Music Almanac - April 16

Birthdays
  • 1924 - Henry Mancini (d. 1994)
  • 1924 - Rudy Pampilli (Bill Haley & the Comets) (d. 1976)
  • 1929 - Roy Hamilton (d. 1969)
  • 1929 - Ed Townsend (d. 2003)
  • 1930 - Herbie Mann (d. 2003)
  • 1933 - Perry Botkin, Jr.
  • 1934 - Vince Hill
  • 1935 - Bobby Vinton
  • 1935 - Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler (d. 1994)
  • 1936 - Judy Lynn (d. 2010)
  • 1939 - Dusty Springfield (d. 1999)
  • 1943 - Dave Peverett (Savoy Brown) (d. 2000)
  • 1945 - Stefan Grossman
  • 1947 - Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep, Blizzard of Oz)
  • 1947 - Gerry Rafferty (d. 2011)
  • 1951 - John Bentley (Squeeze)
  • 1953 - Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil)
  • 1956 - Stephen Singleton (ABC)
  • 1956 - T Lavitz (Dixie Dregs) (d. 2010)
  • 1962 - Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi)
  • 1963 - Jimmy Osmond
  • 1963 - Nick Berry
  • 1964 - Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum)
  • 1970 - Gabrielle (born Louise Bobb)
  • 1971 - Selena (born Selena Quintanilla-Perez) (d. 1995)
  • 1973 - Akon (born Aliaune Thiam)
  • 1983 - MariĆ© Digby
  • 1993 - Chance the Rapper (born Chancelor Bennett)

Deaths
  • 1980 - Morris Stoloff (81)
  • 1999 - Skip Spence (Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape) - Lung cancer (52)

On This Day
  • 1960 - Eddie Cochran performed his final show in Bristol, England.
  • 1965 - The Hollies kicked off their first U.S. tour in New York.
  • 1969 - Elektra Records dropped the MC5 after they took out an ad in a newspaper swearing at a Michigan department store who refused to stock their records.
  • 1972 - The Electric Light Orchestra made their live debut in Croydon, London, U.K.
  • 1974 - Queen played their first U.S. show in Denver, CO.
  • 1976 - Aerosmith opened their North American Rocks tour in St. Louis, MO.
  • 1976 - Boz Scaggs was beaten unconscious by two bouncers when he tries to visit friend Bobby "Blue" Bland at a concert.
  • 1982 - George Jones pled guilty to drunk driving in Mississippi, wrote a check for the fine and promptly closed the bank account.
  • 1990 - Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Simple Minds, Tracy Chapman and more play Wembley Stadium to celebrate Nelson Mandella's release from jail.
  • 1992 - Nirvana was on the cover of the new issues of Rolling Stone.
  • 1993 - David Lee Roth was arrested in New York City for buying a bag of marijuana.
  • 1993 - Billy Burnette said he was leaving Fleetwood Mac to work on his solo career.
  • 1993 - Earth Day was celebrated at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Don Henley and Steve Miller.
  • 1994 - Toby Keith broke his right ankle while playing in a University of Oklahoma alumni football game.
  • 1995 - George Michael angers the people at Sony when he allows Jesus to a Child to be aired for charity, raising $112,000.
  • 1996 - KISS announced that they would do a reunion tour complete with makeup.
  • 1996 - Songwriter Jerry Capehart sued three publishers for breach of contract and unpaid royalties for his song Summertime Blues.
  • 1997 - Mark Morrison was convicted of threatening an officer with a stun gun.
  • 1998 - Janet Jackson opened her Velvet Rope world tour in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • 1998 - A tornado did $100,000 of damage to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
  • 1999 - Sean "Puffy" Combs turned himself into New York police over an alleged attack on an Interscope executive.
  • 1999 - Shania Twain was the first woman ever given songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association.
  • 2003 - Luther Vandross entered the hospital after a stroke.
  • 2003 - Sam Fogarino of Interpol was taken to a New York hospital after losing the feeling in his arm.
  • 2007 - Ornate Coleman won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album Sound Grammar.
  • 2008 - Barbra Streisand donated $5 million to L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for women's heart education and research.
  • 2009 - Paul Williams was elected president of ASCAP.
  • 2010 - Alan Jackson received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2010 - The Eagles performed for the first time ever at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • 2011 - It was Jimmy Buffett Day in the state of Florida.
  • 2012 - Tracy Lawrence lost equipment when his band's truck was broken into in Bakersfield, CA.
  • 2014 - AC/DC announced that Malcolm Young would be taking a break from the band due to his health.
  • 2015 - A Lady Antebellum tour bus caught on fire with singer Hillary Scott and three others barely escaping.
  • 2019 - Kelsea Ballerini became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Marriages
  • 1971 - Burl Ives and Dorothy Koster Paul
  • 1994 - Harry Connick, Jr. and Jill Goodacre
  • 1996 - Judy Collins and Louis Nelson

Divorces
  • 1970 - Bobbie Gentry and William Harrah
  • 1997 - Vince Gill and Janice Gill (Janice filed for divorce)
  • 2003 - Jerry Lee Lewis and Kerrie McCarver Lewis (filed for divorce, sixth marriage)

Recorded
  • 1944 - Woody Guthrie started his first recording session with Folkway Records and Moses Asch
  • 1956 - Roll Over Beethoven, Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Too Much Monkey Business - Chuck Berry
  • 1964 - Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
  • 1964 - A Hard Day's Night - Beatles
  • 1968 - What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me) - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • 1968 - Only Daddy That Will Walk the Line - Waylon Jennings
  • 1969 - Something, Old Brown Shoe - Beatles
  • 1980 - Tennessee River - Alabama

Released
  • 1956 - Blue Days, Black Nights - Buddy Holly (debut single)
  • 1964 - Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones (U.K. release debut album)
  • 1971 - Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones (U.K. single release, first on their own Rolling Stones label)
  • 1971 - It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr (single)
  • 1981 - I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool - Barbara Mandrell (single)
  • 1991 - Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog (Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder)

Broadcasts
  • 1955 - Ozark Jubilee (ABC) - Porter Wagoner, Red Foley, Jean Shepard
  • 1957 - 77 Sunset Strip (ABC) - Ed Byrnes (debut)
  • 1963 - The 625 Show (BBC) - Beatles (first appearance on the BBC), Hank Locklin
  • 1964 - The Jimmy Dean Show (ABC) - Carl Smith, Vicki Carr
  • 1969 - Kraft Music Hall (NBC) - Johnny Cash, Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, Kate Smith
  • 1969 - The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (CBS) - Al Martino, Nancy Sinatra, John Hartford
  • 1973 - James Paul McCartney - Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Wings

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1977 - Don't Give Up On Us - David Soul (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1966 - Going Places - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (5 weeks, 1 week previously at number 1)
  • 1977 - Hotel California - Eagles (5 weeks, 1 week previously at number 1)
  • 1994 - Longing In Their Hearts - Bonnie Raitt (1 week)
  • 2011 - Femme Fatale - Britney Spears (1 week)
  • 2016 - Mind of Mine - Zayn (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1983 - Atomic Dog - George Clinton (4 weeks)
  • 1988 - Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean (1 week)
  • 2005 - Hate It or Love It - The Game featuring 50 Cent (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1977 - It Couldn't Have Been Better - Johnny Duncan (1 week)
  • 1983 - Dixieland Delight - Alabama (1 week)
  • 1988 - I Wanna Dance With You - Eddie Rabbitt (1 week)
  • 1994 - If the Good Die Young - Tracy Lawrence (2 weeks)
  • 2011 - Colder Weather - Zac Brown Band (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1977 - Right Time of the Night - Jennifer Warnes (1 week)
  • 1983 - It Might Be You - Stephen Bishop (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1954 - Secret Love - Doris Day (1 week)
  • 1969 - Israelites - Desmond Dekker & the Aces (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1977 - Arival - ABBA (9 weeks)
  • 1983 - Faster Than the Speed of Night - Bonnie Tyler (1 week)
  • 2005 - Counting Down the Days - Natalie Imbruglia (1 week)

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