This Day in Music: April 14th
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Born on this day:
1932, Loretta Lynn, country singer
1945, Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist, Deep Purple, Rainbow
1965, Kirk Windstein, guitar, Down, Crowbar
1974, Da Brat (Shawntae Harris), rapper
1980, Win Butler, vocals, guitar, Arcade Fire
1964, The King Bees (featuring a young David Bowie) played at a wedding reception at the Jack of Clubs in London.
1967, Polydor Records released the Bee Gees’ “New York Mining Disaster 1941.” The record became a Top 20 hit in the U.K. and U.S.
1968, Phil Spector married Ronettes singer Veronica Bennett. The couple divorced in 1973.
1969, The recording of “The Ballad of John and Yoko” took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word “Christ” was edited in backwards to avoid the ban.
1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live U.K. debut when they played the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
1971, The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of “drug-oriented records,” including “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum and The Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
1973, Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at #1 on the U.K. album chart with Houses of the Holy. It also was a #1 in the U.S.
1978, Joy Division played at the “Stiff Test - Chiswick Challenge,” at Raffters in Manchester, England. Future managers Rob Gretton and Tony Wilson saw the band for the first time.
1983, The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was sacked from the group on June 14, 1982 (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died. For more on this story, see This Day in Music Spotlight.
1994, Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home, Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain's occupation as poet/musician and his type of business as punk rock.
2003, A man was arrested accused of making up a Bjork concert then selling tickets. Alex Conate allegedly sold tickets worth $14,000 at $40 each after persuading a San Diego nightclub owner that Bjork had agreed to play there. He was accused of taking the money and moving to Hawaii, where he was arrested.