Music History: July 7th
2009 Lionel Richie got his first big break when The Commodores snagged 42 dates in the opening slot for The Jackson 5 in 1972. Thirty-seven years later on the same date, he performs The Commodores song "Jesus is Love" at a memorial service for the late Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2005 Former calypso artist Arthur Edlin Frederick is one of 52 innocent people killed in the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London.
2001 The Pointer Sisters' June Pointer completes her court-ordered rehab for cocaine.
2001 Sharon becomes the first Corr to wed when she marries Gavin Bonnar, a Belfast barrister. They will have two children, Cathal Robert Gerard and Flori Jean Elizabeth.
2001 Fred Neil, a folk singer-songwriter known for writing Harry Nilsson's hit "Everybody's Talkin'," dies during a battle with skin cancer at age 65.
1998 Along with his financial partner Don Barden, Michael Jackson announces plans to build an entertainment complex in Detroit called "The Majestic Kingdom." It never materializes.
1993 Mia Zapata (lead singer of The Gits), age 27, is murdered after being accosted by a stranger outside of Seattle's Comet Tavern. The case goes unsolved for years until DNA evidence links the crime to Florida fisherman Jesus Mezquia in 2003, who eventually is sentenced to 36 years in prison.
1989 Compact discs outsell vinyl records for the first time.
1977 Styx tie in with the date (7-7-77) by releasing their 7th album, The Grand Illusion.
1975 The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards is arrested in Arkansas for reckless driving and firearm possession.
1973 Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round In Circles" hits #1.
1971 The Carpenters debut their variety summer replacement series, Make Your Own Kind Of Music, on NBC.
1971 Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA are married in Verum, Sweden (it lasts eight years).
1969 The Beatles release "Here Comes The Sun."
1968 The Yardbirds perform their final gig in Luton, England.
1968 The folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary appear as the "mystery guest" on CBS-TV's What's My Line?
1968 The Yardbirds disband immediately after a gig in Luton, England. Jimmy Page begins forming what will become Led Zeppelin.
1968 Elvis Presley releases "Charro."
1963 Vonda Shepard is born in New York, but will be raised in California.
1962 David Rose's "The Stripper" hits #1.
1962 Spin Doctors bass player Mark White is born in New York City.
1956 Johnny Cash makes his first appearance on the Grand Old Opry show in Nashville.
1956 A riot breaks out at a Fats Domino concert in San Jose, California, with twelve injured.
1956 Elvis Presley's 18th film, Tickle Me, opens in the US.
1956 The Platters release "My Prayer."
1950 Johnny Cash joins the US Air Force.
1948 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt (guitarist for Iron Butterfly) is born in Florida.
1947 David Hodo (Village People construction worker) is born in Palo Alto, California.
1944 Warren Entner (guitarist for The Grass Roots) is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1941 Jim Rodford (bass guitarist for Argent, The Kinks) is born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England.
1936 Tommy Dee, known for the 1959 hit "Three Stars," a tribute to the late Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, is born in Vicker, Virginia.
1924 Mary Ford is born Iris Colleen Summers in El Monte, California.
1911 Composer Gian Carlo Menotti, known for the popular Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, is born in Cadegliano-Viconago, Italy.
2007Live Earth, a series of concerts to initiate action against global warming, takes place around the world.
2009 Michael Jackson's funeral is held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Most TV networks cover the event, where Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Andrae Crouch Choir, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Britain's Got Talent 2009 finalist Shaheen Jafargholi, Magic Johnson, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Brooke Shields, Usher and Stevie Wonder all participate.
1998 Barenaked Ladies release their fourth studio album, Stunt. It's the Canadian band's breakthrough record in the US, where it lands at #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
1984 "When Doves Cry" goes to #1 on the Hot 100, giving Prince his first chart-topper on the tally. The song is from his upcoming movie Purple Rain.
1980 In West Berlin, Led Zeppelin play their last concert with drummer John Bonham, who dies in September.
1969 John Lennon releases "Give Peace A Chance" in the US, a song he and Yoko, along with a chorus of guests, recorded at their "bed-in" in a Montreal hotel room.