1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia.
1969, The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada.
1969. During the Atlanta Pop Festival, A&R reps from Capitol Records like what they see and sign the Grand Funk Railroad.
1970, The second (and last) Atlanta Pop Festival included The Allman Brothers Band, Terry Reid, B.B. King, Procol Harum, Jimi Hendrix, Chambers Brothers, Poco, Grand Funk Railroad, Ravi Shankar, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter, John Sebastian, Mountain, Bloodrock, and Spirit.
1970, The Who performed at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
1971, Donald McPherson, lead singer of soul group Main Ingredient, died of leukemia, aged 30. He had the 1972 hit song, “Everybody Plays the Fool.”
1971, The Carousel Ballroom closes in San Francisco, California.
1971, On the way to a gig in Leicester, England, The Who are discussing Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey when they spy concrete “monoliths” in a slag heap. These monoliths had been placed there to keep the slagheap from shifting. The Who run out to a monolith and pretend to be apes “discovering” it while photographer Ethan Russell, who had accompanied them to the show, shoots pictures. One of the pictures shows The Who walking away from the monolith after apparently urinating on it. However, with the exception of Pete, the urine is actually water poured down the monolith from film cans. It later becomes the cover of the Who’s Next album.
1972, The Rolling Stones performed at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
1973, Slade drummer Don Powell was badly injured in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed.
1974, Despite the fact that they have the number four song in the US with “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and a platinum album Pretzel Logic, Walter Becker and Donald Fagan of Steely Dan play their final gig together in Santa Monica, California. They would not tour again for eighteen years.
1975, Yes played at Chicago Stadium in Chicago.
1975, Eric Clapton appeared at the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio.
1976, The Clash made their live debut supporting The Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield, England.
1976, Elton John and Kiki Dee release their chart topping duet “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
1977, Aerosmith appeared at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana.
1978, Bob Dylan performed at the Pavillon De Paris, Paris.
1980, The Beach Boys give a free concert in Miami to celebrate Independence Day, which attracts a 500,000-strong audience.
1981, The Grateful Dead played at Manor Downs in Austin, Texas.
1982, After being divorced by his first wife, Thelma Mayfair, Ozzy Osbourne married Sharon Arden, the daughter of music business manager Don Arden.
1984, King Crimson played at The Agora, West Hartford, Connecticut.
1986, The second Farm Aid benefit concert took place at Manor Downs Racetrack, Manor, Texas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Alabama, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Emmylou Harris, Jason & the Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Vince Neil and Willie Nelson.
1987, Pet Shop Boys were at number one on the UK singles chart with “It’s A Sin,” the duo’s second UK chart topper and lead single from the duo’s second album Actually.
1993, Smashing Pumpkins played an acoustic show at the strip club Raymond’s Revue Bar, London.
2003, American record producer and singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy Award-winner Barry White died from kidney failure. He was 58. White produced hits for girl group Love Unlimited and other chart hits include 1974’s “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything,” 1974 US number one “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe,” and he arranged the 1963 hit “Harlem Shuffle” for Bob & Earl.
2009, 77-year-old Allen Klein, the former manager of The Rolling Stones and later The Beatles, died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The assets of his company, ABKCO Music & Records, include recordings by The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Bobby Womack, The Kinks, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and many others.
Born on July 4: Mitch Miller (1911); Bill Withers (1938); Dave Rowberry, keyboards, The Animals (1940); Alan Wilson, Canned Heat (1943); Jeremy Spencer, Fleetwood Mac (1948); Ralph Johnson, drums, Earth Wind and Fire (1951); John Waite, The Babys (1954); Kirk Pengilly, guitar, vocals, INXS (1958); Matt Malley, bass, Counting Crows (1963); Andy Creeggan, piano, Barenaked Ladies (1971); and William Goldsmith, drums, Foo Fighters (1972)