Almanac: April 25, 2016

Birthdays:
  • 1917 - Ella Fitzgerald (d. 1996)
  • 1922 - Jerry Lieber (d. 2011)
  • 1923 - Albert King (d. 1992)
  • 1933 - Jerry Leiber (d. 2011)
  • 1941 - Chris Augustine (Every Mother's Son) (75)
  • 1943 - Tony Christie (73)
  • 1944 - Charlie Harper (U.K. Subs) (72)
  • 1945 - Bj√∂rn Ulvaeus (ABBA) (71)
  • 1945 - Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) (71)
  • 1945 - Mike Kogel (Los Bravos) (71)
  • 1944 - Ronnie Gilbert (Blues Magoos) (70)
  • 1947 - Michael Brown (Left Banke) (67)
  • 1948 - Steve Ferrone (Average White Band) (66)
  • 1958 - Derek Dick (aka Fish) (Marillion) (58)
  • 1962 - Maya Gilder (Furniture) (54)
  • 1964 - Andy Bell (Erasure) (52)
  • 1965 - Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction) (51)
  • 1965 - Rory Lee Feek (Joey + Rory) (51)
  • 1977 - Matthew West (39)
  • 1980 - Jacob Underwood (O-Town) (36)
Deaths:
  • 1974 - Pam Courson (companion of Jim Morrison who found his body in 1971) - Drug overdose (27)
  • 1988 - Carolyn Franklin (sister of Aretha Franklin) - Breast cancer (43)
  • 1999 - Roger Troutman (Zapp) - Shooting (47)
  • 2002 - Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (TLC) - Auto accident (30)
  • 2007 - Bobby "Boris" Pickett - Leukemia (69)
On This Day:
  • 1961 - Elvis Presley makes his last stage appearance until the comeback special in Hawaii.
  • 1967 - The Beatles go back in the studio just a few days after completing Sgt. Pepper to record Magical Mystery Tour.  They also perform All You Need is Love on a global broadcast.
  • 1970 - Members of Pacific Gas & Electric were shot at while leaving a club in Raleigh, NC.
  • 1974 - Gregg Allman played the last night of a solo tour followed by a surprise 90-minute encore with the rest of the Allman Brothers.
  • 1977 - The last recording of Elvis Presley was made during a show in Saginaw, MI.
  • 1979 - The Ramones movie, Rock & Roll High School, premiered.
  • 1979 - The Police made their debut on the BBC's Top of the Pops.
  • 1980 - Hugh Cornwall of the Stranglers was released from prison after a six-week stint for drug possession.
  • 1984 - Wings broke up.
  • 1985 - Roger Miller's Broadway show, Big River, opens.
  • 1988 - Doc McGee, manager of Bon Jovi, was convicted for his part in the smuggling of 40,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S.
  • 1994 - Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a TV cameraman.
  • 1994 - Michael Bolton loses in court in a case where his Love is a Wonderful Thing is determined to sound too much like the Isley Brothers song of the same name.
  • 1997 - U2's Pop Mart tour started in Las Vegas.
  • 1997 - Warren Haynes and Allen Woody quit the Allman Brothers to spend more time on Gov't Mule.
  • 2000 - Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock are reunited for the first time in 29 years on the BBC's Live with Jools Holland.
  • 2003 - Nina Simone was buried in Carry-Le-Rouet, France.
  • 2003 - The parents of Jim Morrison sued Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and Ian Astbury for misappropriation of the Doors name and logo.
  • 2003 - Styx and Kelly Clarkson cancel shows in Toronto due to the spreading SARS virus. 
  • 2004 - Ringo Starr had an operation for bone spurs in his shoulder.
  • 2004 - Billy Joel drove his car into a house on Long Island.
  • 2004 - Michael Jackson's legal team quit. 
  • 2005 - Bruce Springsteen opened his Devils & Dust tour in Detroit, MI
  • 2008 - Mariah Carey became the first person ever to be saluted on the side of the Empire State Building when it was lit up in lavender, pink and white.
  • 2008 - Phil Collins announced his retirement from drumming due to medical problems. 
Recorded:
  • 1994 - Hell Freezes Over - Eagles
Broadcasts:
  • 1970 - Dionne Warwick: Souled Out (British TV) - Dionne Warwick, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Glen Campbell
  • 1977 - Paul Anka: Music My Way (NBC) - Paul Anka, Natalie Cole, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
  • 2012 - South Park - Brad Paisley
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1960 - Stuck on You - Elvis Presley (4 weeks)
  • 1970 - ABC - Jackson 5 (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1987 - The Joshua Tree - U2 (9 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1958 - Whole Lotta Woman - Marvin Rainwater (3 weeks)
  • 1987 - La Isla Bonita - Madonna (2 weeks)
  • 1993 - Five Live - George Michael & Queen with Lisa Stansfield
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:

  • 1999 - Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA (2 weeks, 1 previous week at number 1)
  • 2010 - Iron Man 2 - AC/DC (1 week)

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