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Music History for Thursday, 7/18/19

2012 - Country music legend Glen Campbell was forced to cancel his farewell tour dates in Australia and New Zealand due to his deteriorated health as a result of Alzheimer's disease. 2011 - Rapper and actor Ja Rule was sentenced to 28 months in prison for failing to file tax returns with the IRS for five years.

2007 Paul Simon filed suit against Rhythm USA Inc., a Japanese clock maker, claiming the company never had his permission to sell wall clocks that played “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”  The suit claimed that as one of the best-known songs in the world, a proper licensing agreement would earn at least a one-million-dollar licensing fee.

2004 - Usher had the number one single with “Confessions Part 2,” his third number one single that year.

2001 - Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan was sentenced to two to four years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in April.

2000 Metallica played at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, California.  The crowd was a thousand contest winners of the "Blind Date" competition organized by Miller Genuine Draft.

1999 - Country star Radney Foster of Foster & Lloyd became a new dad.  His wife Cyndi Hoezlewelcomed a son, Jackson Butterfield Foster.

1998 - The Harry Chapin Tribute Concert featured the late singer/songwriter's original band and a load of guest artists.  The audience was asked to bring non-perishable food to donate to charity.

1995 - The oldest known musical instrument in the world was found in the Indrijca River Valley in Slovenia. The crude wind instrument was thought to be 45 thousand years old.

1995 - Selena's Dreaming of You album sold 175 thousand copies on its first day in stores.  It was the fastest-selling album by a female artist in pop history. The CD was released after the Tejano star was murdered.

1994 - Singer Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries married former Duran Duran manager Don Burton.

1992 - Singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown married at Whitney's mansion in Mendham Township, New Jersey.

1991 - The first Lollapalooza tour kicked off at The Compton Terrace in Phoenix, Arizona.  On the bill were Living ColourSiouxsie and the Banshees, Jane's AddictionNine Inch Nails, Henry Rollins Band and The Butthole Surfers.

1988 - A California appeals court upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss a case against Ozzy Osbourne and CBS Records. In 1984 a teenager allegedly killed himself after listening to Ozzy's Suicide Solution.

1988 - The number one single was “Hold On To the Night” by Richard Marx.

1988 - Singer and model Nico died of a brain hemorrhage after she fell off her bicycle while on vacation in Ibiza.  Nico was once a member of The Velvet Underground.

1978 - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John were awarded a platinum record for their single “You're the One That I Want” from the movie version of Grease.

1977 - Barry Manilow had the number one single with “Looks Like We Made It.”

1974 - The U.S. Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge.

1972 - Mayor Kevin White of Boston helped get Mick Jagger and Keith Richards out of jail in Warwick, Rhode Island, so that they could still play their gig with the Stones at the Boston Garden. Mick and Keith were arrested for beating up a photographer.

1972 - Members of Sly & The Family Stone were arrested after police found two pounds of marijuana in the band's motor home.

1970 - Pink Floyd and Deep Purple played a free concert at London's Hyde Park.

1970 - Singer Arthur Brown was arrested in Palermo, Sicily, for stripping onstage.

1968 - The Grateful Dead released their second album, Anthem of the Sun.

1966 - Bobby "I Fought the Law" Fuller was found dead in his car in Los Angeles.  To this day, no conclusive cause of death has been established.

1964 - The Beatles album A Hard Day’s Night was released.

1960 - Elvis Presley’s “It's Now or Never” was released.

1960 - Brenda Lee had the number one single with “I'm Sorry.”

1960 - Hank Ballard and the Midnighters released “The Twist.”  The song didn't become a hit until later in the year when Chubby Checker covered it.

1953 - Truck driver Elvis Presley paid four dollars to make his first recordings at the Memphis Recording Service. He cut two songs, “My Happiness” and “That's When Your Heartaches Begin.”


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