Music Almanac - April 12

Birthdays
  • 1915 - Hound Dog Taylor (d. 1975)
  • 1917 - Helen Forrest (d. 1999)
  • 1919 - Billy Vaughn (d. 1991)
  • 1921 - Shakey Jake Harris (d. 1990)
  • 1925 - Prentiss Barnes (Moonglows) (d. 2006)
  • 1925 - Ned Miller (d. 2016)
  • 1932 - Tiny Tim (born Herbert Khaury) (d. 1996)
  • 1940 - Herbie Hancock
  • 1944 - John Kay (Steppenwolf)
  • 1949 - Donald Ray Mitchell (Was Not Was)
  • 1950 - David Cassidy (d, 2017)
  • 1952 - J.D. Nicholas (Heatwave, Commodores)
  • 1953 - Tony James (Generation X, Sigue Sigue Sputnick)
  • 1954 - Pat Travers
  • 1956 - Herbert Grönemeyer
  • 1956 - Alexander Briley (Village People)
  • 1957 - Vince Gill
  • 1958 - Will Sergeant (Echo & the Bunnymen)
  • 1962 - Art Alexakis (Everclear)
  • 1964 - Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)
  • 1964 - Deryl Dodd
  • 1967 - Sarah Cracknell (St. Etienne)
  • 1970 - Nick Hexum (311)
  • 1978 - Guy Berryman (Coldplay)
  • 1980 - Bryan McFadden (Westlife)
  • 1982 - Easton Corbin
  • 1984 - Alessandro Venturella (Slipknot)
  • 1987 - Brendon Urie (Panic! At the Disco)
  • 1988 - Jessie James Decker

Deaths
  • 1975 - Josephine Baker - Stroke (58)
  • 1999 - Boxcar Willie - Leukemia (67)
  • 2012 - Andrew Love (Memphis Horns) - Complications of Alzheimer's disease (70)

On This Day
  • 1924 - Influential Chicago radio station WLS began broadcasting.
  • 1944 - Hank Williams signed with Acuff & Rose.
  • 1963 - Two years and one day after playing his first show in New York, Bob Dylan plays his first major show at Town Hall.
  • 1963 - The Beatles meet the Rolling Stones for the first time in Richmond, England.
  • 1965 - Elvis Presley's movie, Girl Happy, premiers.
  • 1966 - Jan Berry of Jan & Dean is almost killed when runs his car into the back of a parked truck.
  • 1966 - Tom Jones had his tonsils out.
  • 1967 - After missing his flight due to a drug search, Mick Jagger punched an airport official in the face at La Bourget Airport in France.
  • 1968 - Frank Zappa played at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, telling them "All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you're gonna have to listen to it!"
  • 1972 - Nashville's first "Fan Fair" opened.
  • 1973 - The movie That'll Be the Day, with Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, David Essex, Billy Fury and Dave Edmunds, premiers in London.
  • 1975 - David Bowie announced the second of many career retirements.
  • 1975 - Mick Jagger says Ron Wood will join the band for their upcoming tour.
  • 1976 - Jerry Lee Lewis was sued by a development company for unpaid rent.
  • 1979 - Mickey Thomas joined Jefferson Starship.
  • 1982 - Donna Fargo sued a Chicago club saying they cancelled an appearance because she suffers from multiple sclerosis.
  • 1984 - It was Louie, Louie Day in Olympia, WA.
  • 1986 - Lorrie Morgan and Keith Whitley played the Grand Ole Opry followed by their first date.
  • 1988 - Sonny Bono was elected the mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
  • 1989 - David Cassidy answered two Los Angeles DJ's question of "Whatever happened to David Cassidy?", performing three songs on their show and landing a new recording contract.
  • 1990 - James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months in prison for aggravated assault.
  • 1990 - Sinead O'Connor refuses to fulfill her booking on Saturday Night Live when she learns the host is Andrew Dice Clay.
  • 1992 - Don Henley and 6,000 others participated in A Walk for Walden Woods.
  • 1994 - Country Music Weekly began publication.
  • 2000 - Metallica took their stand on peer-to-peer sharing by suing Napster, Yale University, the University of Southern California and Indiana University.
  • 2000 - Bo Diddley sued Nike for their continued use of his name and image after the expiration of a 1991 contract.
  • 2000 - An exhibition of paintings by Tony Bennett at a London gallery was announced.
  • 2000 - Paul Deakin of The Mavericks had open heart surgery.
  • 2002 - Ozzy Osbourne received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2007 - When video surfaces of Akon dancing with an underage girl on stage, Verizon pulls their sponsorship of Gwen Stefani's Sweet Escape tour on which Akon was opening.
  • 2008 - Over 40 members of Rascal Flatt's crew were kicked off of a Frontier Airlines flight in San Jose for drunk and rowdy behavior.
  • 2010 - The Vatican forgave John Lennon for his 1966 comment about the Beatles being "bigger than Jesus."
  • 2010 - Bret Michaels had an emergency appendectomy.
  • 2010 - Hank Williams was awarded a posthumous special citation by the Pulitzer Prize Committee.
  • 2010 - Tracy Byrd appeared to end his career by selling his touring vehicle, shutting down his media accounts and cancelling all future dates.
  • 2011 - Country singer Julie Roberts announced she was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.
  • 2015 - Nelly was arrested in Tennessee for posession of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphanalia and guns.
  • 2016 - A court ruled that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page had to face trial on plagerizing a portion of Stairway to Heaven.
  • 2016 - John Fogerty made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

Marriages
  • 1937 - Merle Travis and Mary Johnson
  • 1964 - Chubby Checker and Catherina Lodders
  • 1980 - Vince Gill and Janis Oliver (Sweethearts of the Rodeo)
  • 1983 - Andy Griffith and Cindi Knight
  • 1986 - Belinda Carlisle and Morgan Mason
  • 1997 - Travis Tritt and Theresa Nelson
  • 2001 - Gladys Knight and William McDowell
  • 2008 - Lou Reed and Lori Anderson
  • 2014 - Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) and Lauren Kitt

Divorces
  • 1992 - Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet (filed)

Recorded
  • 1939 - Woodchopper's Ball - Woody Herman
  • 1954 - Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets
  • 1969 - The Ballad of John & Yoko - Beatles
  • 1972 - Rocky Mountain High - John Denver

Released
  • 1954 - Shake, Rattle & Roll - Joe Turner
  • 1955 - Ain't That a Shame - Fats Domino
  • 1971 - Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver (single)
  • 1972 - Exile on Main St. - Rolling Stones
  • 1983 - Murmur - R.E.M. (debut album)
  • 1984 - Grace Under Pressure - Rush
  • 1986 - On The Other Hand - Randy Travis (second release of single)
  • 1989 - Garth Brooks - Garth Brooks (debut album)
  • 1999 - I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys (single)
  • 2013 - Save Rock and Roll - Fall Out Boy

Broadcasts
  • 1958 - Country Music Jubilee (ABC) - Red Foley, Faron Young
  • 1959 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Brook Benton
  • 1973 - Sesame Street (PBS) - Stevie Wonder
  • 1974 - The Midnight Special (NBC) - Roy Clark, Conway Twitty, Lynn Anderson, Tom T. Hall, Charlie McCoy, Tommy Overstreet, Mel Tillis and Diana Trask
  • 1979 - A Special Kenny Rogers (CBS) - Dottie West, Ray Charles, Oak Ridge Boys
  • 1980 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Anne Murray

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1969 - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) - Fifth Dimension (6 weeks)
  • 1975 - Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - Touch My Body - Mariah Carey (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1969 - Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears (2 weeks (1 previous week))
  • 1997 - Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G. (4 weeks)
  • 2003 - Meteora - Linkin Park (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - Day26 - Day26 (1 week)


Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1975 - L-O-V-E (Love) - Al Green (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - Love in This Club - Usher Featuring Young Jeezy (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1969 - Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone) - Loretta Lynn (1 week)
  • 1975 - Always Wanting More - Merle Haggard (2 weeks)
  • 1980 - Honky Tonk Blues - Charley Pride (1 week)
  • 1986 - She and I - Alabama (1 week)
  • 1997 - Rumor Has It - Clay Walker (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - You're Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1975 - The Last Farewell - Roger Whittaker (1 week)
  • 1986 - Overjoyed - Stevie Wonder (2 weeks)
  • 1997 - All By Myself - Celine Dion (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1957 - Cumberland Gap - Lonnie Donegan (5 weeks)
  • 1980 - Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl - Spinners (as the Detroit Spinners) (2 weeks)
  • 1997 - I Belive I Can Fly - R. Kelly (3 weeks)
  • 2014 - The Man - Aloe Blacc (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1969 - Goodbye - Cream (1 week (2 previous weeks))
  • 2003 - Elephant - White Stripes (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - Accelerate - R.E.M. (1 week)
  • 2014 - Education, Education, Education and War - Kaiser Chiefs (2 weeks)

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