3 Jul, 2024

July 3 in Music History

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July 3 in Music History

On this day today:

1952 - Pop singer Laura Branigan, known for hits like "Gloria" and "Self Control," is born and raised in Armonk, New York.

1960 - Vince Clarke, keyboardist for Erasure, is born Vincent John Martin in South Woodford, England. An early member of Depeche Mode, he writes the group's breakthrough hit, "Just Can't Get Enough."

1969 - Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones is found dead in his swimming pool.
1971 - Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, is found dead at age 27 in a Paris apartment bathtub. Although drugs are suspected, no autopsy is performed. The official cause of death is listed as a "heart attack induced by respiratory problems."

1973 - At the Hammersmith Odeon in London, David Bowie makes a shocking announcement during his performance as Ziggy Stardust, stating: "Not only is this the last show of the tour, but it's the last show that we'll ever do." This marks the end of his iconic Ziggy Stardust persona.
1975 - Labelle makes history as the first Black vocal group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone.

1976 - In a landmark moment, Brian Wilson joins The Beach Boys onstage in Anaheim, California, marking his first appearance with the band in 12 years.
1985 - "Back to the Future," starring Michael J. Fox as a time-traveling teenager, opens in theaters. In the iconic "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance scene set in 1955, Fox's character performs "Johnny B. Goode," humorously giving birth to rock and roll. This moment introduces a new generation to Chuck Berry and his timeless classic.

1995 - D'Angelo releases his debut album, Brown Sugar.

1995 - Despite their ongoing success, the members of the R&B group TLC file for bankruptcy.
2001 - Sum 41 releases their debut single, "Fat Lip," which quickly tops the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

2016 - Maren Morris releases her first major-label album, Hero. The album reaches #1 on the Country chart and features the hit song "My Church," which becomes one of her most enduring tracks.

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