1968 Eric Clapton records the guitar solo for the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, becoming the first non-Beatle to appear on one of their recordings. George Harrison later said that Clapton’s presence had another effect on the band: “It made them all try a bit harder; they were all on their best behavior.”
1969 After a show in the Memphis Mid-Southern Coliseum, James Brown announces his retirement from live performing, effective July 4, 1970. The Godfather of Soul says he’s tired. At the same time, he’s fighting a paternity suit filed by a one-time president of the local James Brown fan club.
1970 Jimi Hendrix makes his last major concert appearance at the Love and Peace Festival in Puttgarden, Germany.
1990 48 year old Tom Fogerty died of respiratory failure. A lack of opportunity to sing and record his own songs led him to leave the band in 1971. He continued to tour and turn out new music until his death.
1997 While an estimated 2.5 billion people watched on television, Elton John sings a re-worked version of “Candle In The Wind” at the funeral of England’s Princess Diana. After the song is re-recorded and released as a single, it would become the largest selling record in history since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, with sales topping 33 million.
2006 Victor Willis, the policeman in Village People was handed three years probation for drugs offences after pleading no contest to the charges, dating from March 2006. .
2010 John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, was once again denied parole, nearly 30 years after gunning down the former Beatle. It was Chapman’s sixth appearance before the board since becoming eligible for parole in 2000.