17 April

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1974 Vinnie Taylor (lead guitarist for Sha Na Na) dies of an accidental heroin overdose at age 24.

1974 Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham (of Spice Girls) is born Victoria Adams in Harlow, Essex, England.

1971 Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World" reaches #1, where it stays for six weeks.

1970 Rapper Redman is born Reginald Noble in Newark, New Jersey.

1970 Paul McCartney releases his first solo album, McCartney. Unlike the grand Beatles' productions, this one is stripped-down, with Paul playing all the instruments himself.

1970 Johnny Cash plays for President Richard Nixon at the White House, performing his song "What Is Truth." Nixon requested a song called "Welfare Cadillac," which Cash politely declines to play.

1969 The first solo concert by The Band is held in San Francisco, California.

1964 Them (with Van Morrison) make their first concert appearance, at Belfast's Maritime Hotel.

1964 Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan is born James Herbert Keenan in Ravenna, Ohio.

1961 The Cleftones release their R&B version of "Heart and Soul."

1960 Gene Vincent is seriously injured in a Wiltshire, England, car crash in which Eddie Cochran dies.

1955 Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks singer/guitarist) is born in Leigh, Lancashire, England.

1954 Songwriter and musician Michael Sembello is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1953 Harry Belafonte makes his film debut in Bright Road, also starring Dorothy Dandridge. He soon becomes a star of stage and screen.

1948 "Miami Vice" composer Jan Hammer is born in Prague.

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"Planet Rock" Introduces Electro And 808s To Hip-Hop


Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force release "Planet Rock," the first hip-hop hit with electronic elements and a rhythm powered by a Roland TR-808 drum machine. It's just the third rap song to reach the Hot 100, following "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang and "The Breaks" by Kurtis Blow.

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