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1997 Randy California, the guitarist for Spirit and composer of the song "Taurus" that Led Zeppelin borrowed for the intro of "Stairway To Heaven," drowns at age 45 while rescuing his 12-year-old son from a rip current in Molokai, Hawaii.

1985 Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones marries his second wife, Jo Karslake, in Buckinghamshire, England, with guests Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and the other members of the Stones (except Mick).

1981 David Lynch of The Platters dies of cancer at age 51 in Long Beach, California.

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1978 Two months after quitting the band, Ozzy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath.

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1975 Suzi Quatro lands the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with the headline, "Suzi Quatro flexes her leather." With a string of UK hits under her cowhide, she's ready to conquer her home country (born and raised in Michigan), but fails to break through. The magazine does get the attention of Happy Days producers, who cast her on the show as Leather Tuscadero.

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1974 Country singer and actor Tex Ritter (father of actor John Ritter) dies of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 68. His first of many hits was 1944's "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You."

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George Harrison's Solo Album Starts 7-Week Run At #1

1971

George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, his first album released after the breakup of The Beatles, begins a seven-week run at the top of the US albums chart.

The youngest Beatle, George Harrison battled for tracks on the group's albums with the formidable Lennon/McCartney team. He usually got one or two of his songs placed, including the indelible "Here Comes The Sun" and the classic love song "Something." When the Beatles sputtered to an end in 1970, all four members released solo albums. Lennon issued John Lennon Plastic Ono Band, an anguished and confessional collection that includes "Working Class Hero" and "Mother"; Ringo Starr delivered two albums: an orchestral set with George Martin called Sentimental Journey and a country-tinged album called Beaucoups of Blues; McCartney was Paul McCartney's solo debut, recorded in his home studio. Harrison had such a backlog of material that his post-Beatles debut (he released a soundtrack called Wonderwall Music in 1968 and an experimental album of Moog music called Electronic Sound in 1969) was a 3-disc set. He called in the cavalry to record it, getting help from session stars like Alan White (later of Yes) and Klaus Voormann, and from famous friends like Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and Dave Mason. At the helm was Phil Spector, building his wall of sound. The first single is "My Sweet Lord," a paean to Eastern philosophy where he repeats the Hindu mantra Hare Krishna. In both the US and UK, it's the first solo single from an ex-Beatle to hit #1. Other standouts include the upbeat love song "What Is Life" and "Apple Scruffs," a tribute to the young ladies who offered positive vibes outside Abbey Road Studios when The Beatles recorded. The album cover shows Harrison in the garden of his Friar Park estate, his happy place. The track "The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp" is about the horticulturalist who first owned it and established the gardens. All Things Must Pass becomes the first #1 album of 1971 in America, and stays on top for seven weeks. Harrison's next big move is organizing the "Concert For Bangla Desh," a relief effort for Bangladeshi refugees. Held at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971, it features Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr. One of the first big charity concerts, it raises millions for UNICEF, mostly from the album and film. Another byproduct of the All Things Must Pass sessions is Derek and the Dominos, the group Eric Clapton forms with Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon, all of whom played on the album.

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