TRANSGLOBAL EXISTENTIAL SCIENCE AND MUSIC FOUNDATION

CANON OF ROCK 'N' ROLL

The TESAM Canon of Rock 'n' Roll has no pretense whatsoever to give you an accurate history of rock íní roll. Nor does it claim to be complete or perfect. The internet does however provide the opportunity to create a canon without a deadline, unlike printed publications.

This canon is the personal product of a musician that has an affinity with this kind of music, and who is also the founder and single board member of TESAM. A musician who honors the people that inspired him to create his music, which can be defined as rock íní roll as well. Someone who can only play his music and create his songs as long as he is healthy enough, relatively safe, has sufficient privacy, and is able to hold on to a valuable work morale.

Deaths are an important part of this canon of rock íní roll, together with the biographies of our heroes. Thatís because this reveals important information on how the stars lived, how healthy the were, what drove them.

Donít let this be merely a black page though, for itís not their death that made them worthwhile but how they vibrated. Letís hope we learn enough about them to avoid the health problems they and others encountered. It was their creativity that brought us their great music, not how healthy they are or have been.

Please do not misjudge rock íní roll music as referring to an unhealthy lifestyle. We are concerned with pioneers of innovative music, stars, heroes, brilliant musicians. Read between the lines and you will discover facts that reveal a new world, a healthier, safer world for mankind to live in.

Everyone who experiences this development is, of course, a blessed soul.









161 items

1858            The Wayfaring Stranger first known publication
1865            The Ship That Never Returned by composer and songwriter
                    Henry Clay Work
1890s          Broadside print of the Butcher Boy
1900 12 25  Murder of Delia Green
1903 09 27  Wreck of the Old 97
1913            First known publishing of Man of Constant Sorrow (Farewell Song),
                    possibly written by Richard ĎDickí Burnett
1923            Jimmy Cox writes Nobody Knows You When Youíre Down and Out
1924 12 04  Recording of Iíll See You in my Dreams
1929 12 19  Death of Blind Lemon Jefferson, age 36; cause: probably acute
                    myocarditis
1934 04 28  Death of Charley Patton, age 42 or 43; cause: mitral valve disorder

1934 12 01  Death of Blind Blake, age 37-38; cause: pulmonary tuberculosis
1937 07 11  Death of George Gershwin, age 38; cause: brain tumor
1938 08 16  Robert Johnsonís mysterious death, age 27
1946/7         Release Thatís All Right by Arthur Crudup
1951/04       Release Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats
1953 01 01  Death of Hank Williams at age 29
1953 08       Elvis Presley checks into the offices of Sun Records for his first
                    professional recordings
1953 09       Luthier and designer Roger Rossmeisl migrates into the United States
1954 07 06  Recording of Thatís All Right by Elvis Presley at Sun Record Studio
1954 07 19  Release Thatís All Right by Elvis Presley

1955 01 19  Release movie Unchained featuring Unchained Melody
1955            Johnny Cash, first attempt to audition for Sun Records
1955            Release Rock Island Line by Lonnie Donegan
1955 03 19  Blackboard Jungle featuring Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley &                     His Comets
1956 12 05  Million Dollar Quartet session by Sun Records
1956 12 07  Rock Rock Rock! release movie featuring Chuck Berry
1957 09 20  Release Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly
1957 09 24  Release Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley just before the movie
1958 03 06  Recording of All I Have To Do Is Dream by the Everly Brothers, words
                    and music by Boudleaux Bryant
1959 02 03  Death of Buddy Holly (22), Richie Valens (17), the Big Bopper (28),
                    caused by an airplane crash

1960 03 19  Bob Dylanís eponymous debut album release
1960 04 17  Death of Eddy Cochran, age 21. Cause: car accident; involving Gene
                    Vincent
1960 06 16  Psycho movie release
1961 10 18  West Side Story movie release
1962 10 05  Release Love Me Do by the Beatles
1964 01 13  Release The Times They Are A-Changiní - Bob Dylan (LP with the
                    same title and song)
1964 01 20  Release Meet The Beatles album
1964 06 17  The Beatles, outstanding, registered performance in Melbourne,
                    Australia
1964 07 07  A Hard Days Night The Beatles movie release
1964 08 28  The Beatles meet Bob Dylan in New Yorkís Delmonico Hotel

1964 12 11  Death of Sam Cooke, age 33. Disputed verdict justifiable
                    homicide
1965 07 19  Release Help! Single in the US (before the album and the film in the
                    UK)
1965 07 20  Release single Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
1965 07 25  Bob Dylan live at Newport Folk Festival, his electric debut
1965 08 01  Help! the Beatles movie release
1965 10 27  Death of Peter La Farge, age 34, probably by Thorazine
1965 12 03  Bob Dylan San Francisco press conference
1966 04 17  Recording of Doctor Robert by The Beatles
1966 05 16  Release Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys
1966 06 20  Release Yesterday and Today by The Beatles, with the amended
                    cover

1966 06 20  Release Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
1966 10 10  Release Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
1967 02 03  Death of Joe Meek, cause suicide (after murder of his landlady Violet                     Shenton), age 37
1967 03 12  Release of The Velvet Underground and Nico
1967 05 17  Release Donít Look Back - documentary by D.A. Pennebaker
1967 05 26  Release Sgt. Pepperís Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles
1967 08 27  Death of Brian Epstein, age 32, overdose of Carbrital, a hypnotic
                    preparation combining the barbiturate pentobarbital with the bromide
                    carbromal and alcohol
1967 09 25  Release of the album Strange Days by the Doors
1967 12 10  Death of Otis Redding and 4 of his band members, plane crash
1968 01 22  Release Gris-Gris by Dr. John, the Nighttripper

1968 10 25  Release of Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
1968 11 19  Jefferson Airplane performs on the Schuyler Hotel rooftop, New York
1968 12 06  Release Beggars Banquet by the Rolling Stones
1969 02 24  Performance Jimi Hendrix Hear My Train A Cominí, Royal Albert Hall,
                    London, UK
1969 05 12  Premiere Easy Rider
1969 05 23  Release Tommy by the Who
1969 07 11  Release Space Oddity by David Bowie
1969 07 03  Death of Brian Jones by misadventure (drowning, enlarged heart and
                    liver), age 27
1969 07 04  Release Give Peace A Chance by the Plastic Ono Band
1969 08 05  Release The Stoogesí eponymous first album

1969 08 15  -18 Woodstock
1969 09 26  Release Abbey Road by the Beatles
1969 10 21  Death of Jack Kerouac, age 47 (after a life of heavy drinking)
1969 12 06  Altamont Speedway Free festival causing 4 death
1970 08 18  Death of Jimmy Hendrix, age 27. Cause never revealed
1970 09 03  Death of Alan Wilson of Canned Heat, age 27, cause barbiturate                     overdose
1970 10 04  Death of Janis Joplin, age 27, cause heroin overdose possibly
                    compounded by alcohol
1970 10 27  Jesus Christ Superstar by Webber & Rice, album release UK
1971 06       Release of the single Riders on the Storm by the Doors
1971 07 03  Death of Jim Morrison, age 27

1971 10 12  Death of Gene Vincent from a combination of a ruptured ulcer, internal
                    haemorrhage and heart failure, age 36
1971 10 29  Death of Duane Allman, age 24
1972 05 12 Release Exile On Main St. by the Rolling Stones
1972 11 08  Release of Transformer by Lou Reed
1973 02       Release of Hocus Pocus by Focus in the US and Canada
1973 09 19  Death of Gram Parsons, age 26
1973 06 26  Release Jesus Christ Superstar the movie
1973 07 14  Death of Clarence White, age 29, caused by a car accident
1973 08 01  Release American Graffiti
1973 10 26  Release Quadrophenia by the Who

1973 12 20  Death of Bobby Darin, age 37, caused by sepsis and a weakened                     heart
1974 04 15  Release of Radar Love by the Golden Earring in the US
1975 03 14  Monty Python and the Holy Grail premiere USA
1975 03 19  Tommy movie release
1975 10 01  Murder of Al Jackson, drummer of Booker T. And the M.G.ís
1975 11 19  One Flew over the Cuckooís Nest movie release USA
1975 11 21  Release A Night at the Opera by Queen
1976 05 12  Death of Yardbirds singer Keith Relf, age 33. Cause: electrocution                     while playing electric guitar
1976 09 21  Release Small Change by Tom Waits
1977 04 08  Release The Clash first album

1977 08       Release Rock íní Roll with the Modern Lovers by Jonathan Richman &
                    The Modern Lovers
1977 08 16  Death of Elvis Presley, age 42
1977 08 29  Release Lust for Life album by Iggy Pop
1977 10 14  Watching the Detectives by Elvis Costello release
1978 02 10  Release Van Halen eponymous album
1978 04 07  Release of Roxanne by The Police
1978 04 26  Release The Last Waltz
1978 05 18  The Buddy Holly Story movie release
1978 06 13  Grease movie release
1978 09 07  Death of Keith Moon

1978 10 02  Release Dire Straits first album
1979 02 02  Death of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, overdose, age 21
1979 03 14  Hair movie release
1979 05 14  Quadrophenia premiere
1979 08 17  Life of Brian movie release
1979 11 07  The Rose movie release
1980 01 10  Release London Calling by The Clash
1980 05 18  Death of Ian Curtis by suicide, Joy Division, age 23
1980 11 07  Death of Steve McQueen, age 50, a type of cancer most likely caused
                    by asbestos
1980 12 08  Death of John Lennon, age 40, shot by a mentally ill fan

1981 02 02  Release Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads
1981 04 05  Death of Bob Hite of Canned Heat
1981 06 12  Release of Ghost Town by The Specials
1982 03 05  Death of John Belushi of the Blues Brothers
1982 12 03  Release The Bad Seed EP by the Birthday Party
1983 02 04  Death of Karen Carpenter
1984 04 24  Release Stop Making Sense , concert film of the Talking Heads
1985 07 13  Live Aid concert organised by Bob Geldof
1985 12 31  Death of Ricky Nelson, age 45, plane crash (DC-3)
1986 09 15  Release Blood & Chocolate featuring I Want You - Elvis Costello

1987 02 22  Death of Andy Warhol, age 58. Cause: post-operative heart failure
1987 05       La Bamba movie release
1987 09 11  Murder of Peter Tosh of the Wailers
1988 05 13  Death of Chet Baker after falling out of a window in Amsterdam, age
                    58
1988 12 06  Death of Roy Orbison, age 42. Cause: heart attack
1991 11 24  Death of Freddy Mercury, age 45. Cause: bronchopneumonia as a
                    complication of AIDS
1993 12 04  Death of Frank Zappa caused by (testicular) carcinoma
1994 04 05  Death of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, by suicide, age 27
1994 05 21  Pulp Fiction movie release
1995 06 14  Death of Rory Gallagher, age 47

1995 08 09  Death of Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead
1997 01 01  Death of Townes van Zandt
1997 05 29  Death of Jeff Buckley
1998 01 18  The Big Lebowski movie release
1998 05 20  Jackie Brown movie release
1999 03 02  Death of Dusty Springfield, caused by breast cancer
2000 05 13  O Brother, Where Art Thou movie release
2001 03 29  Blow movie release
2002 12 22  Death of Joe Strummer caused by an undiagnosed congenital heart
                    defect
2003 10 21  Death of Elliott Smith, age 34, caused by stab wounds, suicide or                     homicide, extreme mix of psychiatric medication, LAPD's investigation                     remains open

2004 02 20  Debut of Brian Wilson presents Smile, Royal Festival Hall, London
2004 09 28  Release of Brian Wilson presents Smile
2007 01 25  Chapter 27 movie release assassination of John Lennon
2009 02 04  Death of Lux Interior of the Cramps, age 62
2009 10 29  Nowhere Boy movie release youth of John Lennon
2011 02 06  Death of Gary Moore, age 58
2011 07 23  Death of Amy Winehouse, age 27, misadventure (alcohol induced)
2016 01 18  Death of Glenn Frey of the Eagles due to medication, age 67
2016 04 21  Death of Prince, aged 57, by legally prescribed opiates
2017 10 02  Death of Tom Petty caused by medication overdose, age 66

2023 04 29  90th birthday of Willie Nelson, The Hollywood Bowl