Celebrating 17 April

Birthdays

1943 – Roy Estrada, bassist, Little Feat

1948 – Jan Hammer, keyboardist, Mahavishnu Orchestra

1954 – Michael Sembello, singer/songwriter, producer

1955 – Pete Shelley, guitarist, The Buzzcocks

1959 – Stephen Singleton, saxophonist, ABC

1964 – James Keenan, vocalist, Tool

1967 – Matt Chamberlain, session drummer

1967 – Liz Phair, singer/songwriter

1970 – Redman (Reginald "Reggie" Noble), rapper

1974 – Victoria Beckham, Spice Girl, fashion designer

1989 – Avi Kaplan, bass singer, Pentatonix

Died on this day

1960 – Eddie Cochrane, rockabilly star, 50s rocker (born 1938)

1974 – Vinnie Taylor, guitarist, Sha Na Na (born 1949)

1983 – Felix Pappalardi, bassist, Mountain (born 1939)

1987 – Carlton Barrett, drummer , The Wailers (born 1950)

1998 – Linda McCartney, keyboardist, Wings (born 1941)

2003 – Earl Green, blues singer/songwriter (born 1934)

2008 – Danny Federici, organist, E Street Band (born 1950)

And on this day in...

1970 – Santana started recording Abraxas

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