Music History: July 5th:
2005 Shirley Goodman (of Shirley & Lee, Shirley & Company) dies at age 69.
2001 R&B singer Ernie K-Doe dies of kidney and liver failure at age 65 due to years of alcohol abuse.
1997 Mrs. (Elva) Miller, who charted with an off-key rendition of "Downtown" in 1966, dies at age 89.
1996 Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, is born. She is named after Dolly Parton because the scientist thought the country star was the person most synonymous with mammary glands.
1992 Helix guitarist Paul Hackman, age 38, is killed after a concert in Vancouver when the band's van rolls down a 40-foot embankment and throws him from the vehicle.
1984 The The Everly Brothers 1984 Reunion Concert Tour kicks off in Cincinnati. After 10 years apart the group reunited in 1983 for a reunion concert, which led to the album Story of Me and the subsequent tour.
1983 Suicidal Tendencies release their self-titled debut album. The album spawns the band's biggest hit to date, "Institutionalized."
1981 At the "Rock Werchter" festival in Belgium, The Cure play a 9-minute version of "A Forest" when they are told to hurry off stage so Robert Palmer can begin his set.More
1980 At a concert in Munich, Simon Kirke of Bad Company joins Led Zeppelin to provide a two-drum assault on the song "Whole Lotta Love." Kirke is the last guest musician to perform with the band, as the tour ends two days later and John Bonham dies in September.
1980 Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade is born in Camarillo, California.
1974 Linda Ronstadt records her breakthrough hit "You're No Good" at the Sound Factory in Hollywood with producer Peter Asher.
1973 Bengt Lagerberg (drummer for The Cardigans) is born in Jönköping, Sweden.
1973 R&B singer Joe is born Joseph Lewis Thomas in Columbus, Georgia, but will shortly move to Opelika, Alabama.
1969 The Who release "I'm Free."
1969 Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, the future RZA, is born in Brownsville, New York. He will become leader of Wu-Tang Clan .
1969 The Rolling Stones put on a free concert in London's Hyde Park, which becomes a tribute to their founding member Brian Jones, who died two days earlier.
1969 Jerry Butler and The Impressions "reunite" on American Bandstand, singing separately.
1966 Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers has an operation in a Los Angeles hospital to remove nodes on his vocal cords.
1965 Dick Clark launches a musical variety show called Where The Action Is, with Paul Revere & the Raiders as the house band. The show lasts 3 seasons on ABC and features many top musical acts of the era.
1965 Motown President Berry Gordy, Jr. appears on the popular TV show To Tell The Truth. The Supremes perform after his identity is revealed.
1965 The Four Tops release "It's the Same Old Song."
1964 US President Lyndon Johnson invites The Four Seasons to play at the White House.
1964 Them (with Van Morrison) release "Gloria."
1961 Ray Charles releases "Hit The Road Jack" and "Unchain My Heart."
1960 Elvis Presley releases "It's Now Or Never."
1959 Marc Cohn is born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1955 Chuck Berry's song "Maybellene" is copyrighted in Berry's name alone, but Alan Freed's name is added as a form of payola.
1950 Huey Lewis is born Hugh Anthony Cregg III in New York City. He forms Huey Lewis and the News in San Francisco.
1950 Michael Monarch (original lead guitarist for Steppenwolf) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1943 Robbie Robertson (lead guitarist for The Band) is born Jaime Royal Robertson in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1941 Terry Cashman (of Cashman & West, The Buchanan Brothers) is born Dennis Minogue in New York.
1938 Thomas "Snuff" Garrett, a record producer known for his work with Bobby Vee, Del Shannon, Sonny Curtis, and Sonny & Cher, is born in Dallas, Texas.
1913 R&B singer and guitarist Smiley Lewis, known for the 1955 hit "I Hear You Knocking," is born Overton Amos Lemons in DeQuincy, Louisiana.
1912 Prolific songwriter Mack David, known for his work on Disney films such as Cinderella and Alice In Wonderland, is born in New York City. His younger brother is songwriter Hal David, known for his collaborations with Burt Bacharach.
Former Gospel Singer Katy Perry Kisses Girl, Likes It
Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for seven weeks. Perry's first chart-topper, it's a startling turnabout from just seven years earlier, when she was a gospel singer recording under her real name: Katy Hudson.
2015 Damon Albarn has to be carried off stage after a performance in Denmark overruns by five hours.
1997 Organized by Sarah McLachlan, the all-female Lilith Fair tour kicks off with a show in The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State. The lineup includes Jewel, Suzanne Vega and Paula Cole, with Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Fiona Apple joining on subsequent stops.
1994 Hootie & the Blowfish release their debut album Cracked Rear View. It takes off at the beginning of 1995, becoming the best-selling album in the history of Atlantic Records.
1993 Björk releases her first post-Sugarcubes solo album, titled Debut. Featuring the tracks "Human Behaviour" and "Big Time Sensuality," it sets the stage for her rise as a solo star.
1966 Chas Chandler of The Animals sees Jimi Hendrix perform at the Cafe Wha? in New York. Chandler goes on to become Jimi's manager and takes him to London, where The Jimi Hendrix Experience forms.
1954 Elvis Presley's first professional recording session is held at Memphis' Sun Records. It results in his first single, "That's Alright Mama."