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July 31

Music History for Wednesday, 7/31/19

2016 - Justin Timberlake was given the very first Decade Award at the Teen Choice Awards.

2012 - Rapper Rick Ross released his fifth album, God Forgives, I Don’t. The album debuted at No. 1 and was even nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

2012 - Punk rocker Tony Sly passed away in his sleep. He was 41.

2011 - American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino revealed during a concert in Jacksonville, Florida that she was pregnant.

2010 - Alicia Keys married Swizz Beatz in a private ceremony in a home on the Mediterranean Sea. She was pregnant with their first child, a boy they later named Egypt, who was born in October of 2010.

2006 - Jason Aldean earned a gold single for "Why."

2004 - Faith Hill recorded "Mississippi Girl" in Nashville.

2002 - The Dixie Chicks recorded a CMT Crossroads episode with James Taylor in Nashville.

2001 - Blake Shelton's self-titled debut album hit stores.

1999 - Ol' Dirty Bastard of Wu Tang Clan was arrested for crack and marijuana possession in New York. He was stopped by police for speeding.

1999 - Christina Aguilera scored her first number one single with "Genie in a Bottle."

1995 - Selena's Dreaming of You album, her first in English, debuted at number one on the Billboard albums chart.  The late Tejano singer became the first Latin artist to ever debut at number one.

1982 - Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" topped the U.S. singles chart.

1981 - Debbie Harry of Blondie released her first solo album, Koo Koo.  The cover had a picture of Harry with long needles penetrating her cheeks.

1980 - John Phillips, former leader of The Mamas And The Papas, was arrested by the FBI for cocaine possession. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but got to lecture on the evils of drugs for 250 hours as an alternate punishment.

1978 - The Rolling Stones had the number one single with "Miss You." It was the band's eighth U.S. chart topper.

1976 - Jazz guitarist George Benson had the number one album with Breezin'.

1976 - Blue Oyster Cult released "Don't Fear the Reaper."

1976 - Orleans released "Still the One."

1971 - James Taylor had the number one single with his version of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend."

1971 - A security guard was stabbed to death at New York's Forest Hills Stadium on the second night of THE WHO'S U.S. tour.

1968 - The Beatles recorded "Hey Jude" at Trident Studios in London, instead of Abbey Road.

1964 - Country singer Jim Reeves died in a plane crash in Brentwood, Tennessee.  He was 39.

1948 - Country music appeared on national television for the first time with a show taped at Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Hall featuring Keitty WellsEddy Arnold and Johnny & Jack.

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