1962: Bobby Vinton's "Roses Are Red" was the #1 song, followed by "The Wah Watusi" from the Orlons and the former #1 "I Can't Stop Loving You" from Ray Charles.
1965: Barry McGuire released the single "Eve Of Destruction".
1973: Jim Croce scored his first #1 song with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". Billy Preston fell with "Will It Go 'Round In Circles" and the Carpenters had their 13th hit in four years ("Yesterday Once More"), with all but three of those going Top 10. Three Dog Night's classic "Shambala" was at #4 and Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" was at 5. The rest of the Top 10: George Harrison with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)", Deep Purple with "Smoke On The Water", Bette Midler blasted into the Top 10 with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", Clint Holmes with "Playground In My Mind" and Bloodstone placed "Natural High" at #10.
Billy Idol was in the Top 5...
1990: Roger Waters organized a production of "The Wall" at Potsdamer Platz (the Berlin Wall) in Germany. Bryan Adams, Phil Collins, Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison and Sinead O'Connor helped out in the benefit show.
Idol rocked 'em good..
1990: Glenn Medeiros and Bobby Brown moved to #1 with "She Ain't Worth It" while En Vogue moved to challenge with "Hold On". Billy Idol was at 3 with "Cradle Of Love". Johnny Gill moved to #4 with "Rub You The Right Way" and Mariah Carey's first release "Vision Of Love" climbed from 14 to 5.
1995: MC Hammer and his wife celebrated the birth of their third child.
1996: Kim Thayil of Soundgarden was arrested for hitting a fan who was trying to take his picture at a hotel in Rockingham, North Carolina. Man, it must be fun to be a fan of that group.
1996: The Eagles were in concert at the Maritime Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.
1996: Alanis Morissette's album Jagged Little Pill returned to #1 in the U.K.
1998: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots was arrested in Los Angeles on a felony warrant. Weiland was a no-show at a July 9 court ate.
1999: MP3.com sold stock in an initial public offering. The stock made spokeswoman Alanis Morissette worth $42 million. The stock more than doubled on its first day of trading.
2001: Madonna went out on tour for the first time in eight years, performing at the First Union Center in Philadelphia,
2002: Famed producer Gus Dudgeon, who worked with Elton John, the Beach Boys, David Bowie, Kiki Dee, XTC and Joan Armatrading, died in a car accident near Reading, Berkshire, England. Dudgeon was 59.
2003: Iron Maiden and Motorhead performed at Centrum Centre in Worcester, Massachusetts.
2003: Coldplay performed the second of two concerts at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia. The recorded show would soon be their
live CD and DVD.
2005: Ashanti was found guilty of breach of contract and thus owed producer Genard Parker $630,000. She promised Parker he could produce two songs on her debut if he released her from an earlier contract and then reneged. The great thing about courts is that they hold you to your word even if you're not brought up to hold yourself to your
2005: Long John Baldry of Blues Incorporated, intertwined with so many other artists in rock's beginnings in England, died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the age of 64 after battling a chest infection for four months. Baldry discovered both Rod Stewart and Elton John.
Born This Day:
1922: Kay Starr, who gave us one of the great songs of the Rock Era ("Rock And Roll Waltz", a #1 song for six weeks in 1955), was born in Dougherty, Oklahoma.
1948: Cat Stevens was born in London.