Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This Date In Music History- July 22


Bobby Sherman ("Julie Do Ya Love Me") is 65.

Don Henley of the Eagles ("Hotel California") turns 61.

Estelle Bennett of the Ronettes ("Be My Baby") turns 64.

George Clinton, the visionary leader of the Parliament-Funkadelic empire, was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina in 1940.

Soul superstar Keith Sweat ("I Want Her") was born in Harlem, N.Y. in 1965.

Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) was born in 1963.

Born on this day in 1944, Ric Davis, vocalist and keyboardist with Supertramp.


Eugene Record of the Chi-Lites succumbed to cancer in 2005. The singer and author of soul classics like "Have You Seen Her?" and "Oh Girl" was 64.

In 2005, Doors’ drummer John Densmore won a ruling that kept the other two surviving members - Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger - from using the band's name as part of their oldies act, The Doors of the 21st Century.

The Byrds' "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" album was released in 1968.

Elvis Costello's first album, "My Aim Is True," was released in Britain in 1977. It was later released in the U.S.

In 1967, Vanilla Fudge made their live debut at New York's Village Theatre with the Byrds and the Seeds.

Also in 1967, The Doors made their debut on American Bandstand performing "Light My Fire."

In 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.'

The Grateful Dead’s first single, “Stealin’” b/w “Don’t Ease Me In,” was released on the Scorpio label in 1966.

The Beatles' first US album, "Introducing The Beatles" was pressed by Vee-Jay Records in 1963. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles.

Oh, those naughty Stones! Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman appeared in a London courtroom in 1965 and were found guilty of "insulting behavior" for urinating against a London gas station wall. They argued that the owner had refused to give them the key to the men's room, but they were fined five pounds each.

In 1971, thirteen days after lead singer Jim Morrison passed away, the Doors were awarded a gold album for "L.A. Woman". The L.P. included "Love Her Madly" and "Riders on the Storm.”

OOPS! In 1995, Canadian singer David Clayton-Thomas angered patrons at a Blood, Sweat and Tears concert in the heavily Jewish Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield. Halfway through the show, he remarked that the weather was "as hot as the last train car going to Auschwitz." Clayton-Thomas later apologized, saying he spoke "in the heat of the moment."

Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden in 1972 for possession of drugs.

Johnny Cash was at No.1 on the US album chart in 2006 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.