Frankie Avalon (singer-actor) is 73 – Had a bevy of hits including “Venus” and “Why”
Kerry Livgren (guitarist) is 64 – Former guitarist for Kansas
James Gandolfini (actor) would have been 52 – “Tony Soprano” on The Sopranos
Joanne Catherall (singer) is 51 – Singer for Human League
Dee Dee Ramone (bassist) would have been 61 – Ramones bassist (aka Douglas Colvin) died of a drug overdose 5th June 2002 and was buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California, not far from the cenotaph of his former Ramones’ bandmate, Johnny Ramone.
In 1964…The Beatles were in a bomb scare as a phone call said there was an explosive on their flight to Dallas. It turned out to be a false alarm.
In 1967…The Beatles shot the striptease scene for The Magical Mystery Tour.
In 1970…Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit. Hendrix left the message ‘I need help bad man’, on his managers answer phone earlier that night. Rumors and conspiracy theories grew up around Hendrix’s death. Eric Burdon claimed Jimi had committed suicide, but that’s contradicted by reports that he was in a good frame of mind. In 2009, a former Animals roadie published a book claiming that Jimi’s manager had admitted to him that he arranged the murder of Hendrix, since the guitarist wanted out of his contract.
In 1971…Pink Floyd became the first rock group to play the Classical Music Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. They performed “Atom Heart Mother.”
In 1972…In London, the Rock at the Oval festival kicked off. Headliners were The Who, but the bill was filled out by Mott the Hoople and The Faces, whose Kenny Jones would years later sub for the deceased Keith Moon on drums.
In 1974…John Lennon was the guest DJ on New York’s WNEW-FM.
In 1976…At Don Kirshner’s Rock Music Awards, Fleetwood Mac won Best Group and Best Album for Fleetwood Mac. Peter Frampton was awarded Rock Personality of the Year.
In 1976…Boston released their debut single “More Than a Feeling.” It would later go to number five.
In 1980…Amsterdam’s Paradise Club was the setting for a two-day festival celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix. The 11-hundred attendees watched Hendrix films and an appearance by The Noel Redding Band, with Mitch Mitchell sitting in on drums.
In 1983…Kiss unmasked on MTV. The band appeared on the channel for the first time without their makeup.
In 1997…The Rolling Stones played Chicago’s Double Door Club as a warm-up for their Bridges to Babylon tour. The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan was in the audience, but he paid the seven-dollar admission along with the other 400 lucky attendees.
In 2000…matchbox twenty’s Adam Gaynor offered a reward after his favorite guitar was stolen from the side of the stage in Gainesville, Florida.
In 2000…Rick Springfield was arrested for alleged spousal assault after police discovered “minor injuries” on his wife.
In 2002…Blur’s Damon Albarn and Massive Attack’s 3D delivered an open letter to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair protesting war moves against Iraq.
In 2004…Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young performed at the 19th Annual Farm Aid in Auburn, Washington. Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Trick Pony and original rock ‘n’ roller Jerry Lee Lewis also performed for the farmers.
In 2004…Britney Spears and dancer Kevin Federline married in Studio City, California. It was Britney’s second marriage in a year.
In 2005…Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris and Kenny Chesney performed at the 20th edition of Farm Aid in Tinley Park, Illinois.
2006,… 73 year old country singer Willie Nelson and four members from his band were charged with drug possession after marijuana and magic mushrooms were found by police on his tour bus. Police had stopped the tour bus near Lafayette, Louisiana.
2006, Echo And The Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch was convicted of committing a breach of the peace by shouting, swearing and threatening Gary Duncan and his girlfriend Juliet Sebley backstage at Glasgow Barrowlands in Scotland. A court was told that McCulloch had lost his temper when he discovered the two fans in a toilet cubicle inside his private dressing room.
2009, Leonard Cohen collapsed on stage during a concert in Valencia in Spain and was taken to hospital. He was later discharged after doctors told him he had food poisoning. Cohen was in the middle of singing his song Bird On The Wire when he fainted, prompting the band to stop playing and rush to help him.