This Week in Music History
6 Apr 1966 – The first session of what would become The Beatles album Revolver started in the evening at Abbey Road studios London, with the recording of the basic track of a new John Lennon song ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.’
7 Apr 1970 – On this week’s US Top 5 singles chart; No.5, ‘Bridge Over Trouble Water’ by Simon and Garfunkel, No.4, ‘Spirit In The Sky’, Norman Greenbaum’, No.3, ‘Instant Karma!’ by John Lennon, No.2, ‘ABC’ The Jackson 5 and at No.1, ‘Let It Be’, The Beatles.
8 Apr 1994 – The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd’s 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon had become the fourth biggest-selling album in US history and had passed the 13 million mark in sales. The album has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
9 Apr 2013 – According to the Official Charts Company one billion songs had now been downloaded in the UK. Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ was the most downloaded single of all time in the UK, followed by tracks by Maroon 5 and Gotye. The Official Charts Company said on average more than three million tracks were now sold every week.
10 Apr 1970 – Jim Morrison was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a Doors concert in Boston, after Morrison asked the audience, ‘Would you like to see my genitals?’. Theater management quickly switched off the power. Morrison had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for ‘lewd and lascivious behavior’ during a performance.
11 Apr 1994 – Oasis released their first single ‘Supersonic’ which peaked at No.31 on the UK charts. However, over time it has amassed sales of over 215,000, making it their 13th biggest selling single ever in the UK. ‘Supersonic’ was also the band’s first single to chart in the United States, where it peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
12 Apr 1968- Pink Floyd released their fourth UK single ‘It Would Be So Nice’, written by Richard Wright with Roger Waters’ ‘Julia Dream’ on the B-side. Pink Floyd were on tour in Europe on this day, and played their second night at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy.