1897: Blind Lemon Jefferson
1915: Willie Dixon
1935: James Cotton
1939: Delaney Bramlett.
1967: The Groove win Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds. The Master’s Apprentices are runners up.
1927: Lee Allen (legendary New Orleans sax player and member of The Blasters)
1969: Brian Jones ‘drowned’, aged 27.
1959: Elvis Presley recorded ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ in New York City.
1969: Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1893: Mississippi John Hurt
1940: Fontella Bass
1971: Jim Morrison died at 27.
1971: An OZ Obscenity Fund Benefit concert, featuring Traffic and Alexis Korner is held at the Polytechnic of Central London
1900 – July 6, 1971 Louis Armstrong.
1910 William Thomas ‘Champion Jack’ Dupree
1943 1970: Al Wilson (Canned Heat).
1969 The Plastic Ono Band release ‘Give Peace a Chance’
1976: The Ramones debut UK gig at the Roundhouse
1913: Overton ‘Smiley Lewis’ Lemons
1940: Arthur Blythe
1944: Robbie Robertson.
1969: The Rolling Stones plus supports (including King Crimson) give a free concert in Hyde Park in memory of Brian Jones. Mick Taylor performs publicly with them for the first time.
1925-1981: Bill Haley
1957: John Lennon, aged 17, meets Paul McCartney for the first time at Woolton Parish Hall
1964: The Beatles release their first movie, A Hard Day’s Night.
1971: Louis Armstrong dies of heart attack.
1979: Van McCoy dies.
1913: Joe Willie ‘Pinetop’ Perkins
1932: Joe Zawinul
1944: Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey)
1965: The Gala Night Of Stars at the Sydney Stadium, starring Bobby and Laurie, Johnny O’Keefe, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, The Bee Gees, Max Merritt, The Easybeats and more.
1967: The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ is released in Britain. 1969: John and Yoko Lennon unveil the Plastic Ono Band on stage in London.
1985: Live Aid held. Organised by Bob Geldof to aid famine relief in Ethiopia.
1908: Louis Jordan
1914: Billy Eckstine
1972: Spectrum/Murtceps perform at the TF Much Ballroom, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
1973 The La De Das equipment truck is wrecked in a head-on collision on the Hume Highway on the way to a gig supporting Lindisfarne. Bassist Ronnie Peel and roadie John Brewster are hospitalised and most of the group’s equipment is destroyed.
1929: Lee Hazelwood. (d. 2013)
1959: Marc Almond
1947: Arlo ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ Guthrie.
1941: Jelly Roll Morton dies.
1965: ‘Satisfaction’ becomes the Rolling Stones’ first Number One US single.
1966: The Easybeats leave Australia for the UK and record ‘Friday On My Mind’.
1968: Cream disbands.
1976: Canned Heat play Monash University
1915: Gough Whitlam (d. 2015)
1959: Suzanne Vega.
1959: Joan Baez makes her first recording.
1985: The Rolling Stones perform their first concerts for eight years.
1940: Christine McVie.
1962: ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’, by Ray Charles reaches number one in the UK charts.
1969: Bob Dylan releases ‘Lay Lady Lay’.
1975: The US top-selling album was Elton John’s Captain Fantastic, the first album to enter the Billboard charts at Number One.
1979: Minnie Riperton dead at 31.
1931: Long John Hunter
1942: Roger McGuinn, co-founder of the Byrds.
1969: Mick Jagger begins work on his first film, Ned Kelly , in Australia – minus Marianne Faithfull, hospitalised after a drug overdose.
1912-1967: (Woodrow Wilson) Woody Guthrie
1969: The Fifth Dimension’s ‘The Age of Aquarius’, from the musical Hair, goes gold.
1923: Philly Joe Jones
1946: Linda Ronstadt.
1941: Desmond Dekker.
1966: Clapton, Bruce and Baker form Cream
1969: The Beatles’ ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ goes gold.
1973: Bob Dylan’s soundtrack to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid released, including ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’.
1981: Harry Chapin dies in car crash, aged 38
1940: Margie Evans
1941: Spencer Davis.
1959: Billie Holiday dies from a heroin overdose.
1967: Legendary US jazz saxophonist John Coltrane dies of a heart attack
1968: ‘Yellow Submarine’ premieres in London.
1929: ‘Screamin’’ Jay Hawkins.
1939: Dion (di Mucci). Martha Reeves, Brian Auger.
1947: Bernie Leadon, ex Flying Burrito Bros and Eagles.
1949: Brian May, ex-Queen guitarist.
1975: William “Lefty” Frizzell dies of a stroke.
1987: The final episode of Countdown after 13 years on the ABC.
1947: Carlos Santana.
1965: Bob Dylan releases ‘Like a Rolling Stone’.
1969: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon.
1949: Cat Stevens (Yusef Islam) (Why do I have to share a birthdate with Cat Stevens?)
1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Do You Believe In Magic?’ is released.
1990: On this day Elton John equalled Elvis Presley’s record of having US Top 40 hits for 21 consecutive years.
1969: Led Zeppelin debut LP goes gold.
1977: Elvis Costello releases his first LP My Aim is True.
1979: Little Richard quits rock ’n’ roll for religion (again).
1980: Keith Godchaux (Grateful Dead) dies in a car crash
1982 Sonny Stitt dies of cancer at the age of 48
1944: Andy McKay (Roxy Music)
1945: David Essex.
1955: Slash (Guns ‘N Roses).
1983: Tex Morton, dies aged 67.
1953: Jon Faddis
1964: The Rolling Stones’ concert at the Ballroom, Blackpool, causes what is said to be the first riot of their long, illustrious riot-filled career.
1980: Peter Sellers dies, aged 54.
1942: Bruce (Seekers) Woodley.
1965: Bob Dylan performs electric music for the first time. He is booed off stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
1966: Brian Jones performs his last American concert with the Stones in San Francisco.
1968: First album released from Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin.
1969: Neil Young joins CSN for the first time in a concert at the Fillmore East.
1984: Willie Mae Thornton dies of a heart attack at the age of 57
1928: Stanley Kubrick (d.1999)
1943: Mick Jagger
1944: Bobby Gentry (‘Ode to Billy Jo’)
1944-1981: Mike Bloomfield.
1967: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are released from prison after a hearing before the Lord Chief Justice.
1970: The Australian premiere of Ned Kelly is held in the Victorian country town of Glenrowan.
1916: Charlie Christian
1965: The Beatles’ second film, Help, premieres in London before the Queen.
1974: Mama Cass Elliot dies aged 30.
1936: George ‘Buddy’ Guy
1970: The Rolling Stones publicly lose their erstwhile manager Allan Klein.
1983: The Beat split up.
1907: Roy Milton
1918: Hank Jones
1923: Ahmet Ertegun (Founder of Atlantic Records, chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation).
1948: Russell ‘The Real Thing’ Morris.
1967: Jim Reeves dies in an air crash, aged 44.
1967: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards successfully appeal their drug convictions.
1968: The Beatles record Hey Jude at the Abbey Rd Studios in London. 1969: The US No.1 LP is from Blood Sweat and Tears. The UK No 1 single is “Honky Tonk Woman” from the Rolling Stones. That’s better!
1987: Teddy Wilson dies