Classic Rock Almanac July 16, 2016


2012-Deep Purple keyboardist and co-founder Jon Lord dies from a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic where he was being treated for pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

2008-The Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood checks back into rehab for alcohol abuse.

1996-Styx drummer John Panozzo dies from alcohol-related gastrointestinal hemorrhaging at age 47.

1992-Fleetwood Mac‘s “Don’t Stop” is played as Arkansas governor Bill Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for president.

1981-Jefferson Starship gets a gold record for Modern Times. Grace Slick is not a major contributor to the album, which was nearly finished when she rejoined the group.

1971-Guitarist Robin Trower leaves Procol Harum for a successful solo career with a strong Jimi Hendrix flavor. The group replaces him with Dave Ball.

1966-Eric ClaptonJack Bruce and Ginger Baker form Cream.

1964-The Rolling Stones score their first number-one single in the UK: “It’s All Over Now.”


Stewart Copeland – 64 years old
Solo/Police/Oysterhead/ex-Animal Logic/ex-Curved Air drummer-composer. Born in 1942.

Desmond Dekker (Dacres) – Died in 2006
The first Jamaican artist ever to chart in the U.S., the onetime welding-shop co-worker of future reggae legend Bob Marley hit the Top 10 with “Israelites” in the summer of ’69. He died of a heart attack at home in England May 24th, 2006 at 63.  Born in 1942.


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