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2013.- Singer/bassist Joe Kelley (of Shadows of Knight) dies of lung cancer in Winfield, Illinois, at age 67. Known for the 1966 hit cover of Them’s “Gloria.”
2012.- Geoff Tate, late of the band Queensryche, announces plans to get a “new Queensryche” together. Pledging their support are Rudy Sarzo (formerly of Quiet Riot), Bobby Blotzer (formerly of Ratt), Glen Drover (formerly of Megadeth), Kelly Gray and Randy Gane (formerly of Myth). There’s still some question as to whether they’ll actually be able to call the band Queensryche, since Tate is still wrapped up in lawsuits with the other three members over his firing in the same year and the use of the name.
2012 Lyricist Hal David dies of a stroke in Los Angeles, California, at age 91. Known for collaborations with Burt Bacharach, including “What the World Needs Now is Love” (1965) and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1969).
2011 While boarding a Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is forced off the flight after giving some lip to a flight attendant who asked him to pull up his sagging pants. Armstrong doesn’t take kindly to the request, and eventually he and his traveling companion are booted from the flight. Armstrong takes to Twitter, writing, “Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low!” The tweet is quickly re-tweeted by his followers, forcing Southwest to release a statement apologizing for the incident.
2010T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle are arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles after police smell marijuana coming from the rapper’s car during a routine traffic stop. The vehicle is searched and the couple is taken to jail on drug charges. Both T.I. and Tiny are later released after posting $10,000 bail.
2010 Curt Smith of Tears for Fears makes his first of three appearances on the TV series Psych, where the main character, Shawn Spencer, is a huge fan.
2008 Country singer Jerry Reed dies of complications from emphysema in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 71.
2000 The last remaining original member of The Platters, Herb Reed, is awarded a court injunction against a group using the same name but containing no actual original members.
1992 Alabama releases “I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why).”
1984Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman is born in Hollywood, Florida.
1983 Encouraged by his wife, Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits releases Swordfishtrombones, the first album the songwriter produced himself. The album represents a significant break from mainstream norms, both musically and lyrically.
1980 At the Hollywood Bowl, Fleetwood Mac end a 9-month tour. Lindsey Buckingham announces it will be the last Fleetwood Mac show for “a long time.” He’s right: the band doesn’t play live again for over two years.
1979 “You Light Up My Life” singer Debby Boone marries Gabriel Ferrer, son of Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer.
1978 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith marries the model Cyrinda Foxe, who is pregnant with his baby (daughter Mia). They divorce in 1987.
1977Rush release their fifth album, A Farewell to Kings. The album’s epic “Xanadu” and “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” satisfy Rush’s cult following, while the shorter and more radio-friendly “Closer to the Heart” find favor with general audiences in both the US and the UK.
1976.- West Coast musical impresario Lou Adler and his right-hand man, Neil Silver, are kidnapped in Los Angeles by a couple who ransom them for $25,000. The couple are caught within the week, but an accomplice flees and is never caught.
1972 The O’Jays’ “Back Stabbers” is certified Gold.
1971 After their successful summer-replacement series, Sonny And Cher begin their fall TV variety series on CBS.
1970 The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb marries Linda Gray, the former Miss Edinburgh, on his 24th birthday (he claims he picked the date so he wouldn’t forget their anniversary). The couple have five children, including Stephen, who plays guitar in his dad’s band.
1967 A young guitarist named Boz Scaggs joins The Steve Miller Band, the blues band led by his childhood friend, Steve Miller.
1967The Beatles meet up at Paul McCartney’s house in London to decide what to do following the death of their manager, Brian Epstein. They decide to be their own managers, and McCartney takes the lead on most business decisions. With hefty responsibilities outside of music, things get tense and the group breaks up two years later.
1962 Tommy Roe’s “Sheila” hits #1 in America for the first of two weeks.
1957Gloria Estefan is born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan in Havana, Cuba. She would be raised in Miami, Florida.
1957 A young Jimi Hendrix catches Elvis Presley’s performance at Seattle’s Sicks Stadium.
1952Ray Charles signs to Atlantic after leaving Swingtime Records; the label takes him in a harder R&B direction than the crooner-style pop and West Coast blues he had been recording.
1950 Peter Hewson of Chicory Tip is born in Gillingham, Kent, England.
1949 Russ Field (guitarist for Showaddywaddy) is born James Lewis Russell Field in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England.
1946 Greg Errico (drummer for Sly & the Family Stone) is born in San Francisco, California.
1946 Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees is born in Douglas, Isle of Man. He is raised in Manchester, England.
1944 Soul singer Archie Bell is born in Henderson, Texas.
1941.- Diane Ray, known for her 1963 hit “Please Don’t Talk to the Lifeguard,” is born in Gastonia, North Carolina.
1935 Country singer Conway Twitty is born Harold Lloyd Jenkins in Friars Point, Coahoma County, Mississippi.
1931 Country singer Boxcar Willie is born Lecil Travis Martin in Sterrett, Texas.
1927 Doo-wop singer Tommy Evans (of The Drifters) is born. He’s part of the lineup that releases the 1957 hit “Fools Fall in Love.”