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1968 The posthumously released Otis Redding single '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay' started a five week run at No.1 on the US chart, (a No.3 hit the UK). Otis was killed in a plane crash on 10th December 1967 three days after recording the song. 'Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay', became the first posthumous No.1 single in US chart history and sold over four million copies worldwide.

1970 Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24. She had collapsed onstage on October 14, 1967 into Marvin Gaye's arms during a concert in Hampton, Virginia. Initially Terrell recorded solo, but from 1967 onwards she recorded a series of duets with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 US No.5 'Your Precious Love' and the 1968, ‘Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing’. Marvin Gaye reacted to her death by taking a four year hiatus from concert performance and went into self-isolation.

2015 Andy Fraser songwriter and bass guitarist with Free died of a heart attack caused by Atherosclerosis in California aged 62. The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15 and went on to write most of the material with lead singer Paul Rodgers, including Free's 1970 hit 'All Right Now', 'My Brother Jake' and 'The Stealer'. Fraser also penned 'Every Kinda People', a hit for Robert Palmer as well as songs for Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart and Paul Young.


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2005 Jakson Spires, drummer and founding member of Blackfoot, died at the age of 53 after suffering a brain aneurysm. The band reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August, 1979 with "Highway Song".


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1948 Michael Bruce of the Alice Cooper band is born in Arizona.

1954 Nancy Wilson of Heart is born in San Francisco, California, to a family that includes older sister (and future bandmate) Ann.

2008 Daniel MacMaster (lead singer of Bonham) dies of a staph infection at age 39.


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2017 Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter James Cotton died from pneumonia aged 81. Cotton worked in Howlin' Wolf's band in the early 1950s. In 1955, he was recruited by Muddy Waters to come to Chicago and join his band. In 2006, Cotton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.


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1991, Seven members of Country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager were among 10 people who were killed when their private jet crashed in California just north of the Mexican border. McEntire, who had given a private concert in San Diego for IBM employees the night before, was not on the plane.


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2015 57-year-old Bruce Crump, founding member and original drummer for southern rockers Molly Hatchet, died after a battle with throat cancer.

2019 Dick Dale, known as The King of the Surf Guitar, passed away at the age of 81. Appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and in the Beach Party movies in the early '60s brought him to national prominence, and he is often credited with recording the first Rock / Surf record, "Let's Go Trippin'", which topped out at #60 on the Billboard chart in 1961.

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A few albums that was released....


1973 ● T. Rex —— Tanx ► Glam Rock

1978 ● REO Speedwagon —— You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish ► Arena Rock

1981 ● The Who —— Face Dances ► British Rock

1999 ● Jeff Beck —— Who Else! ► Instrumental Rock


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1941 American guitarist, singer and songwriter Paul Kantner from Jefferson Airplane. He was known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, the leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its more commercial spin-off band Jefferson Starship. With Jefferson Airplane, Kantner was among the performers at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1966 and the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Kantner died in San Francisco at the age of 74 on Jan 28, 2016 due to multiple organ failure and septic shock after he suffered a heart attack days earlier.

1944 American singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonicist, and autoharpist, John Sebastian who is best known as a founder of The Lovin' Spoonful. They had the 1966 UK No.2 single 'Daydream', and 1966 US No.1 single 'Summer in The City' and Sebastian scored the solo 1976 US No.1 single 'Welcome Back'. In August 1969, Sebastian made a memorable, albeit unscheduled appearance at Woodstock. He was not on the performance bill and traveled to the festival as a spectator, but he was asked to appear when the organisers suddenly needed an acoustic performer after a rain break.


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1951 Scott Gorham (of Thin Lizzy, Supertramp) is born in Glendale, California.

1958 "Tequila" by The Champs hits #1 in America, becoming one of the most popular saxophone instrumentals of all time.

1990 Ric Grech, bass player in Traffic and Blind Faith, dies of a brain hemorrhage at age 43.

2010 Big Star lead singer Alex Chilton dies of a heart attack at age 59. Three days later, the group's scheduled performance at SXSW is turned into a tribute to Chilton.


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1966 The Who's drummer Keith Moon marries his pregnant girlfriend, Kim Kerrigan at the Brent Registry Office in Wembley, England. After enduring a tumultuous marriage, Kim would leave Keith in 1973, taking their daughter Mandy with her. They were divorced in 1975 and she would wed keyboard player Ian McLagan of The Small Faces in October, 1978, one month after Moon's death.

1973 "I'm Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band" by The Moody Blues peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. In their native UK, the song did not do nearly as well, only climbing to #36. It was also the final single released by the band prior to their five-year hiatus, which was agreed upon so each of the band members could pursue solo careers. Their next single, "Steppin' in a Slide Zone", would not be issued until 1978, when it peaked at a disappointing #39 in America.


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