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 (LOH’-pez) faced a $1.3 million dollar payment for burning down the mansion of her boyfriend, Andre Rison.
Also in 1995, Scott Weiland (WY’-land) 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.