Monday, April 9, 2018

Today in Music History...April 9, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: April 9th:
 




2009 Philadelphia soul singer Randy Cain (of The Delfonics) dies at age 63.

2008 Elton John plays a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, bringing in about $2.5 million. In 2013, Clinton is honored by the Elton John AIDS Foundation for her support of gay rights.

1999 Faith Hill begins her first headlining tour ("This Kiss") in Minneapolis.

1999 Bruce Springsteen begins his first tour with the E Street Band since 1988 with a concert in Barcelona. The European leg ends in June, with the first American show in their home turf of New Jersey on July 15. The tour lasts until July 2000, a total of 132 shows.

1997 Amidst personal tensions between its band members, Soundgarden announce their break up, which lasts for 13 years until they decide to reunite.

1997 Nashville songwriter Mae Axton, co-writer of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," dies at age 82 when she has a heart attack and drowns in her hot tub.


1996 Bluegrass duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings release their debut album, Revival.

1994 Wayne Newton marries his second wife, Kathleen.

1988 Billy Ocean's "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car," from the movie License To Drive, hits #1 in the US.

1988 Soul singer Dave Prater (of Sam & Dave) dies at age 50 in a single-car accident in Sycamore, Georgia.

1988 R&B singer Brook Benton dies of pneumonia at age 56, two years after contracting spinal meningitis.

1987 Pop singer and actor Jesse McCartney is born in Ardsley, New York.

1986 The musical Time premieres at the Dominion Theatre in London. Produced by Dave Clark, the show stars Cliff Richard in the lead role.

1985 Frankie Goes to Hollywood open a European tour in Copenhagen, then spend the rest of the year in tax exile from the United Kingdom.

1984 Cher, for her performance in Silkwood, loses the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award to Linda Hunt (in The Year Of Living Dangerously). Cher would win for Best Actress three years later for her role in Moonstruck.

1979 Supertramp's Breakfast In America is certified Gold.

1977 Alt rock singer-songwriter Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance) is born in Summit, New Jersey.

1969 Bob Dylan stuns fans and critics alike by releasing Nashville Skyline, a country album sung in an entirely different voice from the one Dylan has been using.

1969 Kevin Martin (lead vocalist of Candlebox) is born in Elgin, Illinois.

1969 King Crimson make their debut performance with a show at the Speakeasy in London.

1966 The Righteous Brothers' "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration," a clone of their previous hit "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," goes to #1 in America.

1966 Jeff Beck collapses on stage at a Yardbirds concert in France. Said their drummer Jim McCarty: "You never really quite knew what was going to happen with him."

1964 Capitol Records reaches an out-of-court settlement with Vee-Jay Records over Beatles records it claims the latter did not have the right to release.

1962 Henry Mancini wins the Best Original Song Academy Award for "Moon River" from Breakfast At Tiffany's.

1950 Keyboardist Peter Wood (Roger Waters' backing group, The Bleeding Heart Band) is born in Middlesex, England.

1948 Rock 'n roll singer Dave "Chico" Ryan (of The Happenings, Sha Na Na, Bill Haley & His Comets) is born in Arlington, Massachusetts.

1945 Rock 'n roll singer Emil Stucchio (of The Classics) is born in New York.

1943 Music producer Terry Knight (Grand Funk Railroad, Bloodrock) is born Richard Terrance Knapp in Lapeer, Michigan.

1941 Country singer Kay Adams, known for the 1966 hit "Little Pink Mack," is born Princetta Kay Adams in Knox City, Texas.

1932 Rockabilly singer Carl Perkins is born in Ridgely, Tennessee.

1887 Classical composer Florence Beatrice Price is born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Europop Rules In America With "Dancing Queen"

 
1977
ABBA goes to #1 on the US singles chart with "Dancing Queen," the group's seventh US Top 40 hit and first #1. The song is also a #1 in the UK and 12 other countries.

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1976 Folk singer-songwriter Phil Ochs commits suicide at age 35 in Far Rockaway, New York City, after a long battle with bipolar disorder and alcoholism.

1973 Queen makes its debut performance at the Marquee Theater in London.

1965 Bruce Johnston joins The Beach Boys as the permanent replacement for Brian Wilson.1860 An anonymous vocalist sings "Au Claire De La Lune" to Parisian inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville, who makes the first known and oldest surviving recording of the human voice.

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