Friday, 1 July 2016
Today in rock history 1st July
1915 – Bluesman Willie Dixon is born in Vicksburg, Miss. 1945 – Deborah Harry is born in Miami. 1952 – Comedian/actor/writer/Blues Brother and House of Blues co-founder Dan Aykroyd is born in Ottawa, Canada. 1968 – John Lennon opens an exhibition of his drawings titled “You Are Here.” 1968 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono are hospitalized after an auto accident in Scotland. 1969 – The Doors release their album The Soft Parade. 1970 – Jimi Hendrix records his first session at Electric Ladyland Studios, New York. 1973 – Bob Dylan releases his soundtrack to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. 1973 – Laurens Hammond, who invented the Hammond organ, dies at age 78. 1975 – Former Beatle Ringo Starr divorces his wife, Maureen Cox 1979 – The Doobie Brothers celebrate their 10th anniversary with an all-star jam session at the Friar’s Club in Los Angeles. 1981 – Rushton Moreve of Steppenwolf dies in an auto wreck at age 35. 1987 – The Grateful Dead release their In the Dark album, featuring the single “Touch of Grey.” Rolling Stone says, “This album bespeaks an effortlessness long absent from their oeuvre.” 1995 – Gravel-voiced DJ Wolfman Jack dies of a heart attack in Belvidere, N.C., at age 57 1997 – Radiohead release their third album, OK Computer. 1998 – A track from metal-funk band White Zombie’s 1993 Geffen album “La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One” has the dubious distinction of being played repeatedly to ward off paparazzi at the wedding of Barbra Streisand and James Brolin. 2003 – The New York Post reports that it’s all over for Kid Rock and Pam Anderson. The actress tells the Las Vegas Sun, “We remain good friends, but we have two different lives right now. I am with my kids and I couldn’t be happier.” 2008 – Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley, died at the age of 60 from cancer of the oesophagus. Galley also played with Trapeze, Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell and the Blue Jays.