1998 – Bob Dylan plays the 1,000th show on the “Neverending Tour” at the 32nd annual Montreux Jazz Festival.
1998 – The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band starts a run of 12 European dates in London. Stops include Helsinki, Brussels, Paris, and Munich, as well as shows July 7 and 8 at the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival.
1998 – John Fogerty cancels the first date of his U.S. tour because it conflicts with Game 5 of the NBA Finals, in which the Chicago Bulls face the Utah Jazz. Fogerty claims When we realized just what this day might mean to the folks in Chicago, it only made sense to postpone the show. […]
1997 – The original lineup of the Zombies – Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent, Chris White, Hugh Grundy, and Paul Atkinson – play onstage for the first time in 30 years. The reunited members perform their hits “She’s Not There” and “Time Of The Season” to a cheering crowd in London’s Jazz Cafe.
1997 – Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, original guitarist for Canned Heat, is found dead in his hotel room in France. The cause of Deaths is undetermined. Henry Charles Vestine (December 25, 1944 – October 20, 1997) a.k.a. “The Sunflower”, was an American guitar player known mainly as a member of the band Canned Heat. He […]
1991 – Leo Fender dies this day in rock. Leo fender is a true veteren innovator in the field of music. His most famous creations include the Fender Stratocaster and the Fender Telecator. These guitars, although are not the his only creations, set the tone for we now know as Rock n Roll and all […]
1984 – Here’s something you’ll never see again. It’s the first annual MTV Video Music Awards and there isn’t a Wayans brother in sight. Tonight’s big winner? Jazz guy Herbie Hancock, for his innovative “Rockit” clip. The first Video Vanguard Awards go to the Beatles and David Bowie.
1984 – Soul/jazz/disco singer Esther Phillips (“What a Difference a Day Makes”) dies in Carson, Calif., at age 48.
1982 – Diana Ross opens her latest solo tour at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium. Support comes from jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.
1981 – The Manhattan Transfer wins a Grammy for Birdland,” Best Vocal or Instrumental Jazz Fusion Performance.
1980 – The great pianist Bill Evans, whose Sunday at the Village Vanguard is one of the saddest albums ever, dies at age 61 in New York. William John Evans (better known as Bill Evans) (August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980) was one of the most famous and influential American jazz pianists of the […]
1979 – Jazz star Charles Mingus dies of a heart attack. Age 56.