July 16th Entertainment History

Posted 9 months ago

By Dianne

On July 16th, 1959, The Coasters recorded “Poison Ivy” in New York.

In 1966, guitarist Eric Clapton joined bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream.

In 1976, Loggins and Messina broke up.

In 1980, “No Nukes,” the film documentary of anti-nuclear benefit concerts, premiered in New York. Among the performers were Jackson Browne, the Doobie Brothers and James Taylor.

In 1981, singer Harry Chapin was killed when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer on New York’s Long Island Expressway. He was on his way to a benefit concert. Chapin was 38.

In 1989, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, star of the sitcom “My Sister Sam,” was shot to death at her Los Angeles home by an obsessed fan. She was 21.

In 1994, the Three Tenors — Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras — reunited the night before the World Cup soccer final for a concert. It drew an estimated 1.3 billion TV viewers.

In 1995, rapper Queen Latifah’s bodyguard was shot and wounded when two teenagers tried to carjack her BMW in New York.

Also in 1995, Sinead O’Connor dropped out of the Lollapalooza tour because she was pregnant.

In 1996, drummer John Panozzo, one of the founding members of Styx, died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at his home in Chicago. He was 47.

Also in 1996, singer Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries accepted an undisclosed sett