Music History for

April 30


1940 - Jimmy Dorsey and his band recorded the song "Contrasts."

1941 - At Decca Studios, Charlie Parker made his first commercial recording with the Jay McShann group. The songs were "Hootie Blues" and "Swingmatism."

1953 - Frank Sinatra and arranger Nelson Riddle teamed up for the first time.

1957 - Elvis recorded "Jailhouse Rock."
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1960 - Fats Domino recorded "Walking to New Orleans."

1965 - The Kinks began their first British tour.

1965 - Herman's Hermits and the Zombies began their first U.S. tour.

1976 - In Memphis, Bruce Springsteen jumped a fence at Graceland in an attempt to see his idol, Elvis Presley.

1970 - Twiggs Lyndon was arrested on murder charges after stabbing a club manager over an alleged breach of contract. Lyndon was the road manager for the Allman Brothers.

1977 - In Pontiac, Michigan, Led Zeppelin played a show to an audience of 77,229. The event set a new record for attendance at a single-act concert.

1987 - Madonna's "La Isla Bonita" became her 11th consecutive top five single.
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1987 - The Beatles' "Help!", "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" were released on compact disc.
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1988 - Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" fell out of the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in 725 weeks.
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1992 - Madonna's bustier was stolen from Fredrick's Of Hollywood. A $1,000 reward was offered for its return.
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1998 - The Oak Ridge Boys performed in Washington, DC, at the 50th anniversary ceremony of the American Red Cross' blood services.

1999 - Darrell Sweet (Nazareth) died of a heart attack as the band arrived for a show in New Albany, IN.

2002 - Vanessa Carlton's debut album "Be Not Nobody" was released.

2004 - In Los Angeles, CA, Courtney Love (Hole) entered a plea of "not guilty" for two charges of felony drug possession.

2016 - In Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland, a life-sized bronze statue of Bon Scott (AC/DC) was unveiled in Bellies Brae Car Park during the 10th anniversary of the Bonfest music festival.