April 9, 1997 – Soundgarden breaks up, only to reform 13 years later.
April 9, 1973 – Queen makes its debut performance at the Marquee Theater in London.
April 9, 1969 – King Crimson makes their live debut at the Speakeasy in London.
Classic Rock Birthdays
April 9, 1961 – Mark Kelly, keyboards (Marillion)
April 9, 1969 – Kevin Martin, vocalist (Candlebox)
April 9, 1932 – Carl Perkins, vocalist (d. 1998)
April 9, 1988 – Dave Prater, of Sam & Dave, dies in a car crash in Georgia. He was 50. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Sam & Dave were the most successful and critically acclaimed duo in soul music history. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
April 9, 2017 – Alan Henderson, bass player and founding member of Them, dies in Minnesota. He was 72. Fueled by lead singer Van Morrison’s song “Gloria,” Them was a part of the British Invasion that captivated U.S. audiences.