Music History: April 14
2016 In an interview with the Mormon Stories podcast, Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn reveals that he is leaving the Mormon church in response to its ruling that gay marriage is apostasy. Glenn came out as gay in 2014.
2016 At the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Prince plays his last concert, as he dies a week later. His last song is "Purple Rain."
2015 Percy Sledge, who had a #1 hit with "When A Man Loves A Woman" and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, dies at age 74.
2014 Sam Smith releases "Stay With Me."
2010 Blues musician Mississippi Slim, real name Walter Horn Jr., dies at age 66 after suffering a heart attack.
2009 Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Olivia Harrison and Dhani Harrison hit the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles to take part in the ceremony honoring George Harrison with his very own star in Hollywood.
2007 Hawaii-born pop singer Don Ho, known for the 1966 hit "Tiny Bubbles," dies at age 75 of heart failure, two years after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.
2005 John Fred Gourrier, who with John Fred and His Playboy Band had a #1 hit with "Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)," dies at age 63.
2003 R&B singer Angie Stone makes her Broadway debut when she joins the cast of Chicago.
2000 At a show at The Garage in London, The all-girl punk rockers L7 raffle off a chance to "meet intimately" with their drummer, Dee Plakas, claiming they "want their fans to get more bang for their buck." Whether or not they go through with the stunt is unclear, but the stunt drums up plenty of publicity for the show.
1999 Anthony Newley - British actor and singer-songwriter - dies at age 67 of renal cancer. In addition to his numerous Top 40 hits on the UK chart in the early-'60s, Newley, along with his songwriting partner Leslie Bricusse, earned an Academy Award nomination for the film score to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
1998 Clutch's third full-length album, The Elephant Riders, is issued, spawning such classics as the title track, "The Soapmakers," "The Yeti," and "The Dragonfly."
1997 Depeche Mode release their ninth album, Ultra in the UK. Work on the album had to be stopped in 1996 when lead singer Dave Gahan nearly died of a drug overdose; he spent a lot of time making court appointements and trying to get sober when operations resumed. The band is in no condition to tour to support the album, but it still makes #1 in the UK and sells over 500,000 copies in America.
1995 Singer and actor Burl Ives dies at age 85 of oral cancer.
1990 Tommy Page's "I'll Be Your Everything" hits #1 in America.
1990 Rock and roll singer Thurston Harris, known for his hit 1957 cover of Bobby Day's "Little Bitty Pretty One," dies at age 58 of a heart attack.
1989 Tom Petty releases Full Moon Fever, which is credited just to him, although members of The Heartbreakers play on it.
1983 Rock bassist Pete Farndon (The Pretenders) overdoses on heroin and drowns in his bathtub at age 30.
1980 Iron Maiden release their self-titled debut album.
1980 Win Butler (lead vocalist, songwriter for Arcade Fire) is born Edwin Farnham Butler III in Truckee, California.
1980 A New Jersey State assemblyman introduces a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" the official state song of New Jersey.
1975 Former Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood is announced as the replacement for Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor.
1974 Rapper Shawntae "Da Brat" Harris is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1974 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: MFSB featuring The Three Degrees' "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"
1970 Stephen Stills breaks his wrist in an auto accident.
1969 Barbra Streisand (in Funny Girl) ties Katherine Hepburn (in The Lion In Winter) for the Best Actress Academy Award.
1969 Dutch bassist Martyn LeNoble (Porno For Pyros) is born in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands.
1968 Producer Phil Spector marries Ronnie Bennett of The Ronettes (four years after beginning an affair with her and two years after he divorced his first wife).
1967 The final Where The Action Is airs on ABC-TV.
1966 The Beatles record "Paperback Writer."
1965 The Elvis Presley/Shelley Fabares movie Girl Happy opens.
1964 Rock guitarist Vinnie Moore (UFO) is born in New Castle, Delaware.
1962 Joey Pesce (keyboardist for 'Til Tuesday) is born.
1959 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Fleetwoods' "Come Softly To Me"
1956 Bobby Helms auditions for, and signs with, Decca Records.
1950 The character Dan Dare appears on the front cover of the British comic Eagle, later inspiring a song by Elton John.
1945 Rocker Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night) is born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England.
1935 Loretta Lynn is born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.
1998The very first VH1 Divas special debuts on the music channel as a benefit concert for VH1's Save The Music Foundation. Headliners are Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and Shania Twain, with a guest appearance by Carole King.
2012 Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Guns N' Roses and Faces are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.More
1988 Public Enemy's sophomore album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, is released. Often cited as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all-time, the album spawns such PE classics as "Don't Believe the Hype," "Night of the Living Baseheads," and "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," as well as the original version of "Bring the Noise."
1980 Judas Priest release British Steel, a metal landmark containing the tracks "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law."
1979 The Doobie Brothers land their second hit #1 with "What A Fool Believes." The song will go on to win Grammys for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year, while the album, Minute By Minute, will win Album Of The Year. These will be the only three Grammy Awards the band will ever win.
1963 The Beatles, who are filming an appearance on the show Thank Your Lucky Stars at a nearby studio, stop by the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England, where the upstart The Rolling Stones are performing. The bands meet for the first time backstage and hang out that evening.
1960 The Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie (inspired by the drafting of Elvis Presley) opens.