Celebrating 5 April

Birthdays

1942 – Allan Clarke, singer, The Hollies

1950 – Agnetha Fältskog, singer, ABBA

1951 – Everett Morton, drummer, The Beat

1954 – Stan Ridgway, guitarist, Wall of Voodoo

1961 – Jacob Slichter, drummer, Semisonic

1966 – Mike McCready, guitarist, Pearl Jam

1968 – Paula Cole, singer/songwriter

1973 – Pharrell Williams, rapper, R&B singer/songwriter

1975 – Juicy J (Jordan Michael Houston), rapper

1981 – Mariqueen Maandig, vocalist, How To Destroy Angels

Died on this day

1981 – Bob "The Bear" Hite, vocalist, Canned Heat (born 1943)

1983 – Danny Rapp, singer, Danny & the Juniors (born 1941)

1994 – Kurt Cobain, guitarist, Nirvana (born 1967)

1998 – Cozy Powell, drummer (born 1947)

2002 – Layne Staley, vocalist, Alice in Chains (born 1967)

2006 – Gene Pitney, singer/songwriter (born 1951)

2007 – Mark St. John, guitarist, Kiss (born 1956)

2012 – Jim Marshall, amplification pioneer (born 1923)

And on this day in...

1979 – Duran Duran played their first live gig, at Birmingham Poly

1980 – R.E.M. played their first live gig, in Athens, Georgia

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