This Day in History: 2022-04-04


April 4
1943: Gary Comeau of The Esquires, The Townsmen, Canada Goose is born in Ottawa.

1947: Larry Leishman, guitarist for Jon Lee & The Checkmates is born in Dunfermline, Scotland.

1952: The Toronto quartet, The Diamonds peak at #2 on the Billboard chart with “Little Darlin’.”

1960: The Beau-Marks release the single, “Clap Your Hands.”

1967: A Passing Fancy’s single, “You’re Going Out Of My Mind” peaks at #32 on the Canadian pop chart.

1970: Troyka is in Worcester, Mass for a show at Assumption College, kicking off a month-long US tour backing Savoy Brown and The Family.

1976: The Stampeders see their version of “Hit The Road Jack,” the band’s last major hit, peak at #40 on Billboard, and features a cameo by Wolfman Jack.

1979: The Diodes are in Cambridge, Ontario for the closing night of a three-night show at Sulphur Springs Club.

1981: Rush see “Limelight” peak at #51 on Billboard’s chart.

1982: Rush see “New World Man” peak at #21 on Billboard’s chart.

1984: Glass Tiger peaks at #34 on Billboard’s chart with “I’ll Be There.”

1987: It’s the second of a two week run at #88 on Billboard’s chart for Corey Hart and “Dancing With The Mirror.”

1999: Gary McConnell (Ugly Dick) of Absolute Whores commits suicide.

2000: The Wilkinsons release the album, HERE AND NOW.

2000: Headstones release their NICKELS FOR YOUR NIGHTMARES album.

2003: Sebastian Bach of Skid Row fame is sacked from the touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He reports on his website he’d been replaced by his understudy.

2004: Alanis Morissette hosts the Juno Awards in Edmonton, held there for the first time, in a nude bodysuit during a skit satirizing American attitudes towards censorship. Nelly Furtado wins best single for “Powerless (Say What You Want)” and Nickelback wins for best group.

2009: Harem Scarem releases the Japan-only compilation THIS AIN’T OVER – BEST OF THE AVALON YEARS.

2014: Stonebolt is in White Rock, BC for a show at Blue Frog Studios.

2016: Moving Targetz release the early demos retrospective, DEMOLITION – THE MISSING IN ACTION SESSIONS, complete with demos, remixes, and live covers.

2016: Mercury Records finally get around to releasing a video to Rush’s “Twilight Zone, 40 years after the release of 2112.

2019: Drake is immortalized in wax, when his likeness is unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas.