Musical Trivia II 

Musical Trivia 8/23/03


Musical Trivia

In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis reached the pop charts with "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."

In 1960, Loretta Lynn's first single, "Honky Tonk Girl," entered the charts.

In 1967, Beatle Paul McCartney -- having admitted in Life magazine that he'd taken LSD -- repeated the admission on television.

In 1977, the Sex Pistols' Paul Cook was mugged outside a London subway station. He suffered head wounds.

In 1982, Asia's first album hit No.1.

In 1984, tickets for Bruce Springsteen's 10-day stand at New York's Meadowlands went on sale. 202,000 were sold in 24 hours.

In 1987, Whitney Houston became the first female artist to debut at No.1 on Billboard's album chart -- with "Whitney," her second album.

Also in 1987, the Recording Industry Association of America reported that for the first time, sales of CDs surpassed vinyl albums in 1986.

In 1991, Jordan "New Kids On The Block" Knight allegedly ordered a bodyguard to punch a heckler outside a Boston nightclub. Knight was charged with assault and battery for hire, but the charges were dropped the following March.

In 1999, U2's Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldolf were among the 35,000 or so people who formed a human chain around a building in Cologne, Germany, where the G7 summit was being held. They called on the world leaders to cancel all outstanding debts owed by the world's poorest countries.

In 2000, members of David Bowie's online community, UltraStar's BowieNet hosted a private concert for the musician at New York's Roseland Ballroom. The show was Bowie's first-ever for BowieNet members.

In 2001, animated versions of Nelly and his rap collective St. Lunatics made their online starring debut in "Rip Van Nelly," a Macromedia Flash Game. With a Rip Van Winkle-like premise, Nelly wakes up under the St. Louis arch after a 20-year nap, and users must navigate the rapper through a series of events in his hometown on his way to a concert.

In 1973, Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" celebrated its 20th anniversary with a show featuring Little Richard, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Cheech and Chong, and 3 Dog Night.

In 1980, Bob Dylan released "Saved," an album of "born again" Christian songs.

In 1981, guitarist Gerry Colt left the Boomtown Rats.

In 1983, Duane Eddy launched his first U.S. tour in 15 years in San Francisco.

In 1986, The Prince's Trust concert at London's Wembly Stadium -- which raised funds for a charity trust headed by Prince Charles -- starred Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tina Turner and Phil Collins, among others.

Also in 1986, country humorist Whitey "Duke of Paducah" Ford died at age 85.

In 1987, Boston performed at the 10th annual Texas Jam at the Cotton Bowl, ending eight years of seclusion.

Also in 1987, Frank Sinatra lost his voice after singing "Singing in the Rain" -- in the rain -- in Verona, Italy. His Milan appearance the following Monday was canceled.

In 1994, Aretha Franklin and Lou Rawls performed at a special White House concert in the Rose Garden.

Also in 1994, Barbra Streisand opened a series of shows in New York -- her first hometown concerts in 27 years.

Again in 1994, British newspapers reported the former Beatles had recorded new material for the first time in 24 years. The music was to be used for a 10-part documentary about them.

In 1995, legendary country duo George Jones and Tammy Wynette released their reunion album "One."

In 1996, Material Issue singer-songwriter Jim Ellison was found dead in his garage in Chicago, an apparent suicide. He was 32.

In 1997, the Spice Girls' debut CD "Spice" was knocked off the top of the Billboard Top-200 album chart by Christian singer Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)." It was the first contemporary Christian album to hit No.1 on the Billboard 200.

Also in 1997, Lawrence Payton of the Motown R&B group The Four Tops died of liver cancer. He was 59.

In 1998, Pearl Jam opened its North American tour in Missoula, Mt.

In 2000, Bruce Springsteen helped police arrest some scalpers outside Madison Square Garden. The New York Post reported that, an hour before his show, Springsteen went outside with his tour manager and some security guards and walked through the crowd pointing out people who were selling tickets for as much as $500.

In 1965, John Lennon published his second book, "A Spaniard In The Works."

In 1966, Lenny Bruce played his last show at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

In 1987, Ella Fitzgerald was a sell-out at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York. It was her first performance since a heart ailment in July 1986.

In 1988, Carlos Santana and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter opened a five-week tour at Pittsburgh's Mellon Festival.

In 1989, a reunited Who launched a North American tour in Toronto, at the same venue where the band had played its farewell performance in 1982.

Also in 1989, Rosanne Cash topped the country music charts with a song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party."

In 1990, Donnie Wahlberg of the New Kids On The Block was injured when he fell through a trap door on stage during a New York concert.

In 1992, Billy Joel received his high school diploma from Hicksville High School on Long Island, N.Y. He failed to graduate with his class in 1967 because of missed gym and English credits.

In 1993, the illegitimate daughter of Hank Williams, Sr., reached an out-of-court settlement with her half-brother, Hank Williams, Jr., over their father's estate.

In 1995, Neil Young filled in for Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder in San Francisco. Vedder was sick with the flu.

In 1997, Motley Crue released "Generation Swine" -- the band's first CD since the return of original lead vocalist Vince Neil -- and appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Also in 1997, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince and champion boxer Muhammad Ali announced plans for a benefit concert that October in Los Angeles. The show would raise money for groups that fight racial and religious prejudice.

And in 1997, a judge in Raleigh, N.C., fined rapper Foxy Brown $500 and ordered her to perform community service for spitting on two hotel clerks after being told the hotel didn't have an iron.

And in 1997, Disney reportedly pulled the new CD by the Insane Clown Posse off store shelves due to "foul and offensive" lyrics. The group's manager accused Disney of caving in to a recently announced boycott by Southern Baptists.

And in 1997, LaToya Jackson was divorced from husband/manager Jack Gordon after six years of marriage.

In 1999, Christie's in New York auctioned off 100 of Eric Clapton's guitars. A total of $5 million was raised for the Crossroads Center, a substance abuse treatment center founded by Clapton on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

In 2000, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks married actor Adrian Pasdar in Las Vegas.

In 1961, the Spinners debuted on the national singles charts with "That's What Girls Are Made For."

In 1967, the Beatles starred in a TV special, "Our World," which was beamed by satellite from Abby Road Studios in London to 26 countries and an estimated 400 million viewers.

In 1969, Mick Taylor made his concert debut as the Rolling Stones' lead guitarist in a show at the Coliseum in Rome.

In 1982, the Rolling Stones performed at Wembley Stadium in London. It was the band's first British show in six years.

In 1984, Prince's "Purple Rain" album was released.

In 1986, the 13-year-old daughter of country singer George Strait was killed in a car accident in Texas.

In 1987, Reba McEntire filed for divorce from husband and former rodeo performer Charlie Battles.

Also in 1987, composer Boudleaux Bryant died at age 67. Bryant wrote "Bye Bye Love," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie" -- all of which were recorded by the Everly Brothers.

In 1988, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played London's Wembley Stadium on the European leg of The Boss's "Tunnel of Love" tour.

In 1991, several female musicians -- including Debbie Harry, Lady Miss Kier of Deelite, M.C. Lyte, Queen Latifah, Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads, Kate Pierson of the B52s, and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon -- taped a public service announcement in support of legalized abortion.

In 1993, Bruce Springsteen was David Letterman's last guest on his final "Late Night" show for NBC. He sang "Glory Days."

In 1995, it was reported that George Michael was close to a deal with Virgin Records and Dreamworks SKG that would end his dispute with Sony.

In 1996, the Smashing Pumpkins kicked off the U.S. leg of the band's "Infinite Sadness" tour in Saginaw, Mich.

Also in 1996, Def Leppard -- with Tripping Daisy as its opening act -- launched its North American tour in Kalamazoo, Mich.

And in 1996, police in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park, Mich., identified a body found in the basement of an abandoned house as Arthur Ross, the 47-year-old younger brother of Diana Ross. A second body was later identified as his wife. Their deaths were ruled homicides.

In 1997, Bob Seger was charged with drunken driving after hitting a tree and wrecking his BMW near a Lake Superior town in Ontario, Canada.

Also in 1997, Motown singers gathered in Detroit for the funeral of Lawrence Payton of The Four Tops. He'd died the previous week of liver cancer.

In 1998, the "Rewind Tour" -- with Boy George and Culture Club -- began in Atlanta. Boy George was quoted by the Advocate, a gay magazine, saying he wasn't in it for the money.

In 2000, country's latest kid phenom, 12-year-old Billy Gilman, made his Grand Ole Opry debut during the TNN-televised portion of the show. "This has been my dream ever since I started singing," Gilman said.

In 1964, Jan and Dean released "Little Old Lady From Pasadena."

In 1968, Elvis Presley began taping his first TV special, in Burbank, Calif.

In 1969, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker and Johnny Winter headlined the Denver Pop Festival at Mile High Stadium.

In 1971, Bill Graham closed the Fillmore East in New York. The Fillmore West in San Francisco closed three days later.

In 1987, Whitney Houston's second album, "Whitney," entered the Billboard Top-200 album chart at No.1 -- making her the first female artist to debut an album at the top. The same day, her single -- "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" -- topped the Billboard pop singles chart, making her the first female artist to top the chart with four consecutive songs. She would beat this record three more times in the next 10 months.

In 1991, Carlos Santana was arrested in Houston after U.S. customs agents found a small amount of marijuana in his luggage. He posted bond and was freed.

Also in 1991, Chicago officials said they'd welcome back the Grateful Dead and the band's fans -- the Deadheads -- anytime. They said the concert went smoothly and the parking lots where the Deadheads camped out were left almost spotless.

In 1992, the European leg of Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" tour kicked off in Munich, Germany.

In 1993, Don Henley was booed in Milwaukee when he dedicated the song "It's Not Easy Being Green" to President Clinton.

Also in 1993, a third Garth Brooks concert -- added in Dallas after the first two sold out -- also sold out, in less than two hours.

In 1994, a New York autograph dealer offered for sale a furious letter from the late John Lennon to his former Beatle-mate, Paul McCartney. In it, Lennon told McCartney's wife, Linda, to "shut up."

In 1995, one day after announcing the cancellation of its summer tour, Pearl Jam said it would perform scheduled concert dates in Chicago and Milwaukee -- but that all other gigs were still off.

In 1996, fireworks sparked a stampede following an outdoor concert in New York City headlined by the rap group The Fugees. 30 people were treated for minor injuries.

In 1999, Michael Jackson suffered a slight injury to one of his knees while climbing from one malfunctioning piece of scenery to another during a benefit concert in Munich, Germany.

Also in 1999, the London Sunday Times quoted Eric Clapton saying there was a time he was so strung out on alcohol and drugs in the 1980s that he abused his then-wife, Patti Boyd.

In 2001, Jazz composer and arranger Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill died in New York of natural causes.

In 2002, Timothy White, the influential editor-in-chief of the weekly music publication Billboard since 1991, died suddenly after an apparent heart attack.

In 1952, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Delicado" by the Percy Faith Orchestra.

In 1966, the Supremes made the studio recording of "You Keep Me Hangin' On." This song topped Billboard's Hot 100 for two weeks and R&B singles chart for four weeks.

In 1974, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Rock the Boat" by The Hues Corporation.

Also in 1974, Greg Allman married Cher four days after her divorce from Sonny Bono. After nine days, Cher announced she wanted another divorce. They actually separate and divorce about 3 1/2 years later.

In 1985, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Sussudio" by Phil Collins.

In 1996, Neil Young premiered his album, "Broken Arrow" via the Internet. The album was slated for release on July 2, just two days after its technologically advanced premiere.

In 1998, Ol' Dirty Bastard, a.k.a. Russel Jones was shot in the back while at his girlfriend's apartment during an attempted robbery. The wounds were deemed superficial, and the Wu-Tang Clan member checked himself out of the hospital a few days later.

In 2001, Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, died of cancer at his home in Nashville.

Also in 2001, Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson died after a long bout with emphysema.

In 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on "The Steve Allen Show," serenading a basset hound with his hit single "Hound Dog."

Also in 1956, Brenda Lee -- not yet 12 years old -- signed a recording contract with Decca Records.

In 1967, the Parliaments -- to be later known as Parliament-Funkadelic and led by funk king George Clinton -- made its chart debut with "(I Wanna) Testify."

In 1968, John Lennon publicly announced his love for Yoko Ono at the opening of his first art exhibit in London.

In 1969, rock 'n' roll pioneer Sam Phillips sold his Memphis-based Sun Records to Nashville music-biz powerhouse Shelby Singleton.

In 1970, Jimi Hendrix began recording for the first time at his own studio in New York City. It was known as the Electric Ladyland.

In 1972, the tribal rock musical "Hair" closed on Broadway after 1,729 performances.

In 1975, David Bowie began filming "The Man Who Fell To Earth" -- his motion picture debut -- in Albuquerque, N.M.

Also in 1975, Ringo Starr and his wife, Maureen, were divorced.

In 1984, the Music Theater Network launched its Concert Cinema service that put rock concert videos in 600 movie theaters.

In 1986, as part of her prize in an MTV contest, Prince's "Under the Cherry Moon" premiered in Lisa Barber's hometown of Sheridan, Wyo. He also sang for her and 200 friends.

In 1987, Wilson Pickett was convicted in Hackensack, N.J., of illegally carrying a loaded shotgun. It was his second weapons conviction.

In 1993, Bon Jovi offered free tickets to its July 3 show in Moline, Ill., to anyone who'd filled three sandbags to help shore up levees along the flooded Mississippi River.

In 1994, a judge in Baton Rouge, La., sentenced Percy Sledge to five years' probation and fined him $95,000 for tax evasion.

In 1995, legendary disc jockey "Wolfman Jack" (real name: Robert Smith) died of a heart attack. He was 57.

In 1996, tickets for the first 10 rows of the upcoming Hootie and the Blowfish concert in Long Island, N.Y., were voided after the band found out theater workers had held back tickets and sold them to scalpers instead.

Also in 1996, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against John Denver, meaning he must stand trial for a 1994 drunk driving accident near Aspen. Denver had allegedly run his car into a tree.

And in 1996, members of the rock group the Wrens were arrested on trespassing charges after they were caught filming a music video in an abandoned Edgewater, N.J., building. They were released after the cops checked their identification.

In 1999, Blues Traveler cancelled its two scheduled Fourth of July weekend annual appearances at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado after lead singer John Popper was hospitalized with chest pains.

Also in 1999, singer Guy Mitchell died of complications from surgery in Las Vegas. He was 72. Between 1950 and '60, Mitchell had nearly 40 hit records -- most of them novelties, folk tunes and country songs.

In 1955, Lawrence Welk TV show debuted.

In 1956, Elvis Presley recorded "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" at the RCA studios in New York City.

Also in 1956, Buddy Holly's first single -- "Love Me" with "Blue Days, Black Nights" on the flip side -- was released.

In 1964, country singer Jim Reeves held what would be his last recording session.

In 1973, Roxy Music's Eno -- full name, Brian Peter George St. John Le Baptiste De La Salle Eno -- quit the band after numerous personality clashes with singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry.

In 1981, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of six sold-out shows at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

In 1982, the Clash's Nicky Headon was charged with stealing a bus stop sign.

In 1987, rock promoter Bill Graham announced a badly kept secret -- a Fourth of July rock concert for peace in Moscow featuring Carlos Santana, the Doobie Bros., James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.

In 1988, George Thorogood and Brian Setzer opened a nationwide tour together in Los Angeles.

In 1991, a riot broke out at a Guns N' Roses concert in suburban St. Louis, Mo., after lead singer Axl Rose allegedly attacked a fan taking photographs. The band then walked off the stage and fans went on a rampage. The destruction of the band's equipment forced the cancellation of its next two tour stops.

In 1992, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter, Jade, 20, gave birth to a baby boy.

In 1994, pioneering gospel singer Marion Williams died in Philadelphia at age 66. She influenced Aretha Franklin and Little Richard, among others.

In 1995, a Seattle newspaper quoted Courtney Love saying she was unable to find a final resting place for Kurt Cobain's ashes. No cemetery wanted to accept the remains of the Nirvana lead singer because of security costs.

In 1996, Diana Ross's family added $25,000 to the $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed Diana's younger brother, Arthur "T-Boy" Ross. He and his wife had been found slain in a suburban Detroit home.

In 1997, EMI said it paid $132 million for a 50-percent stake in Berry Gordy Jr.'s company that held the rights to the classic Motown song library. The deal involved copyrights to tunes made famous by Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles -- among others.

Also in 1997, Bruce Springsteen donated part of the money from his Polar Music Prize to a Swedish school program that helps troubled teenagers stay out of trouble.

In 2001, Liverpool Airport at Speke was renamed John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was present to unveil a new logo that included the late Beatle's famous self-portrait and the words, 'Above Us Only Sky' taken from his 'Imagine' album.

In 1960, Elvis Presley was heartbroken when his dad Vernon announced plans to remarry, less than two years after his mom's death.

In 1969, former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones drowned in his swimming pool. He was 27.

In 1970, the three-day Atlanta Pop Festival opened. It featured Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, the Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King and Procol Harum.

In 1971, Jim Morrison of the Doors died in a bathtub in Paris. He was 27. His death was listed as a heart attack but he probably died from a drug overdose.

In 1976, following a 12-year hiatus, Brian Wilson rejoined his brothers on stage at a Beach Boys show at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

In 1986, Teddy Pendergrass -- paralyzed from the waist down since a 1982 traffic accident -- was again injured when he crashed his specially-equipped van into a utility pole in suburban Philadelphia.

Also in 1986, Boy George reportedly confessed to being addicted to heroin, then denied he had a drug problem.

And in 1986, Rudy Vallee -- the nation's first pop singing sensation -- died while watching the Statue of Liberty centennial festivities on TV. He was 84.

In 1987, the world premiere of the Ritchie Valens movie "La Bamba" was held in Watsonville, Calif., home of the Valens family.

In 1993, Blue Cheer drummer Paul Whaley died from an apparent heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 40.

In 1995, a Grateful Dead concert at the Deer Creek Music Center in suburban Indianapolis was canceled after ticket-less fans rioted the night before.

In 1996, Pollstar reported 1996 concert ticket sales were off 26 percent -- in part due to the absence of the Grateful Dead from the tour circuit.

Also in 1996, hundreds of fans gathered at Jim Morrison's Paris grave to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.

In 1999, Whitney Houston cancelled her concert in Holmdel, N.J., at the last minute. A spokeswoman said the singer had developed throat problems but had been hoping she'd still be able to perform.

Also in 1999, Blues Traveler lead singer John Popper left a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing angioplasty to clear a blocked artery. The surgery forced the band to cancel its annual Fourth of July weekend appearances at the Red Rock Amphitheatre outside Denver.

And in 1999, Morphine frontman Mark Sandman suffered a fatal heart attack onstage at a Rome music festival. He was 46.

In 2000, a utility worker claimed he was attacked by James Brown when he came to the singer's Beech Island, S.C., home to investigate a power outage. Authorities later decided not to charge "The Godfather of Soul."

Also in 2000, DirecTV broadcasted the 1939 film "The Wizard Of Oz," with Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" in sync on the alternate Second Audio Program (SAP). While no one involved with Pink Floyd has ever admitted to any link between the bands seminal 1973 album and the classic film, urban legend purports that the album was conceived as an alternate soundtrack to Dorothy's adventures in Oz.

In 1956, Johnny Cash made his first appearance at the "Grand Ole Opry." He later becomes a regular member of the cast.

In 1967, the Monkees opened a national tour with little-known Jimi Hendrix as their opening act.

In 1971, guitarist Bjorn Ulvaeus and vocalist Agnetha Faltskog of the Swedish megagroup Abba got married in Verum, Sweden.

In 1980, Led Zeppelin played their last ever concert when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of a European tour, they finished with 'Whole Lotta Love'.

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Born In The USA'. It went on to spend a total of 139 weeks on the chart.

In 1989, it was announced that for the first time compact discs were out selling vinyl albums.

In 1993, the Gits lead vocalist Mia Zapata was found strangled in Seattle, WA. She was 27.

In 1998, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his financial partner Don Barden announced intentions to build an entertainment Neverneverland in Detroit. The billion-dollar "Majestic Kingdom" would be a family-oriented center that would include a Michael Jackson Thriller Theme Park, hotel, casino, botanical gardens, and nightclubs, among other amenities.

In 1999, rapper Coolio was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 40 hours of community service, and two years' probation after he pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal gun possession.

Also in 1999, it was reported that to attract young people to their mobile vans UK ice cream sellers would start to play pop hits as music instead of the traditional chimes. The Spice Girls and Oasis hits would be the first to be played.

In 2000, Bobby Brown was released from jail. The singer was released early from the North Broward Detention Center after receiving a 10-day reprieve for good behavior.

In 2001, folk singer/songwriter Fred Neil was found dead at his home in Summerland Key, Fla., apparently of natural causes. He was 64. Neil was best known as the writer of "Everybody's Talkin'," which became the theme of the 1969 film "Midnight Cowboy."

In 1924, Uncle Dave Macon made his first recordings for Columbia Records.

In 1965, the Dave Clark Five movie "Catch Us If You Can" premiered in London. The film was retitled "Having A Wild Weekend" when it opened in the United States.

In 1978, Gerry Rafferty -- formerly with Stealer's Wheel -- topped the Billboard Top-200 albums chart with his "City to City" album.

In 1980, the Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra ran for mayor of San Francisco. He lost.

In 1984, Van Morrison and U2's Bono joined Bob Dylan onstage in Dublin during the last concert of Dylan's tour. They sang "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue."

Also in 1984, Boy George appeared on CBS's "Face The Nation."

In 1985, Playboy and Penthouse raced to the newsstands -- each with nude photos of Madonna.

In 1986, Boy George's brother, Kevin O'Dowd, and his companion -- transvestite pop star Marylin -- were arrested in London on drug conspiracy charges.

In 1988, brothers Jonathan "Chico" DeBarge and Robert "Bobby" DeBarge were indicted in Grand Rapids, Mich., on charges of conspiracy to transport cocaine.

Also in 1988, Stevie Wonder repeated his statement that he'd probably run for mayor of Detroit in 1992. He didn't.

And in 1988, Velvet Underground's singer Nico passed away.

In 1991, Guns N' Roses played Dallas. It was the band's first concert since the July 2 riot in suburban St. Louis. Meanwhile, a fan filed a lawsuit against lead singer Axl Rose, saying the rocker assaulted him during the riot.

Also in 1991, the original members of the Fifth Dimension announced plans for their first concert since 1975.

Again in 1991, Sonny Bono's autobiography, "And The Beat Goes On," hit bookstores. It included the story of how Cher once asked Sonny to leave their Las Vegas hotel room so she could sleep with their guitarist. Sonny obliged by sleeping with the guitarist's girlfriend.

In 1992, rapper "Marky Mark" Wahlberg was charged with verbally assaulting a teenager in a Boston parking lot.

In 1996, rocker Meat Loaf and rapper LL Cool J took part in the first-ever All-Star Celebrity Softball Game in Philadelphia.

Also in 1996, a class-action lawsuit filed in Knoxville, Tenn., accused the nation's six largest makers of compact discs of conspiring to keep prices artificially high.

In 1998, rapper Foxy Brown and her mother were unhurt when two armed men burst into their Brooklyn, N.Y., home.

In 1999, famed Cleveland nightclub owner Leo Frank died, two weeks after the former site of his club, Leo's Casino, was designated a rock 'n' roll landmark. Frank is credited with helping to start the careers of such artists as Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.

In 2000, halfway into the first song of the band's encore for their Mannheim, Germany show, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers fell losing his footing and plunging 10-feet off the front of the stage and into the photographers' pit. Gers was rushed to the hospital where he received six stitches to a gash in his forehead.

In 1955, "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets was No.1 on the Billboard pop singles chart, then known as the "Best Sellers in Stores" chart. The event is considered by many to mark the beginning of the rock music era.

In 1956, this was Dick Clark's first official day as the regular host of "Bandstand" -- then based in Philadelphia.

In 1968, The Temptations played its first concert with new group member Dennis Edwards, who had replaced David Ruffin.

In 1972, Paul McCartney and Wings launched its first scheduled tour in Chateauvillon, France. It was McCartney's first scheduled live appearance since the Beatles' San Francisco concert in 1966.

In 1978, the Rolling Stones -- minus Bill Wyman -- jammed with Muddy Waters at a Chicago nightclub (the Quiet Knight).

In 1981, the Jacksons began a 36-city tour that earned $5.5 million. The road trip yielded the album "The Jacksons Live."

In 1984, Britain's Princess Anne visited the Los Angeles office and studios of Capitol Records. She was presented with a gold album.

In 1991, Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose interrupted the band's concert in Dallas after someone threw an empty whiskey bottle on stage. He lectured the audience about responsibility and safety.

In 1993, Barbra Streisand's 50th album, "Back to Broadway," debuted at No.1 on the charts.

In 1994, Meat Loaf was awarded a star on the "Walk of Fame" at Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe.

In 1996, Deep Purple performed "Smoke On the Water" at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. It was the first time the band had played the song in the Swiss city that inspired the tune.

Also in 1996, REO Speedwagon released "Building the Bridge," its first album in six years.

Again in 1996, Farm Dogs, Bernie Taupin's new band, released its first album -- "Last Stand in Open Country."

In 1997, Stanley Howse -- a.k.a. rapper Flesh-N-Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony -- was arrested for a second time in less than a week. He was charged with intimidating a witness and possession of illegal explosives.

In 1998, Janet Jackson began her "Velvet Rope Tour" in Washington, D.C.

Also in 1998, Alice Cooper, Dave Koz and Kenny G played in a golf tournament at the Calabasas Country Club near Los Angeles. The event was a benefit for the T.J. Martell Foundation and Neil Bogart Memorial Fund for Chidren's Cancer Research.

In 1999, Tom Maxwell announced he had quit the Squirrel Nut Zippers. He said he left "with an open heart" but refused to discuss the reasons why.

In 2001, James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist of hard rock act Metallica, checked himself into an undisclosed rehab facility "to undergo treatment for alcoholism and other addictions."

In 1964, 200,000 people lined the route taken by the Beatles to a chic reception in Liverpool, England.

In 1965, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" topped the charts -- becoming the Rolling Stones' first No.1 single.

Also in 1965, Sonny and Cher debuted on the pop singles charts with "I Got You Babe."

In 1967, Kenny Rogers left the New Christy Minstrels.

In 1968, Eric Clapton announced that Cream was breaking up.

Also in 1968, Nice was banned from playing London's Royal Albert Hall after burning an American flag on stage.

In 1974, David Bowie played a week of concerts in Philadelphia to promote his first U.S. Top-10 album, "Diamond Dogs." Several of the shows were recorded and released in album form later in the year as "David Live."

In 1975, Cher filed for divorce from Greg Allman. She accused him of seeing an old flame. They reconciled, and had a son, Elijah Blue, in 1977. The marriage eventually lasted about three years.

In 1979, Chuck Berry was sentenced to four months in jail after being convicted on income tax evasion charges.

In 1983, Bon Jovi signed with Mercury Records.

In 1984, Huey Lewis and the News sang the national anthem before baseball's All-Star game in San Francisco.

In 1986, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia lapsed into a diabetic coma, brought on by what friends said was exhaustion and an abscessed tooth.

Also in 1986, it was reported that three women -- all claiming to be the widow of doo-wopper Frankie Lymon -- were fighting in a New York court over his estate.

In 1987, record company executive John Hammond died at age 76. It was Hammond who discovered Billie Holiday, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan. His nurse said he died listening to a Billie Holiday record.

In 1991, the owners/promoters of a suburban St. Louis amphitheater sued Guns N' Roses, claiming actions by the band led to the July 2 riot that injured 75 people. The rockers said poor security was to blame.

Also in 1991, Damn Yankees singer/bassist Jack Blades accidentally hit himself in the eye with his guitar. He ended up having surgery to repair the injury, which occurred during an encore in Louisville, Ky.

Again in 1991, Sea Lion Films announced an agreement to turn the book "Love, Janis" by Janis Joplin's sister, Laura, into a Broadway show about the life of the late rock singer.

In 1993, a Spanish newspaper reported Jerry Lee Lewis was booed offstage after he kicked a cameraman during a concert in La Coruna, Spain.

In 1997, Space resumed the U.S. concert tour that had been interrupted by health problems and a death in the family.

Also in 1997, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders married Colombian artist Lucho Brieva in London. She was 46, he 32.

In 1998, Variety reported Madonna had passed on the chance to play Maggie in the London production of "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof."

In 2000, two vandalism incidents in as many weeks led the families of dead Lynyrd Skynyrd rockers Ronnie VanZant and Steve Gaines to move their loved ones from an Orange Park, Fla., cemetery to a private location.

In 2002, veteran country artist Dolly Parton took to the road for the first time in a decade when she kicked off a 13-city club tour in New York.

In 1959, Joan Baez was recorded for the first time -- singing a duet with folk singer Bob Gibson at the Newport Folk Festival.

In 1964, the Supremes entered the pop charts for the first time with "Where Did Our Love Go?"

In 1967, Kenny Rogers announced the formation of his own band, the First Edition.

In 1969, Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsies -- featuring bassist Billy Cox and Buddy Miles on drums -- played a benefit for Biafra at Harlem's Apollo Theater.

In 1979, Neil Young's musical documentary "Rust Never Sleeps" premiered in Westwood, Calif.

In 1984, England's version of MTV, Music Box, began beaming its signal to Europe.

In 1988, Robert "Bobby" DeBarge was freed on bail on condition he enroll in a drug treatment program. He'd been arrested in Los Angeles on cocaine possession charges.

In 1991, a survey by the Unistar Radio Network found "Jailhouse Rock" was the No.1-requested Elvis Presley song -- followed by "Suspicious Minds," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "Love Me Tender" and "Heartbreak Hotel."

Also in 1991, songwriters Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach filed for divorce after 10 years of marriage.

And in 1991, lyricist Roger Christian died in Los Angeles. He wrote the lyrics for the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Don't Worry Baby."

In 1992, the last of the original Ink Spots -- Herbert Kenny -- died of cancer at home in Columbia, Md. He was 77.

In 1994, a spokesman for Michael Jackson denied reports from the Dominican Republic that the pop star had married Lisa Marie Presley on the Caribbean island two months earlier.

In 1995, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills underwent abdominal surgery in Germany, forcing the band to cancel its next seven dates on the "Monster" tour.

Also in 1995, the girlfriend of Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon gave birth to a baby girl in Los Angeles. She was the couple's first child.

In 1996, Porno for Pyros' New York concert was broadcast live over the Internet.

In 2000, in testimony before Congress, Metallica co-founder Lars Ulrich compared the ability to download music digitally for free via the Web site Napster to walking into a music store and stealing a CD. Metallica was suing Napster over alleged copyright violations.

Also in 2000, Motley Crue released "New Tattoo," its first studio album in three years.

In 2002, R&B pioneer Rosco Gordon died after suffering a heart attack at his Queens, N.Y. home.

In 1950, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Mona Lisa" by Nat King Cole. The song, which topped Billboard's pop chart for eight weeks, was featured in the film "Capt. Carey, U.S.A.," and sold more than 3 million copies. The song received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1992.

In 1960, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee.

In 1967, The Who began its first U.S. tour, opening for Herman's Hermits.

In 1973, the Everly Brothers broke up during mid-performance at a show at Knott's Berry Farm in Anaheim, Calif.

In 1984, Phillippe Wynne of the Spinners died of a heart attack at the age of 43.

In 1992, Australian-born singer and actress Olivia Newton-John announced she has breast cancer. Her publicist says doctors expect a full recovery.

In 1993, the U.S. Postal Service released stamps honoring four Broadway musicals. The 29-cent stamps featured scenes from "My Fair Lady," "Porgy and Bess," "Show Boat" and "Oklahoma!" and were issued in first day ceremonies in New York's Times Square.

In 1998, Mariah Carey used her celebrity status to try to help police find a missing 13-year-old girl. The Grammy award-winning singer joined the family of Christina Williams at a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel to tape a public service announcement about the girl who disappeared a month earlier while walking her dog. Carey volunteered her services after learning that the missing girl from Seaside, Calif., was a fan.

Also in 1998, Arista Records president Clive Davis hosted a party in Central Park for Sarah McLachlan, whose album "Surfacing," had just gone triple platinum.

In 2000, Rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Young) filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit, two police department officials, and a top city aide for alleged violation of his First Amendment rights. Police earlier in the month stopped him from showing an eight-minute video, featuring partially nude women and a staged liquor store robbery during a concert at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. The video was cut after authorities told the rapper and tour promoters that they would be arrested if the show went ahead with the video's screening.

In 1952, 8-year-old Gladys Knight won $2,000 and a gold cup for her rendition of the song "Too Young" on the "Ted Mack Amateur Hour."

In 1958, John Lennon's mother, Julia, was killed in an auto accident in Liverpool, England.

In 1969, Judy Collins appeared in a production of "Peer Gynt" at New York's Shakespeare Festival.

In 1978, Bob Dylan drew an estimated 200,000 fans without playing a note -- the fans gathered at England's Blackbush Airport to see him off following his hugely successful British concert tour.

In 1980, on her 34th birthday, Linda Ronstadt made her dramatic debut as Mabel in the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "The Pirates of Penzance."

In 1987, a British children's TV show barred Boy George from appearing, fearing the former drug addict might be a bad influence on young viewers.

In 1989, Simply Red's "If You Don't Know Me By Now" became the group's second No.1 single.

In 1991, Charles Freeman -- the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., record store owner who sold the 2 Live Crew album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" after a federal judge declared it obscene -- was arrested on drug charges.

In 1994, Phil Collins confirmed he was seeking a divorce but was not going through a midlife crisis, as his wife claimed in news reports.

In 1995, Sinead O'Connor performed in Chicago and then dropped out of Lollapalooza '95, saying she couldn't take the heat because she was pregnant with her second child. She gave birth to a boy the following February.

In 1996, New York police said the heroin that killed Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin was 70- to 80-percent pure.

Also in 1996, Michael Jackson helped the sultan of Brunei celebrate his 50th birthday.

In 1998, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer suffered second-degree burns on his arms, hands and legs in a freak gas station fire in the Boston suburb of Scituate, Mass. His injuries forced the postponement of the first 13 dates of the band's North American tour.

Also in 1998, Tori Amos kicked off her summer North American tour in Milwaukee in support of her latest CD "from the choirgirl hotel."

In 1999, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the U.S. leg of his reunion tour with the E-Street Band at the first of 15 sold-out shows at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Also in 1999, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, 51, finally gave up on bachelorhood and married his 31-year-old girlfriend in an outdoor ceremony at their home in Mill Valley, Calif.

In 2001, Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) died at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer.

In 1964, jazz great John Coltrane died of liver cancer in Huntington, N.Y. A saxophone player and composer, Coltrane was one of the most influential jazz figures of the 1960s and 70s.

In 1965, Dusty Springfield achieved her only U.S. Top-5 single with "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me."

In 1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker formed Cream.

In 1972, Smokey Robinson performed his final show with the Miracles, capping a six-month tour in Washington, D.C.

In 1976, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina broke up after six years.

In 1981, Harry Chapin was killed when his Volkswagen Rabbit was rear-ended by a truck on the Long Island, N.Y., Expressway. He was 39.

In 1991, jazz musician Miles Davis was awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal by the French Culture Ministry in Paris.

In 1992, the Charlie Watts Quintet -- a side project of Rolling Stone Charlie Watts -- walked off the set of "Late Night With David Letterman" due to what was termed "artistic differences" with Letterman's producer.

In 1993, a judge in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dismissed a complaint against the members of Guns N' Roses after a former police officer accused the rockers of drug possession. A police search of the band's hotel rooms turned up only vitamins.

In 1995, New York carjackers stole Queen Latifah's BMW, shooting and wounding her bodyguard in the process. Two men were arrested next day and the car was recovered.

Also in 1995, Wayne Osmond underwent 12-hour brain surgery to remove a tumor.

In 1996, Styx co-founder John Panozzo died from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. He was 47.

In 1997, Quiet Riot lead guitarist Carlos Cavazo escaped serious injury when burglars tied him up and pistol-whipped him during a robbery at his home. He managed to escape and flag down police, who arrested two men.

Also in 1997, the Presidents of the United States of America gave a free concert at Seattle's Ballard nightclub to mark the closing of the landmark venue.

In 1998, Foghat announced it was cancelling two weeks worth of concert dates between July 29 and August 12 so lead singer Dave Peverett could be with his wife, who was having cancer surgery.

In 2002, Buckcherry lead vocalist Joshua Todd abruptly quit the band, spelling the end for the group, as guitarist Keith Nelson made it public that he has no plans to continue the group with his frontman.

In 1954, the first Newport Jazz Festival opened in Rhode Island for a two-day run.

In 1959, Billie Holiday died from liver disease at age 44.

In 1967, the Jim Hendrix Experience opened for the Monkees at Forest Hills Stadium in New York.

In 1968, the Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premiered in London.

In 1972, police in Santa Monica, Calif., arrested Sly Stone on drug possession charges. The "drugs" turned out to be over-the-counter cold medication.

Also in 1972, a mysterious bomb blew up the Rolling Stones equipment truck in Montreal.

In 1974, the Moody Blues opened its own studio in London -- the first in Britain designed for quadraphonic recording.

In 1979, Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy -- not for the first time -- and was replaced by Midge Ure.

In 1982, "Valley Girl" by Frank Zappa and his 14-year-old daughter Moon Unit entered the pop music charts.

In 1991, a reconstituted Lynyrd Skynyrd kicked off a national tour in Baton Rouge, La. That's where the band was headed Oct. 21, 1977, when its plane crashed -- killing six, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines.

In 1992, Guns N' Roses launched a 25-concert tour with Metallica and Faith No More in Washington, D.C.

In 1993, former Who Pete Townshend opened his tour in Toronto.

In 1994, Whitney Houston sang at the World Cup soccer finalsin Pasadena, Calif.

Also in 1994, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley found some stolen Kiss costumes during a surprise visit to a Kiss convention in Pontiac, Mich.

In 1996, the Smashing Pumpkins announced drummer Jimmy Chamberlin had been fired after his arrest on drug possession charges the week before and the death of a backing musician in a New York hotel room.

In 1998, the Smashing Pumpkins performed a free show at a block party in downtown Minneapolis.

In 1952, Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" debuted on the country music charts.

In 1966, Bobby Fuller was found dead in his car in Los Angeles. An exact cause of death was never determined. Fuller was 22. His group -- the Bobby Fuller Four -- is best known for the hit song "I Fought the Law."

In 1974, the U.S. Justice Department announced it had ordered John Lennon out of the United States by Sept. 10. That, following the denial by immigration officials of Lennon's non-immigrant visa due to a 1968 marijuana possession conviction in Britain. Lennon fought the order and eventually won.

In 1975, Bob Marley and the Wailers recorded "Live!" -- a concert album -- at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.

In 1980, Billy Joel topped the Billboard Top-200 album chart with "Glass House" and the Hot-100 singles chart with "It's Still Rock 'N' Roll to Me."

In 1989, Paul Kantner -- one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane -- reunited the band's original 1966 line-up, including Marty Balin, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, as well as Grace Slick.

In 1991, the British coroner ruled that the April death of rocker Steve Marriott in a cottage fire was an accident.

Also in 1991, jazz/R&B trumpeter David Hines was killed on his 49th birthday when his motorcycle was hit by a car in the St. Louis suburb of University City, Mo.

In 1992, singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were married at Houston's New Jersey mansion. Stevie Wonder sang at the wedding.

In 1994, Meat Loaf was sued by a Milwaukee songwriter who claimed the rocker's song "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" was a rip-off of his tune.

Also in 1994, the Rolling Stones performed a surprise concert at a Toronto nightclub.

In 1995, fans in Texas lined up to buy "Dreaming of You" -- the last album Tejano star Selena recorded before death four months earlier.

Also in 1995, Billboard said its annual music awards was being moving from Los Angeles to New York for first time.

In 1997, the Foo Fighters performed at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco at the second Miller Genuine Draft Blind Date, a contest run by the beer company.

In 1999, Michael Jackson had lunch with former South African President Nelson Mandela at Mandela's home in Johannesburg. It was Mandela's 81st birthday.

In 2001, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard was sentenced in a Queens, N.Y., courtroom to two to four years in prison after having pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in April.

In 1970, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "(They Long to Be) Close to You," by the Carpenters.

In 1973, Jim Croce begain a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the song 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown'. Croce was killed in a plane crash three months later.

1985, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Everytime You Go Away," by Paul Young.

In 1990, former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters staged a production of his rock opera, "The Wall," in Berlin. Among the performers taking part in the benefit were Sinead O'Connor, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams and Phil Collins.

In 1995, Rap star Hammer and his wife welcomed a baby boy, their third child, in San Jose, Calif.

In 1997, C. Delores Tucker, a lobbyist against gangsta rap lyrics, filed a suit against the estate of late rapper Tupac Shakur. The suit alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress, slander, and invasion of privacy due to derogatory lyrics about Tucker on Shakur's last album, "All Eyez On Me."

In 1998, Gospel singer O'Landa Draper died at Meharry General Hospital in Nashville following a brief episode of renal failure.

Also in 1998, Scott Weiland was arrested again on a felony warrant in Los Angeles. Weiland posts the $250,000 bail and was released the next morning. Weiland's court appearances stem from a September '97 arrest, which alleged two charges of felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic needle.

And in 1998, the Beastie Boys begin touring in support of their fifth release, "Hello Nasty," at Seattle's Key Arena. It was their first headlining tour since 1995's "Quadrophonic Joystick" tour.

Also in 1998, Eagle-Eye Cherry, the son of jazz artist Don Cherry and brother of singer Neneh Cherry, released his debut set "Desireless."

In 1938, bandleader Artie Shaw first recorded the still popular "Begin the Beguine."

In 1955, Chuck Berry's "Maybelline" was released on the Chess label.

In 1969, it was James Brown Day in Los Angeles -- as proclaimed by the mayor.

In 1977, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and the band's manager, Peter Grant, were charged with assault following a backstage fracas at the Oakland Coliseum in California.

In 1980, Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux died from injuries suffered in a car accident two days earlier. He was 32.

In 1987, the surviving Beatles sued EMI-Capitol Records for $40 million, accusing the label of cheating on CD royalties. The lawsuit also asked for the master recordings back.

In 1990, an expert told a Reno, Nevada, courtroom that two teenage boys did not commit suicide because of alleged subliminal messages on a Judas Priest album. The teens' parents would lose their lawsuit against the band.

In 1991, U.S. Post Office officials said they were considering issuing an Elvis Presley stamp, maybe in 1993.

Also in 1991, lawyers representing two Kansas teenage boys said music by the rap group Geto Boys inspired the teens to shoot and kill a man. The president of the group's label, Rap-A-Lot Records, called the claim "nonsense."

In 1993, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince launched a European concert tour -- supposed the last with his band, the New Power Generation.

In 1998, Aerosmith announced the postponement of the first 13 dates of its upcoming tour to give drummer Joey Kramer more time to recover from the burns he'd suffered in a freak gas station fire one week earlier.

Also in 1998, SoundScan reported the Beastie Boys' fifth album "Hello Nasty" had become the biggest first-week seller of the year. The CD topped both the Billboard Top 200 and the Top Rap Album charts.

And in 1998, rapper Queen Latifah joined the all-female Lilith Fair Tour for five shows.

And in 1998, "The Big Rewind Tour" -- starring a reunited Culture Club, Human League and Howard Jones -- opened in Atlanta.

On this date in 1938, Artie Shaw recorded "Begin the Beguine," a still-popular rendition that skyrocketed the clarinetist-bandleader to international fame.

In 1965, the Animals entered the British pop music charts for the first time with "We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place."

Also in 1965, Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" was released.

In 1967, all of the Beatles, manager Brian Epstein and many others signed a petition that appeared in The Times in London, calling for the legalization of marijuana.

In 1972, Bobby Ramirez -- the drummer with Edgar Winter's White Trash band -- was killed in a bar brawl in Chicago. He was 23.

In 1976, Elton John topped the British pop singles chart for the first time with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," a duet with Kiki Dee.

In 1991, George Harrison announced plans for his first concert tour since 1974. His backing band for the tour of Japan was to be Eric Clapton, in his first outing since the March death of his four-year-old son in a fall from a New York high-rise window.

In 1992, Johnny Colt of the Black Crowes was arrested and charged with the obstruction of justice when he intervened in the arrest of a drunk and disoriented fan in Minneapolis. Colt got off with a fine.

In 1996, rapper Warren G was arrested on weapons charges after Los Angeles police found a loaded handgun in his truck outside a West Hollywood nightclub.

Also in 1996, Pearl Jam announced an abbreviated tour of mostly East Coast dates in support of the band's new album "No Code."

In 1997, a spokesman for Paul McCartney said the White House had requested a copy of a special audio program about the making of McCartney's latest album, "Flaming Pie," for President Clinton's listening pleasure aboard Air Force One.

In 1999, former Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash (real name: Saul Hudson) was arrested and charged with beating his live-in girlfriend.

In 2000, David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Prince were among the top winners at the 3rd Annual Yahoo Internet Life Online Music Awards, held at New York's Studio 54.

In 1965, the Kinks launched the band's first U.S. tour in New York City.

In 1966, the Beatles' "Yesterday and Today" album -- featuring the controversial "butcher block" cover -- was released. The cover would later be changed.

Also in 1966, future Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

In 1968, Ohio Express received a gold record for "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy."

In 1977, UFO guitarist Michael Schenker vanished without a trace after a show in Leeds, England. He was located six months later in Germany, and said he just didn't know how to say "I quit" in English.

In 1986, Steve Wonder launched a 65-city tour in Seattle. It was his first tour in four years.

In 1993, Elton John performed in Tel Aviv, one day after canceling his show and fleeing Israel when mobbed by photographers at the hotel.

In 1994, Jon Secada suffered a dislocated shoulder when he fell through a hole in the stage during the World Cup opening ceremonies in Chicago. He later would complain that the stage was poorly built.

In 1996, the reunited Monkees -- Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork but not Mike Nesmith -- kicked off a 30th anniversary tour with an appearance at a Universal City, Calif., music store.

In 1997, several artists -- including the Fugees, Joan Osborne, Busta Rhymes, Amy Grant, Jimmy Cliff, Liza Minnelli, Carole King, Spin Doctors, A Tribe Called Quest and model Kate Moss -- got together at New York's Chelsea Piers complex to perform what was billed as an "all-star rendition" of John Lennon's famous ballad "Imagine." The occasion kicked off the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Also in 1997, Megadeth released its eighth album, "Cryptic Writings."

In 1999, The Friends of Sheba Medical Center, located in Jerusalem, awarded Barry Manilow its Humanitarian Award at a Beverly Hills, Calif., benefit.

In 2000, The Grand Ole Opry, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, began webcasting at and

In 1960, Elvis Presley began filming "Flaming Star," the first movie in which he played a dramatic role and did not sing.

In 1965, Bob Dylan went "electric" and was booed from the stage of the Newport (R.I.) Folk Festival.

In 1969, Neil Young joined Crosby Stills and Nash onstage for the first time at the Fillmore East in New York.

In 1970, "(They Long to Be) Close To You" by the Carpenters became the brother-and-sister duo's first No.1 single.

In 1978, former Sex Pistol John Lyndon, a.k.a. Johnny Rotten, announced the formation of Public Image Ltd.

In 1984, blues singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton died from a heart attack in Los Angeles. She was 57.

In 1990, Dion challenged the request for a blood test in a paternity suit filed against him in a West Palm Beach, Fla., court.

Also in 1990, the Moody Blues launched a 40-city concert tour in Atlanta.

In 1993, Michael Bolton's team beat Michael Jordan's team, 7-1, in a celebrity softball game in Chicago.

Also in 1993, Willie Nelson announced he'd donate money from his next three concerts to Midwest flood relief.

In 1994, the International Astronomical Union said it had named an asteroid after the late Frank Zappa. The space rock was dubbed "Zappafrank."

In 1995, the Michael and Janet Jackson video duet "Scream" captured 11 nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards.

Also in 1995, Motown star Martha Reeves marched with striking employees of the Detroit News and Free Press.

And in 1995, country singer Charlie Rich died in his sleep in a Hammond, La., motel. The cause of death: a bloodclot in a lung. He was 62.

In 1999, Woodstock '99 -- held at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y. -- ended in a near riot involving or witnessed by as many as 10,000 people, Many injuries were reported. The site was trashed.

In 2001, Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital, suffering from "extreme exhaustion."

In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis made his TV debut on the "Steve Allen Show."

In 1973, a crowd of 600,000 gathered for a rock festival at Watkins Glen Raceway, N.Y., to hear the Grateful Dead, the Band and the Allman Brothers Band.

In 1979, the World Series of Rock was held at Cleveland Stadium, with Journey, Ted Nugent and Thin Lizzy.

In 1992, Patti LaBelle abruptly ended a concert in Warwick, R.I., after complaining on stage about backstage food.

In 1995, the TV special premiere of Michael Jackson's video "You Are Not Alone" featured a semi-clad Jackson cavorting with his bride, Lisa Marie Presley.

In 1996, fashion designer and musician Harold C. Fox died.

In 1998, it was announced that after 12 years and six albums, the members of Columbia Records act Toad The Wet Sprocket went their separate ways. Commenting on the split, the band's singer/guitarist Glen Phillips said, "We came together as kids but have grown in different directions as adults."

In 1999, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard was arrested for bouncing a check for a portion of his bail in his ongoing terrorist threat case in Santa Monica Superior Court.

In 2002, foul weather forced teen pop icon Britney Spears off the stage in Mexico City after only four songs. Spears later issued an apology.

In 1962, Bob Dylan sang on the radio for the first time, on a 21-hour "hootenanny" broadcast by a New York radio station (WRVR-FM).

In 1966, Bob Dylan was severely injured in a motorcycle accident near his Woodstock, N.Y., home. He would disappear from the music scene until the 1968 release of his "John Wesley Hardin" album.

In 1968, the Byrds embarked on a tour of South Africa. However, Gram Parsons refused to play in an apartheid country and instead formed his own group, The Flying Burrito Brothers.

In 1973, Led Zeppelin lost more than $180,000 in cash from two Madison Square Garden shows to a thief at the New York Hilton.

In 1974, "Mama" Cass Elliot-formerly with the Mamas and the Papas-died from a heart attack at Harry Nilsson's London home. It was first thought she'd choked to death while eating a ham sandwich. Elliot was 30.

In 1980, David Bowie made his stage debut in a Denver production of "The Elephant Man." He portrayed the subject of the play, John Merrick.

In 1982, Duran Duran's Andy Taylor wed Tracie Wilson.

In 1986, Boy George pleaded guilty to heroin possession charges. The London magistrate hearing the case said Boy George "faced up to the charge manfully" and let him off with a $375 fine.

Also in 1986, a would-be robber shot and wounded country singer/songwriter Paul Davis in the stomach outside a Nashville Music Row hotel.

In 1987, Ben and Jerry's announced an agreement with Jerry Garcia to market a new ice cream flavor-- "Cherry Garcia."

In 1990, Stevie Wonder made a surprise appearance at a Hackensack, N.J., church. He sang "The Lord's Prayer."

In 1992, John Mellencamp canceled a concert in Toronto due to exhaustion.

In 1993, Elton John's personal record collection was auctioned off for $273,000. The money was donated to benefit AIDS research.

In 1994, rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and two other men pleaded innocent to additional charges related to the shooting death of reputed Los Angeles gang member 11 months earlier. Snoop and his bodyguard were eventually acquitted.

In 1998, a Studio City, Calif., man filed a $250,000 lawsuit against Eddie Money, claiming the rocker was drunk when he hit the man with his car following a fight with the man's neighbor.

Also in 1998, Paul McCartney's boyhood home in Liverpool, England, opened for limited public tours.

In 2000, organizers said the 'N Sync Challenge for the Children II basketball game was a huge success, collecting $550,000 for various charitable organizations.

In 1968, the Beatles' Apple Boutique closed its doors in London, only eight months after opening. Everything was given away to passers-by.

In 1973, a Led Zeppelin concert was filmed for the movie "The Song Remains The Same."

Singer Kate Smith, who debuted on radio in 1931, made her last public appearance on this date in 1976, singing her trademark "God Bless America" as part pf a TV salute to the nation's Bicentennial.

In 1978, Parliament-Funkadelic singer and guitarist Glen Goins died of Hodgkins' Disease. He was just 24.

In 1987, country singer George Jones was hospitalized in Birmingham, Ala., for a variety of ailments-including bronchitis, stomach pains, an inflamed prostate and exhaustion.

In 1989, Larry Parnes-Britain's first manager of rock 'n' roll-died. His roster included Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde and Billy Fury.

In 1990, Paul McCartney ended his world tour at Chicago's Soldier Field.

And in 1990, Pearl Bailey was released from a Philadelphia hospital following knee replacement surgery.

In 1991, Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose threw a temper tantrum and threatened to cancel that night's concert at the Forum after an Inglewood, Calif., police officer ticketed the band's limo driver. The police tore up the ticket, saying they wanted to prevent a riot.

Also in 1991, the family of the late Temptations lead singer David Ruffin appealed to the public for the return of the gold records that'd been stolen from the family home.

In 1992, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Julian Lennon, Johnny Gill, Bell Biv DeVoe, Keith Sweat, and Heavy D and The Boyz were among the artists who agreed to take part in a concert to raise money to help rebuild riot-torn Los Angeles.

Also in 1992, upcoming Guns N' Roses concerts in Boston; Columbia, S.C.; and Minneapolis were postponed after frontman Axl Rose strained his vocal cords during a New Jersey show.

In 1993, Tom Hulett-an early rock music promoter and later the manager of the Beach Boys and the Moody Blues-died of cancer at age 55.

In 1996, Smashing Pumpkins topped the list of 1996 MTV Video Music Award nominees, with eight nominations. Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters and Bjork got five nominations each.

In 1998, the Smashing Pumpkins made its first appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS. The band performed outside the Ed Sullivan Theater following the show's taping.

Also in 1998, Stevie Wonder-in South Africa-visited the jail cell where Nelson Mandela spent much of his 27 years in custody.

In 2000, a fur protester who allegedly threatened '70s rocker Ted Nugent was arrested during an anti-fur protest at a Neiman Marcus store in San Francisco. Charges were later dropped. Nugent was in the Bay Area to open for KISS.

In 2001, Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., pleaded not guilty to a series of charges relating to an alleged "air rage" incident during a transatlantic flight in April. Buck was accused of assaulting two British Airways staffers, being drunk on board an aircraft, causing criminal damage and interfering with a control panel on an external door.

In 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were released from jail after spending a month locked up on drug possession charges. Richards' conviction was later overturned, while Jagger was given a conditional discharge.

In 1980, John Philips of the Mamas and the Papas was arrested at his Long Island, N.Y., summer home and charged with running a pill-pushing ring. He was later convicted.

In 1981, Blondie lead singer Deborah Harry released a solo album-"Koo Koo"-produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic. The album sleeve featured a picture of Harry with long needles penetrating her cheeks.

In 1990, Joe Cocker organized and performed at a benefit concert to help his adopted hometown of Santa Barbara, Calif., recover from a wildfire.

In 1993, Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickie Betts was arrested after a fight with his wife at a Saratoga Springs, N.Y., hotel. He pleaded innocent to the charges but left the group to undergo alcoholism treatment.

In 1995, selling 331,000 copies, Selena's "Dreaming of You," her first English album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. The slain Tejano singer became the first Latin artist ever to debut at No. 1.

In 1996, the New York City medical examiner confirmed it was an overdose of alcohol and drugs that killed Smashing Pumpkins backing keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin earlier in the month.

Also in 1996, rap artist LB-real name, Seagram Miller-was gunned down in Oakland, Calif. He was 26.

In 1998, the Beastie Boys launched their North American tour in Seattle in support of their fifth CD "Hello Nasty."

In 2000, Christina Aguilera's first headlining concert tour kicked off in Kansas City.

Also in 2000, Britney Spears helped launch a Web site for young girls and teenagers with a live online chat and a behind-the-scenes look at her "Oops, I Did It Again Tour 2000."

In 1960, Chubby Checker's "The Twist" was released.

Also in 1960, Aretha Franklin turned from gospel music to record her first pop songs during a New York City recording session.

And in 1960, Elvis Presley was named "Public Enemy No.1" by the East German newspaper Young World.

In 1964, Johnny Burnette was killed in a boating accident near San Francisco. He was 30.

In 1970, "Performance"-a movie starring Mick Jagger-opened.

In 1971, George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh at New York's Madison Square Garden featured Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Leon Russell, among others. The show was recorded and released as a triple-album boxed set.

Also in 1971, the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour made its television debut on this date.

In 1981, MTV premiered at 12:01 a.m. with "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.

In 1986, Jerry Garcia was released from the hospital on his birthday following a three-week stay. He'd been hospitalized in a diabetic coma.

In 1987, Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey married Eurythmics' Dave Stewart in France.

In 1993, more than $1 million was raised for Midwest flood relief during a four-hour fundraiser hosted by Wayne Newton and Jim Stafford in Branson, Mo.

In 1994, Lisa Marie Presley confirmed rumors that she and Michael Jackson had been married May 26 in the Dominican Republic.

Also in 1994, the Rolling Stones launched its "Voodoo Lounge" tour in Washington, D.C. It was the Stones' first tour in five years.

In 1996, Aerosmith announced it had fired its longtime manager Tim Collins. Collins said the band didn't share his vision, including that of sobriety. The rockers called Collins' remarks "ludicrous."

Also in 1996, the Cranberries resumed its world tour in Salem, Ore. The road trip had been interrupted for eight weeks after lead singer Dolores O'Riordan hurt her knee.

In 1999, Whitney Houston cancelled her concert in Concord, Calif., only one hour before the show had been scheduled to begin. She cited illness as the reason. The concert marked the last stop on the U.S. leg of her world tour.

In 2000, Big Ticket Television announced it had signed a deal to develop a TV series for Sisqo, the former lead singer of the R&B group Dru Hill.

In 2001, MTV threw itself one hell of a 20th birthday party. The celebration, which took place at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, was part concert, part reunion, and part pop-culture spectacle. The highlight of the event was an unforgettable hip-hop medley that brings together Run-DMC ("Walk This Way"), Salt-N-Peppa ("Push It"), Naughty By Nature ("O.P.P."), Busta Rhymes ("Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"), Ja Rule ("Holla Holla"), and P. Diddy ("Mo, Money, Mo' Problems").

In 1944, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Swinging on a Star," by Bing Crosby.

In 1957, the Everly Brothers appeared on TV's "Ed Sullivan Show," singing "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie."

In 1958, Billboard introduced "The Hot 100 Singles Chart," Ricky Nelson was at No.1 with "Poor Little Fool."

In 1967, a female Monkees fan stowed away on the bands plane between shows in Minneapolis, MN and St Louis, MO. The father of the girl threatened to press charges for transporting a minor across state lines.

In 1968, over 100,000 fans showed up to watch Canned Heat, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, Tiny Tim, Iron Butterfly and Jefferson Airplane perform at the Newport Pop Festival.

In 1974, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Feel Like Makin' Love," by Roberta Flack.

In 1980, John Lennon began recording "Double Fantasy" at The Hit Factory in New York. This would become his final album.

In 1984, Prince started a 24 week run at the top of the US album charts with "Purple Rain." It went on to sell over 10 million copies.

In 1998, MTV switched off its channel feed to 500,000 homes in Amsterdam after the network provider A2000 demanded that MTV share its previously separate channel with two other operators and pay for distribution.

In 1999, stymied at every level in court, the nation's leading record labels, through the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), dropped all litigation against Diamond Multimedia, makers of the Rio a portable digital player they feared would increase music piracy of copyrighted materials.

In 2000, although not yet 18 years old, LeAnn Rimes was seen barhopping - literally - in Touchstone Pictures' "Coyote Ugly." Rimes made a cameo appearance as herself, singing the song "Can't Fight The Moonlight," as she danced on top of the bar at the end of the David McNally-directed film.

Also in 2000, following a successful one-day music festival in New York's Central Park in 1998, the Montreux Jazz Festival launched its first U.S. tour at the Chicago Theatre, featuring Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, and musical director George Duke.

In 1957, Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" went national live from Philadelphia. It'd previously been a local show.

In 1967, Pink Floyd's debut album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" was released. Most of the songs were written by Syd Barrett.

Also in 1967, Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billy Joe" was released.

In 1972, Aerosmith was signed by Clive Davis of Columbia Records after he saw the band perform in a New York City club.

In 1974, Kim Fowley formed the all-girl group the Runaways. It included Joan Jett.

In 1981, Olivia Newton-John was honored with a gold star on Hollywood Boulevard.

In 1983, David Crosby was sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of cocaine and illegal weapons possession charges in Dallas. He'd slept through most of the trial. Crosby was paroled in 1986.

In 1987, Hard Rock Cafe officials paid $37,000 at a London auction for a two-hour 1968 interview with John Lennon.

In 1992, Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro died from a heart attack at age 38. Initially, it was believed the heart attack had been brought on by a reaction to pesticides Porcaro was using in his backyard in Hidden Hills, Calif.

In 1996, Bruce Springsteen sued two alleged bootleggers in London who were planning to release a bootleg album of his songs titled "Unearthed."

Also in 1996, police and "Phish-heads" -- fans of the rock group Phish -- clashed after ticketless fans were turned away from a Phish concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver.

And in 1996, an Edgartown, Mass., couple submitted the winning bid of $13,000 to sail around Martha's Vineyard with James Taylor.

In 1997, Dick Clark returned to Philadelphia to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first nationwide broadcast of "American Bandstand."

In 1998, a Tucson, Ariz., man was sentenced to 10 months in prison for the attempted stalking of Linda Ronstadt.

In 2001, the Foo Fighters treated 300 lucky fans to a rare club show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif. Winners were chosen from a pool of E-mail entries submitted to the group's official Web site.

In 1960, Chubby Checker performed "The Twist" on U.S. television for the first time, on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand."

In 1964, Loretta Lynn gave birth to twin girls she named Patsy and Peggy.

In 1971, Procol Harum played a concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Edmonton, Canada. Portions of the concert -- which was recorded -- became the 1972 album "Procol Harum In Concert With the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra." The album included the single "Conquistador."

In 1973, Stevie Wonder was seriously injured in a car-truck accident in North Carolina. He was hospitalized in a coma.

In 1977, at the Mont du Marsan Punk Festival, the Police played for the last time as a quartet.

In 1981, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame released her first solo album "Bella Donna." It included two top-10 singles that were both duets. "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" teamed Nicks with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, while "Leather and Lace" featured her with Don Henley of the Eagles.

In 1982, the film version of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" -- starring Irish rocker Bob Geldof -- opened in New York City.

In 1985, Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" tour kicked off its last leg in Washington, D.C.

In 1986, New York musician Michael Rudetski died from a drug overdose at Boy George's London home. He was 27.

In 1987, the Beastie Boys sued the city of Jacksonville, Fla., claiming an ordinance aimed specifically at them violated their constitutional rights.

Also in 1987, Madonna's film "Who's That Girl?" premiered in New York.

In 1992, Ella Fitzgerald cited ill health for canceling her appearance at Ravinia Fest, in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Ill.

In 1998, Deep Purple kicked off a North American tour in New Jersey in support of the band's latest CD "Abandon."

Also in 1998, Ted Nugent began a 15-city tour at Hollywood's House of Blues in support of his new album.

In 2002, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher suffered whiplash and shock after he was injured in a car accident in Indianapolis. The band was forced to postpone their upcoming concerts in Philadelphia and Boston.

In 1954, 22-year-old Johnny Cash -- newly discharged from the Air Force -- married Vivian Liberto in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1960, Ike and Tina Turner made their debut on the national singles charts with "A Fool in Love."

In 1963, the original beach movie -- "Beach Party," starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello -- opened nationwide.

In 1965, Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five broke two ribs when he was pulled off-stage by fans in Chicago.

In 1970, Christine McVie -- then married to Fleetwood Mac's John McVie -- joined the band.

In 1971, the BeeGees topped the U.S. singles charts for the first time with "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?"

Also in 1971, Homer Haynes of the country duo Homer and Jethro died.

In 1974, Peter Wolf, then with the J.Geils Band, married actress Faye Dunaway in Beverly Hills, Calif. They were divorced five years later.

In 1984, blues/jazz vocalist Esther Phillips died at age 48.

In 1985, Mick Jagger's girlfriend, model Jerry Hall, gave birth to a boy they named James Leroy Jagger.

In 1986, a Los Angeles judge threw out lawsuit filed against rocker Ozzy Osbourne by the father of suicide victim John McCollum. The elder McCollum contended the "satanic influence" in Osbourne's music drove his 19-year-old son to kill himself after five hours of listening. The teen was found with the headphones still on his head. The judge said Osbourne's music "maybe totally objectionable and repulsive" to many, but it was still protected by the First Amendment.

In 1987, the Grateful Dead had the band's first top-10 album, "In the Dark," in 22 years. "Touch of Grey" became the group's first Top-40 single.

In 1991, Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose was charged with assault and property damage in the July 2 riot that erupted when the band walked off the stage in suburban St. Louis. The melee had begun when Rose allegedly attacked a fan who'd been taking his picture during the concert.

Also in 1991, Willie Nelson sold his Colorado ranch for $803,000 to help pay off the back taxes he owed the IRS.

In 1999, 55 people were arrested after hundreds rioted outside the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, Conn., following a Dave Matthews Band concert.

In 2001, guitarist William Lewis (Billy) Byrd died in Nashville of natural causes. He was 81. Byrd was known as one of the first to introduce electric guitar to country music.

In 1957, Fats Domino's first album -- "This Is Fats" -- was released.

In 1965, the Animals' "House Of The Rising Sun" was released.

In 1966, Beatles records were banned in South Africa following John Lennon's famous remark about the group being more popular than Jesus Christ.

Also in 1966, the Beatles' "Revolver" album was released.

In 1969, the cover photo was taken for the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album.

In 1970, Janis Joplin bought a headstone for the grave of blues singer Bessie Smith, one of her idols.

In 1980, Wendy O. Williams' group the Plasmatics was banned by the London Council, whose members objected to the band's violent show, which included blowing up a car onstage.

In 1981, MTV broadcast its first live concert in stereo -- a show by REO Speedwagon from Denver.

In 1982, Jefferson Starship lead singer Mickey Thomas married Sara Kendrick.

In 1986, David Crosby was released from a Texas prison after serving one-third of his five-year sentence on drug and weapon possession charges. He declared he was off drugs.

In 1990, Guns N' Roses Axl Rose claimed Los Angeles police were harassing him after they told him to turn down the music at his apartment.

In 1991, Carlos Santana pleaded no contest to marijuana possession charges, was placed on six months' probation, and ordered to perform a free anti-drug concert. The rocker had been arrested June 27 at the Houston airport.

In 1992, more than 10,000 fans went on a rampage and set fire inside the stadium when Guns N' Roses canceled its Montreal concert in mid-show. Eight more people were injured in a second riot.

Also in 1992, sales of Ice-T's "Body Count" album soared after he promised to recall the album and reissue it without the controversial "Cop Killer" track, which critics said advocated violence against police officers.

In 1994, George Michael appealed a British court ruling against him in his bid to break his recording contract with Sony.

In 1995, demolition of New York's Fillmore East rock palace began.

In 1996, Smashing Pumpkins announced the resumption of its tour interrupted by the July drug overdose death of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and the firing of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The road trip resumed Aug. 27 in Las Vegas with Filter drummer Matt Walker and Frogs keyboardist Dennis Felmion sitting in.

In 1998, the Rolling Stones performed their first concert in Russia, playing through a driving rain before an appreciative crowd estimated at 70,000.

In 1999, about 3,000 people, mostly teenage girls, packed the stands of the Kenosha, Wis., Little League field to watch 'N Sync play softball with a local men's team. 'N Sync won, 12-4.

In 1949, Eric Carmen, the lead singer of the Raspberries from 1970-74, was born in Cleveland. His biggest solo hit was "All By Myself," which stayed at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 for three weeks in 1976.

In 1955, Joe Jackson was born in Burton-on-Trent, England. His biggest hit was "Steppin' Out," a No. 6 song in 1982.

In 1964, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Everybody Loves Somebody" by Dean Martin. A year later, the song became the theme song to NBC's "The Dean Martin Show."

In 1966, The Beatles arrived at Chicago's O'Hare Airport to start their last tour of the United States.

In 1974, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace. The song was written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander.

In 1981, No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit, "Endless Love," by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie held onto the top spot for nine weeks, making it the most successful duo, most successful Motown single and most successful soundtrack single of all time.

In 1996, Rafael Jeronym Kubelick, a former director and conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, died in Lucerne, Switzerland at the age of 82.

In 1997, Four Elvis confidants known as "The Memphis Mafia" commemorated the 20th anniversary of the King's passing with a webcast interview. In the chat, hosted live, Lamar Fike, Marty Lacker, Marty Red and Sonny West discussed Presley's humble beginnings, the women in his life, his fame and his drug problems.

In 1960, drummer Pete Best joined the Silver Beetles -- the future Beatles.

In 1966, the Beatles launched, in Chicago, what would turn out to the group's last U.S. tour.

In 1967, Fleetwood Mac appeared for first the time on stage -- at the British National Blues and Jazz Festival in Windsor, England.

In 1970, Bob Dylan Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie -- among others -- performed at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Show at the Hollywood Bowl.

In 1975, The Who's former manager, Pete Meaden, committed suicide.

In 1984, Lionel Richie closed the Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games by singing "All Night Long," as 200 dancers boogied to the music.

Also in 1984, jazz guitarist Lenny Breaux drowned.

In 1985, Madonna and actor Sean Penn got a marriage license.

In 1991, a Chicago judge rejected a proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit against lip-synching duo Milli Vanilli.

In 1992, the Grateful Dead canceled five shows in Oregon and California so Jerry Garcia could recover from exhaustion.

In 1993, singer Yvette Marine lost her lawsuit against Virgin Records. A Los Angeles jury decided she was not entitled to credit on Paula Abdul's 1988 debut album "Forever Your Girl."

In 1995, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe underwent surgery to fix a hernia.

In 1997, police in Suffolk County, N.Y., arrested Bruce Stelzer, 45, who was charged with impersonating John Ford Coley, one-half of 1970s rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley.

In 1998, a Los Angeles judge ordered Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland to spend three months in a drug rehabilitation program after he pleaded guilty to heroin possession.

Also in 1998, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was sentenced to 30 days in jail for assaulting a security guard during the band's December 1997 concert in Phoenix. The prison time was to be served concurrently with the six-month sentence Lee was serving in the Los Angeles County Jail for beating his estranged wife, actress Pamela Anderson.

And in 1998, Foghat was forced to cancel tour dates through the end of October after doctors found a tumor on the kidney of lead singer Dave Peverett. The band had canceled some dates in the spring due to Peverett's recurring kidney infection and again during the first half of August so Peverett could be with his wife as she recovered from cancer surgery.

In 1999, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrapped up a record 15-show gig at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

Also in 1999, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss of KISS received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1924, Vernon Dalhart recorded "The Prisoner's Song." It was country music's first million-selling record.

In 1952, "Big Mama" Thornton recorded the original version of "Hound Dog."

In 1965, Jefferson Airplane made its debut onstage at the Matrix Club in San Francisco.

In 1971, saxophonist King Curtis was stabbed to death in New York City. He was 37.

In 1976, the Clash debuted at a club in London.

In 1980, burglars broke into Todd Rundgren's home in Woodstock, N.Y. They tied up the musician and four guests and then stripped the home of its valuables. One of the thieves hummed Rundgren's hit "I Saw the Light" during the robbery.

In 1981, Echo and the Bunnymen's 32-minute-long film "Shine So Hard" premiered.

In 1982, Joe Tex died of a heart attack at age 49.

In 1986, Jerry Lee Lewis's estranged wife -- Kerry, age 23 -- added a twist to the couple's on-again-off-again divorce proceedings by announcing she was pregnant. The divorce was called off and Kerry later gave birth to a boy she and her husband named Jerry Lee Lewis III.

In 1987, Madonna's arrival at London's Heathrow Airport caused a fan mania not seen since the Beatles, the Osmonds and David Cassidy.

In 1990, Curtis Mayfield was left paralyzed from the neck down when he was hit by a wind-blown lighting rig on stage before an outdoor concert in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In 1993, the wife of 1960s British pop singer Georgie Fame was killed in a fall from a bridge in Bristol, England. British newspapers said it was suicide. Fame's 1968 top-10 song "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" was inspired by -- but not included in -- the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde."

In 1994, the 25th anniversary Woodstock '94 began in Saugerties, N.Y. Artists performing at the two-day fest included Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, Blind Melon and Salt 'N' Pepper. 200,000 fans showed up -- and it rained most of the weekend.

In 1996, former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin pleaded innocent to drug possession charges in a New York City courtroom. Chamberlin had been in the hotel room where Pumpkins touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin died of a drug overdose the month before.

Also in 1996, two Detroit men were ordered held without bond in connection with the drug-related slayings two months earlier of the brother and sister-in-law of Diana Ross. The suspects would later be acquitted.

In 1999, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles against the aerospace company Rocketdyne. He claimed his 4-year-old daughter, who died in Aug.1995, had died from a rare form of liver cancer after being exposed to toxic fuels dumped by the company on property next to Neil's.

Also in 1999, a Los Angeles judge ordered Stone Temple Pilot lead singer Scott Weiland - who was already on probation for a drug conviction -- jailed after he was treated for a heroin overdose.

In 1956, Eddie Cochran was signed to appear in the movie "The Girl Can't Help It," alongside a galaxy of other early rock 'n' roll stars -- including Little Richard, Fats Domino and Gene Vincent.

In 1958, Gladys Presley, Elvis' mother, died from a heart attack.

In 1965, the McCoys' "Hang On Sloopy" was released.

In 1970, Stephen Stills was arrested on drug charges at a motel in La Jolla, Calif., near San Diego.

In 1976, Nick Lowe's "Heart of the City" became the first single released on the new Stiff Records label.

In 1987, a 39-year-old Chicago woman who called herself "Billie Jean Jackson" filed a $150 million paternity suit against Michael Jackson.

In 1988, John Mellencamp became a grandfather at the age of 37.

In 1990, jazz musician Tito Puente received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1991, a judge in San Fernando, Calif., refused to lower bail for Rick James. The pop/funk singer was accused in the torture and sexual assault of a woman he and his girlfriend allegedly held captive for three days at his Hollywood Hills home.

Also in 1991, a consumer fraud lawsuit was filed against the promoter of a July 27 concert in Chicago where most of the advertised acts -- including Aretha Franklin and Little Richard -- didn't show up.

And in 1991, singer Tony Orlando's second wife, Francine, gave birth in Los Angeles to the couple's first child -- a girl they named Jenny Rose.

In 1992, Tony Williams -- original lead singer with The Platters -- died at age 64 from emphysema complicated by diabetes.

In 1993, country's Wynonna Judd was presented with a plaque commemorating the fact that her solo debut album "Wynonna" had gone triple platinum.

In 1995, Beach Boy Brian Wilson was presented with BMI's highest honor -- the President's Award -- at the Los Angeles screening of the documentary "Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."

In 1996, Aerosmith announced the hiring of Wendy Laister as the band's new manager. Laister replaced Tim Collins, who'd been fired two weeks earlier.

In 1999, the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed with local Russian artists during a free music festival in Moscow's Red Square. The "MTV Live With the Red Hot Chili Peppers" event marked the first time the band had performed in Russia.

In 2002, Drowning Pool vocalist Dave Williams was found dead in his bunk on the band's tour bus. Despite speculation that the 30-year-old singer's death was alcohol or drug related, a later toxicology report confirmed that he died of a heart problem.

In 1958, Buddy Holly married Maria Santiago in Lubbock, Texas.

In 1965, the Beatles played New York's Shea Stadium, launching the Fab Four's third North American tour. The concert set world records for exceeding sales of $300,000 and that they played in front of 55,600 fans.

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival opened on Max Yasgur's farm near Bethel, N.Y. It drew an estimated 400,000 people for three days of music by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Santana, and the Grateful Dead -- among others.

In 1980, George Harrison's autobiography "I Me Mine" was published in London.

Also in 1980, the Urgh! punk festival -- featuring X, Pere Ubu and the Dead Kennedys -- was held in Santa Monica, Calif.

In 1981, Stevie Wonder, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Grover Washington Jr. and Third World were among the artists who drew 50,000 people to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., for the Black Family Fair.

In 1984, Norman Petty -- Buddy Holly's producer -- died at age 57.

In 1986, 29-year-old Connie Doerr of Hermann, Mo., was the 30-millionth visitor to Opryland in Nashville.

In 1987, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, George Benson and Dizzy Gillespie headlined the Newport Jazz Festival.

In 1991, three-quarters-of-a-million people attended a free concert by Paul Simon in New York's Central Park.

Also in 1991, Alan Jackson and Vince Gill tied for the most nominations -- six -- for the 25th annual Country Music Association Awards.

In 1992, about 700 Madonna fans jammed a hotel in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich., to celebrate the pop star's 34th birthday.

In 1995, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead canceled the group's fall tour following the death of Jerry Garcia one week earlier.

Also in 1995, a Los Angeles judge ordered an alleged Madonna stalker to stand trial.

And in 1995, the 4-year-old daughter of rocker Vince Neil died from a very rare form of liver cancer, just months after being diagnosed.

In 1997, Blues Traveler kicked off their tour in Charlotte, N.C., in support of their sixth album "Straight On Till Morning."

In 2000, David Bowie and his wife, Iman, celebrated the birth of their first child, a baby girl named Alexandria Zahra Jones.

In 2002, a memorial to John Lennon was unveiled in the remote Scottish village of Durness, where Lennon had spent his holidays from age seven to fifteen. The lyrics from "In My Life" were inscribed on three stones.

In 1962, Ringo Starr joined the Beatles as their drummer after Pete Best was fired.

In 1964, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Where Did Our Love Go," by The Supremes.

In 1969, Mick Jagger was accidentally shot in the hand during the filming of 'Ned Kelly' in Australia.

In 1977, Elvis Presley's funeral was held at his Graceland estate in Memphis, TN. More than 75,000 fans gathered outside the gates.

Also in 1977, the Police played their first gig without their original guitarist Henri Padovani at Rebecca's Club in Birmingham, England. The Police were originally formed by Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Henri Padovani. Andy Summers joined later as a second guitarist. Padovani left the band soon thereafter, leaving the Police, once again, a trio. It is this trio which delivered such pop hits as "Every Breath You Take," "Can't Stand Losing You," and "Roxanne."

In 1979, singers Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter married in Los Angeles. Carter is Johnny Cash's stepdaughter. The couple is now divorced.

In 1984, Motley Crue gave its performance debut at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England.

In 1992, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Courtney Love of Hole had their daughter Frances Bean. She was born in Los Angeles.

In 1995. security guards carried a sobbing Courtney Love offstage after she began fighting with Hole fans because they weren't cheering loud enough during the last night of the Lollapalooza tour in Mountain View, Calif.

In 1997, Joe Diffie joined with Tower Records and America Online for the first "virtual in-store." Diffie chatted and held a "virtual autograph session" during which fans ccould receive a virtual autograph via Diffie's electronic writing pad.

In 1999, it is announced that the Spin Doctors' lead singer Chris Barron had been diagnosed with a rare paralysis of his vocal chords. Doctors indicated that he may never regain the full use of his voice.

Also in 1999, DMX and Lauryn Hill were the big winners at the 1999 Source Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. DMX went home with artist and live performer of the year, while Hill took album of the year and new solo artist honors.

In 2000, Chicago bluesman and APO Records artist Jimmie Lee Robinson started a "hunger fast" in an effort to stop the University Of Illinois At Chicago's (UIC) south campus expansion plans in the city's Maxwell Street district, often cited as the birthplace of Chicago blues.

In 1964, the Beatles' first U.S. tour opened in San Francisco, with the Righteous Brothers and Jackie DeShannon also on the bill.

In 1967, Ringo Starr's first wife, Maureen, gave birth to the couple's second son, Jason. The same day, the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" topped the charts.

In 1969, Miles Davis -- backed by John McLaughlin, Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter -- recorded the classic "Bitches Brew" album.

In 1973, Kris Kristofferson married Rita Coolidge. They were divorced six years later.

In 1979, rockabilly Dorsey Burnette died from a heart attack at age 46.

In 1984, Beach Boy Brian Wilson was arrested for criminal trespassing outside the Republican National Convention in Dallas. The complaint was later dropped.

In 1987, Ike Turner was arrested in West Hollywood for making an illegal turn. Police found cocaine in his car and only 11 cents in his pocket.

In 1988, U.S. jukebox operators named their All Time Most Played records as Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" and Patsy Cline's "Crazy."

In 1994, Rod Stewart filed a $40 million lawsuit against the Star tabloid newspaper for reporting he had a throat ailment that'd eventually end his career.

In 1996, rock singer Melissa Etheridge announced that her lover -- Julie Cypher -- was pregnant and expecting a baby in January.

In 1998, David Crosby appeared with his new musical project, CPR, on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." CPR stands for Crosby, Pevar and Raymond -- Raymond being James Raymond, Crosby's biologicial son. The two had first meet only four years earlier, while Crosby was recovering from his liver transplant.

In 2001, soul singer Betty Everett was found dead at her home in Beloit, WI. A onetime gospel singer, Everett was best known for her single "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)," which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964.

In 1955, Bo Diddley made his first appearance at New York's Apollo Theater.

In 1965, Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldham announced the formation of his own record company, Immediate Records.

In 1968, Bobby Darin sold his music publishing company for $1 million.

In 1969, Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention, reportedly because he was tired of "people who clap for all the wrong reasons."

In 1981, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played a benefit concert for Vietnam veterans in Los Angeles.

In 1983, punk rocker Johnny Ramone suffered a near-fatal head injury in a street fight over his girlfriend.

In 1984, it was reported that the Jacksons' music video "Torture" used only a wax dummy of Michael Jackson.

In 1986, Boy George's friend Marilyn -- real name, Peter Anthony Robinson -- was cleared of heroin possession charges after London prosecutors failed to produce evidence.

Also in 1986, jazz composer, arranger and trumpeter Thad Jones died of cancer at age 63. He was the brother of drummer Elvin Jones and pianist Hank Jones.

In 1992, the surviving members of Queen said they had dropped plans to build a monument in northern London to the group's late frontman, Freddie Mercury, at the request of his parents.

In 1994, rapper Luther Campbell and eight dancers were arrested on obscenity and inciting to riot charges after they allegedly simulated sex acts during a concert in Birmingham, Ala.

In 1998, Bonnie Raitt kicked off a concert tour in Boulder, Colo., in support of her latest album, "Fundamental."

In 1999, Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan was found dead at his New Orleans home. He was 31. The cause of Sheehan's death may've been a breathing disorder.

In 2000, Bon Jovi brought down the curtain on the 28-year career of London's Wembley Stadium as a live music venue. The show was the group's fifth at the 80,000-seat venue.

In 2001, the Foo Fighters canceled the remaining three dates of their U.K. and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins was hospitalized. Hawkins "apparently overindulged during festivities" following the Foo's performance at the V2001 Festival in Chelmsford, England, according to a statement.

In 1935, Benny Goodman played L.A.'s Palomar Theater in a nationally broadcast concert that drew an enormous audience and is frequently credited with kicking off the swing era.

In 1963, teen magazine "16" named British pop star Cliff Richard the "most promising male singer."

In 1972, Jefferson Starship's Grace Slick was maced by police in a scuffle following a concert in Akron, Ohio. The band's equipment manager started it by calling the police "pigs."

In 1973, the Doobie Brothers' second album "Toulouse Street" was certified gold. In 1976, the Rolling Stones, Todd Rundgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd and 10cc performed at the Knebworth Pop Festival in England.

In 1980, Linda Ronstadt opened in "The Pirates of Penzance" on Broadway.

In 1984, National Park Service officials announced that the Beach Boys would no longer be part of the annual Fourth of July celebration on Washington Mall, and would be replaced by a more "family-oriented" program.

In 1990, Elvis Presley's first driver's license was sold for $7,400, and a John Lennon collage made in 1974 using magazine cutouts of Andy Warhol heads superimposed on nude girls astride motorcycles went for $44,350 dollars, at an auction at Sotheby's in London.

In 1991, a judge cut Rick James's $1 million bail in half. The funk rocker and his girlfriend were charged with holding a woman captive and torturing her at James's Hollywood Hills home.

In 1993, Madonna's neighbors called the police to complain about a party at her Hollywood Hills home.

In 1994, Whitney Houston performed a make-up show in Anaheim, Calif. The concert had been canceled the previous month due to her throat problems.

In 1996, funkster Rick James was released from a California prison, where he'd served time for assaulting two women back in 1991. He said he'd written more than 400 songs while behind bars.

In 1998, Celine Dion opened her "Let's Talk About Love" world concert tour in Boston.

In 1999, country singer Alan Jackson headlined Brazil's largest rodeo, the Barreto Rodeo. This 10-day event drew in almost 2 million people, and Jackson played before a crowd of 50,000.

In 2002, U2 shot a video for their new single, "Electrical Storm," in the French seaside tow of Eze. The clip, which starred actress Samantha Morton ("Minority Report") as a mermaid, filmed from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. the following morning.

In 1956, Elvis Presley began work on his first movie, "Love Me Tender."

In 1965, the Beach Boys met the Beatles backstage at a Beatles concert in Portland, Ore.

In 1966, the Beatles arrived in New York City for a concert at Shea Stadium.

In 1968, John Lennon was sued for divorce by his first wife, Cynthia, after she returned from a vacation to find Yoko Ono living in their London home.

Also in 1968, country couple George Jones and Tammy Wynette announced they were married -- even though they didn't actually tie the knot until the following February.

In 1979, Led Zeppelin released "Through the Out Door," the group's final original album.

In 1981, Foreigner's fourth album -- titled "4" -- topped the U.S. album chart.

Also in 1981, Cheap Trick sued Columbia/CBS in a bid to end the band's recording contract with CBS's Epic Records.

And in 1981, the first heavy metal "Monsters Of Rock" festival was held at Castle Donington, England.

In 1983, Crystal Gayle gave birth to her first child, a girl she named Catherine.

In 1987, 1960s pop star Dusty Springfield had a No.3 hit in Britain with "What Have I Done to Deserve This," a duet with the Pet Shop Boys.

In 1991, reggae singer David Hinds threatened to file a $1 million class-action suit against New York City for not doing anything about racial discrimination by taxi drivers.

In 1992, Sting married his longtime lover Trudie Styler in a church wedding in Wiltshire, England. The couple had tied the knot two days earlier in a civil ceremony.

Also in 1992, estranged couple Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall met at their Texas ranch and later dined with friends in Dallas.

In 1997, Tim Weisberg sued former partner Dan Fogelberg for alleged breach of contract and fraud over the recording of "No Resemblance Whatsoever," the 1995 follow-up to "Twin Sons."

In 1998, Elton John invited comic actor Jim Carrey onstage during his concert at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif. The two dueted on "Rocket Man."

Also in 1998, Garth Brooks pledged to return to South America after his first concert on the continent drew a sold-out crowd of 50,000 to the Estadia Rezacao during the Rodeo Barretos in Brazil.

In 2000, violence erupted at the second annual Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., causing police to stop the show about 2-1/2 hours into the event. The spectacle was broadcast later that month on TV network UPN.

In 2001, country artist Travis Tritt received the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW) 2001 Hall of Fame Award. The honor is given to individuals for distinguished service to the nation.

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