1943 – Dennis D’eli (The Honeycombs – lead vocals – ‘Have I The Right’ – died 2005 – cancer)

1945 – Alan Cartwright (Procol Harum – bass – ‘Conquistador’)

1945 – Jerry Lacroix (Blood Sweat and Tears – alto sax/flute)

1955 – David Lee Roth (Van Halen – vocals/guitar)

1955 – Tanya Tucker (‘Delta Dawn’, ‘Lizzie and the Rainmaker’)

1960 – Al Connelly (Glass Tiger – guitar – ‘Don’t Forget me when I’m Gone’)

1961 – Martim Kemp (Spandau Ballet – bass – ‘True’)


1902 – The Gibson Mandolin Guitar Company was formed.  In 1936, they produced their first electric guitar , the ES-150 and in 1952 started production on one of the greatest rock and roll guitars of all time – the solid body Les Paul model.

1970 – Neil Diamond hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as an artist with Cracklin Rosie.  His song ‘I’m A Believer’ topped the chart in 1967, but this was his first as a performer.

1978 – Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steven Tyler were injured after a cherry bomb was thrown on stage during a concert in Philadelphia.  For the rest of the tour, the group performed behind a safety fence.

1979 – Bette Midler’s movie ‘The Rose’ premiered in Los Angeles, and would eventually be nominated for four Academy Awards.

1980 – Led Zepplin drummer John Bonham was laid to rest. He had been found dead at Jimmy Page’s house.  ‘Bonzo’ was 32 years old.

1939 – The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep (like the song says) of unknown causes at the age of 44.  Though Paul McCartney said the song wasn’t written about her (an early draft of the song had named the character Miss Daisy Hawkins).  Years after The Beatles song was a hit, Eleanor Rigby’s tombstone was noticed in the graveyard of St. Peter’s Parish Church in Liverpool (cue the spooky music) – just a few feet from where John Lennon and Paul McCartney had met for the first time in 1957!


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