8 APRIL 2016.- Steve Miller, notoriously averse to awards ceremonies, goes on a backstage rant when he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He says the Hall is like “a private boys club,” and lets loose on the organizers. “It’s a bunch of jackasses and jerks and f–king gangsters and crooks.”
7 APRIL 2015.- Don McLean’s original manuscript to his lyric for “American Pie” sells at auction for $1.2 million. Says McLean: “I thought it would be interesting as I reach age 70 to release this work product on the song ‘American Pie’ so that anyone who might be interested will learn that this song was […]
6 APRIL 2016.- Hello Billboard, my old friend. Simon & Garfunkel’s 1966 chart-topper “The Sound of Silence” peaks at #6 on the Hot Rock Songs chart thanks to its appearance in a meme involving Ben Affleck and his botched blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
5 APRIL 2019.- The Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace is finally released in theaters, 47 years after it was recorded in 1972.
4 APRIL 2017.- Pepsi posts a commercial featuring the Skip Marley protest song “Lions” that is pulled the next day amid controversy that it makes light of actual protests.
3 APRIL 2014.- Arthur Smith, one of postwar country music’s finest guitar pickers, dies at age 93 of natural causes. His 1949 instrumental “Guitar Boogie” was one of the first to showcase the electric guitar and as such had a major influence on the development of rockabilly and rock in general.
2 APRIL 2011.- LCD Soundsystem play their final ever gig at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show lasts four hours and features Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts.
1 APRIL 2016.- Actor-turned-singer Kiefer Sutherland releases his debut single, “Not Enough Whiskey.”
31 MARCH 2015.- British jazz pianist Ralph Sharon, who brought “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” to Tony Bennett, dies in Boulder, Colorado, at age 91.
30 MARCH 2017.- Rosie Hamlin of Rosie & the Originals (“Angel Baby”) dies at age 71.
29 MARCH 2019.- Seventeen-year-old Billie Eilish releases her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which debuts at #1 in America.
28 MARCH 2014.- Nas headlines the One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide festival at the Kennedy Center in New York City with a performance of his album Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra.