Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Today in Music History...April 3, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: April 3rd:

2014 Arthur Smith, one of postwar country music's finest guitar pickers, dies at age 93 of natural causes. His 1949 instrumental "Guitar Boogie" was one of the first to showcase the electric guitar and as such had a major influence on the development of rockabilly and rock in general.

2007 During a Season 6 episode of American Idol, Ryan Seacrest announces the American Idol Songwriter Competition. The entry fee is $10, and the winning song gets to be the winner's first single. After judges cull the 25,000 entries to 20 finalists, it's put to an online vote and the winner is "This is My Now."More

1999 British composer Lionel Bart, known for the Broadway smash Oliver!, dies at age 68 of cancer.

1990 Jazz singer Sarah Vaughan dies at age 66 of lung cancer.

1989 In Pittsburgh, its a Shakedown outside of a Grateful Dead concert, as police make about two dozen arrests after some fans try to get in without tickets. "I don't want those deadenders ever back again," Mayor Sophie Masloff declares.

1985 Pop/R&B singer Leona Lewis is born in Islington, London, England.

1983 Danny Rapp (of Danny & the Juniors) dies at age 41 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He's discovered in a hotel room in Quartzsite, Arizona.

1981 The Elvis Presley documentary movie This Is Elvis (with Ral Donner narrating) premieres in Memphis.

1974 Drew Shirley (guitarist for Switchfoot) is born in Key West, Florida.

1971 The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1968 Heavy metal singer Sebastian Bach (of Skid Row) is born Sebastian Philip Bierk is born in Freeport, Bahamas.

1963 Elvis Presley's It Happened At The World's Fair movie opens in Los Angeles (it opens nationally a week later).

1961 The Marcels' "Blue Moon" hits #1.

1960 Elvis Presley records "It's Now or Never."

1956 Elvis Presley sings "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes" on Milton Berle's NBC-TV show (live from the deck of the USS Hancock in San Diego).

1949 Guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson (of Fairport Convention) is born in Notting Hill Gate, London, England.

1944 Tony Orlando is born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. He becomes a teen singing sensation with the 1961 hit "Bless You," but by 1970 is working in music publishing. That year, he is asked to record vocals for a song called "Candida," as the original singer didn't work out. When it becomes a hit, Orlando resumes his singing career as Tony Orlando & Dawn.

1943 Richard Manuel (lead singer of The Band) is born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

1942 "Down In The Boondocks" singer Billy Joe Royal is born in Valdosta, Georgia.

1942 Wayne Newton is born Carson Wayne Newton in Norfolk, Virginia.

1941 Surf rocker Jan Berry (of Jan & Dean) is born William Jan Berry in Los Angeles, California.

1938 Songwriter Jeff Barry is born Joel Adelberg in Brooklyn, New York. In 1964, 17 songs he co-wrote make the Hot 100, including three chart-toppers: "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," "Chapel Of Love" and "Leader of the Pack."

1928 Country singer-songwriter Don Gibson ("Sweet Dreams," "I Can't Stop Loving You") is born in Shelby, North Carolina.

1924 The married Beulah Annan murders her lover Harry Kalstedt then sits drinking cocktails and playing "Hula Lou" over and over again while he dies.

1902 The first series of Alessandro Moreschi's solo recordings is made; he is the only castrato to be recorded solo.

1897 German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms dies at his Vienna apartment. 1869 Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor is premiered at Copenhagen's Casino Theater.

Jay Z Gets His Own Record Label

Jay-Z joins Madonna and U2 and signs a huge contract with Live Nation; he scores a 360 deal that includes his own label.

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1980 In Memphis on their first US tour, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders gets in an altercation at a bar and is arrested. She kicks out the window of the police cruiser sent to take her away and spends the night in jail. Her group performs the next night at Poet's Music Hall.

1976 Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" hits #1 on the Hot 100, becoming the first chart-topper with the word "disco" in the title.

1967 Peaking at #93, The Who make the US singles chart for the first time, with "I Can't Explain."

1959 Because of its references to bad behavior in school (writing on the wall, throwing spitballs), The British Broadcasting Corporation bans The Coasters song "Charlie Brown." The ban is lifted two weeks later.

1924 Actress and singer Doris Day is born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio. She'll turn to singing when a car accident wrecks her dreams of becoming a professional dancer.

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