Music History: July 23rd
2010 Kings of Leon have a strange encounter during a show in St. Louis when just a few songs into their set, they abruptly leave the stage, complaining about a flurry of bird poop coming from a flock of pigeons chilling in the rafters. The band never returns, and a full refund is made available to all concertgoers.
2009 Danny "Dirty Dan" McBride (lead guitarist for Sha Na Na) dies in his sleep at age 63.
2009 Further to Nas and Kelis squabbling over child support and divorce for the past few months, with both sides accusing each other of infidelity, Los Angeles Superior Court orders Nas to pay Kelis nearly $40,000 in monthly support, with Kelis receiving $30,471 in spousal support per month, and the couple's son receiving $9,027 per month.
2003 The US National Registry of Historic Places declares Memphis, Tennessee's Sun Studios, at 706 Union Avenue, a historic landmark.
2003 In a bizarre ad placed in Variety, James Brown announces his separation from his fourth wife, Tomi Rae, by featuring a picture of the couple and their two-year-old, James Brown II, posing with Goofy at Disney World.
2001 Megadeth is banned from playing in Malaysia. The band was scheduled to perform in the Southeast Asian country three weeks later but was forced to cancel because authorities thought their albums contained "unsuitable imagery."
1996 Rob Collins (keyboardist for The Charlatans UK) dies in a car crash at age 33.
1994 The International Astronomical Union names an asteroid in Mars' orbit ZappaFrank, after the musician Frank Zappa, who'd passed away from cancer the year before.
1993 Poetic Justice, starring Janet Jackson (in braids) and Tupac Shakur, opens in theaters.
1989 Ringo Starr begins his first tour since The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, introducing his "All-Starr Band" of '70s stars in Dallas, Texas.
1984 Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America crown midway through her run after naked picture of her appear in Penthouse. The controversy didn't keep her from becoming a very popular actress and singer: in 1991 she released her #1 hit "Save The Best For Last."
1984 After a jury decides that the Bee Gees plagiarized a song they had never heard to create "How Deep Is Your Love," an appeals court rules that "striking similarity" between songs is not enough to prove plagiarism. Moving forward, it must be proven that a songwriter had access to a song he allegedly stole from.
1983 The Police's Synchronicity goes to #1 on the Billboard album chart.
1982 Dolly Parton stars as a brothel owner in the musical film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, alongside Burt Reynolds. She earns a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
1981 Steve Jocz (drummer for Sum 41) is born in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. He directs music videos for the band's "Underclass Hero," "With Me," and "Screaming Bloody Murder."
1980 Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child) is born in Rockford, Illinois.
1980 Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux, age 32, dies of head injuries sustained in a car accident two days earlier. He had been on the way home from his birthday party at the time of the crash.
1979 Iran's new leader, the Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, bans rock and roll as a corruptive influence on the people, a decision that eventually inspires both the graphic novel Perseopolis and the Clash song "Rock The Casbah."
1977 Barry Manilow's "Looks Like We Made It" hits #1.
1977 Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham, along with their manager Peter Grant and two other band employees are arrested backstage during the Days On The Green festival in the Oakland Coliseum, charged with assaulting 3 members of promoter Bill Graham's staff. Graham files a lawsuit that is settled out of court.
1977 Foreigner releases "Cold As Ice."
1971 Bluegrass-country performer Alison Krauss is born in Decatur, Illinois. She meets Union Station bandmate Dan Tyminski at a 1984 festival held by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America.
1971 Chad Gracey (drummer for Live, The Gracious Few) is born in York, Pennsylvania.
1971 Dalvin "Mr. Dalvin" DeGrate (rapper for the R&B quartet Jodeci) is born in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1970 Sam Watters (of Color Me Badd) is born in Camp Springs, Maryland. He follows up his Color Me Badd tenure as a hit songwriter for Kelly Clarkson ("All I Ever Wanted") and Fantasia ("When I See You"), among others.
1969 The Beatles record "Come Together" and "Oh! Darling."
1969 "James Brown Day" is declared in Los Angeles, where the singer performs a sellout concert at the Great Western Forum. Mayor Sam Yorty is late for the ceremonies, so Brown leaves before he can get his proclamation.
1969 Three Dog Night's "One" is certified gold.
1968 The Jackson 5 take a trip from their home in Gary, Indiana, to Detroit, where they audition for Motown Records. Their audition is taped and sent to Berry Gordy in Los Angeles, who quickly signs the act.
1968 The Beatles record "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" and "Good Night."
1968 The Iveys, later known as Badfinger, sign with Apple Records after a persistent campaign by longtime Beatles associate Mal Evans, who will produce their first sessions.
1966 Frank Sinatra's Strangers In The Night album hits #1.
1966 Roger Miller's "You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd" enters the charts.
1965 Slash (lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses) is born Saul Hudson in Hampstead, London, England.
1964 Tim Kellett (of Simply Red) is born in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England.
1964 Nick Menza (drummer for Megadeth) is born in Munich, Germany. He is the son of jazz saxophonist Don Menza.
1963 Canadian high school student Neil Young and his band, the Squires, visit a Winnipeg studio to record their first single, a surf instrumental called "The Sultan."
1961 Martin Gore of Depeche Mode is born in Essex, England.
1954 Marisa DeFranco (of The DeFranco Family) is born in Ontario, Canada.
1952 Jazz singer Janis Siegel (of The Manhattan Transfer) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1951 Rosemary Clooney's "Come On A My House" hits #1.
1950 Blair Thornton (guitarist for Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1948 John Hall (founder of Orleans) is born in Baltimore, Maryland, but grows up in Elmira, New York.
1947 David Essex is born David Albert Cook in London. Known in America for his hit "Rock On," he is far more successful in the UK, where he lands 19 Top 40 hits and acts in a number of big musicals, including the London production of Evita.
1946 English multi-instrumentalist Andy Mackay (of Roxy Music) is born in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.
1944 Dino Danelli (drummer for The Young Rascals) is born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1943 Singer-songwriter Tony Joe White is born in Oak Grove, Louisiana. He has a hit with 1969's "Polk Salad Annie" and pens "Rainy Night In Georgia," made famous by Brook Benton in 1970.
1942 Soul singer Madeline Bell (of Blue Mink) is born in Newark, New Jersey. She lands her first big hit in 1968 with a cover of Dee Dee Warwick's "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me."
1941 Sonny Dunham records "Memories Of You."
1935 Cleveland Duncan (original tenor for The Penguins) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1933 Bert Convy is born in St. Louis, Missouri. As a member of the vocal group The Cheers, he lands a hit with the 1955 single "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots." His greater success comes as an actor and game show host of Tattletales, Super Password, and Win, Lose or Draw.
2014 Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin gets a speeding ticket in her hometown of Wasilla. She blames her excessive speed (63mph in a 45) on Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55," which was playing on her radio. When Hagar gets word, he tweets Palin offering to cover the ticket.
2001 Three years after the death of first wife, Linda, Paul McCartney gets engaged to former model and activist Heather Mills, whom he met at a charity event in 1999. The marriage lasts six years (including a two-year separation) and produces a daughter - Beatrice Milly McCartney - and a large settlement for Mills.
1988 Paula Abdul makes her first appearance on the US Albums chart when Forever Your Girl enters at #184. Sixty-four weeks later, it rises to #1, setting a record for most weeks on the chart before hitting the top spot.
1955 Chuck Berry releases his first single, "Maybellene."