Monday, April 30, 2012

April 30

1925: Johnny Horton (Country Singer)
1933: Willie Nelson (Country Singer)
1948: Wayne Kramer (Guitar and Lead Vocals in MC5)
1964: Barrington Levy (Reggae Artist)
1967: Turbo B (Rapper in Snap!)
1967: J.R. Richards (Singer for Dishwalla)
1968: Ben Ayres (Guitar & Vocals for Cornershop)
1968: Paulo 'Destructor' JR (Bass for Sepultura)
1971: Darren Emerson (DJ for Underworld)
1971: Chris Henderson(Guitarist for 3 Doors Down)
1973: Jeff Timmons (Singer in 98 Degrees)
1982: Lloyd Banks (Rapper)

1941: Jazz giant Charlie Parker makes his first appearance on wax, blowing on Jay McShann's song "Swingmatism” on Decca Records.

1953: Frank Sinatra begins working with his new arranger, Nelson Riddle.

1957: Elvis Presley recorded "Jailhouse Rock".

1960: Fats Domino recorded "Walking To New Orleans".

1965: Manchester group Herman's Hermits began their first US tour supported by The Zombies.

1966: Richard Farina (Folk Singer) died in a motorcycle accident on this day.

1969: The Beatles recorded "Let It Be".

1968: Organist Al Kooper announces he's leaving Blood, Sweat and Tears.

1968: The Cilla Black Show, featuring the theme song "Step Inside Love" written by Paul McCartney, debuts on the BBC, making Cilla the first Englishwoman with her own TV show.

1970: Allman Brothers tour manager Twiggs Lyndon is arrested for stabbing a club manager to death over a contract dispute. Incredibly, Lyndon gets off by pleading temporary insanity caused by being the tour manager for the Allman Brothers.

1976: The Who's Keith Moon pays $100 to nine different New York cabdrivers to block off a full city block, allowing the drummer to throw all his furniture through the hotel room window and onto the street.

1977: Led Zeppelin break the single-act attendance record for a concert when 76,229 fans pay to see them at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI, breaking the previous record set by the Who, also set at the Silverdome.

1980: Roger Daltrey of the Who premieres his first major acting vehicle, the crime drama film McVicar.

1982: Lester Bangs (Rock journalist for Creem and Rolling Stone Magazine) died of an overdose of Darvon, Valium and Nyquil.

1983: Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died in his sleep from Heart Failure, at his home in Westmont, Illinois.

1983: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of London's legendary Marquee Club, Manfred Mann reforms in their original Sixties incarnation to play the venue they (and so many others) started in.

1988: For the first time since its release 11 years earlier, Pink Floyd's landmark LP Dark Side Of The Moon leaves the Billboard charts, only to return a few months later.

1990: Prince played a concert at Rupert's Night-club, Minneapolis. The $100 a head ticket proceeds all went to the family of his former bodyguard Charles 'Big Chick' Huntsberry who had died from a heart attack.

1991: Nirvana signed a recording contract with Geffen's DGC label for $290,000.

1998: Boyzone singer Ronan Keating married Yvonne Connolly on the Caribbean island Nevis.

2001: A light aircraft carrying Sting went off the runway as it landed in Florence. None of the four aboard, Sting a friend and two pilots were hurt. Brake failure was suspected as the cause of the accident.

2002: Roger Daltrey guest stars a music teacher on tonight's "That '70s Musical" episode of Fox-TV's That 70's Show.

2003: Sixties soul icon Earl King is buried in his hometown of New Orleans with an authentic jazz funeral. Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton send their condolences.

2004: Michael Jackson is arraigned on his child molestation charges, pleading not guilty to ten different criminal counts, also including extortion and false imprisonment.

2004: In Los Angeles, CA, Courtney Love (Hole) entered a plea of "not guilty" for two charges of felony drug possession.

2004: Ray Charles appears at his Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic landmark. It will be the last public appearance he ever makes.

2005, The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. Bus driver Stefan Wohl who was alone on board the bus at the time the sewage was dumped was fined $10,000, the band had already donated $100,000 to two group's that protect the Chicago River and its surrounding area. The Dave Matthews Band offered their "deepest apologies" to more than 100 boat passengers who were on an architectural tour.

2005: American guitarist Norma-Jean Wofford died. Known as 'The Duchess', she worked with Bo Diddley as a Bo-ette from 1962 to 1966.

2007: Zola Taylor (The Platters) died in Los Angeles at age 69, from pneumonia.

2008: Mariah Carey married actor Nick Cannon in the Bahamas following a whirlwind two-month romance. The pop diva met Cannon, 27, while shooting the music video for her single 'Bye Bye.' It was the second marriage for Carey, who married Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola in 1993, which ended in 1998.

2008: A giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California. Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.

2008, Gail Renard, who was given the hand written lyrics to 'Give Peace A Chance' by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie's auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying "It will be worth something someday." The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000.

2011: Mariah Carey gives birth to twins, one boy and one girl.

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