Today In Music: 22nd April
Coachella, Grease, Beyoncé... here's what happened in the history of music on April 22nd!
1955: "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets was released. The song, which was originally a B-side, became a massive hit and is widely considered to be one of the first rock and roll songs.
1970: The first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States, with events taking place around the country to promote environmental awareness and activism. As part of the festivities, a concert was held in New York City featuring performances by a number of prominent musicians, including Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, and Richie Havens.
1978: The movie version of the musical "Grease" premiered in New York City. The film, which starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, featured a number of popular songs, including "Grease," "Summer Nights," and "You're the One That I Want."
1997: The first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was held in Indio, California. The festival, which has since become one of the most popular and influential music events in the world, featured performances by artists such as Beck, Tool, and Rage Against the Machine.
2016: Beyoncé released her sixth studio album, "Lemonade," as a surprise release on Tidal. The album, which was accompanied by a one-hour visual album on HBO, received widespread critical acclaim and was praised for its themes of black female empowerment and social justice.
Words: Thomas Jackson
Header image: Coachella by Matt Cowan