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Today in Rock: July 3

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1940 and 2008.

On this day in 1940 future R&B singer Fontella Bass is born in St. Louis, Missouri.

On this day in 1943 Judith Durham, future jazz singer and member of The Seekers, is born in Melbourne, Australia.

On this day in 1965 John Lennon's interview on BBC-radio's “World Of Books” is broadcast.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles are in the studio working on “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.”

On this day in 1969 Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones is found dead in his swimming pool in England. The death is ruled accidental, although Jones had high levels of alcohol and barbiturates in his blood.

On this day in 1970 Casey Kasem launches the syndicated show American Top 40, which is broadcast on seven radio stations. (He would host the show until 2004, when Ryan Seacrest takes over.)

On this day in 1971 Jim Morrison of The Doors is found dead in his bathtub at age 27. No autopsy was performed, and while drugs were suspected, the official cause was "heart attack induced by respiratory problems."

On this day in 1975 Three Dog Night's Chuck Negron is arrested in his hotel room and charged with cocaine possession on the opening night of a tour.

On this day in 1989 Evening: Julian Lennon sings in Liverpool for the first time.

On this day in 1995 American singer-songwriter/actress Phyllis Hyman dies at the age of 45. Also on this day Westwood One radio broadcasts Paul McCartney’s radio show -

On this day in 2001 Sum 41 release their debut single "Fat Lip."

On this day in 2008 Colin Cooper, founder and leader of The Climax Blues Band dies at the age of 69.


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