Wednesday, August 9, 2017


In Music History

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2010Blues bassist Calvin "Fuzz" Jones dies of complications from lung cancer and a heart attack at age 84 in Southaven, Mississippi.
2007Mark Marush, saxophonist for the Fabulous Wailers, dies.
2005Nickelbackrelease "Photograph," the first single from their album All The Right Reasons. Inspired by a drunken snapshot, the song is about Chad Kroeger's memories of growing up in a small town in Alberta.More
1994Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Endangered Species, their eight album. 
1993Lionel Richie finally divorces his college sweetheart and first wife Brenda Harvey. After carrying on a secret relationship with Diane Alexander since 1986, it was only a matter of time. Richie soon remarried to Alexander on December 21, 1995 and fathered two children, Miles Brockman and Sophia, before the pair split in 2004.
1991The 5th Dimension are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1985After the massive success of the Motown 25 TV special on NBC, the network debuts the ill-fated Motown Revue variety series, which would only run for five weeks.
198322-year-old Thomas Riley is shot and killed by a British soldier in Belfast. He was a friend of the band Spandau Ballet, and sold merch on their True tour. His death would inspire the band's song "Through The Barricades."
1978Muddy Waters performs at the Carter White House.
1975Composer/pianist Dmitry Shostakovich dies of lung cancer at age 68 in Moscow, Russia.
1974Jazz trumpeter/vocalist Bill Chase (of Chase) dies in a plane crash at age 39 in Jackson, Minnesota. 
1974Four members of the Jazz-Rock group Chase, who'd scored a hit three years earlier with "Get It On," are killed in a plane crash near Jackson, Minnesota, including leader Bill Chase.
1974Gilbert O'Sullivan's "A Woman's Place/Too Bad" is released on the MAM label in the UK.
1974John Emma (guitarist for Chase) dies in a plane crash en route to a performance Jackson, Minnesota, at age 22.
1974Wallace Yohn (keyboardist for Chase) dies in a plane crash en route to a performance Jackson, Minnesota, at age 25.
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Jerry Garcia Dies

Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Deaddies from a heart attack at age 53. His voice fills the airwaves as millions of Deadheads mourn.

Shortly before 5 a.m., Jerry Garcia is found dead in his bed in the Serenity Knolls drug rehab facility in Forest Knolls, California, having passed in the night from a heart attack.

Nine years earlier, Garcia had nearly died in a diabetic coma. He'd been using drugs and smoking heavily for decades, but still, his death comes as a shock.

Garcia's funeral is held three days later at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere, California. At the service, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter reads an elegy for his collaborator and friend.

On August 13, a public memorial is held at the Polo Fields of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where 25,000 people attend and a bagpipe rendition of "Amazing Grace" is performed.

On April 4, 1996, fellow Dead founder Bob Weir, Garcia's wife Deborah Koons, and music composer Sanjay Mishra spread half of Garcia's ashes over the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India. The remaining ashes are poured into San Francisco Bay, in the city where Garcia was born.

The subculture that grew up around the Grateful Dead has lost the hesitant captain that never really desired to lead anybody anywhere. The music continues in various forms, as does the subculture, but nearly all involved feel that something of the magic is irrevocably lost with Garcia's passing.

Garcia leaves behind a legacy of songs that, with the exception of "Touch Of Grey," never broke into the top of the charts, yet went on to become staples of classic rock. He has a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Dead.

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