Today In Music: 21st April
In the first of a new series, Thomas Jackson takes a look at notable events in musical history. Starting, obviously, with 21st April.
1966: The Mamas & the Papas released their hit single "Monday, Monday." The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became one of the group's most well-known and enduring hits.
1967: The Beatles completed the recording of their song "Magical Mystery Tour" at Abbey Road Studios in London.
1973: David Bowie released his album "Aladdin Sane," which became his first UK number one album.
1985: The charity concert event "Live Aid" was announced by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. The event, which took place on July 13th of that year, was a massive international effort to raise funds for famine relief in Africa and featured performances by some of the biggest names in music.
1985: Wham! became the first Western pop group to perform live in China when they played a concert in Beijing.
1992: The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was held at Wembley Stadium in London to honor the late Queen frontman, who had died the previous year. The concert featured performances by a wide range of artists, including David Bowie, George Michael, Elton John, and Metallica.
2016: Prince, one of the most influential musicians of his generation, died at the age of 57 at his home in Minnesota. The news of his death was met with shock and sadness around the world, and many fans and fellow musicians paid tribute to his legacy in the days and weeks that followed.
Words: Thomas Jackson
Header Image: David Bowie by Michael Grecco