Thursday, April 26, 2018

Today in Music History...April 26, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: April 26th:

2017 Father John Misty releases his video for "Total Entertainment Forever," which stars Macaulay Culkin as a crucified Kurt Cobain.

2013 X marks the spot for the Ohio-born Twenty One Pilots, who pledge their devotion to their hometown fans by getting "X" tattoos midway through a performance at the Lifestyles Community Pavilion in Columbus. Frontman Tyler Joseph tells the crowd: "This X is dedicated to you guys. Columbus, Ohio is where we're from and it will always be where we are from. Whenever someone asks what that X means, I am going to say this is for all of you."

2011 Folk singer-songwriter Phoebe Snow dies at age 60 after being in a coma for three months due to a cerebral hemorrhage.

2006 Country singer Kellie Pickler gets voted off Season Five of American Idol.

2005 Amerie releases "Touch."

2005 Bruce Springsteen releases Devils & Dust.

2003 David Cassidy guests on the CBS show The Agency.

1999 English post-punk rocker Adrian Borland (The Sound, The Outsiders) commits suicide at age 41 by throwing himself under a train at London's Wimbledon Station.

1984 Count Basie, famed jazz pianist and orchestra leader, dies of pancreatic cancer at age 79.

1982 Rod Stewart is mugged on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard.

1978 Ringo Starr's TV special Ringo airs on NBC.

1976 Jose Pasillas (drummer for Incubus) is born in Calabasas, California.

1975 John Lennon's cover of "Stand By Me" reaches #20 in the US.

1975 Heavy metal drummer Nathan "Joey" Jordison (Slipknot) is born in Des Moines, Iowa.

1975 B.J. Thomas' "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" goes to #1 in America.

1970 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins (TLC) is born in Des Moines, Iowa.

1964 The Beatles attend Roy Orbison's belated 28th birthday party in London.

1962 Sam Cooke records "Having A Party" and "Bring It On Home To Me."

1961 Chris Mars (drummer for The Replacements) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1960 Roger Taylor (drummer for Duran Duran) is born in Nechells, Birmingham, England. He remains with the band until their performance at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia in 1985 - but rejoins a decade later.

1957 Larry Williams records "Short Fat Fannie."

1946 John "Bucky" Wilkin (Ronny of Ronny & the Daytonas) is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1943 '70s rock singer Gary Wright is born in Cresskill, New Jersey.

1942 '60s teen idol Bobby Rydell is born Robert Louis Ridarelli in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1941 R&B singer Claudine Clark, known for composing and performing the 1952 hit "Party Lights," is born in Macon, Georgia.

1938 Doo wop singer Maurice Williams (of Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs) is born in Lancaster, South Carolina.

1938 Duane Eddy, '60s rock and roll guitarist, is born in Corning, New York.

1925 Jazz and pop guitarist Jorgen Ingmann is born in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1915 Blues singer and guitarist Johnny Shines is born in Frayser, Memphis, Tennessee.

1913 13-year-old Mary Phagan is found murdered in the basement of a pencil factory in Atlanta, Georgia. Her death inspires the song "Little Mary Phagan."

1886 Blues singer Ma Rainey is born Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett in Columbus, Georgia.

The Last Waltz Opens In Theaters

The Last Waltz, director Martin Scorsese's acclaimed documentary of The Band's star-studded last concert, opens in theaters. The film features performances by Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mtchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers and Dr. John.

Featured Events

2013 Country singer George Jones dies at age 81 from hypoxic respiratory failure, just a couple weeks after his final concert in Knoxville, Tennessee.

2003 The Morgan Creek Bridge in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is renamed the James Taylor Bridge in honor of the singer, who mentioned it in his song "Copperline."

1986 Van Halen proves there is life after David Lee Roth as their album 5150, the first with Sammy Hagar, hits #1 in the US for the first of three weeks.More

1977 Jim Steinman's play Neverland opens at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Five months later, three of the songs he wrote for the production appear on Meat Loaf's seminal album Bat Out Of Hell, which would become one of the 10 best-selling albums of all time.

1977 The most famous club of the disco era, Studio 54, opens for business at 254 West 54th Street in New York City. Over the next three years, celebrity guests include Cher, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Brooke Shields, and Liza Minnelli.

1969 Walter Carlos's album Switched-On Bach, notable for being the first successful album to remix classical music compositions on the newly-invented Moog synthesizer, reaches #10 on the Billboard Albums chart. The popularity of the album is the commercial breakthrough for Moog synthesizers, which go on to be part of the soundtrack in the films Tron, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange. This in part brings synthesized music to mainstream popularity, paving the way for disco (especially the 'hi-NRG' style) in the '70s.

1969 "Oh Happy Day" by The Edwin Hawkins Singers enters the Hot 100 at #72, becoming the first pure gospel song to make that chart.

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