Music History: July 24th
2016 Marni Nixon, a soprano singer who dubbed vocals for numerous stars of the silver screen, including Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady and Natalie Wood in West Side Story, dies at age 86.
2014 Chubby Checker settles his lawsuit with Hewlett-Packard over their app: "The Chubby Checker." The app, which sold for 99 cents, purported to estimate a man's penis size based on his shoe size.
2011 At the Mod Club in Toronto, Abel Tesfaye performs as The Weeknd for the first time. Visibly nervous, he keeps a firm grip on the microphone.More
2011 Dan Peek (multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for America) dies of fibrinous pericarditis in his sleep at age 60.
2001 Bob Seger's boat Lightning (named because a previous boat was struck by lightning) wins its division in the 291-mile Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race in Michigan with a time of 30 hours, 34 minutes, 42 seconds. Seger is one of 11 crew members on board.
1998 Country legend Tanya Tucker files suit against her label, Capitol Nashville, for $300,000, claiming the label has not promoted her properly.
1995 A three-night career retrospective honoring Frank Sinatra on his 80th birthday begins at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. A visibly ailing Sinatra attends but does not perform. Meanwhile, in New York City, the Empire State Building is lit with blue lights in his honor.
1985 A stretch of Detroit's Washington Boulevard is renamed "Aretha Franklin's Freeway Of Love," in honor of her recent comeback hit.
1984 Reverend Clarence LaVaughn Franklin (Aretha Franklin's father) dies five years after being shot during a robbery attempt at his Detroit home. The incident left him in a coma until his death at age 69.
1976 The Manhattans' "Kiss And Say Goodbye" hits #1 in the US.
1976 Elton John's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" hits #1 in the UK.
1973 Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira, of the alt Hip-Hop group Digable Planets, is born in Brazil.
1972 Bobby Ramirez, the 24-year-old drummer with Edgar Winter's White Trash, is beaten to death in a Chicago barroom brawl after a patron complains about the length of Ramirez's hair.
1971 The Raiders' "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) hits #1.
1969 The Beatles record "Sun King" and "Mean Mr. Mustard."
1968 Jimmy Drake, known as Nervous Norvus, dies from cirrhosis of the liver at age 56.
1968 It's the second day of recording for The Beatles' "Sexy Sadie," which will be finished in August.
1967 In response to their friend John Hopkins being sentenced to nine months in jail for marijuana possession, The Beatles take out full-page ad in The Times of London calling for legalization of the drug. "The law against marijuana is immoral in principle and unworkable in practice," it reads.
1967 Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow LP is certified gold.
1965 The Beach Boys record "California Girls."
1965 Dino, Desi and Billy's "I'm A Fool" enters the charts.
1964 Marvin Gaye records "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You." Written by the Motown team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, the title comes from one of Jackie Gleason's catch phrases.
1961 Paul Geary (co-founder and drummer of Extreme) is born in Medford, Massachusetts.
1956 Ten years to the day after their act began, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis break up their wildly popular musical-comedy act after a farewell show at New York's Copacabana nightclub.
1954 The Four Aces' "Three Coins In The Fountain" hits #1.
1948 Drummer Kim Berly, of The Stampeders, is born Kimball Meyer in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada.
1947 Drummer Alan Whitehead, of Marmalade, is born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England.
1944 Guitarist Jim Armstrong, of Them, is born in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
1942 Bassist and singer Heinz Burt, of The Tornados, is born in Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
1941 Barbara Jean Love, of the Soul group The Friends of Distinction, is born in Los Angeles, California.
1938 Artie Shaw records "Begin The Beguine."
1934 Jazz drummer Rudy Collins, who performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Cab Calloway, is born in New York City.
1921 Jazz pianist and composer Billy Taylor is born in Greenville, North Carolina. He penned the unofficial civil rights anthem "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" in 1963.
1916 Big Band vocalist Bob Eberly is born in Mechanicville, New York.
1908 Duke Ellington's innovative trumpeter Cootie Williams is born in Mobile, Alabama.
1978The film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opens in America, and it tanks hard. Savaged by critics, it becomes a legendary Hollywood flop despite appearances by Peter Frampton, Billy Preston, Aerosmith and The Bee Gees.
1999 The rapper Treach (Anthony Criss) from Naughty by Nature ("O.P.P.") marries Pepa (Sandra Denton) of Salt-N-Pepa in a ceremony officiated by Reverend Run of Run-D.M.C., who says it's the first time a rapper has married two rappers. Among the guests are Salt, Queen Latifah and Vivica A. Fox. The couple divorce in 2001, with Pepa alleging abuse.
1987 The movie La Bamba, a somewhat fictionalized biography of Latin rock star Ritchie Valens, opens in the US. It's generally well received, especially the soundtrack by Los Lobos. Lou Diamond Phillips stars as Valens, who died in the infamous plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper; Marshall Crenshaw appears as Buddy Holly and Brian Setzer as Eddie Cochran.
1982 Thanks to its use in the movie Rocky III, "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor hits #1 for the first of six weeks.
1969 Jennifer Lopez is born in The Bronx in New York City.