and "Something."

1969 Elektra drops the MC5 after the retailer Hudson's pulls all Elektra albums in retaliation for an ad the MC5 put in an underground paper that said "F--k Hudson's." The band was upset because they refused to stock their Kick Out The Jams album. Here's the song that gave its name to the album.

1966 The Beatles record "Rain."

1965 The Hollies make their US stage debut at New York's Paramount Theatre.

1964 David Pirner (frontman of Soul Asylum) is born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

1964 The Rolling Stones release their self-titled debut album in the UK.

1964 Dean Martin records "Everybody Loves Somebody."

1964 The Beatles record "A Hard Day's Night."

1963 Jimmy Osmond (of The Osmonds) is born in Canoga Park, California.

1962 Punk rocker Ian MacKaye (of Minor Threat, Fugazi) is born in Washington, DC.

1947 Rock singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty (of Stealers Wheel) is born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

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Tribute Concert Celebrates Nelson Mandela's Release


The Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa concert is held in Wembley Stadium, London, to celebrate the release of Mandela, who had been imprisoned since 1962. Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt all perform.

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