On July 3, 1971, James Douglas “Jim” Morrison, died aged 27. Being singer, songwriter and poet he is best known as the lead singer of The Doors. His poetic odes to rebellion, his charismatic, wild personality and his mysterious death made him one of the most legendary, Influential and best loved rock artists of all times. On the “Rolling Stone” magazine list of “100 Greatest singers of all time”Morrison was ranked 47.
On July 3, 1969, Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones died aged 27. Being songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jones was the founder and original bandleader of the Rolling Stones. As he developed a serious drug problem over the years, his role in the band slowly diminished and Jagger and Richards overshadowed him. In June 1969, he was asked to leave the band and was replaced by Mick Taylor. Jones died by drowning in the swimming pool at his home on Cotchford Farm inHartfield, East Sussex. Bill Wyman (the original Rolling Stones bass player) said of Jones, “He formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs. ..Very influential, very important, and then slowly lost it – highly intelligent – and just kind of wasted it and blew it all away.”
On June 30, 2001, Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins, died aged 77.Being guitarist, vocalist and producer, together with Owen Bradley, Atkins created country music style known as the “Nashville” sound. In his career, Atkins recorded more than 100 albums and has produced records for Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, Waylon Jennings,The Browns, Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Norma Jean, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, The Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Don Gibson, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis and others.
Throughout his career, Atkins earned numerous awards, including 11” Grammy Awards”, nine CMA “Instrumentalist of the Year” honors, “Lifetime Achievement Award” from NARAS and was inducted into the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame”, “Country Music Hall of Fame” and “Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame ”.
On June 29, 1979, Lowell Thomas George, died aged 34. Being songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, he was member of Frank Zappa’s “Mothers of Invention”, but he is best known as a leader, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter of “Little Feat”. George also worked as a producer, he produced the Grateful Dead’s 1978 album “Shakedown Street”, the “Little Feat’s” albums and Valerie Carter’s 1977 album “Just a stone’s throw away”. In 1979 George released his only solo album “Thanks, I’ll eat it here”.
On June 29, 1975, Timothy Charles “Tim” Buckley III died aged 28. He was singer-songwriter and guitarist who created unique and recognizable folk oriented music that incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul and avant-garde. During his lifetime, Buckley did not achieve commercial success, but he is admired by later generations for his music and music innovations.
- Tim Buckley (1966)
- Goodbye and hello (1967)
- Happy sad (1969)
- Blue afternoon (1969)
- Lorca (1970)
- Starsailor (1970)
- Greetings from L.A. (1972)
- Sefronia (1973)
- Look at the fool (1974)
- Dream letter: Live in London 1968 (1990)
- Peel sessions (1991)
- Live at the Troubadour 1969 (1994)
- Honeyman: Live 1973 (1995)
- Once I was(1999)
- Copenhagen tapes (2000)
- Live at the Folklore Center 1967 (2009)
On June 28, 2015, Christopher “Chris” Russell Edward Squire, died aged 67. Being musician, songwriter and singer, he was best known as the bass guitarist and backing vocalist of “Yes”. Squire was the only “Yes” member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums, released from 1969 to 2014. In 1975, Squire released his only solo album “Fish out of water”. He was regarded as one of the most respected and most influential bass players in the history of rock music. From 1991 to 2000, “Rickenbacker” company produced a limited edition signature bass of his trademark instrument, in his name, the “4001 CS”.
On June 27, 1071, rock venue “Fillmore East” was closed. Rock promoter Bill Graham opened “Fillmore East” on Second Avenue near East 6th Street in the East Village, in New York City, on March 8, 1968. In its three years of existence, some of the biggest acts in rock music performed in this venue. The “Fillmore East” was a companion to Graham’s “Fillmore Auditorium”, and its successor, the “Fillmore West”, in San Francisco.
Big number of live albums by famous artists was recorded in “Fillmore East”, including:
- The Allman Brothers Band– At Fillmore East (1971)
- The Allman Brothers Band– Fillmore East, February 1970 (released 1997) on Grateful Dead Records
- The Allman Brothers Band- The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings six CD set of both early and late shows from March 12 and 13, 1971, and the complete closing show from June 27, 1971. released by The Island Def Jam Music Group, 2014
- The Chambers Brothers– Love, Peace and Happiness, a double album with one studio disc and one live disc recorded at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East
- Joe Cocker– Mad Dogs and Englishmen – The Complete Fillmore East Concerts – March 27–28, 1970 (released 2006)
- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young- 4 Way Street (1971)
- Miles Davis– Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970: It’s About That Time (2001); recorded March 7, 1970, in a rare live recording of Davis’s so-called ‘”lost quintet”
- Miles Davis– Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore East (1970); recorded June 17–20, 1970
- Miles Davis- Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol.3, four CD set of the complete shows from June 17, 18, 19 & 20, 1970 plus three bonus tracks from April 11, 1970 at Fillmore West. (released 2014, Columbia – Legacy)
- Derek and the Dominos– In Concert; recorded October 23–24, 1970 (released 1973)
- Derek and the Dominos– Live at the Fillmore ; recorded October 23–24, 1970 (released 1994)
- Flying Burrito Brothers– Authorized Bootleg: Fillmore East, N.Y., N.Y. Late Show, Nov. 7, 1970 (CD, Feb-2011, Hip-O Select)
- The Fugs– Golden Filth – Alive at the Fillmore East ; recorded June 1, 1968 (released on LP 1970, on CD as part of the Rhino Handmade 3-CD set, Electromagnetic Steamboat 2003)
- Grateful Dead– Ladies and Gentlemen… The Grateful Dead: Fillmore East – April 1971 (2000) ; a four-disc set taken from their five-night stint at the Fillmore East in April 1971
- Grateful Dead– Live at the Fillmore East 2-11-69 (1997)
- Grateful Dead– History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice) (February 13–14, 1970) (1973)
- Grateful Dead– Dick’s Picks Volume Four – Grateful Dead Fillmore East 2/13–14/70 (1996) ; a three-disc set released on Grateful Dead Records
- Grateful Dead– Road Trips Volume 3 Number 3 Fillmore East 5-15-70 ; a three-disc set with a bonus fourth disc included with early orders of the set from dead.net; (released 2010)
- Jimi Hendrix– Band of Gypsys (1970) and Live at the Fillmore East (1999)
- Humble Pie– Performance Rockin’ the Fillmore (1971). Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore The Complete Recordings, a four disc CD set with the early and late shows from both 5/28/71 and 5/29/71 (released by Omnivore Recordings 2013)
- Incredible String Band- Live At The Fillmore 1968 ; recorded June 5, 1968; released by Hux Records Ltd, 2013.
- Iron Butterfly- Fillmore East 1968 ; a two disc set recorded on April 26 & 27, 1968; released by Rhino Entertainment 2011.
- Jefferson Airplane– Bless Its Pointed Little Head (1969) ; this album was split between the Fillmore East and Fillmore West.
- Jefferson Airplane– Live at the Fillmore East (recorded 1968; released 1998)
- Jefferson Airplane– Sweeping Up the Spotlight: Jefferson Airplane Live at the Fillmore East 1969 (released 2007)
- King Crimson– Epitaph – two-disc set with three tracks recorded at Fillmore East Nov. 21, 1969
- King Crimson– Live at Fillmore East – one disc with both Nov. 21 and Nov. 22, 1969 partial sets (released in 2004 on The King Crimson Club label as Club 25)
- Al Kooper& Mike Bloomfield – Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes ; recorded Dec. 13–14, 1968 (released 2003)
- Love– Studio / Live – live tracks recorded at Fillmore East (released on LP 1982, on CD 1991)
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono – Live Jam – Side Two of this live album, which was included as a bonus album in Lennon & Ono’s Some Time in New York City (released: 1972), was recorded at the Fillmore East on June 6, 1971.
- Taj Mahal– The Real Thing ; recorded Feb. 13, 1971 (remaster with one more track, released 2000)
- Mountain– Flowers Of Evil – Side 2 recorded at Fillmore East, December 26, 1970
- John Mayall– The Turning Point (1969) (released on CD 1990, remaster with three more tracks released 2001)
- The Nice– Live at the Fillmore East December 1969 ; recorded December 19–20, 1969 (released 2009)
- Laura Nyro– Spread Your Wings and Fly: Live at the Fillmore East (released 2004)
- Quicksilver Messenger Service– Happy Trails; live tracks recorded at both Fillmore East & Fillmore West (CD released 1994)
- Ten Years After– Live at the Fillmore East 1970 ; recorded February 27–28, 1970 (released 2001)
- Johnny Winter– Live Johnny Winter And; recorded at Fillmore East and Pirate’s World, Dania, Florida (released 1971)
- Johnny Winter– Live at the Fillmore East 10/3/70 (released 2010)
- Neil Young & Crazy Horse– Live at the Fillmore East recorded March 6–7, 1970 (released on CD and DVD 2006)
- Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention– Freaks And Motherfu*#@%! ; recorded in 1970 (released 1991)
- Frank Zappa’s Mothers– Fillmore East – June 1971 (released 1971)