1940: John Cale (The Velvet Underground)
1944: Ralph McTell
1946: Vic Malcolm (Geordie)
1948: John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne
1949: Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship)
1952: Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet)
1965: The Who released their debut album, ‘My Generation’.
1965: The Beatles released their ‘Rubber Soul’ album. It went to the top of the charts around the world, staying at No. 1 in UK for 8 weeks.
1965: The Beatles set out on what would be their last ever UK tour at Glasgow’s Odeon Cinema.
1969: The Rolling Stones recorded “Brown Sugar” at Muscle Shoals studios.
1972: Death of bassist, Bill Johnson, originator of the slap bass style [aged 98].
1976: An escaped giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London, having been photographed for Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ album cover.
1980: Kiss played a concert at Western Springs, Auckland. It was the last time that Ace Frehley would perform with the group for many years.
1981: Rose Bayonet performed their first gig with new singer, Geoff Dunn! It was the first of three consecutive nights at The Terminus Tavern, in Wellington.
1985: George Thorogood & The Destroyers played a concert at Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland — I was there!
1986: Judas Priest were sued by two families, alleging that the band’s music was responsible for their sons shooting themselves. The case was eventually dismissed.
2001: Death of session guitarist, Grady Martin [aged 72].
2014: Death of keyboard player, Ian McLagan of The Faces [aged 69].
2015: Death of singer, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots & Velvet Revolver [aged 48].
2016: Death of saxophonist / trumpeter, Herb Hardesty [aged 91].