Music History: August 4th
2016 Nationwide insurance announces a new ad campaign with Brad Paisley and Rachel Platten.More
2012 Electric blues guitarist Johnnie Bassett dies of cancer at age 76.
2011 Rapper Big Sean is arrested in Lewiston, New York, after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a Wiz Khalifa concert, where he was performing. He would eventually be fined $750 for second degree unlawful imprisonment.
2008 Bono proves he reads RollingStone.com as the U2 frontman posts a long comment reminiscing about the band's first album, Boy.
2007 Lee Hazlewood, who wrote Nancy Sinatra's hit "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," dies of renal cancer at age 78.
2006 John Locke (keyboardist for Nazareth, Spirit) dies of cancer at age 62.
2005 James "Little Milton" Campbell, known for blues hits such as 1969's "Grits Ain't Groceries," dies of complications following a stroke at age 70.
1994 The Notorious B.I.G. marries R&B singer Faith Evans.
1991 Jeri Southern, a singer whose popular songs include "An Occasional Man" and "Fire Down Below," dies of pneumonia at age 64.
1981 Marques Houston (of the R&B group Immature) is born in Los Angeles, California. As an actor, he's known for his role as Roger Evans on the '90s sitcom Sister, Sister.
1974 Paul Simon releases "Love Me Like A Rock."
1973 Maureen McGovern's "The Morning After (The Song From The Poseidon Adventure)" hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks.
1971 The rapper Yo-Yo (Yolanda Whitaker) is born in Los Angeles. Teaming with Ice Cube, she has a hit in 1991 with "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo."
1970 The Doors' Jim Morrison is arrested in Los Angeles for public drunkenness after being found lying unconscious on a resident's doorstep.
1970 Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson marries his second wife, Barbara Charren, in Los Angeles. They divorce four years later.
1968 The Newport Pop Festival attracts 100,000 with Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, and The Animals.
1966 The Temptations release "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep."
1962 Paul Reynolds (lead guitarist for A Flock Of Seagulls) is born in Liverpool, England.
1959 Robbin Crosby (guitarist for Ratt) is born in La Jolla, California.
1958 Ian Broudie (of The Lightning Seeds) is born in Liverpool, England.
1957 The Everly Brothers perform "Wake Up Little Susie" on the Ed Sullivan Show. It is one of the more controversial songs ever played on the show, as there are some questions as to what Susie and her date were doing before she fell asleep.
1956 The Platters' "My Prayer" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1956 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel."
1952 Maire Ni Bhraonian aka Moya Brennan (of the Celtic band Clannad) is born in Dublin, Ireland.
1951 Roy Flowers (drummer for Sweet Sensation) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1947 Paul Layton (bass guitarist for The New Seekers) is born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England.
1947 Electronic musician Klaus Schulze (former drummer for Tangerine Dream) is born in Berlin, Germany.
1943 David Carr (keyboardist for The Fortunes) is born in Leyton, London, England.
1942 Holiday Inn premieres in New York, introducing Bing Crosby's holiday classic "White Christmas."
1941 Singer-songwriter Timi Yuro is born Rosemary Timothy Yuro in Chicago, Illinois. Known for the 1961 hit "Hurt."
1940 Larry Knechtel (keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist for Bread) is born in Bell, California.
1939 R&B singer Frankie Ford is born in Gretna, Louisiana.
1936 Bass singer Elsbeary Hobbs (of The Drifters) is born in Manhattan, New York.
1921 Jazz guitarist Herb Ellis is born in Farmersville, Texas. Along with drummer Buddy Rich, he was part of the backing band for comeback albums by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
1901 Jazz singer and trumpeter Louis Armstrong is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1875 Hans Christian Andersen dies of liver cancer at age 70. His stories inspired songs by Kate Bush and Sinead O'Connor.
1984 The Prince album Purple Rain, which also serves as the soundtrack to the film of the same name, hits #1 in the US, where it stays for an amazing 22 weeks.
1975 While vacationing on the Greek Island of Rhodes, Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant and his family are badly injured in a car accident, forcing the cancellation of an upcoming US tour. Doctors tell Plant he may never walk again.
1963 The Beatles crack the US charts for the first time with "From Me To You," which bubbles under at #116 on the Hot 100. It's not until five months later that "I Want To Hold Your Hand" becomes their breakout hit in America.
1958 Billboard combines its unwieldy system of five separate sales, jukebox, and DJ charts to make one master chart, the Billboard Hot 100 we know today. The first #1 is Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool."
1958 Bobby Darin has his first hit as "Splish Splash" reaches #3 in America. The song is later used on Sesame Street as a way to encourage kids to get in the tub.