Music Almanac: February 4, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1929 - Paul Burlison (Rock and Roll Trio) (d. 2003)
  • 1930 - Bernie West (Five Keys) (88)
  • 1941 - John Steel (Animals) (77)
  • 1942 - Kenny Wertz (Flying Burrito Brothers) (76)
  • 1942 - John Gambale (Classics) (76)
  • 1943 - Barry Beckett (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) (d. 2009)
  • 1944 - Florence LaRue (Fifth Dimension) (74)
  • 1947 - Spyder Turner (71)
  • 1948 - Marguerite Ganser (Shangri-Las) (d. 1996)
  • 1948 - Mary Ann Ganser (Shangri-Las) (d. 1970)
  • 1948 - Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier) (70)
  • 1949 - Roy Yeager (Atlanta Rhythm Section) (69)
  • 1950 - Phil Ehart (Kansas) (68)
  • 1950 - James Dunn (Stylistics) (68)
  • 1952 - Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie) (66)
  • 1960 - Tim Booth (James) (58)
  • 1962 - Clint Black (56)
  • 1963 - Noodles (born Kevin Wasserman) (Offspring) (55)
  • 1965 - Chris McDaniel (Confederate Railway) (53)
  • 1968 - Steve Queralt (Ride) (50)
  • 1969 - Duncan Coutts (Our Lady Mercy) (49)
  • 1975 - Natalie Imbruglia (43)
  • 1975 - Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) (43)
  • 1976 - Cam'ron (born Cameron Giles) (42)
  • 1977 - Gavin DeGraw (41)
  • 1980 - Cameron Muncey (Jet) (38)
  • 1982 - Kimberly Wyatt (Pussycat Dolls) (36)
Deaths
  • 1975 - Louis Jordan - Heart attack (66)
  • 1982 - Alex Harvey - Heart attack (46)
  • 1983 - Karen Carpenter (Carpenters) - Cardiac arrest attributed to her eating disorder (32)
  • 1984 - Paul Gardiner (Gary Numan, Tubeway Army) - Heroin overdose (25)
  • 1987 - Liberace - AIDS (67)
  • 1989 - Kenneth "Jethro" Burns (Homer & Jethro) - Prostate cancer (65)
  • 1999 - Gwen Guthrie - Uterine cancer (48)
  • 2000 - Doris Coley (Shirelles) - Breast cancer (58)
  • 2007 - Barbara McNair - Throat cancer (72)
  • 2009 - Lux Interior (Cramps) - Aortic disection (62)
  • 2013 - Reg Presley (Troggs) - Lung cancer (71)
  • 2016 - Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) - Parkinson's disease (74)
On This Day
  • 1959 - Frankie Avalon and Jimmy Clanton were brought on to the Winter Dance Party after the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Vallens and the Big Bopper.
  • 1960 - Billy Walker joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1961 - Johnny Burnette is rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.
  • 1966 - Bob Dylan opened a world tour in Louisville, KY. It was his first with electric instruments.
  • 1969 - Jackson, TN declared it Carl Perkins Day.
  • 1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono donated their hair to the Black Power movement.
  • 1972 - Senator Strom Thurmond sent a note to Attorney General John Mitchell recommending that John Lennon be deported.
  • 1974 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono temporarily separated.
  • 1975 - The movie W.W. & the Dixie Dancekings, who counted among its stars Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis and Don Williams, premiered.
  • 1984 - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble opened their Couldn't Stand the Weather tour in Nashville, TN.
  • 1996 - Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli tried to steal a car and was hit with a baseball bat by the owner, requiring hospitalization.
  • 1999 - Rykodisc became the first label to OK the use of the MP3 format.
  • 1999 - Freddy Fender received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2000 - Bjorn Ulvaeus said that ABBA had, indeed, turned down an offer of $1 billion to reform the group.
  • 2001 - Jimmy Buffett was tossed from a NY Knicks-Miami Heat basketball game for verbally abusing a referee.
  • 2002 - Stevie Wonder sang Happy Birthday to Rosa Parks on her 89th birthday.
  • 2003 - Courtney Love was charged with endangering an aircraft after abusing the flight crew on a transatlantic flight.
  • 2004 - Art Garfunkel plead guilty to marijuana possession and was fined $200.
  • 2004 - Janet Jackson was dropped from the Grammy Awards show after her costume malfunction at the Super Bowl.
  • 2009 - Robert Plant said their would be no Led Zeppelin reunion tour because the band felt incomplete without John Bonham.
  • 2016 - Van Morrison was knighted. 
  • 2017 - Black Sabbath played their final show in Birmingham. 
Marriages
  • 1939 - Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato
  • 2006 - Carlene Carter and Joe Breen
Recorded
  • 1940 - Willie Dixon recorded his first sides for Bluebird Records.
  • 1954 - Honey Love, Bells of St. Mary's, White Christmas - Drifters
  • 1955 - Please, Please, Please - James Brown
  • 1963 - Faded Love - Patsy Cline
  • 1968 - Across the Universe - Beatles
  • 1976 - Moody Blue - Elvis Presley
Released
  • 1977 - Rumors - Fleetwood Mac
Broadcasts
  • 1962 - Thank Your Lucky Stars (ITV U.K.) - Gene Pitney
  • 1971 - Make Room For Granddaddy - Diana Ross
  • 1977 - American Bandstand 25th Anniversary (ABC)
  • 1991 - Cher at the Mirage (CBS)
  • 2012 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood (live)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1978 - Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees (4 weeks)
  • 1984 - Karma Chameleon - Culture Club (3 weeks)
  • 1989 - When I'm With You - Sheriff (1 week)
  • 2006 - Check On It - Beyonce Featuring Slim Thug (5 weeks)
  • 2012 - Set Fire to the Rain - Adele (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 2006 - Unpredictable - Jamie Foxx (1 week (2 previous weeks))
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1978 - Theme From Which Way Is Up - Stargard (2 weeks)
  • 1989 - Can You Stand the Rain - New Edition (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - Make Me Proud - Drake Featuring Nicki Minaj (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1984 - Show Her - Ronnie Milsap (1 week)
  • 1989 - What'd I Say - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
  • 1995 - Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) - Pam Tillis (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - I Don't Want This Night to End - Luke Bryan (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1967 - My Cup Runneth Over - Ed Ames (4 weeks)
  • 1978 - Desiree - Neil Diamond (1 week)
  • 1984 - Think of Laura - Christopher Cross (4 weeks)
  • 1989 - Holding On - Steve Winwood (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1955 - Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney with the Mellomen (2 weeks (1 previous week))
  • 1965 - You've Lost That Loving Feeling - Righteous Brothers (2 weeks)
  • 1978 - Up Town Top Ranking - Althia & Donna (1 week)
  • 1995 - Think Twice - Celine Dion (7 weeks)
  • 2006 - Nasty Girl - Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery Storm
  • 2012 - Twilight - Cover Drive (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
  • 1967 - The Monkees - Monkees (7 weeks)
  • 1978 - The Album - ABBA (7 weeks)
  • 1984 - Touch - Eurythmics (2 weeks)
  • 2006 - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys (4 weeks)
  • 2012 - + - Ed Sheeran (1 week (2 previous weeks))

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