Music Almanac - April 6

Birthdays
  • 1883 - Vernon Dalhart (d. 1948)
  • 1900 - Leo Robin (songwriter) (d. 1984)
  • 1927 - Gerry Mulligan (d. 1996)
  • 1937 - Merle Haggard (d. 2016)
  • 1941 - Louis Shelton (session guitarist)
  • 1944 - John Stax (born John Fullagar) (Pretty Things)
  • 1947 - Tony Connor (Hot Chocolate)
  • 1951 - Ralph Cooper (Air Supply)
  • 1952 - Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.)
  • 1953 - Christopher Franke (Tangerine Dream)
  • 1960 - Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band)
  • 1960 - John Pizzarelli
  • 1964 - Johnny Dee (born John DiTeodoro, Jr.) (Britny Fox)
  • 1965 - Black Francis (born Charles Thompson IV) (Pixies)
  • 1978 - Myleene Klass (Hear'Say)
  • 1978 - Martin Mendez (Opeth)
  • 1982 - Michael Guy Chislett (The Academy is...)
  • 1984 - Max Bemis (Say Anything)
  • 1985 - Garrett Zablocki (Senses Fail)

Deaths
  • 1984 - Ral Donner (Lung cancer) (61)
  • 1984 - Jimmy Kennedy (songwriter) (81)
  • 1998 - Tammy Wynette (Blood clot in lung) (55)
  • 1998 - Wendy O. Williams (Plasmatics) (Self inflicted gun shot) (48)
  • 1999 - Red Norvo (vibraphonist) (91)
  • 2001 - Charles Pettigrew (Charles and Eddie) (Cancer) (37)
  • 2004 - Niki Sullivan (Crickets) (Heart attack) (66)
  • 2016 - Merle Haggard (Pneumonia) (79)

On This Day
  • 1946 - Roy Acuff made what was supposed to be his last Grand Ole Opry appearance. He was back a year later.
  • 1949 - The first publicity photo was taken of Hank Williams. It would become the basis of the 1993 stamp that honored him.
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley signed with Paramount Pictures.
  • 1956 - The iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood was dedicated.
  • 1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis set fire to one of the two pianos on stage during a show in Cleveland.
  • 1960 - Everly Brothers opened their first U.K. tour with the Crickets in support.
  • 1961 - Spade Cooley suffered a heart attack while incarcerated for his wife's murder.
  • 1962 - The Soviet Union's Pravda newspaper warned youth against twisting.
  • 1963 - The Beatles hit the U.K. charts for the first time with Please Please Me.
  • 1963 - Fats Domino leaves Imperial Records, where he has been since the beginning of his career, for ABC Paramount.
  • 1968 - Cliff Richard performed the U.K. entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, Congratulations.
  • 1968 - Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd.
  • 1968 - Apple Corps, Ltd. opened their doors in London.
  • 1969 - Pete Quaife announced that he was leaving the Kinks.
  • 1971 - Carly Simon and James Taylor met for the first time at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
  • 1971 - Rolling Stones Records was launched.
  • 1973 - Queen signed their first recording contract.
  • 1973 - The Smothers Brothers won over $750,000 from CBS over the cancellation of their series.
  • 1974 - Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones, the first film in quadraphonic sound, debuted in New York.
  • 1974 - California Jam 1 Festival with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Eagles, Earth Wind and Fire, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Seals and Crofts and Black Oak Arkansas.
  • 1977 - A judge ruled that the Beatles 1962 Hamburg concert could be released.
  • 1982 - Garth Brooks won $50 by coming in first at a talent show at Oklahoma State University.
  • 1983 - The Beach Boys were banned from playing a 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall by Interior Secretary James Watt who said that rock groups drew the "wrong elements."
  • 1984 - Steve Van Zandt said he was leaving the E-Street Band for solo projects.
  • 1985 - Gilbert O'Sullivan won a lawsuit against former management for $2 million.
  • 1987 - The lawyers of Roger Waters issued a statement that Waters was the driving force behind Pink Floyd and would control the band's name.
  • 1992 - George Harrison plays his first full length concert in London since the 1969 with the Beatles. The show was a benefit for the National Law Party.
  • 1993 - LaToya Jackson paid off her parent's taxes on her parents home to avoid an IRS auction.
  • 1996 - Delbert McClinton's bus flipped when it hit a street sweeper in Grand Prairie, TX.
  • 1997 - Michael Jackson's Captain EO played for the last time at Disneyland.
  • 1999 - A Johnny Cash tribute concert was held in New York and taped for television featuring U2, Sheryl Crow and Chris Isaak. Cash surprised the crowd with a performance, his first since suffering pneumonia.
  • 1999 - Tipper Gore, the woman who started the Parents' Music Resource Center which was principal in getting parental guidance stickers on albums, played congas with Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.
  • 1999 - Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA attend and appear on stage at the London debut of the show Mamma Mia!
  • 2000 - A Joni Mitchell tribute concert was held in New York with Elton John, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, k.d. lang, Bryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Richard Thompson.
  • 2000 - Steve Strange of Visage was arrested for shoplifting.
  • 2000 - The Black Crowes were sued by a teenager who said he suffered brain damage at one of their shows.
  • 2002 - Sarah McLachlan became a mother with the birth of her daughter India Ann.
  • 2004 - Jeff Tweedy of Wilco entered rehab for addiction to painkillers.
  • 2006 - Ferlin Huskey was honored by the Tennessee state legislature.
  • 2006 - Mac Davis, Thom Bell, Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy and Will Jennings were announced as the newest members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • 2007 - Luke Bryan made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2006 - Bill Anderson was honored by the Tennessee state legislature.
  • 2010 - Soundgarden reformed.
  • 2013 - George Jones played his final concert in Knoxville, TN.
  • 2015 - B.B. King was hospitalized in Las Vegas for issues with his diabetes.
  • 2015 - Steven Tyler signed with Big Machine to record a country album.
  • 2016 - Tom Jones cancelled an Asian tour due to a "family illness".
  • 2016 - Gregg Allman's crew bus crashed in Jackson County, WV.

Marriages
  • 1961 - Ahmet Ertegun and Maria Banu
  • 1979 - Rod Stewart and Alana Hamilton
  • 2005 - Howard Bellamy (Bellamy Brothers) and Jennifer Wright

Divorces
  • 2002 - Eminem and Kim Mathers (filed)
  • 2012 - Seal and Heidi Klum

Recorded
  • 1963 - Louis Louis - Kingsmen
  • 1963 - 18 Yellow Roses - Bobby Darin
  • 1965 - California Girls - Beach Boys
  • 1966 - Tomorrow Never Knows - Beatles (first session for Revolver)

Released
  • 1928 - In the Jailhouse Now - Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1959 - Heartaches by the Number - Ray Price
  • 1999 - Tattoos & Scars - Montgomery Gentry (debut album)

Broadcasts
  • 1963 - Hootenanny (ABC) - Bob Gibson, Limeliters (premier)
  • 1969 - Frankie Avalon Easter Special
  • 1972 - My Three Sons (CBS) - Micky Dolenz
  • 1973 - Midnight Special (NBC) - Bee Gees, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Weatherly, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Skeeter Davis
  • 1978 - Black Sheep Squadron (NBC) - Peter Frampton
  • 1998 - Murphy Brown (CBS) - Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian, Lesley Gore (CBS)
  • 2009 - House, M.D. (Fox) - Meat Loaf

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1957 - Round and Round - Perry Como (1 week)
  • 1974 - Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Suede (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1946 - The Voice of Frank Sinatra - Frank Sinatra (7 weeks)
  • 1968 - The Graduate - Simon & Garfunkel (7 weeks)
  • 1996 - Anthology 2 - Beatles (1 week)
  • 2002 - NOW 9 - Various Artists (1 week)
  • 2013 - The 20/20 Experience - Justin Timberlake (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1963 - He's So Fine - Chiffons (4 weeks)
  • 1968 - (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone - Aretha Franklin (3 weeks)
  • 1974 - Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me - Gladys Knight & the Pips (2 weeks)
  • 1991 - Do Me Again - Freddie Jackson (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1957 - Gone - Ferlin Husky (9 weeks)
  • 1959 - When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below) - Johnny Horton (1 week)
  • 1968 - How Long Will My Baby Be Gone - Buck Owens & His Buckaroos (1 week)
  • 1974 - A Very Special Love Song - Charlie Rich (3 weeks)
  • 1985 - Country Girls - John Schneider (1 week)
  • 1991 - Two of a Kind, Workin' On a Full House - Garth Brooks (1 week)
  • 1996 - To Be Loved - Wynonna (1 week)

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

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1956 - It's Almost Tomorrow - Tune Weavers (1 week)
  • 1974 - Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks (4 weeks)
  • 2013 - Let's Get Ready to Rumble - PJ & Duncan (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1957 - The King and I - Soundtrack (3 weeks, 19 previous weeks)
  • 1985 - The Secret of Association - Paul Young (1 week)
  • 1996 - Greatest Hits - Take That (4 weeks)
  • 2002 - A New Day Has Come - Celine Dion (4 weeks)

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