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Music History for Thursday, 7/25/19

2017 - Country, pop, and folk singer Michael Johnson, best known for his late '70s hit "Bluer Than Blue" died. He was 72. 

2014 - "Weird Al" Yankovic scored his first ever Billboard 200 #1 album with Mandatory Fun. He was the first comedy act to top the U.S. album chart since Allan Sherman's 1963 album My Son the Nut.

2012 - Toy corporation MGA Entertainment sued Lady Gaga, alleging that her and her managers delayed approval on a forthcoming Lady Gaga doll. MGA, citing "breach of contract," asked for $10 million.

2011 - Investigators say an autopsy on Amy Winehouse “did not establish a formal cause of death.” Further toxicology tests concluded acute alcohol poisoning killed the troubled singer. 

2009 - Maxwell had the number one album in the country with BLACKsummers’night.

2005 - Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine sued former bassist David Ellefson, alleging that he used the band’s name without permission.

2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Brann died of a heart attack. He was 52.

2002 - Destiny’s Child and two former members of the group settled out of court over the lyrics to “Survivor.”  LeToya Luckett and Latavia Roberson, who left the group in 2000, took issue over this line in the song: “You thought that I’d be stressed without you, but I’m chillin’.  You thought I wouldn’t sell without you, sold nine million.”

2001 - R&B singer Aaliyah delivered her final public performance, singing "More than a Woman" on The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno.  She died in a plane crash exactly one month later.

2001 - Doors drummer John Densmore and singer Bonnie Raitt were just two of the activists arrested after a public protest against loggers in Itasca, Illinois.

2001 - Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital, suffering from nervous exhaustion.  She also pulled out of MTV's 20th anniversary bash, where she was supposed to be the main attraction.

2000 - Guitarist and singer Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens announced he was running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey on the Reform Party ticket.

1999 - At Woodstock '99 in Rome, New York, all hell broke loose during the Red Hot Chili Peppers' set.  Fires were started and fueled by all the garbage on the concert's grounds.  Days after the concert, accusations of rape and other violence were made against security guards and members of the crowd.

1998 - Jazz guitarist Tal Farlow died of esophageal cancer. He was 77.

1995 - Country singer Charlie Rich died in his sleep at age 62.

1995 - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony released their Grammy-winning breakthrough album E. 1999 Eternal, featuring "Tha Crossroads."

1995 - Singer Nina Simone fired a pellet gun at a pair of noisy teenagers playing near her home in the south of France.  She got 18 months’ probation and was ordered to get counseling.

1992 - Singer Bryan Adams played Good Samaritan by helping out two motorists whose car ran into his on a highway in Switzerland. Adams was on his way from Zurich to Vienna on a concert tour when the other car skidded out of control, hit his car, then crashed into an embankment.

1990 - The Boss became a dad when Bruce Springsteen's wife, Patti Scialfa, gave birth to a baby boy, Evan James.

1990 - Comedian Roseanne Barr was booed off the field after she grabbed her crotch and spit at the end of her screechy rendition of the national anthem at a San Diego Padres game. President Bush called the performance "disgusting."

1981 - Air Supply topped the U.S. singles chart with "The One That I Love."

1980 - KISS introduced their new drummer, Eric Carr, at a concert at the Palladium in New York City.

1980 - AC\DC released Back in Black, their first album with Brian Johnson as lead singer, following the death of former lead singer Bon Scott.

1980 - Guitarist David Knopfler quit Dire Straits to start a solo career.

1978 - Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon gave his new band a name: Public Image.  It became Public Image Limited a few months later.

1975 - The musical A Chorus Line debuted on Broadway. The show closed in 1990 after 6,137 performances.

1971 - The Beach Boys released their album Surf's Up.

1970 - The Carpenters started a four-week run at number one on the U.S. singles chart with "(They Long to Be) Close to You."

1970 - Chicago released "25 or 6 to 4."

1969 - Neil Young made his first concert appearance with Crosby, Stills & Nash at the Fillmore East in New York City. Their second performance ever would be the following week at Woodstock.

1968 - Eric Clapton recorded his guitar lead on The Beatles' tune "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," written and sung by his pal, George Harrison.

1967 - The Beatles and other U.K. rock groups urged the British government to legalize marijuana. Their comments were made in a London Times advertisement signed by all four of the Beatles.

1966 - The Rolling Stones performed their last American concert with Brian Jones, in San Francisco.

1966 - Bob Dylan suffered a broken neck vertebrae when he crashed his motorcycle near his home in Woodstock, New York.

1965 - Bob Dylan delivered his first electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival.  The audience booed.

1962 - The Elvis Presley film Kid Galahad premiered.

1960 - Roy Orbison’s first hit, “Only the Lonely,” reached number two on the Billboard Pop chart.


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