April 2017

1 April
1895: Alberta Hunter (blues singer).
1927-1960: Amos Milburn (R&B pianist).
1946: Arthur Conley.
1948: Ronnie Lane (bass, Small Faces).
1948: Jimmy Cliff (Tomes Chambous).
1949: Gil Scott-Heron.
1917: Scott Joplin died at 48 years old.
1939-1984: Marvin Gaye is shot dead by his father, at age 44.2 April
1941: Leon Russell.
1943: Larry Coryell (jazz guitarist).
1947: Emmylou Harris
1987: Buddy Rich (jazz drummer) dies at 69 years old.April 3
1924: Marlon Brando.
1928 : Don Gibson (country singer/songwriter).
1945: Richard Manuel (The Band).
1949 : Richard Thompson.
1990d: Sarah Vaughan at 66 years old.
1950d: Kurt Weill
1967: Recording by Jimi Hendrix Experience of ‘Highway Chile’ at Olympic Sound Studios, London.4 April
1915-83: Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield).
1948-72: (Raymond) Berry Oakley (bass, The Allman Bros).
1954b: Gary Moore.
1977: British CBS releases the Clash’s eponymous first album.

5 April
1941: Allan Clarke (vocals, The Hollies)
1947: David Swarbrick (violin, Fairport Convention, etc).
1967: Oz chart entry The Master’s Apprentices’ ‘Undecided’.
1981: Canned Heat vocalist Bob ‘The Bear’ Hite dies of a heart attack, aged of 36 years.

6 April
1910-82: Walter ‘Shakey’ Horton (blues harmonica player).
1927b: Gerry Mulligan (jazz saxophonist).
1937b: Merle Haggard (country singer/songwriter).
1945b: Bob Marley.
1957: Release of Elvis Presley’s ‘All shook Up’.

1963: Debut of The Beatles’ Please Please Me on the UK LP charts (it reaches #1 and is in the charts for 70 weeks).
1968: Syd Barrett leaves Pink Floyd, reportedly suffering from psychiatric disorder compounded by drug abuse.
1968: Apple Corps Ltd opens offices at 95 Wigmore St, London.
1974: Premiere at NYC’s Ziegfield Theatre of ‘Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones’, the first film with a genuine quadrophonic soundtrack.

7 April
1915-59: Billie Holliday
1919b: Ravi Shankar.
1951b: Janis (Eddy Fuik) Ian (singer/songwriter).
1956: Columbia Records announces that from now on all pop records will be on 45rpm and that 78s will be reserved for the ‘hillbilly’ market only.
1962: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Dick Taylor meet Brian Jones (alias Elmo Lewis) at the Ealing Club, a London blues hangout.
1981: Early Who manager and ‘colourful character’ Kit Lambert dies after falling down a flight of stairs in his mother’s London home.

8 April
1929b: Jaques Brel (singer/songwriter)
1938d: King Oliver (pioneer jazz trumpeter) at 52 .

9 April
1898b: Paul Robeson (singer, actor and activist).
1932b: Carl Perkins (Mr ‘Blue Suede Shoes’).
1944b: Jimmy Page
1944b: Gene Parsons (The Byrds 1968-1972).
1973: Neil Young’s autobiographical doco ‘Journey through the Past’ premieres in Dallas.
1976: Texas-born folk singer Phil Ochs hangs himself at his sister’s home in Queens, NY, apparently despondent at his failure to regain the edge of his early music. He was 35.

10 April
1957: Bunny Wailer (Neville O’Reilly Livingstone).
1958d: Chuck Willis, (biggest hit ‘CC Ryder’)at 30.
1959b: Brian Setzer (guitar, Stray Cats).

11 April
1954b: Chris Difford (UK Squeeze).
1956b: Neville Staples (Specials).
1956: James Brown, has his first chart entry when ‘Please Please Please’ debuts on the R&B charts.
1961: Bob Dylan makes his NYC debut in Greenwich Village at age 19. He opens for John Lee Hooker.
1963: Parlophone released ‘From Me to You’/ ‘Thank You Girl,’ The Beatles’ third single and first No 1 in the UK.

12 April
1913b: Lionel Hampton
1917-75: Hound Dog Taylor (Theodore Roosevelt).
1940b: Herbie Hancock
1944b: John Kay (Joachim Kraudedat) (Steppenwolf).
1975d: Josephine Baker (singer/dancer) at 68.
1954: Bill Haley and the Comets record ‘(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock’ in NYC.

13 April
1945-79: Lowell George (Little Feat).
1946b: Al Green.
1951b: Peabo Bryson (soul singer).
1954: Recording of Muddy Waters’ ‘I Just Want To Make Love to You’ in Chicago.
1971: The first release on The Rolling Stones record label, ‘Brown Sugar’.
1982: David Crosby is arrested, for the second time in two weeks, in his dressing room on drugs and weapons charges. We’ve got a sense of déjà vu all over again!

14 April
1935b: Loretta Lynn
1945b: Ritchie Blackmore
1967: With promotional slogan announcing ‘The Most Significant Talent Since The Beatles’, Polydor Records releases the first made-in-England record for the Bee Gees – ‘New York Mining Disaster – 1941’.
1972: Release of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Tumbling Dice’ b/w ‘Sweet Black Angel’.
1975: (From the official press release): “It is confirmed today by Mick Jagger that Ronnie Wood … will be accompanying the Rolling Stones when they undertake a tour … due to start in June. Although this arrangement is in no way permanent, Mick says he and the rest of the band are looking forward to Ronnie playing with the group.”
1983: Pete Farndon, one-time bassist for the Pretenders, is found dead in his London flat, aged 30.

15 April
1894-1937b: Bessie Smith.
1933b: Roy Clarke (country banjo, vocalist).
1944b: Dave Edmunds
1947b: Michael Chapman (producer)
1966: Decca releases the Rolling Stones’ ‘Aftermath’ in the UK, the first album comprised completely of Jagger/Richards originals. It goes to #1 in the UK for nine weeks, and reaches #2 in the US.
1967: Release of The Who’s ‘Happy Jack’.

16 April
1930b: Herbie Mann (jazz flautist).
1939b: Dusty Springfield
1947b: Gerry Rafferty (big hit ‘Baker Street’).

17 April
1930b: Chris Barber (jazz trombonist and band leader).
1948b: Jan Hammer (jazz keyboardist).
1955b: Peter Shelley (Buzzcocks, solo).
1964: UK release of debut LP ‘The Rolling Stones’.
1960: Eddie Cochrane dies in hospital in Bath, England, from severe brain injuries following a car accident..
1969: The Band plays its first concert as an independent group, opening a nationwide tour to promote its first album, the seminal ‘Music from Big Pink’.
1970: Paul McCartney releases his first solo album ‘McCartney’.
1973: Release of The Eagles’ ‘Desperado’.
1973: Pink Floyd receives a gold record for the zillion-selling ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, which stays in the charts for more than a decade and becomes the longest-charting rock album of all time.
1980: Bob Marley is an official guest at Zimbabwe’s (formerly Rhodesia) Independence Day ceremonies.
1983: Felix Pappalardi, bassist for Mountain, and producer for Cream, is shot to death in his NYC apartment, allegedly by his wife, Gail Collins.

18 April
1924b: Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown (blues singer/guitarist).
1946b: Skip Spence.

19 April
1928-84: Alexis Korner.
1943-70 Janis Joplin.
1942b: Alan Price (keyboards, vocals, Animals, solo).
1967: Recording by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers of ‘It Hurts Me Too’ and ‘Double Trouble’ (see ‘Looking Back’).
1968: John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives leave the Maharishi Maresh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India, two weeks before their study is completed. Ringo and Paul had already left. Later, all four renounce their association with the Maharishi (see ‘Sexy Sadie’).
1978: Arista Records releases the Patti Smith Group’s single ‘Because the Night’, co-authored by Smith and Bruce Springsteen.
1980: NME reports that Brian Johnson, late of the band Geordie, has replaced the late Bon Scott as lead vocalist with Oz heavy metal outfit AC/DC.

20 April
1992d: Johnny Shines (blues guitarist/singer) at 76
1964: Recording by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers of ‘Mr James’ (see ‘Looking Back’).
1976: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Black and Blue’ is released and reaches #1 and goes platinum within two weeks.
1990d: Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie) at 43.

21 April
1947b: Iggy Pop (James Jewel Osterberg).
1958b: Michael Barson (Madness).
1970d: Blues guitarist Earl Hooker dies in Chicago, aged 40.
1978: Ex-Fairport Convention singer Sandy Denny dies tragically at the age of 37 from a brain haemorrhage suffered in a fall down a flight of stairs in her London home.

22 April
1922-79: Charles Mingus (jazz bassist, composer).
1938b: Glen Campbell.
1950b: Peter Frampton.
1955b: Arthur Baker (producer, mix master).
1984d: Earl Hines, aged 77.
1969: The Who gave its first (and unannounced) performance of its rock opera Tommy at a concert in England, two weeks prior to the official premiere for the British press at Ronnie Scott’s club in London.

23 April
1936-88: Roy Orbison
1991d: Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls).
1956: Elvis Presley makes his Las Vegas debut and has his show cancelled because of poor reception. It will be almost 15 years before he plays Vegas again.
1975d: Peter Ham, 27-year-old ex-guitarist and songwriter for Badfinger, hangs himself in his London garage, aged 27.

24 April
1945b: Doug ‘Cosmo’ Clifford.
1970d: Otis Spann (blues pianist).
1957: Ricky Nelson makes his first record release, ‘Teenager’s Romance’/‘I’m Walkin’ – a Fats Domino cover.
1961: Bob Dylan makes his recording debut, playing harmonica on the title track of Harry Belafonte’s Midnight Special album.

25 April
1918b: Ella Fitzgerald.
1923-92: Albert King (Nelsons).
1933b: Jerry Leiber (songwriter with Mike Stoller)
1945b: Stu Cook (bass, C C Revival).
1962: Recording of Bob Dylan’s ‘Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre’, ‘Let Me Die in My Footsteps’, ‘Worried Blues’ and ‘Talkin’ Hava Nagilah Blues’ (quite a session).

26 April
1886-39: Ma Rainey (blues singer).
1938b: Duane Eddy (guitarist).
1944b: Giorgio Moroder (producer).
1984: Jazz great Count Basie dies, aged 79.
1964: The ‘NME Poll Winners’ Concert’ features The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Dave Clark Five.

27 April
1951b: Paul ‘Ace’ Frehley (guitar, Kiss).
1984d: ZZ Hill (blues artist) aged 48
1973: Release of The Byrds’ ‘Preflyte’ LP.
1980: Muddy Waters wins a Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording with his ‘Muddy Mississippi Waters Live’ recording.

28 April
1955b: Eddie Jobson (violin).
1956b Jimmy Barnes.
1963: Andrew Loog Oldham, a 19-year-old music/business publicist and former associate of Brian Epstein, catches a gig by the Rolling Stones at London’s Crawdaddy Club. The following day, Oldham will sign the Stones to their first management contract.

29 April
1899b: Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington.
1932b: Lonnie Donegan
1934b: Otis Rush (blues guitarist/singer).
1935d: Leroy Carr (blues pianist, singer) aged 30.
1938b: Klaus Voorman (bass).
1947b: Tommy James (Thomas Jackson), biggest hit ‘Crimson and Clover’.
1967d: JB Lenoir, at age 38..
1972: A Nod’s as Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse by The Faces is No. 4 on the Go Set national album chart.

30 April
1896-1971: Rev Gary Davis (blues/ragtime guitarist).
1933b: Willie Nelson.
1982d: Rock critic Lester Bangs dies of a heart attack, aged 33, in NYC.
1983d: Muddy Waters, one of the most influential of the Afro-American bluesman, dies of a heart attack in Chicago.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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