ANNIVERSARIES

2004-Eric Clapton announces that Cream will reunite briefly in 2005.

1999-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces that Eric Clapton has been elected to its class of 2000.

1998-Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh successfully undergoes a liver transplant.

1994-Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi marries actress Heather Locklear.

1991-George Harrison‘s brief Japanese tour with Eric Clapton concludes at the Tokyo Dome. The two legends are joined during the encore by George’s son Dhani and the son of a friend. The encore, as in the previous 11 shows, consists of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Roll Over Beethoven.”

1977-In a memorable TV appearance, Elvis Costello and The Attractions fill in for The Sex Pistols on Saturday Night Live. Told by producer Lorne Michaels not to play his anti-radio song “Radio, Radio,” Costello begins “Less Than Zero” but stops after a few bars and does just that.

1973-Aerosmith enter New York’s Record Plant to start work on their second album, Get Your Wings.

1971-David Bowie releases Hunky Dory.

1971-John Lennon and Yoko Ono make a surprise on-stage appearance at a show at New York’s Apollo Theater benefiting the widows of the 28 men killed several months earlier in the Attica Prison uprising.

BIRTHDAYS

Paul Rodgers – 68 years old
solo/Bad Company/ex-Queen/ex-Firm/ex-Free singer-guitarist. Born 1949.

Paul Butterfield – Died in 1987
The Chicago singer-harmonica player led the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band and, later, Paul Butterfield’s Better Days. He died of intestinal problems May 4th, 1987 at 44. Born 1942.

 

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