Today in Music History

April 23

  • Roy Orbison (Oh Pretty Woman) is born in Vernon, Texas in 1936 (Dies in December 22, 1988 at age of 52 in Hendersonville, Tennessee of a heart attack)
  • Ray Peterson (Tell Laura I Love Her) is born in Denton, Texas in 1939 (Dies January 25, 2009 at age of 65 in Smyrna, Tennessee)
  • Dale Houston of Dale and Grace (I’m Leaving It Up To You) was Seminary, Mississippi. (Died at age 67 of Heart failure on September 27, 2007 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi)
  • Pete Ham of Badfinger hangs himself in his garage in his Surrey, England home in 1975 at the age of 27, penniless.  His suicide note read, “I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better … P.S. Stan Polley is a soulless bastard. I will take him with me.”  (In 1985, at the age of 35 Bandmate Tom Evans, ( after a bitter argument with guitarist Joey Molland about the royalties for “Without You“, that he co-wrote with Ham,Evans hanged himself on a tree in his garden. Those who knew him stated that he had never gotten over Ham’s suicide.)
  • Jose Feliciano among the inductees in the Latino Songwriting Hall of Fame, 2013 in Miami Beach
  • Cass Elliot (of Mamas and Papas) collapses before a performance of the NBC-TV “Tonight Show” in 1974.  (She died July 29th, 1974 of heart failure at age 32 in England)
  • Carlos Santana receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the Billboard Latin Music conference in 2009
  • Bobby Rydell appears as himself in NBC-TV show “My Two Dads” in 1990
  • Jan and Dean recorded “Surf City” in 1963.