Wednesday July 29th
1953 – Vocalist Geddy Lee of Rush is born in Toronto.
1956 – There will be a lot of joy in the Boss’s house today. Patti Scialfa of the E Street Band – and Mrs. Bruce Springsteen – is born.
1959 – John Sykes of Whitesnake is born
1965 – The Beatles’ second film – “Help!” – premieres in London. Queen Elizabeth is in attendance.
1966 – Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near his Woodstock, N.Y., home; he goes into seclusion.
1967 – Doors: ‘Light My Fire’ US 45 is no. 1 chart topper.
1968 – The Byrds head off to South Africa to tour. However, one Byrd who isn’t going is Gram Parsons, who is protesting South African apartheid.
1970 – The Rolling Stones’ contract with Decca ends. The band informs manager Allen Klein that “neither he nor ABKCO Industries have any authority to negotiate recording contracts on their behalf” and begins to consider starting its own label.
1973 – The takings from two Led Zeppelin concerts are stolen from the group’s New York hotel. The thieves are said to have gotten away with more than $180,000.
1976 – Eric Clapton begins his first English tour in five years at Hempstead’s Pavilion Theatre.
1987 – Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream introduces their Cherry Garcia flavor, named after the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia.
1994 – Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour marries Polly Samson at England’s Marylebone Registry Office.
2004 – Bobby Gillespie, singer with British rock band Primal Scream, is awarded undisclosed damagers in a libel suit against a tabloid that alleged he was having an affair with supermodel Kate Moss.
2006 – Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are married on a luxury yacht in San Tropez.
2007 – Paul Stanley of Kiss suffered heart problems.