Hello all! have you been caught out yet?
That’s right its April 1st!
Today’s history lesson will have a joke event from music history… will you guess which one it is?
I hope you have your pencils ready, start taking notes, were off!
On this day in… (1st April)
1966, Pye Records released David Bowie’s first solo single, ‘Do Anything You Say’. Bowie had previously recorded as David Jones and The Lower Third.
1966, The Troggs recorded ‘Wild Thing’ at Regent Sound Studio in London. The song went on to be a No.1 US and No.2 UK hit in June the following year.
1969, The Beach Boys announced they were suing their record label Capitol for $2m in unpaid royalties.
1970, As an April Fool’s joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that they were having dual sex change operations.
1976, Making their live debut in the UK, AC/DC played at The Red Cow in Hammersmith, London.
1976, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s house was broken into with thieves taking guitars valued at over £7,000.
1984, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parent’s home in Los Angeles, California. The argument started after his parents squabbled over misplaced business documents, Gaye attempted to intervene, and was killed by his father using a gun he had given him four months before. Marvin Sr. was sentenced to six years of probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Charges of first-degree murder were dropped after doctors discovered Marvin Sr. had a brain tumour.
1985, David Lee Roth quit Van Halen shortly after releasing his version of The Beach Boys’, ‘California Girls’, He was replaced by Sammy Hagar later in the year.
1989, Madonna scored her third UK No.1 album with ‘Like A Prayer.’ Also a US No.1 the album spent 70 weeks on the UK chart.
2000, Santana started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Maria Maria.’
1995, The Outhere Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Stop (Wiggle Wiggle). The duo from Chicago had four other Top 20 hits this year.
2001, It was reported that Spice Girl Mel B had been advised to sell her £3.5m Buckinghamshire mansion because she couldn’t afford to run it. The singer told friends she had to take out a £500.000 bank loan.
2009, Björk came out as a Led Zeppelin superfan, but announced she’d taken a job as the band’s new singer, according to her official site. The statement said that Björk took the position out of fear Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was too involved with his collaborations with Alison Krauss to tour, and under the conditions that only songs from Zep’s “I” and “IV” would be played. The tour was “scheduled” to start June 2009.
2011, ’90s teen heartthrobs Hanson announced they were putting pop rock aside and recording an album entirely of Slipknot covers. “We just felt like we needed to reinvent ourselves as a band a little bit with this kind of a project, Zac Hanson told VH1, with his brother Taylor adding, “Slipknot is kind of an underrated band!”
Hanson – Practicing Slipknot.
2013, A signed copy of The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sold at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions for $290,500 (£191,000). The selling price far exceeded the $30,000 (£19,700) originally estimated for the rare LP record. The UK Parlophone copy of the album included a high gloss cover and vinyl gatefold sleeve.
And a Happy Birthday to…
1945, John Barbata, The Turtles, (US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, Jefferson Starship, (1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us’).
1947, Robin Scott, M, (1979 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Pop Muzik’).
1952, Billy Currie, keyboards, Ultravox, (1981 UK No.2 single ‘Vienna’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1968, Tony Cameron (British Prime Ministers brother) Hothouse Flowers keyboard player, (1988 UK No.11 single ‘Don’t Go’).
1971, Clifford Smith, (Method Man), Wu-Tang Clan, (1997 US & UK No.1 album ‘Wu- Tang Forever’).
1986, Born on this day, American country music singer-songwriter, Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum. Winner of seven Grammy awards, seven Academy of Country Music awards, and six Country Music Association awards.
Maybe one of you will send some cake?
So, at the end of today’s history lesson I’d like you all to look at your notes ant tell me which (if any) of these are pranks!
Normal rules apply, no prizes, just bragging rights!
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