Sunday, July 19, 2009

This Date In Music History-July 19


Martha Reeves - Martha and the Vandellas (1941)

Commander Cody (George Frayne) - Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen (1944)

Commander Cody Hot Rod Lincoln

Allan Gorrie - Average White Band (1946)

Bernie Leadon - Flying Burrito Brothers/Eagles/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1947)

Brian May – Queen (1948)

Cesar Zuiderwyk - Golden Earring (1950)

Terry Chambers – XTC (1955)

Nigel Twist – Alarm (1958)

Kevin Haskins – Bauhaus/Love and Rockets (1960)

Jason McGerr - Death Cab For Cutie (1974)

Sue Thompson turns 84

Vikki Carr is 71

They Are Missed:

Country singer Lefty Frizzell died in Nashville in 1975 at the age of 47.

In 1991, jazz/R&B trumpeter David Hines was killed on his 49th birthday when his motorcycle was hit by a car in University City, MO.

Keith Richard Godchaux - keyboard player for the Grateful Dead (July 19, 1948 – July 23, 1980) Died after being involved in a car crash.

Allen Collins Jr.(July 19, 1952 – January 23, 1990) was one of the founding members and guitarists of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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


Harry Belafonte began recording his first sessions for Capitol Records in 1949. They included the songs "They Didn’t Believe Me" and "Close Your Eyes."

Elvis Presley's first record, "That's All Right (Mama)" backed with "Blue Moon of Kentucky," was released in 1954 on the Sun label. Elvis had recorded the tunes two weeks earlier with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black at the Sun studio in Memphis. When the record was first aired on a Memphis radio station, Elvis was reported to have hid in a movie theatre because he thought people would laugh at his effort.

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

The Monkees recorded their TV theme song in 1966. The world would never be the same…

The Rolling Stones released one of their biggest hits “Honky Tonk Women” in 1969. The song was nearly banned due to lyrical content but a quick thinking promo guy claims Jagger sang “played a divorcee” not “laid a divorcee.”

The Spencer Davis Group broke up in 1969.

Paul McCartney and Wings went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1975 with “Listen To What The Man Said,” his fourth US #1 (#6 hit in the UK). Wings also had the US #1 album chart with “Venus And Mars,” Paul McCartney's fourth #1 album since The Beatles.

“Rust Never Sleeps,” by Neil Young, was released in 1979. It peaks at #8 and is certified platinum (one million sales) a year later.

Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" hits #1 in 1980.

In 1980, David Bowie made his stage debut in the title role of a Denver production of "The Elephant Man."

Queen's “The Game” LP entered the charts in 1980. It featured the #1 hits, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Another One Bites The Dust."

The Rolling Stones "Emotional Rescue" LP entered the album chart in 1980. It eventually hits #1 for 7 weeks.

Genesis went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1986 with “Invisible Touch.” The band’s former lead singer Peter Gabriel was at #2 with “Sledgehammer.”

Former Guns n' Roses drummer Steven Adler filed a lawsuit against the band in 1991. He claimed the other members had forced him to use heroin, then made him quit the band while he tried to kick his drug habit.

In 1995, Elvis Presley's former doctor Dr. George Nichopoulous, lost his medical license for being "too liberal" in prescribing addictive drugs. It only took eighteen years……

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