On this day in 1974, Cass Elliot died in her sleep from a heart attack after playing a sold out show in London, England. Interesting side note: Elliot died in Flat 12, 9 Curzon Place, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London, which was on loan from singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson. Four years later, The Who’s drummer Keith Moon died in the same flat at the same age.
Today in 1965, The Beatles second feature film ‘Help!’ had its premiere at The Pavilion in London
Today in 1966, Bob Dylan suffered a broken neck vertebra after crashing his Triumph 55 motorcycle near his Woodstock, NY home
Today in 1987, Ben and Jerry’s introduces a new flavor: Cherry Garcia, named after the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia
Geddy Lee (Rush) is 63 today
Patti Scialfa a.k.a. Mrs. Springsteen is celebrating a birthday today
On this date in 1973, The Watkins Glen outdoor summer jam was held outside of Watkins Glen, NY. Over 600,000 fans attended
Born on this day in 1944, guitarist Mike Bloomfield. Sadly, Mike died in 1981.
The late Rick Wright of Pink Floyd would have been 73 today
Simon Kirke, drums (Free & Bad Company) is 67 today.
Jonathan Edwards was born on this day in Aitkin, Minnesota in 1946
Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple) was born on this day in 1954
On this day in 1976, John Lennon was awarded his Green card, allowing him permanent residence in the US.
Today in 2001, Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd) was found dead in a hotel room in Florida aged 49
Today in 1944, Bobbie Gentry, (born Roberta Lee Streeter) was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi
Maureen McGovern celebrates her 67th birthday today
Today in 2006, the file-sharing service Kazaa agrees to pay record labels over $115 million in damages for piracy.
Today in 1986, Queen became the first western act since 1964 to perform in Eastern Europe in Budapest, Hungary
Madonna released her debut album on this day in 1983
Happy birthday to Michael Philip ‘Mick’ Jagger, 73 years old today
Today in 1977, Led Zeppelin cut short their North American tour after Robert Plant’s five-year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly
Today in 1990, The Grateful Dead lost yet another keyboard player when Brent Mydland was found dead from a drug overdose
In 1969, less than a month after his death, Brian Jones was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine
Three years ago today, JJ Cale died of a heart attack at the age of 74
On this day in 1992, The First Lady of Motown, Mary Wells, died aged 49 of laryngeal cancer
The late Dobie Gray was born on this day in 1942
Roger Taylor (Queen) is celebrating a birthday today. He is 67
On this day in 1965, the ever changing Bob Dylan ‘plugged in’ for his headlining set at The Newport Folk Festival
Today in 1969, Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time at The Fillmore in New York
On this day in 1984, Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton died at the age of 58 in LA of heart and liver complications
Today in 1990, Bruce Springsteen became a father when Patti Scialfa gave birth to a baby boy, Evan James
Bennie Benjamin of Motown’s famed ‘The Funk Brothers’ was born today in 1925
Jim McCarty, drummer for The Yardbirds was born today in 1943
Today in 1989, Steve Rubell, one of the owners of Studio 54, died of AIDS-related causes at age 45
‘Back in Black’, AC/DC’s seminal album was released today in 1980
Jennifer Lopez is 47 today
Today in 2011, Dan Peek of the band America died in his sleep of fibrous pericarditis. He was 60
Today in 1967, The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein signed a petition calling for the legalization of marijuana
On this day in 1972, Bobby Ramirez, drummer with Edger Winters White Trash was killed in a Chicago bar fight
5 years ago today, Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27
Today in 1963, High school student Neil Young and his band, the Squires, enter a Winnipeg studio to record their first single
On this day in 1979, Keith Godchaux (Grateful Dead) died after being involved in a car accident at age 32
David Essex was born today in 1947
Slash (Saul Hudson) guitarist with Guns N’ Roses celebrates his 51st birthday today
Alison Krauss is 45 today. Happy birthday!