This Day in Music History
1961 : Elvis Presley makes his last stage appearance for nearly eight years, at Bloch Arena in Hawaii.
1973 : Sweet's "Little Willy" is certified gold.
1974 : Pamela Courson, who was Jim Morrison's girlfriend and the one who found him dead in a bathtub, dies of a heroin overdose.
1975 : The original New York Dolls break up after Jerry Nolan and Johnny Thunders leave the band in the middle of a tour in Florida. They carry on with replacements into 1976, but disband that year, returning again in 2004.
1977 : Elvis Presley makes his last ever recordings at a session after a show in Saginaw, Michigan.
1978 : Queen's "We Are The Champions" is certified gold.
1981 : Denny Laine leaves the trio Wings, essentially leaving Paul McCartney a solo act once more.
1993 : Legendary album artist Stanley "Mouse" Miller, designer of Grateful Dead's "skull and roses" logo, has his upcoming liver transplant financed by the band.
1994 : A judge finds Michael Bolton's 1991 hit "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" plagiarizes The Isley Brothers' 1966 song of the same name, despite Bolton's protests that he's never heard the song.
1999 : It's Joe DiMaggio Day at Yankee Stadium, and Paul Simon performs "Mrs. Robinson", which contains the classic line, "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?"
2000 : Eric Clapton is reunited with his former Derek and the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock for their first performance together in 29 years. The setting is the London-based BBC TV series Later With Jools Holland.
2003 : The parents of the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison sue the remaining members for touring with a new singer as "The Doors 21st Century" using the band's image and logo.
2004 : Billy Joel, who is much better behind a piano than the wheel of a car, gets in another car accident - his third in two years.
2008 : Phil Collins announces his retirement from releasing albums and touring. A few years later, he would retire from the business completely to spend time with his family.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com