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Music History for Friday, 8/9/19

2008 - Bo Diddley was awarded an honorary doctorate posthumously from the University of Florida. He died on June 2, 2008.

2007 - Jennifer Lopez was awarded $545,000 after filing a lawsuit to stop her first husband, Ojani Noa, from publishing a tell-all memoir of their marriage. The couple married in 1997 and divorced a year later.

2005 - "Walking in Memphis" singer/songwriter Marc Cohn survived being shot in the head during an attempted carjacking in Denver, CO. 

2005 - Sugarland teamed up with Bon Jovi for a taping of CMT Crossroads in New York City.

2003 - Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett began an eight-week stay at number one with "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."

2003 - Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus popped the question to Allison Alderson in New York City. She agreed to marry him.

1999 - Spice Girls founder and first manager, Bob Herbert, died in a car accident in London.  He was 57.

1995 - Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead died of a heart attack at a drug treatment center in San Francisco. He was 53.

1991 - Rick James pleaded not guilty to charges that he imprisoned, tortured and sexually assaulted a woman in his California home.

1986 - Queen gave what would be their last-ever live concert when they appeared at the outdoor Knebworth Festival.

1986 - The Judds took the top spot with "Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain."

1978 - The Commodores had the number one song with “Three Times a Lady.”

1978 - Blues legend Muddy Waters performed at a White House Picnic for President Jimmy Carter.

1975 - The Bee Gees started a two-week run at number one on the U.S. singles chart with “Jive Talkin’.”  It was their second U.S. chart-topper.

1975 - Freddy Fender went to number one with "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."

1972 - Gilbert O'Sullivan was awarded a gold record for “Alone Again (Naturally),” a number one single for six weeks.

1969 - Sly & The Family Stone released “Hot Fun in the Summertime.”

1969 - Three Dog Night released “Easy to be Hard.”

1967 - While performing at the Sunbury Jazz & Blues Festival in England, Jerry Lee Lewis drove his audience to such a frenzy that festival officials stopped the show and asked Lewis to leave the stage!

1965 - The number one song was “I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher.

1964 - Bob Dylan and Joan Baez sang together for the first time, at Forest Hills, New York.

1963 - The U.K. TV music series Ready, Steady, Go! premiered.

1960 - Johnny Horton recorded "North to Alaska" in Nashville. It would be his final recording.

1952 - Hank Williams missed a scheduled performance on the Grand Ole Opry. Opry manager Jim Dennyfired him two days later.

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