Classic Rock Almanac July 4, 2016


2005-Elton John plays an AIDS-awareness benefit in Philadelphia, on the same stage Live 8 used.

2000-Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones checks himself into rehab in London.

1984-The Beach Boys perform on the Fourth of July in Washington, D-C. A year after being banned by Interior Secretary James Watt for “attracting a bad element,” they return to play the Capital Mall after President Reagan said he was a fan. Ringo Starr sits in with the band, which will play the Mall again next year. (The year before, after Secretary Watt exiled them from D-C, they played Atlantic City. It was the final Independence Day show for the original lineup —Brian, Mike, Carl, Al and Dennis.)

1982-Ozzy Osbourne marries his manager, Sharon Arden, the daughter of English rock impresario Don Arden.

1976-The Ramones headline their first U-K show at London’s Roundhouse, and help launch Britain’s punk movement. The Flamin’ Groovies and The Stranglers are also on the bill.

1973-One day after he announces “this is the last gig we’ll ever do” from the stage of the Hammersmith Odeon, David Bowie throws an impromptu “retirement” party at the Cafe Royal on Regent Street in London. It’s attended by the cream of the city’s celebrities, who received frantic last-minute phone invitations.

1971-George Harrison starts recording the single “Bangla Desh.” The sessions will end the following day.

1966-The Beatles are booed at the airport in Manila, the Philippines after failing to show for a private appearance before President Marcos, his wife and 300 Filipino children. The group claims not to know about the engagement.

1964-The Beach Boys land their first chart-topper as “I Get Around” reaches number-one in Billboard.


Kirk Pengilly – 58 years old
Ex-INXS guitarist-saxophonist.  Born in 1958.

Jeremy Spencer – 68 years old
The co-founder of Fleetwood Mac played slide guitar on such songs as “Black Magic Woman” and “Albatross” but left the group suddenly in 1971 to join a religious cult. He returned to music as a solo artist and is still active today.  Born in 1948.

Bill Withers – 78 years old
The West Virginia native sang “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Use Me” and the chart-topping “Lean on Me” in the early ’70s. In 1981, he teamed with jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Junior for the Top 5 hit “Just the Two of Us.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.  Born in 1938.



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