Waky Week in Music History
Friday, April 17…
The Band, previously a backing group for Bob Dylan, made its solo concert debut at the Winterland in San Francisco.
Joe Cocker's self-titled album was certified Gold.
The Doors released the single "Love Her Madly."
Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dandelion.
Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" was certified Gold.
The Sweet's single "Action" peaked at number 20 on the pop singles chart.
Eric Clapton's single "Lay Down Sally" and Warren Zevon's album "Excitable Boy" were certified Gold.
Huey Lewis and the News' "Do You Believe In Love" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart, while Van Halen's "(Oh) Pretty Woman" peaked at #12.
Stevie Ray Vaughan cancelled his European tour because he feared attacks on Americans following the U.S. bombing of Libya three days earlier.
David Bowie released the album "Never Let Me Down."
Eric Clapton's album "24 Nights" was certified Gold.
Linda McCartney died following a three-year battle with breast cancer. She was 56. In addition to being Paul McCartney's wife and collaborator in Wings, she was also an accomplished photographer, author, and entrepreneur. She wrote two vegetarian cookbooks and marketed her own line of frozen meat-free dishes.
Former Ramones frontman Joey Ramone was buried in New Jersey following a funeral service in Forest Hills, Queens.
Jimi Hendrix's father, James A. Hendrix, died in Seattle, Washington, from congestive heart failure. He was 82.
Roger Waters announced that he was moving his summer concert in Israel from Tel Aviv to the mixed Jewish-Arab town of Nevah Shalom as a sign of support for those seeking a peaceful resolution to the problems in the region.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici died at New York City's MemorialSloan-KetteringCancerCenter following a three-year battle with melanoma. He was 58. It ended a 40-year musical partnership between Springsteen and Federici. While Danny hadn't been performing with the group, the band still postponed their next three shows following his death.
Blondie received The Music Icon Award at the 8th annual TV Land Awards.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry received the ASCAP Founders Award, the organization's highest honor, in recognition of their influence and lasting body of work.