Today In Oldies Music History: April 20--
Births1908: Lionel Hampton
1923: Tito Puente
1939: Johnny Tillotson
1945: Jimmy Winston (The Moments, The Small Faces)
1948: Craig Frost (Silver Bullet Band, Grand Funk Railroad)
1951: Luther Vandross
Deaths1969: Papa Zita (The Funk Brothers)
1991: Steve Marriott (The Small Faces, Humble Pie)
1992: Johnny Shines
2002: Alan Dale
2003: Teddy Edwards
1949: Phil Spector's father, Benjamin, commits suicide over mounting debt, prompting Phil Spector to write "To Know Him Is To Love Him" a decade later for the Teddy Bears (the title being inspired by the legend on Benjamin's headstone).
1963: Ricky Nelson marries his first wife, Kris Harmon, daughter of college football legend Tom Harmon and brother of actor Mark Harmon, in Los Angeles. A pregnant Kris gives birth to daughter Tracy only six months later. The couple divorce in 1982.
1964: Elvis' fifteenth film, Viva Las Vegas, premieres in New York.
1968: Deep Purple make their stage debut at the Vestpoppen, in Kastrup, Denmark.
1968: Apple Music, the Beatles' new label, runs their famous "This Man Has Talent" ads in Britain's New Musical Express, seeking demo tapes from unknown artists. Most are never heard but pile up in Apple's offices, and the majority of the label's signings are acquired through more conventional means.
1970: The New York Times reports that Catholic and Protestant youth groups are adopting the Beatles' "yellow submarine" image, from the song and movie of the same name, as a symbol of their faith.
1976: At tonight's Monty Python concert, held in New York, George Harrison joins the lads onstage, replete with mountie outfit, for a rousing rendition of their "Lumberjack Song."
1981: John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas is sentenced to five years for helping a Los Angeles-area pharmacist sell fake prescriptions, as well as drug possession. His sentence will be reduced to one month, however, after he agrees to perform 250 hours of community service in the form of anti-drug lectures.
1987: Rhode Island police arrest a teen accused of biting the head off a gerbil in tribute to his hero, Ozzy Osbourne.
1991: John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival marries his second wife, Julie Lebiedzinksi, in Bristol, IN. The two are still married.
1992: Queen reunites for a tribute charity concert dedicated to their fallen former leader, vocalist Freddie Mercury, who'd passed away from AIDS some six months earlier. Robert Plant, David Bowie, Elton John, Guns N' Roses, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Paul Young, Ian Hunter and Roger Daltrey, among others, show up to sing Freddie's and their own hits.
1994: Barbra Streisand begins her first tour since 1966, performing in London.
1996: Tickets go on sale for the KISS reunion tour.
1999: At tonight's concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, Billy Joel announces his retirement from touring and recording pop music. (He eventually returns to the stage.)
Releases1970: Elvis Presley, "The Wonder Of You"
1970: Paul McCartney, McCartney
1976: The Rolling Stones, Black And Blue
1976: Elvis Presley, From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee
Recording1931: Louis Armstrong, "When It's Sleepy Time Down South"
1944: Judy Garland, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
1966: The Beatles: "And Your Bird Can Sing," "Taxman"
1967: The Beatles, "Only A Northern Song"
1968: The Rolling Stones, "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
1969: The Beatles: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," "Oh! Darling"