Music History April 24

Billy Paul

BORN ON APRIL 24

1933 – Freddie Scott, American singer-songwriter (d. 2007)
1937 – Joe Henderson, American saxophonist (d. 2001)
1941 – John Williams, Australian-English guitarist
1944 – St. Clair Lee, American singer (The Hues Corporation) (d. 2011)
1945 – Doug Clifford, American drummer and songwriter (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1945 – Doug Riley, Canadian keyboard player (Dr. Music) (d. 2007)
1947 – Claude Dubois, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1948 – David Ingram, American keyboard player and songwriter (AnExchange and Love Song) (d. 2005)
1951 – Nigel Harrison, English bass player and songwriter (Blondie and Silverhead)
1954 – Jack Blades, American bass player and songwriter (Night Ranger, Rubicon, Damn Yankees, and Tak Matsumoto Group)
1954 – Captain Sensible, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Damned and Dead Men Walking)
1957 – David J, English bass player (Bauhaus and Love and Rockets)
1957 – Boris Williams, French-English drummer (The Cure, Thompson Twins)
1963 – Paula Frazer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Tarnation, Faith No More, and Frightwig)
1963 – Billy Gould, American bass player, songwriter (Faith No More, Harmful, Fear and the Nervous System, and Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine)
1963 – Joey Vera,American bass player (Fates Warning and Armored Saint)
1966 – David Usher, English-Canadian singer-songwriter (Moist)
1971 – Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Evil Superstars and Deus)
1983 – Will Champlin, American singer-songwriter
1984 – Tyson Ritter, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (The All-American Rejects)

DIED ON APRIL 24

1957 – Harry McClintock, American singer (b. 1882)
1970 – Otis Spann, American singer and pianist (b. 1930)
1975 – Pete Ham, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Badfinger) (b. 1947)
2001 – Al Hibbler, American singer (b. 1915)

EVENTS ON APRIL 24

1959 – Buddy Holly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Paul Anka song “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.” A No.1 hit six weeks after Holly’s death.

1961 – Bob Dylan appeared on Harry Belafonte’s album ‘The Midnight Special’ playing harmonica on the title track. Dylan was paid a $50 session fee for this his first ever recording.

1968 – The Beatles new company, Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie. (Apple later signed Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, Badfinger, and Billy Preston.

1970 – Having been invited to a White House dinner by Tricia Nixon, daughter of US President Richard Nixon, the Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick brings radical Abbie Hoffman with her, in an attempt to secretly dose Tricia with LSD during the meal. Hoffman is turned away at the door by Secret Service agents, causing Slick to leave as well.

1975 – Peter Ham, British singer, songwriter with Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home, aged 27. Ham co-wrote “Without You,” with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey. Ham was a founding member of The Iveys, who became Badfinger, were signed to the Beatles’ Apple label, their first hit “Come And Get It” was written by Paul McCartney.

1976 – In a parody of recent public offers, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels goes on air and offers the Beatles the whopping sum of $3,000 if they agree to reunite on the hits NBC-TV show. And it almost happens: Paul, visiting John in his New York apartment for what would turn out to be the last time, is watching the skit with John, and both consider going across town to the studio live. However, the duo decide they’re too tired.

1984 – With questions still lingering about the death of his fifth wife, Shawn Stephens, Jerry Lee Lewis marries his sixth, Kerrie McCarver, the 22-year-old president of his fan club.

1992 – In his hometown of Inglewood, NJ, Wilson Pickett drives his car through the mayor’s front yard, yelling death threats at the house and accidentally running over an 86-year-old man. He is later arrested and found with open containers of alcohol in his car.

1989 – Tom Petty released his debut solo album ‘Full Moon Fever.’ It features contributions from members of his backing band the Heartbreakers, notably Mike Campbell, along with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison (who died prior to its release), and George Harrison of the Traveling Wilburys.

2003 – Dixie Chicks launched a publicity campaign to explain their position after the controversy of Natalie Maines’ statement regading the Iraq war. During a prime-time interview with TV personality Diane Sawyer, Maines said she remained proud of her original statement. The band also appeared naked (with private parts strategically covered) on the current cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine, with slogans such as “Traitors”, “Saddam’s Angels”, “Dixie Sluts”, “Proud Americans”, “Hero”, “Free Speech”, and “Brave” printed on their bodies. The slogans represented the labels (both positive and negative) that had been placed on them in the aftermath of Maines’ statement.

2007 – US President George W. Bush is denied a luxury suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna when Mick Jagger, in town with the Stones on a tour, books it first.

2016 – Soul singer Billy Paul died at his home in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey, from pancreatic cancer at the age of 81. He was best known for his 1972 hit “Me and Mrs Jones,” which won a Grammy award and reached No.1.