1986 – Thin Lizzy’s bassist-singer Phil Lynott dies aged 35 in the intensive care unit of Salisbury Infirmary in England. His kidneys, liver and heart failed due to blood poisoning and multiple internal abscesses caused by drug abuse.
1978 – Blood, Sweat & Tears sax player Greg Herbert dies in Amsterdam from an accidental overdose at age 30.
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 […]
1975 – Paul Kossoff, former guitarist with English rockers Free, has a scare when his heart stops beating for 35 minutes. Yes, you read that correctly. Doctors at a London hospital keep him alive until a blood clot in his leg is removed. Kossoff later emerged from his coma and returned to his band Black […]
1969 – Some 78,000 people show up for this year’s Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. The big crowd may have had a bit to do with the non-jazz headliners James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
In one of the daffier examples of government policy, 40 foreign officials of the U.S. Information Agency attend a Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in Washington, D.C. The reason? It seems the concert will familiarize them with cultural developments in the U.S. Yeah, right.
1968 – In one of the daffier examples of government policy, 40 foreign officials of the U.S. Information Agency attend a Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in Washington, D.C. The reason? It seems the concert will familiarize them with cultural developments in the U.S. Yeah, right.
1963 – Yngwie Malmsteen is born in Stockholm Sweden this day in rock history! Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader. Malmsteen became notable in the mid-1980s for his technical fluency and neo-classical metal compositions. Four of his albums, […]
1960 – Steven “Steve” Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai would also record and tour in Zappa’s backing band starting in 1980. The guitarist began a solo […]
1958 – Rock siren Lita Ford (“Kiss Me Deadly”) is born in London this day in rock! Just kiss me once…maybe twice…. ok… bring it on. Lita Ford (born September 23, 1958) is an American rock musician and singer who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways and achieved popularity for her solo career during […]
1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in London. His biggest hit is the top 20 song “Veronica” in 1989, which he writes with Paul McCartney. Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus 25 August 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, with Irish ancestry. Costello came to prominence as an early participant in London’s […]
1939 – Teen idol Frankie Avalon (Francis Avallone) is born in Philadelphia. Career By the time he was 12, Avalon began making appearances on U.S. television for his trumpet prowess, and as a teenager, played with Bobby Rydell in a band known as Rocco and the Saints. In 1959, his songs “Venus” and “Why” both […]