2001-Aerosmith, Queen, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Ritchie Valens, Solomon Burke, The Flamingos and pianist Johnnie Johnson are inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kid Rock inducts and performs with Aerosmith. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters induct and perform with Queen, and Bono inducts Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.

1982-Ozzy Osbourne Band guitarist Randy Rhoads, 25, dies after the pilot of a small airplane he’s in flies low to buzz Osbourne’s tour bus, then fails to regain height and crashes in a nearby woods.

1981-Paradise Theater by Styx is certified platinum.

1976-Former Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain dies of a drug overdose. He had been “asked” to leave the band a year earlier due to his drug problem.

1974-Paul Kantner and Grace Slick began their first tour as Jefferson Starship, with Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Craig Chaquico and Papa John Creach rounding out the lineup.

1968-Are You Experienced? by The Jimi Hendrix Experience is certified gold.

1962-Bob Dylan‘s self-titled debut album is released.


Paul Atkinson – Died in 2004
The Zombies guitarist went behind the scenes after the group broke up in 1969. After holding key positions at CBS, MCA and RCA, he joined Capitol Records as a vice president of catalog A&R in 1998, where he oversaw re-releases by The Beatles, Beach Boys and Ricky Nelson. He died of liver and kidney disease April 1st, 2004 at 58. Born in 1946.


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