Best invention ever? -- Queen's first gig... -- How to die like a rock star...

Two of The Who: Keith Moon (L) and John Entwistle at The Rolling Stones' "Rock & Roll Circus", Dec. 1968. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

6/27/1885 (132 years ago today) - Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter applied for a patent of their invention "The Grammophone". How could they have possibly known it would lead to records like "We Built This City"...

6/27/1970 (47 years ago today) - The newly formed band Smile play their debut live gig at Truro City Hall, Cornwall, England -- The line-up features a fantastically talented guitarist named Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, Mike Grose on bass, and a rather flamboyant lead vocalist named Freddie Bulsara, who will soon take on the last name Mercury -- One of the original pieces they play goes down rather well -- "Stone Cold Crazy" -- and in a few weeks they pick up a new bass player (John Deacon) and change the name of the band to Queen...

6/27/2002 (15 years ago today) - Without question, he was one of the most influential bassists in the history of rock: The day before their 2002 tour was scheduled to start, The Who's John Entwistle passed away in his Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel Room -- "The Ox" had spent the night with a stripper who awoke at 10 am to find him in bed, cold and unresponsive -- The medical examination determined John's death was from a cocaine-induced heart attack; he was 57 years old.

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