Music Almanac - April 18

Birthdays
  • 1904 - Pigmeat Markham (d. 1981)
  • 1918 - Tony Mottola (d. 2004)
  • 1924 - Clarence Gatemouth Brown (d. 2005)
  • 1935 - Paul Rothchild (producer) (d. 1995)
  • 1939 - Glen Hardin (Crickets)
  • 1939 - Bill Rice (songwriter)
  • 1940 - Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann)
  • 1942 - Robert Christgau (critic)
  • 1943 - Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown's band) (d. 2017)
  • 1946 - Hayley Mills
  • 1946 - Harvey Kagan (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • 1946 - Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble)
  • 1946 - Skip Spence (Moby Grape) (d. 1999)
  • 1946 - Lennie Baker (Danny & the Juniors, Sha Na Na) (d. 2016)
  • 1947 - Walt Richmond (Tractors)
  • 1949 - Andrew Powell (Alan Parsons Project)
  • 1949 - Kyle Lehning (country producer)
  • 1950 - Bill Sudderth III (Atlantic Starr)
  • 1952 - Jim Scholten (Sawyer Brown)
  • 1954 - Kim Stone (Spyro Gyra, Rippingtons)
  • 1958 - Andy Kyriacou (Modern Romance)
  • 1958 - Les Pattinson (Echo & the Bunnymen)
  • 1961 - Kelly Hansen (Hurricane, Foreigner)
  • 1962 - Shirley Holliman (Wham!, Pepsi & Shirley)
  • 1963 - Terry Eldredge (Grascals)
  • 1964 - Jim Ellison (Material Issue) (d. 1996)
  • 1964 - Mark "Bez" Berry (Happy Mondays, Black Grape)
  • 1970 - Greg Eklund (Everclear)
  • 1974 - Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge)
  • 1993 - Nathan Sykes (The Wanted)

Deaths
  • 1936 - Milton Brown (Father of Western Swing) - Car accident (32)
  • 1996 - Bernard Edwards (Chic) - Pneumonia (43)
  • 2012 - Dick Clark - Heart attack following surgery (82)
  • 2013 - Storm Thorgerson (album cover artist) - Cancer (69)
  • 2013 - Cordell "Boogie" Mosson (Parliament-Funkadelic) - Liver failure (60)
  • 2014 - Deon Jackson - Brain hemorrhage (68)

On This Day
  • 1927 - Jimmie Rodgers made his radio debut.
  • 1957 - Reservist Buddy Knox was called up to six months of active duty.
  • 1963 - Paul McCartney met Jane Asher for the first time. Their relationship would last five years.
  • 1963 - The Osmonds had their first recording session.
  • 1968 - Roger Miller was shot in the hand by a friend using an air pistol.
  • 1973 - The Neil Young documentary Journey Through the Past debuted at the Dallas Film Festival.
  • 1975 - A total of 39 people were treated, including four at a hospital, after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet the Bay City Rollers.
  • 1981 - Yes announced they were breaking up. Chris Squire and Alan White begin rehearsing with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
  • 1983 - Steve Earle signed his first recording contract with Epic.
  • 1984 - Michael Jackson had surgery to repair the damage done when his hair caught fire while shooting a Pepsi commercial.
  • 1985 - Wham! became the first western artist to have an album released in China.
  • 1985 - Liberace made $2 million for his latest shows at Radio City Music Hall.
  • 1988 - Holland-Dozier-Holland were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • 1988 - The trial of Dennis "Leppo" Lobban, the man accused of killing Peter Tosh, begins in Jamaica.
  • 1991 - 668-acres of land owned by Willie Nelson is sold by the IRS to settle tax debts.
  • 1995 - Tony McCarrol, drummer for Oasis, was told he was fired from the group via a phone call.
  • 1995 - Steve Earle did his first performance since being released from jail.
  • 1997 - Merle Haggard, Patti Page, Woody Guthrie and jazz musician Claude "Fiddler" Williams became the first inductees into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
  • 1998 - Diamond Rio was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2002 - George Jones broke his foot.
  • 2002 - The four daughters of Tammy Wynette settled a lawsuit against the doctor who was treating their mother when she died.
  • 2003 - Etta James received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2003 - DJ Paul Oakenfold bucked the trend of canceling appearances in China and Hong Kong over the SARS threat when he plays a show in Shanghai.
  • 2003 - Dierks Bentley made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2004 - Travis Barker of Blink-182 opened the first of his chain of fish taco restaurants.
  • 2005 - Reebok was forced to pull an ad from U.K. television that included rapper 50 cent after complaints were received that it glamorized gun crimes.
  • 2006 - B.B. King performed the 10,000th show of his career at the New York club that bares his name.
  • 2008 - Foxy Brown was released from jail after serving eight months for battery.
  • 2013 - Rush, Heart, Public Enemy, Albert King, Donna Summer and Randy Newman were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 2014 - The documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me debuted at the Nashville Film Festival.
  • 2015 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers, Joan Jett & the Blackhearst and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Marriages
  • 1946 - Earl Scruggs and Louise Certain
  • 1969 - Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) and Lulu
  • 1985 - Doug Supernaw and Trudy

Recorded
  • 1939 - Back in the Saddle Again - Gene Autrey
  • 1956 - St. Theresa of the Roses + 6 other sides - Jackie Wilson & the Dominoes (first recording session)
  • 1962 - Don't Go Near the Indians - Rex Allen
  • 1963 - Detroit City - Bobby Bare
  • 1978 - Tulsa Time - Don Williams

Released
  • 1981 - This Little Girl - Gary U.S. Bonds (single)
  • 1988 - Reba - Reba McEntire
  • 1988 - Crossroads - Eric Clapton

Broadcasts
  • 1960 - Make Room For Daddy - Bobby Rydell
  • 1964 - Morecambe & Wise (U.K.) - Beatles
  • 1964 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Beatles (taped phone call)
  • 1971 - Diana - Diana Ross, Jackson 5, Danny Thomas, Bill Cosby
  • 1975 - Welcome To My Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album - Alice Cooper
  • 1982 - Twenty Five Years Of Jerry Lee... A Celebration (HBO) - Johnny Cash, Dottie West, Kris Kristofferson, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Mickey Gilley, Oak Ridge Boys

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1987 - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - Aretha Franklin & George Michael (2 weeks)
  • 2009 - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas (12 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1981 - Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon (3 weeks, 6 previous weeks at number 1)
  • 1992 - Adrenalize - Def Leppard (5 weeks)
  • 2009 - Defying Gravity - Keith Urban (1 week)
  • 2015 - The Album About Nothing - Wale (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1953 - Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (7 weeks)
  • 1960 - Fannie Mae - Buster Brown (1 week)
  • 1992 - Here I Go Again - Glenn Jones (1 week)
  • 1998 - Let's Ride - Montell Jordan Featuring Master P and Silkk the Shocker (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1970 - Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone - Charley Pride (2 weeks)
  • 1981 - Old Flame - Alabama (1 week)
  • 1987 - Kids of the Baby Boom - Bellamy Brothers (1 week)
  • 1992 - There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With the Radio - Aaron Tippin (3 weeks)
  • 1998 - Bye, Bye - Jo Dee Messina (2 weeks)
  • 2009 - River of Love - Geroge Strait (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1992 - Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1970 - All Kinds of Everything - Dana (2 weeks)
  • 1981 - Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz (3 weeks)
  • 1992 - Deeply Dippy - Right Said Fred (3 weeks)
  • 2009 - I'm Not Alone - Calvin Harris (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1992 - Diva - Annie Lennox (1 week)
  • 1998 - Life Thru a Lens - Robbie Williams (2 weeks)
  • 2015 - Future Hearts - All Time Low (1 week)

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