17 JULY 2012.- The soundtrack album to the film The Dark Knight Rises is released, destined to debut at #8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It also scores #10 on the Canadian albums chart. Composer Hans Zimmer becomes an overnight sensation, frequently compared with former golden soundtrack star John Williams.
16 JULY 2014.- Blues rocker Johnny Winter dies at age 70.
15 JULY 2018.- “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses becomes the first ’90s video to pass a billion views on YouTube. The next closest ’90s video is “Zombie” by The Cranberries, at 739 million.
14 JULY 2014.- Johnny Winter plays the Cahors Blues Festival in France. It’s his last performance, as he dies two days later.
12 JULY 2007.- Rod Stewart is awarded the CBE Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
11 JULY 2016.- Country singer Craig Morgan mourns the death of his son Jerry Greer after the 19-year-old’s body is discovered the day after he goes missing while tubing on the Tennessee River. Jerry is one of four sons born to Morgan and his wife, Karen.
10 JULY 2016.- Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry suffers a cardiac arrest while performing with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, fellow members of the supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. The 65 year old is rushed to Coney Island hospital, where’s he’s listed in stable condition.
9 JULY 2017.- The radio station Mansfield 103.2 in England is hijacked by a transmitter hacker, who engages in some monkeyshines, saying, “I’m a w–ker, I’m a w–ker” in a Nottinghamshire accent before playing the “The Winker’s Song (Misprint)” by Ivor Biggun, a paean to self-pleasure that repeats the phrase over and over.
8 JULY 2016.- Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Mel B of the Spice Girls announce that they are forming a new group called GEM, which is what you want. What you really, really want.
7 JULY 2009.- Lionel Richie got his first big break when The Commodores snagged 42 dates in the opening slot for The Jackson 5 in 1972. Thirty-seven years later on the same date, he performs The Commodores song “Jesus is Love” at a memorial service for the late Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in […]
6 JULY 2019.- With 13 weeks at #1, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X breaks the record for longest-running hip-hop song on the Hot 100. “Lose Yourself,” “Boom Boom Pow” and “See You Again” all had runs of 12 weeks. 2016.- In a small ceremony at Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England, Ciara marries Russell […]
5 JULY 2005.- Shirley Goodman (of Shirley & Lee, Shirley & Company) dies at age 69.