Music History: April 6
2015 Twenty One Pilots release "Tear In My Heart."
2004 Wilco's frontman, Jeff Tweedy, checks into a rehabilitation center after developing an addiction to painkillers. A statement released by the band reads: "The treatment follows a well-documented history of Tweedy's battle with migraine headache."
2004 Rock and roll guitarist Niki Sullivan (of Buddy Holly's backing band The Crickets) dies at age 66 of a heart attack in Sugar Creek, Missouri.
2002 Sarah McLachlan gives birth to her first child, daughter India Ann Sushil Sood.
1999 Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead appear at an Al Gore Presidential fundraiser, with Gore's wife, notorious anti-rock crusader Tipper, playing congas.
1998 On the TV show Murphy Brown, Candice Bergen's lead character turns 50, and her coworkers celebrate by recreating an episode of American Bandstand. Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian and Lesley Gore all make appearances.
1998 Tammy Wynette dies at age 55 after suffering numerous health problems.
1998 Wendy O. Williams (lead singer of Plasmatics) dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 48 in Storrs, Connecticut.
1997 The Michael Jackson short film/theme ride Captain EO is shown for the last time at Disneyland.
1993 Bruce Hornsby releases his first solo album, Harbor Lights. Jerry Garcia, Pat Metheny, Bonnie Raitt, Branford Marsalis, and Phil Collins all make appearances on this jazzy recording.
1992 George Harrison performs his first full live solo concert since 1969, appearing in London in a benefit for the Natural Law political party.
1986 Composer John Longmire dies at his Guernsey home at age 85.
1985 Gilbert O'Sullivan wins a two-million-dollar judgment against his manager, Gordon Mills, for royalties owed him on his 1972 smash "Alone Again (Naturally)."
1984 Steve "Little Steven" Van Zandt announces he's leaving the E-Street Band, and goes on to helm the Sun City project. He will return in the '90s when the band reforms.
1984 Rock and roll musician Ral Donner, known for the 1961 hit "You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)," dies at age 41 of lung cancer.
1983 Ronald Reagan's secretary of the Interior, James Watt, cancels an appearance by The Beach Boys at Washington DC's Independence Day festivities, infamously stating that the band would attract "an undesirable element."
1981 Blues-rock musician Bob "The Bear" Hite (lead singer of Canned Heat) dies at age 38 after snorting a vial of heroin - thinking it was cocaine - given to him by a fan.
1979 In Beverly Hills, Rod Stewart marries George Hamilton's ex-wife, Alana. The couple divorces in 1984.
1978 Peter Frampton guest-stars on NBC-TV's Black Sheep Squadron.
1974 Blue Swede's "Hooked On A Feeling" hits #1.
1974 Al Green performs his hit "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" on Soul Train. Green, who had broken an arm and is wearing a sling, performs the song live, which is rare on the show because live performances are expensive and complicated to produce.
1974 The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake and Palmer play to a crowd of 200,000 at the California Jam in Ontario, California.
1974 The concert documentary Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, the first-ever such film with a quadraphonic soundtrack, premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
1972 The Monkees' Micky Dolenz guest stars as himself on the "Barbara Lost" episode of ABC-TV's My Three Sons.
1971 Carly Simon meets James Taylor for the first time backstage after her concert at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. They would get married in November, 1972.
1971 Russian composer Igor Stravinsky dies of heart failure at age 88 in New York.
1969 Joanie Sommers guests on the syndicated Frankie Avalon Easter (TV) Special.
1969 Original bassist Pete Quaife leaves The Kinks. Nobby Dalton takes his place.
1966 The Beatles record "Tomorrow Never Knows."
1965 The Beach Boys record "California Girls."
1965 Elvis Presley releases "Crying In The Chapel."
1963 Fats Domino leaves Imperial Records for his new home, ABC-Paramount.
1963 Bobby Darin records "Eighteen Yellow Roses."
1959 Fabian's "Turn Me Loose" enters the charts.
1958 Selwyn Brown (keyboardist for Steel Pulse) is born in London, England.
1957 Perry Como's "Round And Round" hits #1.
1956 Elvis Presley signs a three-picture movie deal with Paramount studios.
1956 Having impressed Paramount Studios with his screen test five days earlier, Elvis Presley is signed to a seven-year, three-picture deal worth nearly half a million dollars.
1956 The Capitol Tower, new home of Capitol Records, opens on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles. The 13-story building, which resembles a stack of records, houses three new recording studios where Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Linda Ronstadt, and many other stars will lay down tracks. The building becomes an LA landmark, with the red light at the top flashing "HOLLYWOOD" in Morse Code.
1953 Christopher Franke (of the electronic group Tangerine Dream) is born in Berlin, Germany.
1952 Original Accept singer (and later frontman of UDO), Udo Dirkschneider, is born in Wuppertal, Germany.
1947 Drummer Tony Connor (Hot Chocolate) is born in Romford, England.
1944 Bass guitarist John Stax (The Pretty Things) is born in Crayford, Kent, England.
1937 Country musician Merle Haggard is born in Oildale, California. For the first years of his life, he lives in an abandoned boxcar that his father converted into a home.
1929 Composer and pianist Andre Previn - known for Academy Award-winning scores to Gigi, Porgy & Bess, Irma la Douce, and My Fair Lady - is born Andreas Ludwig Priwin in Berlin, Germany.
1927 Jazz musician Gerry Mulligan is born in Queens, New York City.
1925 Eddie Cantor records "If You Knew Susie."
1922 Jazz pianist Dorothy Donegan is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1917 Blues harmonica player Walter Horton is born in Horn Lake, Mississippi.
1974ABBA become European stars overnight when their composition "Waterloo" wins the annual Eurovision Song Contest.
2016 On his 79th birthday, Merle Haggard dies at his ranch in Northern California. Haggard placed 71 songs in the Top 10 of the Country chart during his lifetime.
1980 Andrew Wood forms the group Malfunkshun in Seattle, Washington, marking what some consider the beginning of grunge. The music of Malfunkshun makes an impact on Wood's roommate Chris Cornell, who forms Soundgarden. Wood moves on to Mother Love Bone, and after he dies of a heart attack in 1990, that group adds Eddie Vedder and becomes Pearl Jam.
1974 Billy Joel scores his first Top 40 hit with "Piano Man," which comes in at #33 (it peaks at #25 two weeks later).
1968 Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett becomes an early acid casualty, leaving the band as he can no longer contribute.
1965 Simon and Garfunkel's soundtrack LP The Graduate hits #1.