On April 17, 2003, Earl King died aged 69. Being blues guitarist and composer, King wrote two classic songs – “Come on (Let the good times roll) covered by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn and Professor Longhair’s “Big chief”.
On April 17, 1960, Edward Raymond ‘Eddie’ Cochran died aged 22. His songs “C’mon everybody”, “Somethin’ else” and “Summertime blues”, were big rockabilly hits in the late 50’ and early 60’. He is also important as one of the first musicians who started experiments with multitrack recording and overdubbing.
On April 16, 1990, concert named “Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa” was held at Wembley Stadium, London. The concert was held two months after Nelson Mandela was released from prison and was broadcasted in 60 countries. The concert artist line-up included: Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Chrissie Hynde, Jackson Browne, Lou Reed, Natalie Cole, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, Tracy Chapman, Stetsasonic, André A. Jackson, Aswad, Ben Elton, Caiphus Semenya, Daniel Lanois, Denzel Washington, Dudu Pukwana, Geoffrey Oreyama, George Duke, Jerry Dammers, Johnny Clegg, Jonas Gwangwa, Jungle Brothers, Lenny Henry, Letta Mbulu, Little Steven, Manhattan Brothers, Mica Paris, Neneh Cherry, Neville Brothers, Patti Labelle, Shikisha, Steven Van Zandt,Terence Trent D’Arby and Youssou N’Dour.
On April 10, 1979, Giovanni “Nino” Rota died aged 68. He was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor and academic, best known for his film scores. He has wrote more than 150 music scores and has composed music for the films of some of the world best known movie directors, among the others for Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli and Francis Ford Coppola. In 1974 he won the “Academy Award for Best Original Score” for Francis Ford Coppola movie “The Godfather Part II”. Rota is also known for his music for theatre productions by Luchino Visconti, Eduardo De Filippo and Franco Zeffirelli.
On April 9, 1988, Dave Prater died aged 51. Being soul and rhythm & blues singer and musician, he was member of the duo Sam & Dave. The duo recorded two soul classics “Soul man” and “Hold on, I’m coming”. Prater is a member of the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame”(1992), “Grammy Hall of Fame” (1999), “Vocal Group Hall of Fame” and “Georgia Music Hall Of Fame” (1997) and was a “Grammy Award” winning (1967).