APRIL 12: The Daily Flashback
1934: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “Tender Is the Night” was published.
1954: At his first session for Decca Records, Bill Haley & the Comets recorded “Rock Around the Clock.” The song was featured a year later in the movie “Blackboard Jungle.”
1961: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became first man to orbit the Earth.
1963: Bob Dylan performed his first major solo concert at Town Hall in New York City.
1966: Jan Berry (of Jan & Dean) crashed his Corvette near “Dead Man’s Curve” in Beverly Hills. He suffered severe head injuries and was in a coma for nearly two months.
1975: David Bowie retired… for the second time.
1979: Mickey Thomas, lead singer on Elvin Bishop’s 1975 hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” became the new lead vocalist for Jefferson Starship.
1988: Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.
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.
2008: Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson were married in Boulder, Colorado.
1930: Tiny Tim
1940: Herbie Hancock
1944: John Kay
1947: David Letterman
1950: David Cassidy
1954: Pat Travers
1957: Vince Gill
1964: Amy Ray
1994: Saoirse Ronan
1975: Josephine Baker
1999: Boxcar Willie