One of prog’s most legendary and beloved musicians, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer‘s bassist/guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer Greg Lake has died at age 69 following a long bout with cancer, according to Vintage Vinyl News. Lake first made his bones along with good friend Robert Fripp in the first lineup of King Crimson and opened for the Rolling Stones at their July 5th, 1969 Hyde Park concert. Lake quickly teamed up with Keith Emerson from the Nice and Carl Palmer from Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster, the trio snagged a deal; with Atlantic Records and helped define the sound of the 1970’s.
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Elvis Presley performs at the B&I Club in Swifton, AK, and introduces his new song, “Heartbreak Hotel,” by claiming “It’s gonna be my first hit.”
Bobby Darin appears as the “mystery guest” on CBS’ What’s My Line show.
The Doors’ Jim Morrison is arrested at a New Haven, CT show for “breach of the peace” and a resultant “resisting arrest” charge. The singer had been mistaken for a fan backstage by a security guard, and in the resulting altercation, he was maced. Morrison went on about the incident onstage during a performance of “Back Door Man” and was arrested.
NBC airs the joint Supremes and Temptations television TCB (Takin’ Care Of Business).