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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Sunday, April 30, 2017

74 years ago (1943)Singer Bobby Vee is born.
64 years ago (1953)Osmond brother Merrill Osmond is born.
52 years ago (1965)Bob Dylan's Don't Look Back tour begins in the U.K.
52 years ago (1965)The Kinks begin their first headlining U.K. tour, with the Yardbirds and Goldie and the Gingerbreads providing support.
49 years ago (1968)Los Angeles' first so-called total environmental mixed-media rock ballroom, the Kaleidoscope, opens on the Sunset Strip with Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, and Fever Tree playing.
49 years ago (1968)Blood, Sweat and Tears founder Al Kooper, along with saxophonist Randy Brecker, leaves the band after recording the band's first album, Child Is Father To The Man. It's released in June of that year.
48 years ago (1969)Toadies guitarist Clark Vogeler is born.
48 years ago (1969)The Fifth Dimension is awarded a gold single for Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, a medley from the hit rock musical Hair.
46 years ago (1971)Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down is born.
46 years ago (1971)The New York Times reports Bill Graham plans to close the Fillmore East, New York City's rock music mecca since 1968. The former movie theater is set to close in late May.
45 years ago (1972)Dishwalla’s J. R. Richards is born.
44 years ago (1973)Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees is born.
40 years ago (1977)Steve Miller's Jet Airliner is released.
39 years ago (1978)The Clash, the Tom Robinson Band, and X-Ray Specs play at a Rock Against Racism rally in London.
37 years ago (1980)The Roger Daltrey film, McVicar, opens in London. Daltrey's has a hit from the soundtrack called Free Me.
34 years ago (1983)Muddy Waters dies of a heart attack. He was 68 years old.
25 years ago (1992)Amidst the rioting and looting in Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdict, Madonna's bustier is stolen from Fredrick's Of Hollywood. A $1,000 reward is offered for its return.
24 years ago (1993)Guitarist Mick Ronson dies of liver cancer. He was 46.
18 years ago (1999)Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet dies after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana.
18 years ago (1999)All five members of Aerosmith visit shooting victim Lance Kirklin in a Colorado hospital before their show in Denver that evening. The band dedicates Living On The Edge to the student, who was one of 28 wounded and 13 killed by two deranged classmates at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20.
12 years ago (2005)58-year-old Cher plays to a sold out Hollywood Bowl in what she says is really her final concert. It's the 325th stop on a 3-year farewell tour. She opens the show doing U2’s I Still Haven't Found What I’m Looking For. The show features video clips of her years with Sonny Bono, as well as with Carol Burnett, Ray Charles, Elton John, David Bowie, and the Muppets. Fireworks wrap it up.
2 years ago (2015)R&B and soul singer Ben E King, best known for the classic song Stand By Me, dies at the age of 76.
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