On April 26, 1984.


On April 26, 1984, William James “Count” Basie died aged 80. Being pianist, organist, band leader and composer, together with Duke Ellington he was outstanding representative of big bands style and a leading figure of the swing era in jazz music.


On April 22, 2013.


On April 22, 2013, Richard Pierce Havens aka Richie Havens died aged 72. Being singer-songwriter and guitarist, he was famous for his intense and rhythmic guitar style. Havens released 21 studio and 2 live albums but he is best known for his opening performance at the 1969 “Woodstock Festival”.

On April 21, 1978.

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On April 21, 1978, Alexandra Elene MacLean aka Sandy Denny died aged 31. Being singer and songwriter, she was the lead singer of “Fairport Convention”, member of the British folk band the “Strawbs”, she formed the short-lived band “Fotheringay” and had a solo career. She released four solo albums: “The North star Grassman and the ravens”, “Sandy”, “Like an old fashioned waltz” and “Rendezvous”.Her song ‘Who knows where the time goes’, from 1967, was covered by Judy Collins and Denny sang on the “Led Zeppelin” song “Battle of Evermore” from the bands fourth album.

On April 17, 1960.


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.