Sunday, April 30, 2017

Today's Featured Artist...April 30, 2017...The Esquires (video + blog + links)

The Esquires

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The Esquires were an American R&B group from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, principally active from 1957 to 1976.


The group first formed in 1957 around the Moorer family: Gilbert (born Gilbert Moorer, Jr., August 20, 1941, Birmingham, Alabama, died August 28, 2008),[1] his brother Alvis (born Alvis V. Moorer, January 18, 1940, Birmingham, Alabama, died August 21, 2011), and their sister Betty. They first performed as Betty Moorer and the Esquires. When their sister and lead singer left, the group shortened its name to The Esquires, and Gilbert became lead singer.[2] In 1961, Sam Pace (born Sammie L. Pace, September 22, 1944, Kansas City, Missouri, died January 7, 2013) joined as a tenor.[3] They went through many lineup changes over their first decade, which saw them aiming mostly for local recognition. In 1966 they moved to Chicago and auditioned for Curtis Mayfield, who was not interested in signing them.[4] They then attempted to sign with Constellation Records, but the record label went under at the end of 1966; they signed instead with Bunky Records, Constellation's successor. Bunky was distributed by Scepter Records on the national level.
Their debut record for Bunky/Scepter was "Get on Up", (1967) which became a major hit in the United States, peaking at #11 as a pop single but reaching #3 on the R&B charts. Following the release they played Chicago's Regal Theater and the Apollo Theatre in New York City. Further singles were also successes, and the group released one full-length LP. After five singles on Bunky the group signed a deal with Scepter themselves late in 1968. They later returned to Bunky and then, in 1970, signed with Capitol Records for one single ("Reach Out") and Lamarr Records in 1971 for "Girls in the City".
Gilbert Moorer died from throat cancer on August 28, 2008, at the age of 67.[2]
Alvis Moorer died on August 21, 2011 at the age of 71.
Sam Pace died after a long illness on January 7, 2013 at the age of 68.[3]
Edwards, who lives in Chicago, is now the only surviving member of the band from its recording days.[3]

More Music History for April 30, 2017 (with links)

 1957 -

April 30
Elvis Presley recorded "Jailhouse Rock". The song went on to top the Cashbox Best Sellers list, the Billboard Pop music chart, the R&B chart and even the Country And Western chart. It also became the first single to enter the UK chart at number 1. The tune was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller specifically for a scene in the movie of the same name.

1958 -

April 30
UK Rock 'n' Roller Tommy Steele was knocked unconscious when fans rushed the stage during the opening night of his British tour. As a result of various injuries, Steele was forced to cancel a week's worth of shows.

1960 -

April 30
The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at the top of the UK singles chart with "Cathy's Clown", giving Warner Brothers Records a #1 hit with their very first release.

1964 -

April 30
The Beatles receive $140,000 for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.

1966 -

April 30
The Young Rascals enjoy the first of 14 Billboard Top 40 hits when "Good Lovin" reached #1. Another version of the same song by The Olympics had stalled at #81 the previous year.

1969 -

April 30
The Fifth Dimension are awarded a Gold record for "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In", a medley from the Rock musical Hair.

1970 -

April 30
Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon's lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Incredibly, Lyndon was acquitted.

1976 -

April 30
After playing in Memphis during a southern tour, Bruce Springsteen climbs the fence at Graceland in an attempt to see Elvis Presley. Security guards stop him and he is escorted off the grounds.

April 30
The Who's drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.

1977 -

April 30
Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" is released. It will become his fourth US Top Ten hit.

April 30
Glen Campbell reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time with "Southern Nights". It was his 19th Top 40 hit.

1983 -

April 30
Blues guitarist Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, died of a heart attack at the age of 68. He is considered "the father of modern Chicago Blues" and was a major inspiration for the British Blues explosion in the 1960s. He has been ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time

April 30
After leading the Billboard chart for seven weeks with "Billie Jean", Michael Jackson was back on top with "Beat It". His ten week run at the top was interrupted for a week by Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen".

April 30
The original line-up of the 1960's British group Manfred Mann reunited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of London's Marquee Club.

1988 -

April 30
20 year old Celine Dion helps Switzerland win its first ever Eurovision Song Contest with her rendition of "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi".

1999 -

April 30
All five members of Aerosmith visit shooting victim Lance Kirklin in a Colorado hospital before their show in Denver that evening. The band dedicates "Living On The Edge" to the student, who was one of 28 wounded and 13 killed by two deranged classmates at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20th.

April 30
51 year old Darrell Sweet, drummer of the Scottish Rock group Nazareth, suffered a fatal heart attack just as the band was embarking on the second leg of a US tour. The band had arrived at the Amphitheater in New Albany, Indiana, when Sweet began feeling ill and within minutes went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the New Albany Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Nazareth is best remembered for their 1976 hit "Love Hurts", which was first recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960.

2004 -

April 30
Michael Jackson was arraigned in a Santa Maria, California courtroom after a grand jury determined that there was sufficient evidence to send him to trial. The jury handed down a ten-count indictment, including four counts of committing lewd acts upon a minor.

2007 -

April 30
Zola Taylor, who broke gender barriers as the first female member of the 1950s R&B group The Platters, singing on their hit "The Great Pretender", died from complications of pneumonia. She was 69.

2008 -

April 30
Gail Renard, who was given the hand written words to "Give Peace A Chance" by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie's auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying "It will be worth something someday." The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July '08, it went for $790,000 (400,000 pounds).

2013 -

April 30
Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon, was subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. She reportedly had evidence to support Katherine Jackson's claim that promoters were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns while organizing Michael's This Is It comeback concerts.

2015 -

April 30
R&B legend Ben E. King passed away at the age of 76. He was a member of The Drifters and sang lead on their biggest singles, "This Magic Moment", "Save The Last Dance For Me" and "There Goes My Baby." King also reached the Billboard Top 40 seven times as a solo artist, including his 1961 #4 hit, "Stand By Me".

April 30
John Fogerty paid a visit to The Late Show With David Letterman during a week-long farewell to the legendary host who was set to retire on May 20th. Fogerty performed a medley of his CCR hits, including "Travelin' Band", "Proud Mary" and "Fortunate Son".

Today in Music History...April 30, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: April 30

2015 Ben E. King, songwriter and singer of "Stand By Me," dies at age 76.

2014 Larry Ramos (guitarist, banjo player for The New Christy Minstrels, The Association) dies at age 72 from malignant melanoma.

2013 Actress and singer Deanna Durbin dies in Neauphle-le-Château, France, at age 91.

2011 Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon welcome twins: daughter Monroe and son Moroccan.

2008 Mariah Carey marries rapper and TV personality Nick Cannon at a secret ceremony in the Bahamas.

2007 Zola Taylor (of The Platters) dies after suffering numerous strokes and contracting pneumonia at age 69 in Riverside, California.

2006 Madonna plays a festival for the first time when she appears at Coachella.

2004 Michael Jackson is arraigned on his child molestation charges, pleading not guilty to ten different criminal counts, also including extortion and false imprisonment.

2003 1960s soul icon Earl King is buried in his hometown of New Orleans with an authentic jazz funeral. Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton send their condolences.

2002 Roger Daltrey of The Who stars as a music teacher on the "That '70s Musical" episode of That 70's Show.

1999 Darrell Sweet (drummer for Nazareth) dies of a heart attack at age 51 while on tour promoting the band's Boogaloo album.

1994 Ireland wins the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time in a row. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan's performance of song "Rock 'N' Roll Kids" at the Point Theatre in Dublin wows the international voting panels and gives the country a record sixth win. The show's interval features the first ever performance of Michael Flatley's Riverdance, which goes on to massive global success.

1988 An unknown Canadian singer named Celine Dion wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland. Her song "Ne partez pas sans moi" beats the United Kingdom's entry by a single point. The success encourages her to learn English, and two years later her fifteenth studio album, Unison (1990), reaches #4 in the US chart. She goes on to become one of the most successful singers in the world - her biggest hit, 1997's "My Heart Will Go On", selling over 15 million copies

1983 Blues musician Muddy Waters dies of heart failure at age 70 in his Westmont, Illinois home.

1983 To celebrate the 25th anniversary of London's legendary Marquee Club, Manfred Mann reforms in their original '60s incarnation to play the venue they (and so many others) started in.

1982 Renowned music critic Lester Bangs, who wrote for Creem and Rolling Stone, dies at age 33 from an accidental drug overdose.

1981 Justin Vernon (frontman for Bon Iver) is born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

1980 Roger Daltrey of The Who premieres his first major acting vehicle, the crime drama film McVicar.

1979 Bob Dylan records "Trouble In Mind."

1977 Led Zeppelin plays to 76,229 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome, which sets a new record for largest attendance for a single act concert.

1977 Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights," written by Allen Toussaint, hits #1 in the US.

1975 Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" marks the end of the Vietnam War as an American radio station plays the tune during the Fall of Saigon - a signal for American personnel to evacuate.

1975 The Vietnam War ends with the fall of Saigon. Many returning veterans suffer ill effects, which is the subject of the song "Still in Saigon" by The Charlie Daniels Band.

1973 Pop singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is born in Canton, Ohio.

1971 R&B singer Chris "Choc" Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is born in Wheatley Heights, New York.

1970 Allman Brothers tour manager Twiggs Lyndon is arrested for stabbing a club manager to death over a contract dispute. Incredibly, Lyndon gets off by pleading temporary insanity caused by being the tour manager for The Allman Brothers Band.

1969 5th Dimension's "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" is certified gold.

1967 Rapper Turbo B (frontman for Snap!) is born Durron Maurice Butler in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

1967 Alt rocker J.R. Richards (frontman Dishwalla) is born in Santa Barbara, California.

1966 Folk singer and novelist Richard Farina dies in a motorcycle accident in Carmel, California, at age 29.

1966 The Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'" hits #1.

1965 Bob Dylan begins the tour immortalized in the documentary Don't Look Back, performing at the City Hall in Sheffield, England.

1965 Herman's Hermits make their US stage debut, with The Zombies as opening act.

1962 The Orlons record "Wah Watusi."

1960 Fats Domino records "Walking To New Orleans."

1957 Elvis Presley records "Jailhouse Rock" and "Young And Beautiful."

1955 Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" hits #1.

1953 Merrill Osmond (of The Osmonds) is born in Ogden, Utah.

1948 Wayne Kramer (guitarist for MC5) is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1945 Singer-songwriter Mimi Farina is born Margarita Mimi Baez in Palo Alto, California, to a family that includes older sister Joan Baez. She will marry fellow activist and folk singer Richard Farina at age 18.

1944 Folk rock singer Richard Shoff (The Sandpipers) is born in Seattle, Washington.

1943 Pop singer Bobby Vee is born Robert Thomas Velline in Fargo, North Dakota.

1941 Rock and roller Johnny Farina (Santo & Johnny) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1940 Jimmy Dorsey records "Contrasts."

1931 Folk singer-songwriter Peter La Farge is born in New York City.

1925 Country/rockabilly singer Johnny Horton is born in Los Angeles, California.

1925 The musical On With The Dance opens at the London Pavilion.

1923 Jazz bassist Percy Heath is born in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Rock Takes A Stand Against Racism

1978The Clash are among the acts at a "Rock Against Racism" concert, playing to over 50,000 in London's Victoria Park to combat the National Front, a neo-Nazi group in the UK whose slogan is "Keep Britain White."
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2008 At the Coachella festival, Roger Waters' giant inflatable pig escapes, roams the countryside and ultimately deflates.

2004 Ray Charles appears at his Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic landmark. It is the last public appearance he ever makes.

1988 After hanging on at #198 the week before, Pink Floyd's album Dark Side Of The Moon drops out of the Billboard Albums chart for the first time in 11 years. The band is still on the chart though, with A Momentary Lapse Of Reason at #62.

1983 Michael Jackson's fight is funky and strong, as "Beat It" hits #1 in America for the first of three weeks.More

1976 Human rock stereotype Keith Moon of The Who adds to his legend when he pays nine New York cab drivers $100 each to block both ends of a street so he can throw furniture out of his hotel window.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Today's Featured Artist...April 29, 2017...The Intruders (band) (video + blog + links)

The Intruders (band)

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The Intruders were an American soul music group most popular in the 1960s and 1970s.[1] As one of the first groups to have hit songs under the direction of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, they had a major influence on the development of Philadelphia soul. The Intruders are also noted for having 24 R&B chart hits, including 6 R&B Top Tens, and 14 chart hits in the Billboard Hot 100,including their signature song, the million-selling Top 10 smash, Cowboys to Girls.


Formed in 1960, the group originally consisted of Sam "Little Sonny" Brown, Eugene "Bird" Daughtry, Phillip "Phil" Terry and Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards.[2] In 1969, Sam Brown was replaced as lead singer by Bobby Starr, only to rejoin the group in 1973.
In 1965, when songwriters and record producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff first contemplated leaving the Cameo-Parkway record label to risk launching their own label, the vocalists on which they pinned all their hopes and venture capital were The Intruders. Like many other subsequent acts the duo produced, which included Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and The O'Jays, The Intruders had already developed a vocal sound that was both theirs and uniquely Philadelphian.[3]
Brown, Daughtry, Terry and Edwards had been recording and performing one-off singles together since 1961, blending Philly's street corner doo-wop tradition with black gospel fervor. The result was neither as pop-infected as Motown, nor as funky and blues-inflected as Stax. The sound which The Intruders refined for the Excel, Gamble and Philadelphia International imprints reflected a different attitude than either Stax or Motown.[4]
Gamble and Huff's success with The Intruders helped convince Columbia Records to grant them the money to launch Philadelphia International. Gamble and Huff acknowledged that their work with The Intruders was the foundation of what they called "The Sound Of Philadelphia".[5][6]
The Intruders, meanwhile, were undergoing some internal turmoil. When the group resurfaced on the 1970 Gamble LP, When We Get Married, lead singer Brown was replaced by Bobby Starr.[7] The title song, "When We Get Married" (R&B #8, Pop #45), a Dreamlovers cover, became a hit on the charts, as was the follow-up "Win, Place Or Show (She's A Winner)" (UK #14).[1] Starr's tenure with the group included Soul Train television appearances, and the rare collector's single, "I'm Girl Scoutin".[8] Brown returned to the group in 1973 for the album Save The Children, which spawned The Intruders' last two big hits, "I Wanna Know Your Name" (R&B #9, Pop #60) and "I'll Always Love My Mama" (R&B #6, Pop #36). Kenny Gamble's mother Ruby, the inspiration for "I'll Always Love My Mama", died March 10, 2012 in Mount Airy, Pennsylvania, at age 96.

Cowboys to Girls... and cover versions

"Cowboys to Girls" (R&B #1, Pop #6) remains the only chart topping single of their career.It was a 1968 Top 10 Pop and R&B smash, that was awarded an R.I.A.A. gold disc for one million sales in mid May 1968.[2] It was covered by the Hacienda Brothers. The "Duke of Earl", Gene Chandler, also covered the song. Other artists, such as Sweet Blindness, Philly Cream, and Joe Bataan, have also covered the song.[9] Other covers of their hit singles included "Together", which was recorded by Gladys Knight & The Pips on their Silk 'N' Soul LP, as well as The Three Degrees on their 1975 work, Take Good Care Of Yourself. It was also covered by the Latin group Tierra, who took the song to Top 20 on the charts in 1980.[10] In 2005, singer Keith Sweat covered The Intruders' 1973 hit, "I Wanna Know Your Name". In 1968, Peaches & Herb covered The Intruders'1966 hit, "(We'll Be) United". This song also served as the basis for Peaches and Herb's even bigger 1978 #1 "sequel" hit, "Reunited" .[11][12][13][14][15]
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, their music was popular on the West Coast among Latino, specifically Chicano, youth, as evidenced by their covers by the Hacienda Brothers and Tierra. Daughtry died of cancer on December 25, 1994 at age 55,[16] and Brown committed suicide by jumping off the Strawberry Mansion Bridge on April 21, 1995.[17] According to Marc Taylor, in the book, "A Touch Of Classic Soul of the Early 1970's" (1996, Aloiv Publishing, Jamaica, New York), in 1975, Edwards and Terry walked away from the industry after becoming Jehovah's Witnesses. Edwards died on October 15, 2016 from a heart attack at age 74.
The Intruders today include Bobby Starr, Glenn Montgomery and Phil Gay. The group is featured on the "My Music DVD hosted by Patti LaBelle on PBS, and tour with the Love Train: Sound of Philadelphia Concert series.[18] There are also several tribute groups including the best variation of The Intruders, "The Philly Intruders" who appear on The Big Show DVD, and "The Fabulous Intruders" founded by William Payton, Sr.

More Music History for April 29, 2017 (with links)

 1960 -

April 29
With the payola scandal still in the news, Dick Clark relinquished the rights to music publishing that he owned. The value of those rights, Clark indicated later, amounted to about $80 million.

1963 -

April 29
19 year old Andrew Loog Oldham signs a contract with The Rolling Stones, becoming their manager. Oldham had seen the band in concert the previous day at the Crawdaddy Club in London.

1965 -

April 29
Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of 4,000 pounds. Later in the year he would join the successful Swedish group, The Spotnicks, recording with them and twice touring the world. As for his eight show stint with The Beatles, Nicol would later say "Standing in for Ringo was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Until then I was quite happy earning thirty or forty pounds a week. After the headlines died, I began dying too."

1967 -

April 29
Aretha Franklin releases "Respect", a song that will become her signature tune and go on to win two Grammy Awards in 1968 for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording and Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female.

April 29
Cindy Birdsong makes her stage debut with The Supremes at The Hollywood Bowl, replacing the increasingly unreliable Florence Ballard.

1969 -

April 29
Ringo Starr added his vocal to "Octopus's Garden" for the forthcoming Beatles "Abbey Road" album. It was only the second time that one of Ringo's own compositions had been recorded by the band, the first being "Don't Pass Me By" in 1968.

1970 -

April 29
George Harrison tells reporters that The Beatles will reunite eventually and announces plans for his first post-Beatles solo LP.

1972 -

April 29
New York Mayor John Lindsay intervened in the immigration proceedings against John Lennon. Lindsay called attempts by the US government to deport Lennon "a grave injustice in light of Lennon's unique contributions to music and art." Lennon was granted permanent resident status in the US in 1976.

April 29
A Detroit, Michigan band called Gallery enters the Billboard Hot 100 with "Nice To Be With You", which will rise to #4 during its 13 week run. They will follow with two more Top 20 hits, "I Believe In Music" (#22) and "Big City Miss Ruth Ann" (#23) over the next eight months.

1973 -

April 29
Although he was virtually unknown in Great Britain, 29 year old John Denver kicks off a six week UK TV series for the BBC.

April 29
More than 15,000 people attending a Rock concert by Elvin Bishop, Canned Heat, Buddy Miles and Fleetwood Mac are routed from a baseball stadium in Stockton, California, by police firing tear-gas canisters. More than 80 people, including 28 police officers, are hurt and fifty arrests are made.

1975 -

April 29
RSO Records releases The Bee Gees' "Main Course", the album that will bring the Gibb brothers back to the top of the music scene. The record contains two Billboard Top Ten hits, "Jive Talkin" and "Nights on Broadway".

1977 -

April 29
The Temptations, the most successful male vocal group of the 1960's and early '70s, left Motown Records after 17 years. They signed with Atlantic, but after recording two unsuccessful Disco albums, the Temps were later lured back to Motown by Berry Gordy Jr.

1978 -

April 29
P.J. Proby was fired from his role in the London stage musical, Elvis, after repeatedly changing his lines from the script. Proby had been cast as the oldest of three Presleys in the play.

1980 -

April 29
Black Sabbath began their first tour with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne.

1988 -

April 29
Eric Clapton's wife, Patti "Layla" Boyd, files for divorce, citing Clapton's affair with an Italian TV personality who bore his child.

1990 -

April 29
The TV movie Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys airs on ABC.

April 29
Floyd Butler of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack at the age of 49. The band is most often remembered for two Top Ten hits, "Grazing In The Grass" in 1969 and "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely" in 1970.

1992 -

April 29
Singer Paula Abdul and actor Emilio Estevez were married in a judge's chambers in Santa Monica, California. One of Abdul's managers and Estevez's mother witnessed the ceremony. Abdul filed for divorce two years later.

1993 -

April 29
An animated Barry White appears on The Simpsons.

April 29
Mick Ronson, guitarist for David Bowie's band Ziggy Stardust's Spiders From Mars, died of liver cancer at the age of 46.

2003 -

April 29
A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.

2007 -

April 29
Nancy Sinatra made a rare TV appearance in an episode of The Sopranos where she sang "Bossman" to a small gathering of the main characters.

2013 -

April 29
Scottish singer Emeli Sande made U.K. chart history when her first album, "Our Version Of Events", notched 63 consecutive weeks in the Top Ten of the U.K.'s Official Album Chart. That broke a 50-year-old record held by The Beatles' "Please Please Me", which spent 62 weeks in the Top Ten in 1963 and 1964.

2014 -

April 29
Atlanta Rhythm Section bassist Paul Goddard died of cancer at age 68.

2015 -

April 29
71-year-old Pattie Boyd, the model and artist whose relationships with George Harrison and Eric Clapton inspired the classic love songs "Something" and "Layla", married property developer Rod Weston. She married Harrison in 1966 at the height of "Beatlemania", but they split in 1974. Clapton and Boyd were wed in 1979, separating five years later before officially divorcing in 1989.

2016 -

April 29
Scott Bennett, a multi-instrumentalist who has recorded and toured steadily with Brian Wilson since 1998, was convicted of rape by instrumentation and sexual battery. Bennett's attorney vowed to appeal the conviction, maintaining that both parties were inebriated.

Today in Music History...April 29, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: April 29


2016 Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd do a shot-for-shot remake of the Styx video for "Too Much Time On My Hands."More

2014 Paul Goddard (bassist for Atlanta Rhythm Section) dies at age 68 of a brief, sudden illness.

2007 Rage Against The Machine plays its first show in seven years to close the Coachella Festival.

2005 Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary undergoes a bone marrow transplant to battle leukemia.

2003 The movie Only The Strong Survive (with many R&B legends, including Jerry Butler) premieres in New York.

1999 Following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee, Tommy Lee quits Mötley Crüe to devote time to his new band, Methods of Mayhem, and his family.

1997 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases the album Twenty, which is titled after the fact that it's being released twenty years after the plane crash that claimed the lives of three band members. It's their ninth studio album.

1996 Phil Spector calls off a planned project to produce Celine Dion when they can't agree to terms.

1995 Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility, while Shakur is serving a four-and-a-half-year jail term for sexual assault.

1993 Mick Ronson, a guitarist best known for his work with David Bowie, dies of cancer at age 46.

1993 Barry White guests on The Simpsons, where he serves as MC of Whacking Day.

1985 Freddie Mercury releases his solo album Mr. Bad Guy. Although it sells okay in the UK, in the US it doesn't make even the top 150.

1982 Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni are named Songwriters of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards, while their "Stand And Deliver" is named the best selling single.

1979 Matt Tong (drummer for Bloc Party) is born in Bournemouth, England.

1979 Pop singer-songwriter Jo O'Meara (S Club 7) is born in Romford, Greater London, England.

1975 Hawkwind begin their North American Warrior On The Edge Of Time tour at the Ambassador Theatre, St. Louis.

1973 Mike Hogan (bassist for The Cranberries) is born in Limerick, Ireland, to a family that already includes brother and future bandmate, Noel.

1972 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

1970 Rapper Master P is born Percy Robert Miller in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1970 As he announces his first solo album, George Harrison predicts that The Beatles will reunite.

1968 Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is born in Bel Air, California, to The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and his first wife, Marilyn Rovell.

1961 The renown tenor Luciano Pavarotti makes his opera début in the role of Rodolfo in La Bohème by Puccini in the Italian town of Reggio Emilia.

1961 Folk singer-songwriter Cisco Houston, frequent collaborator of Woody Guthrie, dies of terminal stomach cancer two months after recording his final album, Ain't Got No Home.

1959 Ronnie Hawkins records "Mary Lou."

1947 Rock and roll singer Tommy James is born Thomas Gregory Jackson in Dayton, Ohio.

1947 Rock drummer Joel Larson (The Grass Roots) is born in San Francisco, California.

1943 Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is born in Taylortown, Texas.

1942 Klaus Voorman (bassist Manfred Mann), who designs The Beatles album cover for Revolver, is born in Hamburg, Germany.

1936 Pop singer April Stevens is born Carol LoTempio in Niagara Falls, New York. She and her brother, Nino Tempo, will perform as a duo and win a Grammy Award for the 1963 single "Deep Purple."

1934 Blues guitarist and singer Otis Rush is born in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

1931 Lonnie Donegan, known as the King of Skiffle, is born Anthony James Donegan in Glasgow, Scotland.

1929 Latin jazz musician Ray Barretto is born in New York City.

1928 Rock and roll singer Carl Gardner (The Coasters) is born in Tyler, Texas.

1899 Duke Ellington is born in Washington, D.C.

Bruce Springsteen Storms Graceland Looking For Elvis

1976Bruce Springsteen, fresh from playing a Memphis concert on his Born To Run tour, tries to climb over the fence at Elvis Presley's Graceland estate in an attempt to see Presley. He is escorted off the premises by guards who inform him the King is not at home.
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2011 Prince William marries Catherine Middleton at a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London. Ellie Goulding performs at the reception, singing a cover of Elton John's "Your Song" for the first dance. "It was all very secretive," Goulding said. "I thought I was a decoy for someone else."

1998 While performing "Mama Kin" at a show in Anchorage, Alaska, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith loses control of his microphone stand, which hits him in the leg. He falls, tearing his ACL. This forces the band to postpone the rest of their tour while Tyler recovers from surgery.

1992 Paula Abdul marries actor Emilio Estevez in what at the time is an A-list union. The marriage lasts two years.

1980 Black Sabbath launch their first tour with Ronnie James Dio as lead vocalist, replacing Ozzy Osbourne.

1933 Willie Nelson is born in Abbott, Texas.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Today's Featured Artist...April 28, 2017...Fine Young Cannibals (video + blog + links)

Fine Young Cannibals

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Fine Young Cannibals were a British band formed in Birmingham, England in 1984, by bassist David Steele, guitarist Andy Cox (both formerly of The Beat),[1] and singer Roland Gift (formerly of the Akrylykz). Their self-titled 1985 debut album contained "Johnny Come Home" and a cover of "Suspicious Minds", two songs that were top 40 hits in the UK, Canada, Australia and many European countries. Their 1988 album, The Raw & the Cooked, topped the UK and US album charts, and contained their two Billboard Hot 100 number ones: "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing".[2]
In 1990 the band won two Brit Awards: Best British Group, and Best British Album (for The Raw & the Cooked).[3] Their name came from the 1960 film All the Fine Young Cannibals starring Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood.[4]


The group was formed in 1984 after the dissolution of The Beat, with whom Cox and Steele previously played.[1] The duo of Steele and Cox spent eight months listening to over 500 cassettes of potential singers before settling on Gift. They had difficulty obtaining a record contract but when a video of their song "Johnny Come Home" appeared on British TV show The Tube, recording contract offers flowed in immediately.[5] The band's eponymous debut album was released in 1985, spawning two UK hit singles, "Johnny Come Home" and a cover of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" featuring additional vocals by Jimmy Somerville.[2] These two songs also became hits internationally, charting in the top 40 in Europe, Canada and Australia, although they failed to make a significant impact on the US charts.
Fine Young Cannibals appeared as the house band in a nightclub in the 1987 comedy film Tin Men and also contributed songs to the film's soundtrack.[6]
In the gap between their first and second albums, Steele and Cox released an instrumental house single under the moniker "Two Men, a Drum Machine and a Trumpet" in 1988, called "Tired Of Getting Pushed Around", which reached No. 18 in the UK Singles Chart and was popular on the U.S. dance chart. During this time, Gift appeared in the movie Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.
The band continued their international success with the singles "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing", from the 1989 album The Raw & the Cooked. The latter song was their second U.S. number one, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on 8 July 1989. It also peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.[7] The Raw & the Cooked included three songs the band had recorded for Tin Men (including "Good Thing"), and their cover of the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" recorded for the film Something Wild.[2]
In 1990, the band contributed a cover version of Cole Porter's song "Love for Sale" for the album Red Hot + Blue produced by the Red Hot Organization, a collection of 20 Cole Porter songs recorded by various artists as a benefit for AIDS research.
Fine Young Cannibals disbanded in 1992, although they briefly returned to the studio in 1996 to record a new single, "The Flame", which would complement their greatest hits compilation The Finest released that year.[2] In the early 2000s, Gift (without Steele or Cox) reactivated the band name and toured as Roland Gift and the Fine Young Cannibals.

More Music History for April 28, 2017

 1958 -

April 28
David Seville's novelty tune, "Witch Doctor" peaks at #1 on Billboard magazine's music chart and would go on to be the fourth best selling song of the year.

1967 -

April 28
"This Diamond Ring" by Gary Lewis And The Playboys is certified Gold. He will have eleven more Top Twenty hits, seven of which went Gold.

1968 -

April 28
The Broadway Musical Hair opened in New York for its first performance. The show featured songs that would become Rock and Roll standards like Galt MacDermot's "Hair" and "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In", along with "Good Morning Starshine" and "Easy to Be Hard". The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.

1979 -

April 28
Blondie brought a touch of New Wave music to the Hot 100 when "Heart Of Glass" reached #1. They would score three more chart toppers over the next two years.

April 28
Leo Sayer started a three week run at the top of the UK album chart with "The Very Best Of Leo Sayer".

1980 -

April 28
Tommy Caldwell, bassist for The Marshall Tucker band, died of injures he received in a car accident in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was just 30 years old.

1988 -

April 28
B.W. Stevenson, who had a 1973 hit with "My Maria", died after heart surgery at the age of 38. He also wrote Three Dog Night's 1973 hit "Shambala". The "B.W." reportedly stood for "Buckwheat."

1990 -

April 28
Singer Axl Rose of Guns 'N' Roses married Erin Everly, Don Everly's daughter. The couple would stay together for just 27 days.

April 28
Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The two are still together and have four children.

2000 -

April 28
A fire swept through the offices of James Brown Enterprises, where the singer's tours were co-ordinated. Nobody was injured, but memorabilia and live tapes were destroyed in the blaze. An employee was later arrested charged with arson.

2006 -

April 28
Sweden's tax authority accused former ABBA guitarist Bjorn Ulvaeus of owing nearly $12 million in back taxes, fees and interest. Ulvaeus' attorney denied the charges and said there was merely a misunderstanding over the musician's tax arrangements.

2010 -

April 28
Corrado "Connie" Codarini, an original member of The Four Lads, passed away at the age of 80. The Canadian singing group placed twelve songs in the Billboard Top 40 between 1955 and 1958, including "Moments To Remember", "No, Not Much" and "Standing On The Corner".

2011 -

April 28
Recording equipment seller MJQ Ltd. announced that it would be auctioning off microphones and equipment from John Lennon's home studio, on which he recorded early solo albums and his hit song "Imagine". The microphones were expected to fetch at least 5,000 pounds each.

2015 -

April 28
Paul McCartney played Japan's famed Nippon Budokan where he included a performance of "Another Girl" 'live' for the first time ever. The song, included on The Beatles' 1965 album "Help", had never been played on stage anywhere by the band or any of its members solo.

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Music History: April 28

2013 Bass player Lonnie Turner, a founding member of The Steve Miller Band, dies of lung cancer at age 66.

2007 Rihanna's "Umbrella" debuts at #91 on the US Billboard Hot 100, seven weeks before reaching #1.

2006 ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus is accused by the Swedish government of $12 million US in delinquency of back taxes.

2005 Jazz bassist Percy Heath dies of bone cancer two days before his 82nd birthday.

2005 Eddie Montgomery of country duo Montgomery Gentry seriously injures his left wrist during a show in Asheville, North Carolina, after he falls to the arena floor from a speaker cabinet onstage.

2000 James Brown Enterprises, which handles tours for The Godfather Of Soul, has its offices destroyed by fire, destroying music and memorabilia. An employee is later charged with arson in connection with the incident.

1999 Marilyn Manson cuts short a concert in Des Moines, Iowa, and abruptly walks offstage after he realizes that someone stuck a large yellow smiley face on one of his stage props. The resulting rowdiness ends in 23 arrests.

1999 Members of The Verve release a statement announcing their breakup.

1991 Bonnie Raitt marries her first husband, actor Michael O'Keefe, in New York. The couple would divorce in 1999.

1989 Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) marries high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

1988 Country/pop singer B.W. Stevenson, known for the original 1973 version of "My Maria," dies at age 38 while undergoing heart valve surgery.

1987 Ray Charles appears before Congress to urge more funding for hearing research, stating "My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity."

1985 Bryan Ferry releases "Slave To Love."

1980 Tommy Caldwell (original frontman for The Marshall Tucker Band) dies at age 30 when his Jeep overturns during an accident.

1978 Bob Dylan records "Baby, Stop Crying," "Is Your Love In Vain?" "New Pony," and "Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)."

1975 Rock 'n Roll DJ Tom Donahue, who also formed the San Francisco-based Autumn Records, dies of a heart attack at age 46. In 1996, Donahue would become just one of three disc jockeys to ever be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1975 Two ex-Beatles are on NBC: Ringo Starr performs "No No Song" on The Smothers Brothers Show; John Lennon guests on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

1969 Chicago releases Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago I).

1968 Daisy Berkowitz (lead guitarist for Marilyn Manson) is born Scott Mitchell Putesky in Florida.

1968 Featuring the Hippie anthem "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," the musical Hair opens on Broadway. The show is made into a movie in 1979.

1968 The Seeds guest star as "The Warts" on tonight's "How Not To Manage A Rock Group" episode of the NBC-TV sitcom The Mothers-In-Law.

1967 The Mamas and the Papas' "Mama" Cass Elliot gives birth to her only child, a daughter named Owen Vanessa whose father is never made public.

1967 Elvis Presley releases "Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On)."

1966 Rapper Too Short, known for hits like "The Ghetto" and "Blow the Whistle," is born Todd Anthony Shaw in Los Angeles, California.

1966 The Beatles record "Eleanor Rigby."

1966 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'."

1965 Barbra Streisand's first television special, My Name Is Barbra, airs on CBS.

1964 Elvis Presley releases "Viva Las Vegas."

1963 19-year-old Andrew Loog Oldham, who did some PR work for The Beatles, checks out The Rollin' Stones at a show in Richmond, England. He becomes their manager a little later and makes them add the "g."

1960 Elvis Presley records "Big Boots," "What's She Really Like?," "Pocketful of Rainbows," and "Wooden Heart."

1958 David Seville's "Witch Doctor" hits #1. The song is his first using sped-up vocals to create the squeaky sound that later becomes The Chipmunks.

1956 Rock singer-songwriter Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel, INXS) is born James Dixon Swan in Glasgow, Scotland.

1955 Keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson (Curved Air, Roxy Music) is born in Billingham, England.

1955 Eddie Jobson (violinist and synth player for Roxy Music) is born in Billingham, England.

1952 Kim Gordon (bass guitarist for Sonic Youth) is born in Rochester, New York, but will be raised in Los Angeles, California.

1946 Perry Como's "Prisoner Of Love" hits #1.

1945 John Wolters (drummer for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) is born in New Jersey.

1943 Soul singer The Fantastic Johnny C, known for the 1967 hit "Boogaloo Down Broadway," is born Johnny Corley in Greenwood, South Carolina.

1941 Singer/actress Ann-Margret is born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden.

1940 Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000," the title taken from the phone number of the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City.

1934 Delta blues musician Charley Patton dies of a mitral valve disorder.

1924 Jazz singer Blossom Dearie is born in East Durham, New York.

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1990 Don Everly's daughter Erin, who inspired the song "Sweet Child O' Mine," marries Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses. The rocky union lasts nine months.

1987 The Art Of Excellence by Tony Bennett becomes the first album to be initially released on CD instead of the traditional vinyl format.

1981 Original T. Rex bass player Steve Currie dies in a car accident at age 33, four years after the group's lead singer Marc Bolan met his demise in a similar fashion.

1979 Blondie "Heart Of Glass" hits #1 in America, the first of their four chart-toppers in that country.

1973 Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon hits #1 on the Billboard Albums chart. It stays at the top for just one week, but goes on to eclipse the record for most weeks on the tally, with over 880 (non-consecutive).