Music History: April 5
2012 The Philip Lynott Exhibition opens at the 02 in London, celebrating the legacy of the Thin Lizzy frontman.
2011 Folk musician Gil Robbins (of the folk band The Highwaymen) dies of prostate cancer two days after his 80th birthday in Baja California, Mexico.
2009 Donald Trump fires TLC member Tionne Watkins, better known by her stage name T-Boz, in the sixth week of The Celebrity Apprentice, Season 8.
2008 Toto breaks up after performing its final concert in Seoul.
2006 Rock and roll singer-songwriter Gene Pitney dies of a heart attack at age 66 while touring the UK.
1998 Rock drummer Colin "Cozy" Powell (ELP, Black Sabbath, Rainbow) dies at age 50 in a car accident in Bristol, England, while speeding to his distraught girlfriend's home.
1988 Bluesy folk rock singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman releases her debut album, Tracy Chapman.
1987 Jazz drummer Buddy Rich's funeral takes place in Los Angeles, with Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw, and Johnny Carson in attendance.
1985 Thousands of radio stations play "We Are The World" simultaneously at 10:50 a.m. EST. In the next few weeks, the song goes to #1 in America and the UK.
1984 Marvin Gaye's funeral takes place in Los Angeles, with Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy attending. Gaye died 4 days earlier when he was shot by his father during an argument.
1982 The record industry trade magazine Record World folds after 36 years.
1978 Duran Duran play their first live gig, in Birmingham, England. Singer Stephen Duffy leaves the band two years later and is replaced by Simon Le Bon - shortly before the band are signed to EMI records.
1977 David Bowie and Iggy Pop perform together on Dinah Shore's daytime show on NBC.
1975 Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You," with the most famous high note of the '70s, is the #1 hit in America.
1974 The Guess Who host a celebrity tennis tournament in Toronto to benefit Ballet of Canada.
1973 R&B singer Pharrell Williams is born in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1971 Chicago is the first American rock band to perform at Carnegie Hall.
1969 The Guess Who's "These Eyes" enters the Billboard singles chart.
1968 Singer-songwriter Paula Cole, known for the 1997 hit "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?," is born in Rockport, Massachusetts.
1967 Elvis Presley's 24th movie, Double Trouble, premieres in Hollywood.
1967 Monkees fans march in London in protest of band member Davy Jones' announced induction into the Army. The teen heartthrob is eventually exempted from duty for being his family's main provider.
1966 Alt rock guitarist Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) is born in Pensacola, Florida.
1965 "Chim Chim Cher-ee," composed by The Sherman Brothers for the Disney musical Mary Poppins, wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
1964 Rapper Christopher "Kid" Reid (Kid 'N Play) is born in The Bronx, New York City.
1964 The Searchers make their US television debut, singing "Needles And Pins" and "Ain't That Just Like Me" on CBS's Ed Sullivan Show.
1951 Drummer Everett Morton (The English Beat) is born in the West Indies.
1950 Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) is born in Jönköping, Småland, Sweden.
1944 R&B singer Nicholas Caldwell (The Whispers) is born in San Francisco, California.
1942 Allan Clarke (original lead singer of The Hollies) is born Harold Allan Clarke in Salford, Lancashire, England.
1941 Folk musician Dave Swarbick (Fairport Convention) is born in New Malden, England.
1939 R&B singer Ronnie White (The Miracles) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1939 Pop singer-songwriter Crispian St. Peters is born Robin Peter Smith in Swanley, Kent, England.
1934 Jazz tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1932 R&B singer Billy Bland, known for the '60s hits "Let the Little Girl Dance" and "Harmony," is born in Wilmington, North Carolina.
1929 English record producer Joe Meek, famous for writing and producing the Tornados' instrumental hit "Telstar," is born Robert George Meek in Newent, Gloucestershire, England.
1928 R&B singer Tony Williams (of The Platters) is born in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
1926 Jazz drummer Stan Levey is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1922 Actress and singer Gale Storm, star of the '50s TV shows My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show, is born Josephine Owaissa Cottle in Bloomington, Texas.
1968With tensions high the night after Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, James Brown goes ahead with his concert at the Boston Garden, agreeing to televise the show to help keep calm in the city.
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2002 Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley dies after overdosing on heroin and cocaine. The 34-year-old singer had falling into addiction and lost most contact with the outside world. His body isn't discovered until two weeks later, when police enter his apartment on April 19 after friends and associates report him missing.
1994 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana kills himself with a shotgun at age 27. His body isn't discovered until three days later when an electrician enters to install an alarm.
1964 The Beatles film the famous opening scene from their first movie, A Hard Day's Night, running away from several rabid female fans at London's Marylebone train station.
1958 The first "Greatest Hits" compilation is released, and it's by Johnny Mathis. It's a huge hit, and the format catches on quickly. The Mathis album stays in the Billboard 200 album chart for over nine years, a record not broken until Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.
1923 Joe Oliver and King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, featuring a young Louis Armstrong, make the first jazz recordings by an African American band at Gennett Records in rural Richmond, Indiana.