Almanac: April 2, 2016
- 1903 - Cliff Carlisle (d. 1983)
- 1928 - Serge Gainsbourg (d. 1991)
- 1931 - Kenneth "Thumbs" Carllile (d. 1987)
- 1938 - Warner Mack (born Warner MacPherson) (78)
- 1939 - Marvin Gaye (d. 1984)
- 1941 - Sonny Throckmorton (75)
- 1942 - Leon Russell (74)
- 1943 - Larry Coryell (73)
- 1946 - Kurt Winter (Guess Who) (d. 1997)
- 1947 - Emmylou Harris (69)
- 1949 - David Robinson (Cars) (63)
- 1952 - Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 2001)
- 1954 - Gregory Abbott (60)
- 1959 - Dean Townson (Pirates of the Mississippi) (d. 2010)
- 1961 - Karen Woodward (Bananarama) (55)
- 1961 - Buddy Jewell (55)
- 1962 - Billy Dean (54)
- 1967 - Greg Camp (Smash Mouth) (46)
- 1967 - Prince Paul (born Paul Huston) (Gravediggaz) (46)
- 1977 - R.L. Huggar (Next) (39)
- 1979 - Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5) (37)
- 1980 - Yung Joc (born Jasiel Robinson) (36)
- 1986 - Lee DeWyze (30)
- 1987 - Buddy Rich - Heart failure after surgery for a brain tumor (69)
- 1996 - Guitar Gabriel (Robert Lewis Jones) (71)
- 1998 - Rob Pilatus (Milli Vanilli) - Accidental alcohol & prescription pill overdose (33)
- 2003 - Edwin Starr - Heart attack (61)
- 1955 - Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Slim Whitman, Johnny Horton and Floyd Cramer all appeared on the Louisiana Hayride.
- 1963 - Liza Minnelli opened on Broadway in Best Foot Forward.
- 1966 - Jan & Dean, Sonny & Cher, the Mamas & the Papas, the Turtles, Otis Redding, Donovan and Bob Lind put on a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
- 1967 - Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic.
- 1967 - At a Rolling Stones concert in Austria, a person threw a smoke bomb on the stage leading to a riot. 154 fans were arrested.
- 1969 - The group Child, which included a young Bruce Springsteen, made their live debut in Wanamassa, NJ.
- 1970 - Phil Spector finished the final production on the Beatles' album Get Back.
- 1974 - British pirate radio station Piccadilly Radio went on the air.
- 1979 - Doyle Lawson formed his group Quicksilver.
- 1981 - Back catalog albums got a boost when Columbia started their "Nice Price" campaign.
- 1987 - U2 started the North American leg of its Joshua Tree tour.
- 1990 - Eric Clapton was fined and lost his drivers license for three months after being clocked at 105 MPH.
- 1990 - Diamond Rio signed with Arista Records.
- 1992 - Wynonna Judd did her first solo concert in Midland, TX.
- 1997 - Joni Mitchell and Kilauren Gibb, the daughter she had given up in 1965, were reunited.
- 1998 - Metallica kicked off their Poor Re-Touring Me Tour.
- 2001 - Mariah Carey signed with Virgin for three albums in what was, at the time, the biggest recording deal in history.
- 2002 - Marty Stuart was arrested for DUI in Hendersonville, TN.
- 2003 - Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon, announces she is now free of colon cancer.
- 2004 - Chris Martin of Coldplay was accused of attacking a photographer in London.
- 2006 - Bryan Adams is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
- 1942 - American Patrol - Glen Miller & His Orchestra
- 1956 - I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
- 1964 - I Get Around - Beach Boys
- 1965 - Do the Freddie - Freddie & the Dreamers
- 1967 - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (completed recording the album)
- 1969 - My Way - Frank Sinatra (album)
- 1990 - In Bloom, Dive, Lithium, Pay To Play, Imodium, Sappy and Polly - Nirvana (began recording demos)
- 1965 - Ready Steady Goes Live (U.K.) (premier)
- 1965 - Joe Loss Pop Show (BBC Radio) - Who (radio debut)
- 1993 - Loving (NBC) - Robert Flack
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
- 1949 - Kiss Me Kate - Original Cast (9 weeks)
- 1977 - Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1964 - Can't Buy Me Love - Beatles (3 weeks)
- 1977 - Knowing Me, Knowing You - ABBA (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
- 1977 - Portrait - Frank Sinatra (2 weeks)
- 1983 - The Final Cut - Pink Floyd (2 weeks)