19 April

Pick a Day

19 APRIL

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2019 The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers pull Kate Smith's version of "God Bless America" when it is revealed that she sang racist songs in the 1930s, including "That's Why Darkies Were Born" and "Pickaninny Heaven."

2012 Greg Ham, multi-instrumentalist with the band Men At Work, best known for playing the saxophone on "Overkill" and "Who Can It Be Now," and the flute on "Down Under," dies of a heart attack at his home in Melbourne, Australia at age 58.

2009 The Flaming Lips celebrate Earth Day with a performance on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

2004 A stage musical version of the Elvis Presley film Jailhouse Rock opens in London.

2003 Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins dies of pancreatic cancer at age 89 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2003 Good Charlotte's "The Anthem" peaks at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1999 James Darren begins a five-episode stint on the primetime soap opera Melrose Place as an unscrupulous millionaire named Tony Marlin.

1997 Eldon "El Duce" Hoke (drummer, lead singer of The Mentors) dies at age 39 after being struck by a train in Riverside, California. The coroner's report calls the cause of death a "misadventure."

1993 Los Angeles session musician Steve Douglas (Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan) dies at age 54 of heart failure.

1990 The TV movie Summer Dreams: The Story Of The Beach Boys airs on ABC.

1982 Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a world tour, but split up again in the midst of it.

1980 Blondie's "Call Me," a song about a prostitute written for the film American Gigolo, hits #1 in America.

1975 The Raspberries split up.

1969 "Good Times, Bad Times," the first Led Zeppelin single, reaches its chart peak of #80 in America.

1968 George Harrison and John Lennon, fearing that their instructor, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is a fraud and has been preying on women at his meditation camp in India, leave the retreat two weeks early and distance themselves from the Maharishi. Harrison though, remamins dedicated to the concept of Transcendental Meditation.

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Kid Rock And Ted Nugent Go To The White House

2017

Kid Rock and Ted Nugent join Sarah Palin at the White House, where they get a personal tour from President Trump.


Rock and Nugent, steadfast supporters of Trump, enjoy a four-hour visit that includes a tour, policy discussion and fancy dinner with the president (dessert is baked alaska in honor of Palin's home state). According to Nugent, among the topics discussed are Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, guns, Russia, and border security.

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