We start Today in Music History, on this day in 1976. Just one day after telling the press he’d be around for a long time, Guitarist Tommy Bolin, a member of the bands Zephyr, the James Gang, and Deep Purple, died of a heroin overdose at 25.
On this day in 1979, U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor in London. Nine people were at the show, which was cut short when The Edge broke a guitar string.
Scandal with Patty Smyth on lead vocals were the musical guests on “American Bandstand,” on this day in 1982.
It was on this day in 1988, that Roy Orbison performed his final concert at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, Ohio. He died of heart failure two days later.
Paula Abdul received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this day in 1991.
We jump to this day in 2006, when Yahoo announced that Britney Spears was their most searched-for term of the year, garnering more online searches than any other person or topic.
And finally, it was on this day in 2013, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Richard Marx and Survivor played a “Rock to the Rescue” concert in Bloomington, Illinois to benefit victims of a devastating tornado in the area. Longtime REO guitarist Gary Richrath joined the band onstage for “Ridin’ the Storm Out.” It was his first appearance with the group since he left in 1989. It was also the last time he would play with the band, as he passed away in 2015.
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