2002 – Jazz singer Marion Montgomery dies at her home in Bray, England, after a long battle with cancer. She is 67.
1999 – In an unfortunate case of history repeating, East Village art-rockers Jon Spencer Blues Explosion finds that its equipment has been stolen. The theft, which occurs in Vancouver, echoes that of N.Y. avant-garde rockers Sonic Youth, who had a van full of their vintage and customized gear stolen from outside their hotel room in Orange County, Calif. over the July 4 weekend.
1998 – Raimundo Amador, Spain’s premier exponent of gypsy flamenco-blues, records a live album alongside his idol, B.B. King, in front of a capacity audience of 20,000 at Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring. The Universal Music Hispania album, to be released in September of that year with 15 tracks, is called “Noche De Flamenco Y Blues.”
1996 – Singer Tamara Danz dies at the age of 43.
1996 – Keyboardist Robert Collins dies at the age of 33.
1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sledgehammer,” Peter Gabriel. The song is the first single from Gabriel’s album “So.”
1977 – Singer Tony Orlando announces his departure from Dawn during a concert in Cohasset, Mass.
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Annie’s Song,” John Denver. Denver wrote the song in 10 minutes on a ski lift in Switzerland.
1968 – The Byrds’ “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” album is released.
1947 – Drummer Don Henley of the Eagles is born in Gilmer, Texas. The group has five No. 1 hits. Henley’s biggest solo hits are the top five “Dirty Laundry” and “The Boys of Summer.” He wins Grammys for Best Male Rock Performance in 1985 and 1989.
1944 – Richard Davies of Supertramp is born. The group’s biggest selling album is “Breakfast in America” in 1979. It sells more than 1 million copies and tops Billboard’s pop album chart for six weeks.