2009-In his second trial (the first, in 2007, ended in a hung jury), Phil Spector is convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra, California mansion on February 3rd, 2003.
2004-Paul McCartney: The Music and Animation Collection, which matches British illustrator Geoff Dunbar‘s work with Sir Paul’s original music and voice, is released.
1999-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers release their tenth studio album, Echo.
1994-Billy Joel and Christine Brinkley announce an “amicable separation,” which leads to divorce.
1993-The Kinks‘ 23rd and final (at least to date) studio album, Phobia, is released in the US.
1973-Roger Daltrey of The Who releases his first solo album, Daltrey, a collection of songs by Leo Sayer and David Courtney produced by Adam Faith.
1971-The Rolling Stones release “Brown Sugar” on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
1970-The Led Zeppelin single “Whole Lotta Love” goes gold in the U.S.
1965-The Beatles are named Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. They also take Best Performance by a Vocal Group for “A Hard Day’s Night.” Petula Clark‘s “Downtown” is named Best Contemporary (Rock and Roll) Recording. Rather than attend the ceremony, The Beatles are in London recording “Help.”
1962-The Beatles kick off a grueling seven-week run at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, alternating nights of three and four-hour long shows through May 31st (a total of 47 days)-with only one night off, Good Friday, April 20th. The Beatles’ opening-week co-star is ’50s American legend Gene Vincent.
Hillel Slovak – Died in 1988
The Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ original guitarist, who was born in Israel, died of a heroin overdose June 27th, 1988 at age 26. Born 1962.
Jimmy Destri – 63 years old
The Blondie keyboardist no longer tours with the group, but is still an official member. Born 1954.
Max Weinberg – 66 years old
The drummer joined Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band in time for the Born to Run album and also played on Meat Loaf‘s classic Bat Out of Hell. His Max Weinberg 7 and Max Weinberg and the Tonight Show Band served as Conan O’Brien‘s TV house bands from 1993 through 2010. Born 1951.
Jack Casady – 73 years old
Hot Tuna/Moonalice/Jefferson Starship/ex-Jefferson Airplane bassist. Born 1944.