April 12, 2000 – Metallica files suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says, “We take our craft — whether it be the music, the lyrics, or the photos and artwork — very seriously, as do most artists. It is therefore sickening to know that our art is being traded like a commodity rather than the art that it is.”
April 12, 1990 – The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ announced that Asteroids 4147-4150 were named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr. Astronomer Dr. Bowell says, “My colleague and I have been fans of the Beatles for 25 years. We thought this would be an unusual distinction for them.”
April 12, 1966 – Jan Berry of Jan and Dean is almost killed when he crashes into a parked truck near Dead Man’s Curve in Los Angeles. Berry is partially paralyzed and suffers brain damage after being in a coma for almost two months. He later dies in 2004 after suffering years of medical issues due to his accident.
April 12, 1988 – Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California. He would hold the position until 1992. He died as California’s 44th district congressman in 1998.
Classic Rock Birthdays
April 12, 1954 – Pat Travers, guitar, vocals
April 12, 1944 – John Kay, guitar, vocals (Steppenwolf)
April 12, 1950 – David Cassidy, vocals, guitar (The Patridge Family) (d. 2017)
April 12, 1951 – Jakson Spires, drums (Blackfoot) (d. 2005)
April 12, 1944 – John Kay (born Joachim Fritz Krauledat), guitar, vocals (Steppenwolf)
April 12, 1978 – Guy Berryman, bass (Coldplay)
April 12, 1964 – Amy Ray, guitar, vocals (Indigo Girls)
April 12, 1962 – Art Alexakis, guitar, vocals (Everclear)
April 12, 1940 – Herbie Hancock, keyboards
April 12, 1961 – D. D. Verni (born Carlo Verni), bass, vocals (Overkill)
April 12, 1932 – Tiny Tim (born Herbert B. Khaury), vocals “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” (d. 1996)