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April 23

Music History for Thursday, 4/23/20

2016 - Beyonce released her sixth album, Lemonade, with a one-hour special film on HBO.

2014 - A Los Angeles judge denied a request to release Chris Brown from custody while the singer awaited trial on an assault charge in Washington, D.C. Chris had been jailed since mid-March, after he was booted from a court-ordered rehab program.

2013 - Guitarist Bob Brozman, who was dubbed “an instrumental wizard,” died. He was 59.

2012 - Neil Diamond married his longtime manager Katie McNeil.

2013 - Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, released his twelfth studio album, Reincarnated. It was his first album to be released under his new moniker. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category.

2012 - Jack White released his No. 1 debut album, Blunderbuss. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. Also the single, “Freedom at 21” was nominated for Best Rock Song and “I’m Shakin” was nominated for Best Rock Performance.

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 FlattsJoe 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 StrangeLolita GothPatty 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 BrooksBilly Ray CyrusRhett AkinsLee 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 HeartbreakersJohnny 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 LewisJohnny 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.

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