This Month in Music History – April

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April 1

1984: Marvin Gaye is shot to death by his father during an argument, one day before his 45th birthday

1948: Jimmy Cliff is born

April 2

1939: Marvin Gaye is born

1999: A fan files suit against The Black Crowes claiming he had suffered significant hearing loss at their Knoxville, Tenn. show

April 3

1969: Jim Morrison turns himself over to the FBI in Los Angeles and is charged with six counts of lewd behavior and public exposure at a concert in Miami

• 2008: Apple becomes the number one music seller in the United States

April 4

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

1968: Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Buddy Guy meet up for an all night blues session after hearing the news of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination

April 5

1994: Kurt Cobain, 27, commits suicide

1985: At 3:50 p.m. GMT, an estimated 5,000 radio stations around the globe simultaneously play “We Are the World”

April 6

1968: Pink Floyd announces that Syd Barrett has officially left the group

April 10

1970: Paul McCartney announces he quit The Beatles

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

1970: Johnny Cash plays for President Nixon at the White House

April 18

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

April 22

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

1969: The Who give their first complete live performance of the rock opera “Tommy”

April 23

1988: Whitney Houston becomes the first artist to hit number one on the U.S. Hot 100 chart with seven consecutive singles

April 24

1975: SNL producer Lorne Michaels makes on-air offer to pay $3,000 for a Beatles reunion on the show.

1968: During a birthday celebration The Who’s Keith Moon drives his Lincoln into a Holiday Inn swimming pool

April 25

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

April 28

• 1987: For the first time a CD is released before its vinyl version

April 30

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

• 2005: The Dave Matthews Band pays $200,000 in damages after their tour bus dumped human waste onto a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August of 2004

 

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