This Week's Music History Highlights...

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This Week In Music History...

 April 21st : 2016, Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57. The acclaimed and influential musician became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times and recorded more than 30 albums.


April 22nd : 1978, Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the 'One Love Peace Concert' in Jamaica. It was Marley's first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt 1 ½ yrs earlier.


April 23rd : 1988, Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang happy birthday to him. Orbison died on December 6th 1988.


April 24th : 1979, Ray Charles' 'Georgia On My Mind' was proclaimed the state song of Georgia.  The music to the song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael who also recorded a version of the song in New York that year. Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, recorded it in 1960 on the album The Genius Hits the Road.


April 25th : 1990, The Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock festival was auctioned off for a record $295,000.  His two-hour set at the 1969 festival became the longest of his career.


April 26th : 1969, During the band's second North American tour Led Zeppelin played The Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco in California. It was this show that 'Whole Lotta Love' was played live for the first time.


April 27th : 1971, The Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City.  The Beach Boys also appeared on stage with the Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.