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On This Day in Rock

1943: The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison was born. He died of heart failure in Paris on July 3rd, 1971, at 27.

1953: Loud, foul-mouthed comedian Sam Kinison was born. He died in a car crash on April 10th, 1992, at 38.

1965: The Spencer Davis Group kicked off a 9-date UK tour at The Top Rank, Southampton.

1965: The Rolling Stones recorded their ninth UK single ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ at RCA studios in Hollywood, California.

1966: Working at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney overdubbed his lead vocal for ‘When I'm Sixty-Four’. Then The Beatles set about remaking a new John Lennon song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’

1968: Singer and guitarist Graham Nash left The Hollies and started work with David Crosby and Stephen Stills who went on to form Crosby, Stills and Nash.

1969: Mott the Hoople appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England.

1969: Mick Jagger was quoted saying 'I don't really like singing very much, I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar either'.
1969: On trial in Canada on drug possession charges, Jimi Hendrix told a Toronto court that he had only smoked pot four times in his life, snorted cocaine twice and took LSD no more than five times. Telling the jury that he had now 'outgrown' drugs. They find the guitarist not guilty.

1973: 'Mind Games' by John Lennon peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1973: 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' by Elton John peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1973: Roxy Music had their first UK No.1 album when 'Stranded' went to the top for one week. The sleeve featured Playboy's Playmate of The Year, model Marilyn Cole

1975: Gary Thain bass player with Uriah Heep died of a drug overdose aged 28. They had a hit with ‘Easy Livin' from the 1972 album Demons and Wizards.

1975: Bob Dylan's 'Rolling Thunder Revue' tour ends at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show is a benefit for boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the subject of Dylan's song "Hurricane," who had been wrongfully convicted of murder.

1979: 'Highway To Hell' by AC/DC peaks at Number 47 on the pop chart.

1979: 'Walking On The Moon' by the Police hits Number One on the U.K. pop chart.

1979: Rod Stewart scored his seventh UK No.1 album when his 'Greatest Hits' started a five-week run at the top of the charts.

1979: Styx went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Babe', the group's only US No.1, a No.6 hit in the UK.

1980: John Lennon was shot five times by 25 year old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City where John and Yoko lived. Chapman had been stalking Lennon for days outside the Dakota apartments and asked for an autograph as Lennon walked through the courtyard. As he signed a piece of paper Chapman fired. Lennon was pronounced dead from a massive loss of blood at 11.30pm.

1980: 'In The Heat Of The Night' by Pat Benatar is certified platinum.

1984: Vince Neil from Motley Crue was involved in a car accident in Redondo Beach, Ca, which killed Nick Dingley from Hanoi Rocks and injured two other passengers. Neil was jailed for 20 days and paid $2.6 million in compensation.

1984: 'No More Lonely Nights' by Paul McCartney peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1990: 'Something To Believe In' by Poison peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.

1995: Four months after the death of founder Jerry Garcia, the members of the Grateful Dead announced they were disbanding after 30 years.

2000: A John Lennon statue is unveiled in Havana, Cuba, to mark the 20th anniversary of his murder. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who had said in the '60s that Beatles music was decadent, attends the ceremony and calls Lennon a revolutionary.

2000: A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.

2000: Sting joined the ranks of Tinseltown's greatest when his star was unveiled on the celebrated Walk Of Fame in Hollywood.

2003: Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek visit Jim Morrison's gravesite in Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, on what would have been the singer's 60th birthday.

2003: Ozzy Osbourne winds up with a broken collarbone, six broken ribs, and a broken vertebra in his neck when his four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle flips while driving on his English estate. He eventually recovers.

2004: Former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was one of five people killed after a man stormed the stage during a Damageplan show at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus. Nathan Gale, aged 25, began firing at the band and crowd, was then shot and killed by a police officer who arrived shortly after the first shots were fired.

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