Music History: July 19th
2011 Rebecca Black, the world's most ironic celebrity, cashes in on her worldwide viral Internet fame by launching her own record label, RB Records, and her first single on the label, "My Moment." The song fails to get the same attention as her breakout hit, "Friday."
2004 James Lowe and Mark Tulin of the Electric Prunes, famous for their 1967 garage-psych hit "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," sue their former label and publishing company for over one million dollars in unpaid royalties.
2002 Philadelphia declares today Solomon Burke Day in honor of the native singer.
2002 Movin' Out, a stage musical dedicated to the songs of Billy Joel, premieres in Chicago.
2001 Soul singer Judy Clay dies at age 62 from injuries sustained in a car accident.
1999 Lou Bega releases his debut album, A Little Bit of Mambo.
1994 The Rolling Stones release Voodoo Lounge.
1990 Singer Vicki Carr helps dedicate the Nixon Presidential Library, singing in front of all four living presidents (Nixon, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush), all of which she had performed for at the White House during their terms.
1989 After finding over $40,000 in cash and checks in his cell at the Stevenson Correctional Institute in South Carolina, officials move James Brown to a cell with tighter security.
1985 The Legend of Billie Jean, starring Helen Slater and Christian Slater as teens who become accidental outlaws, debuts in theaters, boasting the hit theme song "Invincible" by Pat Benatar.
1981 The mayor of Odessa, Texas, declares today Roy Orbison Day in honor of the singer. (Orbison was actually from Wink, a microscopic town about 35 miles west.)
1980 Laguna Beach, California's Vorpal Gallery opens a new exhibit featuring paintings by Joni Mitchell, John Mayall, Klaus Voorman, and Ron Wood.
1980 David Bowie begins his run as The Elephant Man in Denver. The show does well, and Bowie takes the lead in the Broadway production later that year.
1980 Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me" hits #1 on its way to selling over a million copies.
1977 Steve Martin appears on The Muppet Show. He performs "Dueling Banjos" and makes balloon animals.
1975 Country singer Lefty Frizzell dies at age 47 after years of alcohol abuse.
1975 Orleans release "Dance With Me."
1975 Paul McCartney & Wings' "Listen To What The Man Said" hits #1.
1969 The Spencer Davis Group breaks up. Steve and Muff Winwood left the band in 1967, but the band continued on with less success without them before calling it quits.
1968 It's the first day of recording for The Beatles' "Sexy Sadie."
1966 The Monkees record the theme song to their TV series.
1966 Johnny Rivers records "Poor Side Of Town."
1965 The Beatles release "Help!" b/w "I'm Down."
1960 Kevin Haskins (drummer for Bauhaus, Love & Rockets) is born in Northampton, England.
1954 Elvis Presley releases "That's All Right" b/w "Blue Moon Of Kentucky."
1952 Allen Collins (guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) is born Larkin Allen Collins Jr. in Jacksonville, Florida.
1948 Keith Godchaux (keyboardist for Grateful Dead throughout the '70s) is born in Seattle, Washington, but will grow up in Concord, California.
1947 Bernie Leadon (guitarist, vocalist for Eagles) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1947 Brian May (lead guitarist for Queen) is born in Hampton, Middlesex, England.
1946 Alan Gorrie (guitarist/vocalist/bassist for The Average White Band) is born in Perth, Scotland.
1944 Commander Cody (of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen) is born George Frayne IV in Boise, Idaho.
1941 Pop singer Vicki Carr is born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas-Martinez Cardona in El Paso, Texas. Her first hit is a cover of The Crystals' "He's A Rebel" in 1962.
1941 R&B guitarist/bassist Phil Upchurch is born in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to recording with Curtis Mayfield, Dee Clark, B.B. King, Michael Jackson, and others, he's known for the 1961 instrumental hit "You Can't Sit Down."
1939 Jack Teagarden records "Aunt Hagar's Blues."
1937 Country singer George Hamilton IV, known for the 1963 chart-topper "Abilene," is born in North Carolina.
1932 Buster Benton, guitarist for Willie Dixon's Blues All-Stars, is born Arley Benton in Texarkana, Arkansas.
1925 Sue Thompson is born Eva Sue McKee in Nevada, Missouri. Known for the '60s pop hits "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" and "Norman."
Joan Jett Becomes Mike Tyson's Good Luck Charm
Joan Jett calls up-and-coming heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson before his fight with Larry Sims, which Tyson wins handily. The superstitious Tyson insists on getting a call from Jett before every fight, which he does until breaking tradition for his bout against Buster Douglas on February 11, 1990 - Tyson's first loss.
2013 Pearl Jam plays a sold-out show at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the first American stop touring behind their 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt. Seven songs in, the show is delayed by... lightning. After midnight, the band returns to the stage and plays a rousing set, as the place is still packed.
1986 Genesis have their first (and only) #1 Hot 100 hit as "Invisible Touch" tops the chart.More
1980 Billy Joel gets his first gold record, for "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me."
1966 Doing it his way, the 50-year-old Frank Sinatra marries the 20-year-old actress Mia Farrow in New York, causing a predictable media event. The marriage lasts just two years.
1958 The Drifters manager George Treadwell, who owns the name, fires the group and replaces them with members of The Five Crowns. When Ben E. King joins the group a short time later, The Drifters become consistent hitmakers, scoring with "There Goes My Baby," "This Magic Moment" and "Save The Last Dance For Me."