2011Unable to walk since a botched operation two years earlier, Little Richard is wheeled in with a piano to perform at the "A Capitol Fourth" concert at the National Mall in Washington, DC. It's his first performance since the operation.
1995Jewel lands her first television gig, appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where she is spotted by actor Sean Penn. The two begin dating shortly after.
1995The members of R&B group TLC file for bankruptcy despite continued success. The group claims their money was mismanaged by Perri "Pebbles" Reid and her production company Pebbitone Inc. Reid denies the claim and says she was trying to get TLC a better deal with their record label, LaFace Records, but things weren't working out.More
1985Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox as a time-traveling teenager, opens in theaters. When he plays "Johnny B. Goode" in 1955 at the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance, he gives birth to rock and roll. In the real-life present, a new generation gets a lesson in Chuck Berry from the scene.More
1973At the Hammersmith Odeon in London, David Bowie appears as Ziggy Stardust for the last time, explaining: "Not only is this the last show of the tour, but it's the last show that we'll ever do." Many take this to mean Bowie was retiring from music altogether, though Bowie just means he is retiring Stardust. This show is later made into a movie directed by D.A. Pennebaker called Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.
1969Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones is found dead in his swimming pool in England. The death is ruled accidental, although Jones, age 27, had high levels of alcohol and barbiturates in his blood.
2009Algerian music star Cheb Mami (real name Ahmed Khelifati Mohammed) is sentenced by a French court to five years in prison for abducting his former girlfriend and trying to force her to have an abortion. Mami is best known in America for his collaboration with Sting on the song "Desert Rose."
2007Boots Randolph, known for the 1968 hit "Yakety Sax," dies of a brain hemorrhage a month after his 80th birthday.
2004Glenn Danzig gets in a fight backstage after a Danzig show when a member of support band North Side Kings confronts him because they were bumped from the bill and didn't play that night. Danzig pushes the guy but gets punched in the face in retaliation.
2001Delia Derbyshire, who helped create the electronic sounds on the Doctor Whotheme, dies aged 64.
2001Sum 41 release their debut single, "Fat Lip." The song goes on to top the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
1996Cliff Richard leads the Wimbledon Centre Court crowd in singing during a rain delay. His backing singers are former tennis stars Virginia Wade, Martina Navratilova, Hana Mandlíková, Pam Shriver, Liz Smylie, Gigi Fernández and Conchita Martinez.
1995D'Angelo releases his debut album, Brown Sugar.
1986Bono's 26-year-old personal assistant Greg Carroll is killed in a motorcycle act while running an errand in Dublin. U2's next album, The Joshua Tree, is dedicated to Carroll, who inspired the song "One Tree Hill."
1976Shane Lynch (of Boyzone) is born in Donaghmede, North-east Dublin, Ireland.
1975Three Dog Night's Chuck Negron is arrested in his hotel room and charged with cocaine possession on the opening night of a tour.
1969Kevin Hearn (keyboardist for Barenaked Ladies) is born in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.
1965The Beach Boys Summer Spectaculartour stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. This date includes performances by The Byrds, Sonny & Cher, The Righteous Brothers, and of course, The Beach Boys. Also on the bill: The Kinks, who are having a miserable time in America and at war with their manager Larry Page, who flies back to England the next day.
1960Vince Clarke (keyboardist for Erasure) is born Vincent John Martin in South Woodford, England. An early member of Depeche Mode, he wrote the group's breakthrough hit, "Just Can't Get Enough."
Jim Morrison of The Doors is found dead in a bathtub at age 27. No autopsy is performed, and while drugs are suspected, the official cause is listed as "heart attack induced by respiratory problems."
Jim Morrison's body is found in the bathtub of his girlfriend Pamela Courson's apartment in Paris, France. The circumstances surrounding his death are cloudy, but it appears that he has accidentally overdosed on a particularly lethal strain of heroin called China White, having mistaken it for his drug of choice: cocaine. In some accounts Courson has placed him in the bathtub in an attempt to revive him; in others he has run a bath after suffering a coughing fit.
After completing LA Woman (1971) Morrison decided to take a sabbatical in France. His hedonism had taken its toll, and his voice was raw; his hair greying and his body flabby and unkempt. He spent the day with Courson at the movies, and had been listening to The Doors albums, with their debut (with the ominous closing track: "The End") found on his record player after his death.
The cause of his death is recorded as "heart failure" although no autopsy is performed to confirm it. As a result rumors abound that the circumstances of his death have been covered up, leading to a host of conspiracy theories ranging from him self-inducing a coma to fake his death to his pagan ex-wife Patricia Kenneal using witchcraft to see him off.
Morrison is buried at Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, and his grave rapidly becomes a shrine for The Doors fans, despite having no official marker until 1973, when the shield placed by authorities is promptly stolen.
The Doors continue as a band for another two years. They consider replacing Morrison but instead decide that existing band members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger will share vocal duties. They release two more albums - Other Voices (1971) and Full Circle (1972) - to moderate success and mixed reviews before splitting up. In 1978 they briefly reform to record their final record, An American Prayer, an album made up of new music accompanying recordings Jim Morrison's poetry.