Updated: Aug 27, 2019
Music History for Friday, 8/23/19
2014 - The classic hits-heavy soundtrack to the hit film Guardians of the Galaxy topped the U.S. albums chart, the first movie soundtrack not featuring any original songs to accomplish that feat.
2013 - John Dubis was discovered in singer Jennifer Lopez's pool at her Hamptons, N.Y. residence and was charged with stalking. Lopez already had a restraining order against him.
2010 - The Eagles performed at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.
2009 - Calvin Harris’ album Ready for the Weekend became the top album in the U.K.
2008 – Madonna launched her Sticky & Sweet Tour that drew more than 3.5 million fans from 32 countries. The tour grossed $408 million.
2007 - Queen guitarist Brian May was awarded his doctorate in astrophysics at age 60, 36 years after postponing his studies to become a rock star.
2004 – Queen became the first Western rock band to receive approval in Iran. Late Queen singer Freddie Mercury was of Persian ancestry and illegal bootleg albums and singles had been distributed in the country for years, making Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran.
2003 - Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan inducted Trace Adkins into the Grand Ole Opry.
2000 - Kenny Loggins was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999 - Brian Wilson filed a lawsuit to dissolve a 1997 partnership with Joe Thomas, a Chicago-based musician who produced Wilson’s 1998 album, Imagination.
1999 - Don Henley sued Paramount Pictures because they allegedly didn't use his song, “Taking You Home,” which he specifically wrote for the film Double Jeopardy. Henley wound up releasing the song on his album Inside Job.
1993 - Country singer Alan Jackson and his wife Denise welcomed their second daughter, Alexandra Jane Jackson.
1993 - Duran Duran got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991 - The reformed Dire Straits kicked off a two-year, 300-date world tour in Dublin, Ireland.
1980 - Eddie Rabbitt parked “Drivin’ My Life Away” at number one on the Billboard country chart.
1975 - Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” was the top country hit in the U.S.
1972 - The number-one song in the U.S. was “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass.
1970 - Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at Max’s Kansas City club in New York City.
1969 - The Rolling Stones topped the U.S. singles chart with "Honky Tonk Women."
1969 - “A Boy Named Sue” claimed the top spot on the country charts for Johnny Cash. He also began a four-week run atop the U.S. albums chart with Johnny Cash at San Quentin.
1967 - The Who opened for Herman’s Hermits at Britain’s Atwood Stadium.
1962 - Little Eva had the number one song with “The Loco-Motion.” Eva Boyd was the babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin.
1962 - John Lennon married Cynthia Powell. Paul McCartney was the best man. The couple divorced on November 8, 1968.
1960 - Broadway and film lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II died of stomach cancer. He was 65.
1956 - Elvis Presley had a double-sided number one single with “Don’t Be Cruel”/“Hound Dog.”
1952 - Kitty Wells became the first woman ever to hit number one on the Billboard country chart with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.”