1996 The night before a show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin dies at age 34 after shooting heroin with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who is fired from the band a few days later (he returns to the fold in 1999). The Sarah McLachlan song "Angel" is inspired by Melvoin's death.
1979 The space station Skylab crashes to Earth after six years in space. Leading up to the event, Electric Light Orchestra take out ads in trade magazines dedicating their new single, "Don't Bring Me Down," to Skylab.
2016 Country singer Craig Morgan mourns the death of his son Jerry Greer after the 19-year-old's body is discovered the day after he goes missing while tubing on the Tennessee River. Jerry is one of four sons born to Morgan and his wife, Karen.
2014 Tommy Ramone (drummer for Ramones) dies of bile duct cancer at age 65.
2013 Charles Pope (of The Tams) dies of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at age 76 in Jonesboro, Georgia.
2012 Florence Welch, lead woman for Florence + the Machine, faces ill health and a failing voice, causing the group to cancel two European concerts. She's forced to cancel on doctor's orders to avoid permanent damage to her famous contralto voice.
2011 Jewel and her rodeo star husband Ty Murray welcome their first child: Kase Townes Murray.
2011 Rob Grill of The Grass Roots dies at 67.
2008 Barenaked Ladies' co-lead singer Steven Page is busted for cocaine possession while visiting his girlfriend's apartment in Fayetteville, New York. The charges will eventually be dropped, but the incident is a point of contention with his clean-cut bandmates and leads to his departure the following year.
2007 Rod Lauren jumps to his death from a Tracy, California hotel room. The actor-turned-singer was accused of murdering his wife, Filipino actress Nida Blanca, six years earlier but successfully fought extradition to face a murder trial in the Philippines, where the crime took place.
2005 Robin Thicke ties the knot with high-school sweetheart and Precious star Paula Patton. Their first son is born Julian Fuego Thicke on April 6, 2010, just shy of their fifth wedding anniversary.
2004 In an attempt to recapture Elvis' record of most UK #1 hits, his first single, 1954's That's Alright, is rereleased on its 50th anniversary.
2002 Blues singer Rosco Gordon dies at 74.
2002 Over 200 people attend the funeral for Who bassist John Entwistle in St. Edward's Church in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England. Entwistle was found dead in his Las Vegas hotel room on June 27th.
1999 Singer Helen Forrest dies of heart failure at 82.
1996 Louis Gottlieb of The Limeliters dies at age 72.
1995 George Michael signs a two-album deal split among two labels: Virgin in the UK and Dreamworks SKG in America. As part of the deal, Sony Records is paid $40 million to release Michael from his contract; after releasing his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, he refused to record for the label and filed a lawsuit seeking release from his contract, which he lost.
Jerry Garcia, who has a passion for painting and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, introduces a line of neckties he designed.
Garcia, who studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, has been dabbling in art for quite some time, often working on drawings and paintings when he isn't making music. Neckties provide a unique canvas for his work, which isn't Dead-issue tie dye, but abstract designs.
That Garcia has never been spotted wearing a necktie doesn't seem to matter (his signature look is jeans and a black T-shirt) - this is premium silk crepe neckwear, selling for $28.50.
The line is sold at Bloomingdale's and does very well, making not only an artistic statement but a cultural one as well, kind of like putting a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac Bill Clinton is spotted wearing one, as is Al Gore.
In 1993, jazz great Miles Davis follows suit with his own line of ties (some of which are kind of blue). Unlike Garcia, Davis is known for his fashion sense.
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