Today In Pop Music: April 9 – Rolling Stones Member Robs The Cradle – Literally!


1932 – Carl Perkins (Blue Suede Shoes –  died 1998)

1944 – Gene Parsons (Byrds/drums 1968-1972)

1948 – Phillip Wright (Paper Lace/vocals-drums – ‘The Night Chicago Died’)


1966 – The Righteous Brothers kicked off a three week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with the Bill Medley produced ‘(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration’, which sounded like a Phil Spector production.  Bill obviously learned a few things from Spector who had produced several of their earlier hits.

1977 – Abba had their first American #1 hit. ‘Dancing Queen’.  it was their seventh chart hit in the states but the only one to top the charts here.  It also hit #1 in 13 other countries.

1988 – Dave Prater of Sam and Dave fame (Soul Man, Hold On I’m Comin’) was killed when his car skidded off the road and it a tree in Syracuse, Georgia, on the way to see his mom in a nearby town.  He was 50 years old.

2003 – Paul McCartney played his first Manchester show in almost a quarter century when he appeared at the MEN arena as part of the British leg of his ‘Back In The World tour 2003’.

1989 – Former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman announced his forthcoming marriage to 19 year old Mandy Smith.  The couple had met 6 years earlier when Bill was 47 and Mandy was 13.  They divorced in 1991.








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