Music History: July 10th
2016 Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry suffers a cardiac arrest while performing with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, fellow members of the supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. The 65 year old is rushed to Coney Island hospital, where's he's listed in stable condition.
2015 The documentary Amy is released. The film, directed by Asif Kapadia, chronicles the short life of British singer Amy Winehouse. Hard-living Winehouse won five Grammy awards for her 2006 album Back To Black. She died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
2012 Slash, of late Guns N' Roses fame, gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Charlie Sheen is master of ceremonies at the event, and comments, "It seems quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on." Oooooooooh, burn!
2010 The audience attending a benefit for Palestinian children in Oxfordshire, England, knew they were going to be entertained by David Gilmour. What they didn't know was that Gilmour's onetime Pink Floyd bandmate Roger Waters was going to drop in for a surprise four-song set. Waters said in a Facebook posting that he agreed to do it after Gilmour agreed to join him for a performance of The Wall in March 2011 in Europe. The last time the two had been on stage together was at the 2005 Live 8 London concerts.
2009 Robert Plant is officially a Commander of the British Empire after being bestowed with the title by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
2008 VH1's Rock Honors pays tribute to The Who.
2007 Bad Religion release their fourteenth full-length studio album, New Maps of Hell.
2000 A much-ballyhooed Supremes "reunion" tour, "Return To Love," which features only Diana Ross from the original group, is canceled after initial ticket sales don't match expectations.
1993 Bob Seger marries his third and wife, Juanita Dorricott.
1986 Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia goes into a diabetic coma, forcing the band to cancel the rest of their tour. He's in the coma for five days, and when he comes to, he has to learn how to walk and talk again. After months of rehab, he gets his faculties back and in December, and is once again on stage with his band.
1980 Jessica Simpson is born in Abilene, Texas.
1979 Chuck Berry is sentenced to jail for tax evasion. He would serve four months.
1978 Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman falls from the stage at a gig St. Paul, Minnesota, and is knocked unconscious.
1977 Cher gives birth to Elijah Blue Allman, her first and only child with Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers.
1976 A 16-year-old girl is stabbed to death at a Yes concert in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1976 England Dan and John Ford Coley's "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" enters the charts.
1976 The Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight," named after a menu item but about daytime lovemaking, hits #1 in America, where it stays for two weeks.
1975 Gladys Knight & the Pips debut their own summer variety music show on NBC TV.
1975 Gregg Allman and Cher's famously rocky marriage almost ends in divorce after only ten days. Cher changes her mind three weeks later.
1972 Nilsson releases Son of Schmilsson.
1971 Three Dog Night releases "Liar."
1969 The funeral is held for The Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones, who was found dead in his swimming pool on July 3rd.
1969 The Temptations Show, a Motown special featuring the group, airs in syndication. They perform, among other hits, "Get Ready," "Cloud Nine," and "Runaway Child, Running Wild."
1968 Eric Clapton announces the breakup of the supergroup Cream, currently finishing up its last tour.
1968 Early prog-rockers The Nice are banned from London's Royal Albert Hall after burning an American flag on stage as an antiwar protest.
1967 Kenny Rogers leaves the The New Christy Minstrels and forms The First Edition, who have a hit the next year with "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)."
1967 Bobbie Gentry's first single, "Ode To Billie Joe," is released. It would go on to top the Hot 100 for four weeks.
1965 Peter DiStefano (guitarist for Porno For Pyros) is born in Santa Monica, California.
1965 Wilson Pickett releases "In The Midnight Hour."
1965 Sonny and Cher release "I Got You Babe."
1965 The Rolling Stones "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" hits #1 in America. It stays for four weeks, becoming the biggest hit of 1965.
1965 The Kinks play the Seattle Center Coliseum. It will be their last show on American soil until December 1969, as the powerful American Federation of Musicians union bans them. Ray Davies would later blame their manager Larry Page for the ban, claiming he bungled contracts and didn't make proper payments.
1964 The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night film has its Liverpool premiere, with over 200,000 locals (!) turning up to celebrate their hometown boys making good.
1964 Manfred Mann releases "Do Wah Diddy Diddy."
1963 Martha and the Vandellas release "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave."
1962 Christopher "Play" Martin (of Kid 'N Play) is born in Queens, New York City.
1961 Bobby Lewis's "Tossin' And Turnin'" hits #1 for the first of seven weeks.
1959 Sandy West is born Sandy Pesavento in Long Beach, California. Together with Joan Jett, she is a founding member of the teenage all-female rock band The Runaways, playing drums. After the band splits she leaves the music industry, and dies at the age of 47 from lung cancer.
1954 Neil Tennant (lead vocalist, keyboardist for Pet Shop Boys) is born in North Shields, Tyneside, England.
1950 The Victor Talking Machine Company trademarks the phrase "His Master's Voice," which refers to the dog in their logo (Nipper) listening to a record player because he thinks it is his owner. The company later becomes the record label RCA Victor.
1950 The nation's favorite popular music countdown, "Your Hit Parade," gets its own home on NBC TV to match its longtime radio counterpart.
1949 Dave Smalley (lead singer, guitarist of Down By Law) is born in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
1949 Greg Kihn is born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1947 Arlo Guthrie is born in Coney Island, New York.
1944 John "Beaky" Dymond (of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich) is born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.
1943 Jerry Miller (songwriter, guitarist for Moby Grape) is born in Tacoma, Washington.
1942 Heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (of Black Sabbath, Rainbow) is born Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
1942 Sixto Díaz Rodríguez (better known simply as "Rodríguez") is born in Detroit, Michigan. He is the subject of the 2012 film Searching for Sugar Man.
1941 Ian Whitcomb, known for the 1965 hit "You Turn Me On," is born in Woking, Surrey, England.
1941 Jazz icon Jelly Roll Morton, whose "Jelly Roll Blues" was the first published jazz composition, dies at age 50.
1937 Rockabilly singer Jumpin' Gene Simmons is born in Mississippi. He begins his music career at Sun Records as an opening act for Elvis Presley.
1937 Singer and TV personality Sandy Stewart, known for the 1963 hit "My Coloring Book," is born Sandra Galitz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1895 German composer Carl Orff, known for the 1937 cantata Carmina Burana, is born in Munich.
2008By simply tapping an app button on an iPhone, music fans can finally get an answer to the timeless question, "What's that song?" Shazam's free smartphone app is the first music recognition service of its kind - using a phone's microphone to listen to any song being played publicly - like in a restaurant, at a friend's house, or on TV - and identify it. And it actually works.
2004 American Idol winner Fantasia's "I Believe" hits #1 on the US singles chart.
1989 The Monkees get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, all four Monkees reunite for the first time - Mike Nesmith was a holdout on their reunion tour.
1985 Playboy publishes nude photos of Madonna taken before she was famous.More
1981 Rick James releases "Super Freak."
1936 Billie Holiday becomes the first major artist to record the classic song "Summertime," which was featured in the musical Porgy and Bess a year earlier.