1998 With the big "alternative" acts now squarely in the mainstream, the Lollapalooza festival is officially cancelled, with Green Day, Radiohead and Foo Fighters among the bands turning down offers to headline. The festival launcheded in 1991 with Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails and Siouxsie and the Banshees at the top of the bill.
1995 The RealAudio Player is introduced, allowing users to stream audio over the internet for the first time. Over the next few years, many artists use it to post songs (or samples of them) on their websites.
1989 In Pittsburgh, it's a shakedown outside a Grateful Dead concert as police make about two dozen arrests after some fans try to get in without tickets. "I don't want those deadenders ever back again," Mayor Sophie Masloff says.
1980 In Memphis on their first US tour, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders gets in an altercation at a bar and is arrested. She kicks out the window of the police cruiser sent to take her away and spends the night in jail. Her group performs the next night at Poet's Music Hall.
1976 Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" hits #1 on the Hot 100, becoming the first chart-topper with the word "disco" in the title.
1967 Peaking at #93, The Who make the US singles chart for the first time, with "I Can't Explain."
1959 Because of its references to bad behavior in school (writing on the wall, throwing spitballs), The British Broadcasting Corporation bans The Coasters song "Charlie Brown." The ban is lifted two weeks later.
2014 Arthur Smith, one of postwar country music's finest guitar pickers, dies at age 93 of natural causes. His 1949 instrumental "Guitar Boogie" was one of the first to showcase the electric guitar and as such had a major influence on the development of rockabilly and rock in general.
1999 British composer Lionel Bart, known for the Broadway smash Oliver!, dies at age 68 of cancer.
1990 Jazz singer Sarah Vaughan dies at age 66 of lung cancer.
1985 Pop/R&B singer Leona Lewis is born in Islington, London, England.
1983 Danny Rapp (of Danny & the Juniors) dies at age 41 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He's discovered in a hotel room in Quartzsite, Arizona.
1982 Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager marry. Five days earlier, the songwriters took home Oscars for Best Original Song for their work on "Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)" from the movie Arthur.
1981 The Elvis Presley documentary movie This Is Elvis (with Ral Donner narrating) premieres in Memphis.
1974 Drew Shirley (guitarist for Switchfoot) is born in Key West, Florida.
1971 The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1968 Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach is born Sebastian Philip Bierk is born in Freeport, Bahamas, raised in Canada.
1963 Elvis Presley's It Happened At The World's Fair movie opens in Los Angeles (it opens nationally a week later).
1961 Eddie Murphy is born in New York City. In 1985, he has a hit with "Party All The Time," written and produced by Rick James. Murphy also makes the charts with the novelty song "Put Your Mouth On Me" and the Michael Jackson collaboration "Whatzupwitu."
1961 The Marcels' "Blue Moon" hits #1 in America.
1960 Elvis Presley records "It's Now or Never" in Nashville at RCA Studio B. With a melody lifted from the 1907 song "O Sole Mio," it veers away from rock and roll but is a huge hit and the song Elvis later says is his favorite of all his recordings.
During a Season 6 episode of American Idol, Ryan Seacrest announces the American Idol Songwriter Competition. The entry fee is $10, and the winning song gets to be the winner's first single. After judges cull the 25,000 entries to 20 finalists, it's put to an online vote and the winner is "This is My Now."
The song is indeed released as winner Jordin Sparks' first single, but without the marketing push of previous Idol songs like Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud?," which debuted at #1. "This is My Now" reaches just #15 and drops off the chart after four weeks. The contest runs for one more year, with "The Time of My Life" winning Season 7 and released as the first single for David Cook.
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