Rock n Roll in History

Rock n Roll: Rock Bands - Rockers

Events in Music

  • 1952-03-21 Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever
  • 1954-09-06 WINS NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show
  • 1957-05-04 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show
  • 1957-05-27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format.

Music concertMusic Concert

1957-07-06 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957-10-21 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1958-12-25 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens

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1960-02-20 Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1963-02-16 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
  • 1963-06-09 Barbara Romack wins LPGA Rock City Ladies Golf Open
  • 1963-08-09 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
  • 1966-08-14 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert is held, featuring Beatles
  • 1966-12-23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
  • 1967-03-18 Oil tanker Torrey Canyon hits a rock off Cornwall & spills oil
  • 1967-12-20 Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull
  • 1968-02-18 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd
  • 1968-03-08 New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
  • 1968-03-15 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
  • 1969-05-23 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • 1969-06-04 Nicky Hopkins quits rock & rolls, Jeff Beck Group
  • 1969-07-02 Leslie West & Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

1969-08-16 Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY

  • 1969-08-30 25,000 attend 2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival, Tenino Wash
  • 1969-12-06 300,000 attend Altamont California, rock concert feature Rolling Stones
  • 1970-07-17 30,000 attend Randall's Island Rock Festival, NYC
  • 1970-07-30 30,000 attend Powder Ridge Rock Festival, Middlefield Ct
  • 1971-06-21 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert, McCrea Louisiana
  • 1972-04-01 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • 1972-07-18 200,000 attend Mt Pocono rock festival in Penns
  • 1973-02-02 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1974-04-06 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" in Ontario
  • 1974-06-08 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes"
  • 1974-08-05 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways
  • 1975-10-27 Covers of both Time & Newsweek picture rock singer Bruce Springsteen

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1976-09-25 Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which would eventually become U2

Rocker Bono

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1976-10-15 Ringo Starr releases "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1977-01-06 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols
  • 1977-06-30 Marvel Comics publish "Kiss book" tributing rock group Kiss
  • 1978-03-18 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario, Calif
  • 1978-06-28 UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as ambassadors of goodwill
  • 1978-07-25 John Lydon forms rock group Public Ltd Image
  • 1978-07-29 600,000 attend "Summer Jam" rock festival, Watkins Glen, NY
  • 1979-02-09 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
  • 1979-05-29 Radio's 1st rock network "Source" premieres
  • 1979-06-22 Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit
  • 1979-12-31 Winterland Rock Concert Hall in SF closes after 556 concerts
  • 1980-03-08 The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union.
  • 1980-03-26 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
  • 1980-05-16 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
  • 1982-01-04 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • 1982-03-20 Joan Jett & Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 wks
  • 1984-08-30 Sotheby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla
  • 1985-07-25 Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirmed he had AIDS
  • 1985-08-05 Establishment of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is announced
  • 1986-01-23 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)
  • 1987-08-14 "Les Miserables" opens at Rock Theatre, Szeged, Hungary
  • 1987-09-14 'Les Miserables' opens at Rock Theatre, Vigzinhaz Budapest
  • 1988-09-16 Fish leaves rock group Marillion
  • 1989-05-31 1st International Rock Awards
  • 1989-05-31 1st presentation of rock 'n' roll Elvis awards
  • 1990-01-17 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin
  • 1990-01-17 Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters & The Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1990-02-25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • 1990-06-06 2nd International Rock Awards
  • 1991-12-10 IM Pei receives $5 million for design of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1992-06-28 2 earthquakes, including 3rd strongest in US (7.4) rock California
  • 1993-04-05 Construction begins on Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1993-06-07 Cleveland breaks ground for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1993-12-12 WAQX 104.3 (Q-104) rock format replaces WNCN classic format in NYC
  • 1994-07-28 Last steel beam is placed on Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1997-05-06 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

2001-01-08 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 2002-05-22 The remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
  • 2010-11-13 Australian rock band Powderfinger, perform their last concert at the Brisbane River Stage
  • 2013-03-22 American rock band My Chemical Romance annouce their break-up

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2013-12-17 Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, and Nirvana are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens
  • 2014-04-11 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens
  • 2015-02-05 70s British rock star Gary Glitter is convicted of sexual child abuse charges in London
  • 2016-12-03 US army decides it will not allow an oil pipeline to be built in North Dakota, after months of protests by The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,068

  • 1904-09-23 Wallace "Scotty" Scott, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • 1909-06-26 "Col Tom" Parker, [Dries Van Kruijk], Neth, rock mgr (Elvis Presley)
  • 1920-02-13 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1922-02-17 Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist (It's All in the Game)
  • 1924-07-26 Louis Bellson, Rock Falls Ill, orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show)
  • 1924-09-20 Gogi Grant, [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], singer (The Wayward Wind), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1924-10-25 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (Wrecking Crew), born in New Orleans (d. 2008)
  • 1925-07-06 Bill Haley, rock vocalist (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1925-08-07 Felice Bryant, rock writer (Bye Bye Love), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1925-08-15 Billy Pinkney, Sumter NC, rock bassist/vocalist (Drifters)
  • 1926-10-14 Bill Justis, rock and roll musician (Raunchy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • 1928-01-31 Chuck Willis, rock vocalist (C C Rider)
  • 1928-04-29 Carl Gardner, Tyler Tx, rock vocalist (Coasters-Searchin)
  • 1928-12-30 Bo Diddley, [Ellas Bates], Miss, rock `n' roll pioneer (Bo Diddley)
  • 1929-02-04 Paul Burlison, rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1929-05-02 Link Wray, American rock guitarist (d. 2005)
  • 1929-07-27 Harvey Fuqua, rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely)
  • 1931-01-08 Bill Graham, German American rock promoter (Fillmore), born in Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1931-03-14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
  • 1931-09-26 George Chambers, MS, rock bassist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)
  • 1931-12-18 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager
  • 1932-07-01 Bobby Day, [Robert Byrd], rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1932-09-21 Don Preston, rock musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1932-11-15 Petula Clark, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Downtown, My Love)
  • 1933-01-20 Ron Townson, rock vocalist (5th Dimension-Up Up & Away), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1933-07-20 Buddy Knox, American rock vocalist (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), born in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1933-08-15 Bobby Helms, rock vocalist (Jingle Bell Rock)
  • 1933-09-01 Marshall Lytle, Old Fort, North Carolina, Hall of Fame rock bassist (Comets), (d. 2013)
  • 1933-12-15 Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy)
  • 1934-03-31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1934-04-17 Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)
  • 1934-09-19 Brian Epstein, rock manager (Beatles)
  • 1934-12-30 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1935-01-06 Nino Tempo, rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York

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1935-01-08 Elvis Presley, American singer and King of Rock and Roll (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog), born in Tupelo Mississippi (d. 1977)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1935-02-03 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, rock guitarist
  • 1935-02-11 Gene Vincent, Norfolk Va, rock guitarist/vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula)
  • 1935-04-05 Peter Grant, rock band manager
  • 1935-06-19 Tommy Devito, rock vocalist (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1935-10-12 Sam Moore, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave-Soul Sister), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1935-12-26 Abdul "Duke" Fakir, rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1936-04-23 Roy Orbison, rock musician (Pretty Woman), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1936-04-29 April Stevens, rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936-06-20 Billy Guy, Attasca Tx, rock baritone (Coasters-Young Blood)
  • 1936-12-17 Tommy Steele [Thomas Hicks], English pop singer, 1st British Rock and Roll star, born in London
  • 1937-01-16 Bob Bogle, Portland, rock bassist/guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme)
  • 1937-02-10 Don Wilson, rock guitarist (Ventures-Walk Don't Run, Batman Theme)
  • 1937-05-09 Dave Prater, Ocilla Ga, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave)
  • 1938-04-03 Jeff Barry, American rock writer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938-04-29 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938-08-24 David Freiberg, rock bassist (Quicksilver Messenger), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1938-10-03 Eddie Cochran, rock vocalist/guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1938-11-11 Roger Laver, [Jackson], rock keyboardist (Tornados)
  • 1938-12-05 John J Cale, rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1938-12-18 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, born in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1938-12-28 Charles Neville, US rock vocalist/saxophonist (Neville Brothers)
  • 1939-01-23 Ray Elliott, Irish rock pianist/saxophonist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1939-02-11 Gerry Goffin, American rock lyricist (married Carole King), born in Queens NY, (d. 2014)
  • 1939-02-21 Ron Nagle, rock producer (Riding with the King)
  • 1939-03-06 Jerry Naylor, Stephenville Tx, rock vocalist (Crickets)
  • 1939-04-18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1939-04-27 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1939-05-07 Johnny Maestro, NY rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge)
  • 1939-05-27 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine Montreal Montreal)
  • 1939-06-02 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)
  • 1939-06-22 Bobby Harrison, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • 1939-07-06 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1939-07-28 Clem Cattini, rock drummer (Tornados London)
  • 1939-07-31 John R West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • 1939-08-04 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • 1939-08-17 Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)
  • 1939-08-28 Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (the Tornados), born in London
  • 1939-08-31 Jerry Allison, Hillsboro Tx, rock drummer (Buddy Holly & Crickets)
  • 1939-09-02 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1939-09-17 Lamonte McLemore, rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1939-10-20 Jay Siegel, Bkln, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • 1939-10-22 Ray Jones, rock bassist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1939-10-30 Grace Slick, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939-11-24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1939-12-08 Jerry Butler, Sunflower Miss, rock vocalist (Never Give You Up)
  • 1939-12-11 David Gates, rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1939-12-15 Cindy Birdsong, rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1940-02-02 Alan "Tea" Caddy, rock guitarist (Tornados-Globetrotter)
  • 1940-02-09 Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • 1940-02-10 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-03-15 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-03-29 Raymond Davis, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep)
  • 1940-05-08 Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
  • 1940-06-08 Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in New York City (d. 1977)
  • 1940-07-16 Tony Jackson, rock bassist/vocalist (Searchers), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1940-07-23 Gary Stites, rock vocalist (Lonely For You)
  • 1940-08-24 Tony Secunda, rock band manager
  • 1940-09-02 Jimmy Clanton, Baton Rogue, La, rock vocalist (Just a Dream)
  • 1940-09-09 Joe Negroni, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in New York City (d. 1978)
  • 1940-09-11 Bernie Dwyer, rock drummer (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 1940-09-24 Barbara Allbut, rock vocalist (Angels), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1940-10-07 Dino Valenti, rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service)

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1940-10-14 Cliff Richard [Harry Webb], English rock vocalist (Suddenly), born in Lucknow, India

  • 1940-10-23 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • 1940-12-20 Larry Willis, rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Weddings in Music

  • 1946-12-11 "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock and roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe
  • 1952-11-18 "Rock Around The Clock" rock and roll pioneer Bill Haley (27) weds Barbara Cupchak

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-05-01 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1967-06-23 John Entwistle of rock group Who weds Alison Wise
  • 1982-07-29 Andy Taylor of rock group Duran Duran weds Tracie Wilson

HeartWedding of Interest

1988-10-03 "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (20) weds musician Danny Keough (23) at the Church of Scientology

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-09-04 Tennis star Bjorn Borg (33) weds rock singer Loredana Berte (39) in a civil wedding

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1996-05-27 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1997-06-17 Pop rock band singer Kevin Jonas (24) weds Danielle Deleasa (25) at Oheka Castle
  • 2002-06-08 Teen rock star Taylor Hanson (19) weds Natalie Bryant (18) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
  • 2002-08-10 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) weds "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-03-25 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Actress Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler
  • 2005-09-10 "The Yardbirds" rock guitarist Jeff Beck (61) weds Sandra Cash in Tunbridge Wells, England
  • 2006-01-22 Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan
  • 2006-07-29 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (39) weds singer Kid Rock (35) at Thunder Gulch yacht in Saint-Tropez, France
  • 2008-05-17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) in Encino, California
  • 2009-09-12 Platinum-selling rock band "3 Doors Down" lead singer Brad Arnold weds horseback rider Jennifer Sanderford in Escatawpa, Mississippi
  • 2011-08-27 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2002-11-25 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) divorces "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 months of marriage

Actor Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • 2006-11-27 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (39) divorces singer Kid Rock (36) due to irreconcilable differences only 4 months after getting married
  • 2010-12-08 "Heart" rock singer Nancy Wilson (56) divorces "Almost Famous" and "Elizabethtown" director Cameron Crowe (53) due to irreconcilable differences after 24 years of marriage
  • 2011-02-08 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half years of marriage
  • 2011-11-22 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (33) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage

Deaths in Music

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Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959-02-03 Buddy Holly, rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • 1959-02-03 Richie Valens, rock vocalist (Donna), killed in plane crash at 17
  • 1966-07-18 Bobby Fuller, American rock singer and guitarist (I Fought the Law), found dead at 23
  • 1967-08-27 Brian Epstein, rock manager (Beatles), dies of drug overdose at 32
  • 1968-02-27 Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose

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1970-09-18 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

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1971-07-03 Jim Morrison, rock singer (Doors), dies of heart failure at 27

Rocker Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison
  • 1971-10-29 Duane Allman, rock guitarist, dies in a motorcycle accident at 24
  • 1972-04-27 Phil King, rock (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • 1972-11-11 Berry Oakley, US rock bassist (Allman Bro), dies in car crash at 24
  • 1975-04-24 Pete Ham, rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide by hanging himself at 27
  • 1975-10-01 Al Jackson, rock drummer (Booker T & The MG's), dies at 39
  • 1976-03-19 Paul Kossoff, rock guitarist (Free), dies of heart failure at 25
  • 1976-05-14 Keith Relf, rock vocalist (Yardbirds), electrocuted at 33
  • 1976-12-04 Tommy Bolin, rock guitarist (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose
  • 1977-02-26 Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1977-06-26 Lou Reizner, rock vocalist/producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies at 43
  • 1977-09-16 Marc Bolan, rock vocalist/guitarist (T Rex), dies in a car crash at 29
  • 1977-10-20 Steve Gaines, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in air crash at 28
  • 1978-01-23 Terry Kath, rock guitarist (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • 1978-09-05 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978-09-07 Keith Moon, rock drummer (Who), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon
  • 1978-12-27 Chris Bell, rock guitarist (Big Star), dies at 27 in car crash
  • 1979-08-19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • 1980-02-19 Bon Scott, Aust rock vocalist (AC/DC), dies at 33
  • 1980-05-18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • 1983-02-04 Karen Carpenter, rock drummer (Carpenters), dies of anorexia at 32

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1983-04-14 Pete Farndon, rock bassist (Pretenders), dies

Musician Pete Farndon
Pete Farndon
  • 1984-07-21 Michael Osborne, rock guitarist/vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1985-10-12 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • 1985-12-23 James Vance (20) and Raymond Belknap (18) attempt suicide (Belknap dies). Their families later sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages in song "Better By You, Better Than Me".
  • 1986-01-04 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36
  • 1986-03-04 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock vocalist and pianist (The Band), commits suicide at 42
  • 1986-09-27 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • 1987-11-22 Ted Taylor, rock vocalist, dies
  • 1990-02-08 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • 1990-05-22 Rocky Graziano, boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure
  • 1990-07-18 Gerry Boulet, Quebec rock singer (b. 1946)
  • 1990-07-26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1991-10-25 Bill Graham, rock concert promoter (Filmore, Dylan), dies at 60
  • 1991-12-19 Joe Cole, American rock music roadie (b. 1961)
  • 1992-04-25 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese rock artist, dies at 26 of pulmonary edema
  • 1993-06-28 GG Allin, American punk rock singer (b. 1956)
  • 1993-08-05 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys), dies of heart failure at 45
  • 1994-01-15 Harry Nilsson, rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies at 52
  • 1994-03-28 Albert Goldman, US rock biographer (Lives of John Lennon, Elvis), dies at 66
  • 1994-06-04 Derek Lek Leckenby, rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies at 48
  • 1994-08-28 Pieter de Cort, Belgian rock guitarist (Betty Goes Green), dies at 25
  • 1994-09-06 Nicky Hopkins, rock pianist (Rolling Stones), dies at 50
  • 1995-02-12 Tony Secunda, rock band manager, dies at 54
  • 1995-02-18 Denny Cordel, rock music producer-Laverack, dies at 51
  • 1995-06-14 Rory Gallagher, Irish rock guitarist (See Here), dies at 47
  • 1995-08-09 Jerry Garcia, rock vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies at 53
  • 1995-09-12 Geoffrey Stokes, rock & roll writer, dies at 55
  • 1995-11-21 Peter Grant, rock band manager, dies at 60
  • 1996-07-17 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • 1996-08-20 Rio Reiser, German rock singer (Ton Steine Scherben), dies at 46
  • 1997-01-02 Randy California, [Wolfe], rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • 1997-11-20 Robert Palmer, rock critic, dies at 52
  • 1998-02-06 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1999-06-27 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), commits suicide at 57
  • 2000-03-27 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), dies at 57
  • 2000-11-30 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), drowns in a sailing accident at 45
  • 2002-01-03 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • 2003-09-27 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74

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2004-09-15 Johnny Ramone, American lead guitarist of the punk rock band The Ramones, dies of prostate cancer at 55

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone
  • 2005-08-29 Barry Cowsill, rock bassist (The Cowsills), believed drowned during Hurricane Katrina at 50
  • 2006-08-03 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (b. 1945)
  • 2006-08-04 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2006-08-22 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • 2006-09-21 Boz Burrell, English rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2006-11-24 Juice Leskinen, Finnish rock singer (b. 1950)
  • 2006-12-09 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), dies at 66
  • 2007-07-04 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician (b. 1979)
  • 2007-08-06 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo) (b. 1969)
  • 2007-08-28 Hilly Kristal, American Founder of CBGB/Punk rock legend (b. 1932)
  • 2007-10-13 Tom Dawes, American rock musician and composer who wrote music for commercial jingles ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), dies at 64
  • 2008-02-24 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60
  • 2008-05-11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer, formerly for Canadian progressive rock band Rush (b.1953)
  • 2008-09-19 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • 2009-02-04 Lux Interior, Frontman of the garage rock band The Cramps (b. 1946)
  • 2009-07-04 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2010-03-10 Mickey Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), dies at 63
  • 2010-06-28 Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager (b. 1943)
  • 2010-09-20 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (b. 1933)
  • 2011-03-18 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2011-07-12 David Carr, English rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), dies at 67
  • 2012-01-02 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • 2012-02-08 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician, dies from lung cancer at 62
  • 2012-03-12 Mike Hossack, American rock drummer, dies from cancer at 65
  • 2012-04-19 Levon Helm, American rock musician, dies from throat cancer at 71
  • 2013-05-25 Marshall Lytle, American Rock bassist, dies from lung cancer at 79
  • 2013-06-24 Alan Myers, American rock drummer (Devo), dies of cancer at 58
  • 2013-07-26 JJ Cale, American rock guitarist, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 2014-01-18 Dennis Frederiksen, American rock singer, dies from liver cancer at 62
  • 2014-07-11 Tommy Ramone [Erdélyi Tamás], Hungarian-American punk rock drummer/bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • 2014-07-30 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), dies at 71
  • 2014-08-28 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist, dies from heart failure at 67
  • 2014-12-02 Chris White, American rock bassist, dies at 78

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2014-12-22 Joe Cocker, English rock musician (With a Little Help from My Friends), dies of lung cancer at 70

Rocker Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker