Today In Pop Music: April 22 – The Blues Brothers First TV Appearance
APRIL 22 BIRTHDAYS
1936 – Glen Campbell
1950 – Peter Frampton
1951 – Paul Carrack (Ace – ‘How Long’/Mike and the Mechanics – ‘All I Need Is A Miracle’)
ON THIS DAY
1957 – Elvis Presley’s iconic custom built ‘Music Gates’ were installed at his Graceland home in Memphis.
1966 – The Troggs ‘Wild Thing’ was released on two seperate record labels in the United States. The combined efforts of Atco and Fontana records pushed the song to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. it went on to become a major influence on later garage rock and punk bands.
1969 – On the roof of The Beatles Apple building in London, John Lennon changed his middle name from Winston to Ono.
1989 – Madonna began a three week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Like A Prayer’, her seventh #1 hit.
2008 – It was revealed that 60’s British pop star Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after the two singers struck up a friendship. When Elvis flew to London for a day, Tommy took him around the city showing him famous city landmarks like the House of Parliment. Until this story came out, Elvis fans had believed for a half century that the only time Elvis set foot in the UK was during a stop over at an airport in Scotland in March 1960.
2013 – Richie Havens, the singer who opened the 1969 Woodstock festival in 1969, and had a top 20 hit with his cover of The Beatles ‘Here Comes The Sun’ two years later, died of a heart attack at hs home in Jersey City. He was 72.
1978 – John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first appearance as Jake and Elwood, The Blues Brothers on ‘Saturday Night Live’, bringing the blues to a whole new generation of music lovers.
Here’s a clip of the duo in San Francisco later that year