On April 5, 1994.

KC

On April 5, 1994, Kurt Donald Cobain died aged 27. He was songwriter and guitarist, best known as founding member, guitarist and lead singer of the band “Nirvana”.

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On April 2, 1987.

Buddy Rich

On April 2, 1987, Bernard “Buddy” Rich died aged 69. Being jazz drummer and bandleader he was known for his virtuoso technique, power, groove, and speed. In his career Rich has performed with some of the biggest names of the modern music including, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey’s band, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Lester Young, Max Roach, Alla Rakha, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and Dizzy Gillespie.

On April 1, 1984.

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.  Composition “Good morning girl” is the B side of the single. Bowie (vocals, guitar) is accompanied by John Hutchinson (guitar), Derek Fearnley (bass), John Eager (drums) and Derek Boyes (keyboards). The single is produced by Tony Hatch.

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. The album cover and inside sleeve was created by “Hipgnosis”. Together with the outtake album “Coda”,  “Presence” is the slowest selling Led Zeppelin album.

Personnel:

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

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

On March 30, 2013.

Phil Ramone

On March 30, 2013, Phillip “Phil” Ramone died aged 79. South African born, lived and worked in US, he was recording engineer, record producer, violinist 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”.

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