THIS DAY IN ROCK

July 3rd: Yardbirds, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Three Dog Night and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1965: 'For Your Love' by the Yardbirds peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.

1965: The Beatles played the final night of a two week European tour at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Barcelona, Spain.

1967: The Doors appeared at Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, California, with Iron Butterfly and Rubber Maze.

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

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

1969: James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Savoy Brown, Johnny Winter, Jethro Tull, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Mothers Of Invention and Ten Years After all appeared at the four day US Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island.

1970: The three day Atlanta Pop Festival took place, featuring The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Procol Harum and Rare Earth. Over 200,000 music fans attended the festival.

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

1973: On the last night of a 60 date tour, 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.

1975: Lead singer from Three Dog Night Chuck Negron was arrested at his Louisville hotel room on the opening night of the bands tour and charged with possession of cocaine.

1982: 'Rosanna' by Toto peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for five weeks.

1982: 'Caught Up In You' by .38 Special peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1982: 'Dancing In The Street' by Van Halen, a cover of the Martha & the Vandellas song, peaks at Number 38 on the pop chart.

1985: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of three sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, London, England.

1986: U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running an errand for Bono. The song 'One Tree Hill' on the bands Joshua Tree album is dedicated to Carroll.

1996: AC/DC played the second of two nights at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain on their Ballbreaker world tour.

2002: Elton John became the first person to be made an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy Of Music.

2002: The wife of Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, underwent an emergency operation after being diagnosed with cancer. The family had become cult heroes after the success of the MTV 'The Osbournes Show'.

2004: David Crosby was fined $5,000 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.


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