This Day in History: 2022-07-03

JULY 3rd
“Waiting For The Sun” is out. The Doors third studio album features “Hello, I Love You” and “Unknown Soldier.” 1968

The Stray Cats’ “Built For Speed” enters the Album chart. It contains the sizzling “Rock This Town.” 1982
Velvet Revolver’s “Libertad” album arrives.  The album debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200, selling 92,000 copies in its first week. 2007
Ratt’s’ Stephen Pearcy makes his debut (though some bios say it was actually ’59). 1956
Brian Jones, ex-Rolling Stones guitarist, is found dead in his swimming pool. Death is ruled a misadventure while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. However, murder rumors circulate. 1969
The Newport Jazz Festival allows Rock acts to appear for the first, and only, time. Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck and Ten Years After perform at the Rhode Island venue. 1969
The three-day Atlanta Pop Festival (actually held in Byron) opens. The festival serves as a launching pad for Grand Funk Railroad. On a more interesting note, Jimi Hendrix plays his famous version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” prompting Georgia Governor Lester Maddox to seek legislation banning Rock festivals in the state. 1970
Break on through (to the other side). The Doors‘ vocalist Jim Morrison is found dead by longtime companion Pam Courson in the bathtub of the Paris apartment they shared. Morrison had gone to Paris to escape fame and focus on his poetry. Though the cause of death was officially listed as a heart attack there are indications that drugs (most likely heroin) led to the singer’s demise. 1971
Wrapping up a sixty-show tour at London’s Hammersmith Odeon Theater, David Bowie announces his retirement. Later, he amends that saying the ‘Ziggy Stardust’ persona has been retired, not Bowie. He’s back in action in less than a year. 1973
The surviving Doors (Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore) lead the faithful in a Paris graveside tribute to Jim Morrison. It’s the 10th anniversary of Morrison’s death. 1981
As a “thank you” for sandbagging during floods, John Mellencamp plays a free concert for 20,000 high school students in Fort Wayne, IN.  1982
Matty Mullins singer for Memphis May Fire is born.  1988
The White Stripes’ “White Blood Cells” is released. The band’s third album is their last record released independently on Sympathy for the Record Industry and contains the single “Fell In Love With A Girl.”  2001
“To The 5 Boroughs” is the Beastie Boys third consecutive album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200.  2004
Deep Purple is found guilty in a Russian court of illegally performing their songs. The group purportedly failed to apply for a license from the Russian Authors Society, which covers the rights of international artists, before playing an ’08 concert in the city of Rostov-on-Don. 2009
Queen are presented with Hard Rock International’s Ambassadors of Rock honor at the O2 Silver Clef Awards luncheon in London. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor accept the honor, which acknowledges their charitable work. 2009
Puddle Of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin pleads guilty to a felony cocaine possession charge. As a result, Scantlin avoids any jail time and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office drops two misdemeanors – under the influence of a controlled substance and driving without a license. All three charges stemmed from an arrest in L.A. six months earlier. 2012
“Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good” by Corey Taylor (Slipknot) is in bookstores. It becomes a best-seller. 2012
The Church of England decides the lyrics “It’s only rock n’ roll – but I like it” are too flippant for a tombstone. Brothers Darren and Rick Clapham wanted the words to the ’74 Rolling Stones hit “It’s Only Rock N’ Roll” to be an epitaph for their musician father Charles, who passed away and was buried at All Saints Church in Standon near Stoke-on-Trent. 2013
Machine Head settle a $1.8 lawsuit filed by their former bass player Adam Duce. The band was sued for breach fiduciary duty and interference with prospective economic advantage, while singer guitarist Robb Flynn was hit with a defamation suit. Settlement terms are not disclosed. 2014
Iron Maiden receive the O2 Silver Clef Award from Nordoff Robbins, a music therapy charity, in recognition of the band’s “outstanding contribution to U.K. music.” Iron Maiden has sold more than 90 million albums sold worldwide. 2015
Western civilization comes to a screeching halt when the theatrical production of The SpongeBob Musical debuts in Chicago. Songs by David Bowie and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry are part of the score. 2016
Producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer, Richard Swift dies in Tacoma at age 41. A solo artist, Swift was also a member of The Shins from ‘11 to ’16 and was the touring bassist for the Black Keys in ‘14. “Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know,” says the Keys’ Dan Auerbach.  2018
“Darkness Settles In” is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The Five Finger Death Punch track rules the chart for five-weeks. 2021
Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) and Country singer Blake Shelton get married at Shelton’s ranch in Oklahoma. 2021