Today in Music History

April 20, 1992

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On this day in 1992, A Concert for Life: The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place at London’s Wembley Stadium. The concert was broadcast live [...]

April 19, 2002

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On this day in 2002, Layne Staley, lead singer of Alice In Chains, was found dead in his Seattle condo. Layne Thomas Staley, born on August 22, 1967, would become the lead [...]

April 18, 1952

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On this day in 1952, composer, cellist, and music teacher, Leo Smith passed away in Toronto at the age of 70. Smith was born in Birmingham in 1881, and was a child prodigy on [...]

April 14, 1945

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On this day in 1945, Richard ‘Ritchie’ Hugh Blackmore was born in Western-Super-Mare, England. His father was of Welsh ancestry and his mother of English. When [...]

April 13, 1959

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On this day in 1959, The Fleetwoods’ ‘Come Softly To Me’ hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The song was written when Fleetwoods members Gary [...]

April 12, 1994

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On this day in 1994, Hole released their second studio album, Live Through This. The record was released four days after frontwoman Courtney Love’s husband, Kurt [...]

April 11, 1970

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On this day in 1970, Fleetwood Mac’s original member, Peter Green would announce that he intended to leave the band to follow his newly-found mysterious religion. Green [...]

April 10, 1956

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On this day in 1956, experimental guitar builder Leo Fender was granted the patent for what we know today as the “whammy bar” – or, the “Tremolo Device [...]

April 9, 2002

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On this day in 2002, Marshall Mathers (a.k.a., Eminem) agreed to pay $100,000, minus attorney’s fees, to John Guerra in the civil lawsuit over a June 2000 parking-lot [...]

April 7, 1915

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On this day in 1915, Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Sarah “Sadie” Fagan and Clarence Holiday. Clarence Holiday was a [...]
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