1987 – Classical guitarist Andres Segovia dies of a heart attack. Age 94. He receives a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986. In the ceremony he is cited as the most brilliant and influential of all classical guitar players. Andrés Torres Segovia, 1st Marquess of Salobreña (21 February 1893–2 June 1987) was a Spanish classical […]
1983 – Former Blind Faith members Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton are among the performers at the ARMS benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The concert raises money for research into multiple sclerosis.
1980 – Mark David Chapman purchases the five-shot Charter Arms .38 Special he will use to kill John Lennon.
1978 – Peter Frampton suffers a broken arm and cracked ribs in an auto wreck in the Bahamas.
1977 – Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are killed when their rented plane crashes in a swamp near Gillsburg, Miss. 20 October 1977, 6:55 pm. While flying from Greenville, South Carolina to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered Convair 240 aircraft crashed in a Mississippi swamp. The plane […]
1974 – Al Green’s ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson pours a pot of boiling grits on the soul singer in the bathroom of his Memphis home. She then shoots herself. Green suffered second-degree burns on his back, neck, and arms, and later underwent a religious conversion.
1974 – Guitarist Jeff (Skunk) Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers. With Steely Dan After the breakup of Ultimate Spinach, Baxter relocated to Los Angeles, California, finding work as a session guitarist. In 1972 he became a founding member of the band Steely Dan, along with guitarist-bassist Walter Becker, keyboardist Donald Fagen, […]
1970 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer give their debut performance in Plymouth, England. Progressive rock can be a very disreputable subject. No other musical style has been so vilified by the critics and became a synonym for ‘pompous’ and ‘bombastic.’ Almost every music critic in the early ’70’s had something unflattering to write about it. […]
1965 – The Beatles announce that the title of their second film has been changed from Eight Arms to Hold You to Help!
1955 – James Dean, whose iconic stance in films like Rebel Without a Cause influenced countless rockers, dies in an automobile accident. He was 24. James Dean: one of the most influential actors on rock n roll who was not famous as a musician… Rather, a great actor with the right ‘tude. James Byron Dean […]