2008-Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel co-headline a fundraiser for presidential candidate Barack Obama at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

1999-David Bowie is made a Commander of Arts and Literature in France.

1992-Eric ClaptonRon Wood, John Mellencamp, George Harrison are among the stars at a Bob Dylan tribute concert at Madison Square Garden. Sinead O’Connor is booed off by a crowd angry that she had torn up a photo of The Pope on Saturday Night Live two weeks earlier.

1986-Chuck Berry performs at the Fox Theater in St. Louis backed by a band led by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. The 60th birthday show, which also features Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt and others, is the subject of a theatrical concert film, Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll.

1979-Fleetwood Mac releases Tusk, the follow-up to the hugely successful Rumours.

1972-Creedence Clearwater Revival announce that the band has broken up. The first rift had occurred a year earlier, when guitarist Tom Fogerty quit.

1971-John Lennon and Yoko Ono settle in New York, moving into an apartment owned by Lovin’ Spoonful drummer Joe Butler at 105 Bank Street in Greenwich Village.

1966-Replacing Signe Anderson, who left to have a baby, Grace Slick does her first show with Jefferson Airplane, at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

1964-19 year old Rod Stewart releases his first solo single in the U.K. It’s a cover of the Sonny Boy Williamson (the First) blues classic “Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl.” The bass player on it is future Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones.


Flea (Michael Balzary) – 54 years old
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist. Born in 1962.

Bob Weir – 69 years old
The singer-guitarist co-founded The Grateful Dead. Since that band ended, he has carried on in The DeadRatdog and Furthur. Born in 1947.

C.F. “Fred” Turner – 73 years old
The bassist in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the Canadian band that hit number-one in the U.S. with the stuttering “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” Though “Taking Care of Business” didn’t chart as high, it’s their best-known song and has been used in numerous radio and TV commercials. Turner bought the rights to the group name from Randy Bachman and led a version of it for a while; they currently work together as Bachman & Turner. Born in 1943.

Nico (Christina Paffgen) – Died in 1988
The German actress, model and vocalist sang on the Velvet Underground‘s debut album (on which she had featured billing), then went solo. She was a young Jackson Browne‘s girlfriend and muse, recording some of his early songs before he did, including “These Days.” She died in a bicycling accident July 18th, 1988 at 49. Her life is documented in the film Nico Icon. Born in 1938.




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