July 3rd is the day before the 4th, and productivity is not high anywhere today. But I will keep you informed on the facts On This Day In Music, I promise!
We'll begin on July 3rd, 2001. A band named Sum 41 was getting momentum with their first EP Half Hour of Power and now they're ready with their next offering of music. It was on this day that they put out their official first single, "Fat Lip"!
Watch them playing it on the Late Late Show With Craig Kilborne in 2001!
I love to remind you of Craig Kilborne's show. It never got the credit it deserved.
Our next piece of July 3rd business happened in 1973. David Bowie played his last show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London as Ziggy Stardust. Certainly it wasn't his last concert ever, but Bowie decided it was time to move on from the Ziggy Stardust alter-ego.
Cameras were rolling that night and D.A. Pennebaker made a movie from the concert, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars. Watch "Ziggy Stardust" from it, the magic that is Bowie!
I don't think I could pull off that outfit. I don't have the legs for it...
July 3rd is a sad day for music, because it was today in 1971 that the world lost Jim Morrison. Jim was only 27 years old, found dead in a bathtub in Paris. Heroin did him in, but there was never an official autopsy done. The only reason it wasn't performed was because foul play wasn't involved.
Jim's grave continues to be one of the most visited sites in Paris at Pere Lachaise Cemetary.
Watch The Doors video for "People Are Strange", a song that, like Jim, was way ahead of its time.
Rest in peace, Lizard King.
There are birthdays to discuss! The first one is Kevin Hearn, born on July 3rd, 1969. Kevin is the man doing the keyboards / piano / accordion for The Barenaked Ladies. Why don't we check them out from 1996 playing "The Old Apartment" at T In The Park!
Next up is another keyboardist, Vince Clark! He's been around the world many times as a member of Depeche Mode, Erasure and Yaz! One of the biggest songs he helped write was "Just Can't Get Enough"! This is Depeche live in Germany in 1984.
See! I told you we were going to work hard for the July 3rd edition of On This Day in Music! Now you do your best to avoid anything that remotely resembles work, because that's what July 3rd is all about!