Wednesday, July 14, 2010

This Date In Music History - July 14


Tommy Mattola - music executive, Sony Records. Married Mariah Carey in 1993, separated in 1997. (1948)

Chris Cross - Ultravox (1952)

Ellen Reid - Crash Test Dummies (1966)

Tonya Donelly - Belly (1966)

Nick McCabe - The Verve (1971)

Taboo - Black Eyed Peas (1975)

Tameka Cottle - Xscape (1975)

Ruben Studdard - American Idol (1978)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1912, influential US folk singer Woody Guthrie. Was a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music. 70's film 'Bound For Glory' based on his life. Guthrie died on October 3, 1967.

A drunk driver killed Clarence White of The Byrds while he was loading equipment after a gig in Palmdale, California in 1973.

Born today in 1926, Lowman Pauling, guitarist, The Five Royales, co-wrote 1967 hit for Mamas and the Papas, "Dedicated To The One I Love." He died on December 26, 1973.

In 1984, Phillippe Wynne, lead singer with The Detroit Spinners, died of a heart attack while performing at Ivey's nightclub in Oakland, California (age 43).

In 2003, Skip Battin, former bassist for the Byrds and other notable country-rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s, dies near Palm Springs, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 69. Battin appeared on the Byrds’ 1970-71 albums “Untitled,” Byrdmaniax and “Farther Along.”

In 2005, pioneering African-American country artist Big Al Downing died at a hospital near his home in Leicester, Mass. Downing, 65, was felled by complications from Leukemia, with which he had been recently diagnosed.


Fats Domino hit #1 on the R&B chart and #3 on the pop chart in 1956 with his song "I'm In Love Again."

1960 #1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I’m Sorry,” Brenda Lee.

Bobby Vinton started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1962 with "Roses Are Red, My Love."

In 1962, the Beatles played their first ever gig in Wales when they appeared at The Regent Dansette in Rhyl. Tickets cost 70 cents.

In 1967, the Who began their first full North American tour at the Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, appearing as support band to Herman's Hermits on 55 dates.

Bob Dylan made a surprise appearance with The Band at the Mississippi River Rock Festival in 1969. He performed three songs.

In 1973, Gary Glitter and the Glitter Men made their live debut at Mecksham, Wiltshire, England.

During a concert at the John Wayne Theatre in Hollywood (Knott's Berry Farm), California in 1973, Phil Everly smashed his guitar and stormed of stage. Don bravely finished the set by himself and announced that The Everly Brothers had split.

In 1977, Elvis Costello and The Attractions made their live debut supporting Wayne County at The Garden, Penzance, Cornwall, England.

Donna Summer scored her third #1 US single in 1979 with "Bad Girls" and the album of the same name also started a five week run at #1.

Allen Klein, ex manager of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, began serving a two-month prison sentence in 1980 for falsifying tax returns.

The movie premier for Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was held at The Empire, Leicester Square, London, England in 1982.

The “Is Elvis Alive?” frenzy reached a high point in 1988 as Nashville radio station WYHY offered $1 million to anyone who can produce the King alive. Despite our best efforts, Elvis still refused to emerge from his quarters at the 23rd Street YMCA in New York. So the reward was unclaimed.

Michael Jackson gave himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1988 for setting a new attendance record, when he played the first of seven nights at Wembley Stadium in London. The shows on his 'Bad World Tour' were attended by a total of 504,000 fans beating the record previously held by Genesis, with four sold out nights.

Cyndi Lauper released the first closed-captioned video in 1989. The video was for the song "My First Night Without You."

Alice Cooper releases his comeback single “Poison” in 1989. It later goes to #7, his biggest hit since 1972’s “School’s Out.”

At The Peach Festival, South Carolina in 1989, 432 guitarist's broke the world record for the most guitar players appearing in unison for the longest period of time, when they performed "Louie Louie" for 30 minutes. Peach Festival?

In 1992, Megadeth released their fifth album Countdown to Extinction, which becomes their most successful record to date – peaking at No. 2 in the Billboard album charts.

Aretha Franklin sang the US national anthem at the Democratic national convention in 1992.

Also in 1992 - Olivia Newton-John announced that she had breast cancer. Her publicist said that doctors expected a full recovery. They were right.

In 1993, the US Postal Service released 29-cent stamps that honored four Broadway musicals. The featured scenes were from "My Fair Lady," "Porgy and Bess," "Show Boat" and "Oklahoma!"

Garbage was nominated in eight, count ‘em eight, categories for the upcoming 15th annual MTV Music Awards in September of 1998. When the awards were handed out Garbage, sadly, comes up empty.

In 2000, it was announced that the Go-Go's had gotten back together again for a tour, new album, a book and a movie.

Also in 2000 - Dr. Dre filed suit against the city of Detroit alleging censorship. The lawsuit stemmed from a concert stop in Detroit on July 6, 2000, when Dre was told he and the tour organizers would be arrested if he showed a video during the concert. The video contained nudity and graphic violence.

In 2003, plans for Sting to write an official anthem for Tuscany came under fire by locals who insisted the job should go to an Italian and not a foreigner. The British pop star owned a house in Tuscany and had been nominated to compose the anthem by Franco Banchi who lived nearby. In other news, buttfuckIdaho is now the motto on the license plates for the residents of Idaho...

Planet Waves wine was introduced in 2004. The name comes from the 1974 Bob Dylan album. An Italian winery, Fattoria La Terrazze, produced 415 cases with only 125 of them available in the US. The wine sold for $65 a bottle.

In 2006, ex-Vice President Dan Quayle exited a John Mellencamp's concert in Stateline, NV, after the singer criticized the Bush administration while introducing the song "Walk Tall." Quayle’s publicist says the "performance was not very good to begin with, and the comment put it over the top." "It's kind of telling that he chose to walk out as I was doing a song about tolerance," says Mellencamp.

A Rolling Stones concert scheduled at a racetrack in Belgrade, Serbia, was relocated to a city park in 2007. Animal-rights activists claim the group's music (as melodic and tasteful as it is) will distress horses sheltered in nearby stables. Umm, OK......

In 2007, a pair of glasses worn by former Beatle John Lennon sparked a bidding war after being offered for sale online. The circular sunglasses were worn by Lennon during the Beatles 1966 tour of Japan, where the band played some of their last ever live dates. Anonymous rival bidders had pushed the price over the 1 million mark at online auction house

Michael Jackson fans from all over the world congregated at London's O2 arena in 2009, where the star had been due to begin his run of 50 concerts. Fans who left messages to a wall of tributes and conducted Jackson sing-a-longs, held a minute's silence at 1830 BST to mark the time when the doors to the concert would have opened.

The Dead Weather, with Jack White (White Stripes/Raconteurs) on drums, rolled out their debut "Horehound" in 2009.

Judas Priest unfurled "A Touch Of Evil: Live" in 2009. The collection features 11 songs that have never appeared on any of the group's previous concert discs, including songs from ‘08’s "Nostradamus." "It's a very fierce record and just captures the band's attitude and feeling in a very strong, determined way," says frontman Rob Halford.

The Doors DVD documentary, From The Outside, was in stores in 2009. Among the friends and family interviewed is Jim Morrison's one-time girlfriend (and wife if you believe in occult weddings) Patricia Kennealy-Morrison. "It was probably the best interview anyone has ever gotten out of me," says Kennealy-Morrison. "I got to talk about Jim as an artist-hero and also as a flawed, brave, tragic person."

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