This Day in History: 2023-04-26
The original cast recording of “Hair,” the “tribal Rock musical,” is #1 on the Billboard Album Chart. 1969
Van Halen’s “5150,” their first album with Sammy Hagar, is #1 on the Billboard 200. Hagar replaced David Lee Roth who left to pursue a solo career. 1986
Van Halen’s label, Warner Records, suggested that the group, absent Roth, should change its name.
Understandably, the Van Halen brothers nixed that idea. They brought in Hagar, the former Montrose guitarist/singer, and “5150” carried on as if nothing had happened. The single “Why Can’t This Be Love” rode right up the charts.
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Gary Wright starts his life in Cresskill, NJ. From there he becomes the singer-keyboardist with Spooky Tooth(from ’67 to ’74) before going solo (“Dream Weaver”). 1943
One -time Mötley Crüe vocalist, John Corabi, is born in Philadelphia. PA. 1959
Late Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison, is born. 1975