BORN ON APRIL 3
1938 – Jeff Barry, American singer-songwriter, and producer
1941 – Jan Berry, American singer-songwriter (Jan & Dean) (d. 2004)
1943 – Richard Manuel, Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist (The Band) (d. 1986)
1946 – Dee Murray, English bass player (Elton John) (d. 1992)
1949 – Richard Thompson, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1951 – Mitch Woods, American boogie-woogie, jump blues and jazz singer-songwriter and pianist
1962 – Mike Ness, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Social Distortion)
1963 – Criss Oliva, American guitarist and songwriter (Savatage)
1974 – Drew Shirley, American guitarist and songwriter (Switchfoot)
1981 – Aaron Bertram, American trumpet player (Suburban Legends)
DIED ON APRIL 3
1990 – Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer (b. 1924)
2014 – Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith, American guitarist (b. 1921)
2015 – Bob Burns, American drummer and songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (b. 1950)
EVENTS ON APRIL 3
1976 – A then-unknown Sex Pistols opened for The 101’ers at The Nashville Rooms in London. The 101ers were a pub rock band, notable as being the band that Joe Strummer left to join The Clash.
2001 – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band released the HBO concert film ‘Live In New York City,’ which was the bands first-ever major televised Bruce Springsteen concert. It was later released on DVD with eleven extra songs not televised, and as a CD of the same name. All of these forms document Springsteen and the E Street Band’s highly successful 1999-2000 Reunion Tour, their first concert tour together in eleven years.
2003 – Stax records songwriter Homer Banks died aged 61. He wrote “I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down,” recorded by Sam & Dave and a hit for Elvis Costello. Rod Stewart, The Emotions, Isaac Hayes, Millie Jackson and Johnny Taylor all covered his songs.
2006 – Founding member and original drummer for The Wonder Stuff, Martin Gilks died aged 41, after losing control of his motorbike in London. Gilks was voted the best drummer on the planet in an NME poll in 1989.
2007 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denied that he snorted the ashes of his late father. Jane Rose, Richards’ manager, told MTV News the remarks were made ‘in jest’, and she could not believe they had been taken seriously. Richards had said in an interview with the NME: ‘He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow.’ But NME interviewer Mark Beaumont was convinced that Richards was not joking when speaking to him about the alleged incident. ‘He did seem to be quite honest about it. There were too many details for him to be making it up,’ he later told BBC news.