Elvis Presley started a four-week run in 1960, at No.1 on the US singles music chart with ‘Stuck On You’.
During their North American tour in 1965, The Rolling Stones appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to over 16,000 fans.
The Jackson 5 started a two-week run at No.1 in 1970 on the US singles music chart with ‘ABC’. It was the group’s second US No.1.
Elvis Presley made the last recordings of his life during a concert at the Saginaw Michigan Civic Center in 1977. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album ‘Moody Blue’.
U2 stated a five-week run at No.1 on the US album music chart in 1987 with their fifth studio album ‘The Joshua Tree’. Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, the album topped the charts in over 20 countries, and is one of the world’s all-time best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold. The album which won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year produced the hit singles, ‘With Or Without You’, ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, and ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’.
Jon Bon Jovi’s manager Doc McGee was convicted in 1988 on drug offences arising from the 1982 seizure of 40,000 pounds of marijuana smuggled into North Carolina from Columbia. McGee was sentenced to a five year suspended prison term and a $15,000 fine.
The Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock festival was auctioned off for a record $295,000 in 1990. His two-hour set at the 1969 festival became the longest of his career.
Kris Kross started an eight-week run in 1992 at No.1 on the US singles music chart with ‘Jump’. The duo of Chris Smith and Chris Kelly were 12 and 13 when they recorded the song.
Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys was sentenced in 1994 to 200 hours of community service for attacking a TV cameraman during the memorial services for actor River Phoenix the previous November.
The Eagles in 1994, played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmidt first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, ‘Take It Easy’. The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question “When will the Eagles get back together?”
In 1997, U2’s ‘Pop Mart’ World Tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet.
Bruce Springsteen played the opening show on his Devils & Dust North American Tour at the Fox Theatre in Detroit Michigan in 2005.
During the Rolling Stones current world tour in 2007, aides to George Bush were told they could not book a luxury five star hotel suite because Mick Jagger had already booked it. Jagger had spent more than $4,000 per night for the suite at the five-star Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria in advance of the band’s appearance there. Prior to attempted booking, US Secret Service agents had already vetted the hotel but to no avail.
The Empire State Building in New York City was lit up in 2008 in Mariah Carey’s motif colors lavender, pink and white, in celebration of her achievements in the world of music. Carey was the first person in history to be honored with this event.
In 2009, a man suing rapper Snoop Dogg told a court he received a ‘brutal’ beating from the star’s security. Richard Monroe Jr. also claimed that the rapper hit him with a microphone after he climbed on stage. Mr. Monroe was asking for $22 million in damages from the rapper and others. Jurors were told that as the performer started his hit ‘Gin and Juice’, at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, Mr. Monroe thought this was an open invitation to go up on stage and party.
Rascal Flatts in 2009, went to No.1 on the US album music charts with ‘Unstoppable’, the American country pop acts sixth studio album.
In 2014, Spotify removed an album of silence by American funk band Vulpeck from its streaming site. The band’s fourth record, Sleepify, was made up of 10 tracks of silence which they encouraged fans to stream on repeat overnight. The idea was aimed at generating money so that the band could go on tour and not charge admission fees.
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 25th are:
1918 – Ella Fitzgerald – US jazz singer.
1923 – Albert King – US blues guitarist.
1933 – Jerry Lieber – songwriter and producer for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Monkees, and Cliff Richards.
1943 – Tony Christie – US singer.
1944 – Charlie Harper – vocals for punk band UK Subs.
1945 – Bjorn Ulvaeus – guitar and vocals for ABBA.
1945 – Stu Cook – bass for Creedence Clearwater Revival.
1945 – Michael Kogel – Los Bravos.
1946 – Ronnie Gilbert – The Blue Magoos.
1949 – Michael Brown – singer.
1950 – Steve Ferrone – drummer for Average White Band.
1958 – Fish (Derek Dick) – Marillion and solo, vocals.
1964 – Andy Bell – Erasure
1964 – Maya Gilder – keyboards for Furniture.
1965 – Eric Avery – Jane’s Addiction.
1965 – Simon Fowler – vocals for Ocean Colour Scene.
1980 – Jacob Underwood – O-Town, winners of the US TV Show ‘Making The Band’.