Tuesday, April 4, 2017
In 1931 "Minnie The Moocher" by Cab Calloway is #1 on the charts.
In 1939 Glenn Miller records "Moonlight Serenade" for Bluebird Records.
In 1954 Arturo Toscanini conducts his last concert with the NBC Symphony
Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He retired from
conducting after 65 years.
In 1960 Elvis Presley records "Are You Lonesome Tonight."
In 1964 The Trashmen are found gulity of plagiarizing the Rivingtons' "Papa
Oom Mow Mow" and "The Bird Is The Word" when composing "Surfin'
In 1964 The Rolling Stones release their self-titled debut album.
In 1964 "My Guy" by Mary Wells, "People" by Barbra Streisand and "Bits &
Pieces" by Dave Clark Five all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964 The Beatles hold the top five spots on Billboard's Hot 100 chart: 1)
"Can't Buy Me Love," 2) "Twist and Shout," 3) "She Loves You," 4) "I
Want To Hold Your Hand" and 5) "Please Please Me."
In 1968 After Dr. Martin Luther King is assasinated, James Brown appears on
national TV asking viewers to refrain from violence.
In 1968 "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro is certified gold.
In 1970 Janis Joplin holds a reunion concert with Big Brother and the
Holding Company in San Francisco.
In 1970 "Everything is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens and "Make Me Smile" by
Chicago both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1973 "The Cover Of Rolling Stone" by Dr. Hook is certified gold.
In 1975 The Ohio Players appear on NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" in a show
taped at the University of Chicago.
In 1977 The Clash's debut album is released in the United Kingdom, but CBS
refuses to release it in the U.S. claiming it's "too harsh for
In 1977 Dolly Parton appears on the cover of People magazine.
In 1981 The documentary film "This is Elvis" premieres at the USA Film
Festival in Dallas.
In 1981 "Paradise Theater" by Styx hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and
stayed there for 3 (nonconsecutive) weeks.
In 1983 "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson is certified gold.
In 1986 Bianca Jagger guest stars on TV's "Miami Vice."
In 1987 U2's album "The Joshua Tree" enters the Billboard albums chart at
#7, the highest new entry since 1980.
In 1987 "Songbird" by Kenny G enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1987 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship hits #1 on the U.S. top 40
chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1988 Paul Simon's video "Graceland The African Concert" is certified
In 1989 Tiffany sings the National Anthem at the California Angels' season
In 1990 Gloria Estefan is released from the hospital following back surgery.
She had suffered injuries in a bus accident two weeks earlier.
In 1992 "Under The Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers and "Jump" by Kris Kross
both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1993 A London newspaper, The Sunday Times, lists Paul McCartney, George
Harrison, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman among Britain's
In 1994 A judge in Los Angeles refuses to dismiss murder charges against
Snoop Doggy Dogg in what police said was a gang-related drive-by
shooting the previous summer.
In 1994 Police in Orlando, Florida, use tear-gas on unruly Grateful Dead
fans when they try to get into a sold-out concert.
In 1995 The Beach Boys' album "20 Good Vibrations: The Greatest Hits" is
In 1996 Jerry Garcia's widow and Grateful Dead band member Bob Weir scatter
a portion of his ashes over the Ganges River in India.
In 1996 "Evil Empire" by Rage Against The Machine debuts at #1 on the
Billboard albums chart.
In 1998 Eric Clapton's "Pilgrim" debuts at #4 on the Billboard albums chart.
In 2000 Mick Jagger returns to Dartford Grammar School in southeast England
to open an arts center named in his honor.
In 2000 Diana Ross announces a Supremes "reunion" tour, even though the
other two Supremes, Scherrie Payne & Lynda Laurence, never performed
with Ross. The tour was later canceled due to poor ticket sales.
In 2000 Harry Connick Jr.'s album "Come By Me" and the Dixie Chicks' single
"Goodbye Earl" are both certified gold, while Sarah McLachlan's CD
"Mirrorball" goes triple platinum.
In 2004 Beck marries actress/screenwriter Marissa Ribisi.
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