June 13, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-07-03

JULY 3rd

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

Velvet Revolver’s “Libertad” album arrives.  The album debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200, selling 92,000 copies in its first week. 2007

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“To The 5 Boroughs” is the Beastie Boys third consecutive album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200.  2004

MORE TODAY IN ROCK… 

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

Matty Mullins, singer for Memphis May Fire, is born in Spokane, WA.  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

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

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

“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