Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Don Kirshner
Born on this day:
1934, Don Kirshner, producer
1948, Jan Hammer, keyboard player
1955, Pete Shelley, Buzzcocks
1964, James Keenan, Tool

Rock Pills:
1960, while touring in the U.K., 21-year-old US singer Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was travelling in crashed into a lamppost. Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash. The taxi driver, George Martin, was convicted of dangerous driving, fined £50, disqualified from driving for 15 years, and sent to prison for six months.

1963, a reissue of Bob Dylan’s second album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was at # 1 on the U.K. LP chart.

1970, Johnny Cash played at the White House for President Nixon who requested that he play “A Boy Named Sue.”

1971, all four Beatles had solo singles in the U.K. charts: Paul McCartney with “Another Day,” John Lennon “Power To The People,” George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” and Ringo Starr ”It Don’t Come Easy’.”

1973, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of the Moon went gold in the US. The LP stayed in the US album chart for more than ten years and became the longest charting rock record of all time.

Danny Federici
1983, Felix Pappalardi, producer and bass player with Mountain, was shot dead by his wife Gail Collins. Collins was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to four years in prison.

1991, Nirvana appeared at the OK Hotel in Seattle, Washington, where they played a new song, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” live for the first time.

1998, Linda McCartney died, aged 56, after a battle against cancer.

2008, Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a member of The E Street Band, died aged 58 of cancer. Federici had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, starting with the bands Steel Mill and Child.

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