Music History for Tuesday, 7/16/19
2016 - Musician and artist Alan Vega, best known for his work with the punk band Suicide, died at 78.
2013 - U2 frontman, activist, and philanthropist Bono was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters medal by France's Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti, during a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
2012 - Kitty Wells, the first female musician to top the U.S. country charts with her song, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” died. She was 92.
2012 - Katy Perry and Russell Brand divorced citing irreconcilable differences just one year after their wedding in India.
2011 - LMFAO’s "Party Rock Anthem" hit number one. The single eventually spent six weeks in the top spot.
2010 - Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen married costume designer Helen L. Simmons in Florida.
2007 - The White Stripes played their “shortest live show ever” when they took the stage in St. John’s in Newfoundland, Canada. Singer and guitarist Jack White played a single C-sharp note accompanied by a bass drum/crash cymbal hit from Meg White, and declared that they had, quote, “now officially played in every province and territory in Canada,” before leaving the stage. They did play a full set at another venue in the city later on.
2006 - Kenny Chesney set a new record for a country show when his concert at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts brought in four million dollars. Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Carrie Underwood were also on the bill.
2003 - Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde and a group of PETA protestors were briefly detained by Paris police after they smeared red paint across the front window of a KFC restaurant in the city, as a statement against what they felt was the chain’s “inhumane treatment of chickens.”
2003 - “Queen of Salsa” singer Celia Cruz died at the age of 77 at her home in Ft. Lee, New Jersey.
2001 - Lee Ann Womack taped a celebrity edition of ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and won $125,000 for charity.
2000 - Matchbox Twenty had the number one single with "Bent."
2000 - Ruben Blades and Celia Cruz were among the headliners of the Salsa 2000 festival in East London.
1998 - Anyone who bought the new Jesus & Mary Chain album, Munki, from the Tower Records location in New York City's Greenwich Village was given a live CD recorded the night before at the band’s concert.
1996 - Styx drummer John Panozzo died at the age of 49. He suffered from cirrhosis of the liver.
1996 - Billy Ray Cyrus' Some Gave All album became the first country debut album to sell nine million copies.
1996 - Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries accepted an undisclosed settlement after a London newspaper reported she appeared on stage without panties.
1995 - Wayne Osmond of The Osmond Brothers underwent an operation for a brain tumor.
1995 - Queen Latifah was the victim of a carjacking that went wrong. Her bodyguard was shot and wounded.
1994 - The Lion King soundtrack started a nine-week run at number one on the album chart.
1986 - Country star Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, opened in Tennessee.
1985 - The Oak Ridge Boys sang the national anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Minneapolis.
1983 - "Every Breath You Take" by The Police started an eight-week run at number one on the singles chart. It would go on to be the top song of the year.
1983 - Alabama went to number one with "The Closer You Get."
1982 - Kenny Rogers made his film debut in the movie Six Pack. His song "Love Will Turn You Around" was featured in the film as well.
1981 - Folk singer-songwriter Harry Chapin died in a car accident on New York’s Long Island Expressway at the age of 38. Chapin was on his way to perform at a benefit concert.
1980 - Donna Summer married Bruce Sudano.
1977 - Ronnie Milsap earned a number one hit with "It Was Almost Like a Song."
1977 - Shaun Cassidy had the number one single with “Da Doo Ron Ron.”
1977 - The number one album was Barry Manilow Live. It was his only chart topper.
1976 - The Allman Brothers Band broke up...for the first time.
1976 - Loggins and Messina broke up.
1973 - Bob Dylan released the soundtrack to Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.
1973 - The number one song was "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce.
1972 - Smokey Robinson played his final show with The Miracles in Washington, D.C. William Griffin replaced him in the group.
1969 - The Who released "I'm Free."
1966 - In London, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker formed the band CREAM.
1966 - The Lovin’ Spoonful released "Summer in the City."
1966 - It took three years for "Hanky Panky" by Tommy James and the Shondells to hit number one.
1964 - Connie Smith recorded "Once a Day" in Nashville.