2006 – Target is the exclusive U.S. retailer for Ziggy Marley’s second solo album, “Love Is My Religion,” via Tuff Gong Worldwide. The deal marks Marley’s first independent release without employing the traditional larger label infrastructure, as well as Target’s first one-to-one agreement with an artist.
2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa in 2003 when he performs in Johannesburg.
1999 – Sir Elton John, 52, collapses. Tests show that he has an irregular heartbeat. John soon has a pacemaker fitted at a London hospital.
1999 – Trisha Yearwood is the featured performer for the Boston Pops’ annual Independence Day concert, Pops Goes the 4th.
1995 – At Lollapalooza in George, Wash., Courtney Love belts Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna. Charged with assault, Love receives a suspended one-year sentence and is required to take courses in anger management.
1995 – The Ramones release “Adios Amigos.” It’s speculated to be the band’s last album ever.
1990 – The rap group 2 Live Crew releases the single “Banned in the U.S.A.” with the blessing of “Born in the U.S.A.” creator Bruce Springsteen. The song, which racks up 2 million advance orders, is in part a response to anti-obscenity groups that have targeted the rappers.
1987 – “The July Fourth Disarmament Festival” in the Soviet Union features the Doobie Brothers, Santana, Bonnie Raitt and Soviet music groups.
1982 – Ozzy Osbourne marries his manager, Sharon Arden.
1980 – The Beach Boys give a free outdoor performance to an estimated 500,000 people in Washington.
1972 – Willie Nelson inaugurates his annual “Fourth of July Picnic.” Dripping Springs, Texas.
1971 – Donald McPherson of the Main Ingredient dies of leukemia. Age 29. The group’s biggest hit is the million-selling No. 3 song “Everybody Plays the Fool.” Aaron Neville’s 1991 remake makes the top 10 on Billboard’s singles chart.
1967 – Tom Jones appears on the first telecast of CBS-TV’s “Spotlight” summer musical variety series.
1938 – Singer/songwriter Bill Withers is born in Slab Fork, W.Va. His biggest hit is the 1972 million-selling No. 1 song “Lean on Me.” A 1987 remake by Club Nouveau also hits No. 1 and sells 1 million copies.