8 April

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1975 Dutch singer-songwriter Anouk is born Anouk Teeuwe in The Hague, Netherlands.

1974 Dr. John releases the album Desitively Bonnaroo. The title, a creole saying for "good stuff," provides the appellation for the Bonnaroo music festival.

1972 Slipknot bass player Paul Gray is born in Los Angeles, but is raised in Des Moines, Iowa.

1967 The Doors' first single, "Break On Through (To The Other Side)," hits a wall, stalling at #126 in the US. Their next release, "Light My Fire," does much better, going to #1.

1964 Rapper Biz Markie is born Marcel Theo Hall in New Jersey.

1964 The Supremes record "Where Did Our Love Go," which becomes their breakout hit.

1963 Frank Sinatra hosts the 35th Academy Awards, held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Lawrence of Arabia wins Best Picture, with composer Maurice Jarre taking home Best Original Score. Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer land Best Original Song for "Days Of Wine And Roses" from the film of the same name.

1963 Patty Duke wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for The Miracle Worker.

1963 Julian Lennon is born John Charles Julian Lennon, the first child of John Lennon and his first wife, Cynthia.

1962 Guitarist Izzy Stradlin, a founding member of Guns N' Roses, is born Jeffrey Dean Isbell in Lafayette, Indiana.

1956 The Johnny Burnette Trio (with brother Dorsey) make the first of three appearances on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour on ABC-TV.

1951 Rock bassist Mel Schacher (of Grand Funk Railroad, ? & the Mysterians) is born in Owosso, Michigan.

1947 Pioneering Christian rock performer Larry Norman is born in Corpus Christi, Texas.

1947 Yes guitarist Steve Howe is born in London.

1944 Drummer Keef Hartley (of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley Band) is born in Preston, Lancashire, England.

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Kurt Cobain Found Dead


Kurt Cobain's body is found in his Seattle home by an electrician sent to install a burglar alarm. He is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound three days earlier. The Nirvana song "Come As You Are" takes on new meaning with the line, "I swear that I don't have a gun."

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