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For: Friday, July 3, 2015 

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On This Day: 

In 1965 
The Yardbirds' "For Your Love" peaked at number six on the pop singles chart. 

In 1969 
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool.  While rumors of murder and suicide followed the death, the coroner's office ruled it a, quote, "misadventure," citing the high levels of drugs and alcohol in Jones' system. 

Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, and Ten Years After were among the artists performing at the only night of rock at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. 

In 1970 
Jimi Hendrix was among the performers at the three day Atlanta Pop Festival. 

In 1971 
Doors frontman Jim Morrison was found dead of a heart attack in his bathtub in Paris. 

In 1973 
David Bowie announced his retirement from show business at a show at the Hammersmith Odeon.  He closed the show with "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide."  It was the last concert of his 60-date tour. 

In 1981 
Surviving Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robbie Kreiger, and John Densmore offered a gravesite tribute to Jim Morrison on the tenth anniversary of his death. 

New releases included Foreigner's album "4" and Bill Wyman's solo single "Je Suis Un Rock Star." 

In 1982 
.38 Special's "Caught Up In You" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart. 

In 1995 
A Grateful Dead concert in suburban Indianapolis was cancelled because of a riot at the Dead's show in Nobelsville, Indiana, the night earlier. 

In 1996 
Hundreds of Doors fans gathered at the Paris gravesite of Jim Morrison to mark the 25th anniversary of his death. 

In 1998 
Bob Dylan played the 1000th show of his Neverending Tour at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. 

In 2001 
Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and manager Danny Sugarman honored Jim Morrison on the 30th anniversary of his death with a showing of Doors movies in Paris. 

In 2002 
Sharon Osbourne had surgery for colon cancer.  Her condition prompted Ozzy Osbourne to postpone the start of the Ozzfest tour by five days.  Her surgery took place the day before the Osbourne's 20th wedding anniversary. 

In 2007 
Alice Cooper's former guitarist Dick Wagner was hospitalized after suffering a massive heart attack.  The 64-year-old rocker, who was in Cooper's band in the 1970s and '80s, spent several months recovering from the near-fatal attack. 

In 2008 
Ringo Starr attended a special reception at a display of his computer art at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. 

In 2011 
Surviving Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robbie Kreiger marked the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison's death by visiting his gravesite in Paris.