On this day, April 19 In Music History

On this day, April 19 In Music History


On this day, April 19 in 1962 Jackie Wilson made his stage debut at the Copacabana in New York City. Even though he established himself in the music industry couple years before.

1965 – Four months after its premier in the US, the concert film T.A.M.I. Show’ opened at the theaters in London, England. It includes performances from popular rock and roll musicians such as The Supremes, James Brown, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye and others. In the UK however, the movie aired under the name Teenage Command Performance.

1968 – George Harrison and John Lennon left their meditation lessons in India two weeks earlier than planned. Ringo and Paul had already left the ashram in Rishikesh. Later The Beatles had to issue a statement to renounce their association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who held the lessons.

1969 – With their own version of ‘I Can Hear Music’The Beach Boys climbed to No.24 on the US singles chart. While the original version from The Ronettes barely made the Billboard Hot 100 at #100.

1975 – American pop rock band the Raspberries split up after five years of touring and recording. However, they did make a reunion three decades later and toured again from 2004 until 2009.

1980 – With the soundtrack for the movie American GigoloBlondie went on number one on the US singles chart. The song in question – ‘Call Me’. Also a chart topper in the UK.

1980 – Brian Johnson became the third lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC. He replaced Bon Scott who had died earlier that year in February.

AC/DC – Thunderstruck

1982 – Twelve years after splitting up, Simon & Garfunkel reunited for a European tour and ended up splitting again while on tour. However, they managed to settle their differences and continued touring at least once every decade since.

1986 – With his second solo single ‘A Different Corner’George Michael went on number one on the UK singles chart.

1986 – While Prince topped the US singles chart with ‘Kiss’, a song he wrote for The Bangles called ‘Manic Monday’ was right behind him on the #2 spot.

1993 – American saxophonist, flutist and session musician Steve Douglas died at the age of 54 from a heart attack. He worked with musicians such as Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson and Phil Spector.

1994 – American rapper Nas released his debut album ‘Illmatic’. Considered as one of the greatest albums of all time in the hip hop scene.

1997 – American musician Eldon Hoke (nicknamed El Duce) diet at the age of 39 after being hit by a train. However, his death raised many questions and doubts because prior to that he was filming a Kurt Cobain documentary where he claimed that Courtney Love offered to pay him to murder her husband.

1998 – With his debut solo album ‘Life Thru A Lens’Robbie Williams started a two week run at #1 on the UK album chart.

2003 – Prominent Motown dancer and choreographer Cholly Atkins died at the age of 89 from pancreatic cancer.

2010 – Ringo Starr rejected Vatican’s forgiveness for John Lennon‘s legendary statement that ‘The Beatles are bigger than Jesus’. The reason for this was because even though the Catholic Church “forgave” them the week earlier. They still called The Beatles‘ music Satanic in the article which Ringo of course, didn’t appreciate.

2012 – American musician Levon Helm died at the age of 71 from throat cancer. Best known as the drummer and vocalist for The Band.

2012 – Australian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham died on this day, April 19 at the age of 58. Best known for this work with rock band Men At Work.


1928 – British blues musician and radio broadcaster Alexis Andrew Koerner was born on this day, April 19 in music history. Also known as the ‘founding father of British blues music’. He was a major influence for many British musicians and bands such as The Rolling Stones and Free in the 1960s.

1934 – American music and record producer Richard ‘Dickie’ Goodman was born on this day, April 19 in Brooklyn, New York. Best known as the inventor of the ‘break-in’ method which is basically the predecessor technique of what we call ‘sampling’ today. 

1940 – American singer and songwriter Bobby Russell was born on this day, April 19 in Nashville, Tennessee. He had five singles charting on the Hot Country Songs chart between 1966 and 1973. And was also married for two years to fellow singer Vicki Lawrence.

1942 – Founding member and keyboardist of the British blues rock band The AnimalsAlan Price was born on this day in Fatfield. Besides his work with The Animals, he also had a successful solo career. And on top of that he appeared in couple of movies as well.

1942 – Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Hilario ‘Larry’ Ramos was born on this day in Waimea, Hawaii. Best known as member of the pop band The Association.

1943 – Renowned South African recording producer and engineer Eddie Kramer was born on this day, April 19 in music history. He has collaborated with many legendary musicians and bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Whitesnake and many others.

1943 – Scottish singer Eve Graham was born on this day, April 19 in music history. Best known as member of The New Seekers.

1947 – Founding member of The TurtlesMark Volman was born on this day in Los Angeles, California. Also known as ‘Flo’ of the comedic musical duo Flo & Eddie.

1957 – Heavy metal vocalist Tony Martin was born on this day in Birmingham, England. Best known as frontman of Black Sabbath from 1987 until 1991 and again from 1993 to 1997.

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