Woodstock movie posterApril 1, 1985 – David Lee Roth officially leaves Van Halen to start a solo career. Roth later reconsiders and joins Van Halen briefly in 1996 and in 2000, before re-joining permanently in 2006.
April 1, 2004 – Paul Atkinson dies of liver and kidney disease. He was 58. Atkinson was the guitarist in the Zombies and a successful A&R rep who received the President’s Merit Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his work.
April 1, 2015 – Dave Ball, Procol Harum guitarist, dies of cancer. He was 65. Ball joined Procol Harum in 1971 when he replaced Robin Trower.