Music History: August 3rd
2016 Days after performing at Portland's Moda Center, Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock causes a 5-vehicle accident when he falls asleep at the wheel and crashes into a pickup truck. No serious injuries are reported.
2016 Ricci Martin, youngest son of Dean Martin, is found dead in his Utah home at age 62.
2014 Rosetta Hightower (lead singer of The Orlons) dies at age 70.
2012 Stevie Wonder announces that he will be divorcing Kai Millard Morris, his second wife of eleven years. The couple reveal that they've been living separately for two years and cite the boring "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split.
2010 Madonna launches her "Material Girl" line of clothing, shoes, jewelry and handbags at Macy's. The line is targeted to teenage girls and based in part on some of Madonna's various looks. Assisting the 51-year-old singer with the project is her 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes.
2006 Arthur Lee (frontman for Love) dies of acute myeloid leukemia at age 61.
1999 Country legend Patsy Cline is awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996 The Bayside Boys remix of "Macarena," originally a Spanish-language dance song from Los Del Rio, hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it stays for 14 weeks.
1993 Boston Ventures, the group to whom Berry Gordy had sold Motown in 1988 for $61 million, sells the label and its holdings to Dutch conglomerate Polygram for $325 million.
1985 Holly Blake-Arnstein (of the girl group Dream) is born in Tarzana, California.
1974 Guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter leaves Steely Dan to join The Doobie Brothers.
1974 Bad Company's Bad Company LP hits #1.
1971 Ringo Starr's "It Don't Come Easy" is certified Gold.
1968 The Doors hit #1 in America for the second (and last) time when "Hello, I Love You" reaches the top for the first of two weeks. Their first #1 was "Light My Fire" in 1967.
1966 Dean Sams (keyboardist for Lonestar) is born in Garland, Texas.
1966 The Rolling Stones record "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadow?"
1963 Ed Roland (lead vocalist for Collective Soul) is born in Stockbridge, Georgia.
1963 James Hetfield (lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist for Metallica) is born in Downey, California.
1963 The Beach Boys release "Surfer Girl."
1963 Allan Sherman releases "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp)."
1963 The Tymes' "So Much in Love" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1961 Randy Scruggs (of The Stray Cats) is born in Nashville, Tennessee.
1959 Folk group The Kingston Trio are featured on the cover of Life magazine.
1953 Ian Bairnson (guitarist for Pilot, The Alan Parsons Project) is born in Lerwick, Shetland Isles, Scotland.
1951 Johnny Graham (multi-instrumentalist of Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in Louisville, Kentucky.
1949 Morris "B.B." Dickerson (bass guitarist for War) is born in Torrance, California.
1946 John York (bass guitarist for The Byrds) is born in White Plains, New York.
1941 Beverly Lee (of The Shirelles) is born in Passaic, New Jersey.
1936 Kenny Hodges (bass guitarist for Spanky and Our Gang) is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1929 Arthur Wood (keyboardist for The Climax Blues Band) is born.
1924 Gordon Stoker (of Elvis Presley's backing group, The Jordanaires) is born in Gleason, Tennessee.
1921 Broadway lyricist/composer Richard Adler (The Pajama Game) is born in New York City. With Frank Loesser, he writes Tony Bennett's "Rags To Riches."
1920 Jazz trumpeter Charlie Shavers, who will work with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday, is born in New York City.
1917 Jazz trumpeter Les Elgart is born in New Haven, Connecticut.
1902 Ray Bloch, arranger and orchestra conductor for the long-running Ed Sullivan Show, is born in Alsace-Lorraine.
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1987After years of delays, Def Leppard's Hysteria album is released in the US.
2015 Gwen Stefani files for divorce from Gavin Rossdale, her husband since 2002. She soon starts dating Blake Shelton, her co-star on the TV show The Voice.
1991 Pearl Jam play the club RKCNDY in Seattle. The show is filmed and used to create their first video - for the song "Alive." The audio from the show is used in the video, as the band hates the idea of lip-syncing.
1971 Paul McCartney puts Wings in flight, announcing the formation of his first post-Beatles band. Members are Paul, his wife Linda, former Moody Blues singer Denny Laine on guitar, and Denny Seiwell on drums.
1963 The Beatles end their run at The Cavern Club in Liverpool after about 300 shows.
1926 Tony Bennett is born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Astoria, Queens, New York. In 1962, he will perform "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" for the first time, and it becomes his signature song.
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