It’s April 19th and here are some reasons why this day matters in rock history:
In 1980, Blondie started a six-week run at number one on the singles chart with “Call Me,” which was featured in the Richard Gere film, American Gigolo.
In 2012, The Band’s Levon Helm died from cancer.
And in 1980, R.E.M. played their first gig as R.E.M. It took place at Athens, Georgia’s 11:11 Koffee Club in front of 150 people and the show ended when police shut it down since the venue was unlicensed.
And that’s what happened today in Rock History.
(H/T This Day in Music)