Almanac: April 18, 2016

Birthdays:
  • 1918 - Tony Mottola (d. 2004)
  • 1924 - Clarence Gatemouth Brown (d. 2005)
  • 1935 - Paul Rothchild (producer) (d. 1995)
  • 1939 - Glen Hardin (Crickets) (77)
  • 1939 - Bill Rice (songwriter) (77)
  • 1940 - Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann) (76)
  • 1942 - Robert Christgau (critic) (74)
  • 1946 - Hayley Mills (70)
  • 1946 - Harvey Kagan (Sir Douglas Quintet) (70)
  • 1946 - Skip Spence (Moby Grape) (d. 1999)
  • 1947 - Walt Richmond (Tractors) (69)
  • 1949 - Andrew Powell (Alan Parsons Project) (67)
  • 1949 - Kyle Lehning (country producer) (67)
  • 1950 - Bill Sudderth III (Atlantic Starr) (66)
  • 1952 - Jim Scholten (Sawyer Brown) (64)
  • 1954 - Kim Stone (Spyro Gyra, Rippingtons) (62)
  • 1958 - Andy Kyriacou (Modern Romance) (58)
  • 1958 - Les Pattinson (Echo & the Bunnymen) (58)
  • 1961 - Kelly Hansen (Hurricane, Foreigner) (55)
  • 1962 - Shirley Holliman (Wham!, Pepsi & Shirley) (54)
  • 1964 - Jim Ellison (Material Issue) (52)
  • 1964 - Mark "Bez" Berry (Happy Mondays, Black Grape) (52)
  • 1970 - Greg Eklund (Everclear) (46)
  • 1974 - Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge) (42)
Deaths:
  • 1936 - Milton Brown (Father of Western Swing) - Car accident (32)
  • 1996 - Bernard Edwards (Chic) - Pneumonia (43)
  • 2012 - Dick Clark - Heart attack following surgery (82)
  • 2013 - Storm Thorgerson (album cover artist) - Cancer (69)
On This Day:
  • 1973 - The Neil Young documentary Journey Through the Past debuted at the Dallas Film Festival.
  • 1975 - A total of 39 people were treated, including four at a hospital, after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet the Bay City Rollers.
  • 1981 - Yes announced they were breaking up.
  • 1984 - Michael Jackson had surgery to repair the damage done when his hair caught fire while shooting a Pepsi commercial.
  • 1985 - Wham! became the first western artist to have an album released in China.
  • 1995 - Tony McCarrol, drummer for Oasis, was told he was fired from the group via a phone call.
  • 1998 - Diamond Rio was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2003 - Etta James received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2003 - DJ Paul Oakenfold bucked the trend of canceling appearances in China and Hong Kong over the SARS threat when he plays a show in Shanghai. 
  • 2003 - Dierks Bentley made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2004 - Travis Barker of Blink-182 opened the first of his chain of fish taco restaurants.
  • 2005 - Reebok was forced to pull an ad from U.K. television that included rapper 50 cent after complaints were received that it glamorized gun crimes.
  • 2014 - The documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me debuted at the Nashville Film Festival. 
Marriages:
  • 1946 - Earl Scruggs and Louise Certain
  • 1969 - Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) and Lulu
Recorded:
  • 1939 - Back in the Saddle Again - Gene Autrey
  • 1956 - St. Theresa of the Roses + 6 other sides - Jackie Wilson & the Dominoes (first recording session)
Released:
  • 1981 - This Little Girl - Gary U.S. Bonds (single)
  • 1988 - Reba - Reba McEntire
Broadcast:
  • 1964 - Morecambe & Wise (U.K.) - Beatles
  • 1971 - Diana - Diana Ross, Jackson 5, Danny Thomas, Bill Cosby
  • 1975 -  Welcome To My Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album - Alice Cooper 
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1987 - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - Aretha Franklin & George Michael (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1981 - Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon (3 weeks, 6 previous weeks at number 1)
  • 1992 - Adrenalize - Def Leppard (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1970 - All Kinds of Everything - Dana (2 weeks)
  • 1981 - Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:

  • 1992 - Diva - Annie Lennox (1 week)
  • 2004 - Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (2 weeks)

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