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.