Monday, July 2, 2018

Today in Music History...July 2, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: July 2nd:

2014 On her website, Jewel announces she will be divorcing husband Ty Murray after almost six years of marriage.

2014 In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a new group called The Raskins play their first show on the Mötley Crüe Final Tour, which also includes Alice Cooper. They later süe the Crüe, claiming they paid $1 million for the privilege, but received heaps of abuse in return.

2001 Liverpool renames its airport the "Liverpool John Lennon Airport" after its famous native.

2001 Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher welcomes his first child, Gene Gallagher, with girlfriend (and future wife) Nicole Appleton (of All Saints).

1994 Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong marries Adrienne Nesser. The next day, Adrienne discovers she is pregnant with their son, Joseph.

1992 Mick Jagger's daughter Jade makes him a grandfather when her daughter Assisi Lola Jackson is born.

1986 The second Prince movie, Under the Cherry Moon, hits theaters. Unlike the first, Purple Rain, Prince directs it himself.

1983 Michelle Branch is born in Sedona, Arizona.

1982 Harmonica player DeFord Bailey dies at age 82. A cast member at the Grand Ole Opry throughout the 1930s, he was the first African American inducted into the institution. In 2005, he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1981 Bruce Springsteen plays the first of six sold-out shows at the new Byrne Arena in New Jersey. His average show lasts 28 songs.

1980 Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Bob Weir are arrested and charged with inciting a riot at San Diego Sports Arena to break up a drug bust.

1973 Brian Eno quits Roxy Music over a spat with lead singer Bryan Ferry.

1970 Rapper Monie Love is born Simone Gooden in Battersea, London, England.

1969 Mountain forms in Long Island with former Vagrants member Leslie West at the helm.

1967 Rick Nelson stars in the short-lived (it lasts three months) TV series Malibu U on ABC.

1965 Dave Parsons (bassist for Bush) is born in Hillingdon, London, England.

1958 Elvis Presley's fourth movie, King Creole, opens while The King is serving in the Army. Elvis gets surprisingly good reviews for his acting.

1956 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" at the RCA studios in New York City.

1955 The Lawrence Welk Show premieres on ABC.

1954 Pete Briquette (bassist for The Boomtown Rats) is born Patrick Martin Cusack in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, Ireland. His stage name is a nod to his homeland, where peat briquettes were burned for heat.

1952 Johnny Colla, who plays guitar and saxophone for Huey Lewis & the News and also assists with songwriting, is born in Sacramento, California.

1949 Roy "The Professor" Bittan (keyboardist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) is born in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York.

1939 Paul Williams (original lead singer for The Temptations) is born in Birmingham, Alabama.

1939 Leapy Lee, known for the 1968 hit single "Little Arrows," is born Graham Pulleyblank in Eastbourne, England.

1934 Folk singer Tom Springfield (of The Springfields) is born Dionysius P. A. O'Brien in Hampstead, London, England. He'll welcome sister Dusty Springfield a few years later.

1714 Opera composer Christoph Willibald Gluck is born in what is now Bavaria, Germany.

Guns N' Roses Start A Riot In St. Louis

At a Guns N' Roses show in St. Louis, Axl Rose grows irate when he sees someone in the crowd taking pictures, and he leaves the stage, announcing, "Thanks to the lame-ass security, I'm going home." A riot follows, and the band's equipment is destroyed.

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2005 Pink Floyd perform "Comfortably Numb" at the Live 8 London concert, reforming with band members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright (who dies in 2008).

1990 Tesla records their album Five Man Acoustical Jam live at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia. Their cover of "Signs" becomes a surprise hit and catalyzes an acoustic rock trend, with MTV's Unplugged series delving into more rock acts soon after.

1988 Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" hits #1 on the Hot 100, making him the first artist to score five #1 singles from the same album (Bad).

1980 Sheena Easton is featured on the BBC show The Big Time, which follows regular people trying to achieve their dreams. With visions of stardom as a singer, she is seen auditioning for EMI, who are suitably impressed and sign her to a deal. Her single "9 To 5" becomes a UK hit two months later and conquers America a year later.

1966 "Strangers in the Night" goes to #1, giving Frank Sinatra his first #1 pop hit since "Learnin' The Blues" in 1955. The song appeared in the film A Man Could Get Killed, winning the Oscar for Best Song.

1962 Jimi Hendrix is honorably discharged from the Army after breaking his ankle in a parachute jump.

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