Music Almanac: April 25, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1917 - Ella Fitzgerald (d. 1996)
  • 1922 - Jerry Lieber (d. 2011)
  • 1923 - Albert King (d. 1992)
  • 1933 - Jerry Leiber (d. 2011)
  • 1941 - Chris Augustine (Every Mother's Son) (77)
  • 1943 - Tony Christie (75)
  • 1944 - Charlie Harper (U.K. Subs) (74)
  • 1944 - Ronnie Gilbert (Blues Magoos) (74)
  • 1944 - Mike Kogel (Los Brovos) (74)
  • 1945 - Bj√∂rn Ulvaeus (ABBA) (73)
  • 1945 - Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) (73)
  • 1949 - Michael Brown (born Michael Lookofsky) (Left Banke) (d. 2015)
  • 1950 - Steve Ferrone (Heartbreakers, Average White Band) (68)
  • 1955 - David Sikes (Boston) (63)
  • 1958 - Derek Dick (aka Fish) (Marillion) (60)
  • 1960 - Paul Baloff (Exodus) (d. 2002)
  • 1962 - Maya Gilder (Furniture) (56)
  • 1964 - Andy Bell (Erasure) (54)
  • 1965 - Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction) (53)
  • 1965 - Rory Lee Feek (Joey + Rory) (53)
  • 1977 - Matthew West (41)
  • 1980 - Jacob Underwood (O-Town) (38)
  • 1980 - James Johnston (Biffy Clyro) (38)
  • 1980 - Ben Johnston (Biffy Clyro) (38)
Deaths
  • 1974 - Pam Courson (companion of Jim Morrison who found his body in 1971) - Drug overdose (27)
  • 1988 - Carolyn Franklin (sister of Aretha Franklin) - Breast cancer (43)
  • 1999 - Roger Troutman (Zapp) - Shooting (47)
  • 2002 - Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (TLC) - Auto accident (30)
  • 2007 - Bobby "Boris" Pickett - Leukemia (69)
  • 2011 - Poly Styrene (born Marianne Elliott-Said) (X-Ray Spex) - Breast Cancer (53)
On This Day
  • 1960 - Eddie Cochran was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, CA. 
  • 1961 - Elvis Presley makes his last stage appearance until the comeback special in Hawaii.
  • 1967 - The Beatles go back in the studio just a few days after completing Sgt. Pepper to record Magical Mystery Tour.  They also perform All You Need is Love on a global Broadcasts.
  • 1970 - Members of Pacific Gas & Electric were shot at while leaving a club in Raleigh, NC.
  • 1974 - Gregg Allman played the last night of a solo tour followed by a surprise 90-minute encore with the rest of the Allman Brothers.
  • 1975 - The original New York Dolls ended after Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan quit the band.  
  • 1977 - The last recording of Elvis Presley was made during a show in Saginaw, MI.
  • 1979 - The Ramones movie, Rock & Roll High School, premiered.
  • 1979 - The Police made their debut on the BBC's Top of the Pops.
  • 1980 - Hugh Cornwall of the Stranglers was released from prison after a six-week stint for drug possession.
  • 1981 - Denny Laine left Wings. 
  • 1984 - Wings broke up.
  • 1985 - Roger Miller's Broadway show, Big River, opens.
  • 1988 - Doc McGee, manager of Bon Jovi, was convicted for his part in the smuggling of 40,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S.
  • 1990 - The guitar on which Jimi Hendrix played the National Anthem at Woodstock sells for $295,000 at auction. 
  • 1993 - The Grateful Dead paid for the liver transplant of artist Stanley "Mouse" Miller who designed the band's skull and roses logo. 
  • 1994 - Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a TV cameraman.
  • 1994 - Michael Bolton loses in court in a case where his Love is a Wonderful Thing is determined to sound too much like the Isley Brothers song of the same name.
  • 1994 - The Eagles shot the first of two shows at Burbank Studio for their MTV Unplugged special. 
  • 1997 - U2's Pop Mart tour started in Las Vegas.
  • 1997 - Warren Haynes and Allen Woody quit the Allman Brothers to spend more time on Gov't Mule.
  • 1999 - Paul Simon performed Mrs. Robinson at Yankee Stadium for Joe DiMaggio Day
  • 2000 - Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock are reunited for the first time in 29 years on the BBC's Live with Jools Holland.
  • 2003 - Nina Simone was buried in Carry-Le-Rouet, France.
  • 2003 - The parents of Jim Morrison sued Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and Ian Astbury for misappropriation of the Doors name and logo.
  • 2003 - Styx and Kelly Clarkson cancel shows in Toronto due to the spreading SARS virus. 
  • 2004 - Ringo Starr had an operation for bone spurs in his shoulder.
  • 2004 - Billy Joel drove his car into a house on Long Island.
  • 2004 - Michael Jackson's legal team quit. 
  • 2005 - Bruce Springsteen opened his Devils & Dust tour in Detroit, MI
  • 2008 - Mariah Carey became the first person ever to be saluted on the side of the Empire State Building when it was lit up in lavender, pink and white.
  • 2008 - Phil Collins announced his retirement from drumming due to medical problems. 
  • 2009 - Snoop Dogg was sued by a man who said the rapper's security team gave him a severe beating. 
  • 2017 - Elton John developed a life threatening bacterial infection and had to spend two nights in intensive care. 
Recorded
  • 1967 - Magical Mystery Tour - Beatles (single)
  • 1970 - Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine - James Brown (single - first with new band)
  • 1994 - Hell Freezes Over - Eagles
Released
  • 2006 - We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions - Bruce Springsteen
Broadcasts
  • 1970 - Dionne Warwick: Souled Out (British TV) - Dionne Warwick, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Glen Campbell
  • 1975 - Alice Cooper: The Nightmare (ABC)
  • 1977 - Paul Anka: Music My Way (NBC) - Paul Anka, Natalie Cole, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
  • 2012 - South Park - Brad Paisley
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1960 - Stuck on You - Elvis Presley (4 weeks)
  • 1970 - ABC - Jackson 5 (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - Jump - Kris Kross (8 weeks)
  • 1998 - Too Close - Next (5 weeks)
  • 2015 - See You Again - Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth (12 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1987 - The Joshua Tree - U2 (9 weeks)
  • 2009 - Unstoppable - Rascal Flatts (1 week)
  • 2015 - Furious 7 - Soundtrack (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1960 - White Silver Sands - Bill Black's Combo (4 weeks)
  • 1992 - Don't Be Afraid - Aaron Hall (2 weeks)
  • 2015 - See You Again - Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth (14 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1981 - A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight) - Mickey Gilley (1 week)
  • 1987 - Rose in Paradise - Waylon Jennings (1 week)
  • 2009 - Here Comes Goodbye - Rascal Flatts (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1987 - The Finer Things - Steve Winwood (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1958 - Whole Lotta Woman - Marvin Rainwater (3 weeks)
  • 1987 - La Isla Bonita - Madonna (2 weeks)
  • 2015 - See You Again - Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1992 - Up - Right Said Fred (1 week)
  • 2015 - The Ultimate Collection - Paul Simon (1 week)

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