Music History for Friday, 7/19/19
2010 - Andy Hummel, the bassist for Big Star, died at his home in Texas after battling cancer. He was 59.
2006 - Radiohead singer Thom Yorke’s solo album The Eraser debuted at number two, beaten to the top spot by pop hits compilation Now! That’s What I Call Music.
2004 - Gretchen Wilson's album Here for the Party went double platinum.
2003 - Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett's video for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" premiered.
2003 - The body of Latin music legend Celia Cruz was flown to Miami, Florida, for a special public viewing by tens of thousands of fans prior to her burial in New York City. The Queen of Salsa died of cancer at the age of 77.
1999 - Rap producer Dr. Dre filed suit against Priority Records and Death Row Records when an album called The Chronic 2000 infringed on Dre's trademark. Dre's breakthrough album in 1992 was called The Chronic.
1999 - Prince brought down the house at the second annual Yahoo! Internet Life Awards, held at New York City's Studio 54. He won for best Internet-only single, War, and led an all-star jam featuring members of Sly & The Family Stone and James Brown's sax player, Maceo Parker.
1999 - They Might Be Giants released their new album, Long Tall Weekend, exclusively in the MP3 format.
1997 - George Strait started a four-week stay at number one with "Carrying Your Love with Me."
1993 - Garth Brooks' single "Ain't Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)" was released.
1993 - The Judds picked up their fifth platinum album for Love Can Build a Bridge.
1991 - Ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Steve Adler filed suit against the band, claiming they pressured him to use heroin, then fired him after he checked into rehab.
1991 - The brakes failed on Dottie West's car on the way to the Grand Ole Opry. She lost control and hit a wall, but sustained only minor injuries.
1987 - Bruce Springsteen played his first show behind the Iron Curtain when he appeared in East Berlin in front of 180,000 people. The show was broadcast on East German TV.
1986 - The number one album was Winner in You by Patti LaBelle.
1986 - Genesis had the number one single with “Invisible Touch.” The number two song was Peter Gabriel's “Sledgehammer.”
1980 - Billy Joel earned his first gold record with “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.”
1980 - Mickey Gilley went to number one with his cover of the Buddy Holly song "True Love Ways."
1980 - David Bowie made his theatrical debut in the title role of The Elephant Man.
1976 - The number one song was “Kiss and Say Goodbye” by The Manhattans.
1975 - “Listen to What the Man Said” by Paul McCartney & Wings was the number one song. Wings also had the number one album with Venus and Mars, McCartney’s fourth number one album since The Beatles.
1975 - Country Music Hall of Fame member Lefty Frizzell died in Nashville following a stroke.
1969 - The Spencer Davis Group split up.
1969 - The Rolling Stones' “Honky Tonk Women” was released.
1968 - Hugh Masekela's original instrumental version of “Grazin' in the Grass” was the number one single.
1967 - The Beatles scored their 12th U.K. number one single with “All You Need Is Love.”
1958 - The members of the original vocal group called The Drifters were fired by their manager, George Treadwell, and replaced with an unknown group known as Ben E. King and the Five Crowns, who became the new Drifters.
1954 - Sun Records released Elvis Presley's first single, “That's All Right Mama.”