Rockers in Music History

Rock n Roll: Rock Bands

Events in Music

  • 1966-04-12 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck, an accident which leaves him with long-lasting health issues

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970-06-23 Rocker and singer Chubby Checker arrested for marijuana possession

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • 1974-09-28 British rock guitarist Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Rocker Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975-10-13 Rock vocalist Neil Young undergoes throat surgery

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young

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1975-10-27 Covers of both Time & Newsweek picture rock singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1979-05-23 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • 1979-06-26 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, accidentally crashes & kills a driver
  • 1980-08-16 British rock musician Jools Holland quits band Squeeze

Music releaseAlbum Release

1980-09-20 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United Kingdom

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1981-03-27 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United States
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-01-13 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

  • 2004-06-30 British rock guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) suffers a debilitating stroke, at 57; he recovers in 2006 to resume his music career

Music releaseAlbum Release

2007-10-23 "Raising Sand" a collaborative album by rock singer Robert Plant and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss is released

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,666

  • 1904-09-23 Wallace "Scotty" Scott, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • 1922-02-17 Tommy Edwards, American R&B singer-songwriter ("It's All In The Game"), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1969)
  • 1922-09-18 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2008)
  • 1923-11-22 Dika Newlin, American composer, Schoenberg expert and punk rocker, born in Portland, Oregan (d. 2006)

Person of interestBill Haley

1925-07-06 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981)

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 1925-08-15 Billy Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1926-01-03 Danny Overbea, American rock singer and guitarist (40 Cups of Coffee), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1927-11-18 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • 1928-01-31 Chuck Willis, American rock vocalist (C C Rider), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1958)
  • 1928-04-29 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters-Yakety Yak), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1929-05-02 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1929-07-27 Harvey Fuqua, American rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2010)
  • 1931-03-14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
  • 1931-09-26 George Chambers, American rock bassist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Carthage, Mississippi
  • 1932-04-20 Gerry Granahan, American rocker (Dickey Doo & The Dont's), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-07-01 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1990)
  • 1932-11-15 [Sally] Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter (Downtown, My Love), born in Epsom, England
  • 1933-01-20 Ron Townson, American rock vocalist (The 5th Dimension - "Up, Up And Away"), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2001)
  • 1933-07-20 Buddy Knox, American rock vocalist (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), born in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1933-09-01 Marshall Lytle, Old Fort, North Carolina, Hall of Fame rock bassist (Comets), (d. 2013)
  • 1933-12-15 Jesse Belvin, American rock vocalist (Mr Easy), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • 1934-07-23 Cleve Duncan, American rocker (The Penguins-Earth Angel), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • 1934-08-20 "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1934-10-19 Dave Guard, American folk singer, songwriter and arranger (Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1991)
  • 1934-11-08 Doc Green, American pop baritone vocalist (The Drifters) (d. 1989)
  • 1935-01-06 Nino Tempo [Antonino LoTempio], American session saxophonist and pop vocalist ("Deep Purple"; "Sister James"), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1935-01-10 Ronnie Hawkins, American-Canadian rock musician, born in Huntsville, Arkansas
  • 1935-02-03 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, rock guitarist
  • 1935-02-05 Alex Harvey, rocker (Just Visiting This Planet)
  • 1935-02-11 Gene Vincent [Vincent Eugene Craddock], American rock guitarist and vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1935-05-09 Nole "Nokie" Edwards, American surf-rock guitarist (The Ventures) and actor (Deadwood), born in Lahoma, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • 1935-06-19 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry"), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1935-09-19 Nick Massi, American rocker (4 Seasons-Sherry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1935-12-26 Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1936-01-24 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter (My True Love), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1936-03-04 Eric Allandale, rocker (Foundations)
  • 1936-03-06 Sylvia Robinson, American rocker (Mickey & Sylvia-Love is Strange), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1936-03-26 Fred Paris, rocker (Five Satins)
  • 1936-04-04 Margo J. Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers) (d. 1991)
  • 1936-04-17 Pete Graves, American rocker (Moonglows), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1936-04-29 April Stevens, American vocalist (single Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936-06-30 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1936-08-04 Elsbeary Hobbs, American rocker (Drifters), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1936-08-23 Rudy Lewis, American rocker (Drifters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1936-10-24 Bill Wyman, English rock and jazz bassist (Rolling Stones, 1962-93 - "Under My Thumb"), born in Lewisham, London
  • 1936-12-04 Freddy Cannon [Picariello], American rocker (Palisades Park), born in Revere, Massachusetts
  • 1937-01-16 Bob Bogle, American surf rock bassist and guitarist (Ventures - "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937-02-14 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), born in Granada County, Mississippi (d. 1969)
  • 1937-03-06 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards, Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark) and actor (Clem-Popeye), born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1937-03-08 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • 1937-03-20 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • 1937-05-29 Irmin Schmidt, German keyboardist and rocker (Can), born in Berlin
  • 1937-06-20 Jerry Keller, rocker/actor (If Ever I See You Again)
  • 1937-07-06 Gene Chandler [Eugene Dixon], American rocker (Duke of Earl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-08-20 Sky Saxon [Richard Marsh], American rocker (The Seeds - "Pushin' To Hard"), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2009)
  • 1937-08-27 Phil Shulman, Scottish rock horn player (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1937-10-09 Pat Burke, British rocker (Foundations), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1937-10-21 Norman Wright, rocker (Del-Vikings)
  • 1937-11-02 Earl "Speedoo" Carroll, American rocker (Cadillacs, Coasters), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937-11-19 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), born in Pomona, California (d. 2012)
  • 1938-01-07 Rory Storm [Alan Caldwell], British rock singer (Rory Storm & the Hurricanes), born in Stoneycroft, Liverpool, England (d. 1972
  • 1938-02-01 Jimmy Carl Black, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • 1938-04-26 Maurice Williams, American rocker (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1938-04-29 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938-05-26 Jaki Liebesit, German rocker (Can), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1938-06-18 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, American rock guitarist and electric violin pioneer (Don & Dewey; Frank Zappa), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1999)
  • 1938-07-14 Bob Scholl, rocker (Mellow Kings)
  • 1938-07-28 George Cummings, American rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1938-08-22 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), born in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • 1938-08-24 David Freiberg, American rock bassist (Quicksilver Messenger, Jefferson Airplane/Starship - "Jane"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1938-09-11 Charles Patrick, American rocker (The Monotones)
  • 1938-10-03 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1960)
  • 1938-10-05 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1938-10-18 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal's "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1938-11-11 Roger Lavern [Jackson], English rock keyboardist (Tornados), born in Kidderminster, England (d. 2013)
  • 1938-11-19 Hank Medress, American doo-wop vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1938-12-01 Sandy Nelson, Santa Monica, 50s rocker (Teen Beat, All Night Long)
  • 1938-12-05 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1938-12-13 Tony Gomez, British rocker (Foundations), born in Colombo, Ceylon (d. 2015)
  • 1939-01-16 Ramon "Ray" Philips, Welsh rock singer (Nashville Teens - "Tobacco Road"), born in Tiger Bay, South Wales
  • 1939-01-26 Marshall Leib [Leibovitz], American pop singer (Teddy Bears - "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • 1939-03-01 Warren Davis, rocker (Monotones)
  • 1939-03-06 Jerry Naylor, Stephenville Tx, rock vocalist (Crickets)
  • 1939-03-18 Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
  • 1939-04-01 Rudolph Isley, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1939-04-15 Marty Wilde, English singer, songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 1939-05-06 Herbie Cox, American rocker (Cleftones), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1939-05-07 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1939-07-01 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1939-07-06 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1939-07-18 Dion DiMucci, American rocker (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1939-07-31 John R. West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring), born in Uhrichsville, Ohio
  • 1939-08-04 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • 1939-08-09 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1939-08-17 Luther Allison, American rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming), born in Mayflower Arkansas
  • 1939-09-02 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1939-09-05 John Stewart, American singer and songwriter (Kingston Trio, 1961-67; "Daydream Believer"), born in San Diego, California
  • 1939-09-10 Artie Tripp, American rocker (Mothers Of Invention), born in Athens, Ohio
  • 1939-09-17 Lamonte McLemore, American rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1939-10-02 Lolly Vegas [Candido Vasquez], American rock singer (Redbone - "Come And Get Your Love"), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2010)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1971-05-12 Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger (27) weds actress and model Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias (31) at St Tropez Town Hall, France

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Rocker Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper

LoveWedding of Interest

1981-04-11 "One Day At A Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli (20) marries rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen (26)

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • 1987-05-16 Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in LA
  • 1989-02-17 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • 1991-07-27 American rocker Jani Lane (27), (Warrant - "Cherry Pie") marries American model Bobbie Brown (23); (divorced 1993)
  • 1992-06-21 Actress Marina Sirtis (Star Trek NG) marries rocker Michael Lamper

LoveWedding of Interest

1992-08-20 Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler at an 11th century chapel in Wiltshire, England

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
  • 1992-09-05 Rock singer John Mellencamp (40) weds model Elaine Irwin (23) in Indiana
  • 1994-06-03 Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder (29) weds Beth Liebling (27) in the Eternal City

LoveWedding of Interest

1995-02-19 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (27) weds rocker Tommy Lee (32) in Cancun, Mexico

Actress Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson
Rock Star and Drummer Tommy Lee
Rock Star and Drummer
Tommy Lee

LoveWedding of Interest

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

  • 2005-09-10 "The Yardbirds" rock guitarist Jeff Beck (61) weds Sandra Cash in Tunbridge Wells, England
  • 2005-12-03 American rock singer Marilyn Manson [Brian Warner] (36) weds burlesque performer Dita Von Teese (33) at Castle Gurteen in County Tipperary, Ireland
  • 2006-05-06 "Scooter" techno rocker lead singer H.P. Baxxter (40) weds model Simone Mustert at Tremsbuttel Castle near Hamburg
  • 2007-06-16 Rock singer Rod Stewart (62) weds model Penny Lancaster (36) in a cloistered medieval abbey at La Cervara
  • 2009-03-11 Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) in Savannah, Georgia
  • 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
  • 2011-10-01 Rock bassist Gene Simmons (62) weds actress and model Shannon Tweed (55) at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • 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

LoveWedding 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
  • 2014-05-31 Rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge (53) weds tv actress Linda Wallem (53) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Divorces in Music

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
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
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
  • 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
  • 2011-08-12 Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin (41) after 18 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 279

  • 1957-12-21 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love") (d. 2020)
  • 1958-04-10 Chuck Willis, rocker, dies at 30
  • 1959-02-03 Ritchie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), dies in plane crash at 17
  • 1960-02-06 Jesse Belvin, American rock vocalist (Mr Easy), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1960-04-17 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), dies at 21 in a car crash
  • 1962-04-10 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 21
  • 1964-05-20 Rudy Lewis, American rocker (Drifters), dies at 27
  • 1966-04-30 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
  • 1966-10-07 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], British rock singer-songwriter (Johnny Kidd & Pirates - "Shakin' All Over"), dies in a car crash at 26
  • 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
  • 1968-05-27 Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30
  • 1969-07-03 Brian Jones, British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), drowns in his swimming pool at 27
  • 1969-10-23 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • 1970-01-24 James "Shep" Shepherd, rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death
  • 1970-09-03 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

1970-09-18 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies from asphyxiation at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Person of interestJanis Joplin

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
Janis Joplin
  • 1971-10-12 Gene Vincent[Vincent Eugene Craddock], American rock guitarist and vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula), dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • 1971-10-29 Duane Allman, rock guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in a motorcycle accident at 24
  • 1972-05-03 Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • 1972-08-02 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • 1972-09-28 Rory Storm [Alan Caldwell], Brirish rock singer (Rory Storm & the Hurricanes), commits suicide with sleeping pills at 34
  • 1972-11-06 Billy Murcia, Colombian born American rocker (New York Dolls), chokes to death at 21
  • 1972-11-11 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in motorcycle crash at 24
  • 1972-11-18 Danny Whitten, American Guitarist and songwrite (Crazy Horse), dies of a drug overdose at 29
  • 1973-03-08 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • 1973-09-19 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • 1973-09-20 Jim Croce, American rock vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • 1973-11-26 John Rostill, English rocker (The Shadows), electrocuted at 31
  • 1974-04-17 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • 1974-07-29 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
  • 1974-11-25 Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter, dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • 1976-03-19 Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist (Free - "All Right Now"), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 25
  • 1976-12-04 Tommy Bolin, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose and other substances at 25
  • 1977-02-26 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1977-06-26 Lou Reizner, American rock vocalist AND producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1977-09-16 Marc Bolan, English rock vocalist and guitarist (T-Rex-Bang a Gong (Get It On)), dies in a car crash at 29
  • 1977-10-20 Cassie Gaines, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1977-10-20 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • 1977-10-20 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1978-09-05 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • 1978-12-27 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), dies in a car crash at 27
  • 1979-01-13 Donny Hathaway, American rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • 1979-06-29 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
  • 1980-01-02 Larry Williams, American singer-songwriter, dies at 44
  • 1980-01-07 Carl White, rocker, dies
  • 1980-01-07 Larry Williams, American rocker (Dizzy, Miss Lizzie), dies of a gunshot wound to the head at 44
  • 1980-02-19 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33
  • 1980-03-26 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • 1980-04-28 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • 1980-05-18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • 1980-12-07 Darby Crash, American Punk rocker (Germs), dies of an overdose at 22
  • 1981-01-29 Cozy Cole [William Randolph Cole], American jazz drummer (Topsy I, Topsy II), dies at 71

Person of interestBill Haley

1981-02-09 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), dies of a heart attack probably caused by alcoholism at 55

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 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
  • 1981-07-16 Harry Chapin, American folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Taxi"; "Cat's in the Cradle"), dies in car crash at 38
  • 1982-06-16 James Honeyman-Scott, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Pretenders), overdoses on drugs at 25

Person of interestPete Farndon

1983-04-14 Pete Farndon, English rock bassist (the Pretenders), dies of a drug overdose at 30

Musician Pete Farndon
Pete Farndon
  • 1983-04-17 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), shot and killed by his wife, Gail, at 43
  • 1983-07-12 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic), dies at 39
  • 1983-11-19 Tom Evans, English rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide at 36
  • 1983-12-27 Walter Scott, American singer (Bob Kuban), murdered at 40
  • 1984-07-21 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1985-10-12 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • 1986-03-04 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock vocalist and pianist (The Band), commits suicide at 42
  • 1986-05-17 Jack Waldman, American jazz and rock keyboardist and avant garde composer dies of HIV related illness at 33
  • 1986-09-27 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • 1987-11-22 Ted Taylor, rock vocalist, dies
  • 1988-02-13 John Curulewski, American rock guitarist and singer (Styx), dies of a brain aneurysm at 37
  • 1990-01-18 Melanie Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim), dies of liver cancer at 23
  • 1990-01-23 Allen Collins [Larkin Allen Collins Jr.], American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • 1990-01-23 Peter Sweval, American rocker (Looking Glass, Starz), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1990-02-08 Del Shannon [Charles Westover], American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • 1990-06-19 Antonio Martinez, Spanish rock guitarist (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black", dies in a motorcycle accident at 44
  • 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
  • 1990-07-27 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock musician (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58

Person of interestTom Fogerty

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

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Tom Fogerty
  • 1990-12-06 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Electric Theseus) dies from a heroin overdose at 42
  • 1991-01-08 Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), dies at 30
  • 1991-03-01 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), dies at 42
  • 1991-05-24 (Harold Eugene) Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds - "Eight Miles High"), dies from natural causes brought on by bleeding ulcer at 46
  • 1991-09-18 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock singer (MC5 - Kick Out The Jams), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1991-10-25 Margo J. Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers), dies of heart attack and stroke at 55
  • 1992-04-25 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1992-10-01 Harry Ray, American soul singer (Ray, Goodman, Brown), dies of a stroke at 45
  • 1993-02-25 Toy Caldwell, American Southern-rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies of cocaine induced cardio-respiratory failure at 45
  • 1993-04-29 Mick Ronson, English rock guitarist and producer (Mott the Hoople; The Spiders From Mars), dies at 46
  • 1993-06-28 GG [Jesus Christ] Allin, American punk rock singer, dies of accidental heroin overdose at 36
  • 1993-08-05 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys), dies of heart failure at 45
  • 1993-12-04 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Hot Rats), dies from prostate cancer at 52
  • 1994-01-15 Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("Everybody's Talkin'"; " One"; "Without You"), dies of a heart attack at 52

Person of interestKurt Cobain

1994-04-05 Kurt Cobain, American grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide at 27 by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
  • 1994-06-04 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 48
  • 1994-08-28 Pieter de Cort, Belgian rock guitarist (Betty Goes Green), dies at 25
  • 1994-11-16 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies at 57

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