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This week in rock history (April 25 - May 1)

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Cheap Trick doing the Beatles, Elvis Costello covering Nazareth, Springsteen climbs a wall, and U2 bombs.

April 25
Just days after completing "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in 1967, The Beatles lay down tracks for "Magical Mystery Tour" at Abbey Road studios in London.

Cheap Trick version of the classic tune:

April 26
ABC's telecast of "U2: A Year in POP" in 1997 becomes the lowest-rated prime-time program in the history of major network television.

Here's what part of that broadcast looked like, with Dennis Hopper doing narration:

April 27
Ray Stevens
releases what would be his biggest hit, "The Streak". The novelty tune would make it to the top of the US charts next month.

April 28
Blondie brings a touch of New Wave to the Hot 100 when "Heart Of Glass" reaches #1 in 1979.

April 29
Aretha Franklin releases "Respect" in 1969, her soon-to-be signature tune.

April 30
Elvis Presley records "Jailhouse Rock" in 1957. The song will go on to top the US Best Sellers list, the Hot 100, the R&B chart and even the Country and Western chart. It will also become the first single to enter the UK chart at #1.

In 1964,The Beatles receive $140,000 for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.

After playing Memphis during a southern tour in 1976, Bruce Springsteen climbs the fence at Graceland in an attempt to see Elvis Presley. Security guards stop him and he is escorted off the grounds.

Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, is arrested in 1970 for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon's lawyers will argue that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Incredibly, Lyndon will be acquitted.

Then there's the case of 51 year-old Darrell Sweet, drummer of Nazareth, best remembered for their 1976 hit "Love Hurts". He suffered a fatal heart attack in 1999 before a show in New Albany, Ind., when he began feeling ill and within minutes went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the New Albany Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Elvis Costello and Emmylou Harris performing "Love Hurts":

May 1
In 1955, Leonard Chess signs Chuck Berry to a recording contract after he came highly recommended by Muddy Waters.

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Pink Floyd's, "Dark Side of the Moon" finally drops off the US albums chart in 1988, after a run of 725 weeks (almost 14 years).

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