Monday, April 5, 2010

This Date In Music History-April 5


Ronnie White - Miracles (1939)

Dave Swarbick - Fairport Convention (1941)

Alan Clarke - Hollies (1942)

Crispin St. Peters (1944)

Nicholas Caldwell - Whispers (1944)

Dave Holland - Judas Priest (1948)

Kent Henry - Blues Image (1948)

Agnetha Faltskog - Abba (1950)

Peter Case - Plimsouls (1954)

Stan Ridgeway - Wall of Voodoo (1954)

Jacob Slichter - Semisonic (1961)

Mike McCready - Pearl Jam (1965)

Paula Cole (1968)

Born today in 1973, Pharrell Williams, one half of the writing duo, The Neptunes (with Chad Hugo). Produced numerous #1 hits for Mystikal, Jay-Z, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Nelly.

They Are Missed:

The late Tony Williams of the Platters ("Smoke Gets In Your Eyes") was born in 1928.

Canned Heat singer Bob "The Bear" Hite died of a heart attack in 1981 (age 36). Played at both the 1967 Montery Pop Festival and the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

In 1983, Danny Rapp, leader of 50's group Danny and the Juniors committed suicide in a hotel in Arizona by shooting himself.

In 1994, Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at his home in Seattle. Cobain’s body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system, who initially believed that Cobain was asleep, until he saw the shotgun pointing at his chin. A suicide note was found that said, "I haven't felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing . . . for too many years now." A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were found in Cobain’s body. His death was officially ruled as suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.

In 1998, British drummer Cozy Powell was killed when his car smashed into crash barriers on a motorway in Bristol, England. Powell had worked with Whitesnake, ELP, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and the ELP spin-off Emerson, Lake, & Powell; plus sessions with Donovan, Roger Daltrey, Jack Bruce, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and Brian May.

Jazz tenor saxophonistStanley William Turrentine, also known as "Mr. T" or "The Sugar Man" was born today in 1934. He died on September 12, 2000.

In 2006, Gene Pitney was found dead (age 65) in his bed in a Cardiff hotel. The American singer was on a UK tour and had shown no signs of illness. Pitney helped the Rolling Stones break the American market with his endorsement of the band. Jagger and Richards wrote his hit "That Girl Belongs to Yesterday" which became the Stones duo's first composition to reach the American charts.

In 2007, former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John died from an apparent brain hemorrhage at the age of 51. S t. John was Kiss' third official guitarist, having replaced Vinnie Vincent in 1984 and appeared on the album ‘Animalize’.


A tornado killed 235 people in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1936, but luckily for the music world, one year-old Elvis Presley and his family survived.

In 1962, the Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of a special night presented by the Beatles' fan club. The Beatles wear their black leather outfits for the first half of the performance, for old time's sake, then change into their new suits for the second half of the show.

The Searchers appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964. They were the first British Invasion group to appear on the show after the Beatles. It was also the Searchers' US debut.

The Beach Boys, with a rare Al Jardine lead vocal, issued their #1 hit, “Help Me, Rhonda" in 1965.

In 1967, Monkees fans walked from London's Marble Arch to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square to protest Davy Jones' planned call-up. Jones was exempted because he was deemed responsible for supporting his father.

Elvis Presley's "Double Trouble" movie debuted in 1967.

In 1968, James Brown makes a nationally-televised appeal for calm in the wake of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Elvis Presley kicked of a 15 date US tour at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York in 1972.

Minnie Riperton went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1975 with the Stevie Wonder produced song "Loving You." It was the singers only US chart hit. Riperton died of cancer on 12th July 1979.

Led Zeppelin released their seventh studio album "Presence" in 1976.

Duran Duran made their live debut at The Lecture Theatre, Birmingham Polytechnic in 1978.

In 1980, R.E.M. played their first ever gig when they appeared at St Mary's Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia (under the name Twisted Kite).

After eight years of publication to the radio and recording industry, "Record World" magazine ceased publication and filed for bankruptcy protection in 1982.

The Beach Boys were banned from the Fourth of July concert at the White House in 1983. US President Ronald Reagan overturned the ban two days later.

In 1984, Marvin Gaye's funeral took place at The Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles; Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy and other Motown singers, writers and producers, attended the service.

At 3:50pm GMT in 1985, over 5,000 radio stations worldwide aired the charity single by USA for Africa "We Are The World." The single went on to be a #1 in the US & UK, and in most Western territories.

Construction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1993.

In 1999, three of Tammy Wynette's daughters filed a $50 million lawsuit that blamed Wynette's death on negligence by her husband and her doctor.

The Calling’s guitarist Aaron Kamin was electrocuted in 2002 during a soundcheck prior to a Bangkok concert. He was hospitalized.

In 2008, Apple's iTunes overtook supermarket group Wal-Mart to become the largest music retailer in the US. Market research firm NPD said iTunes surpassed Wal-Mart in January and February if 12 downloads are considered equal to the sale of one CD album. iTunes had sold more than four billion songs since its launch in 2003.

Danity Kane were at #1 on the US album chart in 2008 with their second album ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse.’

Also in 2008, Toto performs its last concert before breaking up, in Seoul, South Korea, 2008

In 2009, Kid Rock performed at WrestleMania's 25th anniversary event in Houston. The singer's set includes "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy" and "Rock N Roll Jesus." AC/DC’s "Shoot To Thrill" and "War Machine" (from “Black Ice”) are the official theme songs.

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