Music History: July 6th
2016 In a small ceremony at Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England, Ciara marries Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.
2009 Guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker announce they are leaving Panic At The Disco. That leaves vocalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith to continue the band.
2003 Skip Battin (bassist for The Byrds, NRPS, Flying Burrito Brothers) dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 69.
1985 Phil Collins' "Sussudio" - a song about a girl with a funny name - hits #1. It holds the position for one week.
1979 Van McCoy, known for the 1975 disco hit "The Hustle," dies of a heart attack at age 39.
1973 Queen releases "Keep Yourself Alive."
1967 Pink Floyd appear on the British TV show Top Of The Pops for the first time, performing "See Emily Play."
1966 Mike D'abo replaces Paul Jones as lead singer of Manfred Mann.
1966 Elvis Presley's Paradise Hawaiian Style movie opens nationwide.
1965 Marty Balin starts recruiting members for the band that will become Jefferson Airplane.
1965 Jackie Wilson releases "Higher And Higher."
1964 The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night debuts in London.
1963 Guitarist Tim Bricheno (of The Sisters Of Mercy) is born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England.
1959 John Keeble (drummer for Spandau Ballet) is born in Hampstead, London, England.
1953 Nanci Griffith is born in Seguin, Texas.
1949 Mike Shrieve (drummer for Santana) is born in San Francisco, California.
1945 Rik Elswit (lead guitarist for Dr. Hook) is born in California.
1943 Soul singer Jan Bradley, who becomes popular by covering Curtis Mayfield tunes before writing her own songs, is born Addie Bradley in Byhalia, Mississippi.
1937 Gene Chandler is born Eugene Dixon in Chicago, Illinois.
1932 Big Dee Irwin is born DiFosco T. Ervin Jr. in Harlem, New York. Recorded a popular version of "Swinging on a Star" with Little Eva.
1931 Della Reese is born Delloreese Patricia Early in the Black Bottom neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan.
1925 Bill Haley is born in Highland Park, Michigan.
1924 Jazz drummer Louie Bellson, famous for his work with Duke Ellington, is born in Illinois.
1911 Contralto singer LaVerne Sophia Andrews (firstborn of The Andrews Sisters) is born in Mound, Minnesota.
1865 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, a composer who developed Dalcroze Eurhythmics to teach music to students, is born in Vienna, Austria.
1972David Bowie performs "Starman" on Top Of The Pops, causing an uproar among the conservative British audience by singing with his arm coquettishly draped around the shoulder of guitarist Mick Ronson – a move that makes him as a household name overnight.
1975 50 Cent is born Curtis Jackson III in Queens, New York.
1974 "Rock The Boat" by The Hues Corporation becomes the first disco song to top the Hot 100.
1971 Louis Armstrong dies of a heart attack in his sleep in Corona, Queens, New York, a month shy of his 70th birthday. More
1957 Paul McCartney first meets John Lennon at a Liverpool church festival concert by John's group, the Quarrymen.
1954 WHBQ in Memphis becomes the first radio station to play an Elvis Presley record when they give "That's Alright Mama" a spin.