On This Day In Music 14th April

1932 Loreta Lynn (Loretta Webb) born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky). US Country singer, the first woman to be named Country Music Artist Entertainer Of The Year. 
1942 Tony Burrows born in Exeter, England. UK Singer, Songwriter & Producer – He sang with Ivy League, Flowerport Men, Edison Lighthouse, White Plains, First Class. He holds the record for having four records in the British Top Ten at once, all under different names. Edison Lighthouse ‘s ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Grows) White Plains’My Baby Loves Lovin’, The Pipkins ‘Gimme Dat Ding’ & Brother Hood Of Man’United We Stand’. 
1945 Ritchie Blackmore born in Weston-Super-Mare, England – Guitarist with Deep Purple, (1970 UK No.2 single ‘Black Night’, 1973 US No.4 single ‘Smoke On The Water’), Rainbow, (1981 UK No.3 single ‘I Surrender’). 
1946 Patrick Fairley born in Glasgow, United Kingdom. UK Bassist & Guitarist with Marmalade from 1961 – 1966.
1948 Larry Ferguson born in Nassau, Bahamas. UK Keyboard Player with Hot Chocolate from 1969-1986. (1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’, 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win Again’ plus over 25 other top 40 hits). 
1949 Dennis Bryon is a Welsh rock drummer from Cardiff, best known for his work with the Bee Gees from 1974 to 1979.[1] He also worked with Amen Corner and co-produced Robin Gibb’s 1983 album, How Old Are You?. 
1949 June Millington born in Manila, Philippines. Filipino American guitarist, songwriter, producer, educator, and actress who is perhaps best known for being a co-founder and lead guitarist of the all-female rock band Fanny, which was active from 1970 to 1974., (all Girl group, 1975 US No.29 single ‘Butter Boy’). 
1949 Sonja Kristina born in Brentwood, Essex. English songwriter, musician and actress, best known for starring in the seminal 1960s musical, Hair, and for being the lead vocalist of the 1970s progressive rock band, Curved Air. (1971 UK No.4 single ‘Back Street Luv’). 
1953 Lita Roza was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(How Much) Is That Doggie In Window.’ The 27 year old singer was the NME readers’ Top Female artist of 1953 and with this single became the first British female singer to top the UK singles Chart, (and the first Liverpudlian to do so). 
1965 Sheila Chandra born in London, England. British pop singer of Indian descent. UK Singer with Monsoon, (1982 UK No.12 single ‘Ever So Lonely’). 
1958 Laurie London reached the top spot on the music charts with “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”, knocking Perry Como’s “Catch a Falling Star” down a peg or two. 
1959 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Come Softly to Me,” The Fleetwoods.
1963 The Rolling Stones played at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience. 
1964 The King Bees, (featuring a young David Bowie, then David Jones), played at a wedding reception at the Jack Of Clubs in London. 
1965 Carl Hunter born in Liverpool, England. Bassist with the Farm, (1990 UK No.4 single ‘All Together Now’). 
1965 Martyn LeNoble born in Vlaardingen, Netherlands. Dutch bassist and a founding member of Porno for Pyros. (1993 US No.3 & UK No.3 self-titled album). 
1966 The Spencer Davis Group were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Somebody Help Me’, the group’s second UK No.1. 
1966 The Beatles recorded ‘Paperback Writer’. 
1967 David Bowie’s novelty record ‘The Laughing Gnome’ was released in the UK. 
1967 Herman’s Hermits, featuring lead singer Peter Noone, went gold with the single, “There’s a Kind of Hush”. It was a two-sided hit, with the flip-side, “No Milk Today”, also receiving considerable play. “Hush”, however, was a top five song, while the ‘B’ si
1967 Polydor Records released the Bee Gees ‘New York mining Disaster 1941’ It was released with a promotional slogan announcing ‘The most significant talent since The Beatles’. The record became a Top 20 hit in the UK and US. 
1967 A riot broke out at Warsaw’s Palace Of Culture as The Rolling Stones made their first appearance in an Iron curtain Country; police used tear gas in a battle with 2,000 fans. 
1968 Phil Spector married Ronettes singer Veronica Bennett. The couple divorced n 1973 with Bennett citing several instances of alleged cruelty. 
1969 The recording of ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word ‘Christ’ was edited in backwards to avoid the ban. 
1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live UK debut when they played the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London. 
1971 The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of ‘drug-oriented records’ including ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane, ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ by Procol Harum and The Beatles ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’ 
1973 Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Houses Of The Holy’, also a No.1 in the US. The young girl featured on the cover of the album climbing naked up Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland is Samantha Gates who was 6 years old at the time of the photo shoot. 
1973 David Miller born in San Diego, California. Tenor with Il Divo, (2004 UK No.1 self-titled album, also number one in 13 countries around the world). 
1974 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia),” MFSB featuring the Three Degrees. The song is the theme to the TV program “Soul Train.”
1975 Art Garfunkel started a six week run at No.1 in the UK with the theme from the film ‘Watership Down’, ‘Bright Eyes’ which went on to become the biggest selling single of the year. The song was written by the man behind The Wombles, Mike Batt. 
1975 After rumours that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck or Chris Spedding variously would replace Mick Taylor as guitarist in The Rolling Stones, a press release confirmed that Ron Wood would be joining the band for their forthcoming American tour. 
1976 Eric Faulkner of The Bay City Rollers reportedly came close to death after taking a drug overdose at their manager’s house while in a state of exhaustion. 
1976 Motown Records and Stevie Wonder announced the largest contract renewal to date, worth $13 million. 
1978 Joy Division played at the ‘Stiff Test -Chiswick Challenge’, at Raffters in Manchester, England. Future managers Rob Gretton and then journalist Tony Wilson saw the band for the first time. 
1979 The Doobie Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘What A Fool Believes’, the group’s second US No.1, it made No.31 in the UK. 
1980 Win Butler born in Truckee, California.American singer, songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist. He is one of the co-founders of Montreal-based indie rock band Arcade Fire. His wife Régine Chassagne and younger brother Will Butler are both members of the band. (2005 album ‘Funeral’). 
1980 Gary Numan released ‘The Touring Principle’, the first long-form rock video to be made commercially available in the UK. 
1983 The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was sacked from the group on June 14th 1982, (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died. 
1984 “Eat It” by “Weird Al” Yankovic peaked at #12 on the pop singles chart; it was a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”.
1990 Thurston Harris (Died) – US Singer, born July 11th 1931. 
1990 Madonna scored her seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Vogue’, also a US No.1 hit. Taken from her soundtrack album I’m Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy). 
1990 Tommy Page went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Be Your Everything’, his only hit in the UK reaching No.53. 
1994 Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home, Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain’s occupation as Poet/Musician and his type of business as Punk Rock. 
1995 American actor, writer and folk singer Burl Ives died of cancer aged 85. Had hits with ‘Funny Way Of Laughing’, ‘The Blue Tail Fly’ and ‘Little Bitty Tear’, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1958 film The Big Country. 
1998 Welsh singer Dorothy Squires died of lung cancer aged 83, in Llwynypia Hospital, Rhondda, Wales. (1953 UK No.12 single ‘I’m Walking Behind You’). Once married to English actor Roger Moore 
1999 UK singer, songwriter and actor Anthony Newley died of cancer. Scored 12 UK Top 40 singles from 1959-1962 including the No.1 single ‘Why.’ He won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for “What Kind of Fool Am I?”, he was married to the actress Joan Collins from 1963 to 1971. 
2001 Sean Puffy Combs, (P. Diddy), was arrested in Miami for riding a scooter in South Beach on a suspended driver’s license. He was released 20 minutes later after signing a promise to appear in court. 
2002 Ashanti started a ten week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Foolish’ and on the same day started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with her self-titled album. 
2003 A man was arrested accused of making up a Bjork concert then selling tickets. Alex Conate allegedly sold tickets worth $14,000 at $40 each after persuading a San Diego nightclub owner that Bjork had agreed to play there. He was accused of taking the money and moving to Hawaii, where he was arrested. 
2009 A planned auction of nearly 1,400 items from the former home of Michael Jackson was cancelled. A public preview of the collection had already begun in Los Angeles and the exhibition of Jackson’s possessions would stay open until the end of next week. A last-minute settlement meant Jackson’s belongings would now be returned to him. In response, he had dropped a lawsuit against Juliens Auctions. 
2009 Former Beatle George Harrison was honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Sir Paul McCartney attended the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building, joining Harrison’s widow Olivia and son Dhani. Eric Idle, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and musician Tom Petty also attended the ceremony. 
2013 Justin Bieber caused outrage after writing a message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum, which stated he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan. The 19-year-old wrote: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” It provoked fierce online criticism of the Canadian singer, who was in Amsterdam as part of a tour. 
2014 Latin jazz percussionist Armando Peraza died of pneumonia at the age of 89. He was a member of Santana from 1972 until the early 90s appearing on over 15 of the groups albums. Born in Lawton Batista, Havana, Cuba, Pereza played congas, bongos, and timbales. 
2015 American R&B and soul singer Percy Sledge died of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge aged 73. The inspiration behind his 1966 US No.1 hit ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’, came when Sledge’s girlfriend left him for a modelling career after he was laid off from a construction job in late 1965. 
2017 Harry Styles’s debut single ‘Sign of the Times’ brok Ed Sheeran’s 13-week run at the top of the UK charts. The One Direction star achieved his first No.1 as a solo artist with this release – the first from his self-titled debut album.

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