Monday, April 2, 2018

Today in Music History...April 2, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: April 2nd:

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.

1996 Blues musician Guitar Gabriel dies at age 70.

1993 Roberta Flack guest stars as herself on an 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).

1991 The Rolling Stones release Flashpoint, a live album recorded throughout their Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour.

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

1973 The Beatles release two compilation albums: The Beatles 1962-1966 and 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.

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 (of 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.

1966 The Singing Nun, starring Debbie Reynolds, opens in theaters. The film is based on Sister Luc-Gabrielle, a Belgian nun who had a #1 US hit with the French language song "Dominique," re-written in English for the film. Luc-Gabrielle declares it "absolutely idiotic."

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.

1962 Bass player and songwriter Tony Franklin is born Anthony James Franklin.

1961 Keren Jane Woodward (of 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."

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

1952 Leon Wilkeson (bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) is born in Newport, Rhode Island.

1949 David Robinson (drummer for The Cars) is born in Malden, Massachusetts.

1947 Emmylou Harris is born in Birmingham, Alabama.

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

1942 Leon Russell is born Claude Russell Bridges in Lawton, Oklahoma.

1941 Kent Morrill, keyboardist and vocalist for the Fabulous Wailers, is born.

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 (of 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 It's a big day for The Beach Boys, who record their first #1 hit, "I Get Around," and also fire their manager, Murry Wilson, who happens to be the father of three of the band members, including leader Brian Wilson, who feels his dad is hindering their progress with unwelcome critiques at their recording sessions.

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