Archive for the ‘July’ Category

July 31

1955, Elvis Presley performed 3 shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, (2 matinee and 1 evening). A full scale riot broke out after the show when Elvis announced to the 14,000 strong crowd, “Girls, I’ll see you backstage.” Fans chased Elvis into the dressing room, tearing off his clothes and shoes.

1957, Richard Starkey (later known as Ringo Starr) is thought to have made his debut at the The Cavern playing drums with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. John Lennon made his first appearance at the club a week later with The Quarry Men Skiffle Group. Paul McCartney made his first appearance in January 1958 with The Quarry Men.

1959, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’ The singers first of 14 UK No.1’s. The song was one of three from the film, Serious Charge.

1964, Country singer Jim Reeves was killed in a plane crash when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog. 40 year- old Reeves was one of the first country singers to cross-over into the pop market. with his 1960 US No.2 single ‘He’ll Have To Go’, and 1966 UK No.1 single ‘Distant Drums’.

1967, An appeal court in London, England, gave Mick Jagger a conditional discharge and quashed Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for the purpose of smoking cannabis resin.

1968, Tommy James and The Shondells were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mony Mony’. Also a hit for Billy Idol in 1987.

1968, Working at Trident studios in London, England, (with its 8-track equipment, EMI was still using 4-track recorders), The Beatles recorded four takes of a new Paul McCartney song ‘Hey Jude’.

1969, Elvis Presley kicked off a four week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel, (his first live show since 1961). He reportedly netted $1.5m for the shows. On the menu an Elvis special, polk salad with corn muffins & honey.

1971, James Taylor went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Carole King song ‘You Got A Friend’, (included in her album Tapestry and James Taylor’s album Mud Slide Slim). The song would go on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal male Performance and Song Of The Year.

1971, A security guard was stabbed to death during a concert by The Who at New York’s Forest Hill Stadium.

1980, Jon Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was apprehended by FBI narcotics agents for possession of cocaine, he was later sentenced to 250 hours Community service giving anti-drug lectures.

1980, During an Eagles concert at Long Beach, California, tempers boiled over between Glen Frey and Don Felder, who spent the entire show describing to each other the beating each planned to administer backstage. “Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal,” Frey told Felder. The group’s next album was mixed by Frey and Felder on opposite coasts after the two decided they couldn’t bear to be in the same state, let alone the same studio.

1982, Survivor’s ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ was at No.1 on the US album chart. The song, which was commissioned by actor Sylvester Stallone for the theme for the movie Rocky III, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and go on to sell over five million copies.

1985, The Eurythmics had the No.1 position on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel, (Playing With My Heart). The song which was the Eurythmics’ first (and to date only) No.1 single features a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder.

1992, Michael Jackson made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London after a man had threatened to jump from an apartment building across the street. 28 year-old Eric Herminie told police he would leap to his death if he didn’t see Jackson, who was in Britain for a series of concerts. Jackson spent a couple of minutes waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.

1994, Aaliyah and R. Kelly secretly married at the Sheraton Gateway Suites, Rosemont, IL. Aaliyah never admitted being married, though Vibe published a copy of the marriage certificate. Unfortunately, she was only 15 at the time, so thus the marriage was later annulled.

1999, Christina Aguilera scored her first US No.1 single with ‘Genie In A Bottle’, also No.1 in the UK. The song spent 5 weeks at No.1 on the US chart and won Aguilera the Best New Artist Grammy for the year.

1999, Wu-Tang Clan member Ol Dirty Bastard, (real name Russell Jones) was arrested for crack and marijuana possession in New York after being stopped by police during a routine traffic offence.

2000, Eighties pop maestro Mike Stock was declared bankrupt. Mike who was one third of 80’s hit factory Stock, Aitken and Waterman had been involved in several court battles over copyright issues.

2001, BBC producer John Walters died aged 63. Walters produced and worked with Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who teamed up with Walters to broadcast some of the most groundbreaking music of an era. He joined the BBC in 1967, and became producer on John Peel’s Top Gear show two years later. Walters played the trumpet with the Alan Price Set in the 1960’s.

2002, The son of Bryan Ferry was arrested by armed police outside the UK prime minister’s County Durham home as he tried to stage a demonstration. Otis Ferry went through security gates and was arrested when he refused to give his name. He was trying to place posters supporting animal hunts on the walls of Mr Blair’s house.

2004, Mark Morrison was arrested after a fracas at Leicester’s After Dark night-club in which his platinum and diamond medallion was stolen. Morrison said he was the victim and complained of wrongful arrest, unlawful imprisonment and police assault. A £20,000 reward for the return of the pendant was offered by the singer’s record label.

2006, Former Culture Club singer Boy George (O’Dowd) was ordered to do community service by picking up trash on New York City streets after pleading guilty last March to false reporting of an incident. He called police with a bogus report of a burglary at his lower Manhattan apartment in October and the responding officers found cocaine inside.

2012, Sheryl Crow was granted a temporary restraining order against a man accused of threatening to shoot her. The order stated that Phillip Gordon Sparks had to stay 90 metres away from Crow and must not contact her, her family or anyone who works with her.

2012, Appearing at the Helsinki Olympiastadionin Finland, at the end of a European tour, Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever – 4 hours and 6 minutes.

2014, Meceo McEaddy was sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from concert promoters by posing as a booking agent. McEaddy who pretended to be in charge of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and several other celebrities, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of grand larceny and fraud, according to Manhattan district attorney’s office.

2015, Morrissey claimed he was sexually assaulted by a security officer at San Francisco International Airport, who he said “groped” him. An official spokesman for the Transport Security Administration (TSA) said security camera footage confirmed that nothing out of the ordinary had occurred.
July 31st: Born on this day

1946, Born on this day, Gary Lewis singer, (1965 US No.1 single with The Playboys, ‘This Diamond Ring’ plus 11 other US Top 40 hits).

1947, Born on this day, Karl Green, guitar, Herman’s Hermits, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘I’m Into Something Good’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’).

1951, Born on this day, Carlo Karges, Nena, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ’99 Red Balloons’). The track made them UK One Hit Wonders.

1953, Born on this day, Hugh McDowell, cello, Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, plus 26 other Top 40 hits)

1957, Born on this day, Daniel Ash, Bauhaus, (1982 UK No.15 single ‘Ziggy Stardust’), Love & Rockets and solo.

1958, Born on this day, Bill Berry, drums, R.E.M. (1991 UK No.6 & US No.10 single ‘Shiny Happy People’, plus over 20 Top 40 UK singles, 1992 UK No.1 & US No.2 album ‘Automatic For The People’). Berry quit the band in 1997.

1960, Born on this day, Malcolm Ross, Aztec Camera, (1988 UK No.3 single ‘Somewhere In My Heart’).

1963, Born on this day, Norman Cook, Housemartins, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Caravan Of Love’), Beats International, (1990 UK No.1 ‘Dub Be Good To Me’), Freak Power, (‘Turn On Tune In Cop Out’), aka, Pizzaman, Fatboy Slim, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Praise You’).

1964, Born on this day, Jim Corr, guitar, keyboards, vocals, The Corrs, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘What Can I Do’. ‘Talk On Corners’ was the best selling UK album of 1998 spending 142 weeks on the UK chart).

1964, Born on this day, Robert Townsend, Pop Will Eat Itself, (1991 UK No.15 single ‘X Y & Zee’).

1971, Born on this day, John Lowery, guitar, Marilyn Manson, (1998 US No.1 album, ‘Mechanical Animals’, UK No. 12 single, ‘The Dope Show’).

1978, Born on this day, Will Champion, drummer with Coldplay who had the 2000 UK No.4 single ‘Yellow’, the 2000 UK No.1 album ‘Parachutes’ and the 2005 worldwide No.1 album ‘X&Y’. In December 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the fourth-best artist of the 2000s.

1981, Born on this day, M. Shadows American vocalist, songwriter and founding member of Avenged Sevenfold who had the 2010 US No.1 album Nightmare and the 2013 US No.1 album Hail to the King.

July 30

1954, Slim Whitman, Billy Walker, Sugarfoot Collins, Sonny Harvelle, Tinker Fry, Curly Harris and a young Elvis Presley, all appeared at the Hillbilly Hoedown, Overton Park Shell, in Memphis Tennessee. Elvis was so nervous he stood up on the balls of his feet and shook his leg in time with the music, when he came offstage he asked why people were yelling at him. Someone told him it was because he was shaking his leg, which with the baggy pleated pants created a wild gyrating effect in time with the music.

1955, Johnny Cash recorded his first version of ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Cash was inspired to write this song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force at Landsberg, Bavaria (itself the location of a famous prison).

1966, The Beatles started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Yesterday…And Today’, the group’s 8th No.1 album. Issued only in the United States and Canada, the album is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image, the “butcher cover” featuring the band dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat.

1966, The Troggs started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wild Thing’. Because of a distribution dispute, The Troggs’ single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach No. 1 for two companies.

1968, The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique in London after seven months of business, giving away all the stock to passers by and Apple staff.

1969, The Beatles continued working on Abbey Road recording overdubs on ‘Come Together’, ‘Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window’, ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ and ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight’. The Beatles began to assemble the “medley” that would make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney told tape operator John Kurlander to discard ‘Her Majesty’, but Kurlander tacked it onto the end of the tape, about 20 seconds after the end of ‘The End’. Hearing it like this, Paul decides to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.

1974, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on a double bill with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.

1977, The Bee Gees younger brother Andy Gibb started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Just Wanna Be Your Everything’, his first of three US No.1’s, it peaked at No.26 in the UK.

1986, Boy George was fined £250 by a London court for possession of heroin.

1986, Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, ‘What Are We Making Weapons For’. Variety said the song upset the record company’s new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US.

1987, David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of The Glass Spider Tour at the Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1988, Steve Winwood started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Roll With It’, a No.53 hit in the UK. Later Motown songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland were credited with co-writing the song due to its resemblance to the Junior Walker hit (I’m a) Roadrunner.

1991, A police officer was forced to tear up a traffic ticket given to the limousine that Axl Rose was travelling in after it made an illegal turn. Rose threatened to pull that nights Guns N’ Roses gig if the ticket was issued.

1993, Founder member and original bassist for The Wonder Stuff, Rob Jones died in New York aged 29. Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff had the 1991 UK No.1 with ‘Dizzy’, (a No.1 for Tommy Roe in 1969).

1994, Rage Against The Machine, Bjork, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Del Amitri, Primal Scream, Crowded House, Oasis and Aimee Mann all appeared at this year’s two-day T In The Park festival in Scotland.

1995, R.E.M. Sleeper, The Cranberries and Radiohead all appeared at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes, England.

1997, A judge in Los Angeles ruled that Michael Jackson and members of his family were not liable for losses incurred by the producers of the failed 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special. The show was delayed for several weeks because Jackson was ill and could not perform solo as expected.

1998, Jamiroquai were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Deeper Underground’, the first single from the album Synkronized. It was included in the soundtrack of the movie Godzilla.

2003, Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, ‘Rocket 88’ by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.

2003, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, The Guess Who, Justin Timberlake, The Flaming Lips, Sass Jordan and The Isley Brothers played a benefit concert in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to prove that the city is safe from SARS. With 450,000 spectators, it was the largest concert in Canadian history.

2005, A new book published to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix claimed the guitarist pretended to be gay so he would be discharged from the army. ‘Room Full of Mirrors’ by Charles Cross said army records showed Hendrix was discharged from the 101st Airborne Division aged 19 in 1962 for “homosexual tendencies.”

2006, Shakira feat Wyclef Jean started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hips Don’t Lie.’ A remake of Wyclef Jean’s 2004 song ‘Dance Like This’, the song went on to top the charts in over 50 countries. The song is the biggest selling single of the 21st century by a female artist worldwide.
more

2006, British gay magazine Attitude listed the ‘Top 10 Gay Albums’ of all time. No.1 was Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters, 2, Arrival – ABBA, 3, Vauxhall and I – Morrissey, 4, Light Years – Kylie Minogue, 5, Older – George Michael, 6, Welcome To The Pleasuredome – Frankie Goes To Hollywood, 7, Erotica – Madonna, 8, I Am a Bird Now – Antony and the Johnsons, 9, Bad Girls – Donna Summer and No. 10 The Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie.

2007, A man admitted bootlegging charges after hearing evidence from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Robert Langley, 57, from Buckingham, originally denied three trademark and two copyright infringements after being caught at a record fair in Glasgow. The seizure of CDs and DVDs two years ago included £11,500 of counterfeit Led Zeppelin material.

2009, Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognised as co-writer of the band’s hit ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’. Law Lords ruled that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song’s organ melody, was entitled to a share of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright, but the Court Of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008 saying he waited too long, 38 years, to bring the case to court.

2014, A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales was reversed after a campaign including Billy Bragg, David Gilmour, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Johnny Marr. Billy Bragg founded Jail Guitar Doors, a scheme that has sent around 350 guitars to prisons since 2007.

2014, Dick Wagner, a guitarist for Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, died from a lung infection aged 71. Wagner had also written songs with KISS and Aerosmith.

2015, American country music singer, Lynn Anderson, died aged 67. The multi-award-winning singer scored the 1970 US No.3 & 1971 UK No.3 single ‘Rose Garden’, and charted 12 No.1, 18 Top 10, and more than 50 Top 40 hits. Anderson was the first female country artist to win the American Music Award (in 1974), as well as the first to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden that same year.
July 30th: Born on this day

1936, Born on this day, George “Buddy” Guy, American blues guitarist and singer. Critically acclaimed, he is a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound.

1941, Born on this day, Paul Anka, singer, (1957 UK & US No.1 single ‘Diana’. The single sold over 9 million copies world- wide). Wrote many classic songs including: ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’, ‘Puppy Love’ and the lyrics to ‘My Way.’

1945, Born on this day, David Sanborn, saxophone, US session player, worked with Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, David Bowie.

1946, Born on this day, Jeffrey Hammond Hammond, bass, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 & UK No.11 single ‘Living In The Past’).

1949, Born on this day, Joyce Jones, singer, First Choice, (1973 UK No.9 single ‘Smarty Pants).

1949, Born on this day, Hugh Nicholson, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da”).

1956, Born on this day, Phil Phearon, vocals, Galaxy, (1983 UK No.4 single ‘Dancing Night’).

1957, Born on this day, Chris Miller (Rat Scabies), drums, The Damned, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘Eloise’).

1958, Born on this day, Kate Bush, UK singer, songwriter, who had the 1978 UK No.1 single ‘Wuthering Heights’ (at the age of 19). Her 1985 UK No.1 album ‘Hounds Of Love’ spent 52 weeks on the chart. In 1987, she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, and in 2002 an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Bush was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music.

1959, Born on this day, Vaughan Toulouse, Dept S. He died from an Aids related illness in 1991, Dept S had the 1981 UK No.22 single ‘Is Vic There’.

1966, Born on this day, Craig Gannon, The Bluebells, (1993 UK No.1 single with the re-issued ‘Young At Heart’,)

1966, Born on this day, Jyoti Mishra, White Town, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘Your Woman’).

1968, Born on this day, Louise Wener, vocals, Sleeper, (1996 UK No.10 single ‘Sale Of The Century’).

1968, Born on this day, Sean Moore, drums, Manic Street Preachers, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘A Design For Life’ 1998 UK No.1 album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’).

1972, Born on this day, Brad Hargraves, Third Eye Blind, (1997 US No.4 & UK No. 33 single ‘Semi- Charmed Life’).

1979, Born on this day, Ian Watkins, singer, Lostprophets, (2004 UK No.8 single ‘Last Train Home’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘Liberation Transmission’).

1980, Born on this day, Seth Avett, lead singer and founding member of the folk-rock band The Avett Brothers. Had the 2013 US No.5 album ‘Magpie And The Dandelion’.

July 29

1956, Carl Perkins was on the UK singles chart with his debut UK hit ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as “blue suede shoes.” Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes.

1963, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(You’re The) Devil In Disguise’. His 14th UK No.1. In 1963, when the song was debuted to a British audience on the BBC television show Juke Box Jury, the celebrity guest John Lennon voted the song “a miss” stating on the new song that Elvis Presley was “like Bing Crosby now.”

1963, With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release ‘Little Deuce Coupe’.

1965, The Beatles second feature film ‘Help!’ had its UK premiere at The Pavilion in London. The Beatles later said the film was shot in a “haze of marijuana”. According to Ringo Starr’s interviews in The Beatles Anthology, during the Austrian Alps film shooting, he and McCartney ran off over the hill from the “curling” scene set to smoke a joint.

1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world’s first platinum-selling double album.

1966, Bob Dylan was riding his Triumph 55 motorcycle to a garage near his home in Woodstock, New York for repairs when the rear wheel locked. Dylan lost control and was thrown over the handlebars, suffering a broken neck vertebra. His recuperation led to a period of reclusive inactivity.

1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said ‘We’re bigger than Jesus now.’ American Christian’s reacted with outrage, organising ‘Beatle bonfires’ burning the group’s records.

1967, The Doors started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with an edited version of ‘Light My Fire’. The group’s first US No.1, it only reached No.49 on the UK chart. Eventually, many radio stations in the US would start playing the full six minute and fifty second album cut, which features a longer instrumental break.

1967, The International Love-In Festival took place at Alexandra Palace London with Pink Floyd, Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll, The Animals, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Tomorrow, Blossom Toes, Creation, The Nervous System and Apostolic Intervention.

1968, Gram Parsons left The Byrds on the eve of a tour of South Africa, refusing to play to segregated audiences.

1968, The first recording session of The Beatles seven-minute epic ‘Hey Jude’ took place at Abbey Road studios London. The Paul McCartney song was written about John Lennon’s son Julian.

1972, Screaming Lord Sutch was arrested in London after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women. Sutch was publicising his forthcoming London gigs.

1972, Gilbert O’Sullivan started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Alone Again, (Naturally)’. His only US No.1, the follow up ‘Clair’ peaked at No.2.

1973, Led Zeppelin played the last of three nights at Madison Square Garden, New York at the end of a 33-date North American tour. It was on this day that Led Zeppelin lost around $203,000 in cash after a thief made off with the receipts from the two Madison Square Garden concerts. The theft took place from the safe at The Drake Hotel in New York where the group were staying. Tour manager Richard Cole, who discovered the theft, was arrested as a suspect and questioned by police but was later released.

1973,

1974, Mamas And The Papas singer Cass Elliot died in her sleep from a heart attack after playing a sold out show in London, England. She was staying at Harry Nilson’s London flat when she died. Her solo hits included ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me,’ which also featured the rest of The Mamas and The Papas and ‘It’s Getting Better’. Had also been a member of The Mugwumps.

1978, The film soundtrack to Grease featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart.

1981, On the day of the wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana, a bunch of records were released relating to the event, ‘Lady D’, by Typically Tropical, ‘Charlies Angles’, by Mini & The Metros and ‘Diana’, from Mike Berry. They all failed to reach the charts.

1986, English songwriter, producer and manager Gordon Mills died of stomach cancer. Worked with Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones and Gilbert O’Sullivan. Wrote the 1963 No.4 UK hit ‘I’ll Never Get Over You’, for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, and ‘I’m The Lonely One’ a hit for Cliff Richard.

1987, Michigan state governor James Blanchard declared an annual state wide ‘Four Tops Day’, honouring the group for its contribution to American music.

1988, American record producer and pedal steel guitar player Pete Drake died of lung disease. Worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Played on such hits as Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’, Charlie Rich’s ‘Behind Closed Doors’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand by Your Man’.

1990, Elton John checked into a Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem, taking over a year off from touring and recording.

2003, The chairman of the Professional Association of Teachers Jim O’Neill warned that children were being put under pressure to grow up too soon by pop stars who use a sexy image. “Kylie Minogue might be a great singer but in many of these things you can see more of her bottom than you hear of her voice,” said Mr O’Neill.

2004, Keyboard player Huby Heard died from heart problems. Member of Billy Preston’s, The God Squad, and worked with Teddy Pendergrass, Ray Charles, Little Bootsy Collins, The Brothers Johnson, The Rolling Stones and Bill Wyman.

2006, Pamela Anderson married for the second time to US rapper Kid Rock, on a yacht off the French resort of St Tropez. The 39-year-old former Baywatch star divorced from rock star Tommy Lee in 1998, had recently got back together with Kid Rock, after a brief engagement ended in 2003. Anderson and Rock split after four months of marriage.

2007, Heart problems forced KISS singer and guitarist Paul Stanley to abandon a show in California. Paramedics stopped and restarted his heart to give it a regular rhythm after his heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute.

2007, Timbaland feat Keri Hilson started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Way I Are’, released as the second single from his second album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value.

2011, Gene McDaniels, who scored the 1961 US No.3 hit ‘A Hundred Pounds Of Clay’ died at the age of 76 after a short illness. Gene also wrote Roberta Flack’s 1974 No.1 hit ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ which won a Grammy Award.
July 29th: Born on this day

1946, Born on this day, Neal Doughty, keyboards, REO Speedwagon, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Keep On Loving You’).

1947, Born on this day, Carlo Santanna, guitar, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The Night Chicago Died’).

1953, Born on this day, Geddy Lee, bass, vocals, Rush, (1980 UK No.13 single ‘Spirit Of Radio’ 1982 US No. 21 single ‘New World Man’). Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honored, as a group.

1953, Born on this day, Patti Sciafa, US singer, worked with The Rolling Stones and on Keith Richards’ ‘Talk Is Cheap’ album. Toured with Bruce Springsteen Band from 1984 Born in the USA tour, married Springsteen on June 8th 1991. She has released two solo albums.

1959, Born on this day, John Sykes, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Here I Go Again’), Tygers Of Pan Tang.

1962, Born on this day, Martin McCarrick, guitar, Therapy? (1993 UK No.9 single ‘Screamager’).

1966, Born on this day, Miles Hunt, vocals, The Wonder Stuff, TV presenter, (1991 UK No.1 single with Vic Reeves ‘Dizzy’).

1972, Born on this day, Simon Jones, bass, The Verve, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’).

1973, Born on this day, Wanya Morris, vocals, Boyz II Men, (1992 US & UK No.1 single ‘End Of The Road’).

1977, Born on this day, American musician, songwriter and producer Danger Mouse, (Brian Joseph Burton). He formed Gnarls Barkley with CeeLo Green and has worked with Adele, Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many other artists.

July 28

1954, The first press interview with 19-year-old Elvis Presley was published in the ‘Memphis Press- Scimitar’.

1956, Gene Vincent made his first appearance on national TV in the US on The Perry Como Show. Vincent had released ‘Woman Love’ the previous month, but it was the B-side, ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula,’ that eventually made the top 10. The song had been purchased from a fellow hospital patient when Vincent was recovering from leg injuries. A demo of the song made its way to Capitol Records as part of an Elvis sound-alike contest and a re-recorded version gave Vincent a hit.

1960, Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Please Don’t Tease’, the singers third UK No.1. The song was chosen for release by a poll of Cliff’s fans.

1960, Roy Orbison entered the UK chart with ‘Only The Lonely’, which went on to give Roy his first of 3 UK chart toppers. As an operatic rock ballad, it was a sound unheard of at the time, and is seen as a seminal event in the evolution of Rock and Roll. Released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in May, 1960, ‘Only The Lonely’ went to No. 2 on the United States. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.

1964, On their second visit to Sweden, The Beatles played two shows at an ice hockey arena, the Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm. During the first show, both Paul McCartney and John Lennon received mild electrical shocks from ungrounded microphones. Supporting acts included The Kays, The Moonlighters, and The Streaplers.

1966, Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘Out Of Time’.

1969, Police in Moscow reported that thousands of public phone booths had been vandalised after thieves were stealing parts of the phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth magazine had shown details on how to do this.

1973, The Watkins Glen outdoor summer jam was held outside of Watkins Glen, New York with The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead and The Band. Over 600,000 rock fans attended. Many historians claimed the event was the largest gathering of people in the history of the United States. 150,000 tickets were sold for $10 each, but for all the other people it was a free concert. The crowd was so huge that a large part of the audience was not able to see the stage.

1979, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ gave The Boomtown Rats their second UK No.1 single. Bob Geldof wrote the song after reading a report on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children playing in a school playground across the street from her home in San Diego, California. She killed two adults and injured eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day.”

1987, Kylie Minogue released a cover version of the Gerry Goffin and Carole King penned song The Loco-Motion in Australia, as her debut single. Minogue had first performed the song at an impromptu performance at an Australian rules football charity event with the cast of the Australian soap opera Neighbours. The song reached No.1 in Australia and the success in her home country resulted in her signing a record deal with PWL Records in London, England.

1990, Elton John started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Sleeping With The Past’, his fifth No.1 album.

1990, Partners In Kryme started a four-week run at No.1 with ‘Turtle Power’ the first rap chart topper in the UK. The One Hit Wonders track was featured in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

1991, Almost 100 arrests were made after an estimated 2,000 Youths rioted after a MC Hammer concert in Penticon, Canada.

1992, Rapper Ice T announced that Warner Brothers Records would pull the controversial song ‘Cop Killer’ from all future copies of his “Body Count” album. The song had been the target of protests by law enforcement groups who said it encouraged the killing of police. Ice T said he would give away recordings of ‘Cop Killer’ at his concerts. In an ironic twist, he would later join the cast of the NBC police drama, Law and Order.

1996, Marge Ganser from The Shangri-Las died of breast cancer. The group scored over ten hits during the 60’s including the 1964 US No.1 ‘Leader Of The Pack.’

2000, Five and Queen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘We Will Rock You’, the classic Queen song was only a B-side in 1977 and this new version featured boy band Five and Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.

2003, The wine Sir Cliff Richard made from his Algarve estate started a UK supermarket battle. Fans were asking all the stores when the wine would go on sale with the Tesco chain saying they would be the first, but the Waitrose shops had been selling the £8.49 a bottle red for the last week.

2004, American soul singer George Williams from The Tymes died of cancer. Had the 1963 US million seller ‘So Much in Love’ and the 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Ms Grace’.

2004, Justin Timberlake obtained a restraining order against a photographer who allegedly stalked him. A judge in Santa Monica, California, granted the order against photographer Artemus Earl Lister.

2006, Prince second wife Manuela Testolini Nelson filed for divorce. His first marriage, to dancer Mayte Garcia, took place in 1996 but only lasted two years.

2008, Amy Winehouse was rushed to hospital after she started to have fits at her home in Camden North London. A spokesman said it appeared the singer had suffered a reaction to medication she was taking to help her off hard drugs.

2011, Marvin Lee Aday, the 63-year-old singer who goes by the name of Meat Loaf, passed out onstage at Pittsburgh’s Trib Amphitheater during an apparent asthma attack. After about ten minutes he regained his composure and finished the show.

2014, Linda Ronstadt was honored with a National Medal of Arts at the White House in Washington, D.C. The honor was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn’t make it to her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in April of this year), since Parkinson’s disease limited her ability to travel. The singer was brought into the East Room by wheelchair, but she walked onto the stage to receive her award.
July 28th: Born on this day

1935, Born on this day, Simon Dee (Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd), British TV and radio presenter, hosted a twice-weekly chat show ‘Dee Time’ during the 1960’s, with musical guests including Jimi Hendrix and Lulu. Dee died on 29th August 2009.

1938, Born on this day, George Cummings, steel guitar, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).

1943, Born on this day, Mike Bloomfield, guitarist, member of the Paul Butterfield band and Electric Flag. Played on Dylan’s album ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’ He died on 15th February 1981.

1945, Born on this day, Rick Wright, keyboards, vocals, Pink Floyd (1973 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, spent a record breaking 741 weeks on the US chart. 1979 UK and US No.1 single ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’. Pink Floyd have sold over 200 million albums worldwide). Wright died on 15th Sept 2008 aged 65 from cancer. Wright appeared on the group’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason.

1948, Born on this day, Gerald Casale, vocalist, bass guitar/synthesizer player, and a founding member of the new wave band Devo. He also directed most of Devo’s videos and has also directed videos for The Cars, Rush, Foo Fighters and Soundgarden.

1949, Born on this day, Peter Doyle, singer, The New Seekers, (1972 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’). Doyle died on 13th October 2001.

1949, Born on this day, Simon Kirke, drums, Free, (1971 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘All Right Now’). Bad Company (1974 UK No.15 single ‘Can’t Get Enough’).

1949, Born on this day, Steve Took, percussion, T Rex, 1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hot Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles’). Took died on 27th October 1980.

1962, Born on this day, Rachel Sweet, singer, (1978 UK No.35 single ‘B-A-B-Y’).

1963, Born on this day, Beverley Craven, (1991 UK No.3 single ‘Promise Me’, 1991 UK No.3 self-titled album).

1965, Born on this day, Nick Banks, drums, Pulp, (1995 UK No.2 single ‘Common People’).

1965, Born on this day, Texas Axile, keyboards, Transvision Vamp, (1989 UK No.3 single ‘Baby I Don’t Care’).

1972, Born on this day, Dan Warton, drums, Neds Atomic Dustbin, (1991 UK No.16 single ‘Happy’).

1980, Born on this day, Noel Sullivan, vocals, Hear’Say, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Pure and Simple’).

1986, Born on this day, Jacoby Dakota Shaddix, lead singer with Papa Roach.

1990, Born on this day, DeAndre Cortez Way (Soulja Boy), American rapper. 2007 US No.1 single ‘Crank That (Soulja Boy).’

July 27

1958, Fan’s of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.

1963, During a UK tour The Beatles played the last night of a six night run at The Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare. The Beatles spent the day with photographer Dezo Hoffman, who took photos and 8mm movies of The Beatles at their hotel, on the beach dressed in Victorian bathing suits, and go-karting.

1968, Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group were about to set out on their first US tour. The singer was suffering from nervous exhaustion.

1968, Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and Papas. ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass’ version would be the most successful when it peaked at No. 12 on the US chart, and No.11 in the UK.

1974, John Denver started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Annie’s Song’, the singers second US No.1. The song was a tribute to his wife and was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.

1974, Wings started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Band On The Run’, featuring the title-track, ‘Jet’ and the US hit ‘Helen Wheels’. The album sold over 6 million copies world-wide. Band On The Run

1976, Bruce Springsteen sued his manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of trust. The case dragged on for over a year, halting Springsteen’s career. An out of court settlement was reached the following year.

1976, Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband Ike, ending their violent 16-year marriage and successful musical partnership.

1985, Paul Young went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Daryl Hall song ‘Every Time You Go Away’.

1985, The Eurythmics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’, the duo’s only UK No.1 single. The song featured a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder.

1986, Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest’s Nepstadion, Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as ‘Queen Magic in Budapest’.

1991, Bryan Adams started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’.

1991, Jesus Jones went to No. 2 on the US chart with ‘Right Here, Right Now’, unable to shift Bryan Adams ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You’, from a seven week stay at the No.1 position.

1992, Michael Jackson sued the British paper The Daily Mirror over photos and an article that said he was left a “scar face” from numerous plastic surgeries. The suit was later settled out of court.

1996, The Spice Girls scored their first No.1 UK single with ‘Wannabe’. Seven weeks at No.1 the song won Best British-Written Single at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards and Best Single at the 1997 Brit Awards. The Girl Power song became the best-selling single by a female group selling over six million copies worldwide.

2001, Leon Wilkeson bass player with Lynyrd Skynyrd was found dead in a hotel room in Florida aged 49. Skynyrd scored the 1974 US No. 8 single, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’. Member of the Rossington-Collins Band.

2002, Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital suffering from “extreme exhaustion.” The singer cancelled all public appearances, including her headlining appearance at MTV’s 20th birthday party. Her record company denied tabloid reports that Carey tried to commit suicide, saying she did have cuts on her body, but the injuries were unintentional after breaking some dishes and glasses.

2006, Sharman Networks, a company that produced software called Kazaa, which made it easy for an estimated 400 million computer users to download music over the Internet, agreed to pay more than $115 million to music companies to settle global piracy lawsuits.

2012, The Beatles returned to the Top 40 of the Billboard albums chart with the iTunes-exclusive compilation Tomorrow Never Knows. The set included 14 classic songs by the band and marked the first time The Beatles released an album exclusively to iTunes that had never been previously issued.
July 27th: Born on this day

1933, Born on this day, Nick Reynolds, The Kingston Trio, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Tom Dooley’ plus nine other US Top 40 hits).

1943, Born on this day, Al Ramsey, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, (1965 US No.1 single ‘This Diamond Ring’ plus 11 other US Top 40 hits).

1944, Born on this day, Bobbie Gentry, US singer, songwriter, notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Gentry rose to international fame with her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ in 1967. The track spent four weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold over three million copies all over the world. Her album Fancy brought her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

1947, Born on this day, Andy McMaster, Motors, (1978 UK No.4 single ‘Airport’).

1949, Born on this day, Maureen McGovern, singer, (1973 US No.1 single ‘The Morning After’).

1949, Born on this day, Rory MacDonald, bass, vocals, Runrig, (1995 UK No.18 single ‘An Ubhal As Airde, The Highest Apple’).

1950, Born on this day, Michael Vaughn, guitar, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The Night Chicago Died’).

1953, Born on this day, Suzi Carr (Will To Power,) singer, 1989 UK No.6 single ‘Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird’).

1960, Born on this day, Conway Savage, bass, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, (1996 UK No.36 single with PJ Harvey, ‘Henry Lee’).

1962, Born on this day, Karl Mueller, bass, Soul Asylum, (1993 US No.5 and UK No.7 single ‘Runaway Train’).

1964, Born on this day, Rex Brown, bass, Pantera, (1994 UK No.19 single ‘I’m Broken’).

1967, Born on this day, Juliana Hatfield, US singer, songwriter, (1993 UK No. 71 single ‘My Sister’).

1974, Born on this day, Pete Yorn, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer who first gained recognition after his debut 2001 record, Musicforthemorningafter.

1975, Born on this day, Fred Mascherino, American guitarist and singer with Taking Back Sunday and Terrible Things. Mascherino also worked with The Lemonheads.

Mick Jagger Day

I’ve been playing The Rolling Stones albums for the last two weeks, so playing more of them is hard to do. I’m going to post another Rolling Stones soon, and since I have two albums for your birthday, it’s only fitting to have another for this post.

To my fans (which I have none), here’s Tattoo You !!!

Happy Birthday Mick Jagger

July 26,1943

That must be the greatest day of all time. I’m your biggest fan and I love your birthday, because it’s the same day as mine. So instead of that  irritating birthday song, I hope someone will sing me a Rolling Stones song.

HappBirthdaMick Jagger

image

July 26

1943, Happy birthday to Mick Jagger! Listen to Mick, Keith & Ronnie talking about 50 years of The Rolling Stones:

1962, Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Remember You’. The singers first of four UK No.1’s.

1968, The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records. They made history in 1970 as the first recording act to have their first four singles to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the songs being ‘I Want You Back’, ‘ABC’, ‘The Love You Save’ and ‘I’ll Be There’.

1970, Jimi Hendrix played in his home town of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks Stadium.

1974, Graffiti artists were hired to spray paint sites in London to promote the UK release of The Rolling Stones new single ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’.

1975, The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘One Of These Nights’.

1975, Van McCoy and the Soul City went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Hustle’, his only US chart hit, it made No.3 in the UK. McCoy died on 6th July 1979.

1977, Elvis Costello was arrested as he performed outside a CBS Records sales conference at The London Hilton Hotel and was fined £5.

1977, Led Zeppelin cut short their 11th North American tour after Robert Plant’s five-year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England, UK.

1980, The Rolling Stones started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Emotional Rescue’, the group’s eighth US No.1. Emotional Rescue was the first Rolling Stones album recorded following Keith Richards’ exoneration from a Toronto drugs charge that could have landed him in jail for years.

1980, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Saxon, April Wine and Riot all appeared at the Monsters Of Rock festival, Donington Park, England, tickets £7.50.

1986, Peter Gabriel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sledgehammer’, a No.4 hit in the UK. The song’s music video has won a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards. Gabriel was also nominated for three Grammy Awards. As of 2011, ‘Sledgehammer’ is the most played music video in the history of MTV.

1990, Brent Mydland from The Grateful Dead was found dead on the floor of his home aged 38 from a drug overdose.

1992, American singer and Motown artist, Mary Wells, referred to as The First Lady of Motown and who had a 1964 US No. 1 and UK No. 5 single ‘My Guy’, died aged 49 of laryngeal cancer. Wells was forced to give up her career and with no health insurance, was forced to sell her home, Wells’ old Motown friends including Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves, along with Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, personally pledged donations in support.

1997, It was reported that eight people who had attended this years Glastonbury Festival had been admitted to hospital after contracting the E-Coll bug which had claimed the lives of 22 people in Scotland earlier in the year.

2000, Oasis were booed of stage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after singer Liam Gallagher had insulted the 35,000 strong audience.

2000, The celebrity management company Cassandra left dozens of acts out of pocket when it was rocked by fraud charges, filing for bankruptcy at the Manhattan Bankruptcy Court. Clients included Alanis Morissette, Pish and Afghan Wiggs.

2006, The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London’s Abbey Road Studios. The Rex acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.

2006, The final edition of Top Of The Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside The Rolling Stones who were the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops on New Year’s Day in 1964.

2006, Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Jett Reeves pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping Michael Jackson as he flew to Santa Barbara, California, to surrender in a child-molestation investigation. The two men admitted they installed two digital video recorders to record Jackson and his lawyer as the pair was traveling on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003.

2008, Klaxons singer Jamie Reynolds postponed the group’s Australian tour dates after he broke his leg at a gig in France. The bands singer said he “drastically misjudged” the distance when he jumped from the stage during their final song in the set.

2009, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on the BBC television programme Top Gear. His time of 1:45.9 tied him with Simon Cowell for the second fastest time. He was introduced by host Jeremy Clarkson as “a man who has sold more albums than The Beatles and I bet almost none of [the audience] have ever heard of him.”

2013, US singer-songwriter JJ Cale died of a heart attack at the age of 74. He became famous in 1970, when Eric Clapton covered his song ‘After Midnight’. In 1977 Clapton also popularised Cale’s ‘Cocaine’. The two worked together on an album which won a Grammy award in 2008.
July 26th: Born on this day

1941, Born on this day, Bobby Hebb, US singer, (1966 US No.2 and UK No.12 single ‘Sunny’). The song was written about Bobby’s brother, who had been killed by a mugger in 1963, and started out as an album filler until it was picked for a single release.

1941, Born on this day, Neil Landon, The Flowerpot Men, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’), The Ivy League, (1965 UK No.3 single ‘Tossing and Turning’).

1941, Born on this day, Darlene Love, The Crystals, (1962 US No.1 single ‘He’s A Rebel’, 1963 UK No.2 single ‘Then He Kissed Me’).

1942, Born on this day, Dobie Gray, US singer, (1965 US No.13 and UK No.25 single ‘The In Crowd’, 1973 US No.5 single ‘Drift Away’).

1943, Born on this day, Mick Jagger, vocals, The Rolling Stones, (1969 UK & US No.1 single ‘Honky Tonk Women’, and over 35 UK & US Top 40 singles and albums). Solo (1985 UK No.1 single with David Bowie ‘Dancing In The Street’). 1985 UK No. 6 solo album ‘She’s The Boss.’ In 2003 he was knighted for his services to popular music and in early 2009 he joined the electric supergroup SuperHeavy.

1949, Born on this day, Roger Taylor, drums, vocals, Queen, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ also UK No.1 in 1991, plus over 40 other UK Top 40 singles, 1980 US No.1 single ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’). Also a member of The Cross.

1961, Born on this day, Gary Cherone, vocals, Extreme, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘More Than Words’). Also toured and recorded with Van Halen.

1961, Born on this day, Andy Connell, Swing Out Sister, (1986 UK No.4 single ‘Breakout’).

1962, Born on this day, Miranda Joyce, vocals, The Belle Stars, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Sign Of The Times’).

1963, Born on this day, Scott Francis Crago, American session drummer, worked with The Eagles since 1994 as well as Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Bryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and Chris Isaak.

1967, Born on this day, Tim Barnwell, DJ Headliner, Arrested Development, (1992 US No.8 & UK No.2 single ‘People Everyday’).

1980, Born on this day, Dave ‘Brown Sound’ Baksh, guitar, Sum 41, (2001 UK No 13 single ‘In Too Deep’). Quit Sum 41 in 2006 to pursue his career with his second band Brown Brigade and The Organ Thieves.

1993, Born on this day, Taylor Momsen, American singer, songwriter with The Pretty Reckless who released their debut album Light Me Up in 2010.

July 25

1960, Roy Orbison reached No.2 on the US singles chart with ‘Only the Lonely,’ his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.

1962, The Beatles played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime; at night they performed again at the Cavern Club, and then they appeared at the Cabaret Club, Liverpool. The Cabaret Club booking was Brian Epstein’s attempt to get The Beatles into the cabaret circuit, but it was a miserable failure with no response from the audience.

1963, Cilla Black made a recording test for EMI Records after George Martin had spotted her while at a Gerry And The Pacemakers gig in Liverpool.

1964, The Beatles third album ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ started a twenty-one week run at the top of the UK charts. This was the first Beatles album to be recorded entirely on four-track tape, allowing for good stereo mixes.

1965, Dressed in Carnaby Street threads, the ever changing Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Folk music ‘purists’ tried to boo him off the stage, while the rest of the audience gave him an enthusiastic response. It is usually said that the reason for the crowd’s hostile reception was Dylan’s ‘abandoning’ of the folk orthodoxy, or poor sound quality on the night (or a combination of the two).

1969, Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time when played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years.

1969, The Seattle Pop Festival took place at the Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, Washington. Acts who appeared over three days included, Chuck Berry, Tim Buckley, The Byrds, Chicago Transit Authority, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, The Doors, The Flock, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Guess Who, It’s A Beautiful Day, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Spirit, Ten Years After, Ike & Tina Turner, Vanilla Fudge, Alice Cooper and The Youngbloods.

1970, The Carpenters started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’. The first of three US No.1’s and 17 other Top 40 hits. The song was written in 1963 by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and was first offered to Herb Alpert, who said he didn’t feel comfortable singing the line ‘so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair’.

1971, T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get It On’, the group’s second UK No.1 which spent four weeks at the top of the charts. In the US it was retitled Bang A Gong, (Get It On). Power Station had a UK & US hit with their version of the song in 1985.

1980, AC/DC released their sixth internationally released studio album Back In Black, the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott who died on 19 February 1980 at the age of 33. The album has sold an estimated 49 million copies worldwide to date, making it the second highest-selling album of all time, and the best-selling hard rock or heavy metal album.

1981, Air Supply went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The One That I Love’, the group’s only US No.1 and the first Australian band to top the US singles chart.

1984, Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton died at the age of 58 died in Los Angeles of heart and liver complications. She had a No.1 R&B hit in 1953 with ‘Hound Dog’ (later covered by Elvis Presley). She also wrote and recorded ‘Ball ‘n’ Chain,’ which Janis Joplin recorded.

1987, Madonna had her fifth UK No.1 single with the title track from her 1987 film ‘Who’s That Girl’. Also a US No.1 hit.

1987, Terence Trent D’arby went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Introducing The Hardline According to Terence Trent D’arby’.

1992, Bruce Springsteen became a father when Patti Sciafa gave birth to a baby boy, Evan James.

1995, Grammy Award winning country singer, songwriter Charlie Rich died in his sleep aged 62 years old. Rich began as a Rockabilly artist for Sun Records in Memphis in 1958. He scored the 1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Most Beautiful Girl’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’, was a No.1 country hit.

1998, Jamiroquai went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Deeper Under Ground’, their thirteenth hit and first UK No.1.

1998, Jane McDonald went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album. The singer had been featured in a BBC documentary ‘Cruise’, and became the first singer to debut at No.1 without having a hit single.

1999, This years Woodstock Festival ended with riots resulting in 120 people being arrested. Three people died during the 3-day festival in separate incidents and many were hospitalised after drinking polluted water.

2002, Two former members of Destiny’s Child settled out of court over the lyrics to ‘Survivor’, which they claimed were libellous. LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, who left the group in 2000, said that the song broke an agreement, which stops both sides making ‘any public comment of a disparaging nature concerning one another’. The line, which they were suing over, said ‘You thought that I’d be stressed without you, but I’m chillin’. You thought I wouldn’t sell without you, sold nine million’.

2003, Erik Braunn from American psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly died of cardiac failure at the age of 52. Braunn was just 16 years old when he joined Iron Butterfly who had the 1968 US No.14 single ‘In-A- Gadda-Da-Vida’.

2004, Jimmy Buffett went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘License To Chill’, the singer songwriters first No.1 album.

2006, George Michael phoned the UK daytime TV Richard and Judy show to talk about the recent story when he was caught ‘cruising’ for sex and was photographed kissing and groping with a stranger.

2010, Paul McCartney’s former wife, Heather Mills, told the press that the trauma and pain she went through after losing her leg in a traffic accident was nothing compared to the way she felt after she and the former Beatle split up. The two separated in 2006 after four years of marriage and went on to fight an bitter public divorce battle which saw her gain a $38.9 million settlement.

2014, The pop star parodist, Weird Al Yankovic became the first comedy act to hit the top spot for more than 50 years. Mandatory Fun, Yankovic’s 14th album, and his best-selling since Straight Outta Lynwood, which was released in 1991 went to No.1 on the US album chart. The last comedy album to reach No 1 in the US was Allan Sherman’s My Son, the Nut in 1963.
July 25th: Born on this day

1925, Born on this day, Bennie Benjamin session drummer, one of ‘The Funk Brothers’ who played on many Tamla Motown hits including, The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes.

1941, Born on this day, Manuel Charlton, Nazareth, (1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’, 1976 US No.8 single, ‘Love Hurts’).

1942, Born on this day, Bruce Woodley, vocals, The Seekers, (1965 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’).

1943, Born on this day, Jim McCarty, drums, The Yardbirds, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single ‘For Your Love’) and Renaissance.

1944, Born on this day, Tom Dawes, Cyrkle, (1966 US No.2 single ‘Red Rubber Ball’), signed by Brian Epstein and supported The Beatles on their 1966 US tour.

1946, Born on this day, Jose Chepito Areas, percussionist, Santana, (1970 US No.4 single ‘Black Magic Woman’, 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’).

1950, Born on this day, Mark Clarke, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album ‘Return To Fantasy’).

1951, Born on this day, Verdine White, bass, vocals, Earth Wind and Fire, (1975 US No.1 single ‘Shining Star’, 1981 UK No.3 single ‘Let’s Groove’).

1958, Born on this day, Thurston Moore, American musician with Sonic Youth, (1990 album Goo which featured the single ‘Kool Thing’). In the early 1990s, Moore formed the side band Dim Stars, with Richard Hell. Moore was ranked 34th in Rolling Stone’s 2004 edition of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
more

1966, Born on this day, Maureen Herman, bass player for Babes in Toyland.

1974, Born on this day, English music producer, musician, and songwriter Paul Epworth who has worked with Adele, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, U2, John Legend, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars and many other artists.

July 24

1964, A riot broke out during a Rolling Stones gig at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, after Keith Richards aims a kick at a yob who was spitting at the group. Two policemen and 30 fans were injured and the damage is estimated at over £4,000.

1965, The Byrds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. The first Bob Dylan song to reach No.1. The Byrds’ recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical subgenre of folk rock, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics.

1967, All four Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein signed a petition printed in The Times newspaper calling for the legalisation of marijuana.

1967, The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, whose lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM) they had gone to hear at the Hilton Hotel in London. TM involved the silent repetition of a word or sound to produce a state of mind that reduces stress, calms the mind, and energizes both mind and body. The Maharishi invited The Beatles to travel with him to Bangor, in North Wales, to attend more lectures. They accepted his invitation.

1969, Paul McCartney recorded a demo of his new song ‘Come and Get It’ at Abbey Road studios in London. McCartney gave the song to The Iveys, (soon to become known as Badfinger). The song was later used as the theme for the movie The Magic Christian. The Beatles also recorded ‘Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard’ for their forthcoming Abbey Road album.

1971, Paul Revere and the Raiders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Indian Reservation’. The song was first recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater and released as ‘The Pale Faced Indian’ and then later by Don Fardon in 1968.

1972, Bobby Ramirez drummer with Edger Winters White Trash was killed after becoming involved in a brawl in a Chicago bar. The fight started after comments were made about the length of his hair.

1974, George McCrae was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock Your Baby’. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band. Regarded by some as the first Disco No.1.

1976, Elton John scored his first UK number 1 single with ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ a duet with Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche” and was Elton’s first UK No.1 after 16 Top 40 hits. John had met Dee when she was working as a backing singer. John would later re-record the song with RuPaul for his 1993 ‘Duets’ album.

1977, Donna Summer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Giorgio Moroder produced ‘I Feel Love’. The disco diva’s only UK chart topper.

1978, The Robert Stigwood film Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released, featuring The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton. The film received extremely negative reviews from most critics and barely broke even at the box office.

1980, Peter Sellers, actor, singer, died of a heart attack. (1956 UK No.9 single ‘Ying Tong Song’ with The Goons, 1960 UK No.4 single ‘Goodness Gracious Me’, with Sophia Loren, 1965 UK No.14 single ‘A Hard Day’s Night’).

1982, Survivor started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, taken from the film ‘Rocky III’. Also No.1 in the UK. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.

1984, The Rev. C.L. Franklin died, (father of soul singer Aretha Franklin). Franklin who was an American Baptist minister as well as a Civil Rights activist had been in a coma since 1979 after being shot by burglars at his home in Detroit.

1993, U2 started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Zooropa’ the Irish bands fourth US No.1. Zooropa won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1994.

1993, UB40 started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love. Elvis Presley had the first hit with the song, in 1961, Corey Hart was next up with a top 30 hit in 1987, and Hall and Oates recorded the song for 1990’s, The Last Temptation of Elvis charity album. UB40 originally covered the song for the Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack, but Bono’s version was chosen instead. Also on the same day UB40 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Promises And Lies’.

1997, Police gave Oasis singer Liam Gallagher a formal caution after he admitted criminal damage following an incident with a cyclist in Camden, north London. Gallagher had grabbed the rider from the window of his chauffeur driven car and broken the man’s Ray-Bans sunglasses.

1999, Phil Collins married for the third time. The 48-year-old drummer wed marketing consultant Orianne Cevey in Lausanne, Switzerland. Guests at the wedding included Elton John, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler.

2002, A garden centre was sued over claims it killed a collection of the late singer Freddie Mercury’s prized koi fish. Mercury’s former partner, Mary Austin who inherited the Japanese koi collection claimed 84 fish died when the electricity powering a temporary pond was accidentally turned off by a worker from Clifton Nurseries, of Maida Vale, West London. At the time of Mercury’s death he had amassed one of the best collections of the fish in the UK. One koi can be worth £250,000.

2003, Ozzy Osbourne long-standing tour manager, Bobby Thompson, was found dead in his Detroit hotel room. Thompson had been battling throat cancer.

2005, Bad Beat singer Patrick Sherry died after a stage dive went wrong during a gig at the Warehouse in Leeds, England. Sherry lept towards the crowd at the end of the bands set and tried to grab a lighting rig from the ceiling but missed and hit the floor.

2007, Beyonce tripped down twelve stairs while performing “Ring the Alarm” on tour in Orlando, Florida. Video from the night of the concert captured her stepping on her trench coat and then tumbling head-first down twelve steps at the Amway Arena appeared within hours on YouTube.

2008, Pete Doherty pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage after smashing a photographer’s camera. The 29-year-old lost his temper with news agency employee Catherine Mead when she followed him around Crewkerne, Somerset, in August 2007. Yeovil Magistrates’ Court heard how he grabbed the camera and broke the lens, he was ordered to pay £918.27 in compensation to Ms Mead.

2008, Rapper 50 Cent was suing Taco Bell claiming the US fast food chain used his name and image without permission in an advertising campaign. New York court papers say the advert features the star being encouraged to change his name to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent. The rapper is accusing the chain of ‘diluting the value of his good name’. The advertisement is part of Taco Bell’s ‘Why Pay More’’ campaign, which promotes items for under a dollar.

2014, Duran Duran took legal action against a US company charged with running their fan club over unpaid revenues. The group claimed they are owed $40,000 (£23,500) by the Illinois-based outfit WorldWide Fan Clubs. The company had been charged with managing subscriptions and fan records for Duran Duran, with 75% of profits going to the musicians.
July 24th: Born on this day

1941, Born on this day, Barbara Love, The Friends Of Distinction, (1969 US No.3 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’).

1942, Born on this day, Heinz Burt, bass, The Tornadoes, (1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’). The first major hit from a UK act on the American chart. He died on 7th April 2000.
more

1944, Born on this day, Irish guitarist Jim Armstrong, with Van Morrison and Them, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.24 single ‘Here Comes The Night’). Armstrong has also played with Jim Morrison & The Doors, Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa.

1947, Born on this day, Alan Whitehead, drummer, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da’, 1970 US No.10 single, ‘Reflections Of My Life’).

1957, Born on this day, Larry Gott, guitar, James, (1991 UK No.2 single ‘Sit Down’).

1957, Born on this day, country music singer-songwriter and actress, Pam Tillis, (the daughter of country music singer Mel Tillis). She scored the 1991 hit ‘Don’t Tell Me What to Do’, and has since charted more than 30 singles on the US country charts, including her only No.1 single, 1995’s ‘Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)’.

1958, Born on this day, Mick Karn, bass, sax, Japan, (1982 UK No.5 single ‘Ghosts’).

1961, Born on this day, Paul Geary, drums, Extreme, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘More Than Words’). Geary is now a manager working with The Smashing Pumpkins, Creed, The Scorpions, Fuel, Steel Panther, Jason Bonham and others.

1970, Born on this day, Jennifer Lopez, singer, actress, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’, 2001 US No.1 single ‘I’m Real’).

1973, Born on this day, Mecca, Digable Planets, (1993 UK No. 67 single ‘Rebirth Of Slick’).

1982, Born on this day, Tord Øverland Knudsen, bass, keyboards for English indie rock band The Wombats.

1990, Born on this day, British singer, songwriter Jay McGuiness with boy band The Wanted.

This theme is sponsored by Things to do in denver along with Adult hits radio, Corporation Offices and logo search