This Week's Music History Highlights...

This Week In Music History...

April 15th : 2001, Punk pioneer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) singer of the Ramones died after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer aged 49.  On November 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place.


April 16th : 2005 OK Computer by Radiohead was voted the best album of all time in a poll by UK TV station Channel 4. U2 were in second place with The Joshua Tree and Nirvana in third with Nevermind.


April 17th : 1970, While performing at the White House at the invitation of President Richard Nixon, Johnny Cash was asked to perform "Okie From Muskogee".  Cash declined because it was not his song, but had been a hit for Merle Haggard.  Instead, Cash sang his No.1 hit, 'A Boy Named Sue'.


April 18th : 2015, Green Day was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class, in their first year of eligibility.


April 19th : 2012, Levon Helm, died of throat cancer aged 71.  A drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (who became Bob Dylan's backing group) who then became known as The Band.  He sang on Band classics like 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' 'Up on Cripple Creek,' 'Rag Mama Rag,' and 'The Weight.'


April 20th : 1980, 84 year old George Burns became the oldest person to have a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when 'I Wish I Was 18 Again' went to No.49. When asked if he wished he were 18 again, he replied "I wish I was 80 again." 


April 21st : 2016, Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57. The acclaimed and influential musician became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times and recorded more than 30 albums.