Another first for Elvis? Oh, you betcha! -- U2 scores! -- Props for an Eric Clapton blues hero!

(Courtesy of Island Records)
(Courtesy of Island Records)

4/25/1960 (58 years ago today) - The Beatles are a little over three years away, so in the meantime...: Elvis Presley started a four week run at No. 1 with "Stuck On You", his first hit single after that two-year stint in the Army -- It was his first chart-topping single of the 1960's, his 13th No. 1 overall!

4/25/1987 (31 years ago today) - U2 kick off five weeks in a row at No. 1 with their fifth studio album, an amazingly flawless piece of vinyl titled "The Joshua Tree" -- It topped the charts in over 20 countries on the way to becoming one of the world's all-time best-sellers {25 million at last count} while winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year -- Then there's the track listing: "Bullet The Blue Sky", "In God's Country", "Running To Stand Still", "Red Hill Mining Town", and those weren't even the hits!!! A landmark definitive masterpiece, without question...

4/26/1923 - One of Eric Clapton's favorite blues dudes was born on this date, the mighty-mighty soulful Albert King, occasionally referred to as "The Velvet Bulldozer": he checked in at 6-feet-7-inches tall, 250 pounds, and was, in fact, a bulldozer operator before playing music full-time -- And while he's probably best known for Cream's cover of his classic "Born Under A Bad Sign", Albert's own catalog has more than a few choice selections well worth seeking out, especially the late-'60's/early-'70's albums on the Stax record label -- If you can find 1969's "Jammed Together" (with Steve Cropper and Pops Staples) and "I'll Play the Blues For You" (1972), you got yourself a party, kids! He passed away at his Memphis home on December 21, 1992 at age 69.

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