Music Almanac: April 5, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1922 - Gale Storm (d. 2009)
  • 1928 - Tony Williams (Platters) (d. 1992)
  • 1929 - Joe Meek (producer) (d. 1967)
  • 1931 - "Cowboy" Jack Clement (d. 2013)
  • 1932 - Billy Bland (d. 2017 (unconfirmed))
  • 1934 - Stanley Turrentine (d. 2000)
  • 1935 - Peter Grant (manager) (d. 1995)
  • 1939 - Ronald White (Miracles) (d. 1995)
  • 1939 - Crispian St. Peters (d. 2010)
  • 1940 - Tommy Cash (78)
  • 1941 - Dave Swarbrick (Fairport Convention) (d. 2016)
  • 1941 - David LaFlamme (77)
  • 1942 - Allan Clarke (Hollies) (76)
  • 1944 - Nicholas Caldwell (Whispers) (d. 2016)
  • 1950 - Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) (68)
  • 1951 - Les Binks (Judas Priest) (67)
  • 1951 - Everett Morton (English Beat) (67)
  • 1954 - Stan Ridgeway (Wall of Voodoo) (64)
  • 1954 - Peter Case (64)
  • 1960 - Larry McCray (58)
  • 1961 - Jacob Slichter (Semisonic) (57)
  • 1964 - Christopher "Kid" Reid (Kid 'N Play) (54)
  • 1966 - Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) (52)
  • 1967 - Troy Gentry (Montgomery Gentry) (d. 2017)
  • 1968 - Paula Cole (50)
  • 1969 - Sajah (born Daniel Ticotin) (46)
  • 1972 - Pat Green (46)
  • 1973 - Pharrell Williams (45)
  • 1975 - Juicy J (born Jordan Houston) (43)
  • 1981 - Mike Eli (Eli Young Band) (37)
  • 1981 - Mariqueen Maandig Reznor (How to Destroy Angels) (37)
Deaths
  • 1981 - Bob "The Bear" Hite (Canned Heat) - Heart attack (36)
  • 1983 - Danny Rapp (Danny & the Juniors) - Suicide (41)
  • 1994 - Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) - Suicide (27)
  • 1995 - Monika Dannemann (last girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix) - Suicide (50)
  • 1997 - Stoney Edwards - Stomach cancer (67)
  • 1998 - Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath) - Car accident (50)
  • 2002 - Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) - Overdose (34)
  • 2006 - Gene Pitney - Heart disease (66)
  • 2007 - Mark St. John (Kiss) - Brain Hemorrhage (51)
  • 2011 - Gil Robbins (Highwaymen) - Prostate cancer (80)
  • 2012 - Jim Marshall (Marshall Amps) (88)
  • 2012 - Barney McKenna (Dubliners) (72)
  • 2017 - Paul O'Neill (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) - Reaction to medication taken for chronic illnesses (61)
On This Day
  • 1967 - A group of British Monkees fans protested Davy Jones' being drafted by marching from London's Marble Arch to the U.S. Embassy. He was eventually exempted for being the chief caregiver for his father.
  • 1967 - Elvis Presley's film Double Trouble debuted. 
  • 1968 - James Brown decided to go ahead with a show at Boston Garden and televise it to quell problems the day after the assasination of Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • 1971 - The Rolling Stones moved out of England, becoming Tax-exiles.
  • 1971 - Chicago became the first rock band to play at Carnegie Hall. 
  • 1972 - Elvis Presley started a short U.S. tour in Buffalo, NY.
  • 1974 - ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with Waterloo. 
  • 1978 - Duran Duran played live for the first time in Birmingham, England.
  • 1980 - R.E.M. played their first live show in Atlanta, GA.
  • 1982 - Record World magazine ceased publication after 36 years.
  • 1984 - Marvin Gaye's funeral was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.
  • 1985 - Over 5,000 radio stations around the world played the single We Are the World at 3:50 PM GMT.
  • 1987 - Drummer Buddy Rich's funeral was held. Attendees included Frank Sinatra and Artie Shaw.
  • 1993 - Construction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 1993 - Mark Wahlberg had assault charges dropped after he reached a settlement with the man he allegedly beat.
  • 1998 - The Spice Girls played live for the first time in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1999 - Three of Tammy Wynette's daughters files a $50 million lawsuit against her last husband, George Richey, blaming her death on his negligence. 
  • 2000 - Jose Feliciano is inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2000 - Trace Adkins had two fingers crushed while working on his farm when a 400-pound boulder came lose and rolled across them.
  • 2001 - David Bowie started his BowieRadio on-line radio station.
  • 2002 - R.E.M.'s Peter Buck is acquitted of charges in an altercation during a trans-Atlantic flight.
  • 2006 - Marion "Suge" Knight filed for bankruptcy for himself and Death Row Records. The action was a result of his losing a $100 million lawsuit brought against him by an associate who said they co-started the label.
  • 2008 - iTunes passed Wal-Mart to become the biggest music retailer in the U.S.
  • 2008 - Toto played their last concert before breaking up.
  • 2011 - A statue of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was unveiled in his hometown of Aberdeen, WA.
  • 2012 - An exhibition on the late Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy opens at the 02 in London. 
  • 2013 - Mark Knopfler cancelled to Russian shows to protest their crackdown on human rights groups. 
  • 2017 - Barry Manilow officially came out as gay.
Marriages
  • 1955 - Ray Charles and Della Beatrice Howard Robinson (second wife)
Released
  • 1988 - Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (debut album)
  • 2016 - One Dance - Drake (single)
Broadcast
  • 1964 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Searchers (first British group to appear after the Beatles)
  • 1977 - Dinah Shore Special - David Bowie, Iggy Pop
  • 1985 - The Tube (U.K. Channel 4) (final show) - UB40, Alison Moyet, Style Council, The Pogues, Spandau Ballet, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Bronski Beat
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1975 - Lovin' You - Minnie Ripperton (1 week)
  • 2008 - Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1969 - Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (1 weeks, 4 previous weeks at number one)
  • 1997 - Nine Lives - Aerosmith (1 week)
  • 2008 - Welcome to the Dollhouse - Dainty Kane (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1969 - Only the Strong Survive - Jerry Butler (2 weeks)
  • 1975 - Shoeshine Boy - Eddie Kendrics (1 week)
  • 1980 - Stomp! - Brothers Johnson (2 weeks)
  • 1986 - Kiss - Prince & the Revolution (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1975 - I Just Can't Get Her Out of My Mind - Johnny Rodriguez (1 week)
  • 1980 - Sugar Daddy - Bellamy Brothers (1 week)
  • 1986 - 100% Chance of Rain - Gary Morris (1 week)
  • 1997 - (This Ain't) No Thinking Thing - Trace Adkins (1 week)
  • 2003 - Have You Forgotten? - Darryl Worley (7 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1975 - My Boy - Elvis Presley (1 week)
  • 1980 - Lost in Love - Air Supply (5 weeks)
  • 1986 - Secret Lovers - Atlantic Starr (1 week)
  • 2003 - The Game of Love - Santana Featuring Michelle Branch (2 weeks)
  • 2014 - Let Her Go - Passenger (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1997 - Block Rockin' Beats - Chemical Brothers (1 week)
  • 2003 - Make Luv - Room 5 Featuring Oliver Cheatham (4 weeks)
  • 2014 - She Looks So Perfect - 5 Seconds of Summer (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1980 - Duke - Genesis (2 weeks)
  • 2003 - Meteora - Linkin Park (1 week)
  • 2014 - The Power of Love - Sam Bailey (1 week)

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