Music Almanac: April 1, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1895 - Alberta Hunter (d. 1984)
  • 1921 - Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (d. 2014)
  • 1927 - Amos Milburn (d. 1980)
  • 1932 - Debbie Reynolds (d. 2016)
  • 1934 - Jim Ed Brown (d. 2015)
  • 1939 - Rudolph Isley (Isley Brothers) (79)
  • 1942 - Philip Margo (Tokens) (76)
  • 1942 - Danny Brooks (born Jim Mealey) (Dovells) (76)
  • 1942 - Alan Blakley (Tremeloes) (d. 1996)
  • 1945 - John Barbata (Turtles) (73)
  • 1946 - Ronnie Lane (Small Faces, Faces) (d. 1997)
  • 1947 - M (born Robin Scott) (71)
  • 1948 - Jimmy Cliff (70)
  • 1948 - Simon Cowe (Lindisfarne) (70)
  • 1949 - Gil Scott-Heron (d. 2011)
  • 1950 - Billy Currie (Ultravox) (68)
  • 1954 - Jeff Porcaro (Toto) (d. 1992)
  • 1956 - Peter O'Toole (Hothouse Flowers) (62)
  • 1958 - D. Boon (born Dennes Boon) (Minutemen) (d. 1985)
  • 1961 - Susan Boyle (57)
  • 1961 - Mark White (ABC) (57)
  • 1964 - Leslie Langston (Throwing Muses) (54)
  • 1971 - Method Man (born Clifford Smith) (Wu-Tang Clan) (47)
  • 1972 - Jesse Tobias (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Morrissey) (46)
  • 1975 - John Butler (43)
  • 1980 - Kip Moore (38)
  • 1981 - Hannah Spearritt (S Club 7) (37)
  • 1986 - Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) (32)
  • 1994 - Ella Eyre (24)
Deaths
  • 1917 - Scott Joplin - Syphilitic dementia (49)
  • 1984 - Marvin Gaye - Murdered (44)
  • 1992 - Nigel Preston (The Cult) - Heroin overdose (28)
  • 1998 - Rozz Williams (born Roger Painter) (Christian Death) - Suicide (34)
  • 1999 - Jesse Stone (composer, producer) (97)
  • 2004 - Paul Atkinson (Zombies) - Liver and kidney disease (58)
  • 2005 - Jack Keller (songwriter) - Leukemia (68)
  • 2015 - Cynthia Lennon (born Cynthia Powell) - Cancer (75)
On This Day
  • 1955 - George Martin was promoted to head of A&R at Parlophone.
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley did a screen test at MGM.
  • 1961 - The Beatles played the first of 91 straight nights at The Top Ten Club in Hamburg, Germany. 
  • 1963 - Fats Domino signed with ABC-Paramount Records. 
  • 1967 - The Country Music Hall of Fame opened in Nashville. 
  • 1969 - Slade, than known as Ambrose Slade, played live for the first time in Walsall, England.
  • 1969 - The Beach Boys said they were suing Capitol Records for $2 million in back royalties.
  • 1969 - Four musicians from Muscle Shoals' FAME Studios break off and open Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. 
  • 1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono released press statements that they were having dual sex change operations.  
  • 1970 - London's Earl's Court received over one million requests for tickets for the Rolling Stones' upcoming six dates. 
  • 1972 - The Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico opened its three day run.
  • 1974 - Tom Petty and Mudcrutch moved from Gainesville, AL to Los Angeles. 
  • 1976 - AC/DC made their live debut in Britain.
  • 1976 - The Buzzcocks played live for the first time in Bolton, England. They were cut off after three songs. 
  • 1978 - The Philadelphia Fury soccer team, owned by Paul Simon, James Taylor, Peter Frampton and others, made their debut.
  • 1980 - Brian Johnson was named the replacement for the late Bon Scott in AC/DC.  
  • 1983 - Kirk Hammett joined Metallica.
  • 1985 - Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins collapsed from exhaustion. 
  • 1985 - David Lee Roth quit Van Halen. 
  • 1990 - Willie Nelson's tour bus was in an accident with a car, killing the car's driver. 
  • 1992 - Billy Idol was fined $2,000 for hitting a woman in the face the previous October. 
  • 1996 - M.C. Hammer filed for bankruptcy.
  • 2002 - Paul McCartney opened his Driving USA Tour in Oakland, CA.
  • 2005 - U2 opened their Vertigo World Tour in Anaheim, CA.
  • 2006 - Eric Church made his Grand Ole Opry debut. 
  • 2008 - Scott Weiland left Velvet Revolver. 
  • 2008 - The Rolling Stones released their concert film Shine a Light.
  • 2016 - Guns N' Roses announce Slash and Duff McKagan were returning to the band. 
  • 2017 - Bob Dylan finally accepted his Nobel Prize in Literature.
Divorces
  • 1990 - Duff McKegan (Guns N' Roses) and Mandy Brix (Lame Flames)
Recorded
  • 1961 - This Time - Troy Shondell
  • 1966 - Wild Thing - Troggs
Released
  • 1959 - Tallahassee Lassie - Freddy Cannon (debut single)
  • 1966 - Do Anything You Say - David Bowie (debut solo single)
  • 1976 - 2112 - Rush
  • 1985 - Be Near Me - ABC (single)
  • 2008 - Troubadour - George Strait
Broadcasts
  • 1975 - Shang-a-Lang (Britain's ITV) - Debut of Bay City Rollers' show
  • 1989 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Living Colour
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1989 - Eternal Flame - Bangles (1 week)
  • 2006 - Temperature - Sean Paul (1 week)
  • Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1995 - Me Against the World - 2Pac (4 weeks)
  • 2006 - High School Music - Soundtrack (1 week (1 previous week))
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1944 - Main Stem - Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (4 weeks)
  • 1978 - The Closer I Get to You - Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (2 weeks)
  • 1989 - Lucky Charm - The Boys (1 week)
  • 1995 - This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan (7 weeks)
  • 2017 - That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1944 - Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry - Al Dexter (1 week)
  • 1967 - Walk Through This World With Me - George Jones (2 weeks)
  • 1978 - Ready For the Good Times to Get Better - Crystal Gayle (1 week)
  • 1989 - Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye - George Strait (1 week)
  • 1990 - Five Minutes - Lorrie Morgan (1 week)
  • 1995 - Thinkin' About You - Trisha Yearwood (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1967 - Somethin' Stupid - Frank and Nancy Sinatra (9 weeks)
  • 1972 - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack (6 weeks)
  • 1978 - Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow (1 week (1 previous week))
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1995 - Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle) - Outhere Brothers (1 week)
  • 2000 - Never Be the Same Again - Melanie C & Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (1 week)
  • 2006 - So Sick - Ne-Yo (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1961 - South Pacific - Soundtrack (1 week (108 previous weeks))
  • 1989 - Like a Prayer - Madonna (2 weeks)
  • 1995 - The Colour of My Love - Celine Dion (1 week)
  • 2000 - Supernatural - Santana (2 weeks)
  • 2006 - Journey South - Journey South (1 week)

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