Music Almanac: April 7, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1908 - Percy Faith (d. 1976)
  • 1915 - Billie Holiday (d. 1959)
  • 1917 - Mongo Santamaria (d. 2003)
  • 1920 - Ravi Shankar (d. 2012)
  • 1922 - Mongo Santamaria (d. 2003)
  • 1932 - Cal Smith (d. 2013)
  • 1935 - Bobby Bare (aka Bill Parsons) (83)
  • 1937 - Charlie Thomas (Drifters) (81)
  • 1938 - Freddie Hubbard (d. 2008)
  • 1938 - Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane) (d. 2005)
  • 1943 - Mick Abrahams (Blodwyn Pig, Jethro Tull) (75)
  • 1943 - Alan Buck (Four Pennies) (75)
  • 1947 - Patricia Bennett (Chiffons) (71)
  • 1947 - Florian Schneider (Kraftwerk) (71)
  • 1947 - Charles "Skip" Pitts (d. 2012)
  • 1948 - Carol Douglas (70)
  • 1948 - Dallas Taylor (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) (d. 2015)
  • 1949 - John Oates (69)
  • 1950 - Steve Ellis (Love Affair) (68)
  • 1951 - Janis Ian (67)
  • 1951 - Bruce Gary (Knack) (d. 2006)
  • 1957 - Simon Climie (Climie Fisher) (61)
  • 1975 - John Cooper (Skillet) (43)
  • 1978 - Duncan James (born Duncan Inglis) (Blue) (40)
  • 1982 - Kelli Young (Liberty X) (36)
  • 1991 - Anne-Marie (born Anne-Marie Nicholson) (27)
Deaths
  • 1981 - Kit Lambert (Manager of the Who, record producer) - Cerebral hemorrhage (45)
  • 1994 - Lee Brilleaux (Dr. Feelgood) - Lymphoma (41)
  • 1998 - Carlos Vega (James Taylor's band) - Suicide (41)
  • 2000 - Heinz Burt (Tornadoes) (57)
  • 2013 - Andy Johns (sound engineer, producer) - Stomach ulcer (62)
  • 2014 - George Shuffler (Clinch Mountain Boys) (88)
  • 2015 - Stan Freberg - Pneumonia (88)
  • 2016 - Jimmy Van Zant - Liver cancer (59)
On This Day
  • 1962 - Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met Brian Jones at the Ealing Jazz Club. 
  • 1962 - Bobby Rydell was cast as Hugo in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie. 
  • 1967 - Sonny & Cher's film Good Times premiered in Chicago. 
  • 1968 - A set at New York's Generation Club honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, who had been killed three days earlier, includes Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Ritchie Havens, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.
  • 1975 - Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form Rainbow.
  • 1979 - The California Music Festival was held with Aerosmith, the Boomtown Rats, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent and Van Halen.
  • 1981 - Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band opened their first full scale tour outside the U.S. in Hamburg, Germany.
  • 1985 - Wham! performed in Beijing, becoming the first western pop group to play in China. 
  • 1985 - Prince played the final show of a tour in Miami, saying he was done with live performing for "an indeterminate number of years."
  • 1988 - Alice Cooper accidentally hung himself when a safety rope snapped during a rehearsal for his European tour. 
  • 1990 - Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fell 20 feet off of a lighting rig during a show.
  • 1990 - Farm Aid IV was held in Indianapolis, IN with Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Carl Perkins, Arlo Guthrie, Gorky Park, Garth Brooks, John Denver, Bill Monroe, Alan Jackson, Asleep at the Wheel, Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, Poco, Elton John, Lou Reed, Don Henley, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Guns N' Roses and KT Oslin. Steven Adler played his last show with Guns N' Roses.
  • 1994 - Courtney Love was arrested for drugs and theft charges. Unknown to her was that her husband, Kurt Cobain, had committed suicide.
  • 1994 - Percy Sledge plead guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to six months in a halfway house.
  • 1995 - A gun is confiscated from Eddie Van Halen's carry on luggage. 
  • 1998 - George Michael was arrested in a Los Angeles park for a sex act in a public toilet.
  • 1998 - Sonny Bono's widow, Mary Bono won a special election to fill her husband's seat in congress. 
  • 2001 - Paul McCartney bought Courtney Love's house in Beverly Hills. 
  • 2003 - Dirk Lance left Incubus. 
  • 2004 - Prince and his bodyguard are sued by a college student after the bodyguard tried to stop the boy from taking a picture of the singer. 
  • 2005 - Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers received an honorary doctorate from Swansea University. 
  • 2008 - Olivia Newton-John started a walk that would span the 141-mile length of the Great Wall of China to raise funds for cancer research.
  • 2008 - Bob Dylan received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his impact on music and culture. 
  • 2008 - The Stone Temple Pilots announced a 65-date reunion tour. 
  • 2009 - Rock of Ages, with music from the 80's, opens on Broadway.
  • 2010 - Carlos Santana announced his upcoming covers album. 
  • 2014 - Bob Geldoff's daughter, Peaches, was found dead after overdosing on heroin. 
  • 2016 - Bruce Springsteen cancelled a North Carolina show in North Carolina in response to the state's "bathroom bill" against transsexuals. 
  • 2017 - Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Journey, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur and Nile Rodgers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 
Marriages
  • 1920 - Jimmie Rodgers and Carrie Williamson
  • 1979 - Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell
  • 1997 - Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit
  • 2003 - Russell Crowe (30 Odd Foot of Grunt) and Danielle Spencer
Recorded
  • 1959 - El Paso, Big Iron - Marty Robbins
  • 1960 - Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Connie Francis
Released
  • 1958 - Twilight Time - Platters (single)
  • 1978 - For You - Prince (debut album)
  • 1981 - Street Songs - Rick James
  • 1987 - Whitesnake - Whitesnake
  • 1997 - Dig Your Own Hole - Chemical Brothers 
Awards
  • 1970 - Academy Awards
    • Original Song - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Broadcasts 
  • 1956 - Alan Freed's Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party premiered on CBS.
  • 1956 - Stage Show (CBS) - Platters (national television debut)
  • 1979 - Saturday Night Live - Rickie Lee Jones
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1945 - My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time - Les Brown (7 weeks)
  • 1962 - Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares (2 weeks)
  • 1973 - The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - Love Will Lead You Back - Taylor Dayne (1 week)
  • 2007 - Don't Matter - Akon (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1958 - My Fair Lady - Original Cast (2 weeks (9 previous weeks))
  • 1973 - Lady Sings the Blues - Diana Ross (2 weeks)
  • 1979 - Minute by Minute - Doobie Brothers (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - Nick of Time - Bonnie Raitt (3 weeks)
  • 2007 - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank - Modest Mouse (1 week)
  • 2012 - The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond - Soundtrack (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1979 - I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl) - Instant Funk (1 week (2 previous weeks))
  • 1984 - She's Strange - Cameo (4 weeks)
  • 1990 - Spread My Wings - Troop (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1973 - Super Kind of Woman - Freddie Hart (1 week)
  • 1984 - Don't Make It Easy For Me - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
  • 2001 - Who I Am - Jessica Andrews (3 weeks)
  • 2012 - Alone With You - Jake Owen (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1973 - Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn (1 week)
  • 1984 - Hello - Lionel Richie (6 weeks)
  • 2001 - This I Promise You - N'Sync (1 week (11 previous weeks))
Number Ones - U.K. Singles 
  • 1973 - Get Down - Gilbert O'Sullivan (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - Turn Up the Music - Chris Brown (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1990 - Only Yesterday: Richard & Karen Carpenter's Greatest Hits - Carpenters (2 weeks)
  • 2001 - Pop Stars - Hear'Say (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - MDNA - Madonna (1 week)
  • 2016 - Mind of Mine - Zayn (1 week)

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