Keyboardist Richard Wright of Pink Floyd would have been 72.
Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield would have been 71.
Drummer Simon Kirke of Bad Company is 66.
Guitar god Steve Morse of Deep Purple is 61.
On this day in 1973, The Grateful Dead, The Band and the Allman Brothers Band played for some 600,000 at the world's largest rock festival at Watkins Glen Raceway in upstate New York. All the mud counteracted the nudity, and in May 1974, the birth rate barely showed an increase. Trust me, this was a good thing.
On this day in 1973, Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" peaked at #4 as "Money" by Pink Floyd topped out at #13 and "Over The Hills And Far Away" by Led Zeppelin reached #51 on the singles charts. Meanwhile, Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" entered the charts on its way to #1. Doesn't it just seem like some days everything happens at once?
On this day in 1995, James Al Hendrix, the father of legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix, won back the rights to his son's name, likeness, image and music. In the two decades between Jimi's death and this decision, countless businesses made profits off of Jimi. Now, it's his family that's raking it in.
10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Heart @Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Slash/Guns 'N Roses: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Larry Miller: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm
The black wool double-breasted suit jacket (size small) that Ringo Starr wore in the 1965 Beatles movie "Help!" sold for over $46,500 at last Thursday's Boston-based RR Auction. The jacket with soft gray vertical pinstripes, six black buttons and the name "Ringo" sewn inside was part of the online Marvels of Modern Music auction. Other items sold in the auction included a Hamer guitar custom-made for Johnny Ramone going for almost $50,000; a signed Jimi Hendrix Experience album cover for almost $31,000; a signed Janis Joplin photograph for almost $19,000; and a contract signed by Jim Morrison to appear on American Bandstand for nearly $12,000.
The good news is that Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will launch a month-long solo tour September 18th featuring songs from his days with James Gang as well as his solo hits. The bad news is that he won't come within 2,000 miles of Southern California. Ah well, maybe next year.
It was Glenn Turner who said: "Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere."
It was Kurt Vonnegut who said: "Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God."
It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "You may delay, but time will not."
It was Dalai Lama who said: "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."
This Saturday, 11am - 1pm: Time for some wild family fun at the Auto Enthusiast Day presented by Nitto Tire at Angel Stadium of Anaheim! See hundreds of custom cars and trucks as well as professional Drift car racers Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Tanner Foust, win prizes and admission is FREE!