On April 25, 1970, The Jackson 5 began a two-week run at #1 with one of their most famous hits, "ABC". It was the young pop group's second #1 hit, following "I Want You Back", released in 1969. The five brothers, led by youngest brother, Michael, would have two more #1 hits in 1970, "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There".
On this day in 1979, The Police made their television debut on the British long-running BBC show, "Top of the Pops", where they performed their hit "Roxanne". "Roxanne" would only hit #12 in the U.K. and #32 in the U.S., but the song's success led to a gig at the famous CBGB club in New York and a tour of the U.S. in which the band drove themselves and all their equipment around the country in a Ford Econoline van. The Police wouldn't have their first #1 U.S. hit until 1982 with the MTV-heavily promoted "Every Breath You Take".
On this day in 1990, the Fender Stratocaster guitar which Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock sold at an auction for a staggering $290,000. Wow. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft (with Bill Gates), bought the famous guitar and put it on display at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. More recently, on Nov. 10, 2010, blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd played the famous guitar, on loan from the Seattle museum, during an appearance on "The Jimmy Fallon Show".
While on vacation in Honduras on April 25, 2002, 30 year-old Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, of the four-time Grammy Award-winning pop group, TLC, died in a car accident. TLC had four #1 hits, including their 1995 monster hit, "Waterfalls", which spent seven weeks at #1, and whose background singers included current hit-maker, Cee Lo Green.
American singer, Bobby "Boris" Pickett, died of leukemia at the age of 69 on April 25, 2007. Pickett's biggest hit was the novelty song, "The Monster Mash", which hit #1 on the pop charts just before Halloween in 1962. The song, which was a horror-themed spoof on popular dances at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato, stayed at #1 for two weeks, then hit the charts again three more times, in December 1962, August 1970 and May 1973, when it hit #10. The song was initially banned in the U.K., deemed as "too morbid", but it eventually became a hit in that country as well, hitting #3 when it was finally released there in 1973.
(mike stoller, elvis presley and jerry leiber)