Thursday, July 22, 2010

This Date In Music History - July 22


George Clinton - Parliament, Funkadelic (1941)

Keith Sweat (1941)

Bobby Sherman (1943)

Ric Davis - Supertramp (1944)

Don Henley - Eagles (1947)

Mick Pointer - Marillion (1956)

Emily Saliers - Indigo Girls (1963)

William Calhoun - Living Colour (1964)

Pat Badger - Extreme (1967)

Chris Helme - Seahorses (1971)

Daniel Jones - Savage Garden (1973)

Rufus Wainwright (1973)

They Are Missed:

In 2004, French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel died after a long battle with deteriorating health. As a professional jazz guitarist he worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett.

Singer, songwriter and producer Arthur Crier died of heart failure in 2004. Member of The Chimes and had worked with Little Eva, Gene Pitney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash and The Coasters.

Founder member and singer with The Chi-lites, Eugene Record died of cancer in 2005. Had the 1972 US #1 single "Oh Girl." He also released three solo albums.

Born on this day in 1944, Estelle Bennett, The Ronettes. Died at her home in Englewood, NJ on Feb 11, 2009 (age 67).


Buddy Holly cuts "That’ll Be The Day" in Nashville in 1956. The track was credited to Buddy Holly & The Three-Tunes (his backing band before the Crickets). The song was re-recorded before becoming a hit.

The Beatles' first U.S. album, "Introducing The Beatles," was released in 1963. By the way, the LP is the most counterfeited album in the world, see web page that explains all the mystery here:

In 1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London after being found guilty of insulting behaviour at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall.

Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother & the Holding Co. appeared at the Convention Hall, San Diego, California in 1967.

Vanilla Fudge made its concert debut in New York in 1967.

The Doors perform/lip-synch "Light My Fire" and "Crystal Ship" on American Bandstand in 1967.

The Byrds' "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" album was released in 1968.

In 1969, Aretha Franklin was arrested (disturbing the peace ) for causing a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot.

In 1971, John and Yoko spent the second day filming the ‘Imagine’ promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today's footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing "Imagine" in the white room on his white piano.

"If You Really Love Me" by Stevie Wonder was released in 1971.

Just nineteen days after lead singer Jim Morrison’s untimely departure (death), the Doors were awarded a gold record for their “L.A. Woman" album in 1971.

Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs in 1972.

The Who's "Join Together" was released in 1972.

In 1977, Stiff Records released 'My Aim Is True' the debut album from Elvis Costello in the UK.

In 1979, Little Richard, now known as the Reverend Richard Pennman told his congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring 'If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.'

Former actress Martika started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1989 with "Toy Soldiers."

The soundtrack album 'Batman' by Prince started a six-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1989.

In 1996, Donovan was forced to postpone a comeback tour of the US because of a 30-year-old marijuana conviction in the UK. American authorities delayed granting him a waiver to enter the country.

Also in 1996, the parents of a teen-age murder victim sued the band Slayer contending that the band's lyrics were "satanic" and inspired 3 teen-age boys to rape, torture and stab the girl to death. Yeah, it was the music ?.....

Simple Minds closed their official fan club in 1999 due to dwindling membership. Pretty smart.

In 2000, Oasis appeared at London's Wembley Stadium, the gig was broadcast live around the world on TV. I still don't see what all the fuss was about.......

The soundtrack to the Bob Dylan movie "Masked And Anonymous" was released in 2003. It contained new Dylan material and an eclectic collection of performers covering Dylan songs.

In 2004, Peter Frampton sued Billabong clothing company for using "baby I love your waves" as a marketing slogan. Frampton claims it is "an obvious reference" to his hit song "Baby, I Love Your Way." No kidding.

The Kerry/Edwards ticket faced another onslaught from the left in 2004 when David Crosby and Graham Nash announce they are running to be co-presidents. Regardless of the fact the Nash, born in England, can`t be president, vice president or even co-president, the pair have an interesting agenda which includes: the cleaning out of Area 51 "to address the illegal alien issue," free money and a night in the Lincoln bedroom to donors who can pay $200 grand for the privilege. I like the idea of free money.....

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford participated in the 2005 Carlisle Summer Bike Fest. A customized motorcycle featuring images of Aerosmith members also made an appearance. The three day event took place in Carlisle, PA (of course).

In 2005, research by a car insurance company showed that listening to the wrong sort of music when driving can lead to aggression and distraction. Dr Nicola Dibben a music psychologist said “singing while driving stimulates the mind.” Songs recommended included Pulp’s "Disco 2000" and "Hey Ya" by Outcast, but the Dr said songs like The Prodigy’s "Firestarter" should be avoided.

Kinks frontman Ray Davies played Austin in 2006. The concert was taped for an episode of PBS' Austin City Limits.

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US album chart in 2006 with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash's death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.

In 2007, Ja Rule and Lil Wayne were arrested after a concert in Manhattan on charges of carrying illegal firearms. The rappers were arrested separately, Rule was stopped for speeding when a weapon was discovered in his car and officers who arrested Wayne for smoking marijuana also found a pistol in his car.

Remastered versions of U2's first three albums, ‘80's "Boy," ‘81's "October" and ‘83's "War" are in stores in 2008. The reissues are available in single-CD, vinyl and two-disc editions, with the double-CD sets featuring various B-sides, outtakes and performance tracks.

"Live In Santa Monica '72," a David Bowie concert album previously available only as a bootleg gets its official US release in 2008. "You can hear that we are all pretty high on ourselves," says Bowie. "We train wreck a couple of things . . . but overall I really treasure this bootleg."

The soundtrack to Led Zeppelin’s ‘76 concert film, 'The Song Remains The Same,' was released in a vinyl box set featuring audiophile-quality in 2008. The package includes updated sleeve notes and six extra tracks.

And lastly, there's another soundtrack in 2008. This one is from the Neil Young-directed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tour documentary, CSNY: Déjà Vu. "It's got rough spots all the way through it, which I think is refreshing," says Young. Acting as the project’s promo guy Young claims that it’s the "best album the quartet has ever made."

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