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1965, The Rolling Stones released the single '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' in the US, which went on to give the band their first No.1. In the UK, (where it was released in August 1966), the song initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.

1966, Roy Orbison's first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25.

1970, Syd Barrett

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played his first gig since leaving Pink Floyd at the Extravaganza 70, at London's Olympia Hall, England, backed by a band that included his old friend Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Barrett baffled the audience (and his musicians) when he abruptly took off his guitar during the fourth number and walked off stage.

1982, Tom Petty, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne all appeared at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California to a crowd of 85,000 fans at the six hour Peace Sunday, We Have A Dream antinuclear concert. Dylan was joined onstage with Joan Baez and duetted with her on Blowin’ In The Wind and With God On Our Side. The show was partly broadcast on ABC TV’s Entertainment Tonight program on the same day.

1986, A&R man Dick Rowe died of diabetes. Rowe became famous for not signing The Beatles to Decca records and made the classic quote 'Nobody cares about guitar group's anymore.' He did however sign The Rolling Stones to Decca.

1987, Whitney Houston had her second UK No.1 single with 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)'. It reached No.1 in over a dozen other countries and won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988.

1987, Michael Jackson announced that he was breaking all ties with the Jehovah's Witnesses. Jackson had been raised as a Jehovah's Witness and would don disguises and go door to door with the Watchtower message in cities where he was performing.

2003, Keyboard player with The Animals Dave Rowberry died aged 62. He replaced Alan Price who left in 1965. The Animals had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun'.

2005, John Bonham was voted at No. 1 in Classic Rock Magazine's '50 Greatest Drummers in Rock' listing Moby Dick as Bonham's defining moment.

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During live sets with Zeppelin his drum solo Moby Dick would often last for half an hour and regularly featured the use of his bare hands.

2006, Billy Preston died of kidney failure. The Grammy-winning keyboard player

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collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.

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1964, The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, (the biggest welcome the band would ever receive), who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights. Temporary member Jimmy Nicol was standing in for Ringo on drums who was recovering from having his tonsils removed.

1965, The Supremes scored their fifth consecutive US No.1 single (they were the first American group to accomplish this feat), when 'Back In My Arms Again', went to the top of the charts.

1967, Bob Dylan's album Greatest Hits peaked at No.10 in the US chart. The cover photograph of the album was taken by Rowland Scherman at Dylan's November 28th, 1965, concert in Washington, D.C., winning the 1967 Grammy award for Best Album Cover, Photography. The original album package also included Milton Glaser's

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now-familiar psychedelic poster depicting Dylan.

1970, David Bowie released the single 'Memory of a Free Festival', which featured guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey's studio debut with Bowie's band, bringing together the line-up that would shortly record The Man Who Sold the World. The track also featured Marc Bolan on lead guitar and backing vocals.

2005, Pink Floyd announced they would reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This would be the first time the band had played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981.

2006, Prince

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received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his "visionary" use of the Internet; Prince was the first major artist to release an entire album, 1997's Crystal Ball, exclusively on the internet.

2008, Amy Winehouse

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performed an exclusive gig at a Moscow art gallery for Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich and his girlfriend Dasha Zhukova. It was reported that the singer was paid £1m for the gig at the launch of The Garage gallery, which has been set up by Ms Zhukova.

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1961, Patsy Cline was seriously injured in a car accident. During her two month hospital stay, her song "I Fall to Pieces" gave the singer her first Country No.1 and also became a huge country-pop crossover hit.

1974, Ray Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Streak'

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a song about the latest British craze of streaking, (running naked in a public place).

1977, Led Zeppelin played the last of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City during their 11th and final North American tour.

1980, Billy Joel started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Glass Houses',

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his second US No.1 album. The album features Joel's first song to peak at No.1 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart, 'It's Still Rock and Roll to Me.'

1986, Bob Geldof was named in HRH The Queen's Birthday Honours List, receiving an honorary Knighthood in recognition of his humanitarian activities.

1986, Three fans died during an Ozzy Osbourne gig at Long Beach Arena, California after falling from a balcony.

1987, 30 hired hands moved 800 rented NHS beds onto Saunton Sands in North Devon for Storm Thorgerson to shoot what would be the cover of the forthcoming Pink Floyd album 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason'.

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Rain interrupted the shoot and the team were forced to repeat the exercise two weeks later.

2016, Irish rock guitarist, Henry McCullough

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died after never fully recovering from a severe heart attack he had suffered four years earlier. He recorded with Paul McCartney and Wings, featuring on the hit James Bond theme, 'Live and Let Die' and 'My Love', the solo which he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. He was also a member of Spooky Tooth and The Grease Band.

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1956, Elvis Presley recorded 'Hound Dog' at RCA Studios, New York. Take 31 being the version they released. This was the first time The Jordanaires worked with Presley. The single sold over 10 million copies globally, became his best-selling song and topped the pop chart for 11 weeks, a record that stood for 36 years.

1962, Jimi Hendrix was honourably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers:devil:,

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after breaking his ankle during his 26th and final parachute jump.

1971, Queen appeared at Surrey College, England. This was the group's first gig with the line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

1979, Sony introduced the Walkman (no, not Walking Man;)), the first portable audio cassette player.

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Over the next 30 years they sold over 385 million Walkmans in cassette, CD, mini-disc and digital file versions, and were the market leaders until the arrival of Apple's iPod and other new digital devices.

1980, Bob Weir(L) and Mickey Hart (R)

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from The Grateful Dead were arrested on suspicion of starting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they tried to interfere in a drugs bust.

1988, Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number one singles from one album when ‘Dirty Diana’ went to the top of the US charts. The other four chart-toppers from the LP ‘Bad’ were the title track, ‘I Just Can't Stop Loving You’, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and ‘Man in the Mirror’.

1991, Axl Rose caused a riot to break out during a Guns N' Roses gig after leaping into the crowd to remove a camera from a fan at the Riverpoint Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights. Over 50 people were injured and 15 fans were arrested.

2001, Liverpool Airport at Speke was renamed John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was present to unveil a new logo that included the late Beatle's famous self- portrait and the words, 'Above Us Only Sky' taken from his song 'Imagine'.


1925 – Marvin Rainwater, 1939 – Paul Williams, 1941 – William Guest (1 of the Pips), 1948 – Gene McFadden, 1949 – Roy Bittan:keys:(E Street Band), 1951 – Joe Puerta:bass:(Ambrosia), 1952 – Johnny Colla (Huey Lewis & The News), 1953 – Mark Hart (Supertramp, Crowded House), 1954 – Pete Briquette (Boomtown Rats), 1983 – Michelle Branch


1591 – Vincenzo Galilei:shred:(lute player & father to Galileo Galilei), 2002 – Ray Brown, 2007 – Beverly Sills

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1967, A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, England for The Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who and Procol Harum.

1968, At an impromptu gathering at Joni Mitchell's house in Lookout Mountain, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash played together for the very first time. The trio went on to form Crosby, Stills and Nash.

1969, Brian Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, aged 27.

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His body was found at the bottom of the pool by his Swedish girlfriend Anna Wohlin. The coroner's report stated "Death by misadventure", and noted his liver and heart were heavily enlarged by drug and alcohol abuse. Jones was one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones and in the early 60’s used the name "Elmo Lewis."

1971, American singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors

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was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France, the cause of death was given as a heart attack. He co-wrote some of the group's biggest hits, including ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Love Me Two Times’, and ‘Love Her Madly.’ On the 25th anniversary of his death an estimated 15,000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France to pay their respects.

1972, Blues singer, guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell died of cancer aged 68. The Rolling Stones covered his 'You Got To Move' on their Sticky Fingers album. He coached Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar technique.

1973, Laurens Hammond the inventor of the Hammond organ died aged 73. Many rock artists including Procol Harum, Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Allman Brothers Band and The Faces featured the sound of the Hammond. He also invented a silent spring-driven clock and during the second world war he helped design guided missile systems.

1973, After 182 Ziggy Stardust

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concert performances, David Bowie announced he was about to retire from live performing, although it eventually transpires that Ziggy Stardust the stage persona is being retired and not Bowie himself. Only his guitarist Mick Ronson knew about the announcement, which came as a complete shock not only to the audience but the rest of Bowie's band and crew.

1975, Lead singer from Three Dog Night Chuck Negron

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was arrested at his Louisville hotel room on the opening night of the bands tour and charged with possession of cocaine.

2000, Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson accused the culture of hip-hop and rap music of stalling academic progress among young American blacks. He claimed time spent learning intricate rhyming lyrics detracted from reading.

2001, American singer, songwriter Johnny Russell died aged 61. Wrote 'Act Naturally' covered by The Beatles and Buck Owens. Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt all covered his songs.

2004, David Crosby was fined $5,000 (£2,745) by a US court after admitting attempted criminal possession of a weapon. It followed his arrest in New York in March when a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage.

2012, KISS announced that they were set to release a guitar size book containing unseen photographs from their 40-year career. The limited edition called Monster would have a $4,299 price tag and come in at at 3 feet tall, 2.5 feet wide.


1878 – George M. Cohan ("Over There", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "You're a Grand Old Flag"), 1893 – Mississippi John Hurt, 1930 – Pete Fountain, 1930 – Carlos Kleiber, 1930 – Tommy Tedesco:shred:(member of The Wrecking Crew), 1940 – Fontella Bass (sang "Rescue Me", 1943 – Judith Durham (The Seekers), 1946 – Michael Clarke:drummer:(The Byrds), 1946 – Johnny Lee (sang "Lookin' For Love"), 1948 – Paul Barrere (Little Feat), 1949 – John Verity (Argent), 1949 – Johnnie Wilder, Jr. (Heatwave ("Boogie Nights")), 1952 – Laura Branigan, 1952 – Andy Fraser:bass:(Free), 1957 – Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex), 1958 – Aaron Tippin, 1959 – Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), 1960 – Vince Clarke (Erasure, Depeche Mode), 1969 – Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies)


1969 – Brian Jones, 1971 – Jim Morrison, 1973 - Laurens Hammond, 1986 – Rudy Vallιe, 1999 – Mark Sandman:bass:(Morphine), 2001 – Johnny Russell, 2007 – Boots Randolph, 2012 – Andy Griffith

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1954, Working together for the first time in a recording studio with Scotty Moore and Bill Black,

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Elvis Presley fools around during a break with an up-tempo version of 'That's All Right.' Producer Sam Phillips has them repeat the jam and records it. It became Presley's first release on Sun Records.

1965, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane,

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the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of the late '60s. The Airplane made its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club, and was signed to RCA later in the year.

1995, More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of people were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain. More than 4,000 Deadheads were staying at the campground while attending Grateful Dead concerts in the St. Louis suburb.

2000, Cub Koda (Michael "Cub" Koda),

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founder member of Brownsville Station died of complications from kidney failure. Wrote the 2 million selling 1974 hit 'Smokin' In The Boys Room', (which Motley Crue covered). He took his nickname from Cubby on television's Mickey Mouse Club.

2003, The Daily Star ran a front-page story claiming that the body of Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards had been found. Fishermen in an angling contest discovered bones half buried in mud on the riverbank near Avonmouth. Edwards disappeared in Feb 1995, his car was found at a service station at the Seven Bridge a well-known suicide spot.

2003, Johnny Cash made his last ever live performance when he appeared at the Carter Ranch. Before singing "Ring of Fire", Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage: “The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.” Cash died on Sept 12th of this year.

2005, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour

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said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts should donate their profits to charity, saying: "This is money that should be used to save lives." UK sales figures released two days after the London concert showed Pink Floyd’s Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd had risen by 1343%, The Who - Then and Now by 863% and Annie Lennox - Eurythmics Greatest Hits by 500%.


1913 – Smiley Lewis, 1938 – Ronnie Self, 1943 – Robbie Robertson (The Band), 1950 – Huey Lewis, 1950 – Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf), 1954 – Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith), 1959 – Marc Cohn ("Walkin' In Memphis"), 1969 – RZA (rapper), 1973 – Bengt Lagerberg:drummer:(The Cardigans), 1980 – Jason Wade (Lifehouse), 1982 – Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum)



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1963, James Brown went to No.2 on the US album chart with 'Live At The Apollo'.

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Recorded on the night of October 24, 1962 at Brown's own expense, it spent 66 weeks on the Billboard Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 24 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

1968, Woburn Music Festival,

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Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire took place. A two-day affair featuring Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alexis Korner, Family, Taste, Tim Rose, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Duster Bennett and Tyrannosaurus Rex, two-day tickets were priced at £2.

2002, George Harrison's widow Olivia put the couple's home, Friar Park,

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up for sale for £20m saying she couldn't bear to live with the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into the house in 1999.

2003, The Dixie Chicks performed a concert at Dallas' American Airlines Center despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage, (after the controversy regading her comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war). Maines had a police escort to and from the show and then directly to the airport.


1924 – Louie Bellson:drummer:(pioneered the use of two bass drums), 1925 – Bill Haley, 1931 – Della Reese, 1937 – Gene Chandler ("The Duke Of Earl"), 1939 – Jet Harris:bass:(The Shadows, Jeff Beck Group), 1940 – Jeannie Seely, 1949 – Michael Shrieve:drummer:(Carlos Santana), 1975 – 50 Cent, 1979 – Nic Cester (Jet "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?")


1971 – Louis Armstrong, 1979 – Van McCoy (Van McCoy & The Soul City Orchestra "The Hustle"), 1998 – Roy Rogers, 2003 – Buddy Ebsen, 2010 – Harvey Fuqua (The Moonglows)

xoxoxoBruce 07-06-2017 01:51 PM

You might enjoy, (or be pissed) reading Rolling Stone's list of The 50 Greatest Concerts of the Last 50 Years.


The list below was born out of some pretty serious arguments. Was Bruce Springsteen better in 1975 or 1978? When did Kanye hit his stride? Which was more awesome, "The Joshua Tree" or "Zoo TV"? The concerts and tours that made the final cut weren't just huge spectacles, they deepened the power of rock & roll itself – from Neil Young thrashing out 20-minute jams with Crazy Horse to Beyoncι turning stadium glitz into a personal outpouring. "You're almost levitating on the energy from the audience," says Keith Richards. "And I miss it when I'm not doing it." Here are the people who've done it best.

Undertoad 07-06-2017 03:48 PM

This day in music, July 6 1957, Paul McCartney met John Lennon. Paul auditioned for John's band the Quarrymen. The first song he played was Eddie Cochran's "20 Flight Rock".

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July 8

1966, The Beatles released the ‘Nowhere Man’ 4-track EP in the UK, which included: ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Michelle’ and ‘You Won't See Me’. All four tracks were taken from The Beatles' sixth UK studio album, Rubber Soul.

1967, The Monkees began a 29-date tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as support act. Hendrix was dropped after six shows after being told his act was not suitable for their teenybopper audience.

1969, Marianne Faithfull collapsed on the set of 'Ned Kelly' after taking a drug overdose. She was admitted to a Sydney Hospital, (she was later dropped from the movie).

1972, Bill Withers started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Lean On Me', his only No.1 hit, it made No.18 in the UK. [Know how to turn a duck into a soul singer? Put it in the microwave til it's Bill Withers!]

1978, Gerry Rafferty's album City To City went to No.1 on the US chart, knocking off 'Saturday Night Fever', which had been at the top of the charts for almost six months.

1984, Bob Dylan's current European tour came to an end at Slane Castle, County Meath in Ireland. Dylan was joined on stage by Van Morrison and they duetted on It’s All Over Now Baby Blue. U2's Bono, who was sent to interview Dylan for the Irish rock magazine Hot Press, ended up duetting with Dylan on Blowin’ In The Wind and Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat. Carlos Santana also joined Dylan on stage and played guitar on the last seven songs of the set.

2007, Prince was forced off stage by police halfway through his set at the First Avenue nightclub during a late-night gig in his home town of Minneapolis. The club was only allowed to stay open until but Prince took to the stage at 2.45am. Prince had already played two concerts in Minneapolis before his late-night club appearance; His first performance was at a department store, where he promoted his new cologne with a nine-song, 45-minute set.


1908 – Louis Jordan, 1914 – Billy Eckstine, 1924 – Johnnie Johnson:keys:, 1930 – Jerry Vale, 1935 – Steve Lawrence, 1940 – Joe B. Mauldin:bass:(Buddy Holly & The Crickets), 1944 – Jaimoe:drummer:(The Allman Bros), 1948 – Raffi, 1957 – Carlos Cavazo:shred:(Quiet Riot, Ratt), 1958 – Kevin Bacon, 1961 – Andrew Fletcher:keys:(Depeche Mode), 1961 – Toby Keith, 1962 – Joan Osborne, 1969 – George Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), 1970 – Beck, 1985 – Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys)


1971 – Charlie Shavers, 2013 – Brett Walker

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1962, Ray Charles was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Don Gibson-penned country ballad 'I Can't Stop Loving You'.

1962, The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club, London, with Dick Taylor on bass (later of The Pretty Things) and Mick Avory on drums, (later of The Kinks). Billed as The Rollin’ Stones, they were paid £20 for the gig.

1969, One Hit Wonders Zager and Evans started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'In The Year 2525, (Exordium And Terminus)'.

The song was also No.1 in the UK, making them the only one hit wonders ever in both the US and UK singles charts.

1980, Olivia Newton-John

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and the Electric Light Orchestra had the UK No.1 single with 'Xanadu', taken from the film of the same name. It gave Olivia Newton-John her third UK No.1 single.

1986, Simply Red scored their first US No.1 single with 'Holding Back The Years'. Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall wrote the song when he was seventeen, while living at his father's house. The chorus did not come to him until many years later.

1988, Michael Jackson arrived in the UK for his first ever-solo appearances. He performed a total of eight nights to 794,000 people.

2000, A statue erected in the memory of John Lennon was unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square.

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The sculpture featured a revolver with a knotted barrel created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward.

2008, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood left his wife of 23 years and moved in with an 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress. [She got Wood!] The 61 year-old dad-of-four had met the teenager while out drinking and had taken her away to his luxury pad in Ireland.


1675 – Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco:violin:, 1934 – Van Cliburn:keys:, 1942 – Steve Young, 1943 – Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), 1945 – Butch Hancock (The Flatlanders), 1947 – Wilko Johnson (Dr. Feelgood), 1948 – Walter Egan (sang "Magnet & Steel"), 1949 – John Wetton:bass:(Asia, King Crimson), 1950 – Eric Carr:drummer::devil:(KISS), 1952 – Philip Taylor Kramer:bass:(Iron Butterfly), 1954 – Eric Adams (Manowar), 1956 – Sandi Patty, 1965 – Robin Wilson (The Gin Blossoms), 1966 – Taiji:bass:(Loudness), 1967 – John Petrucci:shred:(Dream Theater), 1984 – Gareth Gates


1742 – Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco:violin:, 1947 – Jimmie Lunceford, 1973 – Lon Chaney, Jr. (mentioned in "Werewolves Of London"), 1979 – Minnie Riperton, 1983 – Chris Wood (Traffic), 1998 – Jimmy Driftwood, 2003 – Benny Carter, 2013 – Amar Bose (founded the Bose Corporation)

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1959, Billie Holiday

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died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. (While under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.) In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank.

1965, King Records released 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' by James Brown,

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which went on to sell over 2 million copies and receive the Grammy Award for best for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' is considered seminal in the emergence of funk music as a distinct style.

1967, American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital in Long Island, New York, aged 40.

1974, The Moody Blues opened what they claimed was the first 'Quadraphonic' recording studio in the world.

1979, Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy, during a US tour and was replaced by ex Slick & Rich Kids guitarist Midge Ure.

1987, The Ozzy Osbourne Band started a 16-week tour of US prisons.

1993, Guns N' Roses appeared at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in front of 80,000 people, the final show on their Use Your Illusion Tour. A highlight of the night was English drummer Cozy Powell playing drums with Matt Sorum, dressed as a Domino's Pizza delivery boy.

1996, Chas Chandler died aged 57 at Newcastle General Hospital, England, where he was undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm. He had been the bass player with The Animals and manager of Slade, Nick Drake and Jimi Hendrix.

2004, Half of the 4,500 people in the audience walked out of Linda Ronstadt's

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show at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas after the singer dedicated an encore of ‘Desperado’ to filmmaker Michael Moore and urged the crowd to see his film Fahrenheit 9/11.

2011, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a tribute to Clarence Clemons

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at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, N.J. The boss played a 45 minute set to an intimate crowd of 400. Clemons who died on June 18th of this year was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone with him since 1971. Springsteen and Clemons had first met at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park.


1674 – Isaac Watts, 1918 – Red Sovine, 1921 – George Barnes, 1921 – Mary Osborne:shred:, 1925 – Jimmy Scott, 1928 – Vince Guaraldi (wrote "Linus & Lucy"), 1935 – Diahann Carroll, 1939 – Spencer Davis, 1942 – Zoot Money, 1947 – Mick Tucker:drummer:(Sweet), 1948 – Ron Asheton (The Stooges), 1949 – Geezer Butler:bass:(Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, GZR, Ozzy Osbourne), 1950 – Phoebe Snow, 1952 – David Hasselhoff, 1952 – Nicolette Larson, 1957 – Bruce Crump:drummer:(Molly Hatchet), 1963 – Regina Belle, 1965 – Craig Morgan, 1976 – Luke Bryan


1959 – Billie Holiday, 1967 – John Coltrane, 1996 – Chas Chandler, 2014 – Elaine Stritch

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1958, Fans of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.

1968, Cass Elliot

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released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and Papas. ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass' version would be the most successful when it peaked at No. 12 on the US chart, and No.11 in the UK.

1974, John Denver started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Annie's Song', the singers second US No.1. The song was a tribute to his wife and was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.

1974, Wings started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with Band On The Run.

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Although sales were modest initially, its commercial performance was aided by two hit singles 'Jet' and 'Band on the Run', such that it became the top-selling studio album of 1974 in the UK and Australia; in addition to revitalising McCartney's critical standing. It remains McCartney's most successful album and the most celebrated of his post-Beatles works.

1976, Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband Ike,

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ending their violent 16-year marriage and successful musical partnership.

1985, Paul Young went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Daryl Hall song 'Every Time You Go Away'.

1986, Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easten Europe when they played at Budapest's Nepstadion, Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as 'Queen Magic in Budapest'.

2001, Leon Wilkeson

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bass player with Lynyrd Skynyrd was found dead in a hotel room in Florida aged 49. Skynyrd scored the 1974 US No. 8 single, 'Sweet Home Alabama' and the 1982 UK No.21 single 'Freebird'. Member of the Rossington-Collins Band.


1890 – Benjamin Miessner, 1912 – Vernon Elliott, 1920 – Henry D. "Homer" Haynes (Homer & Jethro), 1929 – Harvey Fuqua, 1933 – Nick Reynolds (The Kingston Trio), 1937 – Anna Dawson, 1944 – Bobbie Gentry, 1949 – Maureen McGovern, 1955 – Bobby Rondinelli:drummer:(Blue Φyster Cult, Rainbow, Quiet Riot, Black Sabbath), 1960 – Conway Savage:keys:(Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), 1962 – Karl Mueller:bass:(Soul Asylum), 1964 – Rex Brown:bass:(Pantera), 1967 – Juliana Hatfield, 1967 – Juliana Hatfield, 1974 – Pete Yorn, 1975 – Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday)


1990 – Bobby Day, 2001 – Leon Wilkeson:bass:(Lynyrd Skynyrd), 2012 – Darryl Cotton, 2012 – Tony Martin

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August 1

1964, The Beatles

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scored their fifth US No.1 single in seven months when 'A Hard Day's Night' went to the top of the charts. The group had now spent seventeen weeks at the No.1 position in this year.

1971, The Concert For Bangladesh

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organised by George Harrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangladesh took place at New York's Madison Sq Garden. Featuring Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger. Harrison had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund after legal problems froze all proceeds. The triple album release (the second in a row by Harrison), hit No.1 in the UK and No.2 in the US and received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

1980, Def Leppard made their US live debut when they appeared at the New York City concert opening for AC/DC. It was also Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott's 21st birthday.

1981, Australian singer Rick Springfield started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Jessie's Girl', which later won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The song was at No.1 when MTV launched on 1 August 1981. Rick had played Noah Drake in the TV show General Hospital.

1987, Bob Seger scored his first US No.1 single with the Harold Faltermeyer penned 'Shakedown', which was taken from the film 'Beverly Hills Cop II'.

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The song was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but it lost both awards to Dirty Dancing's '(I've Had) The Time of My Life'.

1987, MTV Europe was launched, the first video played being 'Money For Nothing' by Dire Straits which contained the appropriate line 'I Want My MTV'.

1999, Ronan Keating scored his first UK No.1 solo single with 'When You Say Nothing At All'. The country song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz was a hit for Keith Whitley,

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who took it to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1988. The song also gave Alison Krauss her first solo top-10 country hit in 1995.

2007, Prince kicked off a series of 21 sold out UK shows at London's O2 arena. Tickets for the events cost £31.21 - the same figure used by the singer to name his album, website and perfume. After completing the 21 nights the Jehovah's Witness was planning to take time out to study the Bible.

2015, English singer, actress and entertainer Cilla Black died at her holiday home near Marbella, Spain, aged 72.


1930 – Geoffrey Holder, 1931 – Ramblin' Jack Elliott, 1942 – Jerry Garcia, 1943 – Denis Payton, 1946 – Boz Burrell, 1951 – Tim Bachman (BTO), 1951 – Tommy Bolin Deep Purple, James Gang), 1953 – Robert Cray:shred:, 1958 – Rob Buck (10,000 Maniacs), 1959 – Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), 1960 – Chuck D (Public Enemy), 1963 – Coolio, 1964 – Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), 1968 – Dan Donegan (Disturbed), 1978 – Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison)


2015 – Cilla Black

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1962, Robert Allen Zimmerman legally became Bob Dylan

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having signed a music publishing deal with Witmark Music on 12th July of this year, engineered by Albert Grossman.

1964, After an intense search the bodies of Jim Reeves

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and Dean Manuel were found in the wreckage of an aircraft and, at 1:00 p.m. local time, radio stations across the United States announced Reeves' death formally. The single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls had crashed 42 hours earlier during a thunderstrom. Thousands of people travelled to pay their last respects at his funeral two days later. The coffin, draped in flowers from fans, was driven through the streets of Nashville and then to Reeves' final resting place near Carthage, Texas.

1976, Peter "Puddy" Watts, road manager with Pink Floyd died of a heroin overdose. Watts supplied the crazed laughter on the groups The Dark Side of The Moon album.

1983, James Jamerson

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died of complications stemming from cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure and pneumonia in Los Angeles, he was 47 years old. As one of The Funk Brothers he was the uncredited bassist on most of Motown Records' hits in the 1960s and early 1970s

1991, Rick James

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and his girlfriend Tanya Hijazi were arrested in Hollywood charged with assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated mayhem, torture, false imprisonment, and forcible oral copulation. James was released on $1 million bail.


1914 – Big Walter Price, 1935 – Hank Cochran, 1937 – Garth Hudson:keys:(The Band), 1941 – Doris Coley (The Shirelles), 1944 – Jim Capaldi:drummer:(Traffic), 1948 – Andy Fairweather Low, 1950 – Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash), 1951 – Andrew Gold (wrote "Thank You For Being A Friend" theme song for Golden Girls), 1951 – Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen), 1955 – Butch Vig:drummer:(Garbage, produced Nirvana's album Nevermind), 1959 – Apollonia Kotero, 1961 – Pete de Freitas:drummer:(Echo & The Bunnymen), 1962 – Lee Mavers (The La's), 1968 – John Stanier:drummer:(Helmet)


1921 – Enrico Caruso, 1997 – Fela Kuti, 2012 – Jimmy Jones, 2012 – Marguerite Piazza

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