Rockers in Music History

Rock n Roll: Rock Bands

Historical Events

  • 1946-07-22 Estelle Bennett, rocker (Ronettes)
  • 1949-04-25 Michael Brown, rocker (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee)
  • 1966-04-12 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1970-06-12 Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1970-06-23 Rocker Chubby Checker arrested for marijuana possession

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1975-06-23 Rocker Alice Cooper falls off stage in Vancouver, breaks 6 ribs

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • 1979-05-23 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • 1979-06-07 Rocker Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion
  • 1979-06-26 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, crashes & kills a driver
  • 1981-04-20 Rocker Papa John Phillips arrested for drug possession
  • 1981-10-11 Unknown rocker Prince opens for Rolling Stones at LA Coliseum
  • 1988-07-08 Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking
  • 1992-04-01 Rocker Billy Idol fined $2,000 for hitting a woman
  • 1992-07-04 John Phillips, rocker (Mamas & Papas), undergoes a liver transplant
  • 1994-08-05 Rocker Billy Idol admitted to the hospital after drug overdose
  • 1997-07-25 Rocker Rick Danko gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1897-06-03 Memphis Minnie, blues musician, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1899-01-25 "Sleepy" John Estes, blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1908-03-22 Maurice Stans, politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, born in Shakopee, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1909-08-10 Leo Fender, inventer (Fender guitars including the Stratocaster), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • 1911-10-24 Sonny Terry, blind Piedmont blues musician, born in Greensboro, Georgia (d. 1986)
  • 1912-04-10 Martin Denny, rocker/actor (Forbidden Island)
  • 1914-02-11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • 1914-10-10 Ivory Joe Hunter, rocker
  • 1916-02-16 Bill Doggett, jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1918-05-23 Bumps Blackwell, rocker
  • 1921-05-10 Bert Weedon, rocker
  • 1923-01-16 Roy Lanham, rocker (Sons of the Pioneers)
  • 1923-06-02 Del Simmons, rocker (Capt Beefheart)
  • 1924-10-10 Huey "Piano" Smith, rocker (Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu)
  • 1925-04-29 Danny Davis, rocker (Nashville Brass
  • 1925-06-27 Jerome "Doc" Pomus, rocker
  • 1925-08-18 Sonny Til, American rocker (The Orioles)
  • 1925-10-15 Mickey Baker, rocker
  • 1926-05-20 Vic Ames, rocker (Ames Brothers)
  • 1926-07-19 Sue Thompson, [Eva Sue Mckee], rocker
  • 1926-08-22 Bob Flannigan, rocker (Four Freshmen)
  • 1926-09-17 Bill Black, rocker
  • 1926-10-14 Bill Justis, rocker
  • 1926-10-18 Chuck Berry, St Louis, rocker (Roll over Beethoven)
  • 1926-12-04 Lee Doraey, rocker
  • 1926-12-10 Eddie Jones, "Guitar Slim" rocker
  • 1927-04-01 Amos Milburn, rocker
  • 1927-04-30 Johnny Horton, rocker, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927-09-01 Tommy Evans, rocker (Drifters)
  • 1928-01-09 Domenico Modugno, Italy, rocker (Polignano A Mare)
  • 1928-02-11 Raoul Cita, rocker
  • 1928-04-29 Big Jay McNeely, rocker
  • 1929-02-04 Paul Burlison, rocker
  • 1929-05-01 Sonny James, [James Loden], Hackelburg AL, rocker (Young Love)
  • 1929-07-18 "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins, rocker (I Put a Spell on You), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1929-08-06 Mike Elliott, saxophonist, born in Jamaica, West Indies
  • 1929-08-24 William Winfield, rocker (Harptones)
  • 1929-12-25 Billy Horton, rocker (The Silhouettes-Get a Job)
  • 1929-12-25 Chris Kenner, rocker
  • 1930-01-23 Ken Errair, rocker (Four Freshmen)
  • 1930-03-29 Donny Conn, rocker (Playmates)
  • 1930-05-01 Little Walter, [Marion Walter Jacobs], rocker
  • 1930-05-22 Kenny Ball, rocker, (d. 2013)
  • 1930-08-18 Johnny Preston, Port Arthur, Tx, rocker (Feel So Fine)
  • 1930-10-29 Peter Stampfel, rocker
  • 1931-01-27 Rudi Maugeri, rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • 1931-08-01 Ramblin' Jack Elliott, folk singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1931-08-28 John Perkins, rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • 1931-11-12 Bob Crewe, rocker
  • 1931-11-16 Bob Gibson, rocker
  • 1932-04-10 Nathaniel Nelson, rocker (Flamingos)
  • 1932-04-27 Maxine Brown, rocker (Browns)
  • 1932-07-11 Alex Hassilev, rocker (Limeliters)
  • 1932-07-31 Morey Carr, rocker (Playmates)
  • 1932-09-21 Don Preston, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • 1932-11-06 Stonewall Jackson, rocker
  • 1932-12-28 Dorsey Burnette, rocker (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1933-02-17 Bobby Lewis, rocker (Tossin' & Turnin')
  • 1933-05-02 Bunk Gardner, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • 1933-07-27 Nick Reynolds, rocker (Kingston Trio-Scarlet Ribbons)
  • 1933-09-25 Erik Darling, rocker (Rooftop Singers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1933-09-25 Ian Tyson, rocker
  • 1934-02-18 [Clyde] Skip Battin, rocker (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1934-06-15 Ruby Nash Cutis, Akron Oh, rocker (Ruby & The Romantics)
  • 1934-09-26 Dick Heckstall-Smith, rocker (Alexis Korner Band)
  • 1934-10-08 Doc Green, rocker (Drifters)
  • 1934-10-19 David Guard, rocker (Kingston Trio)
  • 1934-11-12 Bukka White, rocker
  • 1934-11-19 Dave Guard, rocker
  • 1935-02-05 Alex Harvey, rocker (Just Visiting This Planet)
  • 1935-05-10 Larry Williams, rocker
  • 1935-07-23 Cleveland Dunkin, rocker (Penguins)
  • 1935-07-29 Leonard Lee, rocker (Shirley & Lee)
  • 1935-09-19 Nick Massi, Newark NJ, rocker (4 Seasons-Sherry)
  • 1935-10-19 Jim Reeves, rocker
  • 1936-01-24 Jack Scott, Canada, rocker (My True Love)
  • 1936-03-04 Eric Allandale, rocker (Foundations)
  • 1936-03-26 Fred Paris, rocker (Five Satins)
  • 1936-04-04 Margo J Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers)
  • 1936-04-17 Pete Graves, rocker (Moonglows)
  • 1936-05-06 Sylvia Robinson, rocker (Mickey & Sylvia-Love is Strange)
  • 1936-06-02 Otis Williams, doo wop singer (Charms), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1936-06-06 Levi Stubbs, rocker (4 Tops-Same Old Song)
  • 1936-06-20 Bobby Nunn, rocker (Coasters-Young Blood)
  • 1936-06-20 Leon Hughes, rocker
  • 1936-06-30 Dave Van Ronk, rocker/actor (Caffe Lena)
  • 1936-07-31 Bonnie Brown, rocker (Browns)
  • 1936-08-04 Elsberry Hobbs, rocker (Drifters)
  • 1936-08-23 Rudy Lewis, rocker (Drifters)
  • 1936-10-24 Bill Wyman, England, rocker (Rolling Stones-Under My Thumb)
  • 1936-11-12 Mort Shuman, rocker
  • 1936-11-18 Hank Ballard, rocker (The Twist (pre Chubby Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1937-02-14 Magic Sam, rocker (Chicago Bluesman)
  • 1937-03-08 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • 1937-03-20 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • 1937-04-07 Charley Thomas, rocker (Drifters)
  • 1937-05-29 Irmin Schmidt, rocker (Can)
  • 1937-06-02 Jimmy Jones, rocker
  • 1937-06-20 Jerry Keller, rocker/actor (If Ever I See You Again)
  • 1937-07-06 Gene Chandler, [Eugene Dixon], rocker (Duke of Earl), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1971-05-12 Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger (27) weds actress and model Bianca Pérez-Mora Macia (26) at St Tropez Town Hall, France

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

HeartWedding of Interest

1976-03-20 Rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • 1987-05-16 Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in LA
  • 1989-02-17 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen

HeartWedding of Interest

1990-12-15 Rocker Rod Stewart marries supermodel Rachel Hunter

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • 1991-07-27 Rocker Jani Lane, (Warrant-Cherry Pie) marries model Bobbie Brown
  • 1992-06-21 Actress Marina Sirtis (Star Trek NG) marries rocker Michael Lamper
  • 1992-08-20 Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler at an 11th century chapel in Wiltshire, England
  • 1994-06-03 Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder (29) weds Beth Liebling (27) in the Eternal City
  • 1995-02-19 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (27) weds rocker Tommy Lee (32) in Cancun, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-11-22 Actress Carmen Electra (31) weds rocker Dave Navarro (36) at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles, California

  • 2006-05-06 "Scooter" techno rocker lead singer H.P. Baxxter (40) weds model Simone Mustert at Tremsbuttel Castle near Hamburg

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-06-27 Rocker Eddie Van Halen (54) weds publicist Janie Liszewski (39) at his seven-acre estate in the hills above Studio City, California

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen
  • 2011-12-31 "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-02-23 Former "Married … with Children" actress Christina Applegate (41) weds rocker Martyn LeNoble (43) in Los Angeles

  • 2013-05-26 Cobra Starship rocker Gabe Saporta (33) weds fashion designer Erin Fetherston at St Nicholas Abbey plantation in Barbados

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1978-05-01 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2006-11-02 Rocker Rod Stewart (58) divorces model Rachel Hunter (33) due to irreconcilable differences

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2006-11-27 Actress Selma Blair (34) divorces actor-rocker Ahmet Zappa (32) due to irreconcilable differences after more than 2 years of marriage

Actress Selma Blair
Actress
Selma Blair

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2007-02-20 Baywatch actress Carmen Electra (34) divorces rocker Dave Navarro (39) due to irreconcilable differences after less than three years of marriage

  • 2007-07-05 Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (34) divorces rocker Marilyn Manson (38) due to irreconcilable differences after a year of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1935-04-29 Leroy Carr, rocker, dies=
  • 1947-04-15 Wolstenholme, rocker, dies
  • 1958-04-10 Chuck Willis, rocker, dies at 30
  • 1958-08-14 Big Bill Broonzy, rocker, dies of cancer at 65
  • 1959-02-03 Big Bopper, rocker, dies in plane crash at 28
  • 1959-02-07 Slim [Eddie Jones] Guitar, rocker, dies at 32
  • 1960-02-06 Jesse Belvin, rocker, dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1960-04-17 Eddie Cochran, rocker, dies at 21 in a car crash
  • 1964-08-14 Johnny Burnette, rocker, drowns at 30
  • 1965-10-21 Bill Black, rocker, dies at 39
  • 1966-04-30 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
  • 1966-10-07 Johnny Kidd, rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1966-10-07 Smiley Lewis, [Overton Amos Lemons], rocker, dies at 46
  • 1966-11-02 Mississippi John Hurt, rocker, dies at 73
  • 1967-01-01 Moon Mullican, rocker, dies at 58
  • 1967-02-03 Joe Meek, rocker (Tornados)/producer (Telstar), commits suicide
  • 1967-10-03 Woody Guthrie, rocker, dies of Huntington's Chorea at 55
  • 1967-12-10 Carl Cunningham, rocker (Bar-kays), killed in a plane crash
  • 1967-12-10 Jimmy King, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
  • 1967-12-10 Phalin Jones, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in plane crash
  • 1967-12-10 Ron Caldwell, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
  • 1968-02-15 Little Walter, rocker, dies at 37
  • 1968-05-27 Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30
  • 1969-07-20 Roy Hamilton, American rocker, dies at 40 (b. 1929)
  • 1969-10-23 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • 1970-01-24 James "Shep" Shepherd, rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death
  • 1970-01-31 Slim Harpo, [James Moore], rocker, dies at 28

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1970-10-04 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1971-07-04 Don McPherson, rocker, dies at 29
  • 1971-10-12 Gene Vincent, rocker, dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • 1971-11-18 Junior Parker, rocker, dies during brain operation at 44
  • 1972-05-03 Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • 1972-11-06 Billy Murcia, rocker (New York Dolls), chokes to death at 21
  • 1972-11-18 Danny Whitten, rocker, dies of a drug overdose
  • 1973-03-08 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • 1973-07-19 Clarence White, rocker (Byrds), killed by drunken driver at 29
  • 1973-09-19 Gram Parsons, rocker (Byrds), dies of OD at 26
  • 1973-11-26 John Rostill, rocker, dies at 31
  • 1974-04-17 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • 1974-11-08 Ivory Joe Hunter, rocker, dies at 60
  • 1974-11-25 Nick Drake, rocker, dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • 1976-01-28 Chris Kenner, rocker (I Like it Like That), dies
  • 1976-01-30 Mance Lipscomb, rocker, dies at 80
  • 1976-02-21 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies at 32
  • 1976-02-22 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • 1976-08-29 Jimmy Reed, rocker, dies of epileptic seizure at 50
  • 1976-12-28 Freddie King, rocker, dies at 42
  • 1977-02-26 Bukka White, rocker, dies at 43
  • 1977-05-26 William Powell, rocker (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • 1977-06-05 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • 1977-10-20 Cassie Gaines, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1977-10-20 Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • 1979-01-13 Donny Hathaway, Chicago Ill, rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • 1979-06-29 Lowell George, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
  • 1979-07-23 Keith Godchaux, rocker (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 31
  • 1979-08-19 Dorsey Burnette, rocker, dies at 46 of a heart attack
  • 1980-01-02 Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
  • 1980-01-03 Amos Milburn, rocker, dies at 52
  • 1980-01-07 Carl White, rocker, dies
  • 1980-03-26 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • 1980-04-22 Tommy Caldwell, rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), dies
  • 1980-10-27 Steven Peregrine Took, rocker, dies at 31
  • 1980-12-07 Darby Crash, rocker, dies at 22
  • 1981-01-29 Cozy Cole, rocker (Topsy Part II), dies
  • 1981-04-05 Bob "Bear" Hite, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1981-05-25 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1981-08-26 Lee Hays, rocker, dies of a heart attack
  • 1981-12-09 Sonny Til, American rocker (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • 1982-01-30 Lightning Hopkins, rocker, dies of cancer at 69
  • 1982-08-12 Joe Tex, rocker, dies at 49
  • 1982-12-02 David Blue, rocker, dies while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • 1982-12-08 Shakey, [Walter Horton], rocker, dies at 72
  • 1983-04-17 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • 1983-07-12 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic), dies at 39
  • 1983-12-27 Walter Scott, rocker, dies
  • 1985-01-21 Barbara Cowsill, rocker (Cowsills), dies of emphysema
  • 1988-04-09 Dave Prater, rocker (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50
  • 1990-01-18 Melanie Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim), dies of liver cancer at 23
  • 1990-03-17 Rick Grech, rocker (Blind Faith, Traffic), dies at 44
  • 1990-07-27 Bobby Day, rocker (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1990-09-06 Tom Fogerty, rocker (Creedence Clearwater), dies of tuberculosis at 48

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Rocker
Tom Fogerty
  • 1991-05-24 Gene Clark, folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1994-04-05 Kurt Cobain, grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27 in Seattle, Washington

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • 1997-06-20 Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1997-11-22 Michael Hutchence, Australian rocker (INXS), commits suicide at 37

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • 2002-06-23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • 2003-07-06 Skip Battin, American rocker, dies at 69
  • 2007-08-06 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo) (b. 1969)
  • 2013-02-04 Reg Presley, English rocker, dies from lung cancer at 71
  • 2013-02-18 Kevin Ayers, English rocker, dies at 68
  • 2013-03-06 Alvin Lee, English rocker, dies from complications from surgery at 68
  • 2013-03-07 Peter Banks, English rocker, dies at 65
  • 2013-05-17 Alan O'Day, American rocker, dies from brain cancer at 72
  • 2013-08-14 Allen Lanier, American rocker, dies from complications from COPD at 67
  • 2014-12-03 Ian McLagan, English rocker, dies from a stroke at 69

Famous Rockers