APRIL 9 BIRTHDAYS
1932 – Carl Perkins (Blue Suede Shoes – died 1998)
1944 – Gene Parsons (Byrds/drums 1968-1972)
1948 – Phillip Wright (Paper Lace/vocals-drums – ‘The Night Chicago Died’)
ON THIS DAY
1966 – The Righteous Brothers kicked off a three week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with the Bill Medley produced ‘(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration’, which sounded like a Phil Spector production. Bill obviously learned a few things from Spector who had produced several of their earlier hits.
1977 – Abba had their first American #1 hit. ‘Dancing Queen’. it was their seventh chart hit in the states but the only one to top the charts here. It also hit #1 in 13 other countries.
1988 – Dave Prater of Sam and Dave fame (Soul Man, Hold On I’m Comin’) was killed when his car skidded off the road and it a tree in Syracuse, Georgia, on the way to see his mom in a nearby town. He was 50 years old.
2003 – Paul McCartney played his first Manchester show in almost a quarter century when he appeared at the MEN arena as part of the British leg of his ‘Back In The World tour 2003’.
1989 – Former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman announced his forthcoming marriage to 19 year old Mandy Smith. The couple had met 6 years earlier when Bill was 47 and Mandy was 13. They divorced in 1991.