Today In Pop Music: September 3 – ELO Founding Member Dies In Freak Accident


1934 – Freddy King  (blues guitarist – ‘Hideaway’)

Al Jardine –  (The Beach Boys – guitar – lead vocals on ‘Help Me Rhonda’)

1944 – Gary Leeds  (The Walker Brothers – ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ – obviously their real names were not Waker!)

1948 – Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad – drums)

1952 – Leroy Smith (Sweet Sensation – (‘Sad Sweet Dreamer’)


1966 – Donovan had his first and only  #1 hit when ‘Sunshine Superman’ topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week.

1968 – After quitting The Beatles two weeks earlier,Ringo Starr returned to the studio at Abbey Road  to find his drum kit covered in flowers to welcome him back.

1970 – Canned Heat (‘On The Road Again’, ‘Goin’ Up The Country’) singer, songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist alan Wilson died of a drug overdose.  He was 27 years old.  Same age as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix.

1976 – Just weeks after he died, Elvis was a bigger seller in death than life when 27 of his albums and 9 of his singles appeared on the Top 100 charts in England.  ‘Way Down’ was the #1 single and ‘Moody Blue’ held the top spot on the album chart.

1981 – Ike Turner was released from prison after serving a year and a half of a four year prison sentence.  This was his eleventh arrest and at one point Ike claimed to have spent over $11 million on cocaine.

2005 – 77 year old Rock and Roll legend Fats Domino who had earlier been reported as lost in Hurricane Katrina, was found and rescued, much to the relief of fans and friends around the world.

2010 – Electric Light Orchestra founding member Mike Edwards (cello) was killed in a freak accident when a giant bale of hay tumbled a hill and crashed into his van.  He was 62.


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