2008: Mitch Mitchell, drummer for The Jimi Hendrix Experience died in his sleep of natural causes in his hotel room in Portland, OR. He was 61 years old.
2003: A New Jersey radio station pulled all Jethro Tull music from their playlist after frontman Ian Anderson criticized excessive displays of the American flag with the statement “It’s easy to confuse patriotism with nationalism.”
2002: Paul McCartney outraged Beatles fans by changing the Lennon/McCartney songwriting credits to McCartney and Lennon on his live album Back in the U.S.
1990: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood broke both of his legs after he was involved in a car accident near London.
1988: U2 reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the second time with the soundtrack of their rockumentary Rattle and Hum which spent six weeks at number one.
1979: Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin’s rock opera Rock Justice opened at the Old Waldorf nightclub in San Francisco.
1977: The Sex Pistols reached number one on the U.K. Albums Chart for the first and only time with their debut album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.
1976: Queen released “Somebody to Love”, the first single off of their fifth album A Day at the Races. The song would reach number two on the U.K. Singles Chart and number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1966: Stephen Stills was inspired to write “For What It’s Worth” for Buffalo Springfield after teenagers were beaten by police on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip for protesting a curfew.
Neil Young born in 1945
Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser-singer & guitarist for Blue Oyster Cult born in 1947
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