Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles

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Classic Rock Almanac April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018


Today's Question: Today (April 6th) is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles opening the offices of Apple Corps Ltd. on Wigmore Street in London. What was the A-side of the first single released by Apple Records?

Stumped? Here are some hints.

  • It turned out to be the band's most successful single, selling nearly 6 million copies worldwide in 1968 alone.
  • At the time, it was the longest song to ever top the British charts.
  • It was written and sung by Paul McCartney, but its inspiration also involved John Lennon.

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1999-Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and U2 (via satellite) take part in a tribute concert for the ailing Johnny Cash at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Cash surprises everyone by taking the stage to perform "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk the Line."

1984-Guitarist-singer Miami Steve Van Zandt announces that he's leaving The E Street Band. Nils Lofgren takes his place.

1979-"Heart of Glass," the number-one hit that finally brought Blondie's overseas success home, is certified platinum.

1979-Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton, the ex-wife of actor George Hamilton. After that relationship ends in divorce, Rod spends six years living with model Kelly Emberg before marrying model Rachel Hunter in 1990.

1974-"Piano Man" becomes Billy Joel's first Top 40 hit.

1974-200,000 attend the first California Jam, a festival which features Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Oak Arkansas and The Eagles.

1968-It's belatedly announced that guitarist-singer Syd Barrett has left Pink Floyd, which he co-founded. Guitarist David Gilmour had already been drafted into the lineup to take his place. Barrett records two solo albums before retreating into seclusion

1966-The Beatles begin recording the Revolver album at Abbey Road. In a little over five hours, starting at 8:00 in the evening, they cut three basic versions of "Tomorrow Never Knows."

1965-The Beach Boys record "California Girls."

1965-The Beatles for Sale EP is released in the UK. In the U.S., the songs are included on the Beatles '65 album.


Frank Black - 53 years old
In the Pixies, the singer-guitarist born Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson the Fourth goes by the name Black Francis. As a solo artist, he bills himself as Frank Black. Born 1965.

Peter Van Hooke - 68 years old
Ex-Mike & the Mechanics/ex-Van Morrison drummer. Born 1950.

"Hey Jude"