March 30th – April 5th – This Week In Rock

March 30th – April 5th – Trivia Question Answer:

On April 5, 1971, jazz rockers Chicago became the first American rock band to play Carnegie Hall.

BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

3/30/1914 – Sonny Boy Williamson (Blues Singer-Songwriter & Harmonica Player)
3/30/1941 – Graeme Edge (drums, The Moody Blues)
3/30/1945 – Eric Clapton (Singer-Songwriter & Guitar, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos)
3/30/1950 – Dave Ball (Guitar, Procol Harum)
3/30/1979 – Norah Jones (sing/songwriter)
3/31/1955 – Angus Young (Lead Guitar, AC/DC)
3/31/1944 – Mick Ralphs (guitar, Mott The Hoople and Bad Company)
3/31/1948 – Thijs Van Leer (singer/keyboardist, Focus)
4/1/1997 – Ronnie Lane (bassist, the Small Faces)
4/1/1954 – Jeff Porcaro (drummer, Toto and Steely Dan)
4/1/1945 – John Barbata (Drums, Jefferson Airplane & Jefferson Starship)

Happy Birthday Marvin Gaye!

4/2/1939 – Marvin Gaye (R&B and Soul Singer-Songwriter)
4/2/1952 – Leon Wilkerson (bass, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
4/3/1943 – Richard Manuel (Lead Vocals & Piano, The Band)
4/4/1913 – Muddy Waters (Blues Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist)
4/4/1932 – Clive Davis (Record Mogul, Arista Records)
4/4/1948 – Berry Oakley (Bass, The Allman Brothers Band)
4/4/1948 – Pick Withers (Drums, Dire Straits)
4/4/1952 – Gary Moore (Guitar, Thin Lizzy & Skid Row)

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

3/30/2013 – Phil Ramone (Music Producer – Billy Joel)
3/30/2008 – Sean Levert (Levert)
3/31/1993 – Mitchell Parish (Songwriter – Deep Purple, Stardust)
3/31/1986 – O’Kelly Isley (The Isley Brothers)
4/1/2004 – Paul Atkinson (Guitarist for The Zombies)
4/1/1917 – Scott Joplin (Ragtime Pianist & Composer)
4/1/1984 – Marvin Gaye (R&B and Soul Singer-Songwriter)
4/2/2003 – Edwin Starr (Soul singer)
4/2/1996 – Guitar Gabriel (Blues musician)
4/3/1990 – Sarah Vaughan (Jazz Vocalist)
4/5/1981 – Bob “The Bear” Hite (Lead Vocals, Canned Heat)
4/5/1994 – Kurt Cobain (Lead Vocals & Guitar, Nirvana)
4/5/1998 – Cozy Powell (Drums, The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Black Sabbath)

MUSIC RECORDINGS, RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS:

3/30/1987 – Prince releases his ninth studio album
3/31/1958 – Chuck Berry releases “Johnny B. Goode”
3/31/1992 – Bruce Springsteen releases Human Touch and Lucky Town on the same day.
4/1/1966 – David Bowie releases the flop “Do Anything You Say”
4/1/2008 – The Rolling Stones release the Shine A Light soundtrack
4/2/1971 – Janis Joplin’s Pearl hits #1

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours Hits #1

4/2/1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours hits #1 and spends 31 non-consecutive weeks there
4/2/1956 – Johnny Cash records “I Walk the Line”
4/3/1967 – The Beatles record one of our favorite album tracks, “Within You Without You”
4/3/2001 – Bruce Springsteen releases Live In New York City
4/4/1964 – The Beatles hold the top five spots on the Billboard singles chart:
1. Can’t Buy Me Love
2. Twist and Shout
3. She Loves You
4. I Want To Hold Your Hand
5. Please Please Me.
What’s more, the kind of popular band had nine other singles scattered around the Hot 100. Earlier in the month, The Beatles had had a similar showing on the Canadian and Australian charts. Beatlemania in full effect!
4/4/1970 – Deja Vu, the first Crosby, Stills, and Nash album to include a certain Mr. Neil Young, tops the Billboard charts.

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

3/30/1967 – The Beatles shoot the iconic photograph that becomes the front cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

3/31/1967 – Jimi Hendrix sets his guitar on fire for the first time at the Astoria Theatre in London. Afterwards, He goes to the hospital with minor burns. Furthermore, he learns how to perfect this art in time.

4/1/1969 – A group of sessions musicians at FAME studios in Alabama open the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios not far away.

David Lee Roth – Leaves Van Halen

4/1/1985 – David Lee Roth official leaves Van Halen to start a solo career

On April 1, 1970, John Lennon & Yoko Ono plays an April Fool’s joke announcing to the press that they would both be undergoing sex-change operations.

On April 2, 1990, Nirvana begins working on demo versions of some early tunes that includes “Dive”, “Pay to Play”, and “Sappy”. While they’re sketching out songs that will ultimately end up on their smash blockbuster album Nevermind. As well as “In Bloom”, “Lithium”, and “Polly”. The demos are produced by Butch Vig, who also produces the actual Nevermind album.

On April 3, 2007, Keith Richards denies ever snorting his own father’s ashes, despite claiming that he did indeed do so on a prior occasion.

On April 4, 1968, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Al Kooper, Buddy Guy, Ted Nugent, and Joni Mitchell played an all-night tribute jam in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sadly, he is tragically assassinated earlier that day.

On April 4, 1996, the late Jerry Garcia’s ashes are scattered at the Ganges River by the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Garcia’s widow, Deborah.

On April 5, 1971, jazz rockers Chicago became the first American rock band to play Carnegie Hall.

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