Music History for

April 18


1796 - "The Archers" by Benjamin Carr was performed in New York City. It was the first opera written by an American composer.

1819 - Composer Franz von Suppe was born.

1863 - Composer Felix Blumenfeld was born.

1907 - Composer Miklos Rozsa was born.

1939 - Gene Autry recorded "Back in the Saddle Again."

1965 - Marian Anderson ended her 30-year singing career with a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1971 - The Jackson 5, Danny Thomas and Bill Cosby were guests on Diana Ross' solo TV special "diana."

1973 - The Neil Young movie "Journey Through the Past" debuted at the Dallas Film Festival.

1975 - Alice Cooper's first TV special, "Welcome To My Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album" aired.

1984 - Michael Jackson went into surgery in Los Angeles. Doctors performed scalp surgery to repair damage done after Jackson's hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial on January 27.
Today in Michael Jackson History

1985 - Liberace grossed more than $2,000,000 for his engagement at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. He broke his own record of $1.6 million.

1985 - Wham! became the first Western act to release a pop album, "Make It Big," in China.

1989 - The album "Twice Shy" was released by Great White.

1998 - Diamond Rio was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

2003 - Etta James received a star (#2,223) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.