Today In Oldies Music History: April 4--
Births1914: Frances Langford
1915: Muddy Waters
1934: Clive Davis
1936: Margo Sylvia (The Tune Weavers)
1938: Michael Parks
1938: Norro Wilson
1939: Hugh Masekela
1940: Sharon Sheeley
1941: Major Lance
1942: Kris Jensen
1948: Carol Douglas
1948: Berry Oakley (The Allman Brothers)
1948: Pick Withers (Dire Straits)
1950: Pip Pyle (Gong, Hatfield and the North, National Health)
1951: Steve Gatlin (The Gatlin Brothers)
1952: Dave Hill (Slade)
1952: Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy)
1952: Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band)
Deaths1983: Danny Rapp (Danny and the Juniors)
Events1960: RCA Victor decides to release all future singles -- starting with its next, Elvis Presley's "Stuck On You" -- in both mono and stereo versions.
1960: At tonight's Academy Awards, Frank Sinatra's "High Hopes" (from the comedy A Hole In The Head wins the Oscar for Best Original Song.
1961: Former teen idol Fabian graduates from Philadelphia's South Side High.
1964: The Beatles break all American chart records when the latest Billboard chart shows them with the Top Five records in the country simultaneously (#5: "Please Please Me," #4: "I Want To Hold Your Hand," #3: "She Loves You," #2: "Twist And Shout," #1: "Can't Buy Me Love"). Even more incredibly, nine other singles are scattered in various other positions around the "Hot 100." The Beatles had similarly dominated Canada and Australia's Top Ten earlier in the month.
1964: A court orders the Trashmen of "Surfin' Bird" fame to pay royalties to Beechwood Music, holder of the copyright for the Rivington's 1962 hit "Papa Oom Mow Mow," which the Trashmen hit borrows heavily from.
1967: Paul McCartney advises Beatles PR man Derek Taylor, currently producer of the upcoming Monterey Pop Festival, to consider this new guitar phenomenon he's seen named Jimi Hendrix.
1968: After hearing about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, riots break out in several black communities across the nation. In Boston, where James Brown is scheduled to perform, mayor Kevin White asks the singer to call for calm on stage and urge Bostonians not to riot. Meanwhile, at New York City's New Generation club, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Al Kooper, Buddy Guy, Ted Nugent, and Joni Mitchell respond by gathering for an all-night jam in tribute.
1970: Janis Joplin reunites with Big Brother and the Holding Company in San Francisco for a one-off reunion concert.
1973: A taped Elvis Presley concert entitled Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii is telecast on NBC and proves to be a huge success. The total worldwide audience for the show, the first commercial worldwide satellite broadcast, amounts to over a billion people.
1996: Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia's ashes are scattered in the Ganges river in India by Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Garcia's widow, Deborah.
1996: While on parole, Wilson Pickett is arrested for possession of two grams of cocaine at his home in Englewood, NJ.
2003: The Rolling Stones make their stage debut in India, performing at Bangalore Palace in the middle of a monsoon!
2005: A man who won an out-of-court settlement in 1994 against the singer for a similar charge testifies in Michael Jackson's current molestation trial.
2007: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones retracts a statement made to Britain music magazine New Musical Express a few days earlier to the effect that he once snorted his dad's ashes. Richards calls the remark "an April Fool's joke."
2008: The Rolling Stones release their Martin Scorsese-directed concert documentary, Shine A Light.
2008: Procol Harum's Gary Brooker wins an appeal in London to an earlier ruling, which stated that Harum organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to 40 percent of the royalties from the band's 1967 smash "A White Shade Of Pale." Though the new ruling notes that Fisher wrote the organ line and should be co-credited, it also overturns the royalty award by noting that Fisher waited 38 years to sue.
Releases1972: Elvis Presley, "An American Trilogy" b/w "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
Recording1939: Glenn Miller, "Moonlight Serenade"
1958: Earl Grant, "(At) The End (Of A Rainbow)"
1960: Elvis Presley: "The Girl Of My Best Friend," "Dirty, Dirty Feeling," "Thrill Of Your Love," "I Gotta Know," "Such A Night," "Are You Lonesome To-night?" "The Girl Next Door Went A-walking," "I Will Be Home Again," "Reconsider Baby"
1967: The Beatles, "Within You Without You"
Charts1961: The Marcels' "Blue Moon" hits #1
1970: Crosby Stills Nash & Young's LP Deja Vu hits #1
1971: The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" hits #1
1976: Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" hits #1