Today in Music History

April 22nd

  • Glen Campbell born 1936 in Delight, Arkansas.  (Died August 8, 2017)
  • Peter Frampton (I’m In You) born in 1950 in Bromley, Kent, England
  • Mel Carter (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me) born in 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Larry Groce (Junk Food Junkie) is born in 1948 in Dallas, Texas.
  • Paul Davis (I Go Crazy) dies the day after his 60th birthday (April 21st) of a heart attack in Meridian, Mississippi.
  • Richie Havens (Here Comes The Sun) dies of a heart attack in Jersey City, New Jersey in 2013 at the age of 72.  His cremated ashes are scattered over the Woodstock festival site.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis’ son Steve Allen Lewis dies in 1962 after drowning in a swimming pool at the age of 3.  (His son, Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. would later die in a car crash at the age of 19 in 1973)
  • Two days after being released from a St. Paul, MN hospital in 1981, Eric Clapton (Layla and others) is in a car crash in Seattle, Washington.
  • John Lennon legally changes his middle name from “Winston” to “Ono” in 1969
  • The Carpenters sign with A&M Records in 1969
  • Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart (Crazy on You and others) receive lifetime achievement awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 2009.
  • Herb Albert (co-founder of A&M Records, leader of Tijuana Brass) debuts song “This Guy’s In Love With You”, singing it to his first wife on his TV special “The Beat of the Brass” on CBS in 1968
  • The movie version of the smash Broadway hit “Tommy” begins filming in 1974