Surprisingly, we couldn’t find even ONE momentous thing that happend in rock ‘n’ roll on April 11th! However, lots went down on April 10th throughout the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era and here are some of the bigger happenings…
April 10, 1957
16 year old Ricky Nelson sang his first record, a cover version of Fats Domino’s “I’m Walking”, on his parents’ TV show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on ABC.
April 10, 1958
Bobby Darin records “Splish Splash”. The record will become a world wide hit, although he was outsold in Britain by a rival version from comedian Charlie Drake.
April 10, 1958
Dick Clark devoted an hour of his American Bandstand TV show to the memory of Chuck Willis, who had died earlier in the day from peritonitis. Chuck recorded hits that included: “C.C. Rider” (#12), “What Am I Living For” (#9) and “Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes” (#24).
April 10, 1962
The Beatles’ original bass player, 22 year old Stuart Sutcliffe, died of a brain hemorrhage. Sutcliffe was included in the band because he had the equipment and place to rehearse, although he couldn’t play very well. His girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, created The Beatle haircut for Stu, and John and Paul followed soon after. Sutcliffe can be heard on very early Beatle tracks included on “Anthology 1”. He left the band in 1961 to resume painting because his headaches were getting too severe to play.
April 10, 1965
Freddie and the Dreamers hit #1 in the US with “I’m Telling You Now”, two years after it had reached #2 in the UK.
April 10, 1970
Doors singer Jim Morrison is dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a concert in Boston, when Morrison screams to the audience, “Would you like to see my ___?” (your guess here). Theater management quickly switched off the power. Jim had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for “lewd and lascivious behavior” during a performance.
April 10, 1976
Peter Frampton went to #1 on the Billboard album chart with “Frampton Comes Alive”. The LP would stay on the chart for 97 weeks and sell over 6 million copies. It is still the fourth largest selling ‘live’ album of all time, behind Garth Brooks’ “Double Live”, “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live 1975 – ’85” and “The Eagles Live”.
April 10, 1982
“Ebony and Ivory”, a duet by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, debuts on the US charts at #29. It will eventually reach number one in both the US and UK, becoming Stevie’s first British chart topper. The song listed at #59 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time, but in October 2007 it was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.
April 10, 1984
Nate Nelson, lead vocalist for The Flamingos on their 1959 hit “I Only Have Eyes For You”, passed away at the age of 52.
April 10, 1999
A charity tribute concert for the late Linda McCartney was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Among the performers were Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, George Michael, Elvis Costello and Sinead O’Connor.
April 10, 2003
Little Eva (Boyd), whose original version of “The Loco-Motion” went all the way to #1 in the US in the summer of 1962, passed away at the age of 57 after a long illness.