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Today in Rock: April 8

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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1938 and 2001.

On this day in 1947 Steve Howe, future guitarist of Yes, is born in North London, England.

On this day in 1962 Izzy Stradlin, future rhythm guitarist for Guns N' Roses, is born in Lafayette, Indiana.

On this day in 1963 future guitarist/singer-songwriter and eldest son of the late John Lennon, Julian Lennon is born in Liverpool, England.

On this day in 1964 (Diana Ross and) The Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go” becomes the group’s very first number one single ever in the Unites States.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles’ song “Lady Madonna” goes gold in the United States.

On this day in 1972 Paul Gray, future bassist for Slipknot, is born in Los Angeles, CA.

On this day in 1974 Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Band On The Run” reaches number 1 in the United States.

Kurt Cobain
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Kurt Cobain

On this day in 1994 Kurt Cobain's body is discovered in his Seattle home by an electrician sent to install a burglar alarm.  (Cobain is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound three days earlier. The Nirvana song "Come As You Are" takes on new meaning with the line, "I swear that I don't have a gun.")

Offspring Courtesy of TOO


On this day in 1994 The Offspring's breakthrough disc Smash is released. (Due in part to the previous success of the singles "Come Out and Play" and "Self Esteem", the CD eventually becomes one of the best selling independent records of all time, selling more than 15 million copies worldwide.)

 Laura Nyro, Van Stephenson and  Pedro Depestre Gonzales
Laura Nyro, Van Stephenson and Pedro Depestre Gonzales Courtesy of TOO

Laura Nyro, Van Stephenson and Pedro Depestre Gonzales

On this day in 1997 singer-songwriter and musician Laura Nyro dies at the age of 49.
On this day in 2001 Van Stephenson, singer-songwriter of BlackHawk, dies at the age of 47.  Also on this day Pedro Depestre Gonzales, violinist for Buena Vista Social Club, dies at the age of 55.


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