2015 President Barack Obama sings "Amazing Grace" at the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed along with eight others when a gunman opened fire during a Bible study at his church in Charleston, South Carolina.More
2005 Pink proposes to her boyfriend, motocross rider Carey Hart, by holding up a sign that says "Will You Marry Me?" while he is racing in Mammoth, California. On the next lap, she adds, "I'm Serious." He pulls out of the race to say yes; the couple get married the following year.
1996 Sammy Hagar is replaced as Van Halen's lead vocalist by the man he replaced 11 years earlier, David Lee Roth.
1993 Ariana Grande is born in Boca Raton, Florida. After starring on the Nickelodeon TV show Victorious, she becomes a popular singer with a huge social media presence.
1977 Elvis Presley's last concert takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana. He dies on August 16.
1965 The Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man" goes to #1 on the Hot 100. It's the only song written by Bob Dylan ever to top that chart.
1963 John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose "She Loves You" in a hotel room in Newcastle, England, while on tour there.
1943 Thanks to Dooley Wilson's rendition as piano-playing Sam in Casablanca, Rudy Vallee's 12-year-old version of "As Time Goes By" lands at #1 on the charts, where it stays for four weeks.
2021 Bruce Springsteen performs Springsteen On Broadway at the St. James Theater, becoming the first person to perform a full-length show on Broadway since the pandemic hit in 2020. The audience is required to show proof of vaccination.
2020 At 79, Bob Dylan becomes the oldest artist to top the UK albums chart with an album of original songs when Rough And Rowdy Ways hits the top spot.
2018 Barry Gibb of Bee Gees is knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
2015 Florence + the Machine become the first female-fronted band to headline the Glastonbury festival since Shakespear's Sister in 1992.
2010 Gary Clark, Jr., little known outside of Austin, Texas, performs at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. The performance earns raves and leads to a deal with Warner Bros. Records.
2004 Defying predictions of musical and personal implosion, Velvet Revolver, fronted by Scott Weiland and with three ex-Guns N' Roses members in the lineup, debuts at #1 in America with their first album, Contraband.More
1990 Sonic Youth release Goo. With songs like "Kool Thing," the album is a seminal landmark in alternative rock.
1990 Nelson release their debut album After the Rain, which sells over 2 million copies thanks to the #1 single "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection." Nelson is the duo of Gunnar and Matthew, the twin sons of Rick Nelson.More
1988 Despite missing 75 days of school her senior year so she could tour, Debbie Gibson graduates from Calhoun High School in Merrick, Long Island, with honors. The previous day, her song "Foolish Beat" went to #1 in America.
1979 The Village People become the first disco act to play Madison Square Garden.
1979 Two years after his son's death, Vernon Presley dies of heart failure at age 63.
1979 Nathan Followill (drummer for Kings of Leon) is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to a family that will later include younger brothers - and future bandmates - Caleb and Jared.
1976 Peter Frampton releases "Baby, I Love Your Way."
1976 With his breakout album Live Bullet climbing the charts, Bob Seger plays his first headlining stadium show, performing to 59,000 at the Pontiac Silverdome.
1975 Sonny & Cher's divorce becomes final.
Pearl Jam score their biggest Hot 100 hit when "Last Kiss," a cover of a song from the '60s, reaches #2, held off the top spot by Jennifer Lopez' first single, "If You Had My Love."
"Last Kiss" was originally released by J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers in 1964. When Eddie Vedder discovered the song, he introduced it to the band, which added it to their setlist in 1998. At a soundcheck, they recorded the song, which was distributed to fan club members. Radio stations got a hold of it and started playing the track, goosing Pearl Jam into releasing it as a single.
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