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July 1st

1969 John Lennon, Yoko Ono, her daughter Kyoko, and his son Julian were all involved in a car accident in Scotland when Lennon lost control and drove his white Leyland Austin Maxi into a ditch. They were taken to Golspie’s Lawson Memorial Hospital where they were given stitches. Lennon later had the car crushed into a cube and exhibited it on his lawn at Tittenhurst Park.

1979 – The Doobie Brothers celebrate their 10th anniversary with a show at the Friar’s Club in L.A. They celebrated a crazy decade of eight albums, an early strong following by Hell’s Angels members, many concerts, Michael McDonald joining and lots of fuzz-toned guitars and three-part harmonies.  Their popularity would sore in the next few years.

1983 – A New Jersey based band called Bon Jovi signed to Phonogram’s Mercury records. To this day they have released 11 studio albums, sold 130 million records worldwide, played 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries and Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

2005Four Tops singer Renaldo “Obie” Benson dies at the age of 69 in a from lung cancer. Benson sold over 50 million records with the Four Tops and also co-wrote ‘What’s Going On’ which became a No.2 hit for Marvin Gaye.

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