Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Friday, April 19, 2019

77 years ago (1942)Alan Price, keyboardist with the Animals, is born.
72 years ago (1947)Mark Volman, or Flo, of Flo and Eddy and the Turtles, is born.
54 years ago (1965)The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring the Rolling Stones, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Beach Boys, James Brown, and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles opens in London under the title Teenage Command Performance.
52 years ago (1967)Somethin' Stupid by Frank and Nancy Sinatra is certified gold. Though each has had hits, this is their only collaboration to meet with any success.
51 years ago (1968)John Lennon, George Harrison, and their wives leave the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study is complete. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney have already left. Later, all four Beatles will renounce their association with the Maharishi.
47 years ago (1972)Roberta Flack is awarded a gold record for First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, the #1 45 for six weeks in the spring. The former schoolteacher from North Carolina will continue to have a string of hits, several of them recorded with singer Donny Hathaway.
44 years ago (1975)Van McCoy's The Hustle enters the pop and R&B charts where it will later top both. The instrumental song is inspired by the dance of the same name and McCoy becomes one of the first industry people to get into the disco music scene.
41 years ago (1978)Over 40 rock & roll performers petition President Jimmy Carter to end America's commitment to nuclear power. Some of the artists include Jackson Browne, the Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Carly Simon, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and others. They get together later on and do an anti-nuclear benefit concert.
41 years ago (1978)Arista Records releases the Patti Smith Group's single Because the Night. It is co-written by Smith and Bruce Springsteen and will become Smith's only charting single making it to #13 later in the year.
39 years ago (1980)Brian Johnson replaces the late Bon Scott as AC/DC's lead singer. Later in the month, the band begins recording Back In Black.
37 years ago (1982)Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, fresh from the success of their New York Central Park concert the year before, reunite for a European tour. The U.S. leg doesn't go through due to renewed tensions between the duo.
31 years ago (1988)Sonny Bono is inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs.
20 years ago (1999)The Madison Square Garden marquee in New York reads, “Bob Dylan, Tonight at 8pm.” Problem is that Neil Young was scheduled to appear, not Dylan. Dylan's name is lopped off before the concert, but after Young finishes a song during the show, he quips, “That was Bob playing guitar with me on the last song.”
19 years ago (2000)Phil Collins wins a royalties lawsuit against two former members of Earth, Wind and Fire who were part of Collins's backup band on his Serious Hits -- Live album.

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