Sir Paul McCartney  and Ringo Starr.

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Classic Rock Almanac April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018


Today's Question: The late Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley would be 70 years old today (April 4th). Oakley's daughter Brittany Ann appears on the back cover of which Allman Brothers album?

  • It was the last studio album her dad played on, and he only appears on its first two cuts.
  • It was the first Allman Brothers album to feature two keyboardists.
  • Drummer Butch Trucks' son Vaylor appears on its front cover.

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2009-The annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony is held in Cleveland, where the Museum is. Jeff Beck is inducted by Jimmy Page, Metallica are inducted by Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run-DMC are inducted by Eminem, Bobby Womack is inducted by Ron Wood, Little Anthony and the Imperials are inducted by Smokey Robinson and "Early Influence" Wanda Jackson is inducted by Rosanne Cash. Bill Black, DJ Fontana and Spooner Oldham are inducted in the Sideman category.

2009-Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform together for the first time in 16 years in the U.S. at New York's Radio City Music Hall. They are the headliners at Change Begins Within, a concert to benefit the David Lynch Foundation. The two sing "With a Little Help From My Friends" and Ringo drums on "Cosmically Conscious" and "I Saw Her Standing There."

2008-The Rolling Stones' concert film Shine a Light opens in theaters nationwide.

2007-The piano John Lennon used to write "Imagine" is displayed at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis to mark the anniversary of the date in 1968 when Doctor Martin Luther King was assassinated.

2006-Pink Floyd singer-guitarist David Gilmour starts a brief North American tour in support of his new album, On an Island, with the first of two shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Unnanounced guests David Crosby and Graham Nash do some background vocals.

2005-Bruce Springsteen tapes an episode of VH1's Storytellers in a theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, just up the road from his home. He does eight songs and a question-and-answer session.

2005-Queen is asked not to perform in Rome out of respect for the death of Pope John Paul the Second, but the band goes ahead with the show. Judas Priest cancels a show in the Pope's native Poland.

1996-Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia's widow Deborah scatter some of Garcia's ashes in the Ganges River in India.

1975-The Who begin recording The Who by Numbers album in England.

1974-Queen's second album, Queen II, is released in the US

 1967-Paul McCartney, on vacation in San Francisco, meets The Jefferson Airplane. On the day of the city's first snowstorm in over 40 years, he stops in at a rehearsal at the Fillmore and is invited back to the band's house for a jam session.


Dave Hill - 66 years old
Slade guitarist. Born 1952.

Gary Moore - Died in 2011
Outside of his solo work, the Irish blues guitarist had two brief stints in Thin Lizzy and recorded a couple of duo singles with Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott. He died at 58 of a heart attack in a hotel room in Spain on February 6th, 2011. Born 1952.

Reg Isidore - Died in 2009
The first Robin Trower Band drummer, who was born in Aruba, died March 22nd, 2009. Born 1949.

Berry Oakley - Died in 1972
The Allman Brothers Band bassist died when his motorcycle crashed in Macon, Georgia on November 11th, 1972, just three blocks from where bandmate Duane Allman suffered the same fate a little more than a year earlier. Born 1948.

Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) - Died in 1983
The Chicago electric blues legend influenced countless rockers and is himself in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The singer-guitarist, a onetime farmhand from Clarksdale, Mississippi, wrote "Mannish Boy," "Baby Please Don't Go," "Rollin' and Tumblin'" and "Rollin' Stone," after which The Rolling Stones named themselves. He died of a heart attack April 30th, 1983. Born 1913.

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