This Day in Music History: April 4th

2009: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in Cleveland for the first time since 1997 at Public Hall. The inductees included Metallica, Jeff Beck & Run-DMC.

2008: Procol Harum singer Gary Brooker won back full royalty rights to their biggest hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale” at The Court of Appeal in London due to organist Matthew Fisher had taken 38 years to bring his claim of contributing the organ theme and being entitled to co-authorship to litigation. Fisher would appeal the case & regain the rights to future royalties the following year.

2007: A Swedish couple ran into trouble with authorities after trying to name their baby daughter Metallica due to tax officials deeming their daughter’s name inappropriate since under Swedish law, authorities have to approve both first names and last names. 

2003: The Rolling Stones performed their first concert in India at the Palace Grounds in Bangalore.

1998: Van Halen debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Van Halen III, which was their last album until 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth.

1996: Grateful Dead singer & guitarist Bob Weir & Jerry Garcia’s widow Deborah scattered a portion of Garcia’s ashes into the Ganges River in India. Eleven days later, the other portion of Garcia’s ashes was strewn on waters near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. 

1987: U2 entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at number seven with The Joshua Tree, which was the highest chart debut in the U.S. in seven years.

1981: Styx reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with their concept album Paradise Theater which began the first of three non-consecutive weeks on top. 

1968: Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent met up for an all-night tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the New Generation Club in New York City after receiving news of King’s assassination.

Birthdays:
Muddy Waters born in 1913
Dave Hill-guitarist for Slade born in 1946
Berry Oakley-bassist for The Allman Brothers Band born in 1948
Pick Withers-drummer for Dire Straits born in 1948
Gary Moore-guitarist for Thin Lizzy born in 1952

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