Events - April 24
1901 - Four games were scheduled to open the brand new American League baseball season. Three of them, however, were rained out. The Chicago White Stockings beat the Cleveland Blues 8-2 before a paid crowd of over 10,000 fans in the only game played. The new league, nicknamed the junior circuit, was made up of teams in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Buffalo, Indianapolis and, initially, Minneapolis, fell out of the league, with new teams in Boston, New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and, later, Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Ft. Worth and Toronto joining the American League.
1934 - Laurens Hammond announced news that would be favored by many churches across the land. The news was the development of the pipeless organ. That is the is same Hammond who fostered many of the developments that would make electronic keyboards so popular in modern music.
1936 - Benny Goodman and his trio recorded "China Boy" for Victor Records. Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson and Goodman recorded the session in Chicago.
1945 - A new commissioner of baseball was named. He was Albert B. ‘Happy’ Chandler.
1949 - Dick Powell starred in "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" on NBC radio. The show stayed on the air for four years. Later, it would have a three-year run on TV starring David Janssen in the title role.
1952 - Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the "Gruen Guild Playhouse" in an episode titled, "The Tiger". Not long after this start, Burr would be seen in the hugely popular "Perry Mason" and much later in "Ironside".
1954 - "Billboard" magazine, the music industry trade publication, headlined a change to come about in the music biz. The headline read, “Teenagers Demand Music with a Beat -- Spur Rhythm and Blues” ... a sign of times to come. Within a year, R&B music by both black and white artists caught the public’s fancy.
1955 - "X-Minus One", a show for science fiction fans, was first heard on NBC radio this day.
1959 - "Your Hit Parade" ended after a nine-year run on television and many more years on radio. The show debuted in 1935. On the final show, these were the top five songs on "Your Hit Parade": 1 - "Come Softly to Me" 2 - "Pink Shoelaces" 3 - "Never Be Anyone Else but You" 4 - "It’s Just a Matter of Time" 5 - "I Need Your Love Tonight"
1961 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters in a game this day, becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.
1963 - Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics retired from the NBA. ‘Mr. Basketball’ wouldn’t give up the game, however, as he went on to coach Boston College to a record 117 wins and 38 losses.
1965 - "Game of Love", by Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, made it to the top spot on the "Billboard" music chart. "Game of Love" stayed for a short visit of one week, before Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits took over the top spot with "Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter".
1969 - The singing family, The Cowsills, received a gold record for their hit single, "Hair", from the Broadway show of the same name.
1985 - There were a reported 832,602 millionaires in the United States on this day, according to researchers. The average millionaire was 57 years old. A majority (85 percent) held college degrees. 20 percent were retired and 70 percent were self-employed.
Birthdays - April 24
1743 - Edmund Cartwright (inventor: power loom; died Oct 30, 1823)
1766 - Robert Bailey Thomas (founder, editor: The Farmer’s Almanac; died May 19, 1846)
1836 - George Bascom (West Point officer who arrested Chief Cochise, who escaped and began the Apache Wars reign of terror)
1904 - Willem de Kooning (painter/expressionist; died Mar 19, 1997)
1905 - Robert Penn Warren (Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist: All the King’s Men , poet: Promises:Poems, 1954-1956 , Now and Then:Poems, 1976-1978 ; 1st official poet laureate of U.S.; died Sep 15, 1989)
1911 - Jack E. Leonard (Leonard Lebitsky) (comedian, actor: The Disorderly Orderly, Three Sailors and a Girl, Journey Back to Oz; died May 9, 1973)
1916 - Stanley Kauffmann (theatre critic: The New Republic: Stanley Kauffmann on Films; writer: Distinguishing Features : Film Criticism and Comment, Persons of the Drama : Theater Criticism and Comment; film/theater teacher: Yale School of Drama, CUNY Graduate Center, Adelphi University, Hunter College; author: Notes from a Dark Street; died Oct 9, 2013)
1922 - (Samuel) Aaron Bell (jazz musician: bass: played w/Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Andy Kirk, Lucky Millinder, Teddy Wilson, Lester Young; composer, teacher; died July 28, 2003)
1923 - Freddie Scott (singer: Hey Girl, Are You Lonely for Me; died Jun 4, 2007)
1928 - Johnny Griffin (jazz musician: tenor sax: Chicago Riffin’, Flying Home, Soft and Furry, Honeybucket; died Jul 25, 2008)
1934 - Shirley (Lee Foley) Boone (singer: married to singer Pat Boone since 1953; daughter of singer, Red Foley; group: The Boones [w/Pat and daughters Cherry, Linda Lee, Debby and Laura Gene])
1934 - Shirley MacLaine (Shirley MacLean Beaty) (Academy Award-winning actress: Terms of Endearment ; Emmy awards: Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now , Gypsy in My Soul , Shirley MacLaine... Every Little Movement ; Irma La Douce, The Turning Point; sister of actor Warren Beatty)
1936 - Jill Ireland (actress: Assassination, Death Wish 2, Hard Times; author: Life Wish; activist: support of breast cancer victims; died May 18, 1990)
1937 - Joe Henderson (composer/musician: tenor sax: played in sextet at San Francisco’s Keystone Korner; also played with Blood Sweat and Tears; died June 30, 2001)
1942 - Barbra (Joan) Streisand (Grammy Award-winning Best Female Pop Vocalist [1963-1965, 1977, 1986], Best Songwriter ; People, The Way We Were, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers; Academy Award-winning Best Song [1976: shared w/Paul Williams]: Evergreen [Love Theme from A Star Is Born]; Academy Award-winning Best Actress: Funny Girl ; I Can Get It for You Wholesale, The Owl and the Pussycat, Hello Dolly, Funny Lady, The Way We Were, Yentl; actress/director: Yentl, The Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces)
1943 - Richard Sterban (musician: bass, singer: group: The Oak Ridge Boys: Talk About the Good Times, Where the Soul Never Dies, Cryin’ Again, American Made, Love Song, I Guess It Never Hurts to Cry Sometimes, Everyday, Make My Life with You, Little Things, Touch a Hand Make a Friend)
1944 - Bill Singer (‘The Singer Throwing Machine’: baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers [all-star: 1969], California Angels [all-star: 1973], Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays)
1945 - Doug Clifford (drummer: group: Creedence Clearwater Revival: Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Up Around the Bend)
1945 - Bob Lunn (golf: six PGA Tour victories [no majors], par-3 contest champ [1969 Masters])
1947 - Glenn Cornick (musician: bass: groups: Wild Turkey: LPs: Battle Hymn, Turkey, Jethro Tull: Living in the Past, Sweet Dream, Witch’s Promise; died Aug 28, 2014)
1949 - Bob Chandler (football: Oakland Raiders wide receiver: Super Bowl XV; died Jan 27, 1995)
1953 - Eric Bogosian (actor: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Witch Hunt, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Special Effects; actor, playwright: Talk Radio, Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll: Eric Bogosian)
1954 - Vince Ferragamo (football: QB: Univ. of California, LA Rams: Super Bowl XIV)
1954 - Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns) (musician: bass, singer: Happy Talk, Wot, A Nice Cup of Tea, Brenda, Glad It’s All Over, Relax; group: The Damned: Neat Neat Neat, New Rose)
1955 - Michael O’Keefe (actor: Three Wishes, Ironweed, The Great Santini, Caddyshack, Gray Lady Down, Mass Appeal, Roseanne, Middle Ages, Against the Law)
1963 - Billy Gould (musician: bass: group: Faith No More: Epic)
1964 - Paul Ryder (musician: bass: group: Happy Mondays: Step On, Kinky Afro)
1977 - Eric Balfour (actor: Arresting Behavior, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, What Women Want)
Chart Toppers - April 24
Oh, What It Seemed to Be - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
You Won’t Be Satisfied - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Day by Day - Frank Sinatra
Guitar Polka - Al Dexter
Wanted - Perry Como
Here - Tony Martin
The Man with the Banjo - The Ames Brothers
Slowly - Webb Pierce
Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp
Young World - Rick Nelson
Charlie’s Shoes - Billy Walker
Let It Be - The Beatles
ABC - The Jackson 5
Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone - Charley Pride
Night Fever - Bee Gees
If I Can’t Have You - Yvonne Elliman
Can’t Smile Without You - Barry Manilow
Every Time Two Fools Collide - Kenny Rogers & Dottie West
Kiss - Prince & The Revolution
Manic Monday - Bangles
Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer
Cajun Moon - Ricky Skaggs
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
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