Sunday, April 2, 2017

Today in Music History...April 2, 2017 (Now with links)

Music History: April 2

2011 LCD Soundsystem play their final ever gig at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show lasts four hours and features Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts.

2009 Texas-born guitarist Freddie Everett dies at age 49 after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

2003 Soul singer Edwin Starr dies at age 61 of a heart attack while taking a bath at his home near Nottingham, England.

1998 Robert Pilatus of Milli Vanilli dies at age 32 after overdosing on a combination of drugs and alcohol.

1997 After 32 years, Joni Mitchell is reunited with her first daughter, Kilauren Gibb. Joni gave the child up for adoption at the start of her career.

1993 The London press announces that the son of Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman is engaged to the mother of Bill's ex-wife Mandy Smith. The engagement is called off a few months later, but is fun tabloid fodder while it lasts.

1993 Roberta Flack guest stars as herself on today's episode of ABC-TV's Loving.

1991 Lenny Kravitz releases his second album, Mama Said, which will bring him international acclaim with a #8 spot on the UK Albums Chart (#39 in the US).

1987 Jazz drummer Buddy Rich dies at age 69 of heart failure after surgery for a malignant brain tumor.

1977 Stevie Wonder releases "Sir Duke," a single from his album Songs in the Key of Life. The Duke Ellington-inspired track will top the Billboard Hot 100 and the Black Singles chart.

1973 The Beatles release two compilation albums: The Beatles 1962-1966, The Beatles 1967-1970. Both will land in the Top 10 on the US and UK albums charts, with 1967-1970 hitting #1 in the US.

1971 Ringo Starr releases his second solo single in the US,"It Don't Come Easy," which will peak at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1970 Janis Joplin get tattoos on her wrist and heart, the one on her chest reading "One For The Boys."

1969 Frank Sinatra's "My Way" enters the charts in the US, where it reaches #27.

1967 Guitarist and songwriter Greg Camp (Smash Mouth) is born in West Covina, California.

1967 Steve Winwood leaves The Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason.

1965 Freddie & the Dreamers record "Do The Freddie." Inspired by a short-lived dance craze, it will become a #18 hit.

1964 Elvis Presley releases the soundtrack album Kissin' Cousins for his movie of the same name. The album will peak at #6 on the Billboard albums chart.

1961 Keren Jane Woodward (Bananarama) is born in Bristol, England.

1957 Elvis Presley appears for the first time outside the United States, performing at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. This and a show the next day in Ottawa would be the only Elvis concerts ever given outside the US.

1956 Johnny Cash records "I Walk The Line."

1953 Drummer David Robinson (The Cars) is born in Malden, Massachusetts.

1952 Bass guitarist Dave Bronze (Procol Harum) is born in Billericay, Essex, England.

1952 Bass guitarist Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is born in Newport, Rhode Island.

1947 Emmylou Harris is born in Birmingham, Alabama.

1946 Guitarist Kurt Winter (The Guess Who) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1941 Leon Russell is born Claude Russell Bridges in Lawton, Oklahoma.

1938 Country singer Warner Mack, known for a string of chart-toppers including "Is It Wrong (For Loving You)," is born Warner Hensley McPherson Jr. in Nashville, Tennessee.

1928 Singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg is born Lucien Ginsburg in Paris, France.

1917 Italian American singer Lou Monte is born in Manhattan, New York.

1912 Jazz singer Herbert Mills (The Mills Brothers) is born in Piqua, Ohio.

1805 Hans Christian Andersen is born in Odense, Denmark. The author is later the subject of a song by Danny Kaye.

1800 Opus 21: Symphony No. 1 in C major by Ludwig van Beethoven is first performed in Vienna for Baron Gottfried Van Swieten.

Marvin Gaye Is Born

1939Marvin Gaye is born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. in Washington, DC.

Featured Events

2006 Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" makes history by becoming the UK's first-ever #1 single to top the chart solely on download sales.

1977 Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album hits #1 for the first time. It will spend an astonishing 31 (non-consecutive) weeks at the top spot.

1967 An overzealous audience member throws a smoke bomb onto the stage at The Rolling Stones concert at the Town Hall in Vienna, Austria, leading to a riot and the arrest of 154 fans.

1966 Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass become the first act with four albums in the Top 10 simultaneously. Alpert's albums spent more weeks at #1 in 1966 than The Beatles.

1964 The Beach Boys record what will be their first chart-topper, "I Get Around."

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