2003 – Diana Ross appeared in a US court charged with driving while twice over the drink driving limit. Police in Tucson reported that Miss Ross could not walk in a straight line, touch her nose or count to 30 after she had been stopped for swerving across the road.
1998 – Oasis’ Liam Gallagher is charged in an Australian court after he allegedly headbutted a fan, breaking the fan’s nose. Gallagher, the British group’s lead singer, is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm by the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court and freed on $(AUS)10,000 bail.
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 […]
1969 – If you tuned into The Tonight Show to see the Youngbloods (“Get Together”), you’d be disappointed. Johnny Carson says, “They complained about the set, the lighting, the sound, the show – everything. So we wiped their noses, told them they’d been in show business a day and a half, and sent them home.”
1967 – As the Beatles continue to record “A Day in the Life,” they’re visited in the studio by Pattie Harrison, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith, and Donovan. The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of ‘A Day in the Life’. At the Beatles’ request, the orchestra members […]
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 […]
1951 – Vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest is born in Birmingham, England. Robert John Arthur Halford (born August 25, 1951) is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Judas Priest. Halford has a three-and-a-half octave vocal range (D2-B5). He is one of the most respected […]
1949 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel. Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz (pronounced Haium) on August 25, 1949) is an Israeli-born American hard rock bass guitarist, vocalist, and actor. He is best known as “The Demon,” his blood-spitting, fire-breathing, and tongue-wagging persona in the hard rock band Kiss, an […]