5 April

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1978 Duran Duran play their first live gig, in Birmingham, England. Singer Stephen Duffy leaves the band two years later and is replaced by Simon Le Bon - shortly before the band are signed to EMI records.

1977 David Bowie and Iggy Pop perform together on Dinah Shore's daytime show on NBC.

1975 Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You," with the most famous high note of the '70s, is the #1 hit in America.

1974 The Guess Who host a celebrity tennis tournament in Toronto to benefit Ballet of Canada.

1973 R&B singer Pharrell Williams is born in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

1971 Chicago is the first American rock band to perform at Carnegie Hall.

1969 The Guess Who's "These Eyes" enters the Billboard singles chart.

1968 Singer-songwriter Paula Cole, known for the 1997 hit "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?," is born in Rockport, Massachusetts.

1967 Elvis Presley's 24th movie, Double Trouble, premieres in Hollywood.

1967 Monkees fans march in London in protest of band member Davy Jones' announced induction into the Army. The teen heartthrob is eventually exempted from duty for being his family's main provider.

1966 Alt rock guitarist Mike McCready (of Pearl Jam) is born in Pensacola, Florida.

1965 "Chim Chim Cher-ee," composed by The Sherman Brothers for the Disney musical Mary Poppins, wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

1964 Rapper Christopher "Kid" Reid (Kid 'N Play) is born in The Bronx, New York City.

1964 The Searchers make their US television debut, singing "Needles And Pins" and "Ain't That Just Like Me" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1951 Everett Morton (drummer for The English Beat) is born in the West Indies.

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James Brown Quells Riots In Boston


With tensions high the night after Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, James Brown goes ahead with his concert at the Boston Garden, agreeing to televise the show to help keep calm in the city.

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