April 1, 1970 – The Woodstock movie premieres in Hollywood; it eventually grosses $50 million in the United States.
April 1, 1970 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono issue a statement to the press that they are having dual sex change operations. It’s an April Fool’s joke that might not fly today.
Classic Rock Birthdays
April 1, 1992 – Nigel Preston dies of a heroin overdose. He was 28. Preston was the drummer and founding member of the Cult, who missed the filming of the video “She Sells Sanctuary” because he had been booked for armed robbery the previous evening.
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.