April 6 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
April 6

1956 : Having impressed Paramount Studios with his screen test five days earlier, Elvis Presley is signed to a seven-year, three-picture deal worth nearly half a million dollars.

1960 : The Everly Brothers begin their first European tour at London's New Victoria Theatre.

1968 : Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett becomes an early acid casualty, leaving the band as he can no longer contribute.

1969 : Original bassist Pete Quaife leaves The Kinks. Nobby Dalton takes his place.

1971 : Carly Simon meets James Taylor for the first time backstage after her concert at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. They would get married in November, 1972.

1971 : The Rolling Stones unveil their new custom record label, Rolling Stones Records, which also features the group's new logo, the infamous tongue-and-lips "pop art" drawing created by London graphic artist John Pasche.

1973 : The Stylistics' "Break Up To Make Up" is certified gold.

1973 : The Smothers Brothers win over $750,000 from CBS Television in a lawsuit over the cancellation of their TV show.

1974 : ABBA become European stars overnight when their composition "Waterloo" wins the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

1974 : The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake and Palmer play to a crowd of 200,000 at the California Jam in Ontario, California.

1984 : Steve "Little Steven" Van Zandt announces he's leaving the E-Street Band, and goes on to helm the Sun City project. He will return in the '90s when the band reforms.

1985 : Gilbert O'Sullivan wins a two-million-dollar judgment against his manager, Gordon Mills, for royalties owed him on his 1972 smash "Alone Again Naturally".

1992 : George Harrison performs his first full live solo concert since 1969, appearing in London in a benefit for the Natural Law political party.

2004 : Wilco's frontman, Jeff Tweedy, checks into a rehabilitation center after developing an addiction to painkillers. A statement released by the band at the time of Tweedy's rehabilitation read: "The treatment follows a well-documented history of Tweedy's battle with migraine headache."

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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