Music Almanac: April 13, 2018

Birthdays 
  • 1908 - Bob Nolan (Sons of the Pioneers) (d. 1980)
  • 1913 - Wade Ray (d. 1998)
  • 1934 - Horace Key (The Tams) (d. 1995)
  • 1934 - Tim Feild (Springfields) (d. 2016)
  • 1940 - Lester Chambers (Chambers Brothers) (78)
  • 1942 - Bill Conti (76)
  • 1944 - Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) (74)
  • 1944 - Brian Pendleton (Pretty Things) (d. 2001)
  • 1945 - Lowell George (Little Feat) (d. 1979)
  • 1946 - Al Green (72)
  • 1946 - Roy Loney (Flamin' Groovies) (72)
  • 1950 - Riff West (Molly Hatchett) (d. 2014)
  • 1951 - Peabo Bryson (67)
  • 1951 - Max Weinberg (E-Street Band) (67)
  • 1952 - Sam Bush (66)
  • 1953 - Randy Piper (W.A.S.P.) (65)
  • 1954 - Jimmy Destri (Blondie) (64)
  • 1955 - Louis Johnson (Brothers Johnson) (d. 2015)
  • 1957 - Wayne Lewis (Atlantic Starr) (61)
  • 1961 - Butch Taylor (Dave Matthews Band) (57)
  • 1961 - Tammy Stephens (Girls Next Door) (57)
  • 1962 - Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (d. 1988)
  • 1964 - Bill D'Angelo (Femme Fatale) (d. 2005)
  • 1966 - Marc Ford (Black Crowes) (52)
  • 1972 - Aaron Lewis (Staind) (46)
  • 1975 - Lou Bega (43)
  • 1982 - Nellie McKay (36)
Deaths
  • 2004 - Ritchie Cordell (producer, songwriter) - Pancreatic cancer (61)
  • 2005 - Johnnie Johnson (80)
  • 2008 - Clifford Davies - Suicide (59 or 60)
  • 2013 - Chi Cheng (Deftones) - Heart failure (42)
  • 2013 - Vincent Montana, Jr. (MFSB, Salsoul Orchestra) (85)
  • 2015 - Ronnie Carroll (80)
On This Day
  • 1962 - The Beatles went to Germany for the third time for a 1-1/2 month residency at the brand new Star Club.
  • 1964 - The Beatles announced their first film would be called A Hard Day's Night. 
  • 1967 - A riot broke out at a Rolling Stones concert with the police using tear gas to control the crowd. It was their first concert behind the iron curtain in Warsaw, Poland.
  • 1970 - Marty Robbins was named Man of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music. 
  • 1970 - Loretta Lynn's album Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind) becomes the first gold album by a female country artist. 
  • 1979 - David Lee Roth collapsed on stage from exhaustion during a Van Halen show in Spokane, WA. 
  • 1980 - The Broadway production of Grease closed after 3,883 performances. 
  • 1982 - David Crosby was arrested backstage at a show in Dallas, TX when police saw him with cocaine. It was his second arrest in three weeks. 
  • 1989 - Jack Jones received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
  • 1990 - Madonna opened her Blonde Ambition Tour in Tokyo.
  • 1993 - It was the first Aerosmith Day in Massachusetts.
  • 1996 - Rage Against the Machine were only allowed to perform one song on Saturday Night Live after they hung inverted American flags on their amplifiers. 
  • 2000 - Metallica sued Napster, USC, Yale and Indiana University to stop the pirating of their music. 
  • 2003 - Madonna seeded file sharing sites with fake files of songs from her American Life album. When people played the files they heard the singer saying "What the fuck do you think you're doing?"
  • 2004 - The Pixies performed for the first time in twelve years. 
  • 2005 - Willie Nelson declined having a section of Texas highway named after him.
  • 2007 - Julian Lennon sold off a large stake in his father's music to Primary Wave.
  • 2009 - Phil Spector was convicted of murder in the shooting of Lana Clarkson.
  • 2010 - Brian May started his "Save Me" campaign to stop the return of legalized blood sport hunting of fox, rabbits and other animals. 
  • 2010 - Ron Isley was released from jail after serving three years for tax evasion. 
  • 2011 - Five of Tom Petty's guitars were stolen while the band was rehearsing for a world tour. 
  • 2011 - Jennifer Lopez was named People's Most Beautiful Person. 
Divorces
  • 1994 - Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley (announce separation)
Recorded
  • 1959 - Forty Days - Ronnie Hawkins
  • 1965 - Help! - Beatles
  • 1966 - Paperback Writer - Beatles
Released
  • 1973 - Catch a Fire - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • 1973 - Daltrey - Roger Daltrey (first solo album)
  • 1993 - In Concert/MTV Unplugged - Bruce Springsteen
  • 1999 - Echo - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Awards
  • 1961 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Theme From a Summer Place - Percy Faith
    • Album of the Year - The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
    • Song of the Year - Theme From Exodus - Ernest Gold
    • Best New Artist - Bob Newhart
    • Vocal Performance, Single - Female - Mack the Knife - Ella Fitzgerald
    • Vocal Performance, Album - Female - Mack the Knife: Ella in Berlin - Ella Fitzgerald
    • Vocal Performance, Single - Male - Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles
    • Vocal Performance, Album - Male - The Genius of Ray Charles - Ray Charles
    • Vocal Group (2 to 6) - We Got Us - Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
    • Vocal Group (7 or more) - Songs of the Cowboy - Norman Luboff Choir
    • Band for Dancing - Dance Along With Basie - Count Basie
    • Orchestra - Mr. Lucky - Henry Mancini
    • Pop Single Artist - Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles
    • R&B Performance - Let the Good Times Roll - Ray Charles
    • Country & Western Performance - El Paso - Marty Robbins
    • Folk Performance - Swing Dat Hammer - Harry Belafonte
  • 1965 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - The Girl From Ipanema - Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
    • Album of the Year - Getz/Gilberto - Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
    • Song of the Year - Hello Dolly! - Jerry Herman
    • New Artist - Beatles
    • Pop Female - People - Barbra Streisand
    • Pop Male - Hello Dolly! - Louis Armstrong
    • Pop Vocal Group - A Hard Day's Night - Beatles
    • Rock and Roll Recording - Downtown - Petula Clark
    • R&B Recording - How Glad I Am - Nancy Wilson
    • Country Female - Here Comes My Baby - Dottie West
    • Country Male - Dang Me - Roger Miller
    • Country Single - Dang Me - Roger Miller
    • Country Song - Dang Me - Roger Miller
    • Country Album - Dang Me/Chug-a-Lug - Roger Miller
    • New Country Artist - Roger Miller
    • Folk Recording - We'll Sing in the Sunshine - Gale Garnett
Broadcastsing:
  • 1969 - Like Hep (NBC) - Dinah Shore, Diana Ross
  • 1983 - CMA 25th Anniversary Special (CBS) - Alabama, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Anne Murray, Ricky Skaggs, Roy Acuff, Tammy Wynette, Janie Fricke, Mickey Gilley and The Gatlin Brothers
  • 1996 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Rage Against the Machine
  • 1999 - VH1 Divas Live (VH1) - Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Cher, Brandy, LeAnn Rimes, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Faith Hill
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1957 - All Shook Up - Elvis Presley (8 weeks)
  • 1959 - Come Softly To Me - Fleetwoods (4 weeks)
  • 1968 - Honey - Bobby Goldsboro (5 weeks)
  • 1974 - Bennie and the Jets - Elton John (1 week)
  • 1985 - We Are the World - U.S.A. For Africa (4 weeks)
  • 1991 - I've Been Thinking About You - Londonbeat (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1974 - Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings (1 week)
  • 1996 - Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette (3 weeks (4 previous weeks)
  • 2002 - A New Day Has Come - Celine Dion (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1985 - Back in Stride - Maze Featuring Frankie Beverley (2 weeks)
  • 1991 - Wrap My Body Tight - Johnny Gill (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1959 - White Lightning - George Jones (5 weeks)
  • 1963 - Still - Bill Anderson (3 weeks)
  • 1968 - You Are My Treasure - Jack Greene (1 week)
  • 1985 - Honor Bound - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
  • 1991 - Down Home - Alabama (3 weeks)
  • 1996 - No News - Lonestar (3 weeks)
  • 2002 - I Breathe In, I Breathe Out - Chris Cagle (1 week)
  • 2013 - Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1963 - Can't Get Used to Losing You - Andy Williams (4 weeks)
  • 1974 - Keep on Singing - Helen Reddy (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1956 - The Poor People of Paris - Winifred Atwell (3 weeks)
  • 1967 - Somethin' Stupid - Frank & Nancy Sinatra (2 weeks)
  • 2013 - Need U (100 Percent) - Duke Dumont Featuring Ame (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1985 - The Hits Album 2 / The Hits Tape 2 - Various Artists (6 weeks)

1 comment

Jerry Rubino said...

Riff West died November 19, 2014

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