Music History: April 23
2012 Neil Diamond marries his longtime manager Katie McNeil. Diamond is 71 and McNeil is 42.
2011 Tom King (founder of the rock band The Outsiders) dies at age 68 of congestive heart failure.
2007 Bevan Davies replaces Will Hunt as drummer for Static-X.
2002 Nine months after the album was rejected by Reprise Records, Wilco release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot on Nonesuch Records.
1994 Pink Floyd's album The Division Bell goes to #1 in the US, where it stays for four weeks.
1991 Johnny Thunders of The Heartbreakers and New York Dolls dies from a drug overdose at age 38.
1988 Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" hits #1 on the Hot 100 for the first of two weeks. It's her seventh #1 on that tally.
1987 Carole King sues her former label head and mentor, Lou Adler, for $400,000 in royalties and the publishing rights to some of her older recordings from the late-'60s.
1985 Liberace appears on the soap opera Another World.
1977 Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way" hits #1 in America.
1976 The Rolling Stones release their 15th US studio album, Black And Blue.
1971 The Rolling Stones release their 11th US studio album, Sticky Fingers.
1970 Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky" is certified gold.
1969 Los Angeles' famed folk and rock club The Ash Grove, launching pad for everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Canned Heat, catches fire and nearly burns to the ground.
1968 Stan Frazier (drummer for Sugar Ray) is born Charles Stanton Frazier in Orange County, California.
1963 Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert, at New York City’s Town Hall.
1963 Jan & Dean record "Surf City."
1963 Bob Dylan records "Girl Of The North Country," "Masters Of War," "Talking World War III Blues," and "Bob Dylan's Dream."
1962 The Beatles with Tony Sheridan release "My Bonnie."
1960 Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark is born in Sheffield, England.
1960 Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform as "the Nerk Twins" at the Fox and Hounds pub in Reading, England. The pub is owned by McCartney's cousin and her husband. The duo play another set the next day.
1952 Narada Michael Walden, funk and R&B performer of the '70s and '80s, is born in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1949 British rocker John Miles is born in Jarrow, County Durham, England.
1947 Rock bassist Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull) is born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England.
1940 Doo-wop singer Dale Houston (Dale & Grace) is born Robert Dale Houston in Seminary, Mississippi.
1939 '60s pop singer Ray Peterson is born in Denton, Texas.
1936 Roy Orbison is born in Vernon, Texas.
2016 Bruce Springsteen salutes the recently deceased Prince by opening his show in Brooklyn with a rendition of "Purple Rain" (Nils Lofgren takes the guitar solo). The E Street Band wears purple for the show, deviating from their usual black.
1995 The Sunday Times of London breaks the story that a welder in Liverpool named Peter Hodgson found a reel of Beatles material in his attic. The recordings turn out to be legit, as Hodgson's father had loaned the recorder to Paul McCartney. After hearing the recordings, McCartney buys the reel and uses some of it on the Anthology collection. Songs include the Lennon/McCartney original "Hello Little Girl" and the Ray Charles cover "Hallelujah, I Love Her So."
1988 Roy Orbison celebrates his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert in Los Angeles, where Bruce brings him onstage so the crowd can sing him "Happy Birthday." Orbison dies that December of a heart attack.
1981 Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, who are in Germany appearing at different festivals, join Johnny Cash on stage in Stuttgart for a performance that is recorded and released as the album The Survivors. The trio toured together back in 1957.