Music History for Wednesday, 4/23/14
2013 - Guitarist Bob Brozman, who was dubbed “an instrumental wizard,” died. He was 59.
2012 - Neil Diamond married his longtime manager Katie McNeil.
2011 - The Outsiders’ guitarist Tom King died. He was 68.
2009 - Evansville, Indiana declared it Taylor Swift Day as she kicked off her first headlining tour there. Taylor also got the key to the city.
2009 - The iTunes Music Store reached one billion applications downloaded.
2008 - Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was sentenced to three years probation for a DUI. He was also ordered to attend first offender alcohol awareness classes.
2006 - Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney married Tiffany Fallon in Mexico.
2003 - Bruce Springsteen defended country group The Dixie Chicks, who were suffering a backlash for their criticism of George W. Bush. In a statement, Springsteen said, quote, “To me, they’re terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech. For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations and even entire radio networks for speaking out is un-American.”
2003 - Twisted Sister announced they were reforming to do a USO tour of military bases in Korea.
2003 - Courtney Love placed an ad in New York paper The Village Voice, looking for new band members. Her ad read, quote, “We like Emily the Strange, Lolita Goth, Patty Schemel’s drumming, Nuggets and Performance the movie. We love Flea, but don’t want you to play like him. We start NOW. NO BOYS.”
2002 - Kenny Chesney's album, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems was released.
1999 - Charlie Daniels was surprised, and so was the audience, when Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rhett Akins, Lee Roy Parnell and blues singer Johnny Neel all performed with him at Volunteer Jam '99 at Nashville's First American Music Center.
1997 - The Four Tops received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996 - Bryan White met actress Erika Page for the first time at a benefit concert in Los Angeles. They began dating in 1997 and married in 2000.
1994 - Pink Floyd started a four-week run at number one on the albums chart with The Division Bell.
1994 - Lari White married Chuck Cannon, a co-writer of John Michael Montgomery's hit "I Love the Way You Love Me."
1992 - A 13-mile stretch of Mississippi Highway 23 was renamed in honor Tammy Wynette.
1992 - George Michael announced he was donating 500 thousand dollars in royalties from the sale of his "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" live single with Elton John to various U.K. and U.S. charities.
1991 - Ex-New York Dolls guitarist, and leader of The Heartbreakers, Johnny Thunders, died of a drug overdose in New Orleans. He was 38.
1988 - Whitney Houston smashed a chart record held by The Beatles and The Bee Gees when "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" became her seventh consecutive number one single.
1988 - Roy Orbison celebrated his 53nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert. The audience sang "Happy Birthday" to Orbison.
1987 - Singer-songwriter Carole King sued Ode Records owner Lou Adler for breach of contract. King claimed she was owed over $400,000 in royalties and asked for the rights to her old recordings.
1983 - One-hit-wonders, Dexy's Midnight Runners had the number one song with "Come on Eileen."
1981 - Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins gave a live performance in West Germany that was later released as an album called The Survivors.
1979 - Blondie was at number one with "Heart of Glass." Andy Warhol threw a party for the band at New York City's Studio 54.
1978 - Sid Vicious filmed his version of "My Way" for The Sex Pistols' movie, The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.
1977 - Singer Thelma Houston had the number one single with "Don't Leave Me This Way."
1977 - Adam & The Ants made their debut at the Roxy Club in London.
1975 - Badfinger's Pete Ham committed suicide by hanging himself in his London garage. He was 28.
1969 - The Beatles had their 16th number one single in the U.K. with "Get Back." It stayed at the top of the chart there for six weeks.
1958 - The number one record in the country was "Witch Doctor" by David Seville. His real name was Ross Bagdasarian and he created The Chipmunks a few months later.
1956 - Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut at the New Frontier Hotel. He opened for the Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene. The two-week gig was canceled after one week due to poor audience response.
General History for Wednesday, 4/23/14
1564 - Today is the birthday and, 52 years later, date of death for William Shakespeare.
1789 - President-elect George Washington and his wife, Martha, moved into the first Executive Mansion, the Franklin House, in New York. The White House wasn't built until years later.
1896 - The "Vitascope" system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.
1899 - Russian-American author Vladimir Nabakov was born in St. Petersburg. He's best known for writing Lolita.
1954 - Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major league home run on this day.
1963 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his first hit in the major leagues.
1969 - Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.
1985 - The Coca-Cola company announced it was changing the secret formula for Coke. "New Coke" was a big failure, though and the company soon dumped it.
1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last regular season game in the NBA.
1991 - President Bush welcomed General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the just-returned Gulf War commander, at The White House.
1995 - ABC sportscaster Howard Cosell died in New York at age 77.
1996 - A Bronx Civil-Court judge ordered Bernhard Goetz (gets) to pay 43 million dollars to Darrell Cabey, one of four young men he'd shot on a New York City subway car in 1984.
1996 - An auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' possessions began at Sotheby's in New York City.
1998 - James Earl Ray, who confessed to assassinating the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, and then insisted he was framed, died at a Nashville hospital at age 70.
2000 - Elian Gonzalez spent a secluded Easter with his father at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C., a day after the six-year-old boy was removed from his Miami relatives' home in a pre-dawn raid by immigration agents.
2007 - The military announced two suicide car bombers struck a U.S. patrol base in Diyala province in Iraq, killing nine American soldiers and wounding 20 others.
2010 - Prosecutors said Zarein Ahmedzay pleaded guilty to involvement in a plot to blow up crowded New York City subway trains. Ahmedzay said in mid-September 2009, he worked with another man, Adis Medunjanin, and Najibullah Zazi on the eventually thwarted attack.
2012 - A trial began in North Carolina to determine if former U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards illegally used campaign funds. Edwards was knocked out of the race after he impregnated his mistress, Rielle Hunter, while his wife, Elizabeth, battled and later died from cancer. Edwards, who faced up to 30 years in prison, was later found not guilty.