5 July

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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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Former Gospel Singer Katy Perry Kisses Girl, Likes It

2008

Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for seven weeks. Perry's first chart-topper, it's a startling turnabout from just seven years earlier, when she was a gospel singer recording under her real name: Katy Hudson.

"I Kissed A Girl" finds Perry singing about going to a club and having her first smooch with another female. She takes some heat from conservative groups, but most listeners consider the lyrics nothing more than a lark, and the song propels Perry to the top tier of pop music. The trenchant beat comes courtesy of producer Dr. Luke, who also takes a songwriter credit along with Perry, Max Martin and Cathy Dennis - a song-making dream team. Perry claims the song is based in real life, as it was inspired by a girl crush she had when she was 15. In addition to boosting Perry's career, the song also sends sales of cherry-flavored Chapstick higher, thanks to the line, "The taste of her cherry chapstick." Remarkably, it's not the first song called "I Kissed A Girl" to chart in the US. That honor goes to the more folksy singer Jill Sobule, whose "I Kissed A Girl" made #67 in 1995.

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