This Day in Music History: April 25th

2004: Billy Joel crashed his 1967 Citroen into an unoccupied house in Bayville, NY & cut his hand. Nobody was seriously injured & it was Joel’s third car accident in two years.

1994: The Eagles performed the first of two concerts at Warner Studios in Burbank, CA where they recorded their Hell Freezes Over live album & television special which aired on MTV later in the year. 

1990: At Sotheby’s auction house in London, Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster that he used during his appearance at Woodstock sold for $334, 620 making it the most expensive guitar ever sold at the time.

1988: Doc McGhee, then-manager for Bon Jovi & Motley Crue was convicted of drug offenses arising from the 1982 seizure of nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana smuggled into North Carolina from Colombia. McGhee received a five year suspended sentence, extensive community service & a $15,000 fine.

1987: U2 reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with The Joshua Tree, which began a nine week run on top of the chart & went on to sell ten million copies in the U.S.

1980: Black Sabbath released their ninth studio album Heaven and Hell which was their first album with Ronnie James Dio singing for them, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne the previous year. The album went on to reach number twenty-eight on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell one million copies in the U.S.

1979: The movie Rock ‘n’ Roll High School which featured The Ramones premiered in Los Angeles.

1974: Jim Morrison’s longtime girlfriend Pamela Courson died of an apparent heroin overdose in her apartment in Los Angeles. She was 27 years old.

1973: Sweet received their first Gold single in the U.S. for “Little Willy” which peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Birthdays:
Albert King born in 1923
Stu Cook-bassist for Credence Clearwater Revival born in 1945
Steve Ferrone-drummer for Average White Band and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers born in 1950
Eric Avery-bassist for Jane’s Addiction born in 1965

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