Music History: April 24
2016 Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul dies of cancer at age 81. His biggest hit, "Me And Mrs. Jones," was written by the team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff - the pair release a statement upon Paul's death saying, "Billy's voice combined both jazz, R&B and soul vocals, making him one the great artists to come out of Philly and to be celebrated worldwide."
2011 American Idiot: The Musical, based on Green Day's 2004 album, closes after 422 performances.
2009 Robin Thicke performs his smash hit "Lost Without U" after The Oprah Show on the "Oprah Fridays Live" segment. So many viewers complain about missing the performance that Oprah brings Robin back for an unprecedented repeat performance only one month later.
2008 Jane's Addiction reunite to rock the NME Awards.
2006 Country singer-songwriter Bonnie Owens, former wife of Buck Owens and, later, Merle Haggard, dies at age 76.
2005 After 94 performances, the Broadway musical and Beach Boys tribute Good Vibrations closes.
2003 The Fox TV network airs the 2-hour special The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See. The show contains footage of Michael Jackson's home movies, and is the superstar's rebuttal to the documentary Living with Michael Jackson, which aired in February on ABC. In that one, Jackson talks about sharing his bed with children.
2002 Pop singer Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib when she is thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray.
2001 R&B singer Al Hibbler ("Unchained Melody") dies at age 85 in Chicago, Illinois.
1996 After being forced to cancel shows, Stone Temple Pilots issue a statement saying that lead singer Scott Weiland has "become unable to rehearse or appear for these shows due to his dependency on drugs. He is currently under a doctor's care in a medical facility." Weiland sees this as a betrayal, and his relationship with his bandmates turns rocky.
1992 David Bowie marries his second wife, the Somalian-born supermodel and entrepreneur Iman, in a private ceremony in Switzerland. The couple relocate to New York City soon after, and in 2000, Iman gives birth to Alexandria Jones - Bowie's second child (his son, the film director Duncan Jones, was born to his first wife Angela Barnett in 1971).
1992 Problems for Wilson Pickett, who hits 86-year-old Pepe Ruiz with his car, which has open beer and vodka bottles in it.
1992 The Cleveland Orchestra sues Michael Jackson for $7 million after it discovers the singer used part of their recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on his hit album Dangerous.
1989 Tom Petty releases the album Full Moon Fever, which is credited just to him, although members of The Heartbreakers play on it.
1984 Tyson Ritter (frontman of The All-American Rejects) is born in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
1984 Jerry Lee Lewis gets married again, this time to the 22-year-old president of his fan club, Kerrie McCarver. The marriage lasts 21 years.
1976 Wings' LP At The Speed Of Sound hits #1.
1974 David Bowie releases Diamond Dogs. The cover is a painting of Bowie as a half-dog, half-man creature created by the Dutch artist Guy Peellaert.
1972 John Lennon releases "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World."
1971 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's LP 4 Way Street hits #1.
1970 Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann dies at age 40 of liver cancer. His grave will go unmarked for nearly 30 years until blues enthusiasts unite to raise money for a headstone. Unveiled in 1999, it reads: "Otis played the deepest blues we ever heard – He'll play forever in our hearts."
1970 Ringo Starr releases Sentimental Journey.
1969 Bob Dylan records "Living The Blues," "Spanish Is The Loving Tongue."
1969 The Cowsills' "Hair" is certified gold.
1968 Spin Doctors drummer Aaron Comess is born in Phoenix, Arizona.
1968 The newly formed Apple Records - a label founded by The Beatles - takes a pass on signing the relatively unknown David Bowie.
1967 Patty Schemel (drummer for Hole) is born in Seattle, Washington.
1965 Written by Clint Ballard, "Game of Love" by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders hits #1.
1963 Billy Gould (bassist for Hole) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1963 18-year-old Brenda Lee marries 19-year-old Ronnie Shacklett in Nashville, where they raise two daughters together: Jolie and Julie.
1961 Del Shannon's "Runaway" hits #1.
1959 After running on Saturday nights on radio for 24 years and TV for the last nine, the final installment of the musical countdown show Your Hit Parade airs on NBC. The final Top Five: Elvis Presley, "I Need Your Love Tonight" (#5), Brook Benton, "It's Just A Matter Of Time" (#4), Ricky Nelson, "Never Be Anyone Else But You" (#3), Dodie Stevens, "Pink Shoe Laces" (#2), and the Fleetwoods at #1 with "Come Softly To Me."
1959 The Drifters release "There Goes My Baby."
1958 Dion & The Belmonts release "I Wonder Why."
1957 David J (bassist for Love & Rockets) is born David John Haskins in Northampton, England.
1957 Boris Williams (drummer for The Cure) is born in Versailles, France.
1954 Keeping an eye on the new trends, Billboard publishes an article titled, "Teenagers Demand Music With A Beat - Spur Rhythm And Blues."
1948 Rock bassist Steve York (Manfred Mann) is born in London, England.
1947 Hubert Ann Kelly (of the pop-soul trio Hues Corporation) is born in Fairchild, Alabama.
1945 Pop singer Robert Knight is born in Franklin, Tennessee.
1945 Doug Clifford (drummer for Creedence Clearwater Revival) is born in Palo Alto, California.
1944 Welsh composer Ivor Novello is convicted at Bow Street, London, of conspiracy to misuse petrol coupons; he is given an eight week jail sentence.
1943 Country singer Richard Sterban (The Oak Ridge Boys) is born in Camden, New Jersey.
1943 Vocalist Glen Dale (The Fortunes) is born Richard Garforth in Deal, Kent, England.
1934 Country singer Red Foley and his second wife, Eva Alaine Overstake, welcome baby daughter Shirley Lee Foley. Shirley will marry pop singer Pat Boone in 1953.
1933 '60s soul singer-songwriter Freddie Scott is born in Providence, Rhode Island.
1928 Jazz tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin is born in Chicago, Illinois.
2007 US President George W. Bush is denied a luxury suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna when Mick Jagger, in town with The Rolling Stones on a tour, books it first.
1982 Kelly Clarkson is born in Fort Worth, Texas.
1979 Ray Charles sings "Georgia On My Mind" at a ceremony where it is named the official state song of Georgia.
1976 With rumors of a Beatles reunion swirling, Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels goes on camera to offer the guys $3,000 (union scale) to reunite on the show. Paul McCartney and John Lennon are watching at Lennon's New York City apartment and consider showing up on a lark, but pass up the opportunity.
1975 Pete Ham of Badfinger hangs himself in his London home. 27-year-old Ham, who was the group's lead singer and primary songwriter, was despondent over the business dealings that saw the band's album Wish You Were Here pulled from stores and his income cut off. He leaves behind a pregnant girlfriend who gives birth to a daughter the following month.
1961 Bob Dylan makes his recording debut when he plays harmonica on the Harry Belafonte song "Calypso King." Dylan makes $50 for the session.