2022-04-23

APRIL 23rd
The Ramones release their self-titled debut. The set, considered by many to be the first true Punk album, peaks at #111 on the Billboard chart and features the single “Blitzkrieg Bop.” 1976
TODAY IN ROCK…
Premier Rock n’ Roll singer, Roy Orbison, enters the world. “(Oh) Pretty Woman” is one of his best-known songs. 1936
Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” is released. Herbie Flowers plays the hypnotic bass line. 1973
Reeling from financial difficulties, Badfinger’s guitarist/songwriter Pete Ham hangs himself in the garage of his London home. 1975
Sid Vicious films his version of “My Way” (yes, the Paul Anka war-horse recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley) for the Sex Pistols documentary movie The Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle. 1978
Whitney Houston’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” keeps INXS’ “Devil Inside” from reaching #1 on the singles chart. 1988
Oasis’ debut single, “Supersonic,” lands on the U.K. pop chart. Both the New Musical Express and Melody Maker name it the “single of the week.” 1994
Birthday wishes for Greta Van Fleet singer Joshua and guitarist Jake Kiszka. 1996
U2’s The Edge is honored for his contributions to the Food Bank for New York City at the Can-Do Awards Dinner. The event raises more than $1 million for the Food Bank, an organization that feeds 250,000 people a day. The guest list includes Bill Clinton, David Bowie, U2 bassist Adam Clayton, and members of R.E.M. The guitarist is a longtime supporter of the organization’s battle against hunger. 2007
Smashing Pumpkins are inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk in L.A. Frontman Billy Corgan (pictured) and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin are on hand. “I’m so used to bad vibes, people hating our band and throwing things at us,” says Corgan. “So it’s strange to be honored.” 2008
Carlos Santana s honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Billboard’s 20th annual Latin Music Conference & Awards in Miami Beach, FL. Santana is recognized for helping to spread the influence of Latin music across other genres; including Pop and Rock. 2009
“Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band,” a concert film chronicling the final show of Smith’s ’15 tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of her debut album, “Horses,” makes its world premiere at the Beacon Theater during the Tribeca Film Festival.  Steven Sebring directed the movie, which was filmed at the Wiltern Theater in L.A.  After the screening Smith and her band perform a short set with help from Bruce Springsteen and Michael Stipe (R.E.M.).  2018