Entertainment History July 15th

On July 15th, 1973, singer Ray Davies announced during a concert in London that he was leaving The Kinks. He returned after a few days.

In 1980, singers Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith opened in a production of “The Pirates of Penzance” at the New York Shakespeare Festival. The production moved to Broadway in 1981 and eventually was made into a movie.

In 1986, Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later the next year.

In 1988, MTV banned the video for Neil Young’s “This Note’s For You” because it ridiculed MTV sponsors.

In 1989, more than 200,000 people crammed into Venice for a free Pink Floyd concert. Before the show began, 80 people were slightly hurt in a scuffle, and residents complained about littering and drug use.

In 1991, actor and game show host Bert Convy died in Los Angeles.

In 1994, singer Phil Collins announced he was seeking a divorce from his wife, Jill.

In 1998, drummer Joey Kramer of Aerosmith was burned when his Ferrari caught fire at a gas station in Scituate (SICH’-yoo-it), Massachusetts.

In 2006, Avril Lavigne married Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley in Montecito, California. They have since divorced.