John Waite

July 4th 1952, Born on this day, John Waite, singer, The Babys, (1977 US No.13 & UK No.45 single 'Isn't It Time',) solo, (1984 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Missing You').


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Alan Wilson

July 4th 1943, Born on this day, Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica, vocals, Canned Heat, (1979 UK No.2 and US No.26 single 'Let's Work Together'). Wilson died on 3rd September 1970.


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Farm Aid 1986

July 4th 1986, The second Farm Aid benefit concert took place at Manor Downs Racetrack, Manor, Texas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Alabama, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Emmylou Harris, Jason & the Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Vince Neil and Willie Nelson.


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Two-day Atlanta Pop Festival

July 4th 1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia.


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The Beach Boys

July 4th 1964, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Get Around', the group's first No.1, which was a No.7 hit in the UK. It is noteworthy for its back-to-front structure—it starts with a chorus and has two short verses.


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Jim Morrison

July 3rd 1971, American singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France, the cause of death was given as a heart attack. He co-wrote some of the group's biggest hits, including ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Love Me Two Times’, and ‘Love Her Madly.’ On the 25th anniversary of his death an estimated 15,000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France to pay their respects.


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Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Brian Jones drowned on July 3rd 1969, while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, aged 27. His body was found at the bottom of the pool by his Swedish girlfriend Anna Wohlin. The coroner's report stated "Death by misadventure", and noted his liver and heart were heavily enlarged by drug and alcohol abuse.

Jones was originally the leader of The Stones, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards soon overshadowed him, especially after they became a successful songwriting team. Jones developed a serious substance abuse problem over the years and his role in the band steadily diminished.

As a teenager Jones became a fan of the blues - particularly Elmore James and Robert Johnson. Through this Jones became involved in the small London rhythm and blues and jazz scene making friends with musicians Alexis Korner, future Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones and future Cream bassist Jack Bruce. During this period he called himself "Elmo Lewis", and started a band with Paul Jones called The Roosters.

Jones placed an advertisement in Jazz News in May 1962 inviting musicians to audition for a new R&B group at the Bricklayers Arms pub; singer Mick Jagger applied and brought along his childhood friend Keith Richards.

Jones came up with the name "The Rollin' Stones" (later with the 'g') while on the phone with a venue owner. "The voice on the other end of the line obviously said, 'What are you called?' Panic. The Best of Muddy Waters album was lying on the floor—and track one was 'Rollin' Stone Blues'"

This was essentially Brian's band at first, it was Brian's determination that brought the Stones to success so quickly. However, Jagger was a talented writer and savvy businessman himself whose songwriting skills and stage presence with Keith Richards became a prized commodity.

Fast forward to 1967 and The Rolling Stones had become one of the biggest bands on the planet. By now The Stones had become Jagger and Richards’ band. Hostility had grown between Jones, Jagger and Richards, alienating Jones further from the group. Jones had became bored with the guitar and sought exotic instruments to play, and he was increasingly absent from Rolling Stones recording sessions.

The final nail in the coffin was in early 1967 - Anita Pallenberg, Jones's girlfriend of two years, left him for Richards further damaging the already strained relations between Jones and Richards.

Jones's last substantial sessions with the Stones occurred in spring and summer of 1968, when the Stones produced "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and the Beggars Banquet album. His last formal appearance with the Stones was in December 1968 with the filming of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (with Lennon, Clapton and Jethro Tull).

For some time Brian and the Stones were being targeted by Scotland Yard in an effort to deter the public from taking drugs. If you looking for alcohol and drug detox in California go to the substance abuse forums. Brian in particular had been arrested several times and was facing a jail sentence.

During this period of his decreasing involvement with the band, Jones was living at Cotchford Farm in East Sussex, the residence formerly owned by Winnie-the-Pooh author A. A. Milne, which Jones had purchased in November 1968.

At around midnight on the night of 2–3 July 1969, Jones was discovered motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool at the Farm. His Swedish girlfriend, Anna Wohlin, was convinced he was alive when they took him out, insisting he still had a pulse. However, by the time the doctors arrived, it was too late, and he was pronounced dead.

Allegations of murder have surfaced since that fateful day. Wohlin claimed in 1999 that Jones had been murdered by a builder who had been renovating the house. The builder, Frank Thorogood, allegedly confessed to the murder on his deathbed to the Rolling Stones' driver, Tom Keylock, who later denied this. In the book The Murder of Brian Jones, Wohlin alleges that Thorogood behaved suspiciously and showed little sympathy when Jones was discovered in the pool (he was the last to see Jones alive), but she has stated that he was not present at Jones's death.

His death at 27 was the first of the Sixties rock movement; Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison found their own drug-related deaths at the same age within two years (Morrison dying two years to the day after Jones). He is one of the well known members of the 27 Club.

The Rolling Stones performed the free concert in Hyde Park on 5 July 1969, two days after Jones's death. The Stones opened with a Johnny Winter song that was one of Jones's favourites, "I'm Yours and I'm Hers".

The concert, which had been scheduled weeks earlier as an opportunity to present new guitarist, Mick Taylor, was dedicated to Jones.

Jones was not only the founder of The Rolling Stones – but one of the coolest ‘rock stars’ who ever lived. His influence on music and fashion is still with us – as time rolls on - 40 odd years later.

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Brian Jones


Life and Death of Brian Jones: A look at the founder of The Rolling Stones who died in mysterious circumstances at the age 27 - part I

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Brian Jones


Life and Death of Brian Jones: A look at the founder of the Rolling Stones who died in mysterious circumstances at the age 27 - part II

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Brian Jones


Life and Death of Brian Jones: A look at the founder of the Rolling Stones who died in mysterious circumstances at the age 27 - part III

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Laura Branigan

July 3rd 1957, Born on this day, Laura Branigan, US singer, (1984 US No.4 & UK No.5 single 'Self Control'). Died of a brain aneurysm 26th Aug 2004.


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The Platters

July 3rd 1929, Born on this day, David Lynch, The Platters, (1959 UK & US No.1 single 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes'). Lynch died of cancer on 2nd January 1981.


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Frank Sinatra

July 2nd 1966, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Strangers In The Night'. The song was taken from the film 'A Man Could Get Killed'.


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Elvis Presley

July 2nd 1956, Elvis Presley recorded 'Hound Dog' at RCA Studios, New York. Take 31 being the version they released. This was the first time The Jordanaires worked with Presley. The single sold over 10 million copies globally, became his best-selling song and topped the pop chart for 11 weeks, a record that stood for 36 years.


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The Beatles

July 2nd 1969, Working on tracks for the Abbey Road album, Paul McCartney recorded ‘Her Majesty’. Then Paul, George, and Ringo record 15 takes of ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight’. John Lennon was absent, in hospital in Golspie, Scotland, following a car accident the previous day.


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July 2nd 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman, the first portable audio cassette player. Over the next 30 years they sold over 385 million Walkmans in cassette, CD, mini-disc and digital file versions, and were the market leaders until the arrival of Apple's iPod and other new digital devices.


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Deborah Harry

July 1st 1945, Born on this day, Deborah Harry, singer, Blondie who scored five UK No.1 singles including the 1979 UK & US No.1 single 'Heart Of Glass' and the 1978 world-wide No.1 album 'Parallel Lines'. As a solo artists she scored the 1986 UK No. 8 single 'French Kissing In The USA'. A former Playboy Bunny, her acting career spans over thirty film roles and numerous television appearances.


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James Cotton

July 1st 1935, Born on this day, American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter James Cotton. He worked in Howlin' Wolf's band in the early 1950s. In 1955, he was recruited by Muddy Waters to come to Chicago and join his band. In 2006, Cotton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He died from pneumonia aged 81 on 16 March 2017.

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Delaney Bramlett

July 1st 1939, Born on this day, Delaney Bramlett, Delaney & Bonnie, (1971 US No.13 single 'Never Ending Song Of Love', worked with Eric Clapton during the early 70's). Died on 27th Dec 2008.


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