Music History for

July 9


1879 - Composer Ottorino Respighi was born 1879.

1915 - Composer David Diamond was born.

1955 - The Bill Haley & His Comets single "Rock Around the Clock" hit #1 on Billboard's Pop charts. This was the first time a rock and roll recording accomplished this feat.

1956 - Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia TV station. The name of the show was changed to "American Bandstand" when it went to ABC-TV.
Today in American Bandstand History

1958 - Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records.

1972 - Paul McCartney appeared on stage for the first time since 1966 as his group, Wings, opened at Chateauvillon in the south of France.
Today in Beatles History

1974 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young started their reunion tour in Seattle.

1977 - Elvis Costello quit his day job as a computer operator at a cosmetic factory.

1981 - The Jacksons began a 36 city tour.
Today in Michael Jackson History

1981 - The second Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" opened at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater.

1984 - The album "Ice Cream Castle" was released by The Time.

1991 - U.S. President George Bush presented a National Medal of Art to Roy Acuff.

1995 - The Grateful Dead gave their last concert with Jerry Garcia at Chicago's Soldier Field. Garcia died the next month of a heart attack.

1996 - Prince released the album "Chaos and Disorder."

1998 - Scott Weiland had an bench warrant issued for him when he missed his second court date stemming from drug possession charges.

1998 - MTV Networks Europe announced in London the launch of freeform music channel M2 Europe. It was the first TV station to be launched on the internet.

1998 - Robert "Waddy" Wachtel and his wife were arrested for investigation of possessing child pornography, allegedly found on his personal computer.

1998 - Janet Jackson set a gross revenue record of $875,000 at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. The previous record was set my Yanni on January 31, 1998, with $860,300.

1999 - Mary Chapin Carpenter canceled a concert at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, MO, at the last minute. She had to fly home to tend to a very sick Golden Retriever.

1999 - The state of Indiana renamed a 25-mile stretch of Interstate Route 65 as "Kenneth Babyface Edmonds Highway." The same day Babyface donated $50,000 to establish VH1's Save The Music campaign in the state.

2001 - The Backstreet Boys temporarily stopped their "Black & Blue World Tour 2001." The tour had to be put on hold because A.J. McLean entered a treatment center for depression and alcohol abuse. The tour resumed on August 24th.