2008 – Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band’s recent Bigger Bang tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure.
2006 – Ronnie James Dio announce he’s reuniting with his old Black Sabbath chums–Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward–as Heaven and Hell.
2003 – Rockabilly singer/guitarist Ronnie Dawson dies at his East Dallas home after a yearlong fight with throat cancer. He is 64. Ronald F. “Ronnie” Dawson (born August 11, 1939 in Dallas, Texas — September 23, 2003, Dallas) was an American rockabilly musician, although he was more popular in the United Kingdom than the United […]
2000 – Vandals pull Ronnie Van Zant’s casket out of the Lynyrd Skynyrd mausoleum, but are unable to open it. Steve Gaines’ ashes are also spilled during the rampage.
1998 – The Atlanta Rhythm Section’s singer Ronnie Hammond is shot by Macon police. He had allegedly tried to attack an officer with a hammer and a broken guitar handle after the police responded to a call that Hammond was trying to commit suicide. Hammond later recovers from the wound.
1998 – It is reported that a boat carrying Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood burst into flames just days before the Brazilian leg of the band’s Bridges to Babylon tour. Wood is aboard a small pleasure craft exploring islands south of Rio de Janeiro when one of the boat’s engines catches fire. Nearby journalists rescue […]
1997 – Ronnie Lane, bassist with the Small Faces and, later, the Faces, dies at his home in Colorado. He is 51. Lane had suffered from multiple sclerosis since 1977.
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 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono travel to Toronto to perform at the Peace Festival. During their stay they reside on Ronnie Hawkins’ farm. Billboards reading “War Is Over! If You Want It” go up in 11 cities as part of the Lennons’ own peace campaign.
1955 – Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen (born January 26, 1955), is a Dutch guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Van Halen. Biography Childhood Van Halen was a son of saxophonist Jan Van Halen; his mother Eugenia was from Java, Indonesia. At the […]
1954 – Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Trevor Rabin (born January 13, 1954) is a South African-American musician, best known as a guitarist and songwriter for the British progressive rock band Yes from 1983–1994, and since then, as a film composer. Biography Early years Rabin was born Trevor Charles Rabinowitz […]
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 […]