1995 – Crooning titan Dean Martin dies aged 78. His last No. 1 was 1964’s “Everybody Loves Somebody.”
1987 – Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The comeback album is the band’s first since the departure of Roger Waters and the subsequent lawsuit over the use of the band name. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is Pink Floyd’s 1987 album, the band’s first release after the departure of Roger Waters from […]
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 – Dean Martin’s son Dino Martin was arrested after attempting to sell two AK-47 machine guns to an undercover agent.
1965 – On tonight’s Where the Action Is, Jan & Dean sing “Little Old Lady From Pasadena.”
1964 – It’s the second day of filming of The T.A.M.I. Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The performances of the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Jan & Dean, the Supremes, Lesley Gore, and the […]
1964 – Dean Martin goes to No. 1 with “Everybody Loves Somebody.” The Beatles are at No. 53 with “I Should Have Known Better.”
1957 – Reggae horn player Dean Fraser is born in Kingston, Jamaica. He’s blown with everyone from Bob Marley to Buju Banton.
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 […]
1945 – Don McLean is born in New Rochelle, N.Y. His biggest hit is “American Pie,” which hits No. 1 for four weeks in 1972. The song is inspired by the Deaths of Buddy Holly, “the day the music died.” Madonna eventually covers the song for the soundtrack of her film “The Next Best Thing.” […]
1945 – Ian Gillan, vocalist with the best-known incarnation of Deep Purple, is born in Hounslow, England. Ian Gillan (born 19 August 1945 in Hounslow, London), is an English rock music vocalist best known as the lead singer for Deep Purple. During his career Gillan had a year-long stint as the vocalist for Black Sabbath […]
1938 – Paul Revere of the Raiders is born in Boise, Idaho. Paul Revere and the Raiders is an American rock band that saw enormous mainstream success in the second half of the 1960s and earlier 1970s, best-known for hits like “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” (1971), “Steppin’ Out” & “Just […]