On This Day In Music 19th April

1928 Alexis Korner born in Paris, France. Guitarist, Singer & Songwriter. He Formed Blues Incorporated with Charlie Watts & helped to form Led Zeppelin & Free. Other projects were CCS, (1971 UK No.5 single with CCS, ‘Tap Turns On The Water’) d. Jan. 1, 1984, London, England (Cancer). 
1935 Dudley Moore born in London, England. British comic actor & musician. 
1941 Bobby russell born in Nahsville, Tennesse. US Singer/Songwriter. He wrote the songs “Honey”, Little Green Apples” “The Joker Went Wild” & “The Night That The Lights Went Out In Georgia”. Russell died in Nicholasville, Kentucky of coronary artery disease, on November 19, 1992. He was 52 years old
1942 Alan Price born in Fatfield, County Durham, England. UK Pianist, Singer, songwriter, arranged & producer. He played keyboards with The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’) & solo, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Simon Smith and his amazing Dancing. bear’). 
1942 Larry Ramos born in Kauai, Hawaii. Guitarist, banjo player, and vocalist with the 1960s American pop band The Association. In 1963, he won a Grammy with The New Christy Minstrels .On August 31, 2011, he suffered a heart attack. In 2013, he was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. He died at a hospital in Clarkston, Washington on April 30, 2014 at age 72.
1942 South African producer and engineer Eddie Kramer who has worked with many artists including The Beatles, (Magical Mystery Tour), David Bowie, (Young Americans), Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, (engineered five albums), The Rolling Stones and Carlos Santana. Kramer and his crew attended the 1969 Woodstock Festival where they recorded the entire festival. 
1943 Eva Graham (Evelyn May Beatson) born in Perth, Scottland. Scottish Singer with the New Seekers. 
1944 Bernie Worrell, keyboards, Parliament, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’). 
1947 Mark Volman born in Los Angeles, California. US Singer, Guitarist & Songwriter with The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’). Flo and Eddie, worked with Frank Zappa, T Rex, Bruce Springsteen. 
1956 Gary Langan from English avant-garde synth-pop group Art of Noise who had the 1988 UK No.5 single ‘Kiss’ with Tom Jones. 
1963 “Time Out” album by Dave Brubeck Quartet was certified Gold by the RIAA
1965 The Beatles’ US single release: `Ticket To Ride’/`Yes It Is’.
1966 Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr. American record producer, music executive. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records. Death Row Records rose to dominate the rap charts after Dr. Dre’s breakthrough album The Chronic in 1992. After several years of chart successes for artists including Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Outlawz and Tha Dogg Pound, Death Row Records stagnated after Knight’s incarceration on probation violation charges in September 1996 and went bankrupt in 2006. In February 2015, Knight was charged with murder and attempted murder following a fatal hit-and-run in Compton, California. 
1968 John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left. 
1969 “Only The Strong Survive” by Jerry Butler peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1969 “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon” by Paul Revere & The Raiders peaked at #18 on the US singles chart.
1969 “Rock Me” by Steppenwolf peaked at #10 on the pop singles chart.
1970 Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Kinds Of Everything.’ 
1972 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” single by Roberta Flack was certified Gold by the RIAA
1975 “L-O-V-E (Love)” by Al Green peaked at #13 on the pop singles chart.
1975 “What Am I Gonna Do With You” by Barry White peaked at #8 on the US singles chart.
1977 “Gord’s Gold” album by Gordon Lightfoot was certified Gold by the RIAA. Containing ‘Sundown’ & ‘Cotton Jenny’. 
1980 Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Call Me’, (featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’). 
1980 Brian Johnson 32 year old singer with Geordie joined AC/DC replacing Bon Scott who died after a drinks binge. 
1980 “I Can’t Tell You Why” by Eagles peaked at #8 on the US singles chart.
1980 “Special Lady” by Ray, Goodman & Brown peaked at #5 on the US singles chart.
1980 “With You I’m Born Again” by Billy Preston & Syreeta peaked at #4 on the US singles chart. 
1986 George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Different Corner’, the singers second solo No.1. 
1986 Prince started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss.’ Prince also had the No.2 song ‘Manic Monday’, by The Bangles, which he wrote under the pseudonym ‘Christopher.’ 
1986 “Manic Monday” by Bangles peaked at #2 on the US singles chart.
1986 “Kiss” by Prince & The Revolution peaked at #1 on the US singles chart, the dance chart, and the R&B chart simultaneously. He’d previously achieved the feat twice in 1984 with “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”
1988 “Inside Information” album by Foreigner was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Containing ‘Say You Will’. 
1988 Tunnel Of Love” album by Bruce Springsteen was certified Multi Platinum 3.00 by the RIAA 
1988 “Introducing The Hardline According To Terrence Trent D’arby” album by Terrence Trent D’arby was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Including ‘Sign Your Name’, ‘Wishing Well’, ‘If You Let Me Stay’ & ‘Dance Little Sister’. 
1990 “Lost In The Fifties” album by Ronnie Milsap was certified Gold by the RIAA
1990 On this week’s BBC- TV’s ‘French and Saunders’ show, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King (Level 42), and Gary Moore all appeared in a comedy courthouse sketch. The sketch ended with all the guitarist’s jamming together. 
1993 “Born In The U.S.A,” album by Bruce Springsteen was certified Multi Platinum 15.00 by the RIAA. Including ‘Dancing In The Dark’, ‘Glory Days’, ‘I’m On Fire’, ‘My Home Town’ & ‘Cover Me’. 
1993 Saxophonist Steve Douglas dies of heart failure in Los Angeles during a recording session with Ry Cooder. He was 55. His career began in high school with friend Phil Spector and included early stints with Ritchie Valens and Duane Eddy & the Rebels, with whom he played a solo on their classic “Peter Gunn.” As a session musician, he played on such hits as “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Be My Baby.”
1995 Robbie Williams started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Life Thru A Lens.’ 
1995 The Stone Roses played their first gig in five years when the appeared at The Rockefeller Club, Oslo, Norway. 
1997 Michael Jackson attended an unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris, France. Jackson provided one of his own outfits to dress the figure. 
1998 Robbie Williams started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album ‘Life Thru A Lens.’ The album spent a total of 218 weeks on the UK chart, with sales of 2.4 million copies. 
2000 Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back. 
2002 Police were investigating how tracks from the forthcoming Oasis album ‘Heathen Chemistry’ had been illegally circulated on the Internet. They thought the person responsible had access to their private recording sessions. 
2003 The oldest working musician in Britain, Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham. 
2005 It was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the “real” Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006. It was the first time in the history of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism. 
2006 BBC TV in the UK aired The McCartneys v The Fur Trade a program following the couple’s anti-fur trade protests. 
2010 A week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper that said they forgive John Lennon’s remarks about The Beatles being “bigger than Jesus”, Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness. The newspaper’s editors had written, “The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic… (but) what would Pop music be like without the Beatles?” Ringo was unimpressed and replied “Didn’t the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they’ve still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they’ve got more to talk about than the Beatles.” 
2012 Levon Helm, died of throat cancer aged 71. A drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (who became Bob Dylan’s backing group) who then became known as The Band. He sang on Band classics like ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,’ ‘Up on Cripple Creek,’ ‘Rag Mama Rag,’ and ‘The Weight.’ 
2012 Leonard Cohen’s former manager was jailed for 18 months for harassing the singer-songwriter. Kelley Lynch was found guilty by a Los Angeles court after a sending a torrent of expletive-strewn emails and letters to the star. She was also sentenced to five months probation and ordered to attend anger-management courses. Cohen thanked the court for the “even-handed and elegant manner in which these proceedings have unfolded”. 
2014 The White House refused to comment on a campaign to deport Justin Bieber from the US. Around 275,000 people had signed a petition on its website calling for the Canadian singer to be removed from the country. The campaign had been set up in January of this year when the 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drink and drug-driving and illegal drag racing.

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