It’s History Time with Professor Grim!

It’s that time again, history lesson time!

So did anything happen all those years ago?


Was anyone born that would make a huge difference to the world?

Keep reading to find out!

April 6th: On this day

1956, Elvis Presley signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.

1960, The Everly Brothers started their first UK concert tour at London’s New Victoria Theatre, supported by The Crickets.

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 ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.’

1967, The first master tape of The Beatles new album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was made. The song order on side one is different from the final product at this point, the last five songs on that side being initially ordered as follows: ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’, ‘Fixing a Hole’, ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Getting Better’, and ‘She’s Leaving Home’. The Beatles had specified that there were to be no gaps between songs – a unique idea at the time. More on Sgt. Pepper

1968, Cliff Richard sang ‘Congratulations’ the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest held at the Royal Albert Hall London, winning second place behind the entry from Spain.

1968, Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use. More on Syd Barrett

1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Graduate.’

1971, The Rolling Stones launched their own record label, ‘Rolling Stones Records’, with Atlantic Records. More on The Rolling Stones

1974, The California Jam 1 festival took place in Ontario, California, featuring The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Earth Wind and Fire, ELP, Black Oak Arkansas and Seals & Croft. Over 200,000 fans attended.

The Eagles – Take It Easy – 1974 California Jam (live)

1985, UK singer, songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan won a lawsuit against his manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties and was awarded $2 million.

1985, Paul Young scored his second UK No.1 album with ‘The Secret Of Association.’

1987, Roger Waters’ lawyers issued a statement that Roger believed himself to be the creative driving force behind Pink Floyd and therefore he would contest the use of the name by anyone else and any former members of Pink Floyd.

1998, Wendy O. Williams former singer of The Plasmatics died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Williams was known for her wild stage theatrics which included blowing up equipment, near nudity and chain-sawing guitars. In January 1981 police in Milwaukee arrested her for simulating sex on stage, later that same year in Cleveland, Ohio Williams was acquitted of an obscenity charge for simulating sex on stage wearing only shaving cream.

1998, American country singer Tammy Wynette died aged 55. She scored 12 hit singles including ‘Stand By Your Man’, and sold over 30 million records world-wide, married five times and once filed for bankruptcy. Known as the first lady of country music. Wynette had the 1991 hit with The KLF ‘Justified and Ancient’ which became a No. 1 hit in eighteen countries.

2003, White Stripes went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Elephant’, the duo’s second album.

2003, Linkin Park started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Meteroa’ the bands first US and UK No.1 album.

Linkin Park – Breaking the Habit

2006, Eminem filed for divorce from his wife Kim less than three months after the couple re-married. Eminem first married his high school sweetheart Kimberly Scott in 1999. He fantasised about her death in his 2000 hit ‘Kim’ and their first marriage ended the following year. The couple remarried on 14 January 2006. Eminem was seeking joint custody of their 10-year-old daughter Hailie Jade Scott.

2008, R.E.M. went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Accelerate’ the bands fourteenth studio album.

2009, PRS for Music announced that the money made by UK artists overseas increased by £20m ($29.45) in 2008, with British talent earning almost £140m ($206.23) in 2008. It said international tours by UK acts including The Police, Coldplay, Elton John and Iron Maiden had boosted income. Four of the top 10 bestselling albums globally were by British artists, Coldplay’s Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends was the bestselling album, with 6.8 million copies sold, while Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy was fourth with her debut album Rockferry, Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse were sixth and seventh respectively.

April 6th: Born on this day

1942, Born on this day, Christopher Franke, keyboards, Tangerine Dream, (1974 UK No.15 album ‘Phaedra’).

1944, Born on this day, John Stax, The Pretty Things, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’).

1947, Born on this day, Tony Conner, Hot Chocolate, (1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’ 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win Again’ plus over 25 other Top 40 hits).

Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing.

1962, Born on this day, Stan Cullimore, Housemartins, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Caravan Of Love’).

1978, Born on this day, Myleene Klass, singer, Hear’Say, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Pure And Simple’). Now works as a TV presenter and model.

And there we have it, from The Eagles ‘Taking it Easy’ to Linkin Park ‘Breaking the Habit’ April 6th did have a few things happen!

Happy Birthday to all the above and to anyone else who’s birthday it is!

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Rev Grim

From BlackBerry Channels to blogs you'll find me bashing the sheeple! I've had 25+ years in the photographic trade, from taking pictures to printing and processing to profesional sales. I like to try and make it simple to learn rather than baffle with all the long words, new comers get confused to quickly and give up! Other than that I'll be here listening to my music the way its supposed to be listened too... FULL VOLUME! BBMC C0021F214(Rocks) - C000117D3(Temple) - C0045B753(Photography) or @UTBRock - @CRAPPLEBASHING

  • james pisano

    Hey Grim. I believe Waters felt bad about the way Floyd broke up and some of the ill feelings that occurred. But I also think he believed he was the primary creative influence and was probably right about that.

    Regarding Simon and Garfunkel, apparently, my favorite song as a child was “Mrs Robinson” from The Graduate.

    • I nearly used Mrs Robinson as one of the videos!
      Waters was certainly a huge influence in Floyd!