April 12 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
April 12

1826 : Carl Maria von Weber travels to London to conduct the opening of his opera, Oberon.

1961 : At tonight's Grammy ceremonies, Ray Charles takes home four awards, including a Best Male Vocal for "Georgia On My Mind".

1966 : Tom Jones enters a hospital to have his tonsils removed, though some who claim to have seen his tonsils since claim his real visit was for a nose job.

1966 : In an eerie recreation of the duo's single from the year before, Jan Berry of Jan & Dean crashes his Corvette into a parked truck on Beverly Hills' Whittier Drive, near a stretch of road in Los Angeles known as Dead Man's Curve. Berry suffers paralysis and extensive brain damage, and will require four years of rehabilitation to be able to talk and a full decade in order to perform live again.

1967 : Greyhound begins offering tours of the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, billing it as "Hippyland".

1971 : Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's LP "Four Way Street" is certified gold.

1975 : David Bowie retires, for the second time.

1979 : Mickey Thomas's (vocalist of the Elvin Bishop Band) 1975 hit "Fooled Around And Fell In Love", becomes the new lead vocalist for Jefferson Starship.

1988 : Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) is elected mayor in his hometown of Palm Springs, California. He would hold the position until 1992.

1990 : The Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center, located at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, announces that four newly discovered asteroids, 4147-4150, will be named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr.

1996 : The Hollywood Rock Walk inducts Jan & Dean, The Ventures, The Chantays and The Surfaris.

1999 : Shania Twain becomes the first female to sell 10 million copies each with back-to-back album releases: "The Woman in Me" and "Come On Over".

2007 : Akon, who has a tendency to bring girls on stage and dance with them very suggestively, does so with a 15-year-old girl at a concert in Trinidad And Tobago. When video surfaces, outrage ensues and Verizon drops their sponsorship of the Sweet Escape tour, which Akon was supporting for Gwen Stefani.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com

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