April 20 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
April 20

1949 : Phil Spector's father commits suicide when Phil is just 9 years old. The title of the song "To Know Him Is To Love Him", which Phil Spector wrote for the Teddy Bears, comes from the inscription on his father's headstone.

1968 : Apple Music, the Beatles' new label, runs their famous "This Man Has Talent" ads in Britain's New Musical Express, seeking demo tapes from unknown artists. Most are never heard but pile up in Apple's offices, and the majority of the label's signings are acquired through more conventional means.

1971 : Five friends at San Rafael High School in California coin the term "4:20" as a euphemism for smoking pot. April 20th becomes a popular day to spark one up, as does 4:20 pm. Note that the Boston song Smokin' clocks in at 4 minutes, 20 seconds, and if you multiply the title numbers in Bob Dylan's Rainy Day Women #12 And #35, you get 420. Dude!.

1976 : At tonight's Monty Python concert, held in New York, George Harrison joins the lads onstage, replete with mountie outfit, for a rousing rendition of their "Lumberjack Song".

1981 : John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas is sentenced to five years for helping a Los Angeles-area pharmacist sell fake prescriptions, as well as drug possession. His sentence will be reduced to one month, however, after he agrees to perform 250 hours of community service in the form of anti-drug lectures.

1987 : Rhode Island police arrest a teen accused of biting the head off a gerbil in tribute to his hero, Ozzy Osbourne.

1992 : The remaining members of Queen hold the "Concert For Life" at Wembley Stadium in London, raising money for AIDS awareness in honor of their fallen frontman Freddie Mercury. David Bowie, Elton John, Guns N' Roses and George Michael all perform.

1994 : Barbra Streisand begins her first tour since 1966, performing in London.

1999 : Rapper Mase, 21, announces that he is retiring from music in order to "follow God".

1999 : At tonight's concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, Billy Joel announces his retirement from touring and recording pop music. (He eventually returns to the stage.)

2002 : The body of Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley is found by police in Staley’s north Seattle apartment. The cause of death is determined to be a drug overdose approximately two weeks earlier.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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