Friday, July 17, 2009

This Date In Music History- July 17


Stan Brostein - Elephant's Memory (1938)

Spencer Davis - Spencer Davis Group (1939)

Wolfgang Flur – Kraftwerk (1947)

Geezer Butler - Black Sabbath (1949)

Jon Wetton – Asia, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep (1949)

Mike Vale - Tommy James and the Shondells (1949)

Phoebe Snow (1952)

Chet McCracKen - Doobie Brothers (1952)

Regina Belle - US singer (1963)

Lou Barlow - Dinosaur Jr, (1966)

Gale Garnett ("We'll Sing In The Sunshine") turns 67.

They Are Missed:

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

Born on this day in 1949, Mick Tucker, Sweet (died February 14, 2002)

Born on this day in 1948, Ron Asheton, Iggy Pop And The Stooges (died January 6, 2009).

The late Nicolette Larson ("Lotta Love") was born in 1952.

Jamaican musician Laurel Aitken died in 2005. Dubbed as “the Godfather of Ska,” his 1958 “Boogie In My Bones” became the first release on the Island Record label and was #1 on the Jamaican charts for 11 weeks.

Danny Cedrone, the session guitarist who played the solo on "Rock Around The Clock,” died in 1954 after a fall in a Philadelphia restaurant without ever enjoying the song's success.

In 1959, Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank.

American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital in Long Island, New York, in 1967 (age 40).


The first Newport Jazz Festival was held at the Newport Casino, in Newport, RI in 1954.

In 1961, Motown Records released The Supremes' first single, "Buttered Popcorn."

The Miracles' "Tracks of My Tears" was released in 1965.

James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" entered the pop and R&B charts in 1965. It would hit #8 on the pop and #1 on the R&B charts.

The Byrds' LP "Mr. Tambourine Man" entered the charts in 1965
The Beatles single “All You Need Is Love” / “Baby You’re A Rich Man” (originally called ‘One Of The Beautiful People’) was released in the US in 1967. It became The Beatles 14th US #1.

The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" film premiered in London in 1968.

No one was hurt when a bomb exploded under a Rolling Stones concert equipment truck in Montreal in 1972.

The Moody Blues opened the first quadraphonic studio in London in 1974.

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

Heart's "Magic Man" was released in 1976.

The first Lollapalooza Tour was launched Phoenix in 1991. The Alt. Rock trek, conceived by Perry Farrell, frontman for Jane’s Addiction, features Farrell’s band, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails and Siouxsie & The Banshees.

In 1994, in Pontiac, Michigan, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley made a surprise appearance at a Kiss convention. But while browsing the stalls, they discovered Kiss costumes stolen from them more than a decade ago.

In 1996, the Smashing Pumpkins fired Jimmy Chamberlin less than a week after Chamberlin was arrested on a drug charge and Jonathan Melvoin died of a heroin overdose.

Singer-songwriter James Blunt tops the U.K. singles and album chart in 2005 with "You're Beautiful" and Back to Bedlam respectively.

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