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Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. The first station to broadcast the format fulltime, and the first station to use the term "Classic Rock" on the air was KRBE-AM, Houston, in 1983. Program Director Paul Christy designed the format to play only early album rock, from the 60s and early 70s, without any current music or Top 40 material. Read More



APRIL CLASSIC ROCK BIRTHDAYS
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April 1
Ronnie Lane - Faces/Small Faces - 1944
John Barbata - Jefferson Airplane, The Turtles - 1945
Jeff Porcaro - Toto - 1954

April 2
Kurt Winter - The Guess Who - 1946
Dave Bronze - Procol Harum - 1952
Leon Wilkeson - Lynyrd Skynyrd - 1952
David Robinson - The Cars - 1953

April 3
Richard Manuel - The Band - 1943
Richard Thompson - Fairport Convention - 1949
Mel Schacher - Grand Funk Railroad - 1951

April 4
Dave Hill - Slade - 1946
Pick Withers - Dire Straits - 1948
Berry Oakley - Allman Brothers Band - 1948
Peter John Haycock - Climax Blues Band - 1951
Gary Moore - Thin Lizzy - 1952

April 5
Dave Swarbrick - Fairport Convention - 1941
Alan Clarke - The Hollies - 1942

April 6
John Stax - The Pretty Things - 1944
Tony Connor - Hot Chocolate - 1947
Ralph Cooper - Air Supply - 1951
Christopher Franke - Tangerine Dream - 1953

April 7
Ravi Shankar - 1920
Spencer Dryden - Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage - 1938
Mick Abrahams - Jethro Tull - 1943
Bill Kreutzmann - Grateful Dead - 1946
John Oates - Hall & Oates - 1949
Bruce Gary - The Knack - 1951
Janis Ian - 1951

April 8
Roger "Chappo" Chapman - Family, Streetwalkers - 1942
Steve Howe - Yes - 1947
Julian Lennon - 1963

April 9
Gene Parsons - The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers - 1944
Terry Knight - Grand Funk Railroad - 1943

April 10
Fred Smith - Blondie, Television - 1948
Dave Peverett - Foghat, Savoy Brown - 1950
Brian Setzer - 1959

April 12
John Kay - Steppenwolf - 1944
Will Sergeant - Echo & the Bunnymen - 1958

April 13
Lester Chambers - Chambers Brothers - 1940
Jack Casady - Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Hot Tuna - 1944
Brian Pendleton - Pretty Things - 1944
Max Weinberg - E Street Band - 1951
Lowell George - Little Feat - 1945
Roy Loney - Flamin' Groovies - 1946
Jimmy Destri - Blondie - 1954

April 14
Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night - 1945
Patrick Fairley - Marmalade - 1946

April 15
"Wooly" Wolstenholme - Barclay James Harvest - 1947
Gerry Rafferty - Stealers Wheel - 1947

April 16
"Lonesome Dave" Peverett - Foghat - 1943
Lee "The Bear" Kerslake - Uriah Heep - 1947

April 17
Roy Estrada - Captain Beefheart, Mothers of Invention, Little Feat - 1943
Jan Hammer - Mahavishnu Orchestra - 1948
Pete Shelley - Buzzcocks - 1955

April 18
Mike Vickers - Manfred Mann - 1940
Lennie Baker - Sha Na Na - 1946
Skip Spence - Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane - 1946

April 19
Alan Price - The Animals - 1942
Mark Volman (aka Phlorescent Leech) - The Turtles, Flo and Eddie, Mothers of Invention - 1947

April 20
Jimmy Winston - Small Faces - 1945
Craig Frost - Grand Funk Railroad, Silver Bullet Band - 1948

April 21
Iggy Pop - The Stooges - 1947
John Weidner - The Animals - 1947
Robert Smith - Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure - 1959

April 22
Peter Frampton - 1950
Paul Carrack - Squeeze, Roxy Music - 1951
Kimberley Dahme - Boston

April 24
Gary Cambra - Tubes
Jack Blades - Night Ranger, Damn Yankees - 1954
Doug Clifford - Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1945
Glenn Cornick - Jethro Tull - 1947

April 25
Stu Cook - Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1945
David Sikes - Boston, Giuffria - 1955

April 26
Gary Wright - Spooky Tooth - 1943

April 27
Casey Kasem - 1932
Pete Ham - Badfinger - 1947
Ace Frehley - KISS - 1951

April 28
John Wolters - Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show - 1945
Eddie Jobson - Roxy Music, Mothers of Invention - 1955

April 29
Klaus Voorman - Manfred Mann, Plastic Ono Band - 1942
Joel Larson - The Grass Roots- 1947
Tommy James - The Shondells - 1947