Music History for Thursday, 8/15/19
2012 - Singer Bob Birch, who also played bass, saxophone and other instruments for Elton John, Eric Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins and LeAnn Rimes, died by suicide. He was 56.
2009 - An arrest warrant was issued for Bobby Brown after he failed to appear in a Massachusetts court on a contempt complaint. The singer missed a June hearing and was 45 thousand dollars behind in child support payments to ex-girlfriend Kim Ward.
2008 - Record producer Jerry Wexler died at the age of 91 at his home in Sarasota, Florida. Wexler influenced the careers of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan. He also coined the term “rhythm and blues” while writing for Billboard magazine in the late 1940s.
2007 - John Lennon's solo albums were made available for download on iTunes for the first time.
2004 - Phish played what they said was their last show in Coventry, Vermont.
2001 - Dave Matthews and his wife Ashley welcomed the birth of twin daughters, Stella Busina and Grace Anne.
2000 - David Bowie and his wife, model-actress Iman, welcomed their first child, Alexandria Zahra Jones. Bowie himself cut the umbilical cord.
1995 - Spanish Los del Rio released their runaway hit single "The Macarena" in the U.S., prompting an accompanying dance craze.
1995 - Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil’s four-year-old daughter Skylar died of cancer.
1992 - Boyz II Men started a 13-week run atop the U.S. singles chart with “End of The Road,” the group’s first number one. It broke the 36-year-old record held by Elvis for the longest run at the top.
1991 - Paul Simon played a free concert at New York's Central Park in front of an estimated 750 thousand people.
1987 - On the tenth anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, thousands of people marched past his grave in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981 - Diana Ross and Lionel Richie began a nine-week run at the top of the U.S. singles chart with “Endless Love,” the title track from the movie of the same name starring Brooke Shields.
1980 - Ex-Beatle George Harrison's autobiography I Me Mine was published in London.
1977 - The Emotions had the number one song with “Best of My Love.”
1969 - The first Woodstock concert opened in Bethel, New York.
1968 - The Rascals had the number one song with “People Got to Be Free.”
1965 - The Beatles played Shea Stadium in Queens, New York. It was the first time a venue of that size had ever hosted a rock and roll concert, and the largest crowd at the time to ever attend a pop concert.
1960 - Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" began a five-week run atop the U.S. singles chart.
1958 - Buddy Holly married Maria Elena Santiago at his parents’ home in Lubbock, Texas.