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.More
1997 Organized by Sarah McLachlan, the all-female Lilith Fair tour kicks off with a show in The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State. The lineup includes Jewel, Suzanne Vega and Paula Cole, with Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Fiona Apple joining on subsequent stops.More
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.
1982 Dave Haywood of Lady A is born in Augusta, Georgia.
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.
Damon Albarn has to be carried off stage after a performance in Denmark overruns by five hours.
The Blur and Gorillaz singer's new collective "Africa Express" - a collaboration between African and Western musicians - are headlining at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark after playing a number of European shows, including the Glastonbury festival and the BBC Electric Proms in the United Kingdom. Albarn is appearing in a gap in the tour schedule of his re-formed Britpop band Blur, following the recent release of their first album in more than a decade - The Magic Whip. Africa Express's eclectic set covers almost every musical base, with material ranging from re-imagined Gorillaz hits to Randy Newman covers. Joining the act on stage are a string of special guests, including British soul singer Laura Mvula and the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner. Previous shows have seen appearances from the Malian band Songhoy Blues and Nigerian star Saye Adelekan. At one point in the epic musical filibuster, the band cheekily break into the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" The crowd's response is emphatically in favor of "stay," as they chant, "we want more!" However, the festival's organizers feel differently, and the show abruptly ends at 4 a.m. when Albarn is physically removed from the stage by his tour manager.
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