Marvin Gaye

On April 1, 1984, Marvin Gaye died aged 45. He was shot by his father, Marvin Gay, Sr. at their house in West Adams district of Los Angeles. Gaye was cremated and his ashes were spread in the Pacific Ocean. His death was listed at No. 8 on “VH-1” “Classic’s 100 most shocking moments in music”.

On April 1, 1966.

DB

On April 1, 1966, “Pye Records” released “Do Anything You Say”, the debut David Bowie single. Bowie had previously recorded as David Jones and The Lower Third.  Track “Good morning girl” is the B side of the single. The single was produced by Tony Hatch.

Personnel:

  • David Bowie – vocals, guitar
  • John Hutchinson – guitar
  • Derek Boyers – keyboards
  • Derek Fearnley – bass
  • John Eager – drums

On March 31, 1976.

Led Zeppelin - Presence

On March 31, 1976, “Swan Song Records” label released “Presence”, the seventh Led Zeppelin studio album, The album material was written and recorded in period when Robert Plant was recuperating from the injuries he had sustained the previous year in a car accident. It was recorded November–December 1975 in “Musicland Studios” in Munich, and was produced by Jimmy Page.

Personnel:

  • Robert Plant– lead vocals, harmonica
  • Jimmy Page– guitars
  • John Paul Jones– four and eight-string bass guitars
  • John Bonham– drums, percussion
  • Keith Harwood– engineer, mixing
  • Jeremy Gee – tape engineering
  • Barry Diament – mastering
  • Hipgnosis – art work, design
  • George Hardie – design
  • Peter Grant– executive producer

Track listing:

All tracks by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, except where noted.

  1. Achilles Last Stand
  2. For Your Life
  3. Royal Orleans – John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant.
  4. Nobody’s Fault but Mine
  5. Candy Store Rock
  6. Hots on for Nowhere
  7. Tea for One

Phil Ramone

On March 30, 2013, Phillip “Phil” Ramone died aged 79. He was musician (violin), recording engineer, producer, and composer, in 1958, together with Jack Arnold he founded the recording studio “A & R Recording, Inc.” later became record company. Ramone is regarded as one of the most successful music producers ever, with 14 “Grammy” awards and cooperation with names such as Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Elton John and Paul McCartney. He is also known as producer of the first major commercial release on CD, Billy Joel’s 1982 album “52nd Street”.

Daevid Allen

On March 13, 2015, Christopher David Allen better aka Daevid Allen died aged 77. He was musician (guitar) and songwriter, one of the most important figures of the progressive and avant-garde rock, Born in Australia, moved in UK in 1961, he was founding member of “Soft Machine” (1966) and in 1967, in France he formed the legendary band “Gong”.

Duster Bennett

On March 26, 1976, Anthony “Duster” Bennett died aged 30. He was  musician (acoustic guitar, slide guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, percussion, drums, keyboards, bass guitar, mandolin), performed as a one-man band, playing a bass, guitar, drum with his foot and blowing a harmonica on a rack. Bennett worked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac.

Paul Kossoff

On March 19, 1975, Paul Francis Kossoff died aged 25. He was musician (guitar) and  songwriter, member of Black Cat Bones, Back Street Crawler and Kossoff /Kirke /Tetsu/ Rabbit but was best known as member of Free.Kossoff is ranked 51st in “Rolling Stone” magazine list of the “100 greatest guitarists of all time”.