Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Rock 'n' Roll, Part Whatever

Entertainment highlights during the week of July 4-10:

1950: The music show "Your Hit Parade'' premiered on NBC-TV.

1968: Guitarist Eric Clapton announced the break up of Cream. The band played a farewell concert in London later in the year.

1971: Jim Morrison was buried in Paris, six days after he was found dead in a bathtub.

1971: Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA were married in Verum, Sweden.

1980: The original members of Led Zeppelin give their final performance. The show was in West Germany, at the end of their European tour.

1995: The Grateful Dead gave their last concert with Jerry Garcia, at Chicago's Soldier Field.

2000: The remainder of a Supremes reunion tour was canceled. The tour suffered after it was revealed that Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong, who had performed with Diana Ross in the 1960s, refused to join because they felt they weren't being paid enough.

2001: The Backstreet Boys announced they were postponing their tour because singer A.J. McLean was entering rehabilitation for depression and alcohol abuse.

2002: Michael Jackson made a bizarre appearance at a rally in New York City to denounce the recording industry as racist and Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola as devilish.


July 4: Bill Withers turnss 66. Percussionist Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind and Fire is 53. Percussionist Domingo Ortiz of Widespread Panic is 52. John Waite celerates his 49th. Guitarist Kirk Pengilly of INXS is 46. Steel guitarist Teddy Carr (Ricochet) is 44. DJ Zonka of Big Audio Dynamite is 42. Bassist Matt Malley of Counting Crows turns 41.

July 5: Robbie Robertson is 61. Huey Lewis is 54. Rapper RZA is 35. Drummer Bengt Lagerberg of The Cardigans is 31. Rapper Bizarre of D12 is 26. Singer Jason Wade of Lifehouse is 24.

July 6: Actress-singer Della Reese is 73, Gene Chandler is 67, and rapper 50 Cent is 28.

July 7: Doc Severinsen and Charlie Louvin are both 77. Ringo Starr is 64. Country singer Linda Williams is 57. Bassist Mark White of the Spin Doctors is 42. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard is 41. Bassist Ricky Kinchen of Mint Condition is 38.

July 8: Jerry Vale is 72. Steve Lawrence is 69. Raffi is 56. Toby Keith, guitarist Graham Jones of Haircut 100, and keyboardist Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode all turn 43. Joan Osborne is 42. Beck and singer Drew Womack of Sons of the Desert are 34. Guitarist Stephen Mason of Jars of Clay is 29. Trumpeter Tavis Werts of Reel Big Fish is 27.

July 9: Debbie Sledge of Sister Sledge is 50. Marc Almond of Soft Cell is 47. Singer Jim Kerr of Simple Minds is 45. Courtney Love turns 40 if she lives till then. Singer Kiely Williams of 3LW is 18.

July 10: Mavis Staples of the Staples Singers is 65. Arlo Guthrie is 57. Singer Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys is 50. Banjo player Bela Fleck of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones is 46. Guitarist Peter DiStefano of Porno for Pyros is 39. Country singer Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts is 34. Jessica Simpson is 24.

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