Music Almanac: April 19, 2018

Birthdays 
  • 1928 - Alexis Korner (d. 1984)
  • 1929 - Don Barbour (Four Freshman) (d. )
  • 1934 - Dickie Goodman (d. 1989)
  • 1936 - Ruby Johnson (d. 1999)
  • 1940 - Genya Ravan (Ten Wheel Drive) (78)
  • 1940 - Bobby Russell (d. 1992)
  • 1942 - Alan Price (Animals) (76)
  • 1942 - Larry Ramos (Association) (d. 2014)
  • 1943 - Mike Kelly (Duprees) (75)
  • 1943 - Eve Graham (New Seekers) (75)
  • 1944 - Bernie Worrell (Parliament-Funkadelic) (d. 2016)
  • 1947 - Mark Volman (Turtles) (71)
  • 1949 - Big Youth (born Manley Buchanan) (69)
  • 1953 - Rod Morgenstein (Winger) (65)
  • 1954 - Bob Rock (producer) (64)
  • 1955 - Andy Shernoff (Dictators) (63)
  • 1956 - Gary Langan (Art of Noise) (62)
  • 1957 - Tony Martin (Black Sabbath) (61)
  • 1957 - Belinda Lipscomb (Midnight Star) (61)
  • 1958 - Stevie B (born Steven Hill) (60)
  • 1965 - Marion "Suge" Knight (53)
  • 1967 - Dar Williams (51)
  • 1968 - Bekka Bramlett (50)
  • 1970 - Luis Miguel (48)
  • 1976 - Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) (42)
Deaths
  • 1993 - Steve Douglas (born Steven Kreisman) (saxophonist with Phil Spector's Wall of Sound) - Heart failure (55)
  • 1994 - Larry Davis - Cancer (57)
  • 1997 - El Duce (born Eldon Hoke) (Mentors) - Accidentally hit by train (39)
  • 2003 - Cholly Atkins (choreographer for Motown) - Cancer (89)
  • 2010 - Guru (born Keith Elam) (Gang Star) - Cancer (48)
  • 2012 - Levon Helm (Band) - Cancer (71)
  • 2012 - Greg Ham (Men at Work) (58)
 On This Day
  • 1956 - Clyde McPhatter is released from the military.
  • 1960 - Because of his recent near-airplane crash, Elvis Presley decides to take a train from Memphis to Los Angeles to film G.I. Blues.
  • 1965 - The film The T.A.M.I. Show opened in London under the name Teenage Command Performance. Included were performances by The Rolling Stones, Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
  • 1975 - The Raspberries broke up.
  • 1980 - Brian Johnson replaced Bon Scott in AC/DC.
  • 1980 - For the first time, the top five on the U.S. country singles chart were all by female vocalists (Crystal Gayle, Dottie West, Debbie Boone, Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette)
  • 1980 - R.E.M. played their first show under the name R.E.M.
  • 1982 - Simon & Garfunkel reunited for a tour. 
  • 1988 - Sonny Bono was sworn in as mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
  • 1990 - ABC aired the film Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys.
  • 1995 - The Stone Roses played their first show in five years in Oslo, Norway.
  • 2001 - David Lee Roth said that he had briefly reunited with Van Halen the previous July and wrote some new material.
  • 2002 - The body of Layne Staley of Alice in Chains was found. He had been missing for two weeks.
  • 2002 - Police investigated the theft of tracks for Oasis' upcoming album, Heathen Chemistry.
  • 2004 - Billy Corgan played his first solo acoustic show in Chicago, IL. 
  • 2009 - Mike Curb received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
  • 2009 - The Flaming Lips played on the mall in Washington for Earth Day. 
  • 2012 - Leonard Cohen's former manager was sentenced to 18 months in jail for harassment of Cohen. 
  • 2017 - Ted Nugent and Kid Rock received a tour of the White House from President Donald Trump. 
Released
  • 1978 - Stardust - Willie Nelson
  • 1978 - Because the Night - Patti Smith (single)
  • 1994 - Illmatic - Nas (debut album)
Broadcasts
  • 1990 -  Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys (ABC)
  • 1990 - French & Saunders (BBC) - Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King, Gary Moore
  • 1999 - Melrose Place (Fox) - James Darren (first of five episodes)
  • 2006 - The McCartneys vs. the Fur Trade (BBC)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1980 - Call Me - Blondie (6 weeks)
  • 1986 - Kiss - Prince & the Revolution (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 2008 - Troubadour - George Strait (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1969 - It's Your Thing - Isley Brothers (4 weeks)
  • 1980 - Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love) - Isley Brothers (4 weeks)
  • 1997 - In My Bed - Dru Hill (1 week)
  • 2003 - Excuse Me Miss - Jay-Z (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1952 - (When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There - Carl Smith (2 weeks)
  • 1969 - Galveston - Glen Campbell (3 weeks)
  • 1980 - It's Like We Never Said Goodbye - Crystal Gayle (1 week)
  • 1986 - Cajun Moon - Ricky Skaggs (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1975 - He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn (1 week)
  • 2003 - Beautiful - Christina Aguilera (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1986 - A Different Corner - George Michael (3 weeks)
  • 2014 - Nobody to Love - Sigma (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1958 - The Duke Wore Jeans - Soundtrack (3 weeks)
  • 1969 - Best of the Seekers - Seekers (1 week, 4 previous weeks at number 1)
  • 1975 - Best of the Stylistics - Stylistics (2 weeks)
  • 1980 - Greatest Hits - Rose Royce (2 weeks)
  • 1997 - Dig Your Own Hole - Chemical Brothers (1 week)
  • 2008 - Rockferry - Duffy (1 week (4 previous weeks))

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