Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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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."
2008Colin Cooper (leader of The Climax Blues Band) dies of cancer at age 69.
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.
1976At a show in Anaheim, California, Brian Wilson appears onstage with The Beach Boys for the first time in 12 years.
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 ByrdsSonny & CherThe 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."
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The Doors Close On Jim Morrison

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. 

It is a particularly dangerous time to be a musician: within the last six months Janis Joplinand Jimi Hendrix have both died of drug overdoses (also aged 27), and by the end of 1971 Louis Armstrong and Gene Vincent will also be lost to natural causes.

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.

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