On This Day, April 22 In Music History


On this day April 22 in 1965 – The Beatles scored their seventh consecutive No.1 single in the UK with ‘Ticket to Ride’. The song was an international hit that year and it also topped the singles charts in the US, Sweden, Canada, Ireland, Norway, and South Africa.

1972 – With their sixth studio album ‘Machine Head’Deep Purple reached No.1 in the UK. The album is considered a pioneer of the heavy metal genre and is also the band’s most successful LP to date.

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1974 – Redbone‘s hit single ‘Come and Get Your Love’ was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) after it sold 1 million copies. The song peaked at No.5 on the Hot 100 on April 13.

1978 Bob Marley & The Wailers performed at the ‘One Love Peace Concert’ at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. The concert was held during a political civil war in the country and it was Marley‘s first performance since 1976 when he was shot.

1983 – Prolific and influential American jazz pianist and bandleader Earl “Fatha” Hines died at the age of 79.

1985 – Singer-songwriter Prince released his seventh studio album ‘Around The World in a Day’. The album was a commercial success and it became a chart-topper in the US, Sweden, and the Netherlands. It also features two Top 10 hits ‘Raspberry Beret’ and ‘Pop Life’.

1988 – American singer Barbara “Sandi” Robison died at the age of 42. Best remembered as the lead vocalist of the psychedelic rock band The Peanut Butter Conspiracy

1989 Madonna reached No.1 on both the US Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 charts with her fourth studio album ‘Like a Prayer’ and its title-track. Also both the song and the album were big hits worldwide and reached No.1 in over 15 countries that year.

1995 – With their fourth studio album ‘Picture This’, soft rock group Wet Wet Wet hit No.1 in the UK for the first of three consecutive weeks.

2000 – German vocal trance group Fragma started a two-week stint at number one in the UK with their song ‘Toca’s Miracle’.

2003 – Country and pop music songwriter Felice Bryant died at the age of 77. Best remembered as one half of the husband-and-wife songwriting duo Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.

2006 – The music project The Streets led by Mike Skinner was at No.1 on the UK Albums chart with ‘The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living’.

2008 – American singer-songwriter and keyboardist Paul Davis died at the age of 60. Best remembered for hit songs such as ‘I Go Crazy’, ‘Cool Night’, and ’65 Love Affair’.

Paul Davis – Cool Night

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2011 – American bluegrass singer-songwriter, double bassist and guitarist Hazel Dickens died from complications of pneumonia, aged 85.

2013 – Multi-genre singer-songwriter and guitarist Richie Havens died at the age of 72. Best known for being the opening act at the legendary Woodstock music festival in 1969.

2021 – Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift scored her second No.1 album of the year in the UK with ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’. She previously topped the Albums chart on January 14 with ‘Evermore’.


1916 – American-born British violinist and conductor Yehudi ‘Baron’ Menuhin was born in New York City.

1919 – Blues and R&B singer and saxophonist Benjamin “Bull Moose” Jackson was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Best known for songs such as ‘Big Ten Inch Record’ and ‘I Want a Bowlegged Woman’.

1922 – Influential jazz double bassist, pianist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus was born in Nogales, Arizona.

1927 – Singer and pioneer of Jamaican ska music Lorenzo “Laurel” Aitken was born in Havana, Cuba.

1931 – Conga drummer Joe Cuba dubbed the “Father of Latin Boogaloo” was born in New York City.

1935 – American jazz double bassist and composer Paul Chambers was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has released and featured on over 100 albums as both a leader and sideman.

1936 – Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor Glen Campbell was born in Delight, Arkansas. Best known for hit songs such as ‘Southern Nights’, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat’, ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, ‘Wichita Lineman’, and others.

1937 – Instrumentalist, composer, producer, songwriter, and orchestrator Bernard Alfred “Jack” Nitzsche was born in Chicago, Illinois. Best known for co-writing the Academy Award-winning song ‘Up Where We Belong’.

1944 – American drummer and piano player Howard ‘Howie’ Wyeth was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.

1950 – British singer, songwriter, and guitarist Peter Frampton was born in Beckenham, England. He rose to fame as a member of the bands Humble Pie and The Herd before establishing himself as a successful solo artist.

1951 – Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and composer Paul Carrack was born in Sheffield, England. He came to prominence as the frontman of the rock band Ace before embarking on a solo career.

1966 – American singer, songwriter, bassist and guitarist Kimberley Dahme was born in San Pablo, California. Best known as a member of the rock band Boston.

1974 – Bassist, backing vocalist, and co-founder of the heavy metal band System of a DownShavo Odadjian was born in Yerevan, Armenia.

1979 – Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Johns was born in Newcastle, Australia. Best known as the frontman of the rock band Silverchair.

1984 – English singer Amelle Berrabah was born in Aldershot. She rose to fame as a member of the girl group Sugababes before establishing herself as a solo artist with the No.1 hit ‘Never Leave You’.

1990 – American rapper, singer and songwriter Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) was born Colson Baker on this day in Houston, Texas.

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