JULY 3 BIRTHDAYS
1930 – Tommy Tedesco – session guitarist and member of ‘The Wrecking Crew” hwo played on literally thousands of recordings by acts that included the Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Supremes, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. Legendary picker.
1940 – Fontella Bass (‘Rescue Me’ – died 2012)
1943 – Judith Durham (The Seekers/vocals – “Georgy Girl”)
1950 – Otis Damon Harris (The Temptations/vocals 1970-1975)
1957 – Laura Brannigan (‘Self Control” – died 2004)
ON THIS DAY
1967 – The Monkees were guests of honor at a private party in London, with a guest list that would make any artist envious: John Lennon, George Harrison,Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu, and all the members of Manfred Mann, The Who, and Procol Harum.
1969 – Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who had been fired from the group a few weeks earlier, was found dead in his swimming pool, drowning while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
1971 – Jim Morrison of the Doors was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France, cause of death given as a heart attack.
1976 – Brian Wilson played his first live show with The Beach Boys in seven years when they appeared at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.
1982 – The Human League began a three week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Don’t You Want Me”.
2002 – Sir Elton John became the first person to receive an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy Of Music.
1968 – At an informal gathering at Joni Mitchell’s home in Los Angeles, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills sang together for the first time.