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Today in Rock: April 1

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Today in Rock: April 1
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Marvin Gaye
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1945 and 2005.

On this day in 1945 John Barbata future drummer of Jefferson Airplane is born in Passaic, New Jersey.

On this day in 1961 The Beatles begin a grueling gig at Hamburg's Top Ten Club - seven hours a day on weekdays (eight hours on weekends) for three months. Also on this day Mark White, future multi-instrumentalist for the band ABC is born in Sheffield, England.

On this day in 1966 David Bowie’s first solo single “Do Anything You Say" is released. It is a commercial failure.

On this day in 1970 the motion picture Woodstock premieres in Hollywood, California.

On this day in 1984 Marvin Gaye is fatally shot by his own father and dies at the age of 45. (Later, an investigation revealed that Marvin had beaten his father, who ended up serving 5 years probation for voluntary manslaughter.)

On this day in 1985 David Lee Roth officially leaves Van Halen to start a solo career.

On this day in 1986 Bruce Hornsby and the Range release the CD The Way It Is.

On this day in 1989 N.W.A.'s "Gangsta Gangsta" becomes the group's first hit to enter the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart where it debuts at number 91.

On this day in 1991 The Rolling Stones release their album Flashpoint.

On this day in 1992 Drummer and founding member of The Cult, Nigel Preston, dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 31. Also on this day Billy Idol pleads no contest to charges of misdemeanor assault and battery and is fined $2,000 for an incident that occurred in October, 1991, when Idol ended up in a car with two women and allegedly punched one of them. Alcohol was involved.

On this day in 2005 American songwriter Jack Keller dies at the age of 68.