Music History: July 22nd
2010 Electric blues guitarist Phillip Walker, known for his 1959 hit single "Hello My Darling," dies of heart failure at age 73.
2008 Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor foots the bill for the band's seventh studio album, The Slip, which is released digitally on their website for free with the tag, "This one's on me." Fans wanting a physical copy, however, will have to shell out their money for a limited-edition two months later. (NIN also did this four months earlier with the free digital release of Ghosts I–IV, an album made up of almost entirely instrumental, unnamed tracks).
2005 Eugene Record (lead singer of Chi-Lites) dies of cancer at age 64.
2002 Jazz singer Marion Montgomery dies of lung cancer at age 67. A non-smoker, the "Maybe the Morning" singer blamed her illness on the second-hand smoke she regularly ingested while working in nightclubs.
1996 Donovan has to cancel a North American tour when he is denied entry to the US because of a 1966 marijuana possession conviction.
1996 The Smokin' Grooves tour, the first major hip-hop traveling festival, kicks off a 33-date trek with a show in Sacramento, California. Artists include A Tribe Called Quest, Fugees, Cypress Hill and Busta Rhymes.
1989 De La Soul's "Me, Myself and I" becomes a hit on the Hot 100 chart, where it peaks at #34.
1987 Morris Albert is found guilty of plagiarizing the 1956 French composition "Pour Toi" on his hit "Feelings." Louis Gasté, the composer of "Pour Toi," is added to the writers credit.
1977 Shaken by the deaths of his sister Rhonda and good friend Freddie Prinze, Tony Orlando says on stage at a show in Cohasset, Massachusetts, "This is my last day as a performer." He spends some time recovering, and returns to the stage in November.
1973 Daniel Jones (instrumentalist of Savage Garden) is born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, but will be raised in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
1973 Larry Finnegan dies of a brain tumor at age 34. Known for the 1962 hit "Dear One."
1972 The Who release "Join Together."
1971 The Doors' L.A. Woman album is certified Gold.
1969 Aretha Franklin, struggling with the breakup of her marriage, is arrested for causing a disturbance in an incident at a Detroit parking lot.
1969 The Beatles record "Come Together" and "Oh! Darling."
1969 Elvis Presley's NBC-TV Special soundtrack (a/k/a "The '68 Comeback Special") is certified gold.
1968 Elvis Presley begins filming the movie Charro!, which is the only one where he has a beard. Only one Elvis song is used in the film, and it is a commercial failure.
1968 The Byrds release Sweetheart Of The Rodeo.
1968 The Beatles record "Don't Pass Me By" and "Good Night."
1967 Pat Badger (bassist for Extreme) is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1967 Vanilla Fudge plays its debut concert in New York City.
1963 Emily Saliers (of Indigo Girls) is born in New Haven, Connecticut.
1963 The Beatles release Introducing The Beatles.
1961 Keith Sweat is born Keith Douglas Crier in Harlem, New York.
1947 Don Henley (drummer, vocalist of Eagles) is born in Gilmer, Texas.
1944 Rick Davies (vocalist/keyboardist for Supertramp) is born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England.
1943 Bobby Sherman is Santa Monica, California. He becomes a teen idol in the late '60s with a string of pop hits, including the million-selling "Little Woman."
1941 Estelle Bennett (of The Ronettes) is born in New York. Her younger sister is Ronettes lead singer Ronnie Spector.
1940 George Clinton (leader of Parliament/Funkadelic) is born in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
1940 One-hit-wonder Thomas Wayne, known for 1959's "Tragedy," is born Thomas Wayne Perkins is Batesville, Mississippi. His brother is Johnny Cash's guitarist, Luther Perkins.
1937 R&B singer Chuck Jackson is born in Latta, South Carolina, but is raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1937 Hal Kemp records "Got A Date With An Angel."
1924 Margaret Whiting is born in Detroit, Michigan, but is raised in Los Angeles, California, where her dad, Richard, composes popular tunes such as "Hooray For Hollywood" and "On The Good Ship Lollipop." Modern listeners know her for her holiday duet with Johnny Mercer, "Baby It's Cold Outside."
1922 Irving Berlin's mother dies, which results in him writing "All By Myself," "All Alone" and "What'll I Do?"
1979Little Richard, who has been preaching of his salvation throughout the United States, makes his famous statement, "If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody."
2014 Weezer releases "Back to the Shack," the lead single from Everything Will Be Alright in the End.
2009 At Trae Day, an event commemorating the second anniversary of the day Houston rapper Trae was presented with a proclamation by the city of Houston, and featuring performances by Rick Ross, Trae, Rich Boy, Rocko, GS Boyson, six people get shot on the campus of Texas Southern University as a gang-related shooting starts raining in the parking lot, leading to a stampede of people who are mostly running for safety.
2007 After playing a show at the Beacon Theater in New York City, Lil Wayne is arrested when police search his tour bus and find a loaded gun. Gun laws are strict in New York, and the rapper serves eight months in Rikers Island prison. In 2016, he publishes a book about the ordeal called Gone 'Til November.
1973 Rufus Wainwright is born to folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III in Rhinebeck, New York. He'll spend much of his childhood raised by his mother in Quebec.