This Day in Music History: July 15th
2002: Bob Seger won the 78th annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island, MI with his 62 foot boat Lightning.
1999: Grateful Dead singer & guitarist Bob Weir married girlfriend Natascha Muenter. This was Weir’s first marriage.
1999: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off the North American leg of their reunion tour with a 15 night stand at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ.
1998: Aerosmith’s drummer Joey Kramer was involved in a freak accident when his car caught fire & was completely destroyed at a gas station while filling up. He was treated for second degree burns & Aerosmith had to postpone 14 concerts as a result.
1989: While Pink Floyd performed on a floating stage in Venice, their audience of 200,000 ended up causing damage to Venice’s bridges & make marble crumble from centuries-old buildings.
1988: Robert Palmer was the musical guest on Late Night with David Letterman.
1978: The Rolling Stones reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the seventh time with Some Girls which began a two week run on top of the chart. Some Girls would later go on to be their biggest selling album after it was certified Platinum six times in 2000.
1973: The Kinks’ Ray Davies announced onstage during a Kinks concert at London’s White City Stadium that he would be retiring from music. After the concert he collapsed at a hospital.
1972: Elton John began a five week run at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with Honky Chateau his first number one album in the U.S. John also peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Rocket Man”, John’s second top ten single in the U.S.