1964 - David Bowie (then known as David Jones) appears on the BBC program Tonight as leader of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long Haired Men.
‘It’s really for the protection of pop musicians and those who wear their hair long,’ explained the founder and president, David Jones, of Plaistow Grove, Bromley. ‘Anyone who has the courage to wear their hair down to his shoulders has to go through hell. It’s time we were united and stood up for our curls.’ David is in the process of enrolling members. ‘Everybody makes jokes about you on a bus, and if you go past navvies digging in the road, it’s murder!’
1970 - In New Orleans, The Doors performed what would be their last show with Jim Morrison. The surviving members of the band recalled Morrison seemingly losing all of his energy as their final concert together came to a close.
1988 - U2 started a six-week run at No. 1 with Rattle And Hum. It was the soundtrack to the film of the same name. Both were poorly received. Helter Skelter, Pride, plus Silver and Gold were recorded live at McNichols Arena.
1990 - Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood broke both his legs after his car crashed on an expressway in England. Wood was trying to wave other cars past his when he was run over.
1999 - Kevin Smith's fantasy comedy Dogma premieres, featuring Alanis Morissette as God. She also performs the song "Still" for the movie's soundtrack.
Booker T. Jones is 77. One of the architects of the Memphis soul sound of the 1960s as the leader of Booker T. & the MG's, who scored a number of hits on their own as well as serving as the Stax Records house band. But Jones' accomplishments don't stop there, and as a producer, songwriter, arranger, and instrumentalist, he's worked with a remarkable variety of artists, from Willie Nelson and John Lee Hooker to Soul Asylum to the Roots. (BTW, the "T" stands for Taliaferro.)
Neil Young is 76. His career has lead him from the pioneering Buffalo Springfield, through his emergence as a lone folk-rock troubadour and his alliance with Crosby, Stills & Nash, to his noisy, rambling wanderings with Crazy Horse. Over the years, Young would tap back into these different sounds and personas pushing him into eccentric territory his singer/songwriter peers would generally avoid. Along the way he remained a vital, unpredictable presence for decades, challenging himself and his audience. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Blue Öyster Cult guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser is 74.
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