On this Day April 20, 1968

made their live debut at a gig in Tastrup, Denmark. Formerly known as Roundabout, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore suggested a new name: Deep Purple, named after his grandmother’s favourite song (which had been a hit for Peter De Rose), after his grandmother had repeatedly asked if they would be performing the song. Source link

On this Day April 20, 1991

Steve Marriott leader of and Humble Pie, died in a fire at his home in Essex. His work became a major influence for many 90s bands. Small Faces had the 1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single ‘Itchycoo Park’, plus 1968 No.1 UK album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’, Humble Pie, 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural…

On this Day April 20, 1993

released ‘Get A Grip’ their 11th studio album which became their best selling album to date with sales over 20m. The album which featured the hits: ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ and ‘Crazy’ also featured guests Don Henley and Lenny Kravitz. Source link

On this Day April 20, 2002

In the dispute over who owned the rights to recordings former members Dave Grohl and Kirst Novoselic asked a Seattle Court to prove that Courtney Love was mentally stable. They told the court that Love was ‘irrational, mercurial, self-centred, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.’ They also claimed a contract was invalid because Love was ‘stoned’ at…

On this Day April 18, 1964

appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing This Boy, All My Loving, and I Want to Hold Your Hand and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’….

On this Day April 18, 1995

drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000). Source link

On this Day April 18, 2005

Reebok pulled a UK TV ad featuring 50 Cent after a mother whose son was shot dead complained it glamorised gun crime. Lucy Cope, from London went to the Advertising Standards Authority about the campaign featuring the US rapper. The ASA had been investigating 54 other complaints from viewers over a reference to the rapper…

On this Day April 18, 2012

An original and extremely rare 1963 mono copy of Please Please Me album, signed by the Fab Four, sold on an eBay auction for nearly $25,000. Paul McCartney and John Lennon both signed their names with love in royal blue ink whereas and signed their names in midnight blue ink. The autographs were signed in…

On this Day April 17, 1960

Touring in the UK, 21-year-old US singer Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was travelling in crashed into a lamppost on Rowden Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, (where a plaque now commemorates the event). Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash, Cochran’s current hit at the time was ‘Three Steps to Heaven’….

On this Day April 17, 1965

Bob Dylan’s second studio album ‘The Freewheelin’ was at No.1 on the UK chart. The album opens with ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, which became an anthem of the 1960s, and an international hit for folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Source link