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July 5

Music History for Friday, 7/5/19

2014 - The four surviving members of the Grateful Dead delivered what they said would be their final performance together, at Chicago's Soldier Field. 

2009 The Essential Michael Jackson became the no. 1 album in the U.K. following the death of Michael Jackson.

2008 - Katy Perry nabbed #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her single “I Kissed a Girl.”

2005 - One-half of 1950s duo Shirley and Lee, Shirley Goodman, passed away. She was 69.

2002 Jimi Hendrix’s family won an injunction against a New York-based music production company from releasing recordings that Hendrix had performed on.

2001 - Singer Ernie K-Doe died of liver failure at the age of 65.  Ernie’s biggest hit was “Mother-In-Law,” which hit number one on the pop and R&B charts in 1961.

1998 - New age artist Yanni finally ended his almost-year-long tour with a sold-out show at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.

1986 Janet Jackson started a two-week run at the top of the album chart with Control.

1978 - The EMI record pressing plant in Britain stopped printing the Rolling Stones album cover for Some Girls, because of complaints from celebrities.

1975 - Bad Company’s “Feel Like Making Love” was released.

1969 The Rolling Stones played a free memorial concert in London’s Hyde Park for their former guitarist, Brian Jones. Jones’ replacement, Mick Taylor, made his public debut with the Stones at the show. Mick Jagger wore a white dress.

1968 - Bill Graham opened The Fillmore West in San Francisco.

1958 - Atlantic Records recorded Ray Charles’ gig at the Newport Jazz Festival for a live album.

1954 - Elvis Presley had his first commercial recording session at Sun Records in Memphis.  The song he recorded was “That’s All Right (Mama).”