Music History: July 8th:
2011 Troubadours: The Rise Of The Singer-Songwriter is screened by the BBC.
2003 A tooth from the mouth of Elvis Presley, once the property of former girlfriend Linda Thompson, goes up for auction on eBay. Along with a lock of his hair and a gold record, it fetches over $100,000.
2002 Michael Jackson unleashes a sudden tirade on the music industry, accusing several music execs of racism and calling Sony head Tommy Mottola in particular "very, very, very devilish."
2000 "The Real Slim Shady" debuts at #1 in the UK, giving Eminem his first chart-topper on the Singles chart. He doens't reach #1 in America until two years later with "Lose Yourself."
1998 Roy Orbison's estate files a suit seeking $12 million in unpaid royalties from Sony, owners of the star's famous Monument label recordings.
1998 The Smithsonian and Library of Congress agree to house the music and film archives of Frank Sinatra.
1992 Garth Brooks and wife Sandy welcome their first child, daughter Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks.
1978 The Clash's Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon are arrested on drunk and disorderly charges following a concert at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1974 David Bowie releases David Live, recorded at Tower Theater in Philadelphia. It is Bowie's first official live album.
1973 Bill Withers' "Lean On Me" hits #1.
1971 A mini-riot during a Mott The Hoople concert prompts London's Royal Albert Hall to temporarily ban rock groups from the venue.
1970 Beck is born Bek David Campbell in Los Angeles, California. He adopts the surname Hansen from his mom, former Andy Warhol protege Bibbe Hansen.
1969 Singer/actress Marianne Faithfull, girlfriend of Mick Jagger, attempts suicide with barbiturates while on the set of the film Ned Kelly (also starring Mick). She is dropped from the cast of the movie, eventually recovers, and when awaking from her coma, tells friends that "wild horses couldn't drag me away." The Rolling Stones song "Wild Horses" is built around that phrase.
1969 The Beatles release "Here Comes The Sun."
1968 The Beatles release "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da."
1967 In Jacksonville, Jimi Hendrix opens for The Monkees, which is a musical train wreck. Hendrix plays 7 more shows with the pop stars before leaving the tour.
1965 The Dave Clark Five's first movie, Having A Wild Weekend, opens in London. (For American audiences, it's entitled Catch Us If You Can, after their hit of the same name.)
1962 Joan Osborne is born in Anchorage, Kentucky.
1961 Toby Keith is born Toby Keith Covel in Clinton, Oklahoma.
1961 Depeche Mode founder Andy Fletcher is born in Nottingham, England.
1958 The RIAA awards its first ever gold record for an LP - for the soundtrack to the film Oklahoma! ("Gold" albums at that time represented one million dollars in sales.)
1957 Elvis Presley's "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" hits #1.
1957 Elvis Presley's "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" b/w "Loving You" hits #1 for the first of seven weeks.
1950 Nat "King" Cole's "Mona Lisa" hits #1.
1946 Ava Gardner divorces bandleader Artie Shaw after one year of marriage. Ava's next husband: Frank Sinatra.
1944 Jai Johanny Johanson (drummer for The Allman Brothers Band) is born Johnny Lee Johnson in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
1935 Steve Lawrence is born Sidney Liebowitz in Brooklyn, New York City.
1930 Italian American singer Jerry Vale is born Genaro Louis Vitaliano in the Bronx, New York City.
1914 Swing era bandleader Billy Eckstine is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known for his 1948 rendition of "I Apologize."
1908 Louis Jordan is born in Brinkley, Arkansas.
1900 Avant-garde composer George Antheil is born Georg Johann Carl Antheil in Trenton, New Jersey.
Roswell UFO Incident Makes Headlines
New Mexico's Roswell Daily Record reports an alien aircraft has crashed near a local ranch with the headline "RAAF Captures Flying Saucer In Roswell Region." In the coming decades, extraterrestrials and flying saucers invade several songs, including David Bowie's "Starman," Megadeth's "Hangar 18," and Radiohead's "Subterranean Homesick Alien."
2016 Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Mel B of the Spice Girls announce that they are forming a new group called GEM, which is what you want. What you really, really want.
1997 Weezer fan club founders Mykel Allan, 31, and her sister Carli, 29, are killed along with their younger sister, Trysta, in a car accident in Colorado on the way back from one of the band's shows. The girls, who had befriended many up-and-coming Los Angeles-based bands, are honored through many tribute songs, including Weezer's "Mykel and Carli" and Jimmy Eat World's "Hear You Me."
1996 Spice Girls release their debut single, "Wannabe," in the UK. It shoots to #1, setting Spice-mania in motion. The single is released in the US in January 1997, and climbs to the top spot there as well.
1981 The Go-Go's release their debut album, Beauty and the Beat. The album reaches #1 on the US charts, becoming the first by an all-girl band to do so.
1978 After a disco-rific six months at #1, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is finally bumped off the top spot by Gerry Rafferty's City To City.
1954 Dewey Phillips of Memphis' WHBQ radio plays a new song, "That's Alright Mama," and its flip, "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," on his Red Hot & Blue R&B show. An instant hit, the song is immediately played 14 more times. Callers to the station insist that the singer, a local boy named Elvis Presley, must be a black man. Elvis himself, who knew of the airplay in advance, hides out at a local movie show, but response is so immediate and positive that Dewey tracks him down for a live radio interview later that evening.