Music History for

April 12


1716 - Composer Felice de' Giardini was born.

1722 - Composer Pietro Nardini was born.

1801 - Composer Joseph Franz Karl Lanner was born.

1939 - Woody Herman’s orchestra recorded "Woodchopper’s Ball."

1954 - Bill Haley and the Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock." The song was released a year later in the movie "Blackboard Jungle."

1954 - Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" was released.

1955 - The national radio show "Your Hit Parade" celebrated its 20th anniversary.

1963 - Bob Dylan performed his first major solo concert at Town Hall in New York City.

1964 - Chubby Checker and former Miss World, Catherina Lodders, were married.

1966 - Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) crashed his car near "Dead Man's Curve" in Beverly Hills, CA. He suffered severe head injuries and was in a coma for nearly two months.

1969 - Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer" was released.

1971 - Crosby, Stills Nash & Young's live album "Four Way Street" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1973 - The film "That'll Be the Day," starring David Essex and Ringo Starr, premiered in London.

1974 - Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough" was released.

1978 - The Four Tops performed at Aretha Franklin's wedding.

1984 - "Louie Louie Day" was held in Olympia, WA.

1986 - Belinda Carlisle married Morgan Mason.

1988 - Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, CA.

1989 - Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album was released.

1990 - James Brown was released from a South Carolina jail on work furlough after serving 15 months of a six-year sentence for aggravated assault.

1993 - Actress Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from Lenny Kravitz.

1994 - Hole's second album "Live Through This" was released.

1999 - Shania Twain became the first female artist in music history to sell at least 10 million units with back to back releases.

2000 - Bo Diddley filed suit against Nike for using his name and image without permission. Nike is accused of continuing to use his image after a contract expired in 1991.

2000 - It was announced that Tony Bennett would have a selection of his paintings exhibited at a London gallery from May 16 until June 16. The title of the exhibition is "What My Heart Has Seen."

2002 - Ozzy Osbourne received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2010 - In San Antonio, TX, Bret Michaels had an emergency appendectomy. He had gone to the hospital while preparing for a show the previous night.