20 April

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2020 Homebound during the coronavirus pandemic, Willie Nelson stages the "Come And Toke It" live stream to support efforts to legalize marijuana and free those incarcerated for it. Guests include Ziggy Marley, who does "One Love," and Kacey Musgraves, who performs "Slow Burn."

2019 Michelle Branch marries Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.

2018 The Swedish DJ Avicii (Tim Bergling) dies at 28.

2017 The Main Ingredient lead singer Cuba Gooding Sr. dies at age 72. His son is the actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

2011 Indie rocker Gerard Smith (of TV on the Radio) dies at age 36 of lung cancer.

2010 The stage adaptation of Green Day's American Idiot rock opera officially opens on Broadway, a year after its debut at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

2003 Jazz tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards dies at age 78.

2002 Ashanti snags the top spot on the Hot 100 with her single "Foolish," and also goes to #1 with her self-titled debut album. The #2 song is "Always On Time," her collaboration with Ja Rule.More

2002 Pop singer Alan Dale ("(The Gang that Sang) Heart of My Heart") dies at age 76. Also known for playing a rock 'n roll singer in the 1956 film Don't Knock the Rock, featuring Alan Freed, Little Richard, The Treniers, and Bill Haley & His Comets.

2001 Italian composer Giuseppe Sinopoli dies of a heart attack at age 54 while conducting the Verdi opera Aida at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Germany.

1999 Rapper Mase, 21, announces that he is retiring from music in order to "follow God." He returns with his third album, Welcome Back, in 2004.

1994 Barbra Streisand begins her first tour since 1966, performing in London.

1993 Shania Twain's self-titled debut album is released. It's an impressive debut, establishing her in the world of country music. Her next three releases, produced by her husband Mutt Lange, make her a pop superstar.

1992 Blues singer and guitarist Johnny Shines dies at age 76 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

1991 Steve Marriott (guitarist, vocalist for The Small Faces, Humble Pie) dies in a house fire, possibly caused by a cigarette, at age 44.

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Submarine Churches Surface, Inspired By Beatles Song

1970

The New York Times reports on "submarine churches" inspired by the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine." Their logos are variations of a submarine with the periscope forming a peace sign.


Members of these alternative churches are mostly young people involved in the counterculture movement. The Free Church in Berkeley, California is the most popular, with a 24-hour hotline and an active newsletter. The song and movie embody the values these churches hold dear: unity, peace, liberation. It's where you can "love each other in a groovy way," one of their reverends explains. These churches are all over the country, with names like Ecstatic Umbrella and Alice's Restaurant. Many are offshoots of Protestant or Catholic denominations. After a few years, these submarine churches all go under. (photo courtesy Graduate Theological Union)

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