2011 - Clarence Clemons, saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, dies at age 69 after suffering a stroke. He is replaced in the band by his nephew, Jake Clemons.
2011 - Leslie West of Mountain has his right leg amputated below the knee at a Biloxi, Mississippi, hospital the day after performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in the city. West later says, "when I play 'Mississippi Queen' now, I think about Jesus Christ."
2006 - Paul McCartney turns 64. He's older, but doesn't seem to be losing his hair. McCartney started writing "When I'm 64" when he was 15.
2002 - Billy Joel checks into an alcohol rehabilitation center in Connecticut for a ten-day stay.
1987 - Bruce Springsteen separates from his wife, actress Julianne Phillips.
1978 - Grace Slick takes the stage with Jefferson Starship at the Lorelei Festival in Hamburg, Germany, in a state of drunkenness. After she taunts the crowd with comments about Nazis and World War II, the crowd riots, destroying much of their equipment. Slick does not return to the band until 1983.
1977 - Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" goes to #1 on the Hot 100, the group's only song to top that chart.
1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its debut performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in California.
1948 - Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record, the 33 1/3, in New York City.
1963 - Darren "Dizzy" Reed (keyboardist of Guns N' Roses) is born in Hinsdale, Illinois.
1942 - Paul McCartney is born James Paul McCartney in Allerton, Liverpool, England