Music Almanac - April 21

Birthdays
  • 1919 - Don Cornell (d. 2004)
  • 1924 - Ira Louvin (Louvin Brothers) (d. 1965)
  • 1924 - Clara Ward (d. 1973)
  • 1928 - Hillous Butrum (Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys) (d. 2002)
  • 1931 - Carl Belew (d. 1990)
  • 1938 - Ernie Maresca (d. 2015)
  • 1941 - Jim Owen (songwriter)
  • 1942 - Bobby McClure (d. 1992)
  • 1944 - Tony Macaulay (songwriter)
  • 1947 - Iggy Pop (born James Osterberg Jr.)
  • 1947 - Alan Warner (Foundations)
  • 1947 - John Weider (Family)
  • 1948 - Paul Davis (d. 2008)
  • 1949 - Steve Dorff (songwriter)
  • 1951 - Robert Gotobed (born Robert Grey) (Wire)
  • 1951 - Nicky Barclay (Fanny)
  • 1958 - Mike Barson (Madness)
  • 1959 - Robert Smith (Cure)
  • 1959 - Jerry Only (born Gerard Caiafa, Jr.) (Misfits)
  • 1959 - Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies)
  • 1963 - Johnny McElhone (Altered Images)
  • 1966 - Michael Franti
  • 1970 - Glen Hansard
  • 1977 - Casey Donahew
  • 1978 - Branden Steineckert (Rancid)

Deaths
  • 1970 - Earl Hooker - Tuberculosis (40)
  • 1978 - Sandy Denny - Brain hemorrhage from fall down stairs (31)
  • 1985 - Irving Mills (songwriter) (91)
  • 2000 - Neal Matthews, Jr. (Jordanaires) - Heart attack (70)
  • 2003 - Nina Simone (born Eunice Waymon) - Breast cancer (70)
  • 2008 - Al Wilson - Kidney failure (68)
  • 2013 - Christina Amphlett (Divinyls) - Breast cancer (53)
  • 2016 - Prince - Fentanyl overdose (57)
  • 2016 - Lonnie Mack - Natural causes (74)

On This Day
  • 1945 - Modern Records was founded by the Bihari Brothers.
  • 1956 - The Tokens with a young Neil Sedaka were signed to Melba Records.
  • 1960 - Dick Clark admitted to congress that he made money from one-quarter of the songs played on American Bandstand.
  • 1961 - The Beatles debuted at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
  • 1963 - The Beatles and the Rolling Stones met for the first time in West London.
  • 1969 - Mick Jagger sent a letter to Andy Warhol with concerns over the complexity of reproducing album covers. Warhol was working on the packaging for Sticky Fingers.
  • 1969 - Janis Joplin played her first solo concert at Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 1970 - Elton John made his solo concert debut in London on a bill that also included Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax and Heavy Jelly.
  • 1972 - The city of Los Angeles declares it Sons of the Pioneers day as the group holds a 40th anniversary reunion.
  • 1976 - Women Against Violence Against Women called for the boycotting of all Warner releases after the label put out a promotional campaign for the Rolling Stones' new album, Black & Blue, that depicted a beaten woman.
  • 1976 - Harry Nilsson appeared with Monty Python in New York but, while greeting the crowd, falls off the stage and breaks his arm.
  • 1977 - Elvis Presley started his final tour in Greensboro, NC.
  • 1977 - Jesse Winchester returned to the U.S. after ten years of living in Canada to avoid the draft.
  • 1981 - Eric Clapton was involved in a car crash in Seattle.
  • 1982 - The Clash had to cancel a tour when Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks.
  • 1987 - CBS Records acquired the Monument label.
  • 1989 - John Denver crashed a 1931 bi-plane that he was piloting. He was unharmed.
  • 1990 - Paul McCartney played for 184,000 people in Rio de Janeiro, setting the record for largest crowd at a rock show.
  • 1993 - The Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann saved a surfer who had been caught in a riptide.
  • 1994 - Courtney Love turned in the gun with which Kurt Cobain committed suicide at a guns-for-tickets trade-in.
  • 2000 - Craig Morgan made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2001 - Peter Buck of R.E.M. was arrested in London for being drunk on an airplane and harassing the crew.
  • 2001 - John Michael Montgomery made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2003 - Brother Records sued Al Jardine for billing his tour as the Beach Boys Family and Friends.
  • 2003 - Joe Strummers former group, the 101ers, reformed with Mick Jones for a show in London.
  • 2003 - British group S Club 7 announced they would break up at the end of May.
  • 2003 - EMI and Universal Music sued Napster for copyright infringement.
  • 2003 - Britain's S Club 7 announced that they were breaking up.
  • 2004 - Shane MacGowan of the Pogues was attacked in a pub in London, fracturing his cheekbone.
  • 2004 - A grand jury found that there was enough evidence to bring child molestation charges against Michael Jackson.
  • 2004 - Gary Barlow announced that Take That would reform for one show at Christmas.
  • 2006 - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill opened their Soul2Soul II Tour in Columbus, OH.
  • 2010 - Pearl Jam joined the Conan O'Brien Team Conan Tour.
  • 2011 - John Denver was the first inductee in the new Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2012 - Keith Urban became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2014 - Big Sean duets with Ariana Grande to become the first rapper to ever perform at the White House.
  • 2015 - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pled guilty on the charges of threatening to kill and drug possession.
  • 2016 - Adele was named Britain's richest female musician in history.

Marriages
  • 1993 - Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) and Suzanne Accosta
  • 2007 - Anastascia and Wayne Newton
  • 2012 - Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and Carey Mulligan
  • 2012 - Neil Diamond and Katie McNeil
  • 2013 - Lee Brice and Sara Reeveley

Recorded
  • 1947 - Move It On Over, I Saw the Light - Hank Williams
  • 1952 - Happy Trails - Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
  • 1957 - Bobby Darin had his first recording session at Atco Records.
  • 1959 - Misty - Johnny Mathis
  • 1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (last day of recording)
  • 1978 - Hopelessly Devoted to You - Olivia Newton-John

Released
  • 1958 - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Elvis Presley
  • 1975 - ABBA - ABBA
  • 1975 - Tanya Tucker - Tanya Tucker
  • 1998 - Faith - Faith Hill
  • 1998 - Walking Into Clarksdale - Jimmy Page & Robert Plant
  • 2003 - American Life - Madonna

Broadcasts
  • 1956 - Ozark Jubilee (ABC) - Patsy Cline
  • 1965 - Shindig! - Beach Boys
  • 1966 - The Dean Martin Show (NBC) - Roger Miller, Patti Page
  • 1968 - The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Tom Jones
  • 1976 - Tony Orlando & Dawn (CBS) - Roy Clark
  • 1977 - Sinatra & Friends (ABC) - Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, John Denver, Loretta Lynn, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Leslie Uggams
  • 1978 - The Midnight Special (NBC) - David Bowie, Bob Welch, Yvonne Elliman, Hoyt Axton
  • 2000 - Trading Spaces (TLC) - Natalie Mains
  • 2002 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - ZZ Top and Brooks & Dunn
  • 2002 - Smallville (WB) - Remy Zero
  • 2004 - American Idol (Fox) - Jennifer Hudson (voted off in seventh place)

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1951 - How High the Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford (9 weeks)
  • 1956 - Heartbreak Hotel / I Was the One - Elvis Presley (8 weeks)
  • 1962 - Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley (2 weeks)
  • 1973 - Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the 'Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn (4 weeks)
  • 1979 - Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart (1 week)
  • 1984 - Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Phil Collins (3 weeks)
  • 1990 - Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor (4 weeks)
  • 2007 - Give It To Me - Timberland Featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1945 - King Cole Trio - Nat King Cole Trio (2 weeks (3 previous weeks))
  • 1958 - The Music Man - Original Cast (4 weeks (3 previous weeks))
  • 1973 - Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper (1 week)
  • 1979 - Spirits Having Flown - Bee Gees (1 week (5 previous weeks))
  • 1984 - Footloose - Soundtrack (10 weeks)
  • 2001 - NOW That's What I Call Music 6 - Various Artists (3 weeks)
  • 2007 - NOW That's What I Call Music 24 - Various Artists (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - Nicki Minaj (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1945 - Mop! Mop! - Louis Jordan and His Tymany Five (1 week)
  • 1990 - Ready or Not - After 7 (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1945 - Shame on You - Spade Cooley (1 week (2 previous weeks))
  • 1951 - Rhumba Boogie - Hank Snow (5 weeks)
  • 1973 - Superman - Donna Fargo (1 week)
  • 1979 - All I Ever Need is You - Kenny Rogers & Dottie West (1 week)
  • 1984 - The Yellow Rose / Say When - Johnny Lee With Lane Brody (1 week)
  • 1990 - Love on Arrival - Dan Seals (3 weeks)
  • 2007 - Wasted - Carrie Underwood (3 weeks)
  • 2012 - A Woman Like You - Lee Brice (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1962 - Stranger on the Shore - Acker Bilk (7 weeks)
  • 1973 - Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1990 - This Old Heart of Mine - Rod Stewart Featuring Ronald Isley (5 weeks)
  • 2007 - How to Save a Life - The Fray (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1973 - Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the 'Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn (4 weeks)
  • 2007 - Give It To Me - Timberland Featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake (1 week)
  • 2016 - One Dance - Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla (15 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1990 - Behind the Mask - Fleetwood Mac (1 week)
  • 2001 - Just Enough Education to Perform - Stereophonics (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - 21 - Adele (2 weeks (3 previous weeks))
  • 2016 - Cleopatra - Lumineers (1 week)

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