April 24 Music et al

April 24 Music et al

April 24 Music et al

Doug Clifford
April 24, 1945: Doug Clifford of Creedance Clearwater Revival born.
Bob Dylan
April 24, 1961: Harry Belafonte recorded “Midnight Special”. Bob Dylan played harmonica on the recording. It was Dylan’s first official recording and he received a $50 session fee. (see July 29)

 
Runaway

April 24 Music et al

April 24 – May 21, 1961: “Runaway” by Del Shannon #1 Billboard Hot 100. Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook wrote the song.

 
Game of Love
April 24 – 30, 1965: “Game of Love” by Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Penultimate John and Paul
April 24, 1976: Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired.  The next day was the last time John and Paul met. (see July 27)

 
April 24 Music et al
William “Billy” Zantzinger
April 24, 1991: William “Billy” Zantzinger--made infamous by Bob Dylan's song, "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,"  became front page news again. The Maryland Independent ran a story by reporter Kristi Hempel revealing that Zantzinger had been collecting rent for five years from several poor black families even though he no longer owned the houses where they lived. The county had foreclosed on the properties in 1986 because Zantzinger had failed to pay taxes on them. The houses, located in a place called Patuxent Woods, were battered wooden shacks, with no running water or toilets or even outhouses. The tenants had to dump their wastes in the woods, which polluted the water in their shallow hand-pumped wells. Not only had Zantzinger collected rent after losing the properties, he'd actually raised the rent, and he'd even taken some tenants to court for nonpayment. And won. (see June 5)
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