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Today's Birthdays, April 22nd
Peter Frampton is 64.
Singer Paul Carrack is 63.  He was the frontman for the groups Ace and Mike + the Mechanics, and has also been a member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band.
Glen Campbell is 78.

Today In History, April 22nd

In 1956
Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut at the Frontier Hotel.  The hotel management was so unimpressed they cancelled his engagement after only one week.

In 1959
The movie "Go Johnny Go," featuring Chuck Berry and Jackie Wilson, had its premiere.

In 1962
Jerry Lee Lewis lost his three-year-old son, Steve Allen Lewis, when the boy drowned.

In 1965
The Rolling Stones traveled to Montreal to kick off their North American tour.

The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1966
New releases included The Troggs' single "Wild Thing" and Sonny and Cher's album "The Sonny Side of Cher."

In 1967
Reprise Records signed the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Tommy James and the Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

The Five Americans' "Western Union" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.

The Rascals released the single "Groovin'."

In 1968
Herb Alpert sang "This Guy's In Love With You" on his TV special.  The performance proved to be so popular the song was issued as a single.

In 1969
The Who performed the complete "Tommy" rock opera for the first time in public in Dolton, England, two weeks before the rock opera's official premiere in London.

The Carpenters signed a deal with A&M Records.

John Lennon changed his middle name from Winston to Ono in a ceremony on the roof of Apple Records in London.

Paul Revere and the Raiders released the single "Let Me."

In 1972
Michael Jackson's "Rockin' Robin" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.

The Fifth Dimension's "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All" and Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken" broke into the Top 40.

In 1974
Tina Turner began work on the movie "Tommy," portraying the Acid Queen in the film.

In 1976  Bob Dylan's concert in Jacksonville, Florida was taped by NBC-TV for a special, which ended up never airing.

In 1978
Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the One Love Peace Concert near Kingston, Jamaica.  At the show the reggae star united Prime Minister Michael Manley and his opponent Edward Seaga on stage.  It was also Marley's first concert appearance in Jamaica since he was injured in an assassination attempt in 1976.

The Blues Brothers made their debut on "Saturday Night Live."

Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams' "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" broke into the Top 40.

Gerry Rafferty released the single "Baker Street."

In 1979
The Rolling Stones performed two concerts for the blind in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.  The shows were done to keep guitarist Keith Richards out of jail following a conviction on heroin possession in Toronto two years earlier.

In 1981
Eric Clapton was in a car accident in Seattle, in which he bruised his ribs and cut his shin.

In 1990
Ben E. King was among the performers at an Earth Day celebration in front of a crowd of about 750 thousand people in New York's Central Park.

In 1995
Mick Fleetwood married Lynn Frankel.

In 1998
Roger Daltrey kicked off a world tour with a show in New York, performing hits of classic British rock bands with the British Rock Symphony.

Barbra Streisand topped a Harris poll looking for the most popular singer among adult Americans.  The Beatles tied with country group Alabama for 6th place.

In 2002
E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg gave a lecture at the Learning Annex in New York.  He discussed his work with Bruce Springsteen and the TV show "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

In 2003
Songwriter Felice Bryant, who with her husband Boudleaux co-wrote numerous early rock and country hits -- including the Everly Brothers chart toppers "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie" -- died at her home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  She was 77.

In 2004
U.S. Marines were reportedly blasting heavy metal music, including AC/DC's "Shoot To Thrill," in areas or Iraq in an effort to get Muslim insurgents to leave their homes.

In 2005
Bruce Springsteen played the second of two warm-up shows in Asbury Park, New Jersey to prepare for his "Devils & Dust" tour.  He was also featured in a segment that aired on NBC's "Dateline."

In 2007
The Crickets were added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.

Carole King performed at Sheryl Crow's "Stop Global Warming College Tour" show in Washington, DC.

In 2008
John Mellencamp took part in a Barack Obama rally in Evansville, Indiana, performing his hit "Small Town."  But he wasn't specifically endorsing the Illinois senator for president.  A couple weeks later Mellencamp played "Our Country" at a Hillary Clinton rally in Indianapolis. He sang for both candidates to show his overall support for the Democratic party.

The Allman Brothers Band announced that the group wouldn't be playing its annual extended engagement at New York's Beacon Theater this year, because singer-keyboardist Gregg Allman needed more time to recover from Hepatitis C.


Singer-songwriter Paul Davis, perhaps best known for the late '70s hit "I Go Crazy," died.  He had suffered a heart attack a day earlier, which was his 60th birthday.

New releases included an expanded reissue of Love's landmark album "Forever Changes" and the Beatles-related DVD "The Wonder Pets!: Save The Beetles!"

In 2009
Elton John gave his last "Red Piano" performance at Caesars Palace.  It was his 241st "Red Piano" show over five-years.  The singer's original deal with Caesars was to play 75 shows over 18-months.

Heart received the Founders Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Freda Payne, Thelma Houston, and KC and the Sunshine Band frontman Harry Wayne Casey appeared on "American Idol" for the show's Disco Week.

In 2012
Cheap Trick and Dave Mason headlined the "Mobilize The Earth" Earth Day rally in Washington, DC.

In 2013
Barbra Streisand received the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award, in recognition of her accomplishments on both sides of the camera.

Folk legend Richie Havens died of a heart attack at his home in New Jersey.  He was 72.

Stevie Wonder received a tribute on "Dancing With the Stars."  The Motown legend opened the show performing "I Ain't Gonna Stand for It" with country star Hunter Hayes, and later returned to sing a few of his other hits on his own.