Born on this day:
1937, Merle Haggard, US country singer
1942, Christopher Franke, keyboards, Tangerine Dream
1944, John Stax, The Pretty Things
1965, Frank Black, Pixies
1966, the first session for what would become The Beatles’ Revolver album started with the recording of “Tomorrow Never Knows” at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London.
1968, it was announced that Pink Floyd founder member Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett suffered from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.
1974, the California Jam 1 festival took place in Ontario, California, featuring the Eagles, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Earth Wind & Fire, ELP, Black Oak Arkansas and Seals & Croft. Over 200,000 attended.
1998 Wendy O. Williams former singer of The Plasmatics, died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Williams was known for her wild stage theatrics which included blowing up equipment, near nudity and chain-sawing guitars.
1998, the “first lady of country music” Tammy Wynette, who scored 12 hit singles, sold over 30 million records worldwide, married five times and once filed for bankruptcy, died aged 55.