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On This Day in Music...April 16th

 
Posted April 16th, 2014 @ 3:46pm

What happened in the world of music on April 16th? 

David Pirner of Soul Asylum come into the world in 1964. He was originally the drummer for the punk band Loud Fast Rules which eventually morphed into the group we came to know him as the singer of, Soul Asylum! Check out "Somebody to Shove" from their 1993 MTV Unplugged set!

Ian MacKaye of Fugazi was born on April 16th, 1962. He also fronted Minor Threat, The Teen Idles and Embrace, plus is still active as a producer, songwriter and the owner of Dischord Records. Do we need "Waiting Room" for this occasion? I think we do.

Peter Garrett came to us in 1953 on this day. He's been very active in his life in the Australian government with environmental and educational projects, but before he got into the world of politics, he was the frontman of Midnight Oil!

 

Gerry Rafferty was born today in 1947. He was a member of Stealer's Wheel and did many solo songs as well. His biggest songs are "Stuck in the Middle With You" and "Baker Street". The Foo Fighters did "Baker Street" as a b-side on The Colour and The Shape and included it on their Medium Rare covers album. 

And in 1970, Led Zeppelin went gold with their song "Whole Lotta Love" here in the US. One million copies of the single sold. Think about that. One million physical singles. Not downloads, not Youtube clicks, one million records sold.

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