Music Almanac - April 29

Birthdays
  • 1899 - Duke Ellington (d. 1974)
  • 1909 - Karl Farr (Sons of the Pioneers) (d. 1961)
  • 1915 - Donald Mills (Mills Brothers) (d. 1999)
  • 1922 - Toots Thielmans (d. 2016)
  • 1925 - Danny Davis (d. 2008)
  • 1927 - Big Jay McNeely (d. 2018)
  • 1928 - Carl Gardner (Coasters) (d. 2011)
  • 1929 - Ray Barretto (d. 2006)
  • 1930 - Joe Porcaro (session drummer)
  • 1931 - Lonnie Donegan (d. 2002)
  • 1933 - Willie Nelson
  • 1933 - Rod McKuen (d. 2015)
  • 1935 - Otis Rush (d. 2018)
  • 1936 - April Stevens (born Carol LoTempio) (Nino Tempo & April Stevens)
  • 1938 - Klaus Voormann (Manfred Mann)
  • 1941 - Duane West (Country Gentelmen, Jordainaires) (d. 2002)
  • 1942 - Bob Miranda (Happenings)
  • 1943 - Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys)
  • 1945 - Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Montgomery) (d. 1970)
  • 1945 - Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine) (d. 2009)
  • 1947 - Tommy James (Shondells)
  • 1950 - Wayne Secrest (Confederate Railroad) (d. 2018)
  • 1953 - Bill Drummond (KLF)
  • 1954 - Debora Iyall (Romeo Void)
  • 1954 - Karen Brooks
  • 1957 - Mark Kendall (Great White)
  • 1957 - Richie Robertson (Fabulous Poodles)
  • 1960 - Phil King (Lush, Jesus and Mary Chain)
  • 1963 - Stephanie Bentley (songwriter)
  • 1968 - Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips)
  • 1970 - Master P (born Percy Miller)
  • 1970 - China Forbes (Pink Martini)
  • 1972 - James Bonamy
  • 1973 - Mike Hogan (Cranberries)
  • 1977 - Ashley Gorley (songwriter)
  • 1978 - Javier Colon (The Voice, Derek Trucks Band)
  • 1979 - Jo O'Meara (S Club 7)
  • 1979 - Matt Tong (Bloc Party)
  • 1980 - Kian Egan (Westlife)
  • 1981 - Tom Smith (Editors)
  • 1988 - Michael Ray

Deaths
  • 1935 - Leroy Carr - Nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) (30)
  • 1961 - Cisco Houston - Stomach cancer (42)
  • 1967 - J. B. Lenoir - Heart attack (38)
  • 1990 - Floyd Butler (Friends of Distinction) - Heart attack (52)
  • 1993 - Mick Ronson - Liver cancer (46)
  • 1997 - Keith Ferguson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) (50)
  • 2012 - Kenny Roberts (85)
  • 2014 - Paul Goddard (Atlanta Rhythm Section) - Cancer (68)

On This Day
  • 1950 - Carl Smith made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 1960 - Dick Clark told a congressional subcomittee that he never took payola but did receive gifts from record company executives.
  • 1963 - Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton signed a management deal with the Rolling Stones.
  • 1966 - Duane Allen joined the Oak Ridge Boys.
  • 1967 - Ronnie Van Zandt was arrested for disorderly conduct in Jacksonville, FL.
  • 1968 - Hair opened on Broadway.
  • 1970 - George Harrison announced his first solo album and predicted the Beatles would eventually reunite.
  • 1976 - A guard apprehended Bruce Springsteen after he climbed over the wall into Graceland in Memphis.
  • 1978 - P.J. Proby was fired from the London stage musical Elvis for changing lines.
  • 1980 - Black Sabbath opened their first tour with Ronnie James Dio on lead.
  • 1992 - Country's Doug Stone had quadruple-bypass surgery.
  • 1992 - Sheena Easton collapsed during a performance of Man of La Mancha on Broadway.
  • 1993 - Guns N' Roses' Gilby Clarke broke his hand in a motorcycle accident.
  • 1996 - Phil Spector pulled out of a project with Celine Dion.
  • 1998 - Steven Tyler injured his knee during an Aerosmith show in Anchorage, AK, forcing the postponement of the rest of their tour.
  • 1999 - Tommy Lee quit Motley Crue for his new band, Methods of Mayhem, and to spend more time with family.
  • 2003 - A lawsuit brought by a concert goer against John Fogerty, alleging hearing loss at a concert, was dismissed.
  • 2003 - Great White played their first show since the Station Inn fire.
  • 2003 - The movie Only the Strong Survive, featuring numerous R&B icons, opens in New York.
  • 2004 - Christina Aguilera was forced to cancel an upcoming tour due to vocal strain.
  • 2005 - Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary underwent a bone marrow transplant in her fight against leukemia.
  • 2006 - Pete Doherty is arrested in London after a newspaper prints a photo of him allegedly injecting drugs into an unconscious girl.
  • 2007 - Rage Against the Machine played their first show in seven years at Coachella.
  • 2011 - Ellie Goulding performed Your Song for the first dance of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
  • 2012 - Bobby Vee announced that he had Alzheimer's disease.

Marriages
  • 1938 - Hank Locklin and Willa Jean Murphey
  • 1944 - Porter Wagoner and Velma Johnson
  • 1989 - Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley
  • 1992 - Paula Abdul and Emilio Estevez
  • 1995 - Tupac Shakur and Keisha Morris
  • 2014 - Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) and Jennifer Belcher

Divorces
  • 1988 - Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd (filed)

Recorded
  • 1959 - Mary Lou - Ronnie Hawkins
  • 1969 - Octopus' Garden - Beatles

Released
  • 1957 - Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely - Dubs (single)
  • 1967 - Respect - Aretha Franklin (single)
  • 1981 - Fair Warning - Van Halen

Awards
  • 1982 - Ivor Novello Awards
    • Best Selling UK Single - Stand & Deliver - Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni
    • International Hit of the Year - In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
    • Best Song Musically & Lyrically - Have You Ever Been in Love - Andy Hill, Peter Sinfield
    • Songwriter of the Year - Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni, Andy Hill
    • Outstanding British Lyric - John Lennon

Broadcasts
  • 1963 - The Andy Griffith Show (CBS) - The Dillards
  • 1967 - The Lawrence Welk Show (ABC) - Charley Pride (national TV debut)
  • 1970 - The Kraft Music Hall (NBC) - Bobbie Gentry, Charley Pride, John Hartford
  • 1970 - The Johnny Cash Show (ABC) - Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, Chet Atkins
  • 1973 - The John Denver Show (BBC 2) - John Denver (debut)
  • 1979 - Rocky Mountain Reunion (ABC) - John Denver
  • 1981 - Johnny Cash and the Country Girls (CBS) - June, Anita and Helen Carter, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Jan Howard, Jeannie Seely, Skeeter Davis, Jeannie C. Riley, Kitty Wells
  • 1993 - The Simpsons (Fox) - Barry White

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1950 - Third Man Theme - Anton Karas (11 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1972 - First Take - Roberta Flack (5 weeks)
  • 1995 - The Lion King - Soundtrack (1 week)
  • 2017 - Memories...Do Not Open - Chainsmokers (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1944 - Straighten Up and Fly Right - The Nat King Cole Trio (10 weeks)
  • 1957 - School Day - Chuck Berry (5 weeks)
  • 1957 - All Shook Up - Elvis Presley (4 weeks)
  • 2000 - He Wasn't Man Enough - Toni Braxton (4 weeks)
  • 2017 - That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (1 week (3 previous weeks))

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1944 - Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry - Al Dexter (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1967 - Need You - Sonny James (2 weeks)
  • 1995 - Little Miss Honky Tonk - Brooks & Dunn (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • None

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1955 - Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado (2 weeks)
  • 1978 - Night Fever - Bee Gees (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1989 - A New Flame - Simply Red (1 week)
  • 2006 - Shayne Ward - Shayne Ward (1 week)

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