||Noted Cajun vocalist, guitarist and songwriter (Doris Leon) D.L. Menard (aka "The Cajun Hank Williams") was born in Erath, LA in 1932. In 1994, Menard received a National Heritage Fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts. His 2010 album "Happy Go Lucky" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album category. He is n iductee of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Cajun Music Hall of Fame. Menard passed away on July 27, 2017 at age 85.
||Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" was released on this day in 1955; the tune was his first to enter the Billboard Pop Chart
||Honky tonk legend Webb Pierce recorded his Top 10 hits "Bye Bye Love" and "Missing You" for the Decca label in 1957
||Shreveport born classical pianist Van Cliburn was featured on national TV for the first time on NBC's "The Tonight Show" with Jack Paar in 1958|
||Future Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members Jerry Lee Lewis and James Burton appeared on the ABC TV series Shindig! in 1965|
||The NBC TV special "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee" aired on April 14, 1969. The special starred The Monkees, with guest appearances by Julie Driscoll, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Brian Auger and The Trinity, The Clara Ward Singers, The Buddy Miles Express, Paul Arnold and The Moon Express, and We Three.
||Noted string bass player Al Morgan passed away in Los Angeles in 1974 at age 65; the New Orleans native was the brother of cornetist Sam Morgan; musical associations included stints with Fate Marable, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Les Hite, and Sabby Lewis; he appeared in the films "Going Places" (with Louis Armstrong), "The Gene Krupa Story" and "King Creole"
||ReBirth Brass Band trumpeter Derrick Shezbie was born in New Orleans in 1975.|
||Ferriday, LA native Mickey Gilley sued to dissolve his ties with the Pasadena, TX nightclub bearing his name in 1987|
||Noted New Orleans born saxophonist Norwood Pony Poindexter passed away in Oakland, CA in 1988 at the age of 62; Pony, a bop oriented musician, worked with trumpeter Sidney Desvignes in New Orleans before moving to California, and later to Europe; his autobiography, "The Pony Express, Memoirs of a Jazz Musician", was published in 1985.|
||Cash Money Records rapper Juvenile was the musical guest on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on this day in 1999|
||Teen pop queen Britney Spears was named "Favorite Female Singer" at Nickelodeon's 13th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, held at the Hollywood Bowl on April 14th. |
||Tenor sax legend Herman Riley passed away in Los Angeles in 2007 at age 73. The New Orleans native got his professional start while still in high school when Lee Allen hired him for recording sessions in New Orleans. He later worked with Count Basie, Benny Carter, Jimmy Smith, Joe Williams, Donald Byrd, Gene Ammons, Blue Mitchell, Quincy Jones, and countless other musical giants.