Music Almanac: April 8, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1929 - Jacques Brel (d. 1978)
  • 1941 - J.J. Jackson (77)
  • 1942 - Roger Chapman (Family, Streetwalkers) (76)
  • 1944 - Keef Hartley (d. 2011)
  • 1947 - Steve Howe (Yes, Asia) (71)
  • 1947 - Larry Norman (d. 2008)
  • 1949 - Brenda Russell (born Brenda Gordon) (69)
  • 1951 - Mel Schacher (Grand Funk Railroad) (67)
  • 1956 - Justin Sullivan (New Model Army) (62)
  • 1960 - John Schneider (58)
  • 1962 - Izzy Stradlin (born Jeffrey Isbell) (Guns N' Roses) (56)
  • 1963 - Julian Lennon (55)
  • 1963 - Donita Sparks (L7) (55)
  • 1964 - Biz Markie (born Marcel Hall) (54)
  • 1968 - Tracy Grammer (50)
  • 1971 - Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) (47)
  • 1972 - Paul Gray (Slipknot) (d. 2010)
  • 1979 - Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) (39)
  • 1984 - Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) (34)
  • 1989 - Matthew Healy (The 1975) (29)
Deaths
  • 1976 - Phil Ochs - Suicide (35)
  • 1985 - J. Fred Coots (songwriter, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Love Letters in the Sand) (89)
  • 1997 - Laura Nyro - Ovarian cancer (49)
  • 2001 - Van Stephenson (Blackhawk) - Cancer (47)
  • 2010 - Malcolm McLaren - Mesothelioma (64)
  • 2010 - Paul Gray (Slipknot) - Morphine overdose (38)
  • 2013 - Annette Funicello - Multiple Sclerosis (70)
On This Day
  • 1942 - Liberty Records is formed by Glenn Wallichs, Johnny Mercer and Buddy DeSylva. The company name would be changed to Capitol Records two months later. 
  • 1961 - The BBC banned Gene McDaniels' 100 Pounds of Clay saying that equating women with building materials was blasphemous. 
  • 1966 - Mike Vickers left Manfred Mann.
  • 1967 - The Eurovision Song Contest was won by Sandy Posey for the U.K. with the song Puppet on a String. 
  • 1968 - A group of officers sued Jimmie Rodgers for slander due to his comments about his beating in 1967 by an off-duty police officer. 
  • 1970 - The U.K. premier of Woodstock was held in London.
  • 1971 - Chicago became the first rock group to sell out a week at Carnegie Hall. 
  • 1973 - Neil Young's film Journey Through the Past premiered at the U.K. film festival in Dallas. 
  • 1977 - The Damned played at CBGBs. It was the first performance in the U.S. by a British punk band. 
  • 1979 - Van Halen opened their first world tour.
  • 1979 - Aerosmith opened their Night in the Ruts Tour in Los Angeles. 
  • 1982 - During a riot during a concert by New Order, Peter Hook was knocked unconscious. 
  • 1985 - The Broadway musical Leader of the Pack: The Songs of Ellie Greenwich opened. 
  • 1988 - R.E.M. left IRS Records and signed with Warner Brothers. 
  • 1989 - Lol Tulhurst left the Cure.
  • 1991 - Virgin Records was sued by a group saying that Paula Abdul did not do all the vocals on her album Forever Your Girl.  Virgin won the case. 
  • 1994 - An electrician found the body of Kurt Cobain in a greenhouse at the singer's Seattle home. 
  • 1998 - Ron Wood was rescued along with another eleven people from a boat that had caught fire south of Rio De Janeiro. Shortly after the rescue, the boat exploded. 
  • 2000 - Sean "Puffy" Combs canceled the final show of his European tour at London's O2 Arena without explanation. 
  • 2002 - Marilyn Manson denied being responsible for the death of a woman at his mansion during a party. 
  • 2006 - The Rolling Stones played their first show ever on mainland China.
  • 2008 - Pete Doherty of Babyshambles was jailed for 14 weeks after violating his probation by using drugs. 
  • 2011 - Carrie Underwood's acting debut, the film Soul Surfer, opened. 
  • 2012 - The organizers of the Olympics asked the manager of The Who if Keith Moon would be joining the band for their performance. 
  • 2012 - Sonny Geraci of the Outsiders and Climax suffered a brain aneurysm. 
  • 2016 - The Guns N' Roses reunion tour opened in Las Vegas.
  • 2016 - Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A. and Steve Miller were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Miller ranted backstage about the Hall being a "private boys club". 
Divorced
  • 2016 - Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani
Recorded
  • 1964 - Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
Released
  • 1975 - Toys in the Attic - Aerosmith
  • 1977 - The Clash - Clash
  • 1994 - Smash - The Offspring (debut album)
Broadcasts 
  • 1956 - Ted Mack Amateur Hour (ABC) - Johnny Burnette Trio
  • 1963 - Academy Awards - Frank Sinatra (host)
  • 1968 - Petula - Petula Clark (NBC) - Harry Belafonte
  • 1980 - The Gambler (CBS) - Kenny Rogers
  • 2003 - The Chris Issac Show (Showtime) - Third season premier
  • 2003 - Cher: The Farewell Tour (NBC)
  • 2012 - Unplugged - Florence + the Machine (MTV)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1989 - The Look - Roxette (1 week)
  • 2000 - Maria Maria - Santana Featuring The Product G&B (10 weeks)
  • 2006 - Bad Day - Daniel Powter (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 2000 - No Strings Attached - N Sync (8 weeks)
  • 2006 - 3121 - Prince (1 week)
  • 2017 - More Life - Drake (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1989 - Girl I Got My Eyes On You - Today (1 week)
  • 2000 - Maria Maria - Santana Featuring The Product G&B (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1944 - So Long Pal - Al Dexter (3 weeks)
  • 1978 - Someone Loves You Honey - Charley Pride (2 weeks)
  • 1989 - I'm No Stranger to the Rain - Keith Whitley (2 weeks)
  • 2006 - What Hurts the Most - Rascal Flatts (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1978 - We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again - England Dan & John Ford Coley (5 weeks)
  • 1989 - Eternal Flame - Bangles (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles 
  • 1965 - Concrete and Clay - Unit 4 + 2 (1 week)
  • 1978 - Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Dogs and Cats - Brian & Michael (3 weeks)
  • 1995 - Back For Good - Take That (4 weeks)
  • 2000 - Fool Again - Westlife (1 week)
  • 2006 - Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (9 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1961 - G.I. Blues - Elvis Presley (12 weeks, 2 previous weeks)
  • 1995 - Wake Up! - Boo Radleys (1 week)
  • 2006 - This New Day - Embrace (1 week)

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