1936: Bobbie Smith (The Spinners)
1947: Burke Shelley (Budgie)
1947: Bunny Livingston Wailer (Bob Marley & The Wailers)
1953: Terry Roche (The Roches)
1957: Steven Gustafson (10,000 Maniacs)
1959: Brian Setzer (Stray Cats)
1960: Afrika Bambaataa
1960: Katrina Leskanich (Katrina & The Waves)
1964: Alan Wren a.k.a. Reni (The Stone Roses)
1965: Tim “Herb” Alexander (Primus)
1962: Death of bassist / vocalist, Stuart Sutcliffe of The Beatles [aged 21].
1970: Paul McCartney announced the disbandment of The Beatles.
1972: Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for the Best Music, Original Song award for the song “Shaft”.
1975: Death of Ronnie Quinton (Ritchie Blackmore’s personal roadie)
1977: Supertramp released their fifth album, ‘Even in the Quietest Moments…’.
1982: Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast” was #1 on the British album chart.
2000: Sony Music Entertainment announced plans to make its first commercial digital downloads available.
2017: Death of bassist, Banner Thomas of Molly Hatchet [aged 63].
2018: Fleetwood Mac announced that they had fired guitarist / singer / songwriter, Lindsey Buckingham and he would be replaced by Neil Finn (Crowded House / Split Enz) & Mike Campbell (The Heartbreakers).
Happy 72nd Birthday to Burke Shelley! Anyone else out there know who he is? Budgie fans unite! Burke is a hugely under-rated singer / songwriter / bassist and leader of Budgie. They have been around for decades, but never gained the popularity at the time of Zep, Sabbath, Purple, etc. Now original pressings of their records are very collectable and rare — and awesome! So many great songs — this one was made famous when Metallica covered it…