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Classic Rock Almanac April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018
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ANNIVERSARIES

2015-Cynthia Lennon (née Powell), who was married to John Lennon for six years in the '60s and gave birth to their son Julian, dies of cancer at her home in Spain. She was 75.

2008-Velvet Revolver announce that they'll continue on without Scott Weiland. A message from Slash reads, "This band is all about its fans and its music, and Scott Weiland isn't 100 percent committed to either. Among other things, his increasingly erratic on-stage behavior and personal problems have forced us to move on."

2004-Onetime Zombies guitarist Paul Atkinson dies after a long bout with cancer and liver disease. Atkinson, who was 58, enjoyed a second career as a talent scout and executive with several record labels. Notably, he launched the career of Bruce Hornsby.

1993-Neil Young, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins and Heart's Wilson sisters are among the performers at a major environmental rally in Portland, Oregon.

1992-Billy Idol pleads no contest to punching a woman in the face. He is fined and ordered to produce anti-drug and alcohol public service announcements.

1992-Metallica's ...And Justice for All is certified for sales of two-million copies, and Ride the Lightning is certified for sales of three-million.

1990-Guns n' Roses bassist Duff McKagan is divorced from Mandy Brix, lead singer for a band called The Lame Flames.

1985-Singer David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen to go solo.

1981-John Lennon's "Woman," the second of three Top 10s from the Double Fantasy album, is certified gold.

1978-New York punk-poppers Blondie have their first hit anywhere when "Denis," a sex-change remake of Randy and the Rainbows' 1963 hit "Denise," tops the New Musical Express pop chart in Britain.

1978-The Knack begins recording its low-budget first album, Get The Knack.

1977-Jimmy Buffett releases his signature hit, "Margaritaville."

1977-Led Zeppelin begin their largest American tour at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas. After playing their first show in nearly two years, Robert Plant says, "I was so happy. I don't think I've ever sung better in America."

1976-Paul McCartney and Wings release "Silly Love Songs" as a single from the Wings at the Speed of Sound album just prior to the group's first U-S tour.

1976-Led Zeppelin's Presence goes gold.

1975-In honor of April Fool's Day, John Lennon and Yoko Ono announce the fanciful formation of Nutopia, a new country with no laws or boundaries and a national anthem of silence.

1973-Journey releases its self-titled debut album.

1969-The Beach Boys sue Capitol Records for more than two-million-dollars in unpaid royalties and producer's fees. The group also announces the formation of a label, Brother Records, to be distributed by Reprise.

1967-"Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles (the B-side of the chart-topping "Penny Lane") peaks at number-eight on the pop chart.

1967-Jefferson Airplane make their first chart appearance, with "Somebody to Love."

1967-The Kinks appear at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. The show is recorded and will become their first live album, titled Live Kinks in the US and Live at Kelvin Hall in Britain.

1966-David Bowie's first solo single, "Do Anything You Say," is released in Britain. He had previously released records under his real name as David Jones.

1966-The Beatles get a gold record for "Nowhere Man."

BIRTHDAYS

Jeff Porcaro - Died in 1992
Toto's drummer died August 5th, 1992 at 38. Born 1954.

Ronnie Lane - Died in 1997
The bassist, guitarist and songwriter in The Small Faces ("Itchycoo Park") and The Faces (with Rod Stewart). He also recorded and toured with his own group and collaborated on an album with Pete Townshend. The Englishman, who last lived in Colorado, died of MS on June 4th, 1997. He was 51. Born 1946.

John Barbata - 73 years old
He played drums in The Turtles, Crosby Stills and Nash and Jefferson Starship, appearing on number-one hits 20 years apart -- The Turtles' "Happy Together" in '67 and Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" in '87. Born 1945.