Today in Rock & Roll History: April 30th

1957: Elvis Presley recorded “Jailhouse Rock” at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California. Written by the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the song became Presley’s ninth #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart, eighth on the Country & Western chart, and fifth on the R&B chart. It also became Presley’s first single to enter the British chart at #1.

1966: The Young Rascals’ first of thirteen US top 40 hits and their first #1 “Good Lovin’” hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 charts.

1966: “Get Ready” by The Temptation became their third #1 on the US R&B charts.

1966: The Rolling Stones’ fourth LP Aftermath became their third UK #1, spending the first of eight weeks at the top of the album chart.

1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first UK Tour came to a close following two final performances at London’s Granada Theatre.

1968: Less than a year after forming Blood, Sweat & Tears, Al Kooper announced that he was leaving the group. The following month, Kooper began work on a collaborative album with guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills titled Super Session.

1968: Marvin Gaye released his ninth studio album, M.P.G. It became his best-selling album of the 1960s, his first solo album to reach the top 40 on the Billboard pop chart, peaking at #33, as well as his first #1 album on the Soul Albums chart.

1971: The self-titled debut album by Thin Lizzy was released by Decca Records in Europe and by London Records in the US and Canada.

1971: The self-titled debut album by The Doobie Brothers was released by Warner Bros. Records. It is the group’s only album to feature original bass player Dave Shogren on all tracks, who left during the recording of their second album.

1972: The double album re-release of Tyrannosaurus Rex’s first two albums Prophets, Seers And Sages And The Angels Of The Ages / My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now Their Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows, both released in 1968, went to #1 on the UK chart. It remains the album with the longest title to ever go to #1 in the UK.

1973: Paul McCartney and Wings’ second studio album Red Rose Speedway was released in the US. The LP was issued in the UK less than a week later to coincide with the band’s upcoming UK tour. The album later became Wings’ first of four to reach #1 in the US.

1974: J.J. Cale’s third studio album, Okie, was released.

1976: Elton John’s live LP Here and There was released. The album’s title refers to two concerts represented on the album—one at The Royal Festival Hall in London recorded May 18, 1974, and the other at New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 28. Also released under the title London & New York, the album was issued in part to fulfill a contractual obligation owed to DJM Records before John transitioned to having his records released on his own Rocket Record Company label.

1977: The Steve Miller Band’s cover of Paul Pena’s “Jet Airliner” entered the Billboard Hot 100. It later became the group’s fourth top 10 hit, reaching #8.

1977: Glen Campbell had his second #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Southern Nights.” Originally written and recorded by Allen Toussaint, the lyrics were inspired by Toussaint’s childhood memories of the backwoods of Louisiana, whereas Campbell’s version reminisces about growing up in Arkansas.

1977: Led Zeppelin set a world record for concert attendance at a single-act rock show when they played to 76,229 people at a show at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan. The Who had held the record before them at the same venue with 75,962 people and Led Zeppelin’s record was later broken by Paul McCartney.

1977: Marvin Gaye went to the top of the Billboard R&B chart with “Got to Give It Up” (Pt. 1) from his double live album Live at the London Palladium.

1983: Michael Jackson started three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with his fifth #1 on the chart, “Beat It.”

1983: Spandau Ballet was at the top of the UK chart with their only #1 single, “True.” The song was a top 10 hit around the world and reached #4 in the US.

1984: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters released his first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, a concept album he’d original conceived in 1977. Guest musicians on the LP include Eric Clapton on guitar, David Sanborn on saxophone, and Michael Kamen on piano.

1984: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released their fifth studio album, Junk Culture. The group shifted to a more accessible sound after the commercial disappointment of their experimental 1983 album Dazzle Ships.

1984: The Cure released their fifth studio album, The Top.

1988: Erasure topped the UK chart with their third studio album, The Innocents.

1991: Joe Jackson released his first album after moving from A&M Records to Virgin, Laughter & Lust.

1991: Yes released their thirteenth studio album, Union.

1996: Dave Matthews Band released their second studio album, Crash.

1996: The Cranberries’ third studio album To the Faithful Departed was released.

Birthdays Today

Percy Heath, jazz bassist who played with the Modern Jazz Quartet, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, and Thelonious Monk, was born in Wilmington, NC in 1923.

Johnny Horton, country music and rockabilly singer and guitarist, was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1925.

Johnny Farina, half of duo Santo & Johnny with his younger brother Santo, was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1941.

Bobby Vee, singer, songwriter, and musician, was born in Fargo, ND in 1943.

Wayne Kramer, singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist, and founding member of MC5, was born Wayne Kambes in Detroit, MI in 1948.

Justin Vernon, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and frontman of Bon Iver, was born in Eau Claire, WI in 1981.