Music History: April 10
2012 Robin Gibb's orchestral production Titanic Requiem (released to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of The Titanic) premieres in London.
2009 Blues musician Rocky Hill dies at age 62 of undisclosed medical complications.
2007 Jazz singer Dakota Staton, known for the 1957 hit "The Late, Late Show," dies at age 76.
2004 Two months after her "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl, Janet Jackson hosts Saturday Night Live and is also the musical guest.
2003 Country singer Noel Fox (The Oak Ridge Boys) dies at age 63, days after suffering a massive stroke.
2003 Pop singer Little Eva dies at age 59, 18 months after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
2002 South Carolina Governor James Hodges declares James Brown the state's "Godfather Of Soul."
1999 The all-star tribute concert Here There and Everywhere: A Concert For Linda is held at London's Royal Albert Hall, where Paul McCartney, George Michael, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Elvis Costello and Sinead O'Connor raise money for animal charities while remembering Paul's wife Linda, who has recently succumbed to breast cancer.
1998 Cleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O'Jay, a pioneer of R&B radio who inspired The O'Jays' moniker and became their manager, dies at age 73.
1995 Lee Greenwood and wife, Kim, welcome a baby boy, Dalton Lee, in Nashville.
1992 Brash stand-up comedian Sam Kinison, who also appeared in several music videos ("Bad Medicine," "Kickstart My Heart," "Wild Thing"), dies at age 38 when his car is hit by a teenage drunk driver.
1991 Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits guest stars as a rock star on the "Glitter Rock - April 12, 1974" episode of Quantum Leap.
1989 The Cult release their fourth album, Sonic Temple, which peaks at #10 on the US chart. The album features some of The Cult's biggest hits, including "Fire Woman," "Sun King," "Edie (Ciao Baby)" and "Sweet Soul Sister."
1988 George Michael and Madonna are "honored" at the 8th Golden Raspberry Awards, where the former Wham! singer takes Worst Original Song for "I Want Your Sex," the #2 hit featured in Beverly Hills Cop II, and Madonna is named Worst Actress for her role as Nikki Finn in Who's That Girl. It's Madge's second consecutive win in the category, having landed the prize the year before for her role in Shanghai Surprise.
1985 Madonna begins her first tour, the Virgin Tour, in Seattle.
1984 Singer and actress Mandy Moore is born Amanda Leigh Moore in Nashua, New Hampshire.
1980 Bass guitarist Bryce Soderberg (Lifehouse) is born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
1979 Pop singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor is born in Hounslow, London, England.
1979 Italian composer Nino Rota, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II, dies at age 67 of heart failure.
1978 Aretha Franklin marries her second husband, actor Glynn Turman, in New York City. The Four Tops sing Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" at the ceremony.
1976 Stevie Wonder is featured in an ad in today's edition of Down Beat Magazine, endorsing the Mu-Tron III effects pedal, which uses synthesizer envelopes to create a wah effect for guitar. Wonder had used the pedal on his 1973 smash "Higher Ground."
1976 Peter Frampton's LP Frampton Comes Alive! hits #1 in the US, where it stays for 10 non-consecutive weeks - more than any other album in 1976.
1975 Alt rock singer-songwriter Chris "Ender" Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional) is born in West Hartford, Connecticut.
1973 Led Zeppelin's album Houses Of The Holy is certified Gold.
1970 Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is born Jonathan Davis in New York City.
1970 R&B singer Kenny Lattimore ("Never Too Busy," "For You") is born in Washington, DC.
1970 Heavy metal guitarist Mike Mushok (Staind) is born in Manhasset, New York.
1970 Rapper Q-Tip is born Jonathan Davis in Harlem, New York City.
1968 Bill Kreutzmann invites Mickey Hart to join Grateful Dead as its second drummer.
1967 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid" for the first of four weeks.
1967 Paul McCartney attends a Beach Boys recording session in Hollywood.
1965 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Freddie & the Dreamers' "I'm Telling You Now"
1961 Del Shannon is the guest on ABC-TV's American Bandstand, singing his recent breakthrough hit, "Runaway."
1960 Pop rock singer Katrina Leskanich (Katrina And The Waves) is born in Topeka, Kansas.
1960 Hip hop DJ Afrika Bambaataa is born Kevin Donovan in The Bronx, New York.
1959 Brian Setzer (The Stray Cats, The Brian Setzer Orchestra) is born in Massapequa, New York.
1959 R&B singer-songwriter Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1958 Rock and roll singer Chuck Willis dies at age 30 of peritonitis.
1958 Bobby Darin records "Splish Splash" and "Queen Of The Hop" at Atlantic Studios in New York.
1957 Ricky Nelson, 16, performs his first single, a cover of Fats Domino's "I'm Walking," on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the TV series he stars in alongside his real-life family. The song quickly climbs the charts and launches his music career.
1957 Bass guitarist Steve Gustafson (10,000 Maniacs) is born in Seville, Spain.
1957 16-year-old Rick Nelson performs his recently recorded version of Fats Domino's "I'm Walking" - done to impress a date - on his family's TV sitcom, ABC's The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet. The record sells half a million copies in the next week alone.
1956 Leo Fender patents the successor to his popular "Telecaster" model of electric guitar, this time called the "Stratocaster."
1954 Perry Como's "Wanted" hits #1.
1952 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Kay Starr's "Wheel of Fortune"
1950 Guitarist Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic) is born in Brooklyn, New York City.
1948 Bass guitarist Fred Smith (Blondie, Television) is born in New York.
1947 Reggae musician Bunny Livingston (Bob Marley & The Wailers) is born Neville O'Riley Livingston in Kingston, Jamaica.
1936 R&B singer Bobbie Smith (The Spinners) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1921 Actor and novelty singer Sheb Wooley is born in Erick, Oklahoma.
1911 Pianist Martin Denny is born in New York City.
1993Depeche Mode's eighth album, Songs of Faith and Devotion, reaches #1 in America, knocking Whitney Houston's soundtrack from The Bodyguard off the top spot, and holding off challengers Eric Clapton, Kenny G and Sting. Inspired by the grunge scene, the band adds distorted guitars and live drums to their signature synth sound.
2007 The Hendersonville, Tennessee, house once owned by Johnny Cash burns to the ground. It had been purchased after Cash's death by Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees, who planned to renovate it.
1998 Three days after being arrested in a Los Angeles park for lewd conduct, George Michael comes out as gay in an interview with CNN. "I have no problem with people knowing that I'm in a relationship with a man right now," he says.
1970 In publicity materials released to promote his first solo album, Paul McCartney indicates that he's done with The Beatles.More
1970 At one of the band's last concerts, in Boston, Doors frontman Jim Morrison asks the audience if they'd like to see something of his "that rhymes with 'sock,'" and then, more bluntly, screams "Would you like to see my genitals?" The power in the stadium is switched off, and keyboardist Ray Manzarek pulls the singer, already facing similar charges from a Miami gig, off the stage.
1970 The Beatles announce their breakup. It's a unanimous decision, but Paul McCartney takes most of the heat in the press, as he was the first to actually quit.
1962 Stu Sutcliffe, original bass guitarist for The Beatles, dies at age 21 of a brain aneurysm.
1956 While performing at the Municipal Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama, Nat King Cole is assaulted by five segregationists and tackled on stage, but local police quickly arrest the perpetrators, who had originally planned to kidnap the singer. Cole bravely performs a second show later that night.