Archive for the ‘July’ Category

July 23

1955, Slim Whitman was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rose Marie.’ The single stayed at the top of the charts for eleven weeks. Whitman held the record for the most consecutive weeks at No.1 (11 weeks), until 1991.

1964, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, the group’s fifth UK No.1.

1966, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Strangers In The Night’. The LP would be the most successful of his career, being certified Platinum for 1 million copies sold in the US. The title track would earn him two Grammy awards for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance.

1968, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey’ for their forthcoming double album The Beatles.

1969, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ the group’s 8th and last UK No.1.

1977, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was charged with assault after a concert at the Oakland Coliseum in California. Bonham and band manager Peter Grant had the help of their bodyguard in roughing up a security employee at the venue. After pleading guilty to misdemeanors, the accused settle out of court for two million dollars. The tour would eventually be cancelled after Robert Plant’s son died a few days later.

1979, Keyboard player with The Grateful Dead Keith Godchaux died after being involved in a car accident aged 32. He co-wrote songs with Lowell George (of Little Feat) and was a member of The New Riders of the Purple Sage.

1983, Paul Young had his first UK No.1 single with his version of the Marvin Gaye song ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat, (That’s My Home.)’ The song title was parodied by the UK indie band Super Furry Animals with their 1999 song ‘Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)’.

1983, The Police kicked off the North American leg of their Synchronicity 107-date world tour at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois. The Police also went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Synchronicity’, which spent a total of seventeen weeks at No.1.

1989, Ringo Starr kicked off his first tour since the break-up of the Beatles with a show in Dallas. His backup band included guitarist Joe Walsh, organist Billy Preston and Bruce Springsteen’s sax man Clarence Clemons.

1994, The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter after Frank Zappa who had died the previous December.

1995, Two R.E.M. fans died at Dublin’s Slane Castle gig, one drowned in the River Boyne and the other was allegedly pushed from a bridge.

1996, Rob Collins, keyboard player with The Charlatans died in a car crash, aged 29. Collins had been recording keyboard parts for the Charlatans 5th album ‘Tellin’ Stories’ at a studio in Wales. An investigation into the accident showed that Collins had consumed a sizable amount of alcohol and was not wearing a seatbelt. He died from head injuries on the roadside shortly after the accident having been thrown through the windscreen.

2001, 59 year old Paul McCartney who lost his first wife Linda to cancer three years ago, became engaged to 33 year old Heather Mills, an activist for the disabled. It was the first marriage for the 33-year-old Mills, a former swimwear model whose left leg was amputated below the knee after she was run down by a police motorcyclist in 1993. The pair would split in 2006 and divorce in 2008 with a settlement that cost Macca millions.

2003, James Brown announced his separation from his fourth wife using an advertisement featuring the Disney character Goofy. The 70-year-old placed the notice in Variety magazine, it featured a picture of himself, his wife Tomi Rae and their two-year-old son, James Joseph Brown II, posing with Goofy at Walt Disney World.

2004, A 21 year-old man was arrested after being involved in a fight with Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty in Kentish Town, London. Doherty ran off before police arrived after being beaten up by three men.

2005, Queen’s 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best rock concert ever by over 7,000 UK Sony Ericsson music fans. Radiohead were voted the best festival act for their 1997 Glastonbury performance and Bob Dylan’s 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall gig won the best ever solo gig.

2006, George Michael was accused of engaging in anonymous public sex, after being photographed in London’s Hampstead Heath with a 58-year-old unemployed van driver. Despite stating that he intended to sue both the News of the World tabloid who photographed the incident and van driver Norman Kirtland for slander, Michael stated that he openly cruised for anonymous sex and that this was not an issue in his relationship with partner Kenny Goss.

2008, Kid Rock was sentenced to a year on probation and fined $1,000 (£501) for his part in a fight in an Atlanta waffle restaurant in 2007. The 37-year-old, also received 80 hours community service and six hours of anger management counselling. The rapper pleaded no contest to one count of battery. Four other assault charges were dropped. Kid Rock had been performing at a gig in Atlanta before stopping off in his tour bus in the early hours of the morning. The fight took place when an argument broke out with another customer at the restaurant.

2008, A waxwork model of Amy Winehouse was unveiled at Madame Tussauds. The singer’s parents, Mitch and Janis, revealed the model, ‘complete with trademark beehive and sailor tattoos’, at the London attraction. Earlier in the week her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was jailed for 27 months for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of justice.

2009, On the afternoon of tonight’s concert at First Energy Park, Lakewood, New Jersey, Bob Dylan was picked up by a young policewoman who had been alerted of a man who was ‘acting suspiciously’. The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name, but she did not recognise him. When he was unable to produce any identification, Dylan was driven to his hotel where staff were able to vouch for him. The incident happened when Dylan decided to go for a walk in the afternoon while on tour with Willie Nelson who were due to perform at the local baseball stadium with John Mellencamp.

2010, Surgical instruments allegedly used to conduct Elvis Presley autopsy were removed from an upcoming auction amid doubts about their authenticity. Forceps, needle injectors, rubber gloves and a toe tag were among the items that were expected to fetch about $14,000 at Chicago, Illinois’ Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The so-called “memorabilia” was supposedly kept by a senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home where the singer’s body was stored prior to his funeral, but the claims were questioned after another employee revealed that the equipment was sterilized and used again in other autopsies.

2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career.

2011, A yellow Ferrari previously owned by Eric Clapton sold for £66,500 at auction. The rare 2003 Ferrari 575 Maranello, which had only 10,000 miles on the clock, was snapped up by a private buyer at a sale at the Classic Car Sale at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England. The yellow Maranello was bought new by Mr Clapton, who signed its service book, was later sold to BBC radio presenter Chris Evans.

2013, Beyonce soldiered through a concert in Montreal, Canada after her hair got tangled in the blades of a fan. The singer was performing ‘Halo’ from an audience pit when the incident happened. She continued to sing her encore while security guards tried to extract her from the fan, which was mounted on the edge of the stage.
July 23rd: Born on this day

1935, Born on this day, Cleveland Duncan, The Penguins, (1954 US No.8 single ‘Earth Angel, Will You Be Mine’).

1942, Born on this day, Madeline Bell, UK singer, Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single ‘Melting Pot’).

1944, Born on this day, Dino Danelli, drums, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’).

1946, Born on this day, Andy Mackay, sax, woodwind, Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single ‘Virgina Plain’ and 15 other UK Top 40 singles’)

1947, Born on this day, David Essex, UK singer, actor, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Gonna Make You A Star’, plus 18 other UK Top 40 singles, 1974 US No.5 single, ‘Rock On’).

1947, Born on this day, Tony Joe White, US singer, songwriter, (1969 US No.8 single, ‘Polk Salad Annie’, 1970 UK No.22 single ‘Groupie Girl’, wrote ‘Steamy Windows’, UK No.13 single for Tina Turner).

1950, Born on this day, Blair Thorton, guitar, Bachman Turner Overdrive, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’).

1952, Born on this day, Janis Siegel, singer, Manhattan Transfer, (1977 UK No.1 ‘Chanson D’amour’, 1981 US No.7 single ‘Boy From New York City’).

1957, Born on this day, Dennis Greaves, guitar, vocals, with UK R&B group Nine Below Zero.

1961, Born on this day, Martin Gore, keyboards, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single ‘People Are People’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles, 1990 US No.8 single, ‘Enjoy The Silence’).

1964, Born on this day, Nick Menza, drums, Megadeth, (1990 UK No.13 single ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, 1992 US No.2 album ‘Countdown To Extinction’). Menza died on 21st May 2016 after suffering a “massive heart attack” on stage, while performing with his band, OHM, in Los Angeles.

1964, Born on this day, Tim Kellett, keyboards & trumpet, Simply Red, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Holding Back The Years’), Olive, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘You’re Not Alone’).

1965, Born on this day, Rob Dickinson, vocals, Catherine Wheel, (1992 UK No.35 single ‘I Want To Touch You’).

1965, Born on this day, Slash, (Saul Hudson), guitarist with Guns N’ Roses who had the 1988 US No1 and 1989 UK No.6 single Sweet Child O’ Mine and the 1991 US and UK No.1 album Use Your Illusion II. The guitarist went on to form the side project Slash’s Snakepit and then Velvet Revolver, who had the 2004 US No.1 and UK No.11 album Contraband.

1970, Born on this day, Sam Watters, vocals, Color Me Bad, (1991 UK No.1 single ‘I Wanna Sex You Up’, 1991 US No.1 single ‘I Adore Mi Amor’).

1971, Born on this day, Alison Krauss, bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She released her first solo album in 1987 and then was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Winner of 1996 Rolling Stone’s critic’s choice best country artist. Krauss recorded Raising Sand with Robert Plant in 2007 which was nominated for and won 5 Grammys at the 51st Grammy Awards.

1971, Born on this day, Dalvin DeGrate, (Mr Dalvin), vocals, Jodeci, (1995 UK No.17 single ‘Freak ‘N’ You’).

1971, Born on this day, Chad Gracey, drummer, Live, (1997 US No.1 album ‘Secret Samadhi’).

1973, Born on this day, Fran Healy, vocals, guitar, Travis, (1999 UK No.1 album ‘The Man Who’, 1999 UK No.10 single ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles).

1980, Born on this day, Michelle Williams, Destiny’s Child, (2000 US No.1 single ‘Say My Name’, 2001 US & UK No.1 single and album ‘Survivor’).

1980, Born on this day, Steve ‘Stevo 32’ Jocz, drummer, Sum 41, (2001 UK No 13 single ‘In Too Deep’, 2001 UK No. 7 album ‘All Killer No Filler’).

1984, Born on this day, Matthew Murphy, vocals, guitar and keyboards for English indie rock band The Wombats.

July 22

1963, The Beatles first US album, Introducing The Beatles was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles. After a trial, Vee-Jay was allowed to release any Beatles records that they had masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964. After that time, they no longer had the right to issue any Beatles product.

1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London, after being found guilty of ‘insulting behaviour’ at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall after the service station attendant had refused them the use of the facilities.

1967, Pink Floyd appeared at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Scotland. The venue is home to one of Scotland’s finest dance floors – famous for its bounce – which floats on fixed steel springs. During the 1960s The Beatles (in 1963), Small Faces and Cream all appeared at the Beach.

1969, Aretha Franklin was arrested for causing a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot. After posting 50-dollars bail, she ran down a road sign while leaving the police station.

1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the second day filming the Imagine promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today’s footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano.

1973, David Bowie released the single ‘Life On Mars’, which peaked at No.3 on the UK chart. The track which was first released in 1971 on the album Hunky Dory, features guest piano work by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The line “Look at those cavemen go” is a reference to the song “Alley Oop,” a one-off hit in 1960 for American doo-wop band The Hollywood Argyles.

1977, Stiff Records released ‘My Aim Is True’ the debut album from Elvis Costello in the UK. The musicians who were featured on the album were uncredited on the original release (due to contractual difficulties), although the backing band was made up of members of the band Clover.

1979, Little Richard now known as the Reverend Richard Pennman told his congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring ‘If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.’

1989, Former actress Martika started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Toy Soldiers’, a No.5 hit in the UK.

1989, Sonia was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You’. The Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced song was the Liverpool singers only UK chart topper.

1996, Donovan was forced to postpone a comeback tour of the US because of a 30-year-old marijuana conviction in the UK. American authorities delayed granting him a waiver to enter the country.

2003, Coldplay played the second of two nights at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia on their A Rush of Blood to the Head World Tour.

2004, French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel died after a long battle with deteriorating health. He scored the 1970 UK No.10 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ As a professional jazz guitarist he worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett.

2004, American singer, songwriter and producer Arthur Crier died of heart failure. Member of The Chimes and had worked with Little Eva, Gene Pitney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash and The Coasters.

2005, Founder member and singer with The Chi-lites, Eugene Record died of cancer. Had the 1972 US No.1 single ‘Oh Girl’ and 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Have You Seen Her.’ He also released three solo albums.

2005, Research by a car insurance company showed that listening to the wrong sort of music when driving can lead to aggression and distraction. Dr Nicola Dibben a music psychologist said ‘singing while driving stimulates the mind.’ Songs recommended included Pulp’s ‘Disco 2000’ and ‘Hey Ya’ by Outcast, but the Dr said songs like The Prodigy’s ‘Firestarter’ should be avoided.

2006, Johnny Cash was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash’s death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.

2007, Ja Rule and Lil Wayne were arrested after a concert in Manhattan on charges of carrying illegal firearms. The rappers were arrested separately, Rule was stopped for speeding when a weapon was discovered in his car and officers who arrested Wayne for smoking marijuana also found a pistol in his car.

2015, New research found that a person’s taste in music may offer insight into the way in which they think. A study found empathetic people preferred more mellow, low-energy music, while those who were “systemisers” – people who seeked to analyse patterns in the world enjoyed punk, heavy metal and more complex music overall. Researchers at Cambridge University, England had recruited 4,000 participants and put them through a series of different tests.
July 22nd: Born on this day

1941, Born on this day, George Clinton, (1994 UK No.22 single ‘Bop Gun’), Parliament, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’).

1943, Born on this day, Bobby Sherman, US singer, (1969 US No.3 single ‘Little Woman’ and six other US Top 30 hits).

1944, Born on this day, Estelle Bennett, The Ronettes, (1963 US No.4 & UK No.4 single ‘Be My Baby’). Died at her home in Englewood, N.J. on 11th Feb 2009, aged 67.

1944, Born on this day, Rick Davies, vocalist and keyboardist with Supertramp, who had the 1979 UK No.7 and US No.6 single with ‘The Logical Song’ and the 1979 US No.1 and UK No.3 album Breakfast In America. Davies is the only member of Supertramp to have been with the group for their entire history, and has composed many of their most well-known songs, including ‘Goodbye Stranger’, and ‘Bloody Well Right’.

1947, Born on this day, Don Henley, singer, songwriter, and drummer with The Eagles, who had the 1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. The Eagles ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m. Henley had the 1985 solo US No.5 & UK No.12 single ‘The Boys of Summer’.

1956, Born on this day, Mick Pointer, drummer Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’).

1961, Born on this day, Keith Sweat, American R&B, soul, singer-songwriter, record producer, radio personality and an innovator of New Jack Swing.

1963, Born on this day, Emily Saliers, guitar, vocals, Indigo Girls, (1989 US No.22 album ‘Indigo Girls’).

1964, Born on this day, William Calhoun, drums, Living Colour, (1991 UK No.12 single ‘Love Rears Its Ugly Head’).

1967, Born on this day, Pat Badger, bass, Extreme, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘More Than Words’).

1971, Born on this day, Chris Helme, vocals, The Seahorses, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Love Is The Law’, UK No.2 album, ‘Do It Yourself’).

1973, Born on this day, Daniel Jones, Savage Garden, (1998 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Truly Madly Deeply’).

1973, Born on this day, Rufus Wainwright, Canadian / American, singer-songwriter, son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright. 2003 album ‘Want One’, 2005 UK No.21 album ‘Want Two’, 2007 UK No.2 album ‘Release the Stars.’

July 20

1940, Billboard’s first comprehensive record chart was published. The magazine had previously published best-seller lists submitted by the individual record companies, but the new chart combined the top sellers from all major labels. Their first number one song was ‘I’ll Never Smile Again’ by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

1954, The Blue Moon Boys made their live debut appearing on the back of a flatbed truck outside a new drug store for its grand opening in Memphis. The band line up was Elvis Presley Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The name was taken from a song they had recorded just two weeks previously, ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky.’

1963, Jan and Dean started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Surf City’, written by The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, with the Beach Boys on backing vocals. The single peaked at No.26 in the UK.

1963, During a UK tour The Beatles played the second night at The Ritz Ballroom in Rhyl, North Wales. The Rolling Stones played at The Corn Exchange in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

1968, Cream started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wheels Of Fire’. The double album which consisted of a studio and a live record reached No.3 in the United Kingdom.

1968, Hugh Masekela started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Grazing In The Grass.’

1968, Iron Butterfly’s second album, ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’, entered the US album chart for the first time. The album contained the 17-minute title track that filled the second side of the LP which went on sell over four million copies in the US alone.

1968, Jane Asher announced on the national British TV show, Dee Time, that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. Paul reportedly was watching at a friend’s home and was surprised by the news. She was said to have inspired many of McCartney’s songs, such as ‘All My Loving’, ‘And I Love Her’, and ‘We Can Work It Out’. Jane went on to have a career in films and television as well as becoming a successful author and business woman.

1971, The Carpenters show ‘Make Your Own Kind Of Music’, started a six week run on NBC-TV.

1973, TV talent show Opportunity Knocks winners Peters And Lee were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first single and only chart topper ‘Welcome Home.’

1974, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers and The Allman Brothers Band all appeared at Knebworth Park, England.

1975, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the opening night on their Born To Run Tour at The Palace Theatre, Providence, Rhode Island. This also saw the live debut of Steven Van Zandt, (Miami Steve) as a member of The E Street Band.

1976, Buzzcocks made their live debut supporting the Sex Pistols and Slaughter & The Dogs at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester. In the audience was, Morrissey, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook (soon to form Joy Division) and Mark E Smith, (The Fall) and Mick Hucknall. Tickets cost £1.

1977, Gary Kellgren studio engineer at the Los Angeles Record Plant studio drowned in a Hollywood Swimming pool. Kellgren had worked with John Lennon, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart.

1986, The film based on the life of Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious, ‘Sid And Nancy’ premiered in London, England.

1986, Carlos Santana celebrated his 39th birthday, and 20th anniversary in the music business, with a concert in San Francisco. Previous group members were assembled for the event, as 17 of them performed together on stage.

1990, Madonna played the first of three sold out nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England, on her 57-date Blond Ambition World Tour.

1991, EMF went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Unbelievable’ it spent 14 weeks on the chart before reaching the top.

1995, Public Enemy member Flavor Flav broke both his arms when he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Milan.

1996, Gary Barlow scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Forever Love’ taken from his debut album Open Road. Barlow became the first member of Take That to top the charts with a solo record.

1999, Church group’s in middle America claimed that pictures of Britney Spears printed in Rolling Stone magazine encouraged child pornography. The shots showed Britney with not many clothes on in her bedroom.

1999, The Rolling Stones reported a gross income of $337 million, (£168m), from almost two years of touring from their Bridges to Babylon and No Security tours. The Stones had played to over 5.6 million people, selling out all but 20 shows.

1999, Paul McCartney had an upcoming single bootlegged when ‘I Got Stung’ was taken from a BBC broadcast and distributed over the Internet. The track was from his forthcoming release ‘Run Devil Run’ album.

2000, The Evergreen Ballroom in Lacey, Washington was destroyed by a fire. During the ballroom’s heyday in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, many of music’s greats played there: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ike & Tina Turner and Fats Domino. Glen Campbell had lived in the kitchen at the venue for a while before he became famous.

2003, A tooth said to have been pulled out of Elvis Presley’s mouth after an injury failed to sell on the auction site eBay . The tooth had been put on a 10-day sale with a reserve price of $100,000 (£64,100). Bids had pushed the price up to $2m (£1.28m) but they were later found out to be fraudulent.

2008, Rapper DMX was arrested on suspicion after he gave a false name to get out of paying for hospital medical expenses. County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the star told Mayo Clinic in Arizona that his name was Troy Jones and failed to pay a $7,500 (£3,752) bill in April. The rapper whose real name is Earl Simmons – was arrested at a shopping centre in Phoenix.

2008, John Lydon denied claims by Kele Okereke from Bloc Party that he was racially abused and attacked by a member of the Sex Pistols’ entourage at a music festival in Barcelona. Okereke claimed he had been attacked by several men after approaching Lydon backstage at the Summercase festival. He said the ‘unprovoked’ attack left him with a split lip and bruises. Lydon said: ‘I feel very sorry for a man that needs to lie about what was a perfect evening.’

2009, Jackson Browne settled his lawsuit against US Senator John McCain and the Republican Party after his 1977 hit ‘Running On Empty’ was used without permission in a 2008 McCain presidential campaign ad that aired on TV and the Internet. McCain and the Republican Party apologized for using the song in the ad and said that McCain himself “had no knowledge of, or involvement in, the creation or distribution of the video.”

2011, Never-before seen photographs of The Beatles’ first US concert in Washington DC sold in New York for more than $360,000 (£223,600). The Fab Four played their first US concert on February 11 1964, at the Washington Coliseum, two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mike Mitchell, of Washington, was 18 at the time and took photographs just feet away. Among the highlights was a backlit photograph Mitchell shot while standing directly behind the Fab Four which sold for more than $68,000 dollars.

2015, American country musician, songwriter and record producer Wayne Carson died at the age of 72 after suffering congestive heart failure. He co-wrote ‘Always on My Mind’, (a hit for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and others), ‘The Letter’, (recorded by The Box Tops, Joe Cocker and Leon Russell), and ‘Soul Deep’.
July 20th: Born on this day

1933, Born on this day, Buddy Knox, singer, songwriter, (1957 US No.1 & UK No.29 single ‘Party Doll’). He was the first person in the rock’n’roll era to write and record a number one hit. Very few 1950s singers wrote their own songs.

1945, Born on this day, John Lodge, bass, vocals, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 & US No.10 single ‘Go Now’ and 1968 UK No.19 & 1972 US No.2 single ‘Nights In White Satin’).

1945, Born on this day, Kim Carnes, US female singer, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.10 single ‘Betty Davis Eyes’).

1946, Born on this day, Wendy Richard, actress, (1962 UK No.1 single with Mike Sarne, ‘Come Outside’, cast member of UK TV soap ‘Eastenders’).

1947, Born on this day, Carlos Santana, Mexican and American rock guitarist. Santana had the 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’, and their 1999 US No.1 single ‘Smooth’ spent eleven weeks at No.1, (also No.1 in the UK). He won eight Grammy Awards for his Supernatural album at the 2000 awards.

1947, Born on this day, Tony Thorpe, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Sugar Baby Love’).

1952, Born on this day, Jay Jay French, guitar, Twisted Sister, (1983 UK No.18 single ‘I Am, I’m Me’, 1984 album ‘Stay Hungry’).

1955, Born on this day, Jem Finer, banjo, The Pogues, (1987 UK No.8 single ‘The Irish Rover’, 1987 UK No.2 single with Kirsty MaCcoll, ‘Fairytale Of New York’).

1955, Born on this day, Marisa DeFranco, The DeFranco Family, (1973 US No.3 single ‘Heartbeat- It’s A Lovebeat’, biggest selling US single of 73, based on The Osmonds, featured 10 year old Tony DeFranco).

1956, Born on this day, Paul Cook, drums, Sex Pistols, (1977 UK No.2 single ‘God Save The Queen’, and 1977 UK No.1 album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’.

1958, Born on this day, Michael McNeil, keyboards, Simple Minds, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Don’t You, Forget About Me’, 1989 UK No.1 single ‘Belfast Child’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1959, Born on this day, James Irvin, vocals, Furniture, (1986 UK No.21 single ‘Brilliant Mind’).

1962, Born on this day, Dig Wayne, Jo Boxers, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Boxer Beat’).

1964, Born on this day, Chris Cornell, vocals, guitar, Soundgarden, (1994 US No.1 & UK No. 4 album ‘Superunknown’, 1994 UK No.12 single ‘Black Hole Sun’). Audioslave, (2005 US No.1 album ‘Out of Exile’).

1966, Born on this day, Andrew Levy, bass, The Brand New Heavies, (1994 UK No.13 single ‘Midnight At The Oasis’).

1966, Born on this day, Stone Gossard, guitar, Pearl Jam, (1992 UK No.15 single ‘Jeremy’, 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Vs’, 1994 US No.1 & UK No.4 album Vitalogy’ and 1996 US No.1 & UK No.3 album ‘No Code’) Also a member of Brad.

July 19

1954, Sun Records released the first Elvis Presley single, ‘That’s All Right’, a cover of Arthur Crudup’s 1946 tune ‘That’s All Right, Mama’. Only about 7,000 original copies were pressed, but the disc became a local hit in Memphis.

1958, The manager of The Drifters, George Treadwell, sacked the entire group and hired the unknown Ben E King and The Five Crowns as their replacements.

1964, During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Hippodrome in Brighton with The Echoes, Marty Wilde, Kenny Lynch and Julie Grant.

1967, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All You Need Is Love’ the group’s 12th UK No.1 single. The Beatles had been selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, (which was aired on June 25). John Lennon wrote ‘All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 ‘summer of love’ and The Beatles’ sympathies.

1967, Elvis Presley was working on his latest movie Speedway co-starring Nancy Sinatra at the MGM Soundstage, Hollywood, California. (It was Presley’s twenty-seventh film).

1968, Pink Floyd played the second of three nights at the Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts. Opened in January 1967 as a psychedelic club, many many famous artists, including Grateful Dead, Neil Young, The J. Geils Band, Frank Zappa, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jeff Beck, The Who, Santana, Taj Mahal, Ten Years After and Sly & the Family Stone all appeared.

1972, Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested in Warwick, Rhode Island on charges of assault after a fight broke out with a newspaper photographer.

1974, The Ozark Music Festival was held over three days on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. One of the largest music festivals ever held, some estimates have put the crowd count at 350,000 people. Acts who appeared included, Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Blue Öyster Cult, The Eagles, America, Marshall Tucker Band, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Boz Scaggs, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Electric Flag, Joe Walsh, Aerosmith and Spirit.

1975, The Bay City Rollers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Give A Little Love’, the group’s second and final UK No.1.

1975, Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Listen To What The Man Said’, his fourth US No.1, and No.6 hit in the UK, (the track features Tom Scott playing the saxophone solo). It would go on to sell a million copies in America and reach No.6 in the UK. Wings also had the US No.1 album chart with ‘Venus And Mars’. Paul McCartney’s fourth No.1 album since The Beatles.

1975, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rehearsed for a full 19 hours at The Record Plant in New York City the day before their Born To Run Tour kicked off.

1975, On his Natty Dread tour, Bob Marley & the Wailers appeared at the Lyceum Theatre in London. The show was recorded and the live single ‘No Woman, No Cry’ was later released.

1976, Deep Purple split up at the end of an UK tour. David Coverdale went on to form Whitesnake, Jon Lord and Ian Paice formed a band with Tony Ashton. The classic line up of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord & Paice reformed in 1984. Glenn Hughes returned to Trapeze and Tommy Bolin put together his own band, (but would die before the end of the year).

1980, Queen scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘The Game’, featuring the single ‘Another One Bites The Dust’.

1980, An exhibit featuring paintings by Joni Mitchell, John Mayall, Klaus Voormanm, Ronnie Wood and Commander Cody opened at the Vorpal Gallery, Laguna Beach in California.

1981, It was Roy Orbison Day in Odessa, Texas. Orbison was given the keys to the city, and performed for the crowd, the first time in Odessa in 15 years.

1986, Genesis went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Invisible Touch’. The bands former lead singer Peter Gabriel was at No.2 with ‘Sledgehammer’.

1987, Bruce Springsteen played his first ever show behind the Iron Curtain when he appeared in East Berlin in front of 180,000 people. The show was broadcast on East German TV.

1989, James Brown changed accommodations behind bars after $40000 in cash and cheques was discovered in his minimum security cell. The Godfather of Soul had been given a six year sentence the previous December after several run-ins with the law, including illegal gun possession, resisting arrest, assault and leading the authorities on a number of car chases. His new home was at a medium security cell at the Stevenson Correctional Institute.

1989, Residents of Washington, Connecticut formed a ‘Roll the Stones Out of Town’, action group after they were unhappy with The Rolling Stones and their entourage setting up in the town for rehearsals for their forthcoming tour. Residents said it was like the army had moved in and taken over, with security guards stopping locals and asking them what they were doing there.

1991, Steven Adler ex drummer with Guns N’ Roses filed a suit in Los Angeles county court alleging that he was fraudulently removed from the group and that the band introduced him to hard drugs.

1991, The Beatles performed one of his six “secret” shows at the Cliffs Pavillion in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England during his Unplugged Summer Tour.

1996, The Spice Girls made their debut on UK TV music show Top Of The Pops performing their debut single ‘ Wannabe’ which gave them their first of nine UK chart toppers.

1997, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘D’You Know What I Mean’. The first single from their third album ‘Be Here Now’.

1999, A gunman who sprayed bullets at Westwood’s car in Kensington, London, shot BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood. A statement the following day said he was recovering in a London Hospital.

2001, American soul and gospel singer Judy Clay died. Was a member of the Drinkard Singers – who later became better known as The Sweet Inspirations , also worked with Billy Vera, and had hits with William Bell (Private Number), and sang with Wilson Pickett and Ray Charles.

2001, Wu Tang Clan rapper ODB, (Russell Jones), was sentenced to spend between two and four years behind bars after being found guilty of drug possession. He was arrested in July 1999 when police found cocaine and marijuana in his car after he was pulled over for driving through a red light. The rapper was later sent to a Los Angeles rehabilitation centre, but went on the run from authorities last October.

2005, James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Beautiful’, from his debut album ‘Back To Bedlam’. The UK singer songwriters first No.1, spent 5 weeks at the top of the charts.

2010, Ozzy Osbourne and his former Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi settled a long-running legal dispute over the use of the group’s name. Ozzy had filed suit against the guitarist in May of last year, accusing Iommi of falsely proclaiming to be the sole owner of the Black Sabbath name by lodging an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The pair released a joint statement confirming they have settled the dispute “amicably”.
July 19th: Born on this day

1931, Born on this day, Thomas Allen. (Papa Dee), percussionist, War. (1976 UK No.12 single ‘Low Rider’). Died from a heart attack while performing on stage on 30th August 1988.

1937, Born on this day, George Hamilton IV, US country singer, (1958 US No.10 & UK No.22 single ‘Why Don’t They Understand’). Hamilton had a heart attack on September 13, and died September 17 at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville.

1944, Born on this day, Commander Cody, (George Frayne), piano, vocals, Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, country rock group.

1946, Born on this day, Allan Gorrie, bass, vocals, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).

1947, Born on this day, Bernie Leadon, guitar, The Eagles, quit the band in Jan 1976. (1974 US No.1 single ‘Best Of My Love’).

1947, Born on this day, Brian May, guitarist, singer and songwriter with Queen who had the 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which returned to No.1 in 1991. Queen scored over 40 other UK Top 40 singles, and also scored the 1980 US No.1 single ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’. May had the solo 1992 UK No.5 single ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’. May was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for ‘services to the music industry and his charity work’. May earned a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College, London, in 2007.

1947, Born on this day, Keith Godchaux, The Grateful Dead, 1970 UK No.69 and US No.127 album, ‘Workingman’s Dead’). Died after being involved in a car crash on 23rd July 1979.

1952, Born on this day, Allen Collins, guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, (1974 US No. 8 single, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’). Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He died on 23rd January 1990 aged 37.

1960, Born on this day, Kevin Haskins, Bauhaus, (1982 UK No.15 single ‘Ziggy Stardust’), Love & Rockets.

1968, Born on this day, Ged Lynch, drums, Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single ‘In The Name Of The Father’).

1971, Born on this day, Urs B’hler, Il Divo, (2004 UK No.1 self-titled album, also number one in 13 countries around the world).

1976, Born on this day, Eric Prydz, Swedish DJ and producer, ( 2004 UK No.1 single ‘Call on Me’).

1979, Born on this day, Michelle Heaton, singer, Liberty X, (2002 UK No.1 single ‘Just A Little’).

July 17

1946, Petula Clark made her UK television debut appearing on the Cabaret TV series at the age of 13. Clark began with guest spots on radio when she was only 9 and made her first film a year later. ‘Put Your Shoes On Lucy’ was released as her debut release in 1949, her ‘The Little Shoemaker’ became her first U.K. hit in 1954.

1959, Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. (While under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.) In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank.

1965, King Records released ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’ by James Brown, which went on to sell over 2 million copies and receive the Grammy Award for best for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’ is considered seminal in the emergence of funk music as a distinct style.

1967, American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital in Long Island, New York, aged 40. Worked with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie. Released the 1964 album ‘A Love Supreme’.

1967, The Beatles single ‘All You Need Is Love / Baby You’re A Rich Man’ (originally called ‘One Of The Beautiful People’) was released in the US. It became The Beatles 14th US No.1.

1968, The animated film Yellow Submarine, premiered at The London Pavilion. The Beatles made a cameo appearance in the film but didn’t supply their own voices for the characters.

1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on the BBC late night talk show, Parkinson, where John chastised the British media for calling Yoko “ugly” and for saying that she broke up The Beatles.

1972, A bomb exploded under The Rolling Stones equipment van in Montreal, believed to be the work of French separatists. Angry fans rioted throwing bottles and rocks after 3,000 tickets for the show turned out to be fake.

1974, The Moody Blues opened what they claimed was the first ‘Quadraphonic’ recording studio in the world.

1975, Bob Marley and the Wailers played the first of two nights at The Lyceum, London, and both nights were recorded for the November released ‘live’ album, featuring the single ‘No Woman No Cry.’

1976, Demis Roussos was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Roussos Phenomenon EP’. It was the Greek singers only UK chart topper and the only No.1 EP to top the charts in the 1970’s.

1978, Simple Minds made their live debut at The Satellite Club, Glasgow.

1979, Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy, during a US tour and was replaced by ex Slick & Rich Kids guitarist Midge Ure.

1982, Irene Cara was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Fame’, which was based on the hit TV series about a New York drama school. Cara (who played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie) won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for the same.

1987, The Ozzy Osbourne Band started a 16-week tour of US prisons.

1992, The first night of a North American tour by Guns N’ Roses, Metallica and Faith No More tour opened at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC.

1993, Take That had their first UK No.1 single with ‘Pray’. Their first of 8 No.1’s, they went on to be the most successful British boy band of the 1990s.

1993, Guns N’ Roses appeared at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in front of 80,000 people, the final show on their Use Your Illusion Tour. A highlight of the night was English drummer Cozy Powell playing drums with Matt Sorum, dressed as a Domino’s Pizza delivery boy.

1995, Robbie Williams left Take That. The group had scored six UK No.1 singles and two No.1 albums with Robbie in the group.

1996, Chas Chandler died aged 57 at Newcastle General Hospital, England, where he was undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm. He had been the bass player with The Animals and manager of Slade, Nick Drake and Jimi Hendrix.

1999, Kevin Wilkinson, drummer with Howard Jones hung himself at home aged 41. Also worked with China Crisis, Holly and the Italians, Squeeze and The Waterboys.

2004, Half of the 4,500 people in the audience walked out of Linda Ronstadt’s show at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas after the singer dedicated an encore of ‘Desperado’ to filmmaker Michael Moore and urged the crowd to see his film Fahrenheit 9/11.

2005, Jamaican musician Laurel Aitken died. Dubbed as ‘the Godfather of Ska’, his 1958 ‘Boogie In My Bones’ became the first release on the Island Record label and was No.1 on the Jamaican charts for 11 weeks.

2008, Ageing rock stars and session musicians would keep receiving royalties for their old recordings for the rest of their lives under a European Union plan. Performers currently lost the rights to their recordings after 50 years. Veteran artists like Sir Cliff Richard and Roger Daltrey were among those who campaigned for it to be extended. The EU had announced a scheme for copyright on recordings to last for 95 years.

2011, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a tribute to Clarence Clemons at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, N.J. The boss played a 45 minute set to an intimate crowd of 400. Clemons who died on June 18th of this year was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone with him since 1971. Springsteen and Clemons had first met at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park.

2013, U2 singer Bono received France’s highest cultural honour for his contribution to music and commitment to humanitarian causes when he was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti in Paris.
July 17th: Born on this day

1938, Born on this day, Stan Brostein, sax, Elephant’s Memory, worked with John Lennon on his 1972 album ‘Some Time In New York City’.

1941, Born on this day, Welsh musician Spencer Davis, the founder of the 1960s rock band The Spencer Davis Group who scored 1966 UK No.1 single ‘Keep On Running’ and the 1967 US No.7 single ‘Gimme Some Lovin’.

1947, Born on this day, German musician Wolfgang Flur, electronic drums, Kraftwerk, (1975 US No.25 single, ‘Autobahn’, 1982 UK No.1 single ‘Computer Love / The Model’).

1948, Born on this day, Ron Asheton, guitar, Iggy Pop And The Stooges, (1973 album ‘Raw Power’). Asheton was ranked as number 29 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He was found dead in his bed by police at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the early hours of January 6, 2009, apparently having died of a heart attack a couple of days earlier.

1949, Born on this day, Geezer Butler, the bassist and primary lyricist in Black Sabbath, (1970 UK No.4 single ‘Paranoid’, the bands self-titled 1970 album was voted as the best British rock album ever by Kerrang! in 2005). He received the nickname “Geezer” at school because he “used to call everybody Geezer”.

1949, Born on this day, Mick Tucker, drums, Sweet, (1973 UK No.1 single ‘Blockbuster’, plus 14 other UK top 40 singles). Tucker died of leukaemia on 14th February 2002.

1949, Born on this day, Mike Vale, bass, Tommy James and the Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).

1950, Born on this day, Otis Damon Harris, vocals, The Temptations, (1971 UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re-issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992). Harris died on February 18th 2013 at the age of 62 after a 14-year battle with prostate cancer. Harris was a member of The Temptations from 1971 to 1975, joining shortly after the departure of Eddie Kendricks.

1952, Born on this day, Chet McCracKen, drums, The Doobie Brothers, (1979 US No.1 single ‘What A Fool Believes’, 1993 UK No.7 single ‘Long Train Runnin’).

1952, Born on this day, Phoebe Snow, US singer, songwriter, (1975 US No.5 single ‘Poetry Man’, 1979 UK No.37 single ‘Every Night’). Snow suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on January 19, 2010 and slipped into a coma, she died on April 26, 2011.

1963, Born on this day, Regina Belle, US singer, (1993 US No.1 & UK No.12 single with Peabo Bryson, ‘A Whole New World, Aladdin’s Theme’).

1966, Born on this day, American alternative rock musician and songwriter, Lou Barlow, a founding member of the groups Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion. Barlow is credited with helping to pioneer the lo-fi style of rock music in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

1970, Born on this day, Mandy Smith, in 1983 at age 13 she started dating the then 47 year old Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. The couple married in 1989, divorced 1992. Smith became a singer, model and actress, released records with SAW none of which charted. Wyman’s son dated Mandy’s mother.

1971, Born on this day, Jarrett Cordes, DJ Minutemix, PM Dawn, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Set Adrift On Memory Bliss’).

1980, Born on this day, Philip Lawrence, producer and songwriter who is part of the Smeezingtons record producing team with Bruno Mars and Ari Levine. Worked with Adele, Snoop Dogg, Cee Lo Green, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida and many other artists.

1982, Born on this day, Natasha Hamilton, vocals, Atomic Kitten, (2000 UK No.1 single ‘Whole Again’).

1985, Born on this day, Tom Fletcher, guitar, vocals, McFly, (2004 UK No.1 single ‘Colours In Her Hair’, 2004 UK No.1 album ‘Room On The 3rd Floor’).

1987, Born on this day, American singer songwriter, record producer, Jeremih Felton. His debut single, ‘Birthday Sex’ (which was also recorded in French), peaked at No.4 on the US Hot 100.

July 16

1900, His Master’s Voice, the logo of the Victor Recording Company and later RCA Victor, was registered with the US Patent Office. The logo shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone.

1962, The Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records in the US, their first hit was in Sept this year with ‘Surfin’ Safari.’

1965, During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at The Odeon in Exeter supported by The Walker Brothers and Steam Packet.

1966, Tommy James and the Shondells started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hanky Panky’, a song first recorded by The Raindrops. A No.38 hit in the UK.

1966, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton formed Cream the three piece group only lasted 2 years, leaving behind some classic recordings including ‘Sunshine of Your Love,’ ‘Badge,’ ‘Strange Brew,’ and ‘White Room.’

1967, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, David Blue, Mike Settle, Tom Paxton and Eric Andersen all appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.

1969, During recordings for their Abbey Road album, The Beatles worked on two new George Harrison songs, ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Something.’ Harrison was inspired to write ‘Here Comes The Sun’ when taking a day off from Apple business and spending the day walking around the garden at Eric Clapton’s house.

1970, Pink Floyd recorded a show at the BBC Paris Cinema, in London, England for broadcast on the John Peel Sunday Concert, on BBC Radio 1 (broadcast 19 July of this year.)

1977, Shaun Cassidy went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’, his only US No.1. Shaun is the half brother of David Cassidy.

1981, US singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who had success in the 70s with ‘Taxi’, ‘W-O-L-D’ and a No. 1 ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’, was killed aged 38 suffering a cardiac arrest while driving on a New York expressway. His car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, causing the gas tank to explode.

1984, US singer Billy Williams died aged 74. Had the 1957 US No.3 single ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter’).

1988, Steve Cayter a road crew technician with Def Leppard, died of a brain haemorrhage on stage before an American show at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre.

1993, The first of the three day Phoenix festival in England started, featuring Sonic Youth, Faith No More, The Black Crowes, Julian Cope, Pop Will Eat Itself, Radiohead, Living Colour, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, tickets £49.

1995, Rap singer Queen Latifah was the victim of a car-jacking attempt that went wrong, leaving her bodyguard shot and wounded.

1995, Wayne Osmond from The Osmonds underwent a brain tumour operation at Duke University Medical Centre, North Carolina.

2000, Coldplay went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release Parachutes. The release spawned the hit singles ‘Shiver’, ‘Yellow’, ‘Trouble’, and ‘Don’t Panic’ and won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2002.

2000, Matchbox 20 went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bent.’ The single was taken from their second album Mad Season.

2000, The Corrs presented a petition to the European Commission demanding legislation to end piracy on the Internet. The Manic Street Preachers and The Spice Girls also added their names to the petition.

2001, Robbie Williams started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Eternity / The Road To Mandalay.’ The 4th No.1 for the former Take That singer.

2007, Three masked men, carrying sledgehammers and crowbars, broke into the home of former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona and escaped with goods including the singers BMW M5 sports car, two laptops, two gaming machines and two televisions. The robbers held a knife to the neck of the former pop star during the raid on her home in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

2007, The White Stripes played their ‘shortest live show ever’ at George Street, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Jack White played a single C# note accompanied by a bass drum/crash cymbal hit from Meg. At the end of the show, Jack announced, “We have now officially played in every province and territory in Canada.” They then left the stage and performed a full show later that night in St John’s.

2009, A stage being built in France for a concert by Madonna collapsed, killing two workers and injuring six others. Technicians had been setting up the stage at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille when the partially-built roof fell in, bringing down a crane. Madonna was performing on her Sticky and Sweet tour in Udine, Italy, when she received news of the incident and was said to be “devastated” by the news.

2012, Jon Lord the former keyboard player with Deep Purple, died aged 71. Lord was a co-founder of Deep Purple in 1968 and co-wrote many of the group’s songs including Smoke On The Water. He also played with bands including Whitesnake. He had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since last August.

2012, Queen’s 1975 classic Bohemian Rhapsody was voted as the UK.’s “Favorite No. 1 Single,” narrowly beating out Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ for the top spot. The poll conducted by the Official Charts Company had The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ at No.5, with Adele’s hit ‘Someone Like You’ at No.3.

2012, American country music singer Kitty Wells died in Madison, Tennessee, from complications of a stroke. She was 92. Her 1952 hit ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels’, made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.

2014, Blues guitarist Johnny Winter died at the age of 70 in Zurich, just days after playing at the Lovely Days Festival in Austria. Winter, who was instantly recognisable by his long white hair, worked with some of the greatest bluesmen, producing several albums for his childhood hero Muddy Waters – with whom he won a number of Grammys.

2015, A sports car belonging to US hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash which contained valuable vintage records was mistakenly given away by a parking attendant. The incident happened in a Manhattan garage where the musician returned to pick up the vehicle after nearly two hours, the attendant said he had given it to someone else thinking he was the owner.
July 16th: Born on this day

1940, Born on this day, Tony Jackson, bass, vocals, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.13 single ‘Needles And Pins’). Jackson on died 18th August 2003.

1941, Born on this day, Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer, (with The Aces, 1969 UK No.1 & US No.9 single ‘Israelites’). Died May 25, 2006.

1947, Born on this day, Thomas Boggs, drums, The Box Tops, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘The Letter’).

1952, Born on this day, American musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer Stewart Copeland best known as the drummer for The Police and for his film music soundtracks. Also a member of Curved Air, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘Back Street Luv’). The Police scored the 1983 UK & US No.1 single ‘Every Breath You Take’ plus four other UK No.1 singles.

1964, Born on this day, Polly Hancock, guitar, vocals, Popinjays, (1990 UK album ‘Bang Up To Date With The Popinjays’).

1971, Born on this day, Edward Joel Kowalczyk, singer, Live, (1997 US No.1 album ‘Secret Samadhi’).

1978, Born on this day, TJ, vocals, 3T, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘Anything’).

1990, Born on this day, Nigerian songwriter and performer Wizkid who started his musical career at age 11, releasing a collaborative album with Glorious Five. His work and contribution to the Nigerian Music Industry has earned him several achievements, including a BET Award, a MOBO Award.

1996, Born on this day, Luke Hemmings, guitarist and lead vocalist for the Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer.

July 15

1956, The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’. A No.6 hit in the US. At 13, Lymon was the youngest performer to make No.1.

1958, John Lennon’s mother Julia was killed by a car driven by an off-duty drunken police officer named Eric Clague (Clague was later acquitted of the offence). John was 17 at the time.

1965, This weeks US Top three singles, No.3 The Byrds, ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, No.2 The Four Tops, ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ and at No.1 The Rolling Stones with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

1966, David Bowie & the Buzz appeared at the Loughton Youth Centre, Loughton, England.

1967, This week’s Top 5 UK albums; No.5, Fiddler On The Roof, Original Soundtrack, No.4, Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, No.3, Sound Of Music, Soundtrack, No.2, Headquarters, The Monkees and No.1 The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper album.

1967, The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane both played an afternoon and evening show to over 8,000 fans at Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.

1972, Elton John started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Honky Chateau’, his first US chart topper.

1973, The Edgar Winter Group, Sly & The Family Stone, Canned Heat, Lindisfarne and The Kinks all appeared at The Great Western Express festival at White City, west London. With his wife having recently walked out of their marriage, taking their young children with her, Ray Davies of The Kinks announces from the stage that he is sick of the whole thing and is retiring. He then walks into a local hospital and collapses from an overdose of tranquillizers.

1978, Bob Dylan with special guest Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and Graham Parker all appeared at Blackbushe Aerodrome, Surrey, England. Reputedly this was the biggest ever UK audience for Bob Dylan, with over 200,000 fans attending.

1978, The Rolling Stones started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Some Girls the group’s seventh US No.1 album. The cover designed by Peter Corriston, featured The Rolling Stones in garish drag alongside select female celebrities and lingerie ads. The cover immediately ran into trouble when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe who all threatened legal action.

1985, Nude photos of Madonna taken in 1977 appeared in this months Playboy and Penthouse Magazines.

1989, Simply Red scored their second US No.1 single with ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, a 1973 UK hit for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

1989, Soul II Soul went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release ‘Club Classics Volume One’.

1989, Pink Floyd appeared in Canal di San Marco, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy on a floating stage. Over 200,000 people attended the gig (almost double the number authorities had planned for) causing damage to buildings and bridges. The cleaning of the area after the concert was said to be around £25,000 and the concert was broadcast live on TV to over 20 countries with an estimated audience of almost 100 million. Two Venice councillors were later ordered to stand trial for the costs incurred by the concert.

1997, Ary Groenhuijzen, keyboard player with US 50’s group The Teddy Bears died. (1958 US No.1 single ‘To Know Him, Is To Love Him’).

1998, Aerosmith were forced to cancel a forthcoming US tour after Joey Kramer was involved in a freak accident. The drummer’s car set on fire and was completely destroyed as he was filling up with petrol. He was admitted to hospital with second-degree burns.

2000, Sad Cafe singer Paul Young died of a heart attack at his Manchester home aged 53. ‘Run Home Girl’ was a hit for Sad Cafe in the US, ‘Everyday Hurts’ was a UK No.3 hit in 1979. Joined Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack in Mike and the Mechanics and had the hits ‘The Living Years’ and ‘Silent Running’.

2000, An Oasis fan was killed when he tried to walk home along the M61 motorway in Manchester, England after Oasis had played a sold-out gig at The Reebok stadium.

2000, A Manchester judge reprimanded Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder after he turned up a day late in court to give evidence. Ryder told the court he had been on ‘a bender’. A man was cleared of dangerous driving and assaulting Ryder.

2002, Sir Paul McCartney was named the highest-earning music star of the year so far after selling tickets worth £33.9m during his recent US tour.

2004, U2 called in police after thieves nicked a copy of the bands latest album ‘Vertigo’. The CD was stolen during a photo shoot with the band in the south of France.

2005, Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the Village People, was arrested after police found a gun and drugs in his convertible in Daly City, south of San Francisco. Willis also had an outstanding $15,000 felony warrant for possession of narcotics.

2007, The UK music industry reacted angrily at a decision to give away ‘Planet Earth’ the new album by Prince as a ‘covermount’ with the Mail on Sunday newspaper. The 10-track CD was not due to be released in stores until 24 July. Stephen Miron, the newspaper’s managing director, said: “No one has done this before. We have always given away CDs and DVDs, but this is just setting a new level.”

2007, Over 10,000 people applied for a job with P Diddy after the rapper posted an advert on Youtube looking to find a new personal assistant. He warned applicants that the job would be far from easy and would involve everything from getting him ready for the red carpet to aiding in billion dollar deals to helping him jump out of planes in movies.

2012, Queen were crowned top of the patriotic pops in a survey of 100,000 music fans. The band’s anthem We Are The Champions was named number one by fans who were asked what song made them proud to be British. The track, which got to number two in 1977, picked up 13,000 votes in the survey carried out among users of the Lucky Voice website. It was followed by the Oasis hit Wonderwall which was nominated by 11,000 karaoke singers and then Let It Be by The Beatles which got 10,000 votes. Elton John’s Candle In The Wind and London Calling by The Clash rounded off the top five.

2015, A judge trimmed more than $1m (£639,000) from the damages Pharrell Williams was ordered to pay after the Blurred Lines copyright trial. The case revolved around the question of whether Williams and his co-writer Robin Thicke had copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit ‘Got To Give It Up’. The judge also gave Gaye’s family a 50% cut of future earnings from the song.

2015, The Los Angeles home of US singer Chris Brown was raided and ransacked by three masked men who locked his aunt in a closet. Officials said the suspects, who were armed with handguns, got away from the Tarzana property with an unknown amount of money and some personal items.

2015, Robbie Williams made a surprise appearance at an auction selling some of his memorabilia for charity. The singer took control of the gavel as 150 items, including handwritten lyrics and bespoke suits, went under the hammer for a Staffordshire hospice. The auction raised over £120,000, ($177,300).
July 15th: Born on this day

1944, Born on this day, Millie Jackson, US soul singer, (1973 US No. 24 single, ‘Hurts So Good’, 1985 UK No.32 single with Elton John ‘Act Of War’).

1945, Born on this day, Peter Lewis, Moby Grape, (1967 US No.124 album ‘Moby Grape’).

1946, Born on this day, Linda Ronstadt, US singer, songwriter, (1975 US No.1 single ‘You’re No Good’, 1989 UK No.2 single with Aaron Neville, ‘Don’t Know Much’ plus over 15 other US Top 40 hits).

1947, Born on this day, Peter Banks, guitarist, Yes, (1968-70), and Flash. After playing with bassist Chris Squire in the Syn, Banks and Squire helped form Yes in 1968. Banks died aged 65 on 7th March 2013.

1947, Born on this day, American singer, songwriter, harmonica player, and guitarist Roky Erickson who was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators and a pioneer of the psychedelic rock genre.

1948, Born on this day, Artimus Pyle, drums, Lynyrd Skynyrd, (1974 US No. 8 single, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’).

1949, Born on this day, Trevor Horne, Buggles, (1979 UK No.1 single ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’), Yes, (1980-81), produced three UK No.1’s for Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ‘Relax’, ‘Two Tribes’, & ‘The Power Of Love’).

1950, Born on this day, Ian Campbell, Middle Of The Road, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’).

1951, Born on this day, Jamaican reggae musician Gregory Isaacs, famous for his song ‘Night Nurse’, which gave Simply Red at hit in 1997. He died on 25 October 2010 after a long battle with lung cancer.

1952, Born on this day, Jeff Carlisli, 38 Special, (1982 US No.10 single ‘Caught Up In You’).

1952, Born on this day, Johnny Thunders, (John Genzale), guitar, vocals, The New York Dolls, 1973 album ‘New York Dolls’. Died of a drug overdose on 23rd April 1991.

1953, Born on this day, Alicia Bridges, US singer, (1978 US No.5 & UK No. 32 single ‘I Love The Night Life’).

1956, Born on this day, Ian Curtis, guitar, vocals, Warsaw, Joy Division, (1980 UK No.13 single ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’). Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, England on 18th May 1980 at the age of 23. Curtis had the Iggy Pop album ‘The Idiot’, playing on his stereo and left a note that said, ‘At this very moment, I wish I were dead. I Just can’t cope anymore.’

1956, Born on this day, American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Joe Satriani. He is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums, making him the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time.

1966, Born on this day, Jason Bonham, drummer and son of Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham. As well as playing with Led Zeppelin, (at Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert and the 02 concert), Jason has worked with Jimmy Page (on his Outrider album), UFO, Foreigner, Steel Dragon, Damnocracy, Airrace, Virginia Wolf, Black Country Communion and Paul Rodgers.

1973, Born on this day, John Dolmayan, drummer, System of a Down. (2001 US No.1 & UK No.13 album ‘Toxicity’, 2005 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Mezmerize’).

1977, Born on this day, Ray Toro, lead guitar, My Chemical Romance, (2006 UK No.1 single ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’, 2006 US No.2 album ‘The Black Parade’).

1990, Born on this day, Olly Alexander, actor and lead singer of Years & Years who scored the 2015 UK No.1 single ‘King’,

July 14

1962, Bobby Vinton started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Roses Are Red, My Love’, a No.15 hit in the UK.

1962, The Beatles played their first ever gig in Wales when they appeared at The Regent Dansette in Rhyl. Tickets cost five shillings, ($0.70).

1964, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s All Over Now’, the group’s first of 8 UK No.1’s. Written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack, it was first released by The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack in the same year.

1967, The Who began their first full North American tour at the Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, appearing as support band to Herman’s Hermits on 55 dates.

1967, David Bowie released the single ‘Love You Till Tuesday’ which failed to reach the charts. Bowie’s 1969 showpiece film Love You till Tuesday took its name from the song, which also featured over the opening credits.

1971, The Byrds, James Taylor, Steeleye Span, Sandy Denny, Tom Paxton and The Incredible String Band all appeared at the UK Lincoln Folk Festival, tickets £2.00.

1973, A drunk driver killed Clarence White of The Byrds while he was loading equipment after a gig in Palmdale, California.

1973, During a concert at the John Wayne Theatre in Hollywood, California, Phil Everly smashed his guitar and stormed of stage, Don finished the set by himself and announced that The Everly Brothers had split.

1977, Elvis Costello and The Attractions made their live debut supporting Wayne County at The Garden, Penzance, Cornwall, England.

1979, Donna Summer scored her third No.1 US single with ‘Bad Girls’ the album of the same name also started a five week run at No.1. The inspiration for her to write the song came after one of her assistants was offended by a police officer who thought she was a street prostitute.

1980, Allen Klein ex manager of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones began serving a two-month prison sentence for falsifying tax returns.

1980, Bryan Ferry collapsed in his hotel room in France and was flown to London suffering from a kidney infection.

1982, The movie premier for Pink Floyd’s The Wall was held at The Empire, Leicester Square, London, England.

1982, Van Halen kicked off their 105-date North American ‘Hide Your Sheep Tour’ at Richmond County Civic Center in Augusta, Georgia.

1984, Phillippe Wynne lead singer with The Detroit Spinners died of a heart attack while performing at Ivey’s nightclub in Oakland, California, aged 43. With The Detroit Spinners had the 1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Working My Way Back To You.’

1986, Madonna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her second No.1 ‘Papa Don’t Preach’. Madonna also had the UK No.1 album with ‘True Blue’.

1988, Michael Jackson gave himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for setting a new attendance record, when he played the first of seven nights at Wembley Stadium in London. The shows on his Bad World Tour were attended by a total of 504,000 fans beating the record previously held by Genesis, with four sold out nights.

1989, At The Peach Festival, South Carolina, 432 guitarist’s broke the world record for the most guitar players appearing in unison for the longest period of time, when they performed ‘Louie Louie’ for 30 minutes.

1989, Tom Jones lost a paternity suit and was ordered to pay $200 a week in child support to 27 year old Katherine Berkery of New York. The judge in the case was Judge Judy Sheindlin, who was still serving in her 15 year tenure as a New York Family Court judge before appearing in her court TV show, Judge Judy.

1997, Walkers Spice Girls crisps went on sale in the UK, over 16 million bags were sold by the end of the year.

2000, Five became the latest pop idols to call for the legalisation of cannabis. J and Richie from the band told Sky magazine that the drug should no longer be outlawed ‘No one who smokes a spliff goes out and starts fights like someone who’s been drinking.’

2003, Plans for Sting to write an official anthem for Tuscany came under fire by locals who insisted the job should go to an Italian and not a foreigner. The British pop star owned a house in Tuscany and had been nominated to compose the anthem by Franco Banchi who lived nearby.

2006, Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie had his nose broken when he was attacked in a hotel bar in Madrid in Spain. The singer had to postpone a Top Of The Pops recording due to the injuries.

2007, A pair of glasses worn by former Beatle John Lennon sparked a bidding war after being offered for sale online. The circular sunglasses were worn by Lennon during The Beatles 1966 tour of Japan, where the band played some of their last ever live dates. Anonymous rival bidders had pushed the price as high as £750,000 at online auction house 991.com.

2009, Michael Jackson fans from all over the world congregated at London’s O2 arena, where the star had been due to begin his run of 50 concerts. Fans who left messages to a wall of tributes and conducted Jackson sing-a-longs, held a minute’s silence at 1830 BST to mark the time when the doors to the concert would have opened.

2015, Arthur Cave the 15-year-old son of musician Nick Cave died after a fall from a cliff in Brighton, Sussex, England.

2015, The Las Vegas coroner’s office confirmed that B.B. King died of natural causes primarily stemming from Alzheimer’s disease and was not murdered. Two of his daughters had alleged King was poisoned by long-time associates.
July 14th: Born on this day

1912, Born on this day, Woodrow Wilson ‘Woody’ Guthrie in Okemah, Oklahoma. Folk singer and songwriter, famous for his ‘Dust Bowl Ballads’ and protest songs in the 1930’s and 1940’s. His work was a major influence on the young Bob Dylan, providing inspiration and mentorship. Guthrie was married three times and fathered eight children, including American folk musician Arlo Guthrie. He frequently performed with the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists displayed on his guitar. Guthrie died of complications resulting from Huntingdon’s disease on October 3rd 1967.

1926, Born on this day, Lowman Pauling, guitarist, The Five Royales, co-wrote 1967 hit for Mamas and the Papas, ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ which was originally a 1961 hit for the Shirelles. It got to No.3 on the Hot 100. The Five Royales recorded the song in 1957 but it never charted. It was included on their album, Dedicated To You. He died on 26th December 1973.

1945, Born on this day, Jim Gordon, American drummer, one of the most requested session drummers in the late 1960s and 1970s. Gordon co-wrote Layla with Eric Clapton, worked with The Everly Brothers, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, (Pet Sounds), The Byrds, George Harrison, (All Things Must Pass), John Lennon (Imagine), The Carpenters, Traffic, Glen Campbell, (Wichita Lineman), Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Frank Zappa and many others. A diagnosed schizophrenic, Gordon murdered his mother on June 3, 1983, by pounding her head with a hammer. He was sentenced to sixteen years-to-life in prison in 1984.

1948, Born on this day, Tommy Mottola, music executive, Sony Records. Married Mariah Carey in 1993, separated in 1997.

1952, Born on this day, Chris Cross, bass, synth, Ultravox, (1981 UK No.2 single ‘Vienna’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1952, Born on this day, Bob Casale, best known as a guitarist and keyboardist in the new wave band Devo. He engineered the first solo album for Police guitarist Andy Summers. Casale died on February 17, 2014.

1966, Born on this day, Ellen Reid, keyboards, Crash Test Dummies, (1994 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘MMM MMM MMM MMM’).

1971, Born on this day, Nick McCabe, guitar, The Verve, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’).

1975, Born on this day, Taboo, rapper, singer, Black Eyed Peas, (2003 US & UK No.1 single ‘Where Is The Love’).

1978, Born on this day, Ruben Studdard, singer, winner of the second series of American Idol. (2003 US No.2 single ‘Flying Without Wings’).

1986, Born on this day, Dan Smith, lead vocalist, producer, songwriter and founder of the indie rock band Bastille, who won a Brit award and had a No.1 U.K. album with Bad Blood.

1987, Born on this day Dan Reynolds, American musician, best known as the frontman of the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons.

July 12

1954, 19 year old Elvis Presley signed a recording contract with Sun Records. He also gave in his notice at his day job at The Crown Electric Company. Sam Phillips from Sun Records originally wanted to use the 19 year old to make demos of songs meant for other artists, but soon realized that here was the man who could bridge the gap between white and black performances.

1962, Ray Charles was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Don Gibson penned country ballad ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’. His only UK No.1 was taken from his Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music album.

1962, The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club, London, with Dick Taylor on bass (later of The Pretty Things) and Mick Avory on drums, (later of The Kinks). Billed as The Rollin’ Stones, they were paid £20 for the gig, the equivalent of £330 in 2010.

1964, The Beatles appeared at the Hippodrome Theatre in Brighton with The Fourmost and the Shubdubs (whose drummer, Jimmy Nicol, would later fill in for an ill Ringo Starr on The Beatles’ world tour). Also in the US The Ed Sullivan Show re-broadcast The Beatles’ first live television appearance on the Sullivan show (from February 9). On the way to tonight’s gig George Harrison was involved in a minor crash in his brand new E-Type Jaguar in Kings Road, Fulham, London. Passing pedestrians collected bits of broken glass as souvenirs.

1968, Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees married Samantha Juste who he met when working in the UK on the BBC TV show Top Of The Pops.

1969, One Hit Wonders Zager and Evans started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘In The Year 2525, (Exordium And Terminus)’. The song was also No.1 in the UK, making them the only one hit wonders ever in both the US and UK singles charts.

1979, American singer songwriter Minnie Riperton died of cancer aged 31. The Stevie Wonder produced ‘Loving You’ gave Minnie a US No.1 single in 1975. She worked at Chess records singing backup for various artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. She also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. Also a member of Wonderlove in 1973, a backup group for Stevie Wonder.

1980, During their 23 date ’11 O’clock Tick Tock’ U2 played at The Moonlight, West Hampstead in London, England.

1980, Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra had the UK No.1 single with ‘Xanadu’, taken from the film of the same name. It gave Olivia Newton-John her third UK No.1 single.

1983, Former Traffic member Chris Wood died of liver failure after a lengthy illness. Also played with Jimi Hendrix in 1968, appearing on the Electric Ladyland album and worked with both John Martyn and the Small Faces.

1986, Boy George and singer Marilyn were arrested in London, England for possession of drugs.

1986, Simply Red scored their first US No.1 single with ‘Holding Back The Years’. Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall wrote the song when he was seventeen, while living at his father’s house. The chorus did not come to him until many years later.

1988, Michael Jackson arrived in the UK for his first ever-solo appearances. He performed a total of eight nights to 794,000 people.

1991, Take That released their debut single ‘Do What U Like’ which was a commercial failure, peaking at No. 82 on the UK Singles Chart. The low-budget video for the track featured the band getting naked, showing their bare buttocks and smearing jelly over themselves, resulting in the video being banned from daytime television.

1996, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was charged with drug possession after the death of the bands keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin in his New York Hotel room.

2000, A statue erected in the memory of John Lennon was unveiled in London’s Trafalgar Square. The sculpture featured a revolver with a knotted barrel created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward.

2003, Saxophonist, composer and arranger Benny Carter died aged 95. He worked with Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and composed many TV theme’s including Ironside and M-Squad.

2003, REM, The White Stripes, Idlewind, The Cardigans, The Proclaimers, The Music, The Charlatans, Coldplay, Supergrass, The Darkness, Turin Brakes, The Coral and Feeder all appeared at this year’s two day T In The Park festival in Scotland.

2008, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood left his wife of 23 years and moved in with an 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress. The 61 year-old dad-of-four had met the teenager while out drinking and had taken her away to his luxury pad in Ireland.

2008, American singer Earl Nelson (Earl Lee Nelson) died in Lake Charles, Louisiana. One half of the duo, Bob And Earl, (recorded ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in 1963). Nelson sang background vocals on ‘Rockin’ Robin’, a US No. 2 for The Jackson Five in 1972.

2012, Pollstar magazine announced that former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters had grossed up $158.1 million in concert ticket sales worldwide so far this year with The Wall Live show. Bruce Springsteen was came in second place with $79.9 million.
July 12th: Born on this day

1937, Born on this day, saxophonist Howie Casey who was a member of Derry and the Seniors, the first rock and roll band from Liverpool to play clubs in Germany and later, as leader of the renamed Howie Casey and the Seniors, the first Liverpool group to record an LP. He later featured on several albums by Paul McCartney (Band on the Run, Wings at the Speed of Sound and Back to the Egg) and played live with Paul McCartney on the Wings Over the World tour. He also worked with Marc Bolan The Who, Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins.

1943, Born on this day, Christine McVie, keyboards, vocals, Chicken Shack, Fleetwood Mac, (1987 UK No.5 single ‘Little Lies’ and 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dreams’, from world wide No.1 album Rumours). Solo.

1947, Born on this day, Wilko Johnson, guitar, Dr Feelgood, (1979 UK No.9 single ‘Milk And Alcohol’) and a founding member of Solid Senders. Wilko stated in early 2013 that he had terminal cancer and was given just 10 months to live, and aptly announced he was going on a farewell tour. On 22 March 2013, Wilko played what he thought would be his final show guesting with Madness on the television programme Madness Live: Goodbye Television Centre which was broadcast on BBC Four. In Oct 2014 Johnson said he has been “cured” of the terminal pancreatic cancer.

1950, Born on this day, Eric Carr, drums, KISS (1974 US No.5 single ‘On And On’ 1976 US No 11 album ‘Rock and Roll Over’ spent 26 weeks on the chart. 1987 UK No.4 single ‘Crazy Crazy Nights’). Carr died on 24th November 1991.

1952, Born on this day, Liz Mitchell, singer, Boney M, (1978 UK No.1 & US No.30 single ‘Rivers Of Babylon’).

1952, Born on this day, Philip Taylor Kramer, bass guitar, Iron Butterfly. His disappearance on February 12, 1995 caused a mystery lasting four years. On May 29, 1999, Kramer’s Ford Aerostar minivan and skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence his death was ruled as a probable suicide.

1953, Born on this day, Billy and Bobby Alessi, Alessi Brothers, (1977 UK No.8 single ‘Oh. Lori).

1960, Born on this day, Ray Gillen, member of Black Sabbath who died 1st December 1993.

1962, Born on this day, Dan Murphy, guitar, Soul Asylum, (1993 US No.5 and UK No.7 single ‘Runaway Train’).

1964, Born on this day, Tim Gane, guitar, keyboards, Stereolab, (1994 UK No.45 single ‘Ping Pong’).

1967, Born on this day, American guitarist John Petrucci, best known as a founding member of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater.

1977, Born on this day, Dominic Howard, drums, Muse, (2003 UK No.1 album ‘Absolution’, 2003 UK No.8 single, ‘Time Is Running Out’). Muse were nominated for five Grammy Awards, of which they won Best Rock Album for The Resistance.

1983, Born on this day, Kimberly Perry, singer with American country music group The Band Perry, who scored the US Country No.1 hit ‘If I Die Young’. The bands second album, Pioneer, released in 2013 produced additional No.1 singles in ‘Better Dig Two’, and ‘DONE.’

1984, Born on this day, Gareth Gates, UK singer, TV’s Pop Idol runner up, (2002 UK No.1 single ‘Unchained Melody’).

July 11

1955, Alma Cogan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dreamboat’. Cogan went on to score over 20 UK Top 40 singles. Nicknamed ‘The Girl With the Laugh In Her Voice’, she was the highest paid British female entertainer of her era.

1964, The Beatles appeared live on the ABC Television program “Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)”, performing ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Long Tall Sally’, ‘Things We Said Today’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’. To avoid the crowd of fans waiting for them, The Beatles arrived at the Teddington Studio Centre by boat, traveling down the River Thames.

1969, ‘Space Oddity’ by David Bowie was released in the UK for the first time. It was timed to coincide with the Apollo moon landing but had to be re-released before it became a hit, later in the year in the UK (but not until 1973 in the US).

1970, Self Portrait gave Bob Dylan his fifth UK No.1 album. Released by Columbia Records, his tenth studio album was Dylan’s second double album, and featured mostly cover versions of well-known pop and folk songs.

1970, Three Dog Night started a two-week run at No.1 in the US with their version of the Randy Newman song ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’, which was also a No.3 hit in the UK. The song was first covered by Eric Burdon on his first solo album in 1966 and gave Tom Jones & Stereophonics a No.4 hit on the UK Singles Chart in 2000.

1971, The Bruce Springsteen Band opened for Humble Pie at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. After the show an impressed Peter Frampton from Humble Pie, tells Springsteen and the band he’d like to have them open for them on a national basis. Frampton also said he would be happy to get the band an audition with his record label, A & M Records. For no logical reason Springsteen’s manager Tinker West declined both offers on the spot.

1977, Tonight saw the opening night of a new punk venue, The Vortex Club, on Wardour Street, London with Siouxise, Adam And The Ants, The Slits and Sham 69.

1981, The Specials had their second and final UK No.1 single with ‘Ghost Town’. Despite being a song about Coventry, the band chose to film the video of themselves driving a Vauxhall Cresta around some empty London streets.

1982, Phil Collen, former guitarist with the glam rock band Girl, replaced Pete Willis in Def Leppard who was fired due to excessive alcohol consumption on the job.

1987, Heart started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Alone’, it made No.3 in the UK.

1991, American singer and lyricist Roger Christian died. Worked with The Beach Boys and co-wrote songs recorded by Jan and Dean. Christian worked as a radio personality in the 1960s.

1992, A range of eight ‘ties’, designed by Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead went on sale in the US. President Bill Clinton bought a set. The collection grossed millions in the US by the end of the year. Tie Pin Station

1996, Jonathan Melvoin keyboard player with the Smashing Pumpkins died from a drug overdose in New York City aged 34. Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin who was with Melvoin tried but failed to revive him after Chamberlin was allegedly advised by 911 operators to put Melvoin’s head in the shower. Several songs were inspired by his death, including Sarah McLachlan’s hit single ‘Angel.’ He was the brother of Susannah and Wendy Melvoin of Prince and the Revolution. Melvoin had also been a member of The Dickies.

1998, Billie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Because We Want To’. The 15 year old made chart history by becoming the second youngest female to score a No.1; Helen Shapiro was the youngest at 14 with the 1961 No.1 single ‘You Don’t Know’.

1999, Ricky Martin started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’. A US No.1 for 5 weeks. The song was the first No.1 song to be recorded, edited, and mixed totally on a DAW (digital audio workstation).

1999, Limp Bizkit started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Significant Other’ the bands first US No.1.

2000, After being sacked ‘out of the blue’ last year, Richard Ashcroft’s ex-manger Jazz Summers issued a writ citing breach of contract for an undisclosed sum said to be ‘in excess of £50,000’.

2002, The funeral of The Who’s bass player John Entwistle took place at a church in The Cotswolds. More than 200 mourners filed into the 12th century church of St Edward in Stow-on-the-wold.

2004, UK band McFly went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Room On The 3rd Floor.’ They broke the record set by The Beatles as the youngest group ever to debut at No.1 on the album charts.

2004, The Darkness replaced David Bowie at this years T In The Park Scottish festival following his heart operation. Other acts appearing included Muse, Franz Ferdinard, Faithless, Scissor Sisters, Black Eyed Peas and Pink.

2009, The Black Eyes Peas ‘I Gotta Feeling’ started a 14-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart ending the 12-week run of the band’s previous single ‘Boom Boom Pow’. It made the band only the fourth to replace themselves at No.1 in chart history, following The Beatles, Boyz II Men, and OutKast.

2013, Pearl Jam released their tenth studio album ‘Lightning Bolt’ which went to No.1 on the US album chart.

2014, Producer and drummer Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi), from the influential punk rock band the Ramones died aged 65 following unsuccessful treatment for bile duct cancer. In 1970, Erdelyi was an assistant engineer for the production of the Jimi Hendrix album Band of Gypsys.

2015, James McElvar the singer in the Scottish boy band Rewind was said to be lucky to be alive after collapsing with heat exhaustion on board a flight travelling from Stansted to Glasgow. The singer became ill after wearing 12 layers of clothing to avoid paying the £45 ($66), extra baggage fee.
July 11th: Born on this day

1947, Born on this day, John Holt, reggae singer and songwriter who first found fame as a member of the Paragons, before establishing himself as a solo artist. Holt penned ‘The Tide Is High’ made famous by Blondie. He died on 20th October 2014.

1949, Born on this day, Jeff Hana, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (1971 US No.9 single ‘Mr Bojangles’).

1951, Born on this day, Bonnie Pointer, singer, The Pointer Sisters, (1984 UK No.2 & US No.5 single ‘Automatic’).

1954, Born on this day, Benny DeFranco, The DeFranco Family, (1973 US No.3 single ‘Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat’, biggest selling US single of 73. Based on The Osmonds, featured 10 year-old Tony DeFranco).

1957, Born on this day, Pete Murphy, vocals, Bauhaus, (1982 UK No.15 single ‘Ziggy Stardust’). Solo.

1959, Born on this day, Richie Sambora, guitar, Bon Jovi, (1986 US No.1 album ‘Slippery When Wet’ plus 5 UK No.1 albums. 1987 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’).

1959, Born on this day, Suzanne Vega, US singer, songwriter, (1990 UK No.2 single ‘Tom’s Diner’, with DNA).

1966, Born on this day, Melanie Appleby, (Mel and Kim, 1987 UK No.1 single ‘Respectable’). She died from cancer on 18th January 1990 at the age of 23.

1969, Born on this day, John Kiffmeyer, known professionally as Al Sobrante, American musician, best known as a former drummer for the punk rock band Green Day.

1975, Born on this day, Lil’ Kim, US singer, (Kimberly Jones), 1997 UK No.11 single ‘Not Tonight’, 2001 US & UK No.1 single with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink, ‘Lady Marmalade’).

1975, Born on this day, Rick McMurray, drums, Ash, (1995 UK No.11 single ‘Girl From Mars’, 1996 UK No.1 album ‘1977’).

1975, Born on this day, Samer El Nahhal, bassist, Lordi. Became Finland’s first ever Eurovision Song Contest winners after their song ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ won the contest held in Athens in 2006.

1984, Born on this day, Canadian musician Tobias Jesso Jr. who was a member of The Sessions. He has also worked with Adele co-writing ‘When We Were Young’ from her album 25.

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