5 July

Pick a Day


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2005 Shirley Goodman (of Shirley & Lee, Shirley & Company) dies at age 69.

2004 On the 50th anniversary of the day he recorded the song, Elvis Presley's first single, That's Alright, is re-released. In the UK, it's a hit, going to #3.

2003 The Lollapalooza tour returns for the first time since 1997 with a show in Noblesville, Indiana. Original headliner Jane's Addiction is on the bill along with Audioslave and Incubus. The tour limps along, plagued by poor ticket sales and cancelled shows.

2001 R&B singer Ernie K-Doe dies of kidney and liver failure at age 65 due to years of alcohol abuse.

1997 Mrs. (Elva) Miller, who charted with an off-key rendition of "Downtown" in 1966, dies at age 89.

1996 Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, is born. She is named after Dolly Parton because the scientist thought the country star was the person most synonymous with mammary glands.

1992 Helix guitarist Paul Hackman, age 38, is killed after a concert in Vancouver when the band's van rolls down a 40-foot embankment and throws him from the vehicle.

1984 The The Everly Brothers 1984 Reunion Concert Tour kicks off in Cincinnati. After 10 years apart the group reunited in 1983 for a reunion concert, which led to the album Story of Me and the subsequent tour.

1983 Suicidal Tendencies release their self-titled debut album. The album spawns the band's biggest hit to date, "Institutionalized."

1982 Dave Haywood of Lady A is born in Augusta, Georgia.

1981 At the "Rock Werchter" festival in Belgium, The Cure play a 9-minute version of "A Forest" when they are told to hurry off stage so Robert Palmer can begin his set.More

1980 At a concert in Munich, Simon Kirke of Bad Company joins Led Zeppelin to provide a two-drum assault on the song "Whole Lotta Love." Kirke is the last guest musician to perform with the band, as the tour ends two days later and John Bonham dies in September.

1980 Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade is born in Camarillo, California.

1974 Linda Ronstadt records her breakthrough hit "You're No Good" at the Sound Factory in Hollywood with producer Peter Asher.

1973 Bengt Lagerberg (drummer for The Cardigans) is born in Jönköping, Sweden.

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Hootie Make Impressive Debut With Cracked Rear View


Hootie & the Blowfish release their debut album Cracked Rear View. It takes off at the beginning of 1995, eventually selling a staggering 21 million copies.

The band released a self-titled, independent, 5-song EP in 1990 that got them a deal with JRS Records, but they were dropped by the label after eight months. In 1993, they put out another EP called Kootchypop, this time getting the attention of Atlantic, which signed them later in the year. Cracked Rear View was recorded in two months in Los Angeles with producer Don Gehman, whose clients also include John Mellencamp and R.E.M. Recording the album was smooth sailing, as the band had honed the songs through years of touring, but coming up with a name for it was much harder. It finally hit them when the John Hiatt song "Learning How To Love You" came on, where Hiatt sings: There was a life that I was living In some cracked rearview Where no future was given To a heart untrue The band had built a following in their native South Carolina, but their folksy pop sound proves popular throughout the country; Cracked Rear View exceeds all expectations, selling 21 million in America alone. The timing is excellent: Radio stations are caught between hip-hop and grunge, afraid to alienate listeners who can't handle Pearl Jam or Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Hootie is a panacea of pure pop, with anodyne tunes like "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." The band is likable, and great live, earning them legions of fans. The downside to this runaway success is listener fatigue. After saturating the airwaves in 1995, many need a Hootie hiatus. Their next album, Fairweather Johnson, is released in 1996 and predictably goes to #1. It sells 3 million copies, but is a big comedown from their debut. After three more albums, they split in 2008, with frontman Darius Rucker launching a successful career as a country artist. In 2019, the band resumes operations with a new album and tour.



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