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Waky Week in Music History

Monday, April 20…


In 1965
Eric Clapton joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

In 1968
Deep Purple made their concert debut with a show in Denmark.

In 1976
The Rolling Stones released the album "Black and Blue" along with the single "Fool To Cry," backed with "Crazy Mama."

In 1987
"Tribute," a double live album by Ozzy Osbourne featuring his late guitarist Randy Rhoads, was released.
Bob Dylan joined U2 on stage in Los Angeles.  They performed Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and "I Shall Be Released."

In 1991
Small Faces and Humble Pie singer-guitarist Steve Marriott died in a house fire.
Bruce Hornsby and Jackson Browne were among the artists who performed at an eight-hour Earth Day benefit concert in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

In 1992
Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Roger Daltrey, David Bowie, Def Leppard, and Spinal Tap joined the surviving members of Queen at an AIDS Concert for Life.  The show honored Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury, who'd died of AIDS the previous November.  More than 70-thousand people attended the concert at London's Wembley Stadium.

In 1994
The Moody Blues video "One Night At Red Rock" was certified Gold.

In 1999
Bob Dylan's album "Live At Budokan" was certified Gold.

In 2000
Robert Plant appeared at the Disney Theater of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave his handprints in the walk outside the theater.

In 2003
Paul McCartney told a German newspaper that he never planned to retire, and once he could no longer perform in stadiums and arenas he'd play in small town taverns and clubs.

In 2004
Starship's 1985 hit "We Built This City" topped "Blender" magazine's list of the "The 50 Worst Songs Ever."
Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan made his solo concert debut with a performance at the Metro in Chicago.

In 2007
Eddie Van Halen made his first post-rehab public appearance, at a NASCAR event in Phoenix.
The piano on which the late John Lennon wrote "Imagine" was photographed at the site of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas as part of pop singer George Michael's Imagine Piano Peace Project.

In 2010
Carly Simon's lawsuit against Starbucks, in which she claimed that the coffee giant misled her and ineffectively marketed her 2008 LP, "This Kind Of Love," was dismissed.  A Los Angeles District Court judge ruled that Starbucks had lived up to its obligation to Simon.

In 2011
Judas Priest announced that guitarist K.K. Downing had retired from the group, and that the band had tapped 31-year-old Richie Faulkner as his replacement.
Avenged Sevenfold was the big winner at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.  The band took four categories, and also performed at the event.  Other honorees included Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, and Rammstein.
The Elton John-Leon Russell documentary "The Union" had its world premiere to open the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.  The rockers were on hand for the event, and performed after the screening.

In 2012
Men at Work's Greg Ham was found dead at his Melbourne, Australia home.  Friends knew Greg lived alone, and became concerned when they hadn't been able to reach him for a few days.  Ham was 58.

In 2013
Neil Diamond led the crowd at Boston's Fenway Park in singing "Sweet Carolina" during the Red Sox's first home game since the Boston Marathon bombing earlier that week.