Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This Date In Music History-July 15


Ray Toro - My Chemical Romance (1977)

John Dolmayan - System of a Down (1973)

Phillip Fisher – Fishbone (1967)

Joe Satriani (1956)

Marc Bell – Ramones (1956)

David Pack - Ambrosia (1953)

Alicia Bridges (1953)

Jeff Carlisli -38 Special (1952)

Trevor Horne – Buggles (1949)

Artimus Pyle - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1948)

Roky Erickson - 13th Floor Elevators (1947)

Linda Ronstadt (1946)

Peter Lewis - Moby Grape (1945)

Millie Jackson (1944)

They Are Missed:

Johnny Thunders - The New York Dolls (June 15, 1952 – April 23, 1991) Died of a drug overdose.

Born on this day in 1956, Ian Curtis - Joy Division. Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, England 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.” Idiot.

Troy Dixon from Heavy D and The Boyz died in an accidental fall in 1990.

Bill Justis ("Raunchy") died in 1982.

Sad Cafe singer Paul Young died of a heart attack at his Manchester home in 2000 (age 53). Also member of Mike and the Mechanics.


In 1952, 8 year-old Gladys Knight won $2000 on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour a US television show after performing the song “Too Young.”

"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" enters the Top Forty in 1957, remaining there for 20 weeks. The song got a boost when Jerry Lee Lewis performed it on The Steve Allen Show on July 28. It peaked at #3 and topped the country and R&B charts.

In 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 offense). John was 17 at the time.

Filming began in 1963 for the movie "Viva Las Vegas" with Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret.

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

Percy Sledge's first and biggest hit, "When A Man Loves A Woman" earned him his first and only gold record in 1966.

Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album in 1968.

Elton John started a five week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1972 with “Honky Chateau,” his first US chart topper.

Elton John re-signed with MCA in 1974. Elton would receive $8 million for delivering his next five albums to the record label.

The Rolling Stones started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1978 with “Some Girls,” the group's seventh US #1 album.

In 1986, Columbia Records dumped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash hitched up with Polygram and later American for an artistically rewarding period in his lengthy career.

In 1989, Pink Floyd performed in Venice on a floating stage. But the 200,000 people who gathered to see them ended up causing damage to the city's bridges and make marble crumble from centuries-old buildings. Residents complained about the noise, littering and drug use. What did they expect?

Neil Young, with Pearl Jam as his backing band, released “Mirror Ball” in 1995.

In 2007, over 10,000 people applied for a job with P Diddy after the rapper posted an advertisement 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. And I missed it…..

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