1945, Bjorn Ulvaeus, guitar, vocals, ABBA
1945, Stu Cook, bass, Creedence Clearwater Revival
1949, Michael Brown, keyboardist, songwriter, The Left Banke
1958, Fish (Derek Dick), singer, Marillion
1965, Simon Fowler, singer, guitarist, Ocean Colour Scene
1955, a United Nations commission issued a report stating there was “a definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebob and rebop.”
1970, The Jackson Five started a two-week run at # 1 on the Billboard singles chart with “ABC,” the group’s second U.S. # 1 and a #8 hit in the U.K.
1974, Pamela Courson, the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison, died of a drug overdose. It was Courson who found the Doors singer dead in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France, on July 3, 1971.
1977, Elvis Presley made his last recording during a concert at the Saginaw Civic Center, Michigan. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, Moody Blue.
1979, The Police made their debut on BBC TV’s Top of the Pops, performing “Roxanne.”
1981, Denny Laine left Wings, effectively ending Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles band.
1997, U2’s Pop Mart world tour kicked off at the Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and visited 80 cities around the planet.
2007, aides to President George Bush were told they couldn’t book a five-star hotel suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria because Mick Jagger had already booked it, splashing out £3,600 a night for the luxury suite, in advance of The Rolling Stones’ current world tour.
2007, Bobby “Boris” Pickett died at the age of 69 due to complications from leukemia. Pickett’s “Monster Mash” was a #1 hit in 1962 and re-entered the charts in 1973, when it hit #3 in the U.K. and #10 in the U.S.