Thursday, July 9, 2009

This Date In Music History- July 9


Ed Ames is 82.

Joe Micelli - John Fred and His Playboy Band (1946)

Debbie Sledge - Sister Sledge (1954)

Jim Kerr - Simple Minds (1959)

Marc Almond - Soft Cell (1959)

Courtney Love - Babes In Toyland, Hole (1965)

Frankie Bello - Anthrax (1965)

Tom Hingley - Inspiral Carpets (1965)

Jack White - White Stripes, Raconteurs (1975)

Isaac Brock - Modest Mouse (1975)

Dan Estrin - Hoobastank (1976)

They Are Missed:

Lee Hazlewood (July 9, 1929 – August 4, 2007) Wrote "These Boots Are Made for Walking" for Nancy Sinatra and recorded several albums.

The Main Ingredient founder Donald McPherson was born in 1941. McPherson died on July 3, 1971 from the effects of leukemia (age of 29).

Bon Scott (July 9, 1946 – February 19, 1980) AC/DC

John "Mitch" Mitchell (July 9, 1946 1 – November 12, 2008) was an English drummer, best known for his work in The Jimi Hendrix Experience.


In 1956, crooner Pat Boone released his version of "Ain't That a Shame" which became his first #1 hit.

Ageless Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia TV station in 1956. The name was changed to "American Bandstand" when it went to ABC-TV.

Elvis' second film, Loving You, premiered in 1957.

A Minneapolis based Catholic youth magazine, "Contacts," launched a campaign in 1959 for "clean lyrics in pop songs." Songs they targeted included Elvis Presley's "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" because it promotes going steady. Oooooh.

The Troggs' "Wild Thing" entered the Top 40 in 1966, on its way to the top position.

Working at Abbey Road studios in London in 1969, 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.

Jim Morrision was buried at P'ere Lachaise Cemetary in Paris in 1971.

In 1972, Paul McCartney and Wings kicked off a 26-date tour appearing at the French town Chateauvillon. The band travelled on a double Decker London bus with psychedelic interior. It was McCartney's first time on the road since the Beatles broke up.

Alan O'Day went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1977 with the insipid cut “Undercover Angel,” his only solo hit.

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

In 1978, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones jammed with Muddy Waters at Chicago's Quiet Knight.

In 1981, the Jacksons began a 36 city tour. The show will gross $5.5 million. They donate $100,000 to the Atlanta Children's Foundation following a show at the Omni in Atlanta. Later, Epic Records releases "The Jacksons Live."

The Police started an eight week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1983 with “Every Breath You Take” (also #1 in the UK). Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards.

Cheap Trick went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1988 with “The Flame,” the group's only US #1.

In 1990, Keith Richards right index finger becomes inflamed after a concert in Glasgow. It is diagnosed as being septic. A week of shows were postponed, amazingly the first time that the Stones missed a show due to a band member's illness or injury.

Michael Jackson was at #1 on the US album chart in 1995 with “Past, Present and Future Book 1.”

In 1995, the Grateful Dead give their last concert with leader Jerry Garcia at Chicago's Soldier Field. Jerry dies a month later while in drug rehab of a heart attack.

In 1996, for the first time, Deep Purple played "Smoke on the Water" in the Swiss city that inspired the tune. The band wrote "Smoke on the Water" after surviving a nightclub fire in Montreux.

In 1999, Mary Chapin Carpenter canceled a concert at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, MO, at the last minute. She had to fly home to tend to a very sick Golden Retriever. I like it.

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