2018 – Pat Torpey, drummer and founding member of MR. BIG, passed away Wednesday, February 7 at the age of 58 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. His family, bandmates and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending. MR. BIG, formed in 1988, produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide […]
2016 – A report, from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota said Prince died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl. According to the autopsy report, Prince self-administered fentanyl, an opioid many times more powerful than heroin.
2015 – Leonard Nimoy, born March 26, 1931 – died February 27, 2015 Mr. Nimoy had a minor pop hit called “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”. Leonard Nimoy rose to fame as an actor in the 50s and 60s, but reached international fame of his portrayal of Spock on Star Trek as a Vulcan science […]
2013 – Lou Reed passed away today on This Day in Rock Music History! Lou Reed, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died Sunday, his publicist said. He was 71. The publicist, Peter Noble, confirmed Reed’s death but released no details. Reed had undergone a liver transplant in […]
2013 – Jon Brookes, The Charlatans drummer has died age 44 on This Day in Rock Music History! Jon Brookes had been undergoing treatment for a brain tumor since 2010, and had received several operations. Brookes suffered a seizure on tour with the band today and passed away. Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess tweeted that the […]
2013 – Ray Manzarek of The Doors died on this day in Rock Music History! Great musician Ray Manzarek of the Doors pass on this day. The Doors, also know for Jim Morrison(RIP), Robby Kreiger, and John Densmore recorded many great songs including, Light My Fire, Strange Days, LA Women, Riders on the Storm, and […]
2013 – “Two-time GRAMMY® winner Jeff Hanneman from the band “Slayer” died on This Day in Rock Music and Metal History!
2013 – “Two-time GRAMMY® winner Jeff Hanneman from the band “Slayer” died on This Day in Rock Music and Metal History! NEWS RELEASE The Recording Academy® Statement re: Jeff Hanneman Thurs., May 2, 2013 “Two-time GRAMMY® winner Jeff Hanneman was an intense and powerful guitarist and a force to be reckoned with on stage. A […]
2013 – Bass player Rick Huxley of the Dave Clark Five on This Day in Rock History! Bass player Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of 60s pop group The Dave Clark Five, has died at the age of 72. He joined the band in 1958 and played on hits including Bits and Pieces […]
2013 – ‘Wild Thing’ singer Reg Presley dies of cancer on This day in Rock History! Presley, died Monday after a long bout with lung cancer at age 71, and caused the Troggs to retire early. Quotes from Agent Keith Altham “My dear old pal Reg Presley of The Troggs died today, one very real […]
2012 – Scott McKenzie (born Philip Wallach Blondheim, January 10, 1939 – August 18, 2012) died on This Day in Rock Music History!
2012 – Scott McKenzie (born Philip Wallach Blondheim, January 10, 1939 – August 18, 2012) died on This Day in Rock Music History! was an American singer. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”. Scott McKenzie co-wrote “Kokomo” (1988), a […]
2012 – Elton John’s Bassist, Bob (Robert Wayne) Birch, is dead from Suicide on This Day in Rock Music History!
2012 – Elton John’s Bassist, Bob (Robert Wayne) Birch, is dead from Suicide on This Day in Rock Music History! Found in LA at 1am, Birch was an accomplished musician having won scholastic awards and playing several instruments including Saxophone and Bass Guitar. He became Elton’s bassist on February 14, 1992. Birch also performed with […]