Music Almanac - April 4

Birthdays
  • 1913 - Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) (d. 1983)
  • 1922 - Elmer Bernstein (d. 2004)
  • 1928 - Monty Norman
  • 1932 - Clive Davis
  • 1936 - Margo Sylvia (Tune Weavers) (d. 1991)
  • 1938 - Norro Wilson (songwriter)
  • 1938 - Michael Parks (d. 2017)
  • 1939 - Hugh Masakela (d. 2018)
  • 1940 - Sharon Sheeley (Songwriter) (d. 2002)
  • 1941 - Major Lance (d. 1994)
  • 1942 - Kris Jensen
  • 1944 - Bob McDill (songwriter)
  • 1945 - Knox Carnochan (Vibrators)
  • 1946 - Dave Hill (Slade)
  • 1948 - David "Pick" Withers (Dire Straits)
  • 1948 - Gail Davies
  • 1948 - Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers) (d. 1972)
  • 1949 - Junior Braithwaite (born Franklin Braithwaite) (The Wailing Wailers) (d. 1999)
  • 1950 - Phillip "Pip" Pyle (Gong) (d. 2006)
  • 1951 - Steve Gatlin (Gatlin Brothers)
  • 1951 - Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band)
  • 1952 - Gary Moore (Skid Row, Thin Lizzy) (d. 2011)
  • 1957 - Graeme Kelling (Deacon Blue) (d. 2004)
  • 1958 - Peter Baltes (Accept)
  • 1962 - Craig Adams (Sisters of Mercy, Mission, Cult, Alarm)
  • 1963 - David Gavurin (Sundays)
  • 1964 - Dr. Chud (born David Calabrese) (Misfits)
  • 1965 - Vinny Burns (Asia, Ultravox)
  • 1966 - Mike Starr (Alice in Chains) (d. 2011)
  • 1968 - Mark Yates (Terrorvision)
  • 1970 - Josh Todd (born Joshua Gruber) (Buckcherry)
  • 1971 - Clay Davidson
  • 1972 - Jill Scott
  • 1972 - Magnus Sveningsson (Cardigans)
  • 1973 - Kelly Price
  • 1974 - Andre Dalyrimple (Soul For Real)
  • 1975 - Phil A. Jimenez (Wheatus)
  • 1975 - Josh McSwain (Parmalee)
  • 1977 - Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage)
  • 1978 - Lemar (born Lemar Obika)
  • 1979 - Andy McKee
  • 1980 - Johnny Borrell (Razorlight)
  • 1991 - Jamie Lynn Spears
  • 1996 - Austin Mahone

Deaths
  • 1967 - Al Lewis (songwriter, "Blueberry Hill", "Tears on My Pillow") (65)
  • 1980 - Red Sovine - Heart attack (61)
  • 2011 - Scott Columbus (Manowar) (54)

On This Day
  • 1956 - After performing in San Diego, Elvis Presley received notice from the local authorities saying that if he ever returned to the city and performed in the same way, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct.
  • 1956 - Eddy Arnold performed with a symphony orchestra for the first time.
  • 1959 - Bill Anderson debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1960 - RCA began releasing singles in both stereo and mono, starting with Elvis Presley's Stuck on You.
  • 1961 - Fabian graduated from high school.
  • 1964 - The Beatles held the top five spots on the Billboard Singles chart with Can't Buy Me Love, Love Me Do, Roll Over Beethoven, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Please Please Me.
  • 1964 - The Trashmen were ordered to pay a portion of their royalties for Surfin' Bird to the Rivingtons because of similarities to their Papa Oom Mow Mow.
  • 1965 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote Help!
  • 1968 - James Brown makes a nationally Broadcasts appeal for calm after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1968 - After hearing of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Ted Nugent, Joni Mitchell and Al Kooper met at the New Generation Club in New York for an all-night music session.
  • 1969 - The Smothers Brothers' TV show was cancelled by CBS.
  • 1970 - Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company play a reunion show in San Francisco.
  • 1973 - It was Buck Owens Day in Bakersfield, CA.
  • 1974 - Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones opens and is the first film with a quadraphonic soundtrack.
  • 1979 - Helen Reddy taped a special for NBC and then, after a disagreement on when it would air, bought it from them for $500,000.
  • 1981 - The documentary This Is Elvis premiered at the USA Film Festival.
  • 1988 - Garth Brook auditioned for Capitol Records. He would be signed two months later.
  • 1990 - Gloria Estefan left the hospital after injuring her back on March 20 in a bus accident.
  • 1991 - Reba McEntire did her first concert since the death of eight of her band members in a plane crash.
  • 1992 - The Beastie Boys appeared for the first time in concert playing their own instruments.
  • 1994 - Kurt Cobain's mother called police to file a missing persons report on her son.
  • 1994 - Tracy Lawrence is charged with following teenagers to their home in Mt. Juliet, TN and firing shots into their driveway.
  • 1996 - Wilson Pickett was arrested for cocaine possession while on probation.
  • 1996 - The ashes of Jerry Garcia were scattered in the Ganges River in India.
  • 2000 - Diana Ross announced she would reunite with the current version of the Supremes, which didn't include any of the original members.
  • 2000 - The Mick Jagger Arts Center opened at Dartford Grammar School in England.
  • 2001 - Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of the Zombies play together live for the first time in more than thirty years.
  • 2002 - Dave Mustaine announces he is breaking up Megadeth due to compressed nerves in his hands.
  • 2002 - Aaron Kamin of the Calling received a serious shock during a sound check in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2003 - The Rolling Stones play their first show ever in India.
  • 2003 - Meat Loaf says he is retiring after one last world tour.
  • 2003 - Sebastian Bach was fired from a touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • 2005 - A reformed Queen with Paul Rodgers play a Rome show in deference to a city request that they postpone the show after the death of Pope John Paul II earlier in the week.
  • 2006 - Paula Abdul reported to police that she had been the victim of battery at a private party in L.A.
  • 2007 - The infamous story by Keith Richards that he snorted his father's ashes was published by NME.
  • 2008 - A London Appeals court overturned a ruling saying that Procol Harum's Gary Brooker had to pay 40% of the royalties for A Whiter Shade of Pale to then organist Matthew Fisher. The court faulted Fisher for waiting forty years to file.
  • 2008 - The Stone Temple Pilots announced they were reuniting for a major tour.
  • 2008 - The Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light was released.
  • 2008 - The New Kids on the Block announced a reunion tour.
  • 2009 - Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC, Bobby Womack, Wanda Jackson, Bill Black, DJ Fontana and Spooner Oldham were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 2013 - Bill Wyman was interviewed by British police about allegations that he had started a relationship with his wife when she was 14. No charges were ever brought.
  • 2015 - Mariyn Manson was punched by a patron of a Denny's in Alberta, Canada.

Marriages
  • 1978 - Mike Curb and Linda Dunphy
  • 1995 - Tupac Shakur and Keisha Morris
  • 2004 - Beck and Marissa Rabisi
  • 2008 - Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z

Divorces
  • 2014 - Richard Marx and Cynthia Rose (announced end of marriage)

Recorded
  • 1939 - Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
  • 1940 - Ernest Tubb had his first recording session for Decca
  • 1960 - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley
  • 1973 - You've Never Been This Far Before - Conway Twitty
  • 1988 - Streets of Bakersfield - Buck Owens & Dwight Yoakam

Released
  • 1958 - Twilight Time - Platters (single)
  • 1960 - Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers (single)
  • 1972 - An American Trilogy - Elvis Presley (single)
  • 1977 - The Clash - Clash (U.K. release)
  • 1995 - The Road Goes on Forever - The Highwaymen
  • 1995 - Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? - Bryan Adams (single)
  • 2000 - Can't Take Me Home - Pink (debut album)

Awards
  • 1960 - Academy Awards
    • Original Song - High Hopes - Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Kahn
  • 1981 - Eurovision Song Contest
    • Winner - Making Up Your Mind - Bucks Fizz

Broadcasts
  • 1959 - The Dick Clark Show (ABC) - Everly Brothers
  • 1967 - Dee Time (BBC) - Jimi Hendrix, Kiki Dee, Cat Stevens
  • 1973 - Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii (NBC) - Elvis Presley
  • 1978 - The Muppet Show (Syn) - Loretta Lynn
  • 1978 - The Barbara Walters Special (ABC) - Donny & Marie Osmond
  • 1981 - Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters - Dottie West, Jim Stafford

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1964 - Can't Buy Me Love - Beatles (5 weeks)
  • 1987 - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship (2 weeks)
  • 1998 - All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1981 - Paradise Theater - Styx (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - Wayne's World - Soundtrack (2 weeks)
  • 2015 - To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1970 - ABC - Jackson 5 (4 weeks)
  • 1981 - Being With You - Smokey Robinson (5 weeks)
  • 1998 - All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1964 - Understand Your Man - Johnny Cash (6 weeks)
  • 1970 - Tennessee Bird Walk - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan (2 weeks)
  • 1981 - Drifter - Sylvia (1 week)
  • 1987 - Ocean Front Property - George Strait (1 week)
  • 1998 - Perfect Love - Trisha Yearwood (2 weeks)

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

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1963 - Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard & the Shadows (1 week)
  • 1987 - Let It Be - Ferry Aid (Paul McCartney, Boy George, Mark Knopfler, Kim Wilde, Nik Kershaw, Kate Bush and others) (3 weeks)
  • 2015 - Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1987 - NOW That's What I Call Music 9 - Various Artists (5 weeks)
  • 1992 - Human Touch - Bruce Springsteen (1 week)
  • 1998 - The Best of James - James (1 week)
  • 2015 - Chaos and the Calm - James Bay (1 week)

1 comment

creatrix said...

Just FYI, Gail Davies was born on June 6, 1948. Your information is wrong. ( i’ve been a super fan for decades. I got this one. )

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