Music Almanac: April 3, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1924 - Doris Day (born Doris Kappelhoff) (93)
  • 1928 - Don Gibson (d. 2003)
  • 1936 - Jimmy McGriff (d. 2008)
  • 1938 - Jeff Barry (80)
  • 1941 - Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) (d. 2004)
  • 1941 - PhilippĂ© Wynne (Spinners) (d. 1984)
  • 1942 - Billy Joe Royal (d. 2015)
  • 1942 - Wayne Newton (76)
  • 1943 - Richard Manuel (Band) (d. 1986)
  • 1943 - Joe Canzano (Duprees) (75)
  • 1944 - Tony Orlando (74)
  • 1944 - Barry Pritchard (Fortunes) (d. 1999)
  • 1946 - Dee Murray (Elton John Band) (d. 1992)
  • 1949 - Richard Thompson (69)
  • 1950 - Curtis Stone (Highway 101) (68)
  • 1961 - Eddie Murphy (57)
  • 1962 - Mike Ness (Social Distortion) (56)
  • 1962 - Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) (56)
  • 1962 - John Gruffith (Red Rockers) (56)
  • 1963 - Chris Oliva (Savatage) (d. 1993)
  • 1968 - Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) (50)
  • 1968 - Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz) (50)
  • 1970 - Mathew Priest (Dodgy) (48)
  • 1974 - Drew Shirley (Switchfoot) (44)
  • 1985 - Leona Lewis (33)
  • 1998 - Paris Jackson (20)
Deaths
  • 1950 - Kurt Weill - Heart attack (50)
  • 1983 - Danny Rapp (Danny & the Juniors) - Suicide (41)
  • 1990 - Sarah Vaughan - Lung cancer (66)
  • 1993 - Red Allen (63)
  • 1996 - Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes - Cancer (60)
  • 1999 - Lionel Bart - Cancer (69)
  • 2001 - Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey - Prostate cancer (74)
  • 2003 - Homer Banks (Stax records songwriter) - Cancer (61)
  • 2006 - Martin Gilks (Wonder Stuff) - Motorcycle crash (41)
  • 2014 - Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (93)
  • 2015 - Bob Burns (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - Car accident (64)
On This Day
  • 1959 - The BBC banned the Coasters' Charlie Brown for its use of the word spitball.
  • 1960 - The Everly Brothers began their first U.K. tour.
  • 1963 - Elvis Presley's film It Happened at the World's Fair premiered in Los Angeles.
  • 1966 - Peter Tork played at the Troubadour. He was already signed but had not started his stint on The Monkees.
  • 1969 - Jim Morrison of the Doors turned himself in to the Los Angeles office of the FBI over charges of lewdness at a Miami concert.
  • 1969 - Billy Preston signed with Apple Records.
  • 1975 - Steve Miller was charged with setting fire to a friend's dress and resisting arrest.
  • 1975 - Emmylou Harris played her first concert with The Hot Band.
  • 1979 - Kate Bush started her only tour at Liverpool's Empire Theatre.
  • 1980 - Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders is arrested after a fight in a bar in Memphis. 
  • 1984 - Producer Jack Douglas wins $3 million from Yoko Ono for his work on John Lennon's Double Fantasy.
  • 1987 - U2 opened an American tour in Arizona. 
  • 1989 - Several thousand people tried to crash the gates at a Pittsburgh Grateful Dead concert, leading to the arrest of 23.
  • 1989 - Madonna was removed from being a spokesperson for Pepsi after the Vatican objected to her song Like a Prayer.
  • 1994 - A Nirvana and Hole tour was cancelled, possibly (but not confirmed) due to Kurt Cobain's drug addiction.
  • 1996 - Paul McCartney said again that there was no interest in reforming the Beatles.
  • 1996 - Jerry Garcia's ashes are spread in the Ganges River in India by his widow, Deborah, and Bob Weir.
  • 1996 - M.C. Hammer filed for bankruptcy
  • 1998 - Dave Navarro left the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • 2000 - Five people are stabbed and another is hit with a marble bench backstage at a DMX/Eve concert in Boston.
  • 2000 - Mariah Carey was admitted to a Massachusetts hospital due to dehydration and food poisoning. 
  • 2007 - Keith Richard's manager told MTV News that his claim of snorting his father's ashes was "in jest."
  • 2008 - Morrissey won an apology from Word Magazine for suggesting that he was a racist and hypocrite.
Marriages
  • 1964 - Anni-Frid Lyngstad (ABBA) and Ragner Fredriksson
  • 2010 - Eric Gunderson (Love & Theft) and Emily Hagar
  • 2012 - Josh Farro (Paramore) and Jenna Rice
Recorded
  • 1952 - Harry Belafonte had his first recording session at RCA Victor in New York. 
  • 1960 - Are You Lonesome Tonight, Fever, It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley
  • 1991 - Unplugged - Paul McCartney
Released
  • 1965 - Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
  • 1973 - Beatles 1962-1966 & Beatles 1967-1970 - Beatles (U.K. release)
Broadcast
  • 1948 - The Louisiana Hayride (KWKH, Shreveport, LA) (premier) - Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  • 1956 - The Milton Berle Show - Elvis Presley
  • 1961 - Make Room For Daddy (CBS) - Paul Anka
  • 1968 - Beverly Hillbillies (CBS) - Roy Clark
  • 1977 - Countdown (ABC Australia) - AC/DC (last TV appearance for more than 20 years)
  • 1978 - Cher...Special (ABC) - Rod Stewart
  • 1983 - Top of the Pops (BBC) - U2
  • 1999 - Happy Hour (USA Network) (premier) - Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa (hosts)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1961 - Blue Moon - Marcels (3 weeks)
  • 1971 - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - Temptations (2 weeks)
  • 1976 - Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1948 - Down Memory Lane - Vaughan Monroe (6 weeks)
  • 1961 - G.I. Blues - Elvis Presley (1 week (5 previous weeks))
  • 1993 - The Bodyguard - Whitney Houston / Soundtrack (1 week, 13 weeks previous)
  • 2010 - Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (1 week (3 previous weeks))
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1961 - Blue Moon - Marcels (2 weeks)
  • 1965 - Got to Get You Off My Mind - Solomon Burke (1 week)
  • 1999 - What's It Gonna Be? - Busta Rhymes Featuring Janet (1 week)
  • 2010 - Everything to Me - Monica (7 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1948 - Anytime - Eddy Arnold (9 weeks)
  • 1976 - You'll Lose a Good Thing - Freddy Fender (1 week)
  • 1982 - Bobbie Sue - Oak Ridge Boys (1 week)
  • 2004 - When the Sun Goes Down - Kenny Chesney & Uncle Kracker (5 weeks)
  • 2010 - A Little More Country Than That - Easton Corbin (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1971 - When There's No You - Engelbert Humperdinck (1 week)
  • 1976 - There's a Kind of Hush - Carpenters (2 weeks)
  • 1982 - Chariots of Fire - Vangelis (5 weeks)
  • 2010 - Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (13 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1993 - Young at Heart - Bluebells (4 weeks)
  • 1999 - Flat Beat - Mr. Oizo (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1971 - Home Lovin' Man - Andy Williams (2 weeks)
  • 1993 - Songs of Faith and Devotion - Depeche Mode (1 week)
  • 2004 - Confessions - Usher (1 week)
  • 2010 - Brother - Boyzone (2 weeks)

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