From the births of Ace Frehley and Kim Gordon to the release of 1976 - AC/DC’s High Voltage, the final week of April is packed with rock ‘n’ roll history and nostalgia. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and births and deaths taking place April 24 through April 30.

Events

1969 - Led Zeppelin performed “Whole Lotta Love” live for the first time. It was at a concert at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

1975 - Pete Ham of Badfinger commits suicide by hanging himself in his London home.

1973 - Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon went to No. 1 on the U.S. charts.

1977 - The final live recordings of Elvis Presley to be released were done during a performance in Saginaw, Michigan.

1977 - Talking Heads starts their first European tour, opening for the Ramones.

1978 - Queen's "We Are the Champions" is certified Gold.

1991 – Nirvana inks a record deal with Geffen Records’ DGC label.

1997 - U2’s famed Pop Mart Tour kicked off in Las Vegas.


Releases

1969 – The Moody Blues: On the Threshold of a Dream

1970 - Ringo Starr: Sentimental Journey

1971 - Thin Lizzy: Thin Lizzy

1973 - Paul McCartney and Wings: Red Rose Speedway

Paul McCartney and Wings

1974 - J.J. Cale: Okie

1976 - AC/DC: High Voltage

AC-DC

1977 - Alice Cooper: Lace and Whiskey

1980 - Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell

1981 - Van Halen: Fair Warning

1985 – Exodus: Bonded by Blood

1989 - Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever

1993 - Porno for Pyros: Porno for Pyros

1994 - Johnny Cash: American Recordings

1994 - Live: Throwing Copper

1996 - Dave Matthews Band: Crash

1998 - Dave Matthews Band: Before These Crowded Streets

2000 – Papa Roach, Infest

2004 - Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose

2005 - Bruce Springsteen: Devils & Dust

2008 - Def Leppard: Songs from the Sparkle Lounge

2009 - Halestorm: Halestorm

Halestorm

2010 - Bullet for My Valentine: Fever

2015 - Zac Brown Band: Jekyll + Hyde


Deaths

Pete Ham – April 24, 1975

Bobby "Boris" Pickett – April 25, 2007

Tommy Caldwell - April 28, 1980

Steve Currie - April 28, 1981

Jack Ely - April 28, 2015

Mick Ronson - April 29, 1993

Muddy Waters - April 30, 1983

Darrell Sweet - April 30, 1999

Ben E King - April 30, 2015


Births

Barbra Streisand – April 24, 1942

Steve York – April 24, 1948

Boris Williams – April 24, 1957

Billy Gould – April 24, 1963

Tyson Ritter – April 24, 1984

Ella Fitzgerald - April 25, 1918

Albert King - April 25, 1923

Stu Cook – April 25, 1945

David Sikes – April 25, 1955

Paul Baloff – April 25, 1960

Eric Avery – April 25, 1965

Duane Eddy - April 26, 1938

Kate Pierson - April 27, 1948

Kim Gordon - April 28, 1953

Francis Rossi - April 29, 1949

Lonnie Donegan - April 29, 1931

Willie Nelson - April 29, 1933

Ace Frehley - April 27, 1951

Patrick Stump - April 27, 1984

Justin Vernon - April 30, 1981