Music History for

April 10


1633 - Composer Werner Fabricius was born.

1864 - Composer Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert was born.

1927 - George Antheil presented the scaled-down version of his "Ballet Mécanique" at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was the first symphonic work that used an airplane propeller and other mechanical contraptions not normally associated with the ballet.

1953 - Eddie Fisher was discharged from the Army and arrived home to a check of $330,000 for record royalties for the 7 million records that were sold while he was enlisted.

1956 - Nat King Cole was beaten up by a group of racial segregationists in Birmingham, AL.

1957 - Ricky Nelson sang for first time on TV's "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." He performed the song "I'm Walking."

1958 - Bobby Darin recorded "Splish Splash."

1961 - Del Shannon performed "Runaway" on "American Bandstand."
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1967 - The song "Somethin' Stupid" became the first father-daughter song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart. The song was performed by Nancy and Frank Sinatra.

1971 - John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads" hit the charts. It was his first appearance on the charts.

1972 - Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for the Best Music, Original Song award for the song "Shaft".

1977 - David Soul's "Don't Give Up on Us" was the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit. Soul starred as as Ken Hutchinson in the television show "Starsky and Hutch."

1978 - Cher appeared on the cover of "People" with her boyfriend Gene Simmons (Kiss).

1982 - Iron Maiden's "The Number of the Beast" was #1 on the British albums chart.

1991 - Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids on the Block) agreed to tape public service announcements warning against doing drugs, driving drunk, and starting fires. The deal was an exchange for having arson charges against him reduced by a Louisville, KY, judge.

1999 - George Michael, Sinead O'Connor, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, and Paul McCartney all performed at the "Here There and Everywhere: A Concert for Linda", a charity tribute to Linda McCartney held at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1999 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were the musical guests on "Saturday Night Live."

2000 - Sony Music Entertainment announced plans to make its first commercial digital downloads available to U.S. consumers. Sony said it would offer about 50 hit songs from Lauryn Hill, Pearl Jam, Michael Jackson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and others.

2002 - The Statler Brothers announced their final tour dates. The group said they planned to continue making music after their retirement from touring.

2003 - In Los Angeles, CA, three gunmen shot at a convoy of cars, one of which carried Snoop Dogg. The rapper wasn't hit but one of his bodyguards was injured.