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July 10

1950, The US music show Your Hit Parade premiered on NBC-TV. The program, which featured vocalists covering the top hits of the week, had been on radio since 1935. It moved to CBS in 1958 but was canceled the following year, unable to cope with the rising popularity of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

1961, Bobby Lewis started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tossin’ and Turnin’, the longest running No.1 single of 1961, spending seven weeks at the top of the chart.

1964, 200,000 Liverpudlians took to the streets to celebrate The Beatles return to Liverpool for the northern premiere of the group’s first film ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ The group were honored in a public ceremony in front of Liverpool Town Hall and as The Beatles stood on a balcony looking at the large crowd gathered below, John Lennon gave a few Nazi “Sieg Heil” salutes. Not everyone appreciated his sense of humor.

1965, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, the group’s first chart-topper there. In the UK, the song was initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.

1966, Johnny Tilotson, The Jive Five, The Tymes, The Shangra-Las and local band The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals) all appeared at the Surf ‘n See Club in Seabright New Jersey.

1968, Eric Clapton announced that Cream would break-up after their current tour. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world’s first platinum-selling double album and Cream are widely regarded as being the world’s first successful supergroup.

1968, The Nice were banned from appearing at London’s Royal Albert Hall after burning an American flag on stage. Two years later, Keith Emerson, leader of the Nice, joined Greg Lake and Carl Palmer in Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

1969, The funeral of Rolling Stone Brian Jones took place in his home town at Hatherley Road Parish Church, Cheltenham. Canon Hugh Evan Hopkins read Jones’ own epitaph, ‘Please don’t judge me too harshly’. Bill Wyman, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts from The Stones attended the funeral.

1972, Harry Nilsson’s eighth album, Son of Schmilsson was released. It featured George Harrison under the name George Harrysong and Ringo Starr, listed as Richie Snare, on some of the tracks. Peter Frampton also played guitar on most of the album.

1974, David Bowie played the first of five dates at The Tower Theatre in Philadelphia the recordings of which made up the ‘David Live’ album released later that year.

1976, One Hit Wonders Starland Vocal Band started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Afternoon Delight’, it was also their only hit in the UK making No.18 on the chart.

1978, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious after falling from the stage during a Stones concert at the Coliseum, St Paul, Minnesota.

1979, Chuck Berry was sentenced to five months in jail after being found guilty of tax evasion.

1980, Bob Marley and the Wailers began what would be Marley’s last ever UK tour when they appeared in Dublin, Ireland.

1980, During their 23 date ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ tour U2 appeared at The Clarendon Hotel in London.

1984, Session drummer and former member of Derek and the Dominos, Jim Gordon, was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering his mother. It was after he was arrested that he was properly diagnosed with schizophrenia and, although at the trial the court accepted that Gordon had acute schizophrenia, he was not allowed to use an insanity defense because of changes to California law.

1987, Producer and record company executive John Hammond died. He brought Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen to Columbia Records. Hammond also worked as a producer with Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.

1989, David F Pearsall age 18 from Manchester, New Jersey was charged with theft after stealing a guitar at a concert in Riverfront Park belonging to Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.

2002, David Bowie, Suede, Divine Comedy, Green Day, No Doubt, Paul Weller, Ian Brown, Joe Strummer, New Order, Doves and Shed 7 all appeared at the four day Move festival, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, England.

2005, The four members of Led Zeppelin were voted the UK’s ideal supergroup after 3,500 music fans were asked to create their fantasy band for Planet Rock Radio. Jimmy Page won best guitarist, followed by Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore. John Paul Jones was named top bassist, with John Bonham, who died in 1980, winning best drummer and Robert Plant beat the late Freddie Mercury to best singer.

2008, The drum skin used on the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album sold for £541,250 ($1m) at Christie’s Memorabilia auction in London. Other items sold included John Lennon’s lyrics for ‘Give Peace a Chance’ which sold for £421,250 ($832,257) and a pair of tinted prescription sunglasses belonging to Lennon, which he wore for the cover of the single ‘Mind Games’, sold for £39,650 ($79,000). A rare 1/4 inch reel to-reel master tape recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Woburn Music Festival in 1968 went for £48,050 ($95,000), a Marshall amplifier used by Hendrix in concert fetched £25,000 ($50,000).

2011, A pub in Dundee, Scotland called Lennon’s Bar was forced to change the name of the venue and remove all Beatles memorabilia the former Beatles wife Yoko Ono threatened legal action for copyright infringement.
July 10th: Born on this day

1939, Born on this day, Mavis Staples, American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist. She recorded and performed with her family’s band The Staple Singers who scored two No.1 singles, ‘I’ll Take You There’ and ‘Let’s Do It Again’.

1941, Born on this day, Ian Whitcomb, UK singer, (1965 US No.8 single ‘You Turn Me On, Turn On Song’).

1942, Born on this day, Ronnie James Dio, vocals, Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his own band Dio. He died on May 16, 2010, after a six-month battle with stomach cancer. He was 67 years old.

1943, Born on this day, Jerry Miller, guitar, Moby Grape, (1967 album ‘Moby Grape’).

1944, Born on this day, John Dymond, (Beaky), guitar, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, (1968 UK No.1 single ‘Legend Of Xanadu’).

1947, Born on this day, Arlo Guthrie, US singer, songwriter, son of folksinger Woody Guthrie, (1967 album ‘Alice’s Restaurant’, 1972 US No.18 single ‘The City Of New Orleans’).

1949, Born on this day, Dave Smalley, The Raspberries famous for their hits ‘Go All The Way’, ‘I Wanna Be With You’ and ‘Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)’.

1950, Born on this day, Greg Kihn, US singer, (1983 US No.2 & UK No.63 single ‘Jeopardy’).

1954, Born on this day, Neil Tennant, vocals, Pet Shop Boys, (1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘West End Girls’, plus 3 other UK No.1 singles and over 20 UK Top 40 hits), ex editor of music paper Smash Hits.

1958, Born on this day, American banjo player Béla Fleck, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most innovative and technically proficient banjo players. Fleck has shared Grammy wins with Asleep at the Wheel, and has been nominated in more categories than any other musician, namely country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, spoken word, composition, and arranging.

1959, Born on this day, Sandy West, drummer, founding member of US all girl group The Runaways. West died on 21 Oct 2006.

1960, Born on this day, Martyn P Casey, keyboards, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, (1996 UK No.36 single with PJ Harvey, ‘Henry Lee’).

1964, Born on this day, Graham Lambert, guitar, Inspiral Carpets, (1990 UK No.14 single ‘This Is How It Feels’).

1965, Born on this day, Peter DiStefano, Porno For Pyros, (1993 US No.3 & UK No.3 self-titled album).

1970, Born on this day, Jason Orange, vocals, Take That (1995 UK No.1 single ‘Back For Good’ and seven other UK No.1 singles, 1993 UK No.1 album ‘Everything Changes spent 78 weeks on the UK chart). Re-formed without Robbie Williams in 2006 for a sold-out European tour. Topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time in their career when the single ‘Patience’ and album ‘Beautiful World’ both reached No.1 in Dec 2006.

1970, Born on this day, Gary LeVox, singer, Rascal Flatts, (2004 US country No.2 single ‘I Melt’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘Me And My Gang’).

1974, Born on this day, Imelda May, Irish singer who has worked with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and David Gilmour.

1980, Born on this day, Jessica Simpson, US singer, (2000 UK No.7 single ‘I Wanna Love You Forever’). Featured on MTV ‘Newlyweds’ show with her husband ex 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey.

July 9

1954, Elvis Presley recorded ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’, (the B-side for his first single) at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Presley had recorded the A-side ‘That’s Alright’ four days earlier.

1955, Bill Haley & His Comets went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Around the Clock’, staying at No.1 for eight weeks and becoming one of the biggest selling singles of all time.

1956, After the June 30th trouble at Asbury Park, Bill Haley and His Comets were denied permission to play at the Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City. A city ordnance was passed that read: “Rock and roll music encouraged juvenile delinquency and inspired young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city’s beaches.”

1958, Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records, where he would remain for the next 30 years releasing over 60 albums.

1962, Bob Dylan recorded ‘Blowin’ In the Wind’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City during an afternoon session. Dylan originally wrote and performed a two-verse version of the song, as in its first public performance, at Gerde’s Folk City on April 16th, 1962. Shortly after this, he added the middle verse.

1967, On a US tour supporting The Monkees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Convention Hall, Miami, Florida. After it became plainly apparent that the group is not suited to teenybopper audiences, the tour’s promoter Dick Clark and Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler concoct a story saying that the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution group had complained at Jimi’s act and so the Experience left the tour after just six shows.

1969, Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles recorded ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’ John Lennon returned to the studio after recovering from a car crash in Scotland, and a bed was installed in the Abbey Road studio for Yoko, who was pregnant, and who had been more seriously injured in the car accident.

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1971, David Bowie started recording sessions at Trident Studios in London, for what would become the concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The character of Ziggy was initially inspired by British rock ‘n’ roll singer Vince Taylor, whom Bowie met after Taylor had had a breakdown and believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien.

1972, Paul McCartney and Wings played their very first show in the small French town of Chateauvillon. The band included Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough and Paul’s wife, Linda. It was McCartney’s first time on the road since The Beatles quit touring in 1966. The band travelled on a double Decker London bus with a psychedelic interior.

1976, The Pretty Things, Supercharge and third on the bill the Sex Pistols all appeared at The Lyceum, London, England, tickets £1.75.

1977, Elvis Costello quit his day job at Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics to become a full time musician.

1983, The Police started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Every Breath You Take’ also No.1 in the UK. Taken from the bands album Synchronicity, Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards.

1983, Wham! went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release ‘Fantastic!’, which went on to spend 116 weeks on the chart.

1988, Cheap Trick went to No.1 on the US singles chart with The Flame, the group’s only US No.1.

1988, Glenn Medeiros was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You’. The 18 year old from Hawaii was one of the youngest males to reach the top of the charts.

1989, New Edition’s production manager was charged with criminal homicide after allegedly shooting the support acts security man after they ran over their stage time.

1995, The Grateful Dead gave their last concert with leader Jerry Garcia at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Jerry would die of a heart attack a month later while in drug rehab.

1999, A statement was issued by Jerry Hall’s lawyers saying that she had formally agreed to separate from husband Mick Jagger after more than 8 years of marriage.

1999, Elton John had a pacemaker fitted in an operation at a London hospital following reports about his ill health. Sir Elton was forced to cancel a series of concerts.

2004, David Bowie was forced to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery. The 57 year-old singer had an operation last month in Germany, where he was on tour, to treat “an acutely blocked artery”. The star’s cancellation last month of 11 European dates was originally attributed to a shoulder injury.

2006, Muse started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Black Holes & Revelations’ the bands fifth album release and second No.1.

2006, Lily Allen scored her first UK No.1 single with ‘Smile’. The organ riff is a sample of Jackie Mittoo playing keyboards on ‘Free Soul’ by The Soul Brothers. Lily’s actor dad, Keith Allen, was part of the Fat Les band who had a hit with ‘Vindaloo’ in 1998.

2007, Happy Mondays’ frontman Shaun Ryder was in trouble after he smoked several cigarettes on stage during a concert at The Ritz in Manchester. Smoking had been banned in all enclosed public places in England on 1 July of this year, and anyone flouting the law faced a £50 fine. Performers were only exempt from the smoking ban if the “artistic integrity” of their act required it.

2010, During a Santana concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois, guitarist Carlos Santana proposed to his girlfriend, Cindy Blackman who had just finished a drum solo during the band’s set. The couple married in December 2010.

2011, Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant joined three local musicians at a fundraising charity show in Monmouth Wales, where tickets cost £3. The event was a tribute to his friend, former Led Zeppelin producer Pat Moran, who died of a rare dementia in January. Plant delighted the small crowd in the Monmouthshire town with songs from his Led Zeppelin days as well as tunes from his solo career.

2013, Former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill began a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut for tax evasion. The 38-year-old was sentenced in May for failing to pay tax on $1.8m (£1.2m) of her earnings between 2005-07. After her release, Hill would be under parole supervision for a year, with the first three months to be spent confined to her home.

2013, 32 year-old Junior Bradshaw who was involved in a plot to rob and murder soul singer Joss Stone was jailed for 18 years. Both he and Kevin Liverpool, were found guilty at Exeter Crown Court three months ago. The pair were found near the singers home with a body bag and a variety of weapons including a Samurai sword, two hammers and knives.

2015, Phil Rudd, a drummer with AC/DC was sentenced in New Zealand to eight months house detention for drug possession and making threats to kill. The court heard how Rudd had fired several employees after the failure of his solo album, Head Job, in August last year, Rudd had also called one victim saying: “I’m going to come over and kill you.” His sentence would be served at his beachfront home in Tauranga, with Judge Thomas Ingram warning he would be face jail if he breached the conditions.
July 9th: Born on this day

1925, Born on this day, Alan Dale, US singer. Had his own TV & radio show during the 50’s. 1955 US No.7 single ‘Cheery Pink and Apple Blossom White’. Dale died on 20th April 2002.

1929, Born on this day, Lee Hazlewood, US male singer, (1967 US No.14 & UK No. 11 single ‘Jackson’, 1971 UK No.2 single with Nancy Sinatra). Wrote the Nancy Sinatra hit, ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin.’ Died of cancer on 4th Aug 2007 at his home near Las Vegas aged 78.

1941, Born on this day, Don McPherson, Main Ingredient, (1974 US No.10 & UK No.27 single ‘Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely’). He died on 4th July 1971.

1946, Born on this day in Forfar, Scotland, Bon Scott (Ronald Belford Scott), singer with AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was brought up in Kirriemuir before moving to Melbourne, Australia, with his family in 1952 at the age of six. Having arrived from ‘Bonnie Scotland’, he was dubbed ‘Bon’, and the nickname stuck. After a night of heavy drinking, Scott was found dead in the backseat of a friend’s car in South London on 19th February 1980, the cause of death being subsequently listed as ’acute alcohol poisoning’.

1946, Born on this day, Joe Micelli, John Fred and His Playboy Band, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Judy In Disguise’).

1947, Born on this day, Mitch Mitchell, drums, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967 UK No.3 single ‘Purple Haze’, 1970 UK No.1 single Voodoo Chile’). Mitchell had been in the ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go!’ house band. Mitchell was found dead in his US hotel room on 12th Nov 2008 aged 61. Are You Experienced?

1950, Born on this day, Gwen Guthrie, soul singer, (1986 UK No.5 single ‘Ain’t Nothing Goin’ But The Rent’). She died on 4th February 1999.

1953, Born on this day, Kate Garner, vocals, Haysi Fantayzee, (1982 UK No.11 single ‘John Wayne Is Big Leggy’).

1954, Born on this day, Debbie Sledge, singer, Sister Sledge, (1979 US No.2 single ‘We Are Family’, 1985 UK No.1 single ‘Frankie’).

1959, Born on this day, Jim Kerr, vocals, 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, Marc Almond, singer, Soft Cell, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Tainted Love’). Solo, (1989 UK No.1 single with Gene Pitney, ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’).

1959, Born on this day, D.H. Peligro, American punk rock musician and the second drummer for the Dead Kennedys from February 1981 until their breakup in December 1986. In 1988, Peligro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers replacing drummer Jack Irons for a short time.

1965, Born on this day, Courtney Love, guitar, vocals, Babes In Toyland, Hole, (1995 UK No.16 single ‘Doll Parts’) and solo records. Married Kurt Cobain from Nirvana on 24th Feb 1992.

1965, Born on this day, Frankie Bello, bass, Anthrax, (1991 UK No.16 single ‘Got The Time’).

1965, Born on this day, Tom Hingley, vocals, Inspiral Carpets, (1990 UK No.14 single ‘This Is How It Feels’).

1967, Born on this day, Dickon Hinchcliffe, guitar, violin, Tindersticks, (1993 album ‘Tindersticks’).

1967, Born on this day, Owen Paul, guitar, Catatonia, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Mulder And Scully’).

1971, Born on this day, Kelvin Grant, vocals, Musical Youth, best remembered for their successful 1982 single ‘Pass the Dutchie’, which became a No.1 hit around the world. It was a cover version of two songs: ‘Gimme the Music’ by U Brown, and ‘Pass the Kouchie’ by Mighty Diamonds, which deals with the recreational use of cannabis (kouchie being slang for a cannabis pipe).

1975, Born on this day, Jack White, (John Gillis), guitar, vocals, The White Stripes, (2003 UK No.1 album ‘Elephant’ spent 46 weeks on the UK chart). Also a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.

1975, Born on this day, Isaac Brock, singer, guitarist, Modest Mouse, (2007 US No.1 album ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’).

1976, Born on this day, Dan Estrin, guitarist, Hoobastank, 2004 US No.2 hit ‘The Reason.’

 

July 8

1954, Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate recording of Elvis Presley singing ‘That’s All Right’ to Memphis radio station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. He played the song just after 9.30 that evening, the phone lines lit up asking the DJ to play the song again.

1958, The first Gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded to the soundtrack LP, ‘Oklahoma’. The honor signified that the album had reached one million dollars in sales. The first Gold single issued by the RIAA was ‘Catch a Falling Star’ by Perry Como in March of 1958. A Gold single represented sales of one million records.

1965, The Dave Clark Five had their movie, Catch Us If You Can, premiere in London. The film was renamed to Having a Wild Weekend for its US release. Songs featured by the group in the movie included ‘Catch Us If You Can,’ ‘Having a Wild Weekend’ and ‘I Can’t Stand It.’

1966, The Beatles released the ‘Nowhere Man’ 4-track EP in the UK, which included: ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Michelle’ and ‘You Won’t See Me’. All four tracks were taken from The Beatles sixth UK studio album, Rubber Soul.

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1967, UK music weekly the Melody Maker ran a front-page comment condemning the 3-month jail sentence given to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for possession of Benzedrine tablets. Jagger was later given a conditional discharge.

1967, The Monkees began a 29-date tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as support act. Hendrix was dropped after six shows after being told his act was not suitable for their teenybopper audience.

1968, Pink Floyd kicked off their first 20-date North American tour at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The club became a driving force in the music business, hosting famous rock acts such as The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Byrds, Janis Joplin, The Mothers of Invention, The Grateful Dead, MC5, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly, Fleetwood, Vanilla Fudge, Muddy Waters and Jefferson Airplane.

1969, Marianne Faithfull collapsed on the set of ‘Ned Kelly’ after taking a drug overdose. She was admitted to a Sydney Hospital, (she was later dropped from the movie).

1970, The Everly Brothers Show, started an eleven-week prime time slot on ABC- TV in the US. It began as a summer replacement in 1970 for The Johnny Cash Show.

1971, Over-enthusiastic fans at a Mott The Hoople gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, caused some injuries and two damaged boxes, prompting a temporary ban on rock gigs at the venue. The group paid £1,467 for damages to property.

1972, Bill Withers started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lean On Me’, his only No.1 hit, it made No.18 in the UK.

1972, Donny Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Paul Anka song ‘Puppy Love.’ The first of three solo No.1’s for Donny.

1972, The Concert 10 Festival was held at Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Acts performing included, Claire Hamill, The Groundhogs, Edgar Winter, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Faces with Rod Stewart, Humble Pie, The J. Geils Band and Three Dog Night.

1973, Led Zeppelin’s fifth album Houses Of The Holy was on both the US and UK album charts. The album spent a total of 39 weeks on the US chart. The cover art for Houses Of The Holy was inspired by the ending of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End. It is a collage of several photographs which were taken at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland, by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.

1978, Gerry Rafferty’s album City To City went to No.1 on the US chart, knocking off ‘Saturday Night Fever’, which had been at the top of the charts for almost six months.

1978, Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon from The Clash were arrested for being drunk and disorderly after a gig at the Apollo in Glasgow, both were fined.

1979, The B-52’s made their UK live debut at London’s Lyceum Ballroom, supported by The Tourists.

1984, Bob Dylan’s current European tour came to an end at Slane Castle, County Meath in Ireland. Dylan was joined on stage by Van Morrison and they duetted on It’s All Over Now Baby Blue. U2’s Bono, who was sent to interview Dylan for the Irish rock magazine Hot Press, ended up duetting with Dylan on Blowin’ In The Wind and Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat. Carlos Santana also joined Dylan on stage and played guitar on the last seven songs of the set.

1995, Outhere Brothers scored their second UK No.1 hit single with ‘Boom Boom Boom’. It stayed at the top for four weeks. The original version of the song contained sexually explicit lyrics which were removed for the radio edit.

1995, TLC started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Waterfalls’, the group’s second US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.

1999, Take That former manager Nigel Martin Smith started a new business, as an undertaker. It was reported that he was unhappy with a service he had used so he decided to buy a local funeral firm in Manchester.

2002, Michael Jackson spoke out against the music industry’s treatment of artists, alleging that the business was rife with racism. Speaking at a civil rights meeting in New York, Jackson claimed there was a ‘conspiracy’ among record companies, especially towards black artists. A spokesman for Jackson’s record label said the remarks were ‘ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful.’

2004, Mark Purseglove known as the world’s ‘biggest bootlegger’ was sentenced to 3 years 6 months jail by Blackfriars Crown Court. Purseglove had built up a £15 million pirate CD empire by bootlegging live concerts of some of the world’s biggest stars including The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd

2006, Queen guitarist Brian May made a “substantial” donation to save hedgehogs from slaughter in the Outer Hebrides. Although the exact amount was not revealed it was said to be enough to pay for the rescue of hundreds of hedgehogs from the Uists, where Scottish Natural Heritage has been culling the animals for the past four years. May’s money would go towards funding cash rewards for islanders so hundreds more hedgehogs can be saved.

2007, Prince was forced off stage by police halfway through his set at the First Avenue nightclub during a late-night gig in his home town of Minneapolis. The club was only allowed to stay open until 3.am but Prince took to the stage at 2.45am. Prince had already played two concerts in Minneapolis before his late-night club appearance; His first performance was at a department store, where he promoted his new cologne with a nine-song, 45-minute set.

2007, Chemical Brothers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘We Are The Night’ the duo’s sixth studio album.
July 8th: Born on this day

1944, Born on this day, Jaimoe Johanson, American drummer and percussionist, The Allman Brothers Band (1973 US No.12 single ‘Ramblin Man’).

1945, Born on this day, Ricky Wolf, The Flowerpot Men, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’).

1955, Born on this day, Russell Christian, vocals, The Christians, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Harvest For The World’).

1960, Born on this day, Andy Fletcher, bass, synth, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single ‘People Are People’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles).

1961, Born on this day, Graham Jones, guitar, Haircut 100. The band had four UK Top 10 hit singles between 1981 and 1982, including ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)’, ‘Love Plus One’ and ‘Fantastic Day’.

1961, Born on this day, Toby Keith, country music singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. His debut ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy’, topped the US country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since then, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.

1963, Born on this day, Joan Osborne, American singer, songwriter who had the 1996 UK No.6 single ‘One Of Us’. She toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers and was featured in the documentary film about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

1970, Born on this day, American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Beck David Campbell, 1994 UK No.15 single ‘Loser’ from his 1994 album ‘Mellow Gold’. His second official studio album Odelay has appeared in numerous publications’ lists of the greatest records of the 1990s.

1971, Born on this day, Neil Mavers, drums, The La’s, (1990 UK No.13 single ‘There She Goes’).

1976, Born on this day, David Kennedy, American guitarist, songwriter who was a member of Box Car Racer, a band formed by Blink-182 members Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker.

1985, Born on this day, Jamie Cook, guitarist, Arctic Monkeys, (2005, UK No.1 single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘2006 UK No.1 album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’).

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1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent). Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.

1963, James Brown went to No.2 on the US album chart with ‘Live At The Apollo’. Recorded on the night of October 24, 1962 at Brown’s own expense, it spent 66 weeks on the Billboard Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked No.24 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
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1964, The Beatles film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ premiered at The Pavilion in London. Filmed during the height of Beatlemania, and written by Alun Owen, the film was made in the style of a mockumentary, describing a couple of days in the lives of the group.

1967, Pink Floyd made their first appearance on BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops to promote their new single ‘See Emily Play’. A badly damaged home video recording recovered by the British Film Institute of this show was given a public screening in London on 9th January 2010 at an event called “Missing Believed Wiped” devoted to recovered TV shows. It was the first time any footage was seen of the performance since its original broadcast.

1968, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 single when ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ hit the top of the charts. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”

1968, Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire took place. A two-day affair featuring Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alexis Korner, Family, Taste, Tim Rose, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Duster Bennett and Tyrannosaurus Rex, two-day tickets were priced at £2.

1971, American jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader, Louis Armstrong died. Had many hits including the 1964 US No.1 ‘Hello Dolly!’, 1968 UK No.1 ‘What A Wonderful World’ plus ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, and ‘We Have All the Time in the World.’ He made frequent use of laxatives as a means of controlling his weight, resulting in Armstrong appearing in humorous, advertisements for laxative product Swiss Kriss; the ads bore a picture of him sitting on a toilet, as viewed through a keyhole, with the slogan “Satch says, ‘Leave it all behind ya!”

1972, David Bowie appeared on the UK music show Top Of The Pops playing his new single ‘Starman’, his first hit since 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ three years before. The single peaked at No.10 and stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.

1973, Queen released their debut single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ in the UK. The track didn’t make the charts.

1975, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was arrested by the highway patrol in Arkansas on charges of reckless driving and possessing an offensive weapon, a seven-inch hunting knife.

1979, American singer, producer songwriter, Van McCoy died from a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey. Van McCoy and the Soul City had the US No.1 single ‘The Hustle’. Worked with Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Stylistics, Aretha Franklin and David Ruffin.

1984, The Jacksons kicked off their North American Victory tour at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. Over 2 million people attended the 55 concerts which grossed over $75 million. Michael Jackson donated $5 million to various charities.

1985, Phil Collins went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sussudio’, his third US No.1, it made No.12 in the UK.

1992, David Gates from Gateshead, Northumberland was given one year’s probation after being convicted of stealing guitars from the back of a van belonging to The Bay City Rollers.

1996, ‘Three Lions by comedians Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, (the official song of The England Football team).

1999, East 17 were dropped by their record company after the bands last album had sold less than 20,000 copies.

2001, A pair of Sir Elton John’s sandals was set to become the most expensive shoes in history when they went under the hammer for charity. Offers over £20,000 were invited for the Salvatore Ferragamo sandals to raise funds for Elton’s Aid Trust.

2002, George Harrison widow Olivia put the couple’s home up for sale for £20m saying she couldn’t bear to live with the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into the house in 1999.

2003, Skip Battin bassist and songwriter with The Byrds died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. (1965 US & UK No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’). Also played with New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

2003, Beyonce featuring Jay-Z started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Crazy In Love.’ The track features a sample from The Chi-Lites’ 1970 ‘Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)’. Also 8 weeks at No.1 on the US chart.

2003, The Dixie Chicks performed a concert at Dallas’ American Airlines Center despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage, (after the controversy regading her comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war). Maines had a police escort to and from the show and then directly to the airport.

2004, American R&B, soul singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright died after a two-year battle with bone cancer aged 58. Teamed up with Billy Preston on the 1980, No.1 US hit ‘With You I’m Born Again.’ Once worked as a secretary at Motown Records and married Stevie Wonder in 1970.

2004, On the 40th anniversary of the world premiere of The Beatles film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, a private reunion of the cast and crew was hosted in London by DVD producer Martin Lewis. The screening was attended by Paul McCartney actors Victor Spinetti (the television director), John Junkin (the band’s road manager), David Janson (the small boy met by Ringo on his “walkabout”) and many of the crew members.

2005, Grammy award winning Rap star Lil’ Kim who was convicted of perjury and conspiracy in March 2005, was sentenced to a year in jail for lying to a grand jury to protect friends. Kim told the court “I testified falsely to the grand jury and during the trial. At the time I thought it was the right thing to do. Now I know it was wrong.” Lil’ Kim, (real name Kimberley Jones), was also fined $50,000 (£28,000). Charges were brought against her after a gunfight erupted outside a New York radio station in 2001 as a rival rap group was arriving.

2007, Avril Lavigne was facing legal action by members of 1970s rock band The Rubinoos, who claimed she had copied one of their songs. Songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged Lavigne’s hit ‘Girlfriend’ was lifted from their 1979 song ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.’

2007, Britney Spears apologised for attacking a photographer’s car with an umbrella earlier this year. Pictures of the 25-year-old lashing out appeared in several newspapers shortly after photos emerged of her shaving her head in a hair salon. In a message on her website, she said: “I apologise to the pap for a stunt that was done four months ago.” She said she got “carried away” preparing for a film part but added that she did not get the role.

2008, Dizzee Rascal with Calvin Harris and Chrome started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dance Wiv Me’.

2011, Pete Doherty was facing another prison sentence after allegedly breaking into a shop in Regensburg, Germany earlier this year. The owners of the music shop, from which The Libertines singer allegedly stole a guitar and record, were said to be pressing charges against him. The Sun Newspaper reported that Doherty admitted to smashing the shop window, but says he didn’t remember stealing anything, as he was drunk at the time. Doherty was currently serving 6 months in a UK jail for cocaine possession.

2012, Carol Hawkins, the former personal assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was jailed for seven years for embezzling 2.8m euros (£2.2m) of his money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Hawkins was convicted on 181 counts of theft from the bassist’s bank accounts over a four-year period. The judge said Hawkins’ crimes were “rooted in greed and nothing else”.
July 6th: Born on this day

1925, Born on this day, Bill Haley, (William John Clifton Haley), singer, guitarist, ‘The first Rock ‘n’ Roll star.’ As Bill Haley and his Comets he had the 1955 UK & US No.1 single ‘Rock Around the Clock’ Haley was one of the earliest acts to bring rock and roll to the attention of white America and the rest of the world. He sold over 60 million records during his career. Haley died on 9th February 1981.

1937, Born on this day, Gene Chandler, (Eugene Dixon) US soul singer, (1962 US No.1 single ‘Duke Of Earl’, 1979 UK No.11 single ‘Get Down’).

1939, Born on this day, Jet Harris, guitar, The Shadows, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘Foot Tapper’ plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles).

1945, Born on this day, Rik Elswit, guitar, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).

1949, Born on this day, Mike Shrieve, drums, Santana, (1970 US No. 4 single ‘Black Magic Woman’, 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’).

1952, Born on this day, David Smith, singer, The Real Thing, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘You To Me Are Everything’).

1952, Born on this day, Graham Oliver, Saxon, (1980 UK No.5 album ‘Wheels Of Steel’).

1954, Born on this day, Nanci Griffith, US singer / songwriter, (1993 album ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’).

1959, Born on this day, John Keeble, drums, Spandau Ballet, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘True’, plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles).

1961, Born on this day, Robert Heaton, New Model Army, (1985 UK No.28 single ‘No Rest’).

1963, Born on this day, Tim Bricheno, guitar, All About Eve, (1988 UK No.10 single ‘Martha’s Harbour’), The Sisters Of Mercy, (1992 UK No.3 single ‘Temple Of Love’).

1965, Born on this day, Eddie Campbell, keyboards, Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Say What You Want’, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘White On Blonde’).

1969, Born on this day, Michael Grant, Musical Youth, best remembered for their successful 1982 single ‘Pass the Dutchie’, which became a No.1 hit around the world. It was a cover version of two songs: ‘Gimme the Music’ by U Brown, and ‘Pass the Kouchie’ by Mighty Diamonds, which deals with the recreational use of cannabis (kouchie being slang for a cannabis pipe).

1975, Born on this day, 50 Cent, (Curtis Jackson), US rapper. 2003 US No.1 single ‘In Da Club’, debut album, ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ was named the biggest selling US album in 2003 going platinum six times over.

1979, Born on this day, Nic Cester, singer, Jet, (2003 Australian No.1 & UK No.14 album ‘Get Born’).

1987, Born on this day, Kate Nash, UK singer, songwriter, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘Made Of Bricks’ 2007 UK No.2 single ‘Foundations’).

July 5

1954, Working together for the first time in a recording studio with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, Elvis Presley fools around during a break with an up-tempo version of ‘That’s All Right.’ Producer Sam Phillips has them repeat the jam and records it. It became Presley’s first release on Sun Records.

1963, The Beatles played at the Plaza Ballroom in Dudley in the West Midlands. Appearing with The Beatles – Denny and the Diplomats, led by Denny Laine, who went on to join the Moody Blues and eventually, Paul McCartney’s group Wings.

1965, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of the late ’60s. The Airplane made its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club, and was signed to RCA later in the year.

1966, On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards’ girlfriend, Chas Chandler from The Animals went to see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York City. Chandler suggests that Hendrix should come to England, which he does and Chandler became his manager.

1969, The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London’s Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Adonais’ and released 3,500 butterflies; it was also guitarist’s Mick Taylor’s debut with the Stones, King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner’s New Church also appeared on the day.

1969, The Who, Chuck Berry and Bodast all played two shows (5.30 and 8.30pm), on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall. Tickets from 5 to 30 shillings.

1975, Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper all appeared at The Knebworth Festival, England, tickets cost £3.50. Pink Floyd premiered their new album Wish You Were Here with the help of Spitfires, pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage.

1978, The manufacturing of Some Girls the new album by The Rolling Stones was halted at EMI’s pressing plant after complaints from celebrities including Lucille Ball who were featured in mock advertisements on the album sleeve.

1982, Sun records musical director Bill Justis died of cancer aged 55. He worked with Sam Phillips at Sun Records, worked with also worked with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. Had the 1957 US No. 2 single ‘Raunchy’ (the first Rock and Roll instrumental hit). Also had a No.1 hit in Australia in 1963 with ‘Tamoure.’

1986, Billy Ocean went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘There’ll Be Sad Songs, (To Make You Cry)’ a No.12 hit in the UK.

1986, Janet Jackson started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Control’.

1993, Whitney Houston played the first of three nights at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. This was the first date on Houston’s 115 date world tour.

1995, More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of people were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain. More than 4,000 Deadheads were staying at the campground while attending Grateful Dead concerts in the St. Louis suburb.

1999, The Eurythmics announced their first world tour for more than 10 years and that all profits would be given to charity. The duo made the announcement from the Greenpeace boat ‘Rainbow Warrior’ moored on the River Thames in London.

2000, Cub Koda (Michael “Cub” Koda), founder member of Brownsville Station died of complications from kidney failure. Wrote the 2 million selling 1974 hit ‘Smokin’ In The Boys Room’, (which Motley Crue covered). He took his nickname from Cubby on television’s Mickey Mouse Club.

2002, It was reported that Dr Dre had become the richest music star after earning £62m in the last year, £37m from his own earnings plus £25m from his record label Aftermath.

2003, The Daily Star ran a front-page story claiming that the body of Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards had been found. Fishermen in an angling contest discovered bones half buried in mud on the riverbank near Avonmouth. Edwards disappeared in Feb 1995, his car was found at a service station at the Seven Bridge a well-known suicide spot.

2003, Johnny Cash made his last ever live performance when he appeared at the Carter Ranch. Before singing “Ring of Fire”, Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage: “The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.” Cash died on Sept 12th of this year.

2005, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts should donate their profits to charity, saying: “This is money that should be used to save lives.” UK sales figures released two days after the London concert showed Pink Floyd’s Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd had risen by 1343%, The Who – Then and Now by 863% and Annie Lennox – Eurythmics Greatest Hits by 500%.

2007, English jazz and blues singer and film critic George Melly died at his London home at the age of 80 of lung cancer and vascular dementia. His final concert took place at the 100 Club in London on 10th June of this year in aid of Admiral Nurses, part of the charity for Dementia.

2007, A rock festival headlined by the Manic Street Preachers, Keane and Placebo in Swansea, Wales was postponed due to bad weather. More than 50 bands were due to play The Fflam Festival (the Welsh word for flame) at Singleton Park from 13-15 July.

2009, Michael Jackson started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘The Essential Michael Jackson’, and was one of eight Jackson albums in the top twenty after the singers death on 25th June.

2012, For the second year in a row, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was honoured in two categories at the annual Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards. The 65-year-old won the specialist programme of the year award for his Absolute Radio show, and saw his weekly guest slot named best feature. Absolute also took the station of the year award.
July 5th: Born on this day

1920, Born on this day, Smiley Lewis, R&B singer. Wrote ‘One Night’ covered by Elvis Presley and ‘I Hear You Knocking’ 1955 US No.2 for Gale Storm & UK No.1 & US No.2 for Dave Edmunds’. Lewis died on 20th October 1966.

1943, Born on this day, Robbie Robertson, guitar, vocals, The Band, (1969 US No.25 single ‘Up On Cripple Creek’, 1970 UK No.16 single ‘Rag Mama Rag’). Solo, (1988 UK No.15 single ‘Somewhere Down The Crazy River’).

1945, Born on this day, Dick Scoppettone, Harpers Bizarre, (1967 US No. 13 & UK No.34 single ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song, Feelin’ Groovy’).

1946, Born on this day, Michael Monarch, guitar, Steppenwolf, (1968 US No.2 and 1969 UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’).

1948, Born on this day, Cassie Gaines, backing singer with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Gaines was killed in a plane crash on 20th October 1977 with two other members of the band.

1950, Born on this day, Andy Ellison, John’s Children, (with Marc Bolan 1967-68).

1950, Born on this day, Huey Lewis, singer, actor, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 UK No.11 & US No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’).

1954, Born on this day, Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist for Aerosmith from 1979 until 1984. He co-wrote ‘Rock in a Hard Place’ with Steven Tyler, and has also worked with Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Meat Loaf and Stevie Nicks.

1959, Born on this day, Marc Cohn, US singer, songwriter, (1991 UK No. 22 single ‘Walking In Memphis’).

1969, Born on this day, Aled Richards, drums, Catatonia, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Mulder And Scully’).

1973, Born on this day, Bengt Fredrik Lagerburg, drums, The Cardigans, (1997 UK No.2 single ‘Lovefool’).

1973, Born on this day, Roisin Murphy, Irish singer, Moloko (1999 UK No.4 single ‘Sing It Back’), now solo.

1979, Born on this day, Shane Filan, vocals, Westlife, (Irish boy band, scored 12 UK No.1 singles, first UK No.1 1999 ‘Swear It Again’ plus 4 UK No.1 albums).

1980, Born on this day, Jason Wade, guitar, vocals, Lifehouse, (2001 US No.10 & UK No.25 single ‘Hanging By A Moment’).

1982, Born on this day, American country music singer-songwriter, Dave Haywood from Lady Antebellum. Their debut album included the trio’s debut hit, ‘Love Don’t Live Here’, along with the singles, ‘Lookin’ for a Good Time’ and ‘I Run to You’.

1985, Born on this day, Nick O’Malley, bass, Arctic Monkeys, (2005, UK No.1 single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘2006 UK No.1 album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’).

1986, Born on this day, Adam Young, keyboards, vocals, Owl City, 2009 / 2010 worldwide No.1 single ‘Fireflies’, 2009 debut album Ocean Eyes.

July 4

1958, The Everly Brothers held the UK No.1 position with ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream.’ The Duo’s first No.1 single was recorded in just two takes and features Chet Atkins on guitar. The song was written by the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.

1958, Buddy Holly played three shows at the Buck Lake Ranch, Angola, Indiana Frankie Avalon was also on the bill.

1964, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Get Around’, the group’s first No.1, which was a No.7 hit in the UK. It is noteworthy for its back-to-front structure—it starts with a chorus and has two short verses.

1964, The Rolling Stones appearance on ‘Juke Box Dury’ was aired on UK TV, the only time the show had five panellists rather than four.

1966, The Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila, in the Philippines to over 80,000 fans. The Beatles failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos’ family, who were not informed that the Beatles had declined their invitation. The Philippine media misrepresent this as a deliberate snub and when Brian Epstein tries to make a televised statement, his comments are disrupted by static. The next day, as The Beatles make their way to the airport they were greeted by angry mobs, the Philippine government had retaliated by refusing police protection for The Beatles.

1968, Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a Hollywood women’s charity, which raised $35,000.

1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia.

1969, The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada.

1970, Cliff Richard released his 50th single ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha.’ The song peaked at No.6 on the UK chart.

1971, Donald McPherson lead singer of US soul group Main Ingredient died of leukaemia aged 30. Had the 1972 hit song, ‘Everybody Plays the Fool’.

1973, Slade drummer Don Powell was badly injured in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed.

1974, Despite the fact that they have the No.4 song in the US with ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ and a current Platinum album with ‘Pretzel Logic’, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagan play their final gig together in Santa Monica, California. They would not tour again for the next eighteen years.

1976, The Ramones, The Stranglers and The Flamin Groovies appeared at London’s Roundhouse, tickets £1.60.

1976, The Clash made their live debut supporting the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield, England.

1982, After being divorced by his first wife, Thelma Mayfair last year, Ozzy Osbourne married Sharon Arden, the daughter of music business manager Don Arden.

1986, The second Farm Aid benefit concert took place at Manor Downs Racetrack, Manor, Texas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Alabama, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Emmylou Harris, Jason & the Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Vince Neil and Willie Nelson.

1987, Pet Shop Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s A Sin’, the duo’s second UK No.1 and lead single from the duo’s second album ‘Actually’.

1990, Paul Stanley from KISS sustained neck and back injuries when he was involved in a car crash in New Jersey.

1992, John Phillips ex of Mamas And The Papas received a liver transplant at the Los Angeles Medical Centre.

1993, The Smashing Pumpkins played an acoustic show at the strip club Raymond’s Revue Bar, London.

1999, Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Adams married footballer David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland. The couple had signed a deal worth £1million for OK magazine to have the exclusive picture rights.

2000, A man fell 80 feet to his death during a Metallica concert at Raven Stadium, Baltimore.

2001, Madonna played the first of six sold out nights at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England as part of her Drowned World Tour.

2002, George Michael took part in a live phone interview on US news channel CNN, defending his new single ‘Shoot The Dog’. Americans were upset by the controversial video, which had President Bush in bed with Tony Blair.

2002, Tony Bennett had to abandon a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall after a fire broke out in the building. The audience were evacuated after smoke began to fill the hall.

2003, American record producer and singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy Award-winner Barry White died from Kidney failure aged 58. Produced hits for girl group Love Unlimited and other chart hits include 1974 hit ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’, 1974 US No.1 ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe’. Bubblegum act The Banana Splits recorded his songs and he arranged the 1963 hit ‘Harlem Shuffle’ for Bob & Earl.

2004, Ja Rule was arrested for driving while his licence was suspended and being in possession of marijuana. Rule, 28, was stopped by police after changing lanes without signalling, he later pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended licence but the possession charge was dropped.

2005, U2 won their court fight for the return of items of memorabilia, including a Stetson hat which they accused a former stylist of stealing. Judge Matthew Deery at Dublin’s Circuit Court ordered Lola Cashman to return the items, which also include earrings, within seven days. Ms Cashman, had worked as U2’s stylist during the 1980s and wrote an unauthorised book called ‘Inside the Zoo’. Judge Deery said he found Ms Cashman’s version of how she had been given the items at the end of a US tour doubtful, particularly her description of Bono running around in his underpants backstage.

2007, Former laboratory worker Devon Townsend admitted to a court in Albuquerque, New Mexico of stalking Chester Bennington lead singer with Linkin Park. Townsend used US government computers to obtain his personal information, accessing Bennington’s e-mail account and mobile phone voicemail. The court was told how she travelled to Arizona solely for the purpose of trying to see the singer and monitored Chester Bennington’s voicemails as a means of trying to locate where he might be eating.

2009, 77-year-old Allen Klein, the former manager of The Rolling Stones and later The Beatles died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The assets of his company, ABKCO Music & Records, include recordings by The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Bobby Womack, The Kinks, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and many others.

2010, George Michael was arrested after he crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London. The singer was returning home from a Gay Pride parade when the incident was spotted on CCTV. He was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

2012, Bonhams of London announced that Freddie Mercury’s black and white harlequin stage costume had sold for £22,500 at their Entertainment Memorabilia sale. The harlequin costume was one of Freddie’s most recognisable stage designs, which he wore at a number of high-profile concerts in the 1970s. Also a pair of Freddie’s ballet pumps exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £1,500 – 2,000, selling for £4,000 to an overseas internet bidder. Freddie had worn the white leather ballet shoes during Queen’s legendary Hyde Park performance in 1976.

2015, Blur’s Damon Albarn was removed from stage at the Roskilde festival in Denmark after a mammoth five-hour set. The singer who was headlining the event with his Africa Express project encouraged the crowd to protest at the plug being pulled. The stage manager emerged, put the singer’s jacket over his shoulders and lifted him off stage.
July 4th: Born on this day

1911, Born on this day, Mitch Miller, conductor, arranger, (1955 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Yellow Rose Of Texas’).

1938, Born on this day, Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter who had the 1972 US No.1 single ‘Lean On Me’, 1988 UK No.4 single ‘Lovely Day’, which was first released in 1978. Toward the end of the song, Withers holds a note for 18 seconds. This is believed to be the second-longest note in UK chart history. Morten Harket of A-ha’s 20-second note in “Summer Moved On” is the longest.

1940, Born on this day, Dave Rowberry, keyboards, The Animals. (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’). Rowberry died on 6th June 2003.

1943, Born on this day, Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica, vocals, Canned Heat, (1979 UK No.2 and US No.26 single ‘Let’s Work Together’). Wilson died on 3rd September 1970.

1947, Born on this day, French music producer and songwriter Jacques Morali. Formed The Village People, between 1974 and 1982 Morali produced over 65 albums.

1948, Born on this day, Jeremy Spencer, guitar, Fleetwood Mac, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Albatross’). Left the band during a 1971 US tour saying he was going out to buy a newspaper. He was found two days later in LA at the Children of God headquarters with his hair shaved off.

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

1952, Born on this day, John Waite, singer, The Babys, (1977 US No.13 & UK No.45 single ‘Isn’t It Time’,) solo, (1984 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Missing You’).

1958, Born on this day, Kirk Pengilly, guitar, vocals, INXS, (1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’). 1987 album ‘Kick’ has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; ‘Need You Tonight,’ ‘Devil Inside’, ‘New Sensation,’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’

1963, Born on this day, Matt Malley, bass, Counting Crows, (1994 UK No.28 single ‘Mr Jones’, 1996 US No.1 album, ‘Recovering The Satellites’).

1970, Born on this day, Andy McClure, drums, Sleeper, (1996 UK No.10 single ‘Sale Of The Century’).

1971, Born on this day, Andy Creeggan, piano, Barenaked Ladies, (1998 US No.1 & UK No. 5 single ‘One Week’). He is also a member of the trio The Brothers Creeggan, and a solo artist.

1972, Born on this day, William Goldsmith, Foo Fighters, drummer, (1995 UK No.5 single ‘This Is A Call’). Quit the band in 1997.

1977, Born on this day, Orri Páll Dýrason, drummer for Icelandic band Sigur Rós.

1978, Born on this day, Stephen McNally, BBMak, (2001 UK No.5 single ‘Back Here’ and No.1 in Japan).

July 3

1967, A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, England for The Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who and Procol Harum.

1968, The Equals were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Baby Come Back’. The group’s only UK No.1. The song was first released in 1966 but did not chart. The song was covered by and became a No.1 hit for Pato Banton in 1994, (with Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40).

1968, At an impromptu gathering at Joni Mitchell’s house in Lookout Mountain, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash played together for the very first time.

1969, Brian Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, aged 27. His body was found at the bottom of the pool by his Swedish girlfriend Anna Wohlin. The coroner’s report stated “Death by misadventure”, and noted his liver and heart were heavily enlarged by drug and alcohol abuse. Jones was one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones and in the early 60’s used the name “Elmo Lewis.”

1969, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Savoy Brown, Johnny Winter, Jethro Tull, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Mothers Of Invention and Ten Years After all appeared at the four day US Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island.

1970, The three day Atlanta Pop Festival took place, featuring The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Procol Harum and Rare Earth. Over 200,000 music fans attended the festival.

1971, American singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France, the cause of death was given as a heart attack. He co-wrote some of the group’s biggest hits, including ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Love Me Two Times’, and ‘Love Her Madly.’ On the 25th anniversary of his death an estimated 15,000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France to pay their respects.

1972, Blues singer, guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell died of cancer aged 68. The Rolling Stones covered his ‘You Got To Move’ on their Sticky Fingers album. He coached Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar technique.

1973, Laurens Hammond the inventor of the Hammond organ died aged 73. Many rock artists including Procol Harum, Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Allman Brothers Band and The Faces featured the sound of the Hammond. He also invented a silent spring-driven clock and during the second world war he helped design guided missile systems.

1973, On the last night of a 60 date tour David Bowie announced he was about to retire from live performing, although it eventually transpires that Ziggy Stardust the stage persona is being retired and not Bowie himself.

1975, Lead singer from Three Dog Night Chuck Negron was arrested at his Louisville hotel room on the opening night of the bands tour and charged with possession of cocaine.

1976, Brian Wilson played his first live show with The Beach Boys in seven years when they appeared at the Anaheim Stadium, California.

1976, When rain stopped play during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, Cliff Richard launched into a spontaneous concert, where he led spectators through some of his old hits. It was later learned that Sir Cliff had planned the moment as a publicity stunt.

1977, Hot Chocolate were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘So You Win Again’. Their only UK chart topper they went on to score over 20 other UK Top 40 hits.

1982, After a record breaking jump from No.33 on the UK singles charts, The Damned’s guitarist Captain Sensible started a two week run at No.1 with his version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song ‘Happy Talk’ from the 1949 musical South Pacific.

1982, The Human League started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with ‘Don’t You Want Me’, also a UK No.1.

1985, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of three sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, London, England.

1986, U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running an errand for Bono. The song ‘One Tree Hill’ on the bands Joshua Tree album is dedicated to Carroll.

1996, AC/DC played the second of two nights at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain on their Ballbreaker world tour.

2000, Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson accused the culture of hip-hop and rap music of stalling academic progress among young American blacks. He claimed time spent learning intricate rhyming lyrics detracted from reading.

2001, American singer, songwriter Johnny Russell died aged 61. Wrote ‘Act Naturally’ covered by The Beatles and Buck Owens. Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt all covered his songs.

2002, A session violinist serenaded a High Court judge during a copyright battle worth an estimated £100,000. The case was over the rights to The Bluebells version of ‘Young At Heart.’ Bobby Valentino won his case as joint owner of the song.

2002, Sir Elton John became the first person to be made an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy Of Music.

2002, The wife of Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne underwent an emergency operation after being diagnosed with cancer. The family had become cult heroes after the success of the MTV The Osbournes Show.

2002, Three diners at a newly opened Britney Spears owned restaurant suffered food poisoning. The three students who had eaten wild striped bass at the New York restaurant made official complaints and vowed never to eat they’re again.

2003, Libertines singer Pete Doherty was arrested after breaking into band member Carl Barat’s flat and stealing a laptop computer and a guitar.

2004, David Crosby was fined $5,000 (£2,745) by a US court after admitting attempted criminal possession of a weapon. It followed his arrest in New York in March when a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage.

2007, Pete Doherty escaped jail after a judge decided to defer sentencing him for drugs offences on condition he went into rehab. Doherty pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine and heroin at West London Magistrates’ Court. He was warned by Judge Davinder Lachhar that he would go into custody if he failed to take up a place he was offered on a detox programme.

2008, Kylie Minogue received an OBE for services to music from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, England. Earlier this year, she was also presented with the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her “contribution to the enrichment of French culture”.
July 3rd: Born on this day

1929, Born on this day, David Lynch, The Platters, (1959 UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’). Lynch died of cancer on 2nd January 1981.

1930, Born on this day, Tommy Tedesco, American session guitarist. Described by “Guitar Player” magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. He died on 10th Nov 1997.

1940, Born on this day, Fontella Bass, US female singer, pianist, who had the 1965 US No.4 and UK No.11 single ‘Rescue Me’. Bass died on 26th Dec 2012 of complications following a heart attack aged 72.

1943, Born on this day, Judith Durham, vocals, The Seekers, (1965 UK No.1 single ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’).

1946, Born on this day, Victor Unitt, Edgar Broughton Band, (1970 UK No.39 single ‘Out Demons Out’).

1948, Born on this day, Paul Barrere, guitar, Little Feat, (Two Top 40 albums during the 70’s, best known songs, ‘Dixie Chicken’ and ‘Sailin Shoes’).

1949, Born on this day, Johnnie Wilder, vocals, Heatwave, (1977 UK No.2 single ‘Boogie Nights’).

1952, Born on this day, Andy Fraser, bass player with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Joined Free when he was aged 16. (1970 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘All Right Now’). Ted Nugent, Robert Palmer and Joe Cocker have all covered songs written by Fraser. He died on 16 March 2015 at his home in California.

1955, Born on this day, Mike Corby, The Babys, (1977 US No.13 & UK No.45 single ‘Isn’t It Time’).

1955, Born on this day, Neil Clark, guitar, Lloyd Cole And The Commotions, (1985 UK No.19 single ‘Brand New Friend’).

1957, Born on this day, Laura Branigan, US singer, (1984 US No.4 & UK No.5 single ‘Self Control’). Died of a brain aneurysm 26th Aug 2004.

1960, Born on this day, Vince Clarke, keyboards, Depeche Mode, (1981 UK No.8 single ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’,) Yazoo, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Only You’), Erasure, (1992 UK No.1 single ‘Abba-Esque EP’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1968, Born on this day, Martyn Walsh, bass, Inspiral Carpets, (1990 UK No.14 single ‘This Is How It Feels’).

1969, Born on this day, Kevin Hearn, Barenaked Ladies, keyboards, guitar, accordion, (1998 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘One Week’).

1975, Born on this day, Javier Weyler, drummer with Stereophonics. Replaced Richard Cable who left in 2003.

1976, Born on this day, Shane Lynch, vocals, Boyzone, who have had 21 UK hit singles, including 6 UK No.1 singles. Their breakthrough hit was their second single and cover version of the classic Osmonds hit, ‘Love Me for a Reason’, which peaked at No.2 on the UK Singles Chart.

July 2

1956, Elvis Presley recorded ‘Hound Dog’ at RCA Studios, New York. Take 31 being the version they released. This was the first time The Jordanaires worked with Presley. The single sold over 10 million copies globally, became his best-selling song and topped the pop chart for 11 weeks, a record that stood for 36 years.

1962, Jimi Hendrix was honourably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers, after breaking his ankle during his 26th and final parachute jump.

1966, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Strangers In The Night’. The song was taken from the film ‘A Man Could Get Killed’.

1966, David Bowie and The Lower Third appeared at The Lion Hotel in Warrington, England, (they were paid £30 for the gig). Also appearing was The Powerhouse which featured Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood and Paul Jones.

1969, Working on tracks for the Abbey Road album, Paul McCartney recorded ‘Her Majesty’. Then Paul, George, and Ringo record 15 takes of ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight’. John Lennon was absent, in hospital in Golspie, Scotland, following a car accident the previous day.

1969, Thunderclap Newman started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Pete Townshend produced track ‘Something In The Air.’ Featured on the soundtrack for the movie, ‘The Magic Christian’. The band featured guitarist Jimmy McCulloch who went on to work with Wings.

1969, Bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell quit The Jimi Hendrix Experience after completing the three-day Denver Pop Festival. Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell would later team with bassist Billy Cox to form the short-lived Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, who played at the Woodstock Festival.

1971, Queen appeared at Surrey College, England. This was the group’s first gig with the line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

1979, Sony introduced the Walkman, the first portable audio cassette player. Over the next 30 years they sold over 385 million Walkmans in cassette, CD, mini-disc and digital file versions, and were the market leaders until the arrival of Apple’s iPod and other new digital devices.

1980, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart from The Grateful Dead were arrested on suspicion of starting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they tried to interfere in a drugs bust.

1981, Bruce Springsteen played the first of six nights at the new Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey.

1982, Nicky Headon of The Clash was remanded on bail, charged with stealing a bus stop worth £30 from London’s’ Fulham Road.

1983, Rod Stewart started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Baby Jane’, his sixth UK No.1.

1988, Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number one singles from one album when ‘Dirty Diana’ went to the top of the US charts. The other four chart-toppers from the LP ‘Bad’ were the title track, ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and ‘Man in the Mirror’.

1988, Tracy Chapman started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with her self-titled debut LP. Helped by her performance at the ‘Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Tribute Concert’ at Wembley Stadium, also No.1 in the US.

1991, Axl Rose caused a riot to break out during a Guns N’ Roses gig after leaping into the crowd to remove a camera from a fan at the Riverpoint Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights. Over 50 people were injured and 15 fans were arrested.

1999, R.E.M. Skunk Anansie, Barenaked Ladies, Blur, Blondie, Built To Spill, The Chemical Brothers, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Placebo, Suede and Wilco all appeared at this years Oskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark.

2001, Liverpool Airport at Speke was renamed John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was present to unveil a new logo that included the late Beatle’s famous self- portrait and the words, ‘Above Us Only Sky’ taken from his ‘Imagine’ album.

2005, The world’s biggest music stars united in concerts around the world to put pressure on political leaders ahead of the G8 summit to tackle poverty in Africa. Concerts in 10 cities, including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rome and Moscow played to hundreds of thousands of people. A TV audience of several hundred million watched the gigs. In London Pink Floyd, The Who, Madonna, U2, Coldplay, Sting, The Scissor Sisters, Keane, and Paul McCartney performed. Philadelphia saw, Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z and Bon Jovi, Canada, Bryan Adams and Neil Young headlined, Bjork headlined in Tokyo and Green Day played in Berlin.

2007, Lyricist Hy Zaret, who wrote the words for the song ‘Unchained Melody’ died at his home in Westport, Connecticut, aged 99. The song (which does not feature the word “unchained”), has been recorded over 300 times. Zaret co-wrote the song with film composer Alex North for the 1955 prison film Unchained. The Righteous Brothers’ 1965 version was produced by Phil Spector.

2008, The gravestone of former Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis was stolen. Cheshire Police said his memorial stone was taken from where he is buried in Macclesfield Cemetery. Officers were appealing for anyone with information on its whereabouts, detectives said the stone, had the inscription ‘Ian Curtis 18 – 5 – 80’ and the words ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.
July 2nd: Born on this day

1925, Born on this day, Marvin Rainwater, singer, 1957 US No.18 single ‘Gonna Find Me A Bluebird’, 1958 UK No.1 single ‘Whole Lotta Woman.’ He died on October 18, 1994.

1926, Born on this day, Lee Allen, saxophonist, worked with Fats Domino, Little Richard Shirley & Lee.

1936, Born on this day, Tom Springfield, The Springfields, (1963 UK No.5 single ‘Island Of Dreams’).

1940, Born on this day, Paul Williams, vocals, The Temptations, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re- issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992). Died on 17th August after shooting himself.

1942, Born on this day, Leapy Lee, UK singer, (Lee Graham), 1968 UK No.2 single ‘Little Arrows’.

1945, Born on this day, Peter Cruickshank, bass, The Groundhogs, (1971 UK No.5 album ‘Split’).

1949, Born on this day, Roy Bittan, “The Professor”, piano, organ, accordion and synthesizers with Bruce Springsteen E Street Band, (1984 US No.2 & 1985 UK No.4 single ‘Dancing In The Dark’). Also worked with David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger.

1950, Born on this day, Duncan Mackay, keyboards, Cockney Rebel, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Make Me Smile, Come Up And See Me’).

1952, Born on this day, Johnny Colla, guitar, sax, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Power Of Love’).

1954, Born on this day, Pete Briquette, bass, vocals, The Boomtown Rats, (1979 UK No.1 single ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’, plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles).

1955, Born on this day, Jerry Hall, US model, actress. Married Rolling Stone Mick Jagger in 1990.

1956, Born on this day, Jeffrey Cooper, Midnight Star, (1986 UK No.8 single ‘Midas Touch’).

1957, Born on this day, Mike Anger, The Blow Monkeys, (1987 UK No.5 single ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’).

1961, Born on this day, Annie Ruddock, vocals, Amazulu, (1986 UK No.5 single ‘Too Good To Be Forgotten’).

1961, Born on this day, Paul Geary, drums, Extreme, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘More Than Words’).

1964, Born on this day, Roy Boulter, drums, The Farm, (1990 UK No.4 single ‘All Together Now’).

1966, Born on this day, Dave Parsons, bass, Transvision Vamp, (1989 UK No.3 single ‘Baby I Don’t Care’), Bush, (1997 UK No.7 single ‘Swallowed’).

1970, Born on this day, Monie Love, UK female rapper, (1990 UK No. 12 single ‘It’s A Shame’, plus eight other UK Top 40 singles).

1974, Born on this day, Rocky Gray, drummer, Evanescence, (2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Bring Me To Life’, 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album ‘Fallen’). Also a member of Living Sacrifice and Soul Embraced.

1983, Born on this day, Daron Malakian, guitar System of a Down, (2001 US No.1 & UK No.13 album ‘Toxicity’, 2005 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Mezmerize’).

1985, Born on this day, Ashley Michelle Tisdale, actress and singer from High School Musical, as part of the cast had the 2006 US No.1 ‘High School Musical’ album and 2007, US No.1 ‘High School Musical 2’ album. Over 17 million viewers in the United States watched the TV premier of High School Musical; making it the highest rated basic cable broadcast in U.S. history. Released her debut album ‘Headstrong’ in 2007.

July 1

1956, Elvis Presley appeared on NBC- TV’s ‘The Steve Allen Show’ and performed ‘Hound Dog’, to a live Hound Dog. US TV critic John Crosby panned Elvis’ performance, calling him an ‘unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer.’

1962, Gene Vincent plus up and coming local group The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool.

1963, The Beatles recorded their next single ‘She Loves You’ / ‘I’ll Get You’, at EMI Studios, London, completing the two songs in less than four hours. Released in August this year, ‘She Loves You’ went on to become The Beatles’ first million-selling single.

1967, The Beatles started a 15 week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the group’s 10th US No.1 album. Recorded over a 129-day period beginning in December 1966, the album widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, includes songs such as ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘A Day in the Life’.

1968, The Band released their debut album Music From Big Pink. The album, which features their first hit single The Weight, was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles in 1968, and followed the group’s backing of Bob Dylan on his 1966 tour (as The Hawks).

1969, John Lennon Yoko Ono and family were involved in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland. Both John and Yoko needed hospital treatment. Lennon later had the car crushed into a cube and exhibited it on his lawn at Tittenhurst Park.

1972, Neil Diamond went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Song Sung Blue’, his second US No.1. A No.14 hit in the UK.

1972, Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’, the group’s second No.1. The song was produced by the bands manager Chas Chandler.

1973, Slade and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band appeared at Earl’s Court London, tickets cost £1.00-£2.00. Special ‘Slade’ trains were running form Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to take fans to the show.

1975, 10cc were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Not In Love’. The instrumental break featured the repeated spoken phrase: “Be quiet, big boys don’t cry…”, which was spoken by Kathy Warren, the receptionist at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, Cheshire where the band recorded the track.

1981, Rushton Moreve bassist with Steppenwolf, was killed in motorcycle accident in Santa Barbara, California, aged 32. He co-wrote their hit ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ with lead singer John Kay; Steppenwolf also had the 1968 US No.2 single ‘Born To Be Wild’. Moreve left the band in late 1968 when he refused to fly back to California at that time, fearing it would sink into the Pacific Ocean after an imminent earthquake.

1983, A New Jersey-based quintet calling themselves Bon Jovi signed to Phonogram’s Mercury records, although they had also been considering the name Johnny Electric. The group have since sold over 130 million records worldwide, and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans.

1989, Milli Vanilli scored their first US No.1 single with ‘Baby Don’t Forget My Number’, a No.16 hit in the UK.

1989, Lou Reed, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, The Robert Cray Band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tanita Tikaram, Pixies, R.E.M. and Texas all appeared at the Rock Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium.

1995, DJ Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack. Was the master of ceremonies for the rock ‘n’ roll generation of the ’60s on radio, and later on television during the ’70s.

1995, R.E.M. The Cure, Therapy, Offspring, PJ Harvey, dEUS, Senser, Bodycount, Channel Zero, Jeff Buckley, Spearhead, Belly, Morphine and The Cranberries all appeared at this years Rock Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium.

1999, American singer Guy Mitchell, (born Albert George Cernik) died aged 72 at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas. He had the 1957 UK & US No.1 single ‘Singing The Blues’ plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles. Mitchell also appeared as George Romack in the 1961 NBC western detective series Whispering Smith.

1999, Jamaican reggae singer Dennis Brown died aged 42, the official cause of his death was a collapsed lung. During his career, he recorded more than 75 albums and had the 1979 UK No.14 single ‘Money In My Pocket.’ Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer, naming him ‘The Crown Prince of Reggae.”

2000, Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spinning Around’, the singers fifth No.1 was co-written by Paula Abdul, (it was originally intended for Abdul’s “comeback” album). ‘Spinning Around’ gave Minogue the honor of being one of three artists (the others being Madonna and U2) to have a No.1 in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

2001, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood was commissioned to paint a group portrait of diners who are regulars at the West End London restaurant The Ivy. Elton John and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant were two pop stars to be included in the portrait.

2002, Six postage stamps designed by Paul McCartney went on sale in The Isle Of Man. With proceeds from their sale going to the Adopt-A- Minefield charity.

2004, Glen Campbell began serving 10 nights in jail along with two years of probation for a November 2003 drink-driving, hit-and-run collision. The 68 year old entertainer was also sentenced to 75 hours of community service and fined $900.

2005, Four Tops singer Renaldo “Obie” Benson died aged 69 in a Detroit hospital from lung cancer. He was diagnosed after having a leg amputated due to circulation problems. The Four Tops sold over 50 million records and had hits including ‘Reach Out (I’ll be There)’ and ‘I Can’t Help Myself.’ Benson also co-wrote ‘What’s Going On’ which became a No.2 hit for Marvin Gaye.

2005, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer Luther Vandross died at the age of 54 at the JFK Medical Centre in New Jersey, two years after suffering a major stroke. His ‘Never Too Much’, was a No.1 R&B hit, worked with Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey and David Bowie. Vandross had won four Grammys for his final album ‘Dance With My Father.’

2006, Roger Waters, Texas, Starsailor, The Who, Razorlight and Primal Scream all appeared at the two day Hyde Park Calling festival in London.

2008, Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley, died at the age of 60 from cancer of the oesophagus. Galley also played with Trapeze, Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell and the Blue Jays.

2009, Sir Cliff Richard was ordered to demolish a £30,000 conservatory at his home in Surrey after the local council ruled that the conservatory should never have been built. The planning committee said the building contravened policy on green belt areas because it added more than 30% extra floor space.

2009, The week after Michael Jackson’s death, The King Of Pop dominated the Top Ten of Billboard’s album chart. Leading the pack was Number Ones, followed by The Essential Michael Jackson at No.2, Thriller was No.3 and Off The Wall was No.4. The Jackson 5’s Ultimate Collection held the No.5 spot, Bad was No.6, Dangerous was No.7, Greatest Hits – HIStory – Vol. 1 came in at No.8 and Michael’s Ultimate Collection occupied the No.9 position. Collectively, Jackson’s solo albums sold 415,000 copies for the week, 58% of which were digital downloads. The week before his death, his titles sold a combined 10,000 units.
July 1st: Born on this day

1915, Born on this day, Willie Dixon, blues singer, guitarist, ‘the poet laureate of the blues’. Credited with writing more than 500 songs by the end of his life. Wrote classic songs: ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘I’m Ready’, ‘You Shook Me’, ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’, ‘Little Red Rooster.’ Major influence on The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Dixon died on 29th January 1992.

1928, Born on this day, Bobby Day, US singer, had the 1958 hit ‘Rockin Robin’, one half of the duo, Bob And Earl (recorded ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in 1963). Day died on July 27, 1990.

1939, Born on this day, Delaney Bramlett, Delaney & Bonnie, (1971 US No.13 single ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’, worked with Eric Clapton during the early 70’s). Died on 27th Dec 2008.

1945, Born on this day, Deborah Harry, singer, Blondie who scored five UK No.1 singles including the 1979 UK & US No.1 single ‘Heart Of Glass’ and the 1978 world-wide No.1 album ‘Parallel Lines’. As a solo artists she scored the 1986 UK No. 8 single ‘French Kissing In The USA’. A former Playboy Bunny, her acting career spans over thirty film roles and numerous television appearances.

1946, Born on this day, June Montiero, singer, The Toys, 1965 US No. 2 & UK No.5 single ‘A Lover’s Concerto’).

1948, Born on this day, John Ford, The Strawbs, (1973 UK No.2 single ‘Part Of The Union’) Hudson Ford, (1973 UK No.8 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).

1949, Born on this day, John Farnham, Australian singer, songwriter, (1987 UK No.6 single ‘You’re The Voice’).

1951, Born on this day, Fred Schneider, vocals, The B-52’s, (1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Love Shack’).

1952, Born on this day, Dan Aykroyd, actor, ‘Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers, (1990 UK No.12 single ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’).

1952, Born on this day, Leon Chancler, drummer, percussionist. Worked with Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson’s (Billie Jean), Donna Summer, Carlos Santana, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and John Lee Hooker.

1956, Born on this day, Phil Solem, singer, songwriter, Great Buildings, The Rembrandts, (1990 US Top 20 hit ‘Just the Way It Is, Baby’, 1995, UK No. 3 single ‘I’ll Be There For You’, Theme from Friends).

1959, Born on this day, Edem Ephraim, singer, The London Boys, (UK No.2 single ‘London Nights). He was killed in a car crash with London boy partner Dennis Fuller on 21st January 1989.

1960, Born on this day, Evelyn Champagne King, US soul singer, (1982 UK No.7 single ‘Love Come Down’).

1960, Born on this day, Ted Key, Housemartins, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Caravan Of Love’).

1963, Born on this day, Roddy Bottum, keyboards, Faith No More, (1993 UK No.3 and US No.4 single ‘I’m Easy’).

1964, Born on this day, Pol Burton, drums, Transvision Vamp, (1989 UK No.3 single ‘Baby I Don’t Care’).

1971, Born on this day, Missy Elliott, singer, (1998 UK No.1 single with Melanie B, ‘I Want You Back’).

1971, Born on this day, Adam MacDougall, keyboards, The Black Crowes. 2007 album Warpaint.

 

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