The start of April brought everything from the debut release for‘80s rockers Whitesnake to the untimely death of Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. It doesn’t stop there. Keep reading for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening April 3 through April 9.

Events

1956 - Elvis Presley performs "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes" on Milton Berle's NBC-TV show.

1960 - The Everly Brothers have their British concert debut.

1964 - "The Times They Are a Changin'" scores Bob Dylan his first hit on the UK singles chart.

Bob Dylan

1964 - The Beatles snag five spots on the singles charts with their songs “Twist and Shout,” "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Please Please Me."

1965 - The Beach Boys work in the studio, recording the instrumentals for "California Girls."

1968 - Pink Floyd announce that original member Syd Barrett has left the band due to having psychiatric disorders worsened by using drugs.

1970 -Paul McCartney exits the Beatles.

1993 - Construction begins on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

1994 - Kurt Cobain of Nirvana commits suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun at the age of 27.

2008 - Apple becomes the No. 1 music seller in the United States.


Births

Richard Manuel (lead singer of The Band), April 3, 1943

Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), April 3, 1968

Drew Shirley (Switchfoot), April 3, 1974

Muddy Waters, April 4, 1915

Clive Davis, April 4, 1934

Berry Oakley (The Allman Brothers Band), April 4, 1948

Pick Withers (Dire Straits), April 4, 1958

Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy), April 4, 1952

Craig Adams (The Cult), April 4, 1962

Mike Starr (Alice in Chains), April 4, 1966

Tony Williams (The Platters), April 5, 1928

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) April 5, 1965

Pharrell Williams, April 5, 1973

Merle Haggard, April 6, 1937

Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas), April 6, 1944

Billie Holiday, April 7, 1915

Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull), April 7, 1943

Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), April 7, 1946

John Oates (Hall & Oates), April 7, 1949

Steve Howe (Yes), April 8, 1947

Izzy Stradlin (Guns N' Roses), April 8, 1962

Kevin Martin (Candlebox), April 9, 1969

Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), April 9, 1977


Deaths

Danny Rapp (Danny & the Juniors), April 3, 1983

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), April 5, 1994

Layne Staley, (Alice in Chains), April 5, 2002

Cozy Powell (ELP, Black Sabbath, Rainbow), April 5, 1998

Tammy Wynette, April 6, 1998


Releases

Elton John,11-17-70, 1971

David Bowie,Drive-In Saturday, 1973

Aerosmith,Toys in the Attic, 1975

aerosmith

Prince,For You, 1978

Rick James,Street Songs, 1981

Whitesnake,Whitesnake LP, 1987

Whitesnake

The Offspring,Smash, 1994

KISS,Greatest Kiss, 1997