Almanac: April 12, 2017

Birthdays:
  • 1919 - Billy Vaughn (d. 1991)
  • 1925 - Ned Miller (d. 2016)
  • 1932 - Tiny Tim (born Herbert Khaury) (d. 1996)
  • 1940 - Herbie Hancock (77)
  • 1944 - John Kay (Steppenwolf) (73)
  • 1949 - Donald Ray Mitchell (Was Not Was) (68)
  • 1950 - David Cassidy (67)
  • 1952 - J.D. Nicholas (Heatwave, Commodores) (65)
  • 1953 - Tony James (Generation X, Sigue Sigue Sputnick) (64)
  • 1954 - Pat Travers (63)
  • 1956 - Alexander Briley (Village People) (61) 
  • 1957 - Vince Gill (60)
  • 1958 - Will Sergeant (Echo & the Bunnymen) (59)
  • 1964 - Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) (53)
  • 1967 - Sarah Cracknell (St. Etienne) (50)
  • 1978 - Guy Berryman (Coldplay) (39)
  • 1982 - Easton Corbin (35)
  • 1987 - Brendon Urie (Panic! At the Disco) (30)
Deaths:
  • 1975 - Josephine Baker - Stroke (58)
  • 1999 - Boxcar Willie - Leukemia (67)
  • 2012 - Andrew Love (Memphis Horns) - Complications of Alzheimer's disease (70)
On This Day:
  • 1944 - Hank Williams signed with Acuff & Rose.
  • 1963 - Two years and one day after playing his first show in New York, Bob Dylan plays his first major show at Town Hall.
  • 1963 - The Beatles meet the Rolling Stones for the first time in Richmond, England.
  • 1965 - Elvis Presley's movie, Girl Happy, premiers.
  • 1966 - Jan Berry of Jan & Dean is almost killed when runs his car into the back of a parked truck.
  • 1966 - Tom Jones had his tonsils out.
  • 1967 - After missing his flight due to a drug search, Mick Jagger punched an airport official in the face at La Bourget Airport in France.
  • 1972 - Nashville's first "Fan Fair" opened.
  • 1973 - The movie That'll Be the Day, with Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, David Essex, Billy Fury and Dave Edmunds, premiers in London.
  • 1975 - David Bowie announced the second of many career retirements.
  • 1975 - Mick Jagger says Ron Wood will join the band for their upcoming tour.
  • 1979 - Mickey Thomas joined Jefferson Starship.
  • 1984 - It was Louie, Louie Day in Olympia, WA.
  • 1988 - Sonny Bono was elected the mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
  • 1989 - David Cassidy answered two Los Angeles DJ's question of "Whatever happened to David Cassidy?", performing three songs on their show and landing a new recording contract.
  • 1990 - James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months in prison for aggravated assault.
  • 1992 - Don Henley and 6,000 others participated in A Walk for Walden Woods.
  • 1994 - Country Music Weekly began publication. 
  • 2000 - Metallica took their stand on peer-to-peer sharing by suing Napster, Yale University, the University of Southern California and Indiana University.
  • 2000 - Bo Diddley sued Nike for their continued use of his name and image after the expiration of a 1991 contract.
  • 2000 - An exhibition of paintings by Tony Bennett at a London gallery was announced.
  • 2002 - Ozzy Osbourne received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2010 - The Vatican forgave John Lennon for his 1966 comment about the Beatles being "bigger than Jesus."
  • 2010 - Bret Michaels had an emergency appendectomy.
  • 2010 - Hank Williams was awarded a posthumous special citation by the Pulitzer Prize Committee.
  • 2015 - Nelly was arrested in Tennessee for posession of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphanalia and guns. 
Marriages:
  • 1964 - Chubby Checker and Catherina Lodders
  • 1986 - Belinda Carlisle and Morgan Mason
  • 1997 - Travis Tritt and Theresa Nelson
  • 2001 - Gladys Knight and William McDowell
  • 2008 - Lou Reed and Lori Anderson
  • 2014 - Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) and Lauren Kitt
Divorces:
  • 1992 - Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet
Recorded:
  • 1939 - Woodchopper's Ball - Woody Herman
  • 1954 - Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets
  • 1969 - The Ballad of John & Yoko - Beatles
Released:
  • 1954 - Shake, Rattle & Roll - Joe Turner
  • 1955 - Ain't That a Shame - Fats Domino
  • 1971 - Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver (single)
  • 1972 - Exile on Main St. - Rolling Stones
  • 1989 - Garth Brooks - Garth Brooks (debut album)
Broadcasting:
  • 1973 - Sesame Street (PBS) - Stevie Wonder
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1969 - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) - Fifth Dimension (6 weeks)
  • 1975 - Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - Touch My Body - Mariah Carey (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1958 - My Fair Lady - Original Cast
  • 1969 - Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears (2 weeks, 1 previous week at number 1)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1957 - Cumberland Gap - Lonnie Donegan (5 weeks)
  • 1980 - Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl - Spinners (as the Detroit Spinners) (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1969 - Goodbye - Cream (1 week, 2 previous weeks at number 1)

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