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Music History for Thursday, 8/1/19

2015 - Cilla Black, a singer signed by Beatles' legend Brian Epstein after being introduced to him by John Lennon, died at 72 following a fall. The singer, born Priscilla Maria Veronica White, was honored with a statue outside the original entrance to the Beatles' old Liverpool haunt, the Cavern Club, in 2017. 2012 - Tony Sly, frontman for punk rock band No Use for a Name, died. He was 41.

2009 - Daughtry’s second album, Leave This Town, was number one.

2007 - The Police played the first of two sold-out reunion shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

2004 - Ashlee Simpson began a five-week run at number one on the album chart with Autobiography.

2001 - MTV threw itself a 20th birthday party at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.

2000 - The release date for Madonna's single, "Music," was bumped up two weeks after the track was found on the Internet as an illegal mp3.

1998 - U.S. book and music retailer Borders opened its first European store on London's Oxford Street.

1997 - Ireland's Supreme Court said it was okay for U2 to play two concerts on their Popmart tour at Landsdowne Road Stadium in Dublin.  The week before, Ireland's High Court banned the two gigs, fearing excessive noise and assorted mayhem.

1996 - M2 launched, with the video for Beck’s “Where It’s At” kicking off the commercial-free music video channel.  M2 became MTV2 in 1999 and its format has since expanded to include music and non-music shows.

1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley announced they married 11 weeks earlier in a private ceremony in the Dominican Republic.

1994 - The Rolling Stones kicked off their 12th tour of North America in Washington, D.C. They declined an invite to perform at the White House.

1987 - MTV Europe was launched. The first video played was "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits.

1987 - Bob Seger had his first U.S. number-,one single with "Shakedown" from the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II.

1987 - Eurythmics musician Dave Stewart married ex-Bananarama singer Siobhan Fahey. They divorced in 1996.

1981 - MTV was launched.  The first video played was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.

1981 - Rick Springfield had the number one song with "Jessie’s Girl."

1980 - Def Leppard made their U.S. concert performance debut, opening for AC/DC in New York City.

1980 - George Harrison formed a production company called Hand Made Films Productions.

1974 - Pete Townshend and Keith Moon joined Eric Clapton onstage for an appearance at the Omni in Atlanta, with Townshend jamming on "Layla" and Moon singing along on "Little Queenie." Townshend later brought a little Who to the end by smashing a plastic ukulele over Clapton's head.

1971 - The comedy-variety series The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour premiered on U.S. TV.

1971 - George Harrison hosted the Concert for Bangladesh at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Harrison performed live, along with Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell and others. Ravi Shankaropened the show.

1971 - CBS launched The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour as a summer replacement show. It was renewed for the fall and ran for three seasons.

1970 - Mick Jagger made his film acting debut in Performance, which premiered in London.

1964 - The Beatles had their fifth U.S. number-one single in seven months when "A Hard Day's Night" topped the singles chart.

1963 - The first issue of Beatles Monthly magazine was published. It stayed in print until 1969.  At its peak, the mag sold 350 thousand copies a month.

1960 - Aretha Franklin made her first non-gospel recordings.

1960 - Elvis Presley was named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper Young World.

1960 - Chubby Checker released "The Twist."

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