Today In Pop Music: April 23 – Whitney Whips Beatles And Bee Gees
APRIL 23 BIRTHDAYS
1936 – Roy Orbison (died 1988)
1939 – Ray Peterson – (‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, Corinna Corinna’ – died 2005)
1949 – John Miles (Alan Parsons Project guest vocalist)
1960 – Steve Clark (Def Leppard/guitar – died 1991))
ON THIS DAY
1963 – The Beatles and The Rolling Stones me for the first time during a Stones performance at The Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey.
1971 – The Rolling Stones album ‘Stick Fingers’ was released, the first on their own label Rolling Stones Records which was distributed by Atlantic records. The iconic cover was designed by Andy Aarhol who was paid $15,000. The cover featured a close up pair of jeans with a working zipper. Many people thought the photographed crotch was that of Mick Jagger. Not so. It belonged to actor Joe Dallesandro.
1977 – Thelma Houston topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first and only time with her disco flavored ‘Don’t Leave me This Way’.
1987 – Carole King sued record company owner Lou Adler for breech of contract claiming she was owed over $400,000 in royalties. She also asked for all rights to her recordings. She didn’t get them.
1988 – Roy Orbison celebrated his last birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert during which Bruce and the audience sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Roy.
1988 – Whitney Houston smashed a chat record held by The Beatles and The Bee Gees when ‘Where Do All The Broken Hearts Go’ became her seventh consecutive hit to top the Billboard Hot 100.