Presty the DJ for April 17

The number one British album today in 1965 was “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”:

Today in 1970, Johnny Cash performed at the White House, getting a request from its resident:

Today in 1971, British record-buyers could buy records from the Beatles, but separately:

None of them were from Britain’s number one album, “Motown Chartbusters Volume 5”:

The number one single over here that day wasn’t from any of the ex-Beatles either:

Today in 1973, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” went gold on its way to its stay on the U.S. album charts for more than a decade:

The number one album today in 1982 was the soundtrack to “Chariots of Fire”:

The number one British album today in 1994 was Pink Floyd’s “The Division Bell”:

Birthdays start with Don Kirschner of “Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert”:

Pete Graves of the Moonglows:

Jan Hammer, who composed one of the coolest TV themes ever:

Four deaths of note today: Eddie Cochran, killed in a taxi crash in Britain that injured Gene Vincent …

Felix Pappalardi of Mountain, producer of Cream’s “Disraeli Gears” and “Wheels of Fire,” shot dead by his wife in 1983 …

… Linda McCartney in 1999 …

… and Danny Federici, Bruce Springsteen’s keyboard player, in 2008:

And happy birthday to Ralphie Parker. Don’t shoot your eye out.

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