2 April

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2011 LCD Soundsystem play their final ever gig at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show lasts four hours and features Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts.

2009 Texas-born guitarist Freddie Everett dies at age 49 after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

2003 Soul singer Edwin Starr dies at age 61 of a heart attack while taking a bath at his home near Nottingham, England.

1998 Robert Pilatus of Milli Vanilli dies at age 32 after overdosing on a combination of drugs and alcohol.

1997 After 32 years, Joni Mitchell is reunited with her first daughter, Kilauren Gibb. Joni gave the child up for adoption at the start of her career.

1996 Blues musician Guitar Gabriel dies at age 70.

1993 Roberta Flack guest stars as herself on an episode of ABC-TV's Loving.

1991 The Rolling Stones release Flashpoint, a live album recorded throughout their Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour.

1987 Jazz drummer Buddy Rich dies at age 69 of heart failure after surgery for a malignant brain tumor.

1973 The Beatles release two compilation albums: The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970. Both will land in the Top 10 on the US and UK albums charts, with 1967-1970 hitting #1 in the US.

1970 Janis Joplin get tattoos on her wrist and heart, the one on her chest reading "One For The Boys."

1969 Frank Sinatra's "My Way" enters the charts in the US, where it reaches #27.

1967 Steve Winwood leaves The Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason.

1967 Guitarist and songwriter Greg Camp (of Smash Mouth) is born in West Covina, California.

1966 The Singing Nun, starring Debbie Reynolds, opens in theaters. The film is based on Sister Luc-Gabrielle, a Belgian nun who had a #1 US hit with the French language song "Dominique," re-written in English for the film. Luc-Gabrielle declares it "absolutely idiotic."

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UK Goes "Crazy" For Gnarls Barkley


Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" makes history by becoming the UK's first-ever #1 single to top the chart solely on download sales.

Per newly updated chart rules, a single is eligible to make the UK tally through download sales only if its physical copy is released within the following week; the "Crazy" CD hits shelves the day after the download tops the singles chart. By its ninth week at #1, Gnarls Barkley – a neo soul duo composed of singer Cee-Lo Green and producer Danger Mouse – pull the single from UK music stores so listeners will "remember the song fondly and not get sick of it." It stays at the apex another two weeks before starting its descent. "Crazy" is also a big hit in the US, where it hits #2 on the Hot 100. It also wins Best Urban/Alternative Performance and is nominated for Record of the Year at the 2007 Grammy Awards.



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