Music Almanac - April 19

Birthdays
  • 1928 - Alexis Korner (d. 1984)
  • 1929 - Don Barbour (Four Freshman) (d. )
  • 1934 - Dickie Goodman (d. 1989)
  • 1936 - Ruby Johnson (d. 1999)
  • 1940 - Genya Ravan (Ten Wheel Drive)
  • 1940 - Bobby Russell (d. 1992)
  • 1942 - Alan Price (Animals)
  • 1942 - Larry Ramos (Association) (d. 2014)
  • 1943 - Mike Kelly (Duprees) (d. 2012)
  • 1943 - Eve Graham (New Seekers)
  • 1944 - Bernie Worrell (Parliament-Funkadelic) (d. 2016)
  • 1947 - Mark Volman (Turtles)
  • 1949 - Big Youth (born Manley Buchanan)
  • 1953 - Rod Morgenstein (Winger)
  • 1954 - Bob Rock (producer)
  • 1955 - Andy Shernoff (Dictators)
  • 1956 - Gary Langan (Art of Noise)
  • 1957 - Tony Martin (Black Sabbath)
  • 1957 - Belinda Lipscomb (Midnight Star)
  • 1958 - Stevie B (born Steven Hill)
  • 1965 - Marion "Suge" Knight
  • 1967 - Dar Williams
  • 1968 - Bekka Bramlett
  • 1970 - Luis Miguel
  • 1976 - Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation)

Deaths
  • 1993 - Steve Douglas (born Steven Kreisman) (saxophonist with Phil Spector's Wall of Sound) - Heart failure (55)
  • 1994 - Larry Davis - Cancer (57)
  • 1997 - El Duce (born Eldon Hoke) (Mentors) - Accidentally hit by train (39)
  • 1998 - Earl Bolick (Blue Sky Boys) (90)
  • 2003 - Cholly Atkins (choreographer for Motown) - Cancer (89)
  • 2010 - Guru (born Keith Elam) (Gang Star) - Cancer (48)
  • 2012 - Levon Helm (Band) - Cancer (71)
  • 2012 - Greg Ham (Men at Work) (58)
  • 2014 - Kevin Sharp - Complications from stomach surgeries (43)

On This Day
  • 1947 - Roy Acuff returned to the Grand Ole Opry after a year away.
  • 1956 - Clyde McPhatter is released from the military.
  • 1960 - Because of his recent near-airplane crash, Elvis Presley decides to take a train from Memphis to Los Angeles to film G.I. Blues.
  • 1965 - The film The T.A.M.I. Show opened in London under the name Teenage Command Performance. Included were performances by The Rolling Stones, Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
  • 1975 - The Raspberries broke up.
  • 1975 - Elton John fired Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray.
  • 1980 - Brian Johnson replaced Bon Scott in AC/DC.
  • 1980 - For the first time, the top five on the U.S. country singles chart were all by female vocalists (Crystal Gayle, Dottie West, Debbie Boone, Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette)
  • 1980 - R.E.M. played their first show under the name R.E.M.
  • 1981 - Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis made a surprise appearance at a Johnny Cash concert in Rotterdam.
  • 1982 - Simon & Garfunkel reunited for a tour.
  • 1988 - Sonny Bono was sworn in as mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
  • 1990 - ABC aired the film Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys.
  • 1995 - The Stone Roses played their first show in five years in Oslo, Norway.
  • 2001 - David Lee Roth said that he had briefly reunited with Van Halen the previous July and wrote some new material.
  • 2002 - The body of Layne Staley of Alice in Chains was found. He had been missing for two weeks.
  • 2002 - Police investigated the theft of tracks for Oasis' upcoming album, Heathen Chemistry.
  • 2003 - Loretta Lynn performed in New York with the White Stripes. Jack White would go on to produce her album Van Leer Rose.
  • 2004 - Billy Corgan played his first solo acoustic show in Chicago, IL.
  • 2007 - Dan Seals had surgery for a throat lesion.
  • 2008 - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss opened their tour in Louisville, KY.
  • 2009 - Mike Curb received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2009 - The Flaming Lips played on the mall in Washington for Earth Day.
  • 2012 - Leonard Cohen's former manager was sentenced to 18 months in jail for harassment of Cohen.
  • 2016 - The Brothers Osborne made their Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2017 - Ted Nugent and Kid Rock received a tour of the White House from President Donald Trump.

Recorded
  • 1951 - Chains of Love - Big Joe Turner
  • 1979 - Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground - Willie Nelson

Released
  • 1962 - I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles (single)
  • 1963 - Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash (single)
  • 1978 - Stardust - Willie Nelson
  • 1978 - Because the Night - Patti Smith (single)
  • 1994 - Illmatic - Nas (debut album)

Broadcasts
  • 1958 - The Dick Clark Show (ABC) - Carl Perkins
  • 1969 - The Lawrence Welk Show (ABC) - Lynn Anderson
  • 1990 - Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys (ABC)
  • 1990 - French & Saunders (BBC) - Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King, Gary Moore
  • 1999 - Melrose Place (Fox) - James Darren (first of five episodes)
  • 2006 - The McCartneys vs. the Fur Trade (BBC)

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1980 - Call Me - Blondie (6 weeks)
  • 1986 - Kiss - Prince & the Revolution (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 2008 - Troubadour - George Strait (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1969 - It's Your Thing - Isley Brothers (4 weeks)
  • 1980 - Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love) - Isley Brothers (4 weeks)
  • 1997 - In My Bed - Dru Hill (1 week)
  • 2003 - Excuse Me Miss - Jay-Z (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1952 - (When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There - Carl Smith (2 weeks)
  • 1969 - Galveston - Glen Campbell (3 weeks)
  • 1980 - It's Like We Never Said Goodbye - Crystal Gayle (1 week)
  • 1986 - Cajun Moon - Ricky Skaggs (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1975 - He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn (1 week)
  • 2003 - Beautiful - Christina Aguilera (5 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1986 - A Different Corner - George Michael (3 weeks)
  • 2014 - Nobody to Love - Sigma (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1958 - The Duke Wore Jeans - Soundtrack (3 weeks)
  • 1969 - Best of the Seekers - Seekers (1 week, 4 previous weeks at number 1)
  • 1975 - Best of the Stylistics - Stylistics (2 weeks)
  • 1980 - Greatest Hits - Rose Royce (2 weeks)
  • 1997 - Dig Your Own Hole - Chemical Brothers (1 week)
  • 2008 - Rockferry - Duffy (1 week (4 previous weeks))

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