Music History: April 8
2016 Steve Miller, notoriously averse to awards ceremonies, goes on a backstage rant when he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He says the Hall is like "a private boys club," and lets loose on the organizers. "It's a bunch of jackasses and jerks and f--king gangsters and crooks."More
2016 The Baltimore Orioles play the Woody Guthrie song "This Land Is Your Land" during the seventh inning stretch in their game against the Rays, starting a tradition of playing the song at every Friday home game. It's part of their "Community Heroes" program to honor local citizens and an effort to diversity their musical selections to reflect progressive ideals. On Saturday nights they play "America The Beautiful," and on Sundays it's "God Bless America."
2016 The Guns N' Roses reunion tour gets underway in Las Vegas. Axl Rose, who fractured his foot at a warm-up show, performs from the throne Dave Grohl used to play Foo Fighters shows when he was hobbled.More
2016 Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani are officially divorced after 14 years of marriage. They share three sons: Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo.
2013 Annette Funicello dies at age 70 of multiple sclerosis. The actress became famous as a Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club before becoming a pop singer and was known for a string of popular '60s "Beach Party" films with co-star Frankie Avalon.
2006 The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in mainland China with a gig in Shanghai.
2003 Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, releases her first solo album, To Whom It May Concern. It debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
2001 Cuban violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales (Buena Vista Social Club) dies at age 55 after collapsing onstage during a concert performance in Basel, Switzerland.
2001 Country singer-songwriter Van Stephenson (BlackHawk) dies at age 47, two years after being diagnosed with melanoma.
1997 Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro ("Stoned Soul Picnic," "Wedding Bell Blues," "And When I Die") dies at age 49 of ovarian cancer.
1996 Delta blues musician Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes dies at age 59 of lung cancer.
1994 The Offspring's breakthrough album Smash is released. Thanks to the success of the singles "Come Out and Play" and "Self Esteem," Smash eventually becomes one of the best selling independent records of all time, selling at least 15 million copies worldwide.
1985 The musical Leader Of The Pack: The Songs Of Ellie Greenwich opens on Broadway (running for 120 performances).
1980 The TV movie Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, based on the song "The Gambler," airs on CBS. It becomes the highest-rated TV movie of the year and leads to four sequels, all starring Rogers.
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 Heavy metal bassist Paul Gray (Slipknot) is born in Los Angeles, California, but will be 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" (their first #1 single).
1963 Julian Lennon is born John Charles Julian Lennon, the first child of John Lennon and his first wife, Cynthia.
1963 Patty Duke wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for The Miracle Worker.
1962 Rock guitarist Izzy Stradlin (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 (Grand Funk Railroad, Question Mark and the Mysterians) is born in Owosso, Michigan.
1947 Rock guitarist Steve Howe (Yes) is born in Holloway, London, England.
1947 Pioneering Christian rock performer Larry Norman is born in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1944 Drummer Keef Hartley (John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley Band) is born in Preston, Lancashire, England.
1942 Rock singer Roger "Chappo" Chapman (Family) is born in Leicester, England.
1941 Soul singer J.J. Jackson, known for the 1966 crossover hit "But It's Alright," is born Jerome Louis Jackson in Gillett, Arkansas.
1929 Singer-songwriter Jacques Brel is born in Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium.
1922 Jazz singer Carmen McRae is born in Harlem, New York City.
1896 Edgar Yipsel Harburg, known as "Yip," is born in New York City. He co-writes many popular songs, including "Over The Rainbow" and "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime."
1994Kurt 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."
2016 Bruce Springsteen cancels an upcoming show in Greensboro, North Carolina in protest of a state law limiting the rights of transgender people. "Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry - which is happening as I write - is one of them," he writes.
Pearl Jam follows suit, bowing out of a show in Raleigh.
Pearl Jam follows suit, bowing out of a show in Raleigh.
1977 The Clash release their self-titled debut album on CBS Records.
1968 The TV special Petula airs on NBC. At one point in the show, host Petula Clark grabs hold of Harry Belafonte's arm while they are singing a duet. This marks the first time a white woman and black man have physical contact on TV in such context.More