Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), played the first night of a two-week engagement in 1956. They played 2 shows a day at the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. Presley was not the typical Las Vegas Strip entertainer of the time and his shows were met with a not so warm reception.
The Nerk Twins appeared at The Fox And Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire, England in 1960. The Nek Twins were John Lennon and Paul McCartney who were staying at Paul’s aunt’s pub.
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones met for the first time in 1963 during a Rolling Stones performance at the Crawdaddy Club. The music venue in Richmond, Surrey, also saw performances by Led Zeppelin, Long John Baldry, Elton John and Rod Stewart.
Thelma Houston went to No.1 on the US singles music chart with ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ in 1977.
David Bowie in 1983 started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album music chart with the Nile Rodgers produced ‘Let’s Dance’ featuring the title track which made No.1 on the US and UK singles music chart with ‘China Girl’.
U2 kicked off their 48-date ‘War’ North American tour in 1983 at The Carolina Concert For Children benefit in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Carole King sued record company owner Lou Adler in 1987 for breach of contract. King claimed that she was owed over $400,000 in royalties. She also asked for all rights to her old recordings.
Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday in 1988 at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang happy birthday to him.
Whitney Houston broke a music chart record in 1988 which was held by The Beatles and The Bee Gees when ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, became her seventh consecutive US No.1.
Kylie Minogue was seen on British TV for the first time in 1989 in the Australian soap opera ‘The Henderson Kids’.
George Michael announced in 1992 that he was donating $500,000 royalties for the sale of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ to various British and American charities.
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was sentenced to three years’ probation in 2008, after admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol. The 48-year old Sambora who was not in court at the time of the hearing would also have to attend first offender alcohol awareness classes. He was arrested in Laguna Beach after his car was seen weaving between traffic lanes.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, April 23rd are:
1936 – Roy Orbison – singer and songwriter who had a 1964 US No.1 music single ‘Pretty Woman’.
1939 – Ray Peterson – US singer
1949 – John Miles – singer, songwriter and guitarist who worked with Alan Parson’s, Jimmy Page, Joe Cocker and Tina Turner.
1955 – Ray Burns (Captain Sensible) – with The Damned.
1960 – David Gedge – vocals and guitar – The Wedding Present.
1960 – Steve Clark – guitarist with Def Leppard.
1964 – Simon Matthews – drummer with English group Jesus Jones.
1968 – Paul Clifford – bass – The Wonder Stuff.
1968 – Stan Frazier – Sugar Ray who had the No.1 music single ‘Every Morning’.
1985 – Taio Cruz – English singer-songwriter and producer.