July 9 Entertainment History

On July ninth, 1935, Jimmy Stewart’s first film, “Murder Man,” opened.

In 1955, Pat Boone released his version of “Ain’t That A Shame,” which became his first number one hit.

In 1956, Dick Clark made his debut as host of “Bandstand” on a Philadelphia TV station. The name was changed to “American Bandstand” when it went to ABC.

In 1968, The Temptations appeared at the Valley Forge Music Fair in Pennsylvania without baritone David Ruffin. He had been fired by Motown Records because he wanted to change the direction of the band. He was later rehired as a solo artist.

In 1971, Jim Morrison of The Doors was buried in Paris, six days after he was found dead in a bathtub. Word of Morrison’s death was finally given to the press after the burial, apparently to spare family members from being approached by reporters.

In 1972, Paul McCartney began a European tour in France with his band Wings. It was his first tour since the last Beatles tour in 1966.

In 1975, Cher filed court papers to dissolve her marriage to Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers. They had been married just nine days.

In 1981, The Jacksons kicked off a 36-city tour, which grossed them $5.5 million dollars and led to “The Jacksons Live” album.

In 1992, Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter Jade gave birth to a baby girl.

In 1995, the Grateful Dead gave their last concert with Jerry Garcia, at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

In 1999, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall divorced. They were together for 21 years. The court hearing took 12 minutes.

In 2001, the Backstreet Boys announced they were postponing their tour because singer A.J. McLean was entering rehab.