Music Almanac: April 20, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1908 - Lionel Hampton (d. 2002)
  • 1923 - Tito Puente (d. 2000)
  • 1938 - Johnny Tillotson (79)
  • 1944 - Doyle Lawson (74)
  • 1945 - Jimmy Winston (Small Faces) (73)
  • 1947 - Bj√∂rn Skifs (Blue Suede) (71)
  • 1948 - Craig Frost (Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band) (70)
  • 1951 - Luther Vandross (d. 2005)
  • 1953 - James Chance (65)
  • 1967 - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) (51)
  • 1969 - Wade Hayes (49)
  • 1971 - Mikey Welsh (Weezer) (d. 2011)
  • 1972 - Stephen Marley (46)
  • 1974 - Tina Cousins (44)
  • 1975 - Killer Mike (born Michael Render) (43)
  • 1978 - Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band) (40)
Deaths
  • 1969 - Benny Benjamin (Funk Brothers) - Stroke (43)
  • 1984 - Mabel Mercer (84)
  • 1991 - Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie) - Fire (44)
  • 1992 - Johnny Shines (76)
  • 2002 - Alan Dale (76)
  • 2011 - Gerard Smith (TV on the Radio) - Lung cancer (36)
  • 2012 - Bert Weedon (91)
  • 2017 - Cuba Gooding, Sr. (Main Ingredient) (72)
On This Day
  • 1964 - Elvis Presley's movie Viva Las Vegas premiered.
  • 1968 - Deep Purple made their live debut in Tastrup, Denmark
  • 1968 - Apple Music ran ads looking for new artists.
  • 1976 - Dressed as a mountie and unrecognizable, George Harrison joined Monty Python at City Center in New York to sing the Lumberjack Song. 
  • 1979 - Billy Duffy, a lighting director for Kate Bush, died when he fell 20-feet through a trap door on the stage.
  • 1980 - George Burns became the oldest person to have a Hot 100 hit when I Wish I Was Eighteen Again charted. He was 84.
  • 1981 - John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was jailed for five years on drug possession charges. He only served 30 days.
  • 1987 - A Callaway, FL record store was closed and a clerk arrested when he sold the album 2 Live is What We Are by 2 Live Crew to a 14-year-old boy. The album had been deemed pornographic.
  • 1990 - Janet Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1990 - Bryan Adams was made a member of the Order of Canada.
  • 1992 - The Freddie Mercury tribute concert, A Concert for Life, was held at Wembley Stadium in London.  The lineup included Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Axl Rose and Slash.
  • 1993 - Lou Pearlman decided on the five members for the Backstreet Boys.
  • 1994 - Barbra Streisand began her first tour in 28 years in London.
  • 1996 - Tickets went on sale for the first KISS tour in 15 years where all four original members would participate in full costume.
  • 1999 - Billy Joel announced his retirement from recording and touring during a show at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Only one promise sticks. 
  • 1999 - The Rolling Stones play the final date in their No Security tour.
  • 1999 - The Los Angeles police announce that Marion "Suge" Knight was a suspect in the death of the Notorious B.I.G.
  • 2001 - A memorial concert was held for Steve Marriott in London. Acts included Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe and Humble Pie.
  • 2005 - John Michael Montgomery acknowledged that he was suffering from acoustic neuroma, a growth on the nerve between your brain and ear. 
  • 2006 - Pete Doherty was arrested for suspected drug possession (again). 
  • 2009 - Jimmy Dean's house burned down.
  • 2009 - Gerry Marsden of Gerry & the Pacemakers received the Freedom of Liverpool Award. 
  • 2010 - The Broadway show American Idiot, based on the Green Day album, opened. 
  • 2013 - In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Neil Diamond shows up at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park to sing Sweet Caroline live. 
Marriages
  • 1963 - Rick Nelson and Kris Harmon
  • 1991 - John Fogerty and Julie Lebiedzinksi
Recorded
  • 1944 - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland
  • 1966 - And Your Bird Can Sing & Taxman - Beatles
  • 1968 - Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
Released 
  • 1959 - Puppy Love - Dolly Parton (single recorded at age 11, released at 13)
  • 1970 - The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley (single)
  • 1993 - Get a Grip - Aerosmith
  • 1993 - Shania Twain - Shania Twain (debut album)
  • 1993 - Toby Keith - Toby Keith (debut album)
  • 1999 - Adios - KMFDM
Broadcasts
  • 1985 - Grand Ole Opry (TNN) - Debut on the Nashville Network
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1974 - TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB (2 weeks)
  • 1991 - You're In Love - Wilson Phillips (1 week)
  • 2002 - Foolish - Ashanti (10 weeks)
  • 2013 - When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1963 - West Side Story - Soundtrack (2 weeks)
  • 1974 - Greatest Hits - John Denver (1 week, 2 previous weeks)
  • 2002 - Ashanti - Ashanti (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1974 - TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB (1 week)
  • 1991 - Whatever You Want - Tony! Toni! Tone! (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1968 - Fist City - Loretta Lynn (1 week)
  • 1985 - I Need More of You - Bellamy Brothers (1 week)
  • 2002 - My List - Toby Keith (5 weeks)
  • 2013 - Cruise - Florida Georgia Line (19 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1985 - We Are the World - USA For Africa (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1985 - We Are the World - U.S.A. for Africa (2 weeks)
  • 1996 - Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison (2 weeks)
  • 2017 - Sign Of the Times - Harry Styles (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 2013 - Paramour - Paramour (1 week)

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