Thursday, July 8, 2010

This Date In Music History - July 8


Jerry Vale (1932)

Steve Lawrence (1935)

Jaimoe Johanson - Allman Brothers Band (1944)

Ricky Wolf - The Flowerpot Men (1945)

Andy Fletcher - Depeche Mode (1960)

Graham Jones - Haircut 100 (1961)

Toby Keith (1961)

Joan Osborne (1963)

Beck David Campbell (Beck) (1970)

Neil Mavers - The La's (1971)

Tavis Werts - Reel Big Fish (1977)

Jamie Cook - Arctic Monkeys (1985)

They Are Missed:

none today!


Today in 1957, the song "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" by Elvis Presley topped the charts and stayed there for 7 weeks.

In 1958 - The first gold record album was presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The award went to the soundtrack "Oklahoma!"

Freddie & the Dreamers recorded "I'm Telling You Now" in 1963.

In 1965, the Dave Clark Five had their movie, 'Catch Us If You Can,' premiere in London. The film was renamed to 'Having a Wild Weekend' for its US release. Songs featured by the group in the movie included "Catch Us If You Can," "Having a Wild Weekend" and "I Can’t Stand It."

The Beatles released the ‘Nowhere Man’ 4 track EP in the UK in 1966, which included: "Drive My Car," "Michelle" and "You Won't See Me."

In 1967, the Monkees began a 29-date tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as the supporting act. Hendrix was dropped after eight shows after being told his act was not suitable for their teenybopper audience. Ya think?

Pink Floyd kicked off their first 20-date North American tour at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago in 1968.

Just as the Byrds are about to embark on a South African tour in 1968, multi-instrumentalist Gram Parsons quits stating he does not want to perform in the racially segregated country.

In 1969, Marianne Faithfull collapsed on the set of 'Ned Kelly' after taking a drug overdose. She was admitted to a Sydney Hospital, (she was later dropped from the movie).

The Everly Brothers Show', started an eleven-week prime time slot on ABC- TV in the US in 1970.

Bill Withers started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1972 with "Lean On Me," his only #1 hit.

The Concert 10 Festival was held at Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania in 1972. Quite the eclectic array of music, for sure. Acts performing included: Claire Hamill, The Groundhogs, Edgar Winter, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Faces with Rod Stewart, Humble Pie, The J. Geils Band and Three Dog Night. (Black Sabbath and Badfinger were scheduled to appear, but canceled)

Gerry Rafferty's album 'City To City' went to #1 on the US chart in 1978, knocking off 'Saturday Night Fever,' which had been at the top of the charts for almost six months.

Exile's "Kiss You All Over" was released in 1978.

The B-52's made their UK live debut at London's Lyceum Ballroom in 1979.

In 1985, "Playboy" and "Penthouse" magazines went on sale with nude pictures of Madonna.

In 1988, Stevie Wonder announced his intention to run for mayor of Detroit (he never does).

The Fine Young Cannibals scored their second US #1 hit in 1989 with "Good Thing."

TLC started a seven week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1995 with "Waterfalls," the group's second US #1 hit.

The Spice Girls debut single "Wannabe" was released in Great Britain in 1996. The music world was thrilled!

Alicia Keys went to #1 on the US chart in 2001 with her debut album 'Songs In A Minor.'

In 2002, Michael Jackson spoke out against the music industry's treatment of artists, alleging that the business was rife with racism. Speaking at a civil rights meeting in New York, Jackson claimed there was a 'conspiracy' among record companies, especially towards black artists. A spokesman for Jackson's record label said the remarks were 'ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful.'

In 2004, Mark Purseglove known as the world’s ‘biggest bootlegger’ was sentenced to 3 years 6 months jail by Blackfriars Crown Court. Purseglove had built up a £15 million pirate CD empire by bootlegging live concerts of some of the world's biggest stars including The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd. Should have gotten more time.......

Nelly Furtado was at #1 on the US album chart in 2006 with ‘Loose,’ the Canadian singers third album.

In 2007, Prince was forced off stage by police halfway through his set at the First Avenue nightclub during a late-night gig in his home town of Minneapolis. The club was only allowed to stay open until but Prince took to the stage at 2:45 am. Prince had already played two concerts in Minneapolis before his late-night club appearance; His first performance was at a department store, where he promoted his new cologne with a nine-song, 45-minute set.

“Bon Scott -- The Early Years,” with pre-AC/DC material, rolled out in 2008.

Also in 2008 - Billy Joel's “The Stranger” gets a 30th anniversary reissue. The album is packaged with a previously unreleased concert CD, “Live At Carnegie Hall 1977.” A DVD also contains videos and other performances.

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