This Day in Music: April 15th
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Born on this day:
1933, Roy Clark, country singer, guitarist
1944, Dave Edmunds, singer, guitarist, producer
1965, Linda Perry, songwriter, vocals, 4 Non Blondes
1966, Samantha Fox, singer
1967, Frankie Poullian, bass, The Darkness
1968, Edward O’Brien, guitarist, Radiohead
1966, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink all appeared at the The Odeon, Blackpool, England. Tickets cost 5 and 10 shillings ($0.70 and $1.40).
1966, Buffalo Springfield made their live debut when they opened for The Byrds at a concert in San Bernardino, California.
1972, Roberta Flack started a six-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with the Ewan MacColl song, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” It was a #14 hit in the U.K. The song was featured in the Clint Eastwood film Play Misty For Me.
1975, KISS, Rush and the Heavy Metal Kids all appeared at Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1982, Billy Joel spent a month in hospital after breaking his left wrist when his motorcycle hit a car in Long Island, New York.
1985, During his Born in the USA world tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the fourth of five sold out nights at Yoyogi Olympic Pool in Tokyo, Japan.
1987, Queen were presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 32nd annual Ivor Novello Awards held in London, England.
1989, The Bangles started a four-week run at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Eternal Flame.” It was also a #1 in Australia (where it was the biggest-selling single of 1989) and the United States.
1996, The rest of Jerry Garcia's ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A small portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India 11 days earlier. The Grateful Dead leader had died on August 9, 1995.
2001, Punk pioneer Joey Ramone singer of The Ramones died after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer. He was 49. On November 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. For more on this story, see This Day in Music Spotlight.
2007, Aerosmith, Velvet Revolver, Placebo, Keane and Evanescence all appeared at the Quilmes Rock festival at River Stadium in Argentina.
2009, Former Beatle George Harrison was honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Sir Paul McCartney attended the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building, joining Harrison’s widow Olivia and son Dhani. Eric Idle, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and musician Tom Petty also attended the ceremony.