April 1st

1965 - The Who recorded an appearance for Top Of The Pops at the Manchester television studio. The band then played a gig supporting Donovan at The Town Hall, Wembley, with Rod Stewart & the Soul Agents appearing at the bottom of the bill.

1978 - Paul Simon and Peter Frampton, owners of the soccer team the Philadelphia Fury, watch the team open its season against the Washington Diplomats.

1984 - Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parent's home in Los Angeles, California. The argument started after his parents squabbled over misplaced business documents, Gaye attempted to intervene, and was killed by his father using a gun he had given him four months before. Marvin Sr. was sentenced to six years of probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Charges of first-degree murder were dropped after doctors discovered Marvin Sr. had a brain tumor.

2003 - As an April Fool's gag, Bruce Springsteen Website Backstreets.com reports that the Boss will take part in a Bruceapalooza show with Cream's Jack Bruce, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and Bruce Cockburn.