Music History: July 9th
2012 Soul singer Linda "Kay Kay" Greenwade (of Kay Kay and the Rays) dies at age 56 after a long period of ill health, including diabetes and a brain tumor.
2011 Matt Bellamy of Muse and his fiancé Kate Hudson welcome a baby boy. Hudson had a boy with Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson seven years earlier.
2009 In an article published in The Guardian, "Hallelujah" writer Leonard Cohen admits the song is overplayed. "I think it's a good song, but I think too many people sing it," he says.
2006 Milan B. Williams (keyboardist for The Commodores) dies of cancer at age 58.
2003 Buzzcocks play Madison Square Garden for the first time ever in their career, opening for Pearl Jam.
2001 During an appearance on MTV's TRL, four of the Backstreet Boys announce their Black & Blue tour will be put on hold so their fifth member, AJ McLean, can enter rehab to treat alcoholism and depression.
1999 Mick Jagger's common-law marriage to actress/supermodel Jerry Hall, conducted in Haiti back in 1990, is annulled.
1995 Hootie & the Blowfish play the first-ever concert at the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, Connecticut, drawing a crowd of 17,000.
1977 Alan O'Day's "Undercover Angel" hits #1. It will hold the position for one week.
1975 Jack White (lead singer, guitarist for The White Stripes) is born John Anthony Gillis in Detroit, Michigan. He takes the name "White" when he marries his bandmate, Meg White.
1969 The Beatles start recording "Maxwell's Silver Hammer."
1969 John Lennon makes his solo debut on the UK charts with "Give Peace A Chance."
1968 The Beatles release "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-da."
1964 Courtney Love (of Hole) is born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco, California.
1959 Jim Kerr (lead singer for Simple Minds) is born in Toryglen, Glasgow, Scotland.
1959 The Drifters release "The Drifters."
1957 Marc Almond (lead vocalist for Soft Cell) is born Peter Mark Sinclair Almond in Southport, Lancashire, England.
1957 Elvis Presley's second film, Loving You, has its US premiere (Elvis does not attend since he got a special showing the night before).
1957 Bobby Helms releases "My Special Angel."
1956 In the broadcast equivalent of Lou Gehrig taking over for Wally Pipp at first base, Dick Clark replaces Bob Horn as host of the TV show Bandstand, which runs on the Philadelphia TV station WFIL. The show goes national the next year, with Clark hosting it until 1989.
1954 Debbie Sledge (of Sister Sledge) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1946 Bon Scott is born Ronald Belford Scott in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He is raised in Australia, where he meets Angus and Malcolm Young and eventually becomes lead singer of their band AC/DC.
1946 John "Mitch" Mitchell (drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience) is born in Greenwich, London, England. Before becoming a musician, he'll start his entertainment career as an actor, appearing on the children's program Jennings and Derbyshire and starring in the 1960 film Bottom's Up.
1941 Don McPherson (of The Main Ingredient) is born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1929 Bluegrass mandolinist Jesse McReynolds (of Jim & Jesse) is born in Carfax, Virginia.
1929 Singer-songwriter Lee Hazlewood, known for his collaborations with Duane Eddy and Nancy Sinatra, is born Barton Lee Hazlewood in Mannford, Oklahoma.
1927 Sixties pop singer Ed Ames ("My Cup Runneth Over") is born Edmund Dantes Urick in Malden, Massachusetts.
1925 Fifties pop singer Alan Dale ("(The Gang that Sang) Heart of My Heart") is born Aldo Sigismondi in Brooklyn, New York City.
Rock Around The Clock Becomes The First #1 Rock Song
1955Bill Haley & His Comets' "Rock Around The Clock" becomes the first Rock song to hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart, where it stays for eight weeks. The song was originally released as a the B-side of "Thirteen Women," but became a massive hit after it appeared in the film Blackboard Jungle.
1995 At Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead play their last show with Jerry Garcia, who dies a month later.
1977 Elvis Costello quits his job at cosmetics factory to pursue a music career.
1977 The Steve Miller Band hits #8 in the US with "Jet Airliner," a song written by the blind folk singer Paul Pena.
1968 David Ruffin is fired from The Temptations after missing a show. The lead singer on their hits "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," Ruffin clashes with his bandmates and with Motown head Berry Gordy before he is fired.