this week

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Thu Apr 24 22:05:32 EDT 2008

 From Musician's Friend:

*i know someone's birthday is today but i bought a new computer and 
haven't figured out how to get all the stuff from the old computer onto 
the new one. so will the real mystery birthday man please out himself.


*1927*, bluesman Crying Sam Collins records "Jail House Blues" for 
Paramount Records in Richmond, Indiana ...

*1934*, Laurens Hammond patents the pipeless organ ... he uses a piano 
keyboard to activate the electronic circuits of devices called 
tonewheels ... the famous B-3 organ weighed about 400 pounds, thereby 
ensuring that Hammond's name is cursed by musicians forced to lug the 
heavy piece of furniture up staircases to gigs ...

*1957*, RCA Records signs Harry Belafonte for the unprecedented sum of 
$1 million ... dubbed the "King of Calypso," the singer is from The 
Bronx ...

*1964*, the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" enjoys its fourth week at the 
top of the pop chart ... Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly" will knock it 
out of that spot two weeks later ...

*1966*, The Beatles record "Eleanor Rigby," which Paul McCartney 
originally titles "Miss Daisy Hawkins" ... not happy with the title, and 
wanting something more realistic, McCartney comes up with Eleanor after 
he sees a clothing store named Rigby in Bristol, England ...

*1968*, the musical /Hair/ opens on Broadway at the Biltmore Theater in 
New York, where it will run for 1,873 performances ... original cast 
members include Melba Moore and Diane Keaton ...

*1974*, The Carpenters perform at President Nixon's request at a White 
House dinner for West German Chancellor Willy Brandt ... Pam Morrison, 
Jim Morrison's widow, succumbs to a heroin overdose ...

*1976*, customs officers at the Polish-Russian border confiscate a 
collection of Nazi memorabilia from David Bowie ... Bowie claims that 
the material is being used for research on a movie project about Nazi 
propaganda leader, Joseph Paul Goebbels ... Bruce Springsteen is thrown 
out of Graceland after sneaking in to see Elvis ...

*1981*, Paul McCartney's post-Beatles effort has its "Wings" clipped 
after it is announced that Denny Laine has left Wings, which is then 
disbanded ... ex-Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach, best 
known as the James Bond girl from /The Spy Who Loved Me/ ...

*1982*, Rod Stewart is robbed on Hollywood Boulevard while standing next 
to his $50,000 Porsche ... the car is untouched ...

*1984*, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac files for bankruptcy ...

*1990*, Roger Waters' road crew discovers an unexploded WWII-era bomb 
while erecting the set for his Berlin "The Wall" concert ...

*1992*, Bonnie Raitt receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree from 
the Berklee College of Music ...

*1993*, Prince announces that he will no longer make records ... six 
weeks later he will change his name to an unpronounceable glyph that 
turns out to be a modified version of the ancient symbol for soapstone 
used in alchemy ...

*1994*, former Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick enters a 
guilty plea to the charge of menacing police officers with a shotgun ... 
the singer explains that she was under stress due to the recent loss of 
her Mill Valley, California, home in a fire, along with memorabilia that 
she alleges was stolen by Corte Madera firefighters ...

*1997*, beginning their PopMart tour in Nevada to promote the brand new 
/Pop/ album and its single, "Staring at the Sun," U2 gets a bit of a 
slap in the face ... the companion TV special, /U2: A Year in Pop/, 
aired in the U.S. just days into the tour, becomes the lowest-rated show 
in prime-time television history that is not related to politics ... it 
appears that /Pop/ isn't so popular ...

*1999*, Irish singer and hellraiser Sinead O'Connor becomes the first 
female priest in the Latin Tridentine Church, a breakaway segment of the 
Roman Catholic church ... her priestly name will be Mother Bernadette 
Mary ... in a murder-suicide, Larry Troutman shoots his brother Roger to 
death in the alley behind their family-owned Dayton, Ohio, studio and 
then turns the gun on himself ... the two musicians along with brothers 
Lester and Terry had founded a funk band in the mid-1970s that evolved 
into Zapp ... the band scored a series of 1980s dance hits ... with 
their salad days far behind them, the brothers had argued about the 
direction of the family's struggling business affairs leading up to the 
shootings ...

*2004*, "finding a crash pad" takes on new meaning when Billy Joel plows 
into a Long Island house while on a pizza run ... this is the third 
wreck in three years for the embarrassed piano man who sends the 
homeowner a note of apology and flowers ...

*2005*, Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas' first solo album becomes 
the first release available exclusively as a dual-sided audio-video disc 
to debut at No. 1 ... Coldplay becomes the first British band since the 
Beatles to score a single debut in the U.S. Top 10 on the /Billboard/ 
Hot 100 chart ...

*2006*, publishes the results of a reader's poll naming the 
worst songs of all time ... counting down from five to one, they are: 5. 
"Seasons in the Sun," (Terry Jacks), 4. "I've Never Been to Me," 
(Charlene), 3. "You Light Up My Life," (Debby Boone), 2. "Muskrat Love," 
(The Captain and Tennille), and the No. 1 worst song of all time as 
voted on by users is "(You're) Having My Baby" by Paul Anka ... 
The Dave Matthews Band pledges a $1.5 million challenge grant to help 
build the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, a part of the Gulf 
Coast's recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina ... record 
labels pressure Apple's iTunes to adopt a variable-pricing scheme for 
single downloads ... the labels are frustrated by their original deal 
with Apple calling for a flat 99-cents charge per song ... they want to 
charge more for current hits and less for back-catalog tunes ... Apple 
resists the pressure ... /Jersey Boys/, a Broadway musical that's based 
on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is doing great business ... other 
recent rock and pop-based shows about John Lennon, The Beach Boys, and 
Elvis have not been as nearly well received, closing shop after short 
runs in the face of a lot of empty seats ... in a feverish two-week 
creative process, Neil Young creates the album /Living with War/ then 
initially posts it as a free stream online ... the album includes the 
bluntly-titled anti-Bush song, "Let's Impeach the President" ... Rapper 
Snoop Dogg and his entourage land in the doghouse after a scuffle with 
British cops at London's Heathrow Airport ... the melee occurs when 
Snoop and his pals are told to vacate a business-class lounge and put up 
a fight ... seven cops are injured in the tussle and Snoop is locked up 
in a West London gaol ...

*2007*, pop singer Avril Lavigne scored her first No. 1 single on the 
U.S. charts Thursday, a day after her latest album debuted in the top 
spot ... "Girlfriend" moved up two places to No. 1 on the /Billboard/ 
Hot 100, fueled by 156,000 digital downloads ... her prior best showing 
was with "Complicated," which peaked at No. 2 in 2002 ... her album, 
/The Best Damn Thing/, opened at No. 1 on the /Billboard/ 200 with sales 
of 286,000 units in the week ended April 22 ... also this week, John 
Mellencamp plays a one-hour show at Walter Reed Medical Center in 
Washington, D.C. ... the performer who has been a critic of the Iraq war 
in the past keeps his appearance non-political saying, "I kept my 
opinions to myself tonight. This was for the peope who were there" ... 
Joan Baez who was also scheduled to perform is reportedly banned---no 
surprise given her long-standing pacifist convictions and repeated 
refusal to pay that portion of her taxes that goes to the military ... 
as a sign of New Orleans' recovery from Hurricane Katrina, the New 
Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is held over two successive weekends 
in late April and May and draws 375,000, nearly 50,000 more than in 2006 


*April 24*: Ed Roberts of Ruby and the Romantics (1936), Joe Henderson 
(1937), Barbra Streisand (1942), Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys 
(1943), Barbara Love of The Friends of Distinction (1944), Doug Clifford 
(1945), Jethro Tull bassist Glen Cornick (1947), Preston Ritter of The 
Electric Prunes (1949), David J. Haskins of Love and Rockets (1957), 
Boris Williams of The Cure (1958), Robert Gould of Faith No More (1963), 
Hole's Patty Schemel (1967), Aaron Comess of Spin Doctors (1968), Kelly 
Clarkson (1982), Tyson Ritter, lead singer-bassist with All-American 
Rejects (1984)

*April 25*: radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi (1874), R&B sax honker Earl 
Bostic (1913), Ella Fitzgerald (1918), Chess records session drummer 
Earl Phillips (1920), Albert King (1923), VASSAR CLEMENTS (1928), Willis 
"Gator" Jackson (1932), songwriter Jerry Leiber (1933), Stu Cook (1945), 
Bjorn Ulveas of ABBA (1945), Gary "Dream Weaver" Wright (1945), drummer 
Steve Ferrone of Average White Band (1950), Roger Taylor of Duran Duran 
(1960), Chris Mars of The Replacements (1961), Erasure's Andy Bell 
(1964), Eric Avery of Jane's Addiction (1965), T-Boz of TLC (1970), Jose 
Pasillas of Incubus (1976), Jacob Underwood of O-Town (1980)

*April 26*: Ma Rainey, "The Mother of the Blues," born Gertrude Melissa 
Nix Pridgett (1886), Johnny Shines, blues guitarist who worked with 
Robert Johnson (1915), Bobby Rydell, born Robert Ridarelli (1942)

*April 27*: countdown DJ Casey Kasem (1932), Dr. Demento favorite, Jimmy 
Cross (1939), Main Ingredient's Cuba Gooding Sr. (1944), Rita Coolidge 
(1944), Badfinger's Pete Ham (1947), soul songstress Ann Peebles (1947), 
Kate Pierson of The B-52's (1947), Ace Frehley (1951), Sheena Easton 
(1959), Marco Pirroni of Siouxsie and the Banshees (1959)

*April 28*: John Walters of Dr. Hook (1945), Steve Gilpin, lead singer 
of techno band Mi-Sex (1950), Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth (1953), Roland 
Gift of Fine Young Cannibals (1961), Too Short (1966), Daisy Berkowitz 
of Marilyn Manson (1968)

*April 29*: Duke Ellington (1899), Carl Gardner of The Coasters (1928), 
percussionist and bandleader Ray Barretto (1929), Lonnie Donegan, the 
"king of skiffle" (1931), Klaus Voorman (1942), Duane Allen of the Oak 
Ridge Boys (1943), Tammi Terrell (1945), Soft Machine's Hugh Hopper 
(1945), Tommy James (1947), John Cascella, keyboard and accordion player 
with John Mellencamp (1947), Francis Rossi of Status Quo (1949), Mark 
Kendall of Great White (1958), Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips (1968), 
Master P (1970), Mike Hogan of The Cranberries (1973)

*April 30*: jazz bassist Percy Heath (1923), country singer Johnny 
Horton (1929), Willie Nelson (1933), Jerry Lordan, solo act and 
songwriter who wrote the instrumental, "Apache" (1934), Bobby Vee 
(1943), Chris "Choc" Dalyrimple of Soul For Real (1971), J.R. Richards 
of Dishwalla (1972), Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees (1973)


*April 24*: singer Al Hibbler (2001)

*April 25*: Bobby Picket (2007), rockabilly pioneer Hasil Adkins (2005), 
Roger Troutman and Larry Troutman (1999), rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes 
(2002), Brian McLeod of Chilliwack (1992), saxophonist Dexter Gordon 
(1990), Carolyn Franklin (1988), masterful blues pianist Otis Spann (1970)

*April 26*: Daniel McKenna, former guitarist in Toby Beau (2006), Ernest 
"Snuffy" Stewart of KC and the Sunshine Band (1997), Count Basie (1984)

*April 27*: Al Hirt (1999), Fabulous Thunderbirds bassist Keith Ferguson 
(1997), soul singer Z.Z. Hill, born Arzel Hill (1984), Phil King of Blue 
Öyster Cult (1972)

*April 28*: Tommy Newsom of The Tonight Show Band (2007), Percy Heath, 
jazz bassist (2005), John Steele, bass singer with The (Five) Willows 
(1997), B.W. Stevenson, born Louis Charles Stevenson, among the first 
country rockers (1988), T. Rex bass player Steve Currie (1981), Tommy 
Caldwell, bassist for the Marshall Tucker Band (1980), Charlie Patton, 
pioneering Delta blues singer (1934)

*April 29*: Mick Ronson, guitarist who worked with David Bowie, Elton 
John, and Lou Reed (1993), Floyd Butler, co-leader of the pop outfit 
Friends of Distinction (1990), blues great J.B. Lenoir (1967), blues 
pianist Leroy Carr (1935)

*April 30*: Zola Taylor of The Platters (2007) Norma Jean Wofford aka 
The Duchess (2005), Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet (1999), Body Count 
drummer Beatmaster V, born Victor Ray Wilson (1996), blues legend MUDDY 
WATERS, born McKinley Morganfield, influenced the Rolling Stones and 
said of Mick Jagger, "He took my music but he gave me my name" (1983), 
rock writer Lester Bangs (1982), leftist singer-songwriter Richard 
Fariña (1966)

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