Today In Pop Music: April 14 – Barry Gordy Shells Out Big $$ To Keep Stevie Wonder
APRIL 14 BIRTHDAYS
1935 – Loretta Lynn (yeah she’s country, but she’s a legend!)
1942 – Tony Burrows (lead singer: Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes, White Plains – My Baby Loves Lovin’, The Pipkins – Gimme Dat Ding, Brotherhood of Man – United We Stand, and First Class – Beach Baby)
1945 – Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple-guitar)
1946 – Patrick Fairley (Marmalade – Reflections of My Life)
1948 – Larry Ferguson (Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing)
1949 – June Millington (Fanny-drums)
ON THIS DAY
1968 -Phil Spector married Ronettes lead singer Veronica Bennett (Ronnie Spector). They divorced five years later with Ronnie citing several instances of alleged cruelty.
1969 – Two of the four members of The Beatles recorded ‘The Ballad of John And Yoko. John Lennon played guitars and vocals and Paul McCartney played bass, drums, and piano. Though it was released as by The Beatles, George Harrison and Ringo didn’t play a single note on the recording.
1971 – The Illinois Crime commission issued a list of ‘drug oriented’ records, which included Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbitt’, Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”, and The Beatles’ “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”.
1975 – Ron Wood was introduced as the new guitar player for The Rolling Stones after the departure of Mick Taylor.
1979 – The Doobie Brothers topped the Billboard Hot 100 with their second #1 hit “What A Fool Believes”. “black Water was the first”.
2009 – Former Beatle George Harrison was awarded a posthmous star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. sir Paul McCartney was among the celebrities attending the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building.
1976 – After some tense quarreling over the release date of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ album (Stevie was VERY late delivering it to Motown), Barry Gordy and Stevie announced he had received the largest contract renewal to that date, with a deal worth $13 million.