Today In Pop Music: April 10 – Beatles Call It Quits
APRIL 10 BIRTHDAYS
1936 – Bobbie Smith (Spinners/vocals – died 2013 – pneumonia)
1947 – Karl Russell (Hues Corporation – ‘Rock The Boat’)
1959 – Brian Setzer (Stray Cats/guitar – Brian Setzer Orchestra)
ON THIS DAY
1962 – The Beatles former bass player (January 1960-June 1961) Stuart Sutcliff, died of a brain hemorrhage in an ambulance on his way to the hospital. He as 22 years old.
1965 – (Gotta love this one) A school in North Wales asked parents to please keep children in school uniforn and not to send them to school in cordury trousers like the ones worn by the Rolling Stones.
1967 – Marvin Gaye recorded his version of ‘I heard It Through the Grapevine, which had been a million seller for Gladys knight and the Pips a year earlier.
1985 – Madonna kicked off her very first American tour playing the first of tree nights at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle Washington.
2003 – Carole King’s former babysitter Little Eva, died at the age of 5. Eva had a #1 hit with the original version of Locomotion, which was also a #1 hit for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974, and a top 3 hit for Kylie Minogue in 1988.
1970 – One week before the release of his first solo album, Paul McCartney issued a press statement announcing The Beatles had broken up. “I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John.” Lennon, who had kept his much earlier decision to leave quiet for the sake of others was more than furious. When a reporter caught up with him for a comment about Paul’s statement, he replied “Paul hasn’t left, I sacked him”.
HERE’S JOHN TALKING ABOUT THE BREAKUP LATER THAT YEAR.