Until recently, the loss of nearly every major figure in Rock came as a sudden, unexpected shock. Knowing well before his death that Freddie Mercury's remaining days were dwindling still made news of his passing on this day in 1991 hard to take. Five years after being diagnosed as having AIDS, this once charismatic titan of a front man publicly acknowledged his illness only the day before bronchial pneumonia related to the disease took his life.
1941 Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn born.
1941 Early Beatles drummer Pete Best born.
1944 Bev Bevan of Electric Light Orchestra born.
1948 Lee Michaels born.
1950 Original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns born.
1966 The Beatles record Strawberry Fields Forever.
1971 Kinks release Muswell Hillbillies.
1976 George Harrison releases 33 1/3.
1991 Eric Carr of KISS dies of cancer at 41..
1992 Pink Floyd releases Shine 8 disc set.
1993 Blues guitar great Albert Collins dies of lung cancer at 61.
1997 Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland makes solo debut in LA.
2008 Rock Hall Of Fame opens Annex in New York City.
2009 Tom Petty releases Live Anthology…