Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today in Music History...October 19, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

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Music History: October 19th:


2014 Raphael Ravenscroft, who played the famous saxophone solo on "Baker Street," dies at age 60.

2013 Noel Harrison, whose "Windmills Of Your Mind" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the 1968 heist film The Thomas Crown Affair, dies of a heart attack at age 79.

2011 Blues guitarist John-Alex Mason, age 35, dies of complications after surgery to remove cancerous tissue.

2011 Texas-born blues pianist Earl Gilliam dies at age 81 of advanced lung disease.

2007 Trini Lopez is given the Lifetime Achievement honor at the Latinos of Distinction Awards in Ontario, California.

2005 Yusuf Islam, the singer/songwriter formerly know as Cat Stevens, is named songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Awards in London. Islam also receives the song of the year honor for "First Cut Is The Deepest," which was first released in 1967.

2004 Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the Alfie soundtrack. Jagger sings lead on about one-third of the songs, including the first single "Old Habits Die Hard." Another version with Jagger, Stewart and Sheryl Crow is included as a bonus track.

2001 Luciano Pavarotti is acquitted of tax evasion in a trial in his home town of Modena, Italy. The opera star, who was accused of owing the government $18 million for income earned from 1989-95, faced a nominal 18-month prison sentence.

1997 After a number of health scares related to a lifetime of drug and alcohol abuse, original Alice Cooper guitarist Glen Buxton dies of viral pneumonia at age 49.

1997 Vince Gill honors John Denver with a performance of "Take Me Home Country Roads" at the Grand Ole Opry. Denver died a week earlier in a plane crash.

1995 Don Cherry, acclaimed trumpet player and father of Neneh and Eagle-Eye Cherry, dies of liver cancer at age 58.

1993 Counterparts, Rush's 15th studio album, hits stores.

1988 Blues singer/guitarist Son House dies of cancer of the larynx at age 86.

1986 Record executive Moses Asch dies at age 80. Founder of Folkways Records, formerly Asch Records, his label was the home of many classic folk recordings, including Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene."

1977 Judy Collins appears on The Muppet Show, where she sings Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns."

1974 Billy Preston's "Nothing From Nothing" hits #1.

1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Not Fragile hits #1.

1972 Pras Michel (of Fugees) is born in Brooklyn, New York, but will be raised in Irvington, New Jersey.

1970 Working from a design sketched out by his wife and himself, Elvis Presley orders a dozen 14-karat gold pendants from a Beverly Hills jeweler featuring the letters "TCB" set around a lightning bolt. Designed as totems for the Memphis Mafia (and also for security issues), the symbol stands, in Elvis' words, for "Taking Care of Business in a Flash." They would eventually come to symbolize the '70s era for Presley.

1970 The Australian outlaw film Ned Kelly, featuring Mick Jagger in his first starring role, is released to scathing reviews.

1970 Bob Dylan releases New Morning.

1968 Comedian/country singer (and sometimes both) Rodney Carrington is born.

1967 Jose Feliciano records "Light My Fire."

1967 The Beatles record "Hello Goodbye."

1967 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release "I Second That Emotion."

1965 The Beatles record The Beatles' Third Christmas Record.

1964 The incredibly influential English concert called the "American Negro Blues Festival" kicks off, featuring Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. It is the first glimpse of these bluesmen for many upcoming British R&B and rock legends.

1961 The Beatles join Gerry and the Pacemakers for a show in Liverpool, where both bands are from.

1960 Jennifer Holliday is born in Houston, Texas.

1959 ABC airs The Frank Sinatra Timex Show, the first of four Timex-sponsored TV specials hosted by the singer. Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Mitzi Gaynor sing "High Hopes" with Frank to open the show.

1958 Brenda Lee records "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree."

1958 Jan & Arnie appear on CBS-TV's Jack Benny Show.

1957 Karl Wallinger (frontman of World Party) is born in Prestatyn, Wales.

1955 Nino DeFranco (of The DeFranco Family) is born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada.

1948 Patrick Simmons (of The Doobie Brothers) is born in Aberdeen, Washington.

1947 Wilbert Hart (of The Delfonics) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1946 Keith Reid (Procol Harum songwriter) is born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.

1945 Jeannie C. Riley is born in Stamford, Texas.

1945 Harris Glenn Milstead, who performs as the drag queen Divine, is born in a suburb of Baltimore. Most famous as an actor (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray), he also records dance music, including the UK hit "You Think You're a Man."

1944 Reggae musician Peter Tosh is born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Grange Hill, Jamaica.

1944 Disco singer George McCrae is born in West Palm Beach, Florida.

1940 Larry Chance (lead singer of The Earls) is born Larry Figueiredo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1938 Bob Crosby records "I'm Free."

1937 Country/rockabilly singer Jerry Jaye is born in Manila, Arkansas. Known for a hit '60s cover of Fats Domino's "My Girl Josephine."

1934 Dave Guard (of The Kingston Trio) is born Donald David Guard in San Francisco, California.

1911 George Cates, known as the music director for the long-running Lawrence Welk Show, is born in New York City. 

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1979 Prince releases his sophomore album, Prince, containing the #1 R&B hit "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and the original version of "I Feel For You," later a hit for Chaka Khan. It's his first album certified Platinum for sales over 1 million.

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