1943 – Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1947 – Happy birthday to Meat Loaf, who is born in Dallas
1964 – In England, Ringo Starr and Beatles manager Brian Epstein appear as judges in a talent contest to benefit the Oxfam charity.
1967 –The Beatles spend the day at Abbey Road recording string parts and themselves for “I Am the Walrus.”
1973 – Rolling Stone announces that guitarist Carlos Santana has added the name “Devadip” since becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy. The name means “the Lamp of the Light Supreme.”
1973 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “We’re an American Band,” Grand Funk. The single is pressed on gold-colored vinyl.
1979 – Elton John collapses onstage during a show at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheater. After a 10-minute break he returns to continue with the concert. He’s later said to be suffering from exhaustion coupled with a case of the flu.
1986 - Metallica bassist Cliff Burton was killed in Sweden when their tour bus skidded off the highway & flipped onto the ground, he was thrown through the window of the bus, which later fell on top of Burton, crushing him to death. He was 24 years old.
1997- Bob Dylan performs at the World Eucharistic Congress in Bologna, Italy, before the pope. The two chat for about a minute after Dylan sings “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”
1999 – Atlanta declares today ZZ Top Day. The band is actually from El Paso, Texas.
2000 – U2 perform two songs from its upcoming album on the roof of Dublin’s Clarence Hotel, a property owned by the band.
2003 – Great White drummer Derrick Pontier is hurt in a car collision in Allentown, Pa. He was heading to a gig benefiting victims of the Rhode Island club fire which killed 100 people during a Great White show.
2007: Van Halen kicked off their reunion tour with David Lee Roth at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena. It was their first tour with Roth in 23 years.
2008 – Pink Floyd’s manager Bryan Morrison died after spending over two years in a coma. Morrison suffered severe brain injuries in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club, England in 2006, and never recovered.