Saturday, April 22, 2017

Today in Music History...April 22, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: April 22

2013 Singer-songwriter Richie Havens, who became famous as the first performer at Woodstock in 1969, dies of a heart attack age 72.
2011 Bluegrass singer-songwriter Hazel Dickens, known for her pro-union anthems and feminist songs, dies at age 75 from complications of pneumonia.
2011 At age 51, Bryan Adams becomes a father for the first time when his baby girl Mirabella Bunny is born.
2009 Jeff Beck is joined onstage by Rod Stewart for the first time in over 25 years at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2008 Singer-songwriter Paul Davis, known for his soft rock hits of the '70s, dies of a heart attack just one day after his 60th birthday.
2003 Songwriter Felice Bryant dies of cancer at age 77 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Known for a string of hits with co-writer husband Boudleaux Bryant, including The Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Bye Bye Love."
1999 Sinead O'Connor is ordained in Lourdes, France, as the first woman priest in the Latin Tridentine Church, a dissident Roman Catholic group.
1998 Faith No More announce that they are no more.
1993 The Broadway play Tommy, based on The Who's album, opens at St. James Theater.
1989 Madonna's Like a Prayer album hits #1 in the US and stays for six weeks. It's her third consecutive #1 album.
1989 Kid 'N Play's biggest hit "Rollin' With Kid 'N Play" hits #11 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Also on this day, their debut album 2 Hype (which was released six months earlier) debuts at #9 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
1985 Prince releases "Around The World In A Day."
1983 Jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines dies at age 79.
1981 Two days after being released from a hospital for treatment of ulcers, Eric Clapton is involved in a car crash near Seattle and is once again treated.
1979 Keith Richards serves his punishment for a Toronto arrest on heroin charges when The Rolling Stones play the first of two concerts in Ontario to raise money for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, which is his court-ordered community service.
1979 Alt-rocker Daniel Johns (frontman for Silverchair) is born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
1978 Bob Marley headlines the historic One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica, the singer's first appearance in his home country since an assassination attempt two years before. At the concert, Marley manages to unite Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley with rival Edward Seaga, who had both been using local warlords to battle for power.
1978 Gerry Rafferty releases "Baker Street."
1975 Elvis Presley releases "T-R-O-U-B-L-E."
1972 A crowd of 25,000 attends "Roberta Flack Human Kindness Day" at the Washington Mall in honor of the singer. Human Kindness Day becomes an annual event until 1975, when it turns violent.
1969 The Carpenters sign with A&M Records.
1969 The Beatles record "The Ballad of John and Yoko."
1969 On the roof of Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row, London, John Lennon has his name legally changed from John Winston Lennon to John Ono Lennon.
1968 "This Guy's in Love With You" becomes a huge hit after Herb Alpert sings it to his wife on the TV special The Beat of the Brass. The song, written by Burt Bacharach, is released as a single two days later thanks to viewer demand.
1967 Elvis Presley's 23rd film, Easy Come, Easy Go, premieres in Hollywood.
1966 The Beatles record "Taxman" and "Tomorrow Never Knows."
1966 The Troggs release "Wild Thing."
1966 Kimberley Dahme (rhythm guitarist, bassist for Boston) is born.
1964 The President of England's National Federation of Hairdressers makes headlines when he offers a free haircut to the next rock group to reach Number One.
1962 Jerry Lee Lewis loses his first son, Steve Allen (named after the TV host and good friend), in a tragic drowning accident at the age of three.
1959  The Alan Freed "Rock and Roll movie" Go, Johnny, Go premieres in New York, featuring Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, The Cadillacs, and The Flamingos.
1951 Pop-rock singer-songwriter Paul Carrack (Ace, Squeeze, Mike & The Mechanics) is born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.
1950 Peter Frampton is born in Beckenham, Kent, England. After forming Humble Pie, he finds success as a solo artist; his 1976 album Frampton Come Alive! is one of the most successful live albums of all time.
1948 Larry Groce, singer of the hit 1976 novelty tune "Junk Food Junkie" and host of the NPR-distributed radio program Mountain Stage, is born in Dallas, Texas.
1944 Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians hit #1 in America with "It's Love-Love-Love."
1939 Pop/soul singer Mel Carter, known for the 1965 hit "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1937 Jack Nitzsche, musician, songwriter, and film composer who worked alongside Phil Spector throughout the '50s and later co-wrote the Academy Award-Winning "Up Where We Belong" for An Officer and a Gentleman, is born Bernard Alfred "Jack" Nitzsche in Chicago, Illinois.
1931 Conga drummer Joe Cuba - dubbed the "Father of Latin Boogaloo" - is born Gilberto Miguel Calderón in New York City.
1927 Caribbean singer Laurel Aitken, aka "The Godfather of Ska," is born Lorenzo Aitken in Cuba, but will settle in Jamaica.
1922 Jazz double bassist Charles Mingus is born in Nogales, Arizona.
1921 Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist Candido Camero is born in Cuba.

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