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Today in Music History - July 19

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - July 19

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Today in Music History - July 19


Today in Music History for July 19:

In 1947, Brian May, guitarist with "Queen," was born in Hampton Hill, England. "Queen" burst on the scene in 1973 with a debut album that mixed May's heavy metal guitar with the multitracked voice of singer Freddie Mercury. "Queen" developed into one of the most popular rock bands in the world. Their biggest success came in 1980 and '81 with the rockabilly-styled "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and the disco-flavoured "Another One Bites the Dust." Both hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1954, Elvis Presley's first record, "That's All Right (Mama)" backed with "Blue Moon of Kentucky," was released on the Sun label. When the record was first aired on a Memphis radio station, Elvis was reported to have hid in a movie theatre because he thought people would laugh at his effort. But "That's All Right (Mama)" became a local hit. Sun is supposed to have pressed only about 7,000 copies of the record.

In 1966, Frank Sinatra, aged 51, married 21-year-old actress Mia Farrow. They divorced two years later.

In 1972, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and three members of "The Rolling Stones" entourage were charged in Warwick, R.I., with assault and obstructing police. The five were involved in a scuffle with a photographer. They pleaded guilty and were released, but the incident delayed their Boston concert that night by four hours.

In 1975, country singer Lefty Frizzell died in Nashville at 47 after a stroke. Frizzell's honky-tonk style proved popular on such hits as "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time" in 1950, "Always Late" in 1951 and "Saginaw, Michigan" in 1964. Lefty's younger brother, David, recorded a tribute to him, and was a country star in his own right in the early 80s.

In 1980, David Bowie made his stage debut in the title role of a Denver production of "The Elephant Man." He later played the role in Chicago and New York. Broadway critics were generally favourable to his performance.

In 1981, tenor Roger Doucet died of cancer in Montreal at age 62. His stirring rendition of "O Canada" preceded hundreds of Montreal Canadiens games.

In 1985, "Friday Nite Videos" on NBC became the first regularly scheduled stereo TV program.

In 1988, 150,000 fans jammed a cycling stadium on the northern outskirts of East Berlin for a concert by Bruce Springsteen. The concert, broadcast live by East Germany's youth radio station, marked the ninth anniversary of Nicaragua's Sandinista revolution.

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In 1990, Chuck Berry was charged with child abuse and marijuana possession following a raid a month earlier at his home near St. Louis. Police said Berry made films of teens under 17 "for the purposes of sexual stimulation or gratification." The child abuse charge was later dropped.

In 1991, former "Guns N' Roses" drummer Steve Adler filed a lawsuit against the band. He claimed the other members had forced him to use heroin, then made him quit the band while he tried to kick his drug habit. In 1993, an out of court settlement was reached.

In 1993, the original lineup of the Vancouver rock band "Loverboy" began a two-week reunion tour of Western Canada in Penticton, B.C. The group, popular in the early to mid-'80s, had last played together two years earlier at a benefit for seriously-ill record producer Brian McLeod. …

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