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Today In Rock: April 1


Rudolph Isley was born.


Leonard and Phillip Chess change the name of their fledgling Chicago record label to Chess, record Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "Feel Like Going Home."


"Trouble Blues" by Charles Brown enters the R&B charts, which it tops for 15 weeks.


Granville "Stick" McGhee's "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" hits the Juke Box chart, becoming the first Atlantic record to have national impact.


Muddy Waters' "Louisiana Blues" reaches #10 on the R&B charts.


Roy Orbison's first Sun single, "Ooby Dooby," is released. Three subsequent singles fail, and Orbison, dissatisfied with the course of his career, leaves Sun and moves to Nashville.


Little Richard's biggest hit, "Long Tall Sally" released on Specialty Records, tops the R&B chart for eight weeks and reaches #6 on the pop chart. Eight years later, in April 1964, the Beatles' version of "Long Tall Sally" appears on The Beatles' Second Album.


"Breathless," Jerry Lee Lewis' third Top Ten single, peaks at #7.


"Runaway," Del Shannon's first single, hits #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K.


Beatles manager Brian Epstein meets George Martin to play him a demo tape by the Liverpool group. George Martin signs the Beatles to EMI.


After nearly 14 years on the Imperial label, Fats Domino signs with ABC-Paramount when his contract expires. He'll also record for the Mercury and Reprise labels during the Sixties.


The Beatles hold the top five positions in Billboard's singles chart and the top two positions on the album chart.


Freddie and the Dreamers reach Number One on the U.S. pop charts with "I'm Telling You Now," prompting the dance fad "The Freddy."


Jimi Hendrix goes to New York with Little Richard's band and takes a room at the Theresa Hotel. Over the next several months, he will play with Little Richard, King Curtis, Joey Dee and the Starlighters and the Isley Brothers. He also takes a job with a club band called Curtis Knight and the Squires.


John Lennon composes "Help!" the title song for the Beatles' second film. He later confides that the lyrics are a cry for help and a clue to the confusion and despondency he feels.


The Gray Line tour company announces the Hippie Hop, a bus trip through Haight-Ashbury for curious tourists.


Tammy Wynette releases "Stand By Your Man" and "D-I-V-O-R-C-E".


Linda Ronstadt recruits Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner for her touring band from among a pool of musicians centered around the Troubadour, a Los Angeles club that is the center of the nascent country-rock scene.


Bob Welch joins Fleetwood Mac, contributing guitar, vocals and songwriting. The group rebounds with two exquisite albums released in relatively quick succession: 'Future Games' (November 1971) and 'Bare Trees' (May 1972).


Atlantic announces the signing of the Rolling Stones. The group's recordings will appear on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.


The "Killer" Rocks On, a new album, returns Jerry Lee Lewis to rock and roll.


Johnny Angel (Shelley Fabares) was a hit.


John Lennon and Yoko Ono purchase an apartment at the Dakota on Central Park West and West 72nd Street in New York.


Reba McIntyre records first single "I Don't Want To Be A One-Night Stand".


The first Ramones album, entitled Ramones, is released. Recorded for only $6,000.00, it contains 14 songs, none over two minutes long.


"Heart of Glass," by Blondie, becomes the first New Wave song to reach Number One in America.


Carlos Santana's solo album, 'Havana Moon', is released.


Marvin Gaye is fatally shot by his father.


The film 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills', featuring Little Richard in a memorable role, is released.


'Tango in the Night', the final studio album from Fleetwood Mac in the classic incarnation that cut Rumours, is released. It reaches #7 and gives rise to four Top Forty singles: "Big Love" (#5), "Seven Wonders" (#19), "Little Lies" (#4) and "Everywhere" (#14).


MTV begins airing voter registration public service announcements featuring rock celebrities.


MTV Europe launches its first pro-social on-air campaign, ROCK AGAINST DRUGS, in which artists talk honestly about their experiences with and the dangers of drugs.


Facelift, the debut album by Alice in Chains, enters the charts.


MTV Europe announces 3 new faces: Rebecca De Ruvo (from Sweden); Simone Angel (from the Netherlands); and Terry Christian (from the UK) joins MTV's line-up of VJs.


Kurt Cobain, of Nirvana, commits suicide.


'Longing in Their Hearts' becomes Bonnie Raitt's second album to hit #1, and it wins her another Grammy (for Best Pop Album) at the March 1995 awards.