Music History for

April 5


1784 - Composer Ludwig Spohr was born.

1869 - Composer Albert Charles Paul Marie Roussel was born.

1958 - Irvin Feld's Greatest Show of Stars opened an 80-day tour of North America.

1964 - The Searchers appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." It was the Searchers' U.S. debut.
Today in Beatles History

1968 - Simon & Garfunkel's single "Mrs. Robinson" was released.

1974 - The Guess Who hosted a celebrity tennis tournament in Toronto to benefit Ballet of Canada.

1977 - David Bowie appeared on Dinah Shore's TV special.

1978 - Duran Duran made their live debut at The Lecture Theatre at Birmingham Polytechnic.

1980 - The Genesis album "Duke" hit #1 in the U.K.

1980 - In Athens, GA, R.E.M. played their first show when they appeared at St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

1982 - After eight years of publication to the radio and recording industry, "Record World" magazine ceased publication and filed for bankruptcy protection.

1983 - The Beach Boys were banned from the Fourth of July concert at the White House. U.S. President Ronald Reagan overturned the ban two days later.

1985 - An estimated 5,000 radio stations around the world simultaneously played the song "We Are the World".

1993 - Construction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

1993 - In Beverly Hills, CA, Marky Mark Wahlberg had assault charges against him dropped. He had reached an out-of-court settlement with the man he allegedly beat in 1992.

1994 - Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) killed himself with a shotgun. He was found three days later.

1998 - Colin "Cozy" Powell died in a car crash. He was 50 years old.

1999 - Three of Tammy Wynette's daughters filed a $50 million lawsuit that blamed Wynette's death on negligence by her husband and her doctor.

1999 - The online song-lyric auction Hits Under the Hammer at closed after raising $67,000 for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and for Norwood Ravenswood children's charities.

2000 - Ziggy Marley became the official spokesman for the Hemp Bar.