Friday, July 3, 2020

Music History Today: July 3, 2020

July 3, 1971: Jim Morrison of The Doors is found dead in a bathtub at age 27. 
On the morning of Saturday, July 3, 1971, Morrison died of a heart attack, brought on by drugs. So, the simple answer to how he died is a heart attack from using heroin. 

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However, no one is really sure what happened, as Pam's (his girlfriend, Pamela Courson) account of the events changed several times, and her story is unreliable because of her drug use and emotional state.

In one account, she even lied and said he never took drugs. Morrison's drug of choice was cocaine. He didn't like heroin, saying it made him sick. Pam however, preferred heroin, and the the two argued about this, as he didn't want her using it. 
 Read more: How Did Jim Morrison Die?
July 3, 1969: The Rolling Stones original lead guitarist Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool, just three weeks after he was kicked out of the band. 
The official cause was recorded as "death by misadventure." Reports say that Jones had sunk into substance abuse and he was frequently strung out on barbiturates, L.S.D. and alcohol and was no longer able to function as a musician.
Read more: Rolling Stone

 The 27 Club

The 27 Club has become one of the most elusive and remarkably tragic coincidences in rock & roll history. 
The term became widely known after Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, with rock fans connecting his age to that of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix.    
When Amy Winehouse passed away at age 27 in 2011, it attracted even more attention to the significance of the age. 
While the club has been largely connected to musicians, it has expanded since, as many young actors and artists have lost their lives due to everything from addiction to suicide to freak accidents. 
Here are some of the unfortunate and untimely losses connected to the club.
Read more: Rolling Stone
8 Most Important 
Members of the 27 Club

July 3,1973: David Bowie ends a 60-date tour with a show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England.
Just before the encore, "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide," he shocks the crowd by saying, "This night shall always be special in my memory. Not only is it the last show of my British tour... but it is the last show I will ever do.
David Bowie Hammersmith Odeon 1973.
"He disbanded his backing group, The Spiders From Mars, and went to Paris to record a solo album. Bowie's retirement was short-lived however. Less than a year later, he was back on stage in the US with the Diamond Dogs tour.

July 3, 1982: Crosby, Stills & Nash had a fast-rising song as "Wasted On The Way" moved from 48 to 29.
Blink and you might miss a priceless bit of fly-by news footage in a new documentary about rocker David Crosby, he of the sixties bands The Byrds and endlessly self-dissolving combinations of Crosby, Still, Nash and Young.  
Emerging from a spell in prison for gun possession and drug abuse in the mid-'80s, Crosby — shorn of his signature walrus mustache, knitted cap, and cocksure charisma — might easily be mistaken for a low-level clerk in a button-down shirt and nondescript pants belted over an ample paunch. 
Read more: WPRL 91.7 FM

July 3, 1982:  Billy Idol first hit the chart on this date when "Hot In The City" debuted.
There's little question to the influence that Billy Idol had upon rock music in the early '80s. Along with Duran Duran and Michael Jackson, the man born William Michael Albert Broad was one of the many reasons why video killed the radio star. 
From his snarling, cocky looks to his raspy gin-soaked vocals, Idol was the quintessential 80's rock star. Let's take a look at Billy Idol's Top 10 Songs. We're certain that by the end of the list, you'll be crying for "More, more, more."  
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock 

Riders on the Storm 
The Doors 

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