Almanac: April 15, 2016
- 1894 - Bessie Smith (d. 1937)
- 1927 - Albert Goldman (author) (d. 1994)
- 1933 - Roy Clark (83)
- 1937 - Bob Luman (d. 1978)
- 1939 - Marty Wilde (born Reginald Smith) (77)
- 1940 - Clarence Satchell (Ohio Players) (d. 1995)
- 1944 - Dave Edmunds (72)
- 1947 - Michael DeBello (69)
- 1947 - Woolly Wolstenholme (Barclay James Harvest) (d. 2010)
- 1948 - Michael Kamen (d. 2003)
- 1958 - Matt Reid (Berlin) (58)
- 1962 - Nick Kamen (54)
- 1965 - Linda Perry (51)
- 1965 - Graeme Clark (Wet Wet Wet) (51)
- 1965 - Oscar Harrison (Ocean Colour Scene) (51)
- 1966 - Samantha Fox (50)
- 1967 - Frankie Poullain (Darkness) (49)
- 1968 - Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) (48)
- 1980 - Patrick Carney (Black Keys) (36)
- 1997 - Zoe Virant (Girl Authority) (19)
- 2001 - Joey Ramone (Ramones) - Lymphoma (49)
- 2014 - Little Joe Cook (Little Joe & the Thrillers) (91)
On This Day:
- 1958 - Buddy Holly's guitar was stolen at a St. Louis show.
- 1959 - Johnny Cash played his first show ever outside of the U.S. in Melbourne, Australia.
- 1966 - Buffalo Springfield played their first show, opening for the Byrds in San Bernadino, CA.
- 1969 - Archie Bell was discharged from the military.
- 1972 - A fundraiser for George McGovern in Los Angeles stars James Taylor, Carole King, Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand.
- 1978 - The group Television had to cancel a show when their equipment truck was involved in a crash, killing the driver.
- 1982 - Billy Joel underwent surgery to repair a badly fractured wrist after crashing his motorcycle.
- 1996 - Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli was jailed for three violent attacks and a parole violation.
- 1996 - The balance of Jerry Garcia's ashes were scattered in San Francisco.
- 1996 - Country singer Clay Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
- 2002 - Dave Matthews postponed a show at Madison Square Garden due to strained vocal chords.
- 2003 - Melissa Etheridge announced she was engaged to Tammy Lynn Michaels.
- 2004 - Courtney Love was ordered to stand trial for drug possession.
- 2008 - It was proclaimed Mariah Carey Day in Los Angeles
- 2010 - Whitney Houston received poor reviews for her first concert in the U.K. in eleven years.
- 2011 - Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
- 1962 - Three Stars Will Shine Tonight (Theme From Dr. Kildare) - Richard Chamberlin
- 1968 - Think - Aretha Franklin
- 1981 - I Wouldn't Have Missed It For the World - Ronnie Milsap
- 1963 - Sweet Dreams (Of You) - Patsy Cline
- 1964 - Shout - Lulu (U.K. single release)
- 2003 - Dragonfly - Ziggy Marley (debut album)
- 2003 - Say You Will - Fleetwood Mac
- 2008 - Lady Antebellum - Lady Antebellum (debut album)
- 1971 - Academy Awards
- Best Documentary Feature - Woodstock
- Best Original or Adaptation Score - Let It Be - Beatles
- Best Original Song - For All We Know - Fred Karlin, Robb Royer, Jimmy Griffin
- 1989 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Dolly Parton (host and musical guest)
- 1998 - CMT's first live concert - Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Beth Nielsen Chapman
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1967 - Somethin' Stupid - Frank & Nancy Sinatra (4 weeks)
- 1972 - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack (6 weeks)
- 1989 - She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals (1 week)
- 1995 - This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan (7 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
- 1961 (mono) - Calcutta! - Lawrence Welk (5 weeks)
- 1989 - Loc-ed After Dark - Tone-Loc (1 week)
- 2006 - King - T.I. (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1965 - The Minute You're Gone - Cliff Richard (1 week)
- 1972 - Amazing Grace - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (5 weeks)
- 1989 - Eternal Flame - Bangles (4 weeks)
- 2007 - Give It To Me - Timbaland Featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
- 1978 - 20 Golden Greats - Nat King Cole (3 weeks)
- 1989 - When the World Knows Your Name - Deacon Blue (2 weeks)
- 1990 - Behind the Mask - Fleetwood Mac (1 week)
- 1995 - Greatest Hits - Bruce Springsteen (1 week)
- 2001 - Just Enough Education to Perform - Stereophonics (2 weeks)