Posted 8 months ago
By Brad Moore
On July third, 1969, former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool at home in England. The coroner’s report cited death by misadventure.
Also in 1969, John Wayne won his first Oscar after 200 films for playing Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit.”
Also in 1969, for the first time, the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island featured rock artists. Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin and Ten Years After were among the acts who performed.
In 1971, Doors singer Jim Morrison died of heart failure in Paris. He was found in his bathtub. News of Morrison’s death was not made public until days after his burial in a Paris cemetery, leading many fans to believe he was still alive.
In 1973, David Bowie retired for the first time in London.
In 1986, singer Rudy Vallee died at age 84.
Also in 1986, singer Teddy Pendergrass was critically injured when the specially equipped van he was driving hit a utility pole in Philadelphia. Pendergrass was paralyzed in a 1982 auto crash.
In 1989, actor Jim Backus died. He’s best known for playing Thurston Howell on “Gilligan’s Island” and for providing the voice for Mr. Magoo.
In 1995, members of TLC filed for bankruptcy. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes faced a $1.3 million dollar payment for burning down the mansion of her boyfriend, Andre Rison.
Also in 1995, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots pleaded innocent to drug charges.
In 1999, singer Mark Sandman of Morphine collapsed on stage during a show in Rome and died of a heart attack. He was 46.
Also in 1999, “Posh Spice” Victoria Adams of the Spice Girls married soccer star David Beckham at an estate outside Dublin, Ireland.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Tim O’Connor is 86. Jazz musician Pete Fountain is 83. Playwright Tom Stoppard is 76. Writer-producer Jay Tarses is 74. Singer Judith Durham of The Seekers is 70. Actor Kurtwood Smith (“That 70s Show”) is 70. Actor Michael Cole (“The Mod Squad”) is 68. Country singer Johnny Lee is 67. Writer Dave Barry is 66. Actress Betty Buckley is 66. Guitarist-singer Paul Barrere of Little Feat is 65. Actress Jan Smithers (“WKRP In Cincinnati”) is 64. Talk show host Montel Williams is 57. Country singer Aaron Tippin is 55. Synthesizer player Vince Clarke of Erasure is 53. Actor Tom Cruise is 51. Actor Thomas Gibson (“Dharma and Greg”) is 51. Actress Hunter Tylo is 51. Actress Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”) is 49. Actress Yeardley Smith (“The Simpsons”) is 49. Keyboardist-guitarist Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies is 44. Actress Shawnee Smith (“Saw,” ”Becker”) is 44. Singer Tonia Tash of Divine is 34. Actor Grant Rosenmeyer (“Oliver Beene”) is 22. Country singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton is 33. Actress Shoshannah Stern is 33. Actor Grant Rosenmeyer is 22. Actress Kelsey Batelaan is 18.