This Month in music history

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April 1

•  1984: Marvin Gaye’s father shoots him twice and kills him

•  1948: Jimmy Cliff is born

April 2

•  1947: Emmylou Harris is born

•  1939: Marvin Gaye is born

April 3

•  1996: MC Hammer files for bankruptcy

•  1948: Bassist Berry Oakley is born

April 4

•  1996: Half of the late Jerry Garcia’s ashes are scattered in the Ganges River in India

April 5

•  1994: Kurt Cobain, 27, commits suicide

April 7

•  1998: George Michael is arrested in a Beverly Hills bathroom for “engaging in a lewd act”

April 9

•  1932: Carl Perkins is born

April 10

•  1956: Nat King Cole is beaten onstage by segregationists in Birmingham, Ala.

April 11

•  1970: The single “Let It Be” by The Beatles hits  number one.

April 12

•  2000: Napster Inc. is sued by Metallica

April 15

•  1996: Half of the late Jerry Garcia’s ashes are scattered by the Golden Gate Bridge

April 18

•  1993: Police arrest David Lee Roth in New York City for buying a $10 bag of marijuana

April 19:

•  1968: John Lennon and George Harrison leave India, citing philosophical differences with the Maharishi

April 21

•  1959: Robert Smith of The Cure is born

•  1947: Iggy Pop is born

April 22

•  1950: Peter Frampton is born, or “comes alive,” if you will

April 23

•  1936: Roy Orbison is born

April 24

•  1975: SNL producer Lorne Michaels makes on-air offer to pay $3000 for a Beatles reunion on the show.

April 25

•  1990: Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Fender Stratocaster fetches $295,000 at auction

April 30

•  1983: Blues legend Muddy Waters dies of a heart attack at the age of 68

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