April 8 Music History

1533 – Composer Claudio Merulo was born.

1692 – Composer Giuseppe Tartini was born.

1843 – Composer Asger Hamerik was born.

1964 – The Supremes recorded “Where Did Our Love Go.” The song was their first No. 1 single.

1968 – The Petula Clark TV special “Petula” aired on NBC.

1970 – In London, the U.K. premiere of the Woodstock movie took place. The film was a documentary of the August 1969 festival that took place in Bethel, NY.

1971 – Chicago became the first rock group to sell out a week of shows at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1973 – Neil Young‘s docu-autobiography, “Journey through the Past,” premiered at the U.S. Film Festival in Dallas.

1975 – Aerosmith released “Toys in the Attic.”

1977 – The Damned became the first British punk group to perform at New York’s club CBGB.

1977 – In Britain, The Clash‘s self-titled debut album was released.

1979 – Van Halen began their first world tour.

1979 – Aerosmith began their “Night In The Rut Tour” in Los Angeles, CA.

1982 – Peter Hook (New Order) was knocked unconscious during a riot at a show in Rotterdam.

1983 – Danny Rapp (Danny and the Juniors) was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 41.

1989 – Lol Tolhurst, keyboardist and founding member of the Cure, left the band.

1994 – Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) was found dead at the age of 27. He had committed suicide three days before.

1994 – The RIAA announced that Pink Floyd’s 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon” had become the fourth biggest-selling album in U.S. history. It had passed the 13 million mark in sales.

1998 – Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) was jailed (for 6 months) after breaking a probation order.

1998 – It was reported that Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) had been rescued along with 11 others after a fire broke out aboard a small boat in the islands south of Rio de Janneiro. An engine had been the cause of the fire.

1998 – George Michael was released on bail. The arrest was for engaging in lewd conduct in a park restroom.