Music History for Wednesday, 8/7/19
2012 - While in Russia, Madonna pledged support for the Russian all-female punk band Pussy Riot, who were on trial for performing a song attacking Russian president Vladimir Putin at the altar of a Moscow church. Madonna said, "I think these three girls have done something courageous. I think they have paid the price for this act and I pray for their freedom." Also in Russia, Madonna spoke out against a local law banning "homosexual propaganda," resulting in a local politician to demand that she be fined, and another to imply via Twitter that she was a "whore."
2012 - Texas police found country singer Randy Travis lying naked in the road and smelling of alcohol. Apparently, he had just crashed his car into a construction zone. Randy was booked for DWI and resisting arrest.
2011 - Outkast’s Big Boi was arrested in Miami on drug charges after police allegedly find bags of Ecstasy and Viagra with his name on it.
2011 - Marshall Grant, the upright bassist and electric bassist of Johnny Cash’s original backing duo, The Tennessee Two, died. He was 83.
2010 - One half of identical twin country duo Kate and Kacey Kacey Coppola married Dancing in the Darkhost Rossi Morreale.
2008 - Jewel married rodeo champion Ty Murray in the Bahamas.
2008 - The Police finished their reunion tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City. With 151 shows, it was the band’s first tour since 1986 and became the third highest-grossing of all time.
2007 - Ron Isley began a 27-month federal prison sentence for income tax evasion.
2007 - Vince Gill, Mel Tillis and Ralph Emery were announced as the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
2007 - Lily Allen’s U.S. work visa was cancelled as she arrived in Los Angeles for the MTV Video Music Awards. Allen was held at the airport for five hours in connection with an arrest for an alleged assault in London in June.
2004 - Reba hit number one with "Somebody."
2003 - The Osmonds were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
2002 - Keith Urban’s video for "Somebody Like You" premiered.
2002 - Oasis members Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell and Jay Darlington were recovering after being hurt in a head-on car collision in downtown Indianapolis. The three were traveling in a taxi when they were struck by another car.
2000 - The family of Jimi Hendrix won a case at an international panel to evict the holder of the Internet address jimihendrix.com.
1999 - Violence broke out in the parking lot of the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, Connecticut, after a Dave Matthews Band concert. Riot police were called in and 55 arrests were made.
1998 - The seven-year-old son of record producer Bill Bottrell fell to his death from a cliff on the Mendocino County coast in Northern California. Bottrell won a Grammy for producing Sheryl Crow’s1994 smash, "All I Wanna Do."
1997 - Garth Brooks performed a free concert aired on HBO from New York City's Central Park, drawing a six-figure crowd. Billy Joel and Don McLean made special appearances.
1996 - Trace Adkins’ “Every Light in the House" video premiered.
1995 - Alanis Morissette’s "You Oughta Know" was the most requested song on rock radio. That was very rare for a female artist.
1995 - Rapper L.L. Cool J married Simone Johnson, the mother of his two children.
1991 - Charges of assault and property damage were filed against Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses in connection with a riot during a show in St. Louis.
1987 - Guitarist and singer Lindsay Buckingham quit Fleetwood Mac.
1987 - Madonna appeared on NBC's Today show and referred to her hometown of Bay City, Michigan, as "that little smelly town." She later apologized.
1987 - A Los Angeles judge threw out a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The lawsuit had been filed by the parents of a teenager who had committed suicide while listening to Ozzy's song, "Suicide Solution."
1986 - Ex-Chicago singer and bassist Peter Cetera had the number one single with "The Glory of Love," taken from the film, The Karate Kid, Part II.
1982 - Fleetwood Mac started a five-week run at the top of the albums chart with Mirage.
1981 - The animated sci-fi movie Heavy Metal was released, featuring an all-star metal act soundtrack.
1979 - Led Zeppelin played their last-ever show in the U.K. when they appeared outdoors at Knebworth Park.
1976 - The number one song was "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee. It was Elton's first chart topper in his U.K. homeland.
1974 - J. Geils Band lead singer Peter Wolf married actress Faye Dunaway. They divorced in 1979.
1971 - The Bee Gees had their first number one single with "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?"
1971 - Frank Zappa & The Mothers recorded what would become the Just Another Band From L.A. album at UCLA. It would be the last Zappa album to include Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan.
1970 - Christine McVie, wife of bassist John McVie, joined Fleetwood Mac, becoming the group's first female member.
1965 - Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five broke two ribs when he was pulled off the stage by a fan in Chicago.
1965 - The Turtles’ remake of Bob Dylan’s "It Ain't Me Babe" was released.
1961 - Patsy Cline reached number one with "I Fall to Pieces."
1957 - The Quarrymen played their first gig at Liverpool's Cavern Club. Paul McCartney missed the gig. He was away on a Boy Scout trip.
1954 - Johnny Cash married first wife Vivian Liberto in Memphis, TN.