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Music History for Thursday, 7/4/19

2017 - John Blackwell, a rock and funk drummer who played with Prince and D'Angelo, died in Florida from complications of a brain tumor.

2015 - Ariana Grande creates a kerfuffle when store security video surfaces of her touching her tongue to donuts in a display case and then replacing them, while also saying "I hate Americans.  I hate America."  The singer later said in an online video apology that her comment was referencing Americans' unhealthy eating habits. 

2015 - Blur frontman Damon Albarn was physically removed from the stage by the band's manager following a five-hour set at Denmark's Roskilde festival.

2013 - Jay Z released his album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, for free to the first one million owners of Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II phones. Fans had to access it via the Magna Carta app. This stunt made the Recording Industry Association of America change the rules it uses for awarding gold and platinum certification so that artists no longer have to wait 30 days after release before the association would certify album sales.

2010 - After police received reports that a car had crashed into a north London building, English musician George Michael was arrested. He was later sentenced to eight weeks in jail.

2009 - Former Rolling Stones and The Beatles manager, and ABKCO Records founder, Allen Klein died of Alzheimer's disease at age 77.

2009 - The Jonas Brothers had the number one album in the country with their fourth effort, Lines, Vines and Trying Times.

2008 - The film version of the stage musical Mamma Mia!, based on the music of ABBA, premieres in Sweden.

2007 Bill Pinkney, one of the original members of The Drifters, died at the age of 81.

2005 U2 won a battle with a former stylist to return items the band claimed she stole from them during their Joshua Tree tour, including a Stetson cowboy hat. 

2004 - Rapper Ja Rule was arrested for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.  The possession charge was later dropped.

2003 - Singer Barry White died of kidney failure in Los Angeles at the age of 58.

1999 - Elton John collapsed. Turns out he had an irregular heartbeat and was later fitted for a pacemaker.

1999 - Country singer Trisha Yearwood was the featured performer for the Boston Pops' annual Independence Day concert, Pop Goes the Fourth.

1999 Spice Girl Victoria "Posh Spice" Adams married soccer star David Beckham at a castle in Ireland.  The couple made a pricey exclusive deal with OK! magazine for picture rights at the event.

1995 - Courtney Love punched Bikini Kill lead singer Kathleen Hanna at Lollapalooza in George, Washington.  Love was charged with assault and got a suspended sentence.  She was also required to take courses in anger management.

1995 - The Ramones released what would be their last studio album, Adios Amigos.

1990 - Bruce Springsteen gave the okay for rappers 2 Live Crew to release a single called "Banned in the U.S.A."

1987 - The lineup for The July Fourth Disarmament Festival in the Soviet Union included The Doobie Brothers, Santana, Bonnie Raitt and a bunch of Russian bands.

1982 - Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden.

1982 - Diana Ross began her first solo world tour at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

1980 - The Beach Boys played in front of 500 thousand people in Washington, D.C.

1976 The Clash played their first live gig, as the opening act for the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan in Sheffield, England.

1976 - Paul Revere, of The Raiders, was married at Kings Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati. The entire wedding party was dressed in 1776 period costumes.

1974 - Steely Dan played their last live show for the next 18 years, a gig in Santa Monica, CA.

1972 - Willie Nelson kicked off what would become his annual Fourth Of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas.

1971 - Singer Donald McPherson of The Main Ingredient died of leukemia at age 30.

1970 - The radio hit music countdown program American Top 40 premiered, hosted by Casey Kasem.

1967 - Tom Jones was the star of CBS' first summer musical variety series, Spotlight.

1964 - "I Get Around" became The Beach Boys' first number-one hit.