Music Almanac: April 24, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1916 - Eldon Shamblin (Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys) (d. 1998)
  • 1933 - Freddie Scott (d. 2007)
  • 1942 - Barbra Streisand (76) 
  • 1943 - Glen Dale (Fortunes) (75)
  • 1943 - Richard Sterban (Oak Ridge Boys) (75)
  • 1944 - Tony Visconti (74)
  • 1945 - Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) (73)
  • 1945 - Robert Knight (73)
  • 1947 - Hubert Ann Kelley (Hues Corporation) (71)
  • 1948 - Steve York (Manfred Mann, Graham Bond) (70)
  • 1950 - Rob Hyman (Hooters) (68)
  • 1951 - Nigel Harrison (Blondie) (67)
  • 1953 - Porter Carroll, Jr. (Atlantic Starr) (65)
  • 1954 - Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) (64)
  • 1954 - Captain Sensible (born  Ray Burns) (Damned) (64)
  • 1957 - David J. (born David Haskins) (Bauhaus) (61)
  • 1957 - Boris Williams (Cure) (61)
  • 1963 - Billy Gould (Faith No More) (55)
  • 1964 - Paul Ryder (Happy Mondays) (54)
  • 1967 - Patty Schemel (Hole) (51)
  • 1967 - Shannon Larkin (Godsmack) (51)
  • 1968 - Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) (50)
  • 1971 - Jas Mann (Babylon Zoo) (47)
  • 1974 - Brian Marshall (Creed, Alter Bridge) (44)
  • 1979 - Rebecca Lynn Howard (39)
  • 1980 - Danny Gokey (38)
  • 1982 - Kelly Clarkson (36)
  • 1984 - Tyson Ritter (All-American Rejects) (31)
  • 1987 - Ben Howard (31)
  • 1992 - Carly Grayson (Girl Authority) (26)
Deaths
  • 1970 - Otis Spann - Liver cancer (either 40 or 46)
  • 1975 - Pete Ham (Badfinger) - Suicide (27)
  • 2001 - Al Hibbler (85)
  • 2006 - Bonnie Owens - Alzheimer's Disease (76)
  • 2016 - Billy Paul - Pancreatic cancer (81)
  • 2016 - Papa Wemba (66)
On This Day
  • 1959 - The radio program Your Hit Parade airs for the last time after being on the air 24 years.
  • 1961 - Bob Dylan recorded a harmonica part for the Harry Belafonte album The Midnight Special.
  • 1968 - Apple Records turned down a chance to sign David Bowie.
  • 1968 - Keith Moon of the Who drove his Lincoln into a motel swimming pool.
  • 1969 - Paul McCartney told the world that he wasn't dead.
  • 1970 - Grace Slick and Abbie Hoffman went to a party at the White House where they planned on slipping Tricia Nixon LSD. They didn't go through with it.
  • 1976 - Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening at the home of John Lennon where they almost took a cab to 30 Rock to make a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live. It was the last time they were together.
  • 1977 - Talking Heads begin their first European tour, supporting the Ramones.
  • 1977 - Joan Baez and Santana performed for the inmates at Soledad Prison.
  • 1979 - Georgia On My Mind was made the state song of Georgia.
  • 1984 - R.E.M. started their first full tour of the U.K.
  • 1990 - The road crew for Roger Waters were in for a big surprise when they found an unexploded World War II bomb while building The Wall set in Potsdamer Platz, Germany.
  • 1991 - Whitney Houston and her brother were accused of assaulting a man in a Lexington, KY hotel.
  • 1992 - Wilson Pickett was arrested for running into a 86-year-old man with his car and yelling death threats.
  • 1992 - Michael Jackson is sued by the Cleveland Orchestra for using a small part of their recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on his Dangerous album.
  • 1993 - Farm Aid VI was held in Ames, Iowa with Arlo Guthrie, The Jayhawks, Jann Arden, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Ricky Van Shelton, Willie Nelson, Kentucky Headhunters, Marty Stuart, Charlie Daniels Band, Martina McBride, Bruce Hornsby, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, Black 47, The Highwaymen and Dwight Yoakam.
  • 1996 - Robert DeLeo of the Stone Temple Pilots announced that Scott Weiland was in drug rehab.
  • 2002 - Jewel broke her collarbone and a rib when she was thrown from a horse.
  • 2003 - Creed were sued by four fans who accused lead singer Scott Stapp of being so intoxicated at a 2002 show in Chicago that he couldn't remember the lyrics to the songs. 
  • 2003 - The Dixie Chicks appeared nude on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
  • 2003 - Sinead O'Connor wrote on her website that she was retiring from music.
  • 2004 - Suge Knight was released from prison after serving 10 months for breaking parole.
  • 2005 - The Broadway show Good Vibrations, a tribute to the Beach Boys, closed after just 94 performances. 
  • 2008 - Jane's Addiction reunited for the NME Awards. 
  • 2011 - The Broadway show American Idiot, based on Green Day's album, closed after 422 performances. 
  • 2012 - The Beach Boys started their 50th Anniversary Tour with all original surviving members of the band on one stage. 
  • 2012 - Sinead O'Connor cancelled the balance of her dates on her world tour citing her bi-polar disorder. 
  • 2013 - Country singer Billy Currington was indicted on felony charges of abuse of an elder person inflicting mental anguish and making terror threats. 
Marriages
  • 1963 - Brenda Lee and Ronnie Shack
  • 1984 - Jerry Lee Lewis and Kerrie McCarver (his sixth marriage)
  • 1988 - Mick Fleetwood and Sara Recor
  • 1992 - David Bowie and Iman
Divorces
  • 2007 - Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
Recorded
  • 1961 - Calypso King - Harry Belafonte (Bob Dylan's first recording session)
  • 1981 - New Order started recording their first album.
Released
  • 1957 - Teenager's Romance - Ricky Nelson (debut single)
  • 1958 - I Wonder Why - Dion & the Belmonts (debut single)
  • 1959 - There Goes My Baby - Drifters (single, first rock record with a string section)
  • 1972 - Woman is the Nigger of the World - John Lennon (single)
  • 1974 - Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
  • 1989 - Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty
  • 1995 - Some Might Say - Oasis (single)
  • 2001 - This is Where I Came In - Bee Gees
  • 2001 - Set This Circus Down - Tim McGraw
Broadcasts
  • 1992 - Elvis: The Great Performances (CBS)
  • 2003 - Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) - White Stripes
  • 2003 - The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See (Fox)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1961 - Runaway - Del Shannon (4 weeks)
  • 1965 - Game of Love - Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1976 - Wings at the Speed of Sound - Wings (1 week)
  • 1999 - I Am - Nas (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - My World 2.0 - Justin Bieber (2 weeks (1 previous week))
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1943 - I Can't Stand Losing You - Ink Spots (7 weeks)
  • 1961 - Mother-in-Law - Ernie K-Doe (5 weeks)
  • 1976 - Livin' For the Weekend / Stairway to Heaven - O'Jays (2 weeks)
  • 1982 - If It Ain't One Thing, It's Another - Richard "Dimple" Fields (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1976 - Together Again - Emmylou Harris (1 week)
  • 1982 - Crying My Heart Out Over You - Ricky Skaggs (1 week)
  • 1993 - She' Don't Know She's Beautiful - Sammy Kershaw (1 week)
  • 2010 - American Honey - Lady Antebellum (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1965 - The Race is On - Jack Jones (1 week)
  • 1971 - If - Bread (3 weeks)
  • 1976 - Come On Over - Olivia Newton-John (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1953 - I Believe - Frankie Laine (9 weeks)
  • 1959 - It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Buddy Holly (3 weeks)
  • 1968 - What a Wonderful World / Cabaret - Louis Armstrong (4 weeks)
  • 1982 - Ebony & Ivory - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (3 weeks)
  • 2004 - F**k It (I Don't Want You Back) - Eamon (4 weeks)
  • 2010 - OMG - Usher Featuring will.i.am (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1965 - The Rolling Stones No. 2 - Rolling Stones (1 week, 9 previous weeks at number 1)
  • 1976 - Presence - Led Zeppelin (1 week)
  • 1982 - 1982 - Status Quo (1 week)
  • 1993 - Automatic For the People - R.E.M. (1 week)
  • 1999 - Equally Cursed and Blessed - Catatonia (1 week)
  • 2004 - Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - The Defamation of Strickland Banks - Plan B (1 week)

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