Today In Oldies Music History: April 19--
Births1927: Don Barbour (The Four Freshmen)
1928: Alexis Korner
1934: Dickie Goodman
1936: Ruby Johnson
1941: Bobby Russell
1942: Alan Price (The Animals)
1942: Larry Ramos, Jr. (The Association)
1943: Eve Graham (The New Seekers)
1944: Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Funkadelic)
1946: Tim Curry
1947: Mark Volman (The Turtles)
Deaths1985: Willie Mabon
Events1924: The first national country radio show in the US, The Chicago Barn Dance, debuts on WLS radio. (Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry wouldn't hit the airwaves for another year.)
1945: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel featuring the soon-to-be-standards "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and "You'll Never Walk Alone," debuts on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre.
1956: Drifters singer Clyde McPhatter receives his discharge from the US Army, leading him to immediately leave the group for a solo career.
1962: In another big step forward for soul, Jackie Wilson begins a headlining stint at New York's famous Copacabana Club.
1965: The epochal T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show has its premiere in the UK under the title Teenage Command Performance.
1967: While mixing tracks for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Beatles producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick discover that the clucking of the hen at the end of "Good Morning Good Morning" meshes perfectly with George Harrison's opening guitar note on the "Sgt. Pepper" reprise.
1968: With Ringo having left much earlier due to the vegetarian diet, and Paul having left to supervise the launch of Apple, John and George are the last two Beatles to leave the Maharishi Maheshi Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India, where they had been studying his practices of meditation and yoga. Lennon in particular believes the stories of band associate Alex Mardas, who claims the Maharishi is only interested in the Beatles' money and, although claiming to be celibate, has been making sexual advances at the group's traveling companion, actress Mia Farrow. When the guru asks why everyone is leaving, John shoots back "You're the cosmic one, you should know." When back in London, he writes a song about the incident, entitled "Maharishi" but later changed to "Sexy Sadie."
1980: For the first time, the five spots atop Billboard's country music chart are all female: Crystal Gayle ("It's Like We Never Said Goodbye"), Dottie West ("A Lesson in Leavin'"), Debbie Boone ("Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again"), Emmylou Harris ("Beneath Still Waters"), and Tammy Wynette ("Two Story House," shared with George Jones).
1982: Flush from the success of their recent Central Park concert, Simon and Garfunkel mount their first tour since their breakup, a swing through Europe that sadly falls apart before it can get to the US. The split is so dramatic this time around that Simon wipes all of Garfunkel's contributions to the pair's latest album, Hearts and Bones, and releases it as a solo album instead.
1988: Sonny Bono is inaugurated as mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
1990: Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Gary Moore, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and Level 42's Mark King all appear as themselves on tonight's episode of BBC's French & Saunders sketch comedy show, jamming together in a courtroom sketch.
1990: The TV docudrama Summer Dreams: The History Of The Beach Boys, airs on ABC.
2003: Alt-rock heroes The White Stripes join Loretta Lynn during a concert in New York to join her on her hits "Fist City," ""Rated X," and "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man."
2004: A stage musical of the Elvis movie Jailhouse Rock opens in London.
2005: Elvis Presley Enterprises announces that for the first time it will air TV commercials to lure visitors to the refurbished Graceland mansion where he spent his days.
2010: Ringo Starr comments on the Vatican's recent "apology" for its part in the 1966 "Bigger Than Jesus" scandal, saying, "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."
Releases1965: The Beatles, "Ticket To Ride"
1973: The Beatles, The Beatles 1962-1966, The Beatles 1967-1970 (UK)
1978: Patti Smith, "Because The Night"