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This Week In Music History Mar 31-Apr 6

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MAR 31: Happy birthday to Angus Young of AC/DC, born today in 1955!🎸🎂 The co-founder (with his brother Malcolm), lead guitarist, and songwriter has been the only constant member since the bands formation in 1973. Young tried many different stage costumes before settling on the school boy outfit that he is known for wearing. Keep rockin’!🤘 

APR 1: Sadly on this day in 1984, Marvin Gaye died from gunshot wounds inflicted by his father. It was one day before Gaye's 45th birthday. Marvin Gaye began his professional music career in the late 1950s with the vocal group The Marquees. Gaye caught the attention of Motown's Berry Gordy who signed him to his subsidiary label, Tamla, in the early 60s. There were ups and downs, but Gaye finally hit his stride with successful duets with artists Tammy Terrell and Kim Weston. In 1968, he had his first #1 with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", which would go on to sell over four million copies.During the 1970s, Gaye would go on to write and sing some of the most thought provoking songs of the decade, "What's Going On" and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)". Before his death, he had a resurgence with 1982's "Sexual Healing".😢

APR 2: Today in 1977, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was at #1. It would go on to sell over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time! The album spawned several hits and won the 1978 Grammy for Album of the Year.
APR 3: Today in 1969, Jim Morrison of The Doors turned himself in to the FBI! At a concert in Miami on March 2, 1969, he had been charged with six charges including lewd behavior and public exposure. He would be released on $2000 bail.
APR 4: Born today in 1913, blues legend Muddy Waters. Often cited as one of the most influential figures in blues, Waters has been called the “father of modern Chicago blues.” In the 1940s, he moved to Chicago from Mississippi to pursue a career in music. Waters made his first professional recording in 1946. His grandmother gave him the nickname “Muddy” because he liked to play in the water of a nearby creek. His accomplishments are far too numerous to list. On April 30, 1983, he died of a heart failure in his sleep.😢 
APR 5: Happy birthday to Agnetha Fältskog of ABBA, born today in 1950!🎂🎤 As a member of ABBA, she has sold over 380 million records worldwide. After the split of the group, she went on to have some solo success in the 80s. In 2013, Fältskog released a solo album that was her highest charting solo album in the UK. Even before joining ABBA, she was a successful singer songwriter in Sweden.
APR 6: On this day in 1998, Tammy Wynette died in her sleep. She was often referred to as the "First Lady of Country Music" and during the late 1960s and early 70s charted 20 #1 songs. Even though she had become a successful singer, Wynette continued to renew her cosmetology license every year of her life, just in case she had to return to that profession. Her marriage to fellow country singer George Jones was tumultuous but musically productive. After divorcing, they continued to collaborate. Wynette gained a new following in the early 90s after she recorded a song with British group KLF, "Ancient And Justified (Stand By The JAMS)". Sadly, she suffered various medical issues throughout her life and at the age of 55 passed away from a cardiac arrhythmia, originally she was thought to have died from a blood clot. 

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