Sunday August 9th
1946 – Golden Earring bassist and keyboardist Rinus Gerritsen is born in the Hague, Netherlands.
1955 – Benjamin Orr, bassist with the Cars, is born in Cleveland.
1962 – Robert Zimmerman has his name legally changed to Bob Dylan.
1975 – Major Promoter Don Kirshner, holds the first Rock Music Award Show in Santa Monica, Calif. The winners include the Eagles, Bad Company, and Stevie Wonder.
1978 – Muddy Waters performs for President Jimmy Carter at the White House.
1980 – A thief steals 10 Gerald Scarfe illustrations based on Pink Floyd’s The Wall album. The pictures were exhibited in the foyer of London’s Earls Court, where the band was performing five shows.
1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2. The album “The Joshua Tree” is U2’s first top 10 album in the U.S.
1995 – Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia dies of a heart attack at a drug treatment center in San Francisco. He is 53.
1996 – The Ramones split.
2003 – The Who’s Roger Daltrey once hoped he’d die before he got old. Now that he is old, he’s making his L.A. stage debut playing Dr. Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
2010 – Welcome news for Van Halen fans: The clearest signs that an album and tour are in the works for next year have emerged.