On This Day In Music 13th April

1934 Horace Kay born in Atlanta, Georgia. US Singer with The Tams, (1964 US No.9 ‘What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am’, 1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me’). Died 1995.
1936 Tim Field born in Hascombe, Surrey, England. Singer/Guitarist with the The Springfields. (1962 US No. 20 single ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’, 1963 UK No.5 single ‘Island Of Dreams’). He was later the author of more than a dozen books about spirituality, and Sufism in particular. He died 31 May 2016.
1937 Col Joye (Colin Jacobsen) born in Sydney, NSW. Australian pioneer rock musician, popular entertainer and entrepreneur, (he has also recorded various other cross-over styles such as country music). Joye was the first Australian rock and roll singer to have a number one record Australia-wide and experienced a string of chart successes in the early Australian rock and roll scene.
1942 Bill Conti born in Providence, Rhode Island. Movie/TV composer (1977 US No.1 single ‘Gonna Fly Now’ (Theme from Rocky). 
1944 John Casady born in Washinton, DC. US Bass Player with Jefferson Airplane, (1967 US No.18 single ‘White Rabbit’). Hot Tuna. 
1944 Brian Pendleton born in Wolverhampton. rhythm guitarist with The Pretty Things, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’). He died of cancer on 15th May 2001 aged 57. 
1945 Lowell George born in Arlington, Virginia. American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer, who was the primary guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the rock band Little Feat. On June 29, 1979, George collapsed and died of a heart attack in his Arlington, Virginia, hotel room at the Twin Bridges Marriott aged 34. His heart attack was caused by an accidental cocaine overdose.
1946 Al Green born in Forest City, Arkansas. US soul singer, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘Tired Of Being Alone’, 1972 US No.1 single ‘Let’s Stay Together’ plus over 10 other Top 40 hits). 
1946 Roy Loney born in San Francisco, California. Lead Vocalist with, The Flamin Groovies, he left the group in 1971.
1951 Max Weinberg born in Newark, New Jersey.American drummer and television personality, most widely known as the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and as the bandleader for Conan O’Brien on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He is the father of Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg.
1951 Peabo Bryson (Robert Bryson) born in Greenville, South Carolina. US Singer, (1983 UK No.2 single with Roberta Flack ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love’, 1984 US No.10 single ‘If Ever You’re In My Arms Again’). 
1954 Jimmy Destri born in Brooklyn, NY. Keyboard player with Blondie, (Five UK No.1 singles including 1979 UK & US No.1 single ‘Heart Of Glass’. 1978 world- wide No.1 album ‘Parallel Lines’). 
1955 Louis Johnson born in Los Angeles, California. US Bassist, Guitarist, Pianist, Singer & Songwriter with the Brothers Johnson, (1980 US No.4 & UK No.6 single ‘Stomp’). 
1956 The UK Top 20 became The Top 30 for the first time. Winifred Atwell was at No.1 with ‘Poor People Of Paris’ an instrumental version of a French song. 
1957 Wayne Lewis – US Keyboard Player, Singer & Songwriter with the group Atlantic Starr, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Always’). 
1957 “Party Doll” by Steve Lawrence peaked at #5 on the US singles chart.
1957 “I’m Walking” by Fats Domino peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1959 “Pink Shoe Laces” by Dodie Stevens peaked at #3 on the US Singles chart.
1959 “Come Softly To Me” by Fleetwoods peaked at #1 on the US singles chart. 
1961 Butch Taylor born in Shawsville, Virginia. keyboards, Dave Matthews Band. Composer, writer, keyboardist and long time guest musician with Dave Matthews Band.
1962 Hillel Slovak born in Haifa, Israel. Guitarist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers until his death. He died from a heroin overdose 27th June 1988 aged 26. 
1962 The Beatles made their third trip to Germany for a 48-night residency at The Star Club, Hamburg. During the seven week run The Beatles had only one day off. 
1963 The Kingsmen’ recorded “Louie Louie” (in Portland, Oregan, USA.) 
1963 “Mr. Bass Man” by Johnny Cymbal peaked at #16 on the US singles chart.
1963 “Can’t Get Used To Losing You” by Andy Williams peaked at #2 on the US singles chart.
1963 “Do The Bird” by Dee Dee Sharp peaked at #10 on the pop singles chart. 
1965 The Beatles record the song ‘Help!’ during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London. 
1965 The Beatles record the song ‘Help’ during an evening recording session at Abbey Road studio’s. 
1965 Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto’s “Girl from Ipanema” wins a Grammy for Record of the Year, Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto’s “Getz/Gilberto” wins a Grammy for Album of the Year. The Beatles win a Grammy for Best New Artist of the Year.
1965 GRAMMY AWARDS FOR 1964 Though the BEATLES are named Best New Artists, and win a minor award (Best Performance by a Vocal Group) for “A HARD DAY’S NIGHT”, STAN GETZ & ASTRUD GILBERTO are the big winners.. Taking Record of the Year honors for “THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA” (single).. as well as Album of the Year.. Song of the Year (the writers award) went to “HELLO DOLLY” composer JERRY HERMAN.. Oddly, PETULA CLARK’s “DOWNTOWN” is named the Best Contemporary (Rock & Roll) recording 
1966 Marc Ford born in Los Angeles, California. Joined The Black Crowes in 1990 on Guitar. (1991 UK No.39 single ‘Hard To Handle’, 1991 US No.4 album ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion’). 
1966 During a four month world tour, Bob Dylan appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney Australia, the first of seven shows in Australia. 
1967 Nancy and Frank Sinatra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, (making them the only father and daughter to have a US No.1 single as a team). The song was written by folk singer C. Carson Parks and originally recorded in 1966 by Parks and his wife Gaile Foote, as “Carson and Gaile”. Robbie Williams recorded the song as a duet in 2001 with actress Nicole Kidman which went on to top the UK charts. 
1968 “The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde” by Georgie Fame peaked at #7 on the US singles chart.
1968 Bobby Goldsboro started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honey’, it made No.2 on the UK chart and also No.2 when re- issued in 1975. 
1968 “Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)” by Manfred Mann peaked at #10 on the US singles chart. 
1968 Bobby Goldsboro started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honey’, it made No.2 on the UK chart and also No.2 when re- issued in 1975 
1970 “Arizona” single by Mark Lindsay was certified Gold by the RIAA
1970 “Chicago” album by Chicago was certified Gold by the RIAA
1970 “Whole Lotta Love” single by Led Zeppelin was certified Gold by the RIAA 
1970 Genesis appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England. Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and band received £10 for the gig. 
1971 The Rolling Stones released ‘Brown Sugar’ the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking- tongue and lips logo. 
1972 “Cher” album by Cher was certified Gold by the RIAA
1972 Aaron Lewis born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. .American musician and songwriter, who is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and founding member of the alternative metal band Staind, with whom he released seven studio albums. (2001 US No.1 album, ‘Break The Cycle’, 2001 US No. 7 & UK No. 15 single ‘It’s Been A While’). 
1974 Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bennie And The Jets’, his second US No.1, it made No.37 in the UK. 
1974 “Come And Get Your Love” by Redbone peaked at #5 on the US singles chart.
1974 “The Lord’s Prayer” by Sister Janet Mead peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1974 Paul McCartney’s ‘Band On The Run’, went to No.1 on the US album charts. McCartney’s third US No.1, which went on to sell over 6 million copies world-wide 
1975 Lou Bega (David Lubega) is born in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany. Latin Pop Musician/Singer, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Mambo No 5, A Little Bit Of’..). 
1979 Five days into Van Halen’s latest tour, David Lee Roth collapsed from exhaustion on stage at Spokane Coliseum in Washington. 
1979 Thin Lizzy released their ninth studio album Black Rose: A Rock Legend. The album, which featured guitarist Gary Moore, contained the hits ‘Do Anything You Want To’, ‘Waiting For An Alibi’ and ‘Sarah’, which was written with Moore about Lynott’s newborn daughter. 
1980 The musical Grease closed after 3883 performances in New York City, having grossed over $8 million. 
1982 David Crosby was arrested when police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a show in Dallas. 
1984 “Milk & Honey” album by John Lennon & Yoko Ono was certified Gold by the RIAA
1985 USA for Africa started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Are The World.’ 
1985 “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #6 on the US singles chart.
1985 “Missing You” by Diana Ross peaked at #10 on the US singles chart 
1990 Madonna kicked off her 57-date Blond Ambition World Tour when she played the first of three nights at Chiba Marine Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. 
1991 Londonbeat went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’, a No.2 hit in the UK. 
1993 The first Aerosmith Day was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the band were given their very own holiday. 
1995 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony started a two week run on the US album chart with ‘E 1999 Eternal.’ 
1996 Rage Against The Machine appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Their two-song performance was cut to one song when the band attempted to hang inverted American flags from their amplifiers. 
1997 The Notorious B.I.G. was at No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Life After Death.’ 
2002 Thieves broke in to a house in Bexhill, Sussex and stole a hi-fi system and several CD’s. They left albums by Madonna, Robbie Williams and Oasis but took the owners entire Showaddywaddy collection. 
2003 The Beatles Apple Corp company was listed as Britain’s fastest profit-growth firm with an annual profit growth of 194%. 
2003 Madonna struck back at web sites who were offering illegal downloads of her new album, ‘American Life’ by flooding file-sharing networks with decoy files. When the files were opened they were greeted by the voice of Madonna asking, “What the fuck do you think you’re doing?” The latest Madonna album has been kept under tight wraps to avoid piracy, with promotional copies being held back from journalists until just before the official release. 
2007 Julian Lennon sold a ‘significant’ stake of his share in the songs his father John wrote for The Beatles to US music publishing company Primary Wave. The firm would now receive payments when any Lennon compositions were sold on CD, performed live or played on the radio. The company, who were about to market Julian Lennon’s new music project, declined to reveal how much the deal was worth. 
2008 Producer and drummer Clifford Davies, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in Atlanta, aged 59. Davies had worked with Ted Nugent from 1979-1982. It was reported that Davies was “extremely distraught” over outstanding medical bills. 
2008 Madonna feat Justin Timberlake started a four week at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘4 Minutes’, her 13th UK No.1, taken from her eleventh studio album Hard Candy. 
2009 68-year-old US music producer Phil Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, after a five-month retrial. He had pleaded not guilty to the second degree murder of 40-year-old Ms Clarkson, who was shot in the mouth at Spector’s home in Los Angeles. During the five-month retrial, five female acquaintances testified that Spector had threatened them at gunpoint in incidents dating back to the 1970s. An earlier trial was abandoned in 2007 after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision. Spector was remanded in custody until sentencing on 29 May 09. 
2009 Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years, according to a chart compiled for BBC Radio 2. Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was at number two followed by ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ by the Everly Brothers. Wet Wet Wet’s 1994 hit, ‘Love Is All Around’, was at number four followed by Bryan Adams’s 1991 hit ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You.’ 
2010 Brian May launched a major new campaign to try to prevent the return of legalised blood sports to the British Countryside. The ‘SAVE-ME’ campaign – named after May’s song, called on the British public to consider how their vote will affect the welfare of animals; and in particular fox-hunting, stag hunting and hare-coursing. The first ‘SAVE-ME campaign poster was unveiled by Brian at a prime advertising site on London’s West Cromwell Road. 
2011 A portrait of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett was returned to the London art gallery it had been stolen from the previous week. The late singer’s former girlfriend, Libby Gausden, pleaded for its safe return and offered a reward of £2,000, and following an appeal, the image was returned undamaged and intact to the gallery by post. 
2012 Five of Tom Petty’s guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City, California, where Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, were rehearsing for their upcoming worldwide tour. The stolen gear included a 1967 Blonde Rickenbacker, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, a 1965 Gibson SG TV Jr., a Fender Broadcaster and a Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model, which belonged to Campbell himself. Petty was offering a “no questions asked” reward bounty of $7,500 to anyone with information leading to the guitars’ recovery. 
2013 Sir Paul McCartney topped the Sunday Times Rich List of musicians with the £680m fortune he shares with his wife Nancy Shevell. Sir Paul, whose American heiress wife is said to be worth £150m, has topped each list since 1989 when he was worth an estimated £80m. Andrew Lloyd Webber was second, with £620m, while U2 were third, with £520m. 
2015 The UK’s first weekly vinyl chart was launched by the Official Charts Company as sales of vinyl albums and singles continued to soar. The first official vinyl albums chart was topped by All Time Low’s Future Hearts.

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