Music History for
1784 - Composer Ludwig Spohr was born.
1869 - Composer Albert Charles Paul Marie Roussel was born.
1958 - Irvin Feld's Greatest Show of Stars opened an 80-day tour of North America.
1964 - The Searchers appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." It was the Searchers' U.S. debut.
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1968 - Simon & Garfunkel's single "Mrs. Robinson" was released.
1974 - The Guess Who hosted a celebrity tennis tournament in Toronto to benefit Ballet of Canada.
1977 - David Bowie appeared on Dinah Shore's TV special.
1978 - Duran Duran made their live debut at The Lecture Theatre at Birmingham Polytechnic.
1980 - The Genesis album "Duke" hit #1 in the U.K.
1980 - In Athens, GA, R.E.M. played their first show when they appeared at St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
1982 - After eight years of publication to the radio and recording industry, "Record World" magazine ceased publication and filed for bankruptcy protection.
1983 - The Beach Boys were banned from the Fourth of July concert at the White House. U.S. President Ronald Reagan overturned the ban two days later.
1985 - An estimated 5,000 radio stations around the world simultaneously played the song "We Are the World".
1993 - Construction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.
1993 - In Beverly Hills, CA, Marky Mark Wahlberg had assault charges against him dropped. He had reached an out-of-court settlement with the man he allegedly beat in 1992.
1994 - Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) killed himself with a shotgun. He was found three days later.
1998 - Colin "Cozy" Powell died in a car crash. He was 50 years old.
1999 - Three of Tammy Wynette's daughters filed a $50 million lawsuit that blamed Wynette's death on negligence by her husband and her doctor.
1999 - The online song-lyric auction Hits Under the Hammer at www.icollector.com closed after raising $67,000 for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and for Norwood Ravenswood children's charities.
2000 - Ziggy Marley became the official spokesman for the Hemp Bar.