Music Almanac: April 17, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1929 - James Last (d. 2015)
  • 1929 - Don Winters (d. 2002)
  • 1930 - Chris Barber (88)
  • 1931 - David Axelrod (composer, arranger, producer) (d. 2017)
  • 1934 - Don Kirshner (d. 2011)
  • 1936 - Tony Bellus (82) 
  • 1936 - Pete Graves (Moonglows) (d. )
  • 1940 - Billy Fury (d. 1983)
  • 1943 - Roy Estrada (Little Feat, Frank Zappa) (75)
  • 1943 - Bobby Curtola (d. 2016)
  • 1948 - Jan Hammer (70)
  • 1949 - Chris Bartley (d. 2009)
  • 1954 - Michael Sembello (64)
  • 1955 - Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) (63)
  • 1959 - Stephen Singleton (ABC) (59)
  • 1964 - Maynard James Keenan (Tool) (54)
  • 1967 - Liz Phair (51)
  • 1967 - Matt Chamberlain (session drummer, producer, engineer) (51)
  • 1970 - Redman (born Reginald Noble) (48)
  • 1973 - Craig Anderson (Heartland) (45)
  • 1974 - Victoria Beckham (born Victoria Adams) (Spice Girls) (44)
  • 1974 - Mikael Ã…kerfeldt (Opeth) (44)
  • 1989 - Avi Kaplan (Pentatonix) (29)
Deaths
  • 1960 - Eddie Cochran - Car accident (21)
  • 1974 - Vinnie Taylor (Sha-Na-Na) - Drug Overdose (25)
  • 1982 - Benny Ashburn (lawyer, "The Seventh Commodore") - Heart attack (54)
  • 1983 - Felix Pappalardi (Mountain) - Shot by wife (43)
  • 1987 - Carlton Barrett (Wailers) - Shot (36)
  • 1992 - Hank Penny - Heart failure (73)
  • 1998 - Linda McCartney (born Linda Eastman) - Cancer (56)
  • 2002 - James Al Hendrix (father of Jimi Hendrix) - Congestive Heart Failure (82)
  • 2003 - Earl King - Diabetes related complications (69)
  • 2008 - Danny Federici (E-Street Band) - Cancer (50)
On This Day
  • 1953 - Harry Belafonte made his screen debut in Bright Road. 
  • 1954 - The Diablos signed with Detroit's Fortune Records. They later changed their name to the Miracles and signed with Motown.
  • 1960 - Eddie Cochran was killed in a car crash that also seriously injured Gene Vincent.
  • 1964 - The FBI Lab reported they couldn't discern the lyrics in Louie Louie.
  • 1964 - Them (with Van Morrison) made their first live performance in Belfast, Ireland.
  • 1969 - The Band played their first show as an independent group.
  • 1970 - Johnny Cash played at the White House for President Nixon with June Carter Cash and the Statler Brothers. 
  • 1973 - Tito and John Jackson were arrested for buying stolen electronics.
  • 1975 - Elvis Presley bought a used Convair 880 jet and christened it the Lisa Marie.
  • 1980 - Bob Marley performed at the Zimbabwe Independence Day celebration. 
  • 1983 - Joe Strummer of the Clash ran the London Marathon.
  • 1986 - Stevie Ray Vaughan cancelled his European tour after he became concerned about reprisals for the American bombing in Libya.
  • 1995 - R.E.M. announces the resumption of their Monster tour after the successful surgery on Bill Berry for a brain aneurysm. 
  • 2001 - Country singer Johnny Russell had both legs amputated due to complications from diabetes.
  • 2001 - A private funeral was held for Joey Ramone.
  • 2002 - Tammy Wynette's four daughters reached a confidential settlement with Tammy's doctor over her death.
  • 2003 - Tommy Lee is cleared in the death of a four-year-old at his son's birthday party.
  • 2004 - Unbelievably, the Judds made their Grand Ole Opry debut. 
  • 2007 - Bryan Ferry apologized after praising Nazi iconography in a German magazine.
  • 2009 - Morrissey walked off of his show at the Coachella Festival, taking offense to the smell of nearby barbecues.
  • 2009 - Ferlin Husky was hospitalized with congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
  • 2012 - Ted Nugent told an NRA rally that, if President Obama was reelected, he would "either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
  • 2014 - Glen Campbell was moved to a home after his Alzheimer's disease worsened. 
Marriages
  • 1993 - Susanna Hoffs (Bangles) and M. Jay Roach
Released
  • 1961 - Heart and Soul - Cleftones (single)
  • 1965 - Help Me Rhonda - Beach Boys (single)
  • 1970 - McCartney - Paul McCartney (debut album, U.K. release)
  • 1973 - Desperado - Eagles
Broadcastsing
  • 1967 - The Monkees (NBC) - Bobby Sherman
  • 2000 - Ally McBeal (Fox) - Gloria Gaynor
  • 2009 - SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon) - Davy Jones
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1971 - Joy to the World - Three Dog Night (6 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1976 - Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) - Eagles (1 weeks, 4 previous weeks at number 1)
  • 1982 - Chariots of Fire - Vangelis/Soundtrack (4 weeks)
  • 1993 - The Bodyguard - Whitney Houston/Soundtrack (3 weeks, 14 previous weeks at number 1)
  • 2010 - Raymond v. Raymond - Usher (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1943 - I've Heard That Song Before - Harry James and His Orchestra (1 week)
  • 1961 - One Mint Julep - Ray Charles (1 week)
  • 1965 - Got to Get You Off My Mind - Solomon Burke (2 weeks (1 previous week))
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1976 - Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind) - Eddie Rabbitt (1 week)
  • 1982 - The Clown - Conway Twitty (1 week)
  • 2010 - Highway 20 Ride - Zac Brown Band (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1976 - Looking For Space - John Denver (1 week)
  • 2004 - You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1953 - (How Much is) That Doggie in the Window - Lita Roza (1 week)
  • 1982 - My Camera Never Lies - Bucks Fizz (1 week)
  • 1999 - Perfect Moment - Martine McCutcheon (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1965 - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan (1 week)
  • 1971 - Motown Chartbusters Volume 5 - Various Artists (3 weeks)
  • 1993 - Black Tie White Noise - David Bowie (1 week)
  • 1999 - Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 2010 - The Fame - Lady Gaga (1 week (2 previous weeks)

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