July in Music History

July 2020 Calendar

July 1st:

1959:  July 1, 1959 Dave Brubeck recorded “Take Five” at the CBS Recording Studio in Manhattan, New York.
1962:  July 1, 1959 Gene Vincent and the new group the Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1963:  July 1, 1959 The Beatles recorded “She Loves You” and “I’ll Get You” at EMI Studios in London.
1966:  jULY 1,1966 Janis Joplin moved into the house owned by Big Brother & the Holding Company in Lagunitas in the San Geronimo Valley in California.

1967:  Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” rocketed up from 80 to 28.

1967:  The Association took over at #1 with their classic “Windy”.  “Groovin'” by the Young Rascals was #2 followed by “Little Bit O’ Soul” from the Music Explosion.

1967:  The Beatles first hit #1 on the Album chart  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  After debuting at #8, the Beatles moved to #1.

1968:  The Rascals released the single “People Got To Be Free” on Atlantic Records.
1968:  John Lennon unveiled a set of drawings called “You Are Here” at the Robert Fraser Gallery in London.
1969:  Sam Phillips, the genius who first recorded Elvis Presley, sold Sun Records.
1969:  John Lennon and Yoko Ono were involved in a serious car crash in the Highlands of Scotland that required John to have 17 stitches.

1972:  Jim Croce’s first song, “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” debuted on this date.
1972:  “Outa-Space” by Billy Preston was the top R&B song.
1972:  Elton John’s Honky Chateau moved from 37-7 after just three weeks on the Album chart.  This was the first sign that he was becoming a megastar.
1972:  “Song Sung Blue” by Neil Diamond was #1 for a fifth week on the Adult chart.

1973:  “Song Sung Blue” became Neil Diamond’s 28th hit, his seventh Top 10 song and his second #1 (following “Cracklin’ Rosie”) on this date.  Sammy Davis, Jr. fell with “The Candy Man” while Billy Preston’s instrumental “Outa-Space” remained at 3.  The timeless “Lean On Me” from Bill Withers rose to #4 and Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose were at 5 with “It’s Too Late To Turn Back Now”.  The rest of the Top 10:  Jimmy Castor Bunch with “Troglodyte”, Gallery were on their way down with “Nice To Be With You”, Elton John moved “Rocket Man” from 14-8, America landed in the Top 10 again with “I Need You” and Wayne Newton had a hit with “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast”.
1973:  Jesus Christ Superstar closed after 720 performances on Broadway in New York City.

1974:  Monday fell on this date, the day new 45’s were released to radio stations.  Eric Clapton’s “I Shot The Sheriff” was one of them.

1975:  10cc had the #1 U.K. song with “I’m Not In Love”.
1975:  Connie Francis received a $2.5 million judgement against Howard Johnson’s Lodges, as she was raped at a Howard Johnson’s in New York two years earlier.  Francis spent the entire $2.5 million on victim’s rights groups.
1977:  Pink Floyd played a sold out show in the first of four concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

:  Joe Walsh “Life’s Been Good” moved from #50 to #31.
1979:  The Doobie Brothers celebrated their 10th anniversary with a jam at Friar’s Club in Los Angeles.
1981:  John Morey, bassist of Steppenwolf, died in an automobile accident in Santa Barbara, California at age 32.
1983:  The new group Bon Jovi signed a recording contract with Mercury Records

1985:  Billy Joel released “You’re Only Human”.
1986MTV hosted a competition in which the winner (Lisa Barber) attended a world premiere of Prince’s movie Under a Cherry Moon in Lisa’s hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming.  As part of the prize, Lisa and 200 of her friends viewed a private concert.
1989:  R.E.M., Joe Jackson, the Robert Cray Band, Lou Reed and Elvis Costello were at the Rock Torhout Festival in Torhout, Belgium.
1989:  “Batman” by Prince was the #1 song in the U.K.  

1989:  Music fans in 1989 chose Milli Vanilli as the #1 song.  The Fine Young Cannibals were second with “Good Thing” while the previous #1 “Satisfied” from Richard Marx fell to 3.  Neneh Cherry remained at #4 with “Buffalo Stance”.  Simply Red’s “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” entered the Top 10 at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  “Express Yourself” from Madonna moved from 13-6, Donna Summer was at 7 with “This Time I Know It’s For Real”, Cyndi Lauper moved to #8 in an active Top 10, Natalie Cole had song #9 with “Miss You Like Crazy” and New Kids on the Block tumbled to #10 with “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)”. 

1991:  Michael Bolton released the single “Time, Love And Tenderness”.

1991: R.E.M. released the single “Shiny Happy People”
1995: R.E.M., the Cure and the Cranberries performed at the Rock Torhout Festival in Torhout, Belgium.

1995: Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish, returned back to #1 after taking a week off. The Soundtrack to “Pocahontas” was #2 followed by Pulse from Pink Floyd, which fell to #3 after just one week at the top. TLC’s CrazySexyCool was #4 and Live’s album Throwing Copper was #5. The rest of the Top 10: The Soundtrack to “Batman Forever” moved from 15-6, the debut from John Michael Montgomery came in seventh, Soul Asylum was at 8 with Let Your Dim Light Shine, the great second album from Boyz II Men was at 9 and another great one from Blues Traveler, four, entered the Top 10

1995:  Wolfman Jack died in Belvidere, North Carolina at the age of 51.
1999:  John Popper, harmonica player of Blues Traveler, experienced chest pains and underwent angioplasty at a hospital in Los Angeles.  The band postponed concerts for a month.

1999:  Guy Mitchell, one of the early stars of the Rock Era, died in Las Vegas at the age of 72 of complications from cancer surgery.
2000:  Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2000:  Michael “Cub” Koda of Brownsville Station (“Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room” from 1973) died from kidney disease in Chelsea, Michigan at the age of 51.  
2002:  Six stamps designed by Sir Paul McCartney went on sale in the Isle of Man–all proceeds went to the charity Adopt-A Mine field.

2003: Herbie Mann died of prostate cancer in Pecos, New Mexico at the age of 73.
2004: In the episode of “Inmates Run Rap Music”, rapper Ja Rule was arrested and changed with marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.

2005:  Soul singer/songwriter/producer Luther Vandross died at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey at the age of 54.  He had suffered a major stroke two years before.
2005:  Renaldo “Obie” Benson of the Four Tops died of lung cancer in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 69.
2006:  Robert Cray and Suzanne Vega performed at the inaugural Hyde Park Calling festival in London.
2006:  Busta Rhymes had the top album with Big Bang.
2008:  Rolf Harris (“Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”) was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Hall of Fame.  In 2014, his place in the ARIA Hall of Fame was taken when he was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls.
2008:  Mel Galley, guitarist for Whitesnake, died from cancer of the esophagus at the age of 60 in Cannock, Staffordshire.
2010:  The Eagles were in concert at the Verizon Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

July 2nd

1956:  July 2, 1956 Elvis Presley went into the recording studio and recorded “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel” at RCA Studios in New York City on this date.
1956: July 2, 1956 Buddy Holly released his first solo single “Love Me” on Decca Records.

1957:  A new crooner released his first single–Paul Anka’s “Diana” was released as a 45 to radio stations.
1958:  Paramount Pictures released the movie King Creole starring Elvis Presley.
1962:  Jimi Hendrix was honorably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers.
1965:  The Beach Boys and Sam the Sham were in concert at the Community Concourse in San Diego, California.
1966:  Frank Sinatra moved to #1 with “Strangers In The Night”, taking over from the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer”.  Tommy James & the Shondells moved from 15-6 with “Hanky Panky”.

1966.  The #1 album was What Now My Love by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass with If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears by the Mamas and the Papas at #2.  Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert and the Brass was still hanging around after 59 weeks.  The Soundtrack to “Doctor Zhivago” was #4 and the album that would eventually set the Rock Era record for weeks in the Top 10 with an incredible 109–the great Soundtrack to “The Sound of Music” was #5 after 67 weeks.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Shadow of Your Smile from Andy Williams, Going Places by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) from the Rolling Stones, The Shadow of Your Smile by Johnny Mathis and Lou Rawls Live! moving from 20-10.
1967:  Cream, Jeff Beck and John Mayall were in concert at the Saville Theatre in London.
1969:  Drummer Mitch Mitchel and bass guitarist Noel Redding both quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1969:  Vocalist and guitarist Leslie West and bassist Felix Pappalardi formed the group Mountain.
1969:  The Beatles (minus John Lennon who was in a Scottish hospital following an automobile accident) recorded “Her Majesty” and “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight” at Abbey Road Studios in London for the upcoming White Album.

1969:  Thunderclap Newman had the top U.K. song with “Something In The Air”.
1971:  Queen, with the lineup of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon for the first time, performed at Surrey College in England.
1973:  Brian Eno announced he was leaving Roxy Music.
1976:  Brian Wilson appeared live with the Beach Boys for the first time in 12 years.
1977:  The Soundtrack to “A Star Is Born” was the #1 album in the U.K.

1977:  Bill Conti was at #1 with “Gonna’ Fly Now”, the theme from “Rocky”.  “Undercover Angel” by Alan O’Day was at #2 and Marvin Gaye’s former #1 “Got To Give It Up” fell to 3.  Shaun Cassidy had his remake of “Da Doo Ron Ron” at #4 while Barry Manilow moved from 13-5 with his eighth hit in three years, “Looks Like We Made It”.  The rest of the Top 10:  Fleetwood Mac and “Dreams”, Andy Gibb moved from 15 to 7 with “I Just Want To Be Your Everything”, Hot was at 8 with “Angel In Your Arms”, the Steve Miller Band moved up to 9 with “Jet Airliner” (and any decent radio station will always play “Threshold” before it) while Jimmy Buffett scored a Top 10 hit with “Margaritaville”.
1977:  “It’s Sad To Belong” by England Dan & John Ford Coley was #1 on the Adult chart for a second week. 
1977:  The Emotions held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a second week with “Best Of My Love”.

1979:  Abba released the single “Voulez Vous”.
1979:  Neil Young released the album Rust Never Sleeps.  (Note:  some websites claim the album was released July 11.  The correct date is July 2, according to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.)
1980:  Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead were arrested for starting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena during a Dead concert.
1980:  Sheena Easton was featured on the BBC-TV show Big Time, following her as she recorded “Morning Train” and showing how a new artist was marketed.
1981:  Bruce Springsteen opened the new Brendan Byrne Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey, playing before 21,000 fans.

1983:  “Never Gonna’ Let You Go” was #1 for Sergio Mendes on the AC chart for the third week.
1983:  Rod Stewart’s “Baby Jane” led the way on the U.K. chart.

1983:  “Flashdance” by Irene Cara was #1 for a sixth consecutive week.  Eddy Grant was at #2 with “Electric Avenue” while the Police were honing in on the top with “Every Breath You Take”.  Culture Club had #4–“Time (Clock of the Heart)” and Sergio Mendes was at 5 with “Never Gonna’ Let You Go”.  The rest of the Top 10:  Styx with “Don’t Let It End”, Kajagoogoo moved up to #7 with “Too Shy”, Hall & Oates had #8 with “Family Man”, Michael Jackson had another Top 10 from Thriller with “Wanna’ Be Startin’ Something'” and the Tubes registered the only Top 10 of their career with “She’s A Beauty”. 
1984:  Cyndi Lauper released the single “She Bop”.
1986:  Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead appeared together at the Rubber Bowl in Akron, Ohio.
1986:  Prince’s new movie Under the Cherry Moon was released to theaters.  (Note:  some websites claim the movie was released July 4.  According to the newspaper ‘The New York Times’ and the book ‘Prince:  Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution’ by Jason Draper, the movie was released July 2.) 

1988:  Michael Jackson posted a record-breaking fourth #1 from the album Bad as “Dirty Diana” reached the top.  It was Jackson’s 28th solo hit, 20th Top 10 and 11th #1 song.  Add in his work with the Jackson 5 and the totals were:  57 hits, 30 Top 10’s and 15 #1’s.
1991:  And then there’s Guns N’ Roses.  At a concert of theirs at the Riverport Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Missouri, lead singer Axl Rose jumped into the audience and tackled a fan who was taking pictures of the show.  Rose took the camera, hit several members of the audience and the security team and when his group members pulled him back on stage, Rose slammed his microphone on the ground and left the stage.  Angry fans began to riot, causing injury to dozens of people.  Rose was charged with inciting the riot.
1992:  Mick Jagger became a grandfather as daughter Jade gave birth to a baby girl.
1994:  Janet Jackson remained at #1 for the fourth week on the R&B chart with “Any Time, Any Place”.

1994:  All-4-One spent a seventh week at #1 with “I Swear”. 
1997:  Bruce Springsteen won Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, donating the cash portion of the award to a Swedish school program that keeps teenagers off the streets.

2001:  Liverpool Airport at Speke was renamed John Lennon Airport.
2003:  Beyonce had the #1 album with her first solo release Dangerously in Love.
2005:  Live 8  Concerts in 10 cities, including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Rome and Johannesburg, featured some of the top stars in the world in an effort to pressure the G8 nations to fight poverty in Africa.   Crowds of hundreds of thousands and a television audience of several hundred million watched the performances.  Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, U2, Madonna, The Who, Bryan Adams, Sting, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Green Day, the Dave Matthews Band, Destiny’s Child, Neil Young, Coldplay, the Pet Shop Boys, the Cure, Shakira, Maroon 5 and Jay-Z were among the performers.
2006:  The Who performed at the first Hyde Park Calling Festival in London.  (Note:  some websites falsely say the Who performed on July 1.  They performed on the second and final day of the festival, July 2.)

2006: Lostprophets reached #1 on the U.K. Album chart with Liberation Transmission.
2007: Hy Zaret, who co-wrote “Unchained Melody”, died at the age of 99 (50 days shy of his 100th birthday) in Westport, Connecticut.
2009: The Eagles were in concert in the RDS Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

July 3rd:

1965:  July 3, 1965 Cher had her first solo hit debut on the chart as “All I Really Want To Do” made the list.
1965:  July 3, 1965 Elvis was #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the seventh week with “Crying In The Chapel”.

1965:  The Four Tops first rose to #1 on this date with “I Can’t Help Myself”.  with the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” rising to #2 . “Mr. Tambourine Man” from the Byrds fell from #1 to #3.  Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs were at 4 with “Wooly Bully”, Herman’s Hermits stayed at 5 with “Wonderful World” and the Yardbirds edged up with “For Your Love”.   Johnny Rivers had “Seventh Son”, Elvis was at #8 with “Crying In The Chapel”, Barbara Mason entered the Top 10 with “Yes, I’m Ready”. Jackie DeShannon posted the first Top 10 of her career with “What the World Needs Now Is Love”.
1966:  The Grateful Dead played the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1969:  Brian Jones, the former member of the Rolling Stones who quit the group, was found dead in his swimming pool at his home in Hartfield, East Sussex, England.
1969:  Led Zeppelin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, James Brown and Johnny Winter performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island.

1970: The Allman Brothers, B.B. King, Procol Harum, John Sebastian and Mountain performed on the opening night of the Atlanta Pop Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
1971: A group with a great brass sound debuted with their first hit song as Earth, Wind & Fire hit the chart with “Love Is Life”.
1971: “Mr. Big Stuff” became the #1 on the R&B chart for Jean Knight.
1971: The Bee Gees had a smash with “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”, which moved from 73 to 39.

1971:  Carole King reached #1 with “It’s Too Late”.  Paul Revere & the Raiders were at #2 with “Indian Reservation” while Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose moved up to 3 with “Treat Her Like A Lady”.  The Carpenters fell after peaking at #2 with “Rainy Days And Mondays” and Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds were at #5 with “Don’t Pull Your Love”.  The rest of the Top 10:  “Want Ads” from the Honey Cone, the Rolling Stones slipped to #7 with “Brown Sugar”, James Taylor climbed up from 14 to 8 with “You’ve Got A Friend”, Jerry Reed stayed at position #9 with “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” and Ringo Starr fell to #10 with “It Don’t Come Easy”.

1971:  Jim Morrison of the Doors died of heart failure (no autopsy performed) in his bathtub in Paris, France at the age of 27.
1973:  Laurens Hammond, who invented the Hammond organ, died at the age of 78.  

1974:  The Tony Orlando Show debuted on CBS-TV. 

1975:  Chuck Negron, formerly with Three Dog Night, was arrested for cocaine possession in Louisville, Kentucky.

1976:  Wings held down #1 for the fourth week with “Silly Love Songs” with Starland Vocal Band moving to 2 with “Afternoon Delight”.  Dorothy Moore remained at #3 with “Misty Blue”, Hall & Oates stayed at 4 with “Sara Smile” and the Captain & Tennille were next with “Shop Around”.  The rest of the Top 10:  Andrea True Connection with “More, More, More”, Silver Convention fell after three weeks at #2 with “Get Up And Boogie”, the Brothers Johnson had a great summer hit with “I’ll Be Good To You” at #8, the Manhattans were at #9 with “Kiss And Say Goodbye” while Gary Wright scored his second Top 10 with “Love Is Alive”.

1978: Olivia Newton-John released “Hopelessly Devoted To You” from Grease.

1978:  Exile released their classic single “Kiss You All Over”.

1983:  Michael Jackson released “Human Nature” as a single.

1982: Billy Idol first hit the chart on this date when “Hot In The City” debuted.
1982: Crosby, Stills & Nash had a fast-rising song as “Wasted On The Way” moved from 48 to 29.

1982:  The Human League rose to #1 with “Don’t You Want Me” with Toto’s “Rosanna” at #2.  Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder fell from their perch after seven weeks with “Ebony And Ivory”.  Asia’s premiere 45 was “Heat Of The Moment” while John Cougar hit #5 with “Hurts So Good”.  The rest of the Top 10:  Willie Nelson edged up with “Always On My Mind”, Dazz Band with “Let It Whip”, Juice Newton was at #8 with “Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On Me”, Survivor shot up from 19 to 9 with “Eye Of The Tiger” and 38 Special reached the Top 10 with “Caught Up In You”.

1988:  George Michael released the fifth single from Faith, “Monkey”.

1993:  Kenny G & Peabo Bryson combined talents for the song that hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart–“By The Time This Night Is Over”.
1993:  Janet Jackson remained at #1 for the eighth week with “That’s the Way Love Goes”.
 2000:  James Brown was accused of pulling a knife on a utility worker and holding the man against his will at Brown’s home in Beech Island, South Carolina.
2003:  Incubus, Jane’s Addiction and Audioslave performed at the Ionia County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids, Michigan as the Lollapalooza Festival got underway.  (Note:  some websites claim the groups performed July 2.  The Lollapalooza kicked off July 3, according to ‘Billboard’ magazine.)  
2005:  In our segment of Inmates Run Rap Music, Lil’ Kim was released from jail after serving 10 months for perjury.

July 4th:

1955:  Gene Vincent was in a serious accident when a car in Norfolk, Virginia hit his motorcycle, crushing his leg.
1956: Elvis Presley performed a charity concert for the Memphis Press-Scimitar’s Milk Fund in Memphis, Tennessee.
1958: Buddy Holly and Frankie Avalon performed three concerts at the Buck Lake Ranch in Angola, India.
1958:  The Everly Brothers rolled into the #1 position in the U.K. with “All I Have To Do Is Dream”.
1959:  The Brothers Four recorded the song “Greenfields”.
1960:  Brian Hyland had the highest-debuting song with “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini”.

1964:  Barbra Streisand spent a second straight week at the top of the Easy Listening chart with “People”.
1964:  Jan & Dean moved up from 60 to 22 with “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena”. 

1960: Connie Francis held down the #1 song for a second week with “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”, with “Alley-Oop” from the Hollywood Argyles #2.  Brenda Lee moved up from 6 to 3 with “I’m Sorry” while Duane Eddy’s great instrumental “Because They’re Young” was #4 and the former #1 “Cathy’s Clown” by the Everly Brothers was at #5.
1964: “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys arrived at #1 on this date.  Millie Small had #2–“My Boy Lollipop”.  Johnny Rivers had one of his biggest hits with “Memphis” at 3 and Gerry & the Pacemakers had a nice move (7-4) with “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying”.  The rest of the Top 10:  “People” from Barbra Streisand, Peter & Gordon tumbled to 6 with “A World Without Love”, the Dixie Cups’ former #1 “Chapel Of Love” was at 7, the 4 Seasons jumped from 18 to 8 with “Rag Doll”, Billy J. Kramer had song #9–“Bad To Me” and the Dave Clark Five” scored an early Top 10 with “Can’t You See That She’s Mine”.

1962: Chris Blackwell started Island Records, which would eventually promote U2, Robert Palmer, Bob Marley and many others. 
1964:  The Beatles announced that their first tour of North America was a complete sellout.

1964:  Louis Armstrong’s Hello, Dolly! was the #1 album with the Soundtrack to the movie #2.  Funny Girl from Barbra Streisand was #3 followed by the Beatles’ Second Album and The Third Album from Streisand. The rest of the Top 10:  Cotton Candy from Al Hirt, the great Getz/Gilberto album from Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto climbed from 14 to 7, The Academy Award Winning “Call Me Irresponsible” from Andy Williams, Glad All Over by the Dave Clark Five entered the Top 10 and Nancy Wilson had #10–Today, Tomorrow, Forever.

1966:   Napoleon XIV released the novelty smash “They’re Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!” 
1966:  Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos pulled police protection for the Beatles after Marcos’s wife (the one that loved all the shoes) claimed that the group wouldn’t go to one of her parties.  As a result, the Fab Four was later attacked by an angry mob.
1967:  Tom Jones was a guest on the debut of Spotlight on CBS-TV.
1968:  Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a woman’s charity SHARE in Santa Monica, California.
1969:  Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chicago, Grand Funk Railroad,  Johnny Rivers, Canned Heat, Booker T & the MG’s, Delaney & Bonnie, Ian & Sylvia, the Dave Brubeck Trio, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sweetwater and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band performed on opening day of the Atlanta Pop Festival in Byron Georgia.  Grand Funk Railroad did so well that they were signed to a recording contract by Capitol Records after the performance.
1969:  Ray Davies of the Kinks mixed the final album from the Turtles, Turtle Soup.
1970:  Cliff Richard released his 50th single, “Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha”.

1970:  Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 debuted at radio stations across the country.

1970:  Jimi Hendrix, Rare Earth, Jethro Tull, Poco and the Chambers Brothers played at the Atlanta International Pop Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

1970:  “The Love You Save” by the Jackson 5 was #1 for a third week on the R&B chart.
1971:  Donald McPherson of the Main Ingredient died of leukemia in the Bronx shortly before his 30th birthday. 
1973:  Don Powell, drummer of Slade, was seriously injured in a car crash in Wolverhampton, England in which his girlfriend Angela Morris was killed.

1976:  “Silly Love Songs” by Wings logged a fourth week at #1.  Starland Vocal Band exhibited a solid move (7-2) with “Afternoon Delight” while “Misty Blue” by Dorothy Moore and Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile” stalled.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Captain & Tennille remained at 5 with their remake of “Shop Around”, the Andrea True Connection was at 6 with “More, More, More”, Silver Convention’s smash “Get Up And Boogie” was on its way down, Brothers Johnson edged up with “I’ll Be Good To You”, the Manhattans were fine to “Kiss And Say Goodbye” and Gary Wright proved he was no one-hit wonder as “Love Is Alive” climbed into the Top 10.

1976:  The Clash made their live debut at the Black Swan in Sheffield, England.

1976:  The Eagles were in concert along with Fleetwood Mac, Dan Fogelberg and Loggins & Messina at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
1976:  Barry White married Glodean James, a member of White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra.
1976:  Paul Revere got married at King’s Amusement Park in Cincinnati, Ohio during intermission of a Raiders concert.


1977:  Gary Valentine quit Blondie and Nigel Harrison became the new bass guitarist for Blondie.

1977:  Fleetwood Mac released the single “Don’t Stop”.
1978:  Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer of the Clash were arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct after a Clash concert at the Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.

1979:  Elite guitarist Gary Moore left the group Thin Lizzy.

1980:  The Beach Boys performed in a free concert before 500,000 in Miami, Florida. 

1981:  “All Those Years Ago” from George Harrison topped the AC chart.
1982:  Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden in Maui, Hawai’i.
1982:  Diana Ross began her first world tour as a solo performer with a show at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands, New Jersey.  Jazz great Miles Davis accompanied her.

1983:  President Ronald Reagan’s Interior Secretary, James Watt, banned the Beach Boys from performing on the Washington Mall because the music “attracts a bad element”.
1984:  The Beach Boys held their free concert in Washington, D.C.  Sitting in on drums was Ringo Starr.
1985:  Dire Straits performed the first of 13 nights at Wembley Arena in London.

1985:  The Beach Boys performed in Washington, D.C.  They were joined onstage by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin who performed “Lucille” with the group.
1986:  Farm Aid II, in which John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson were so involved with, featured appearances by the Beach Boys and Julio Iglesias near Austin, Texas.  The concert raised $1.3 million for needy farmers.
1987:  Keith Richards put the finishing touches on the mixing for the Chuck Berry documentary Hail!  Hail!  Rock and Roll.
1987:  Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead began a tour at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
1987:  The Doobie Brothers, James Taylor, Santana and Bonnie Raitt played at the July 4th Disarmament Festival in the Soviet Union.
1987:  The Pet Shop Boys hit #1 in their native U.K. with “It’s A Sin”.

1988:  Bobby McFerrin released the single “Don’t Worry Be Happy”.

1988: Peter Cetera released the single “One Good Woman”.
1992: John Phillips of the Mamas & Papas had a liver transplant in Los Angeles.
1992: Celine Dion’s breakthrough hit, “If You Asked Me To” was #1 for the third week on the AC chart.

1998:  The Soundtrack to the great movie City of Angels was the #1 album on this date.  Never Say Never from Brandy was second followed by MP Da (sic) Last Don by Master P was #3.  Soundtracks to Hope Floats and Godzilla were #4 and 5, respectively.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Limited Series from Garth Brooks, the Backstreet Boys were still hanging around after 45 weeks with their debut, Come On Over from Shania Twain was #8, Big Willie Style entered the Top 10 for Will Smith and Adore by the Smashing Pumpkins was #10.
1999:  Victoria Adams, formerly Posh Spice of the Spice Girls, married David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin, Ireland.
1999:  Blondie, R.E.M., Metallica, Barenaked Ladies, Built To Spill and the Chemical Brothers performed at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
2003:  LL Cool J re-signed with Def Jam Records.  (Note:  several websites report Cool J signed the contract on July 8.  He announced it July 4, according to ‘MTV’.)
2001:  Madonna played the first of six sold-out shows at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.
2003:  It was quite a show in Pontiac, Michigan for the Summer Sanitarium concert–Metallica, Limp Bizkit and the Deftones performed.

2003:  Barry White died of kidney failure at the age of 58.
2004:  Usher had the top U.K. song with “Burn”.
2006:  India.Arie was on top of the Album chart with Testimony, Volume 1:  Life & Relationship.
2007:  Bill Pinkney of the original Drifters died of a heart attack at the age of 81 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
2008:  All four members of ABBA were at the premiere of the movie Mamma Mia! in Stockholm, Sweden.

July 5th

1954:  Elvis Presley went into the recording studio for the first time, recording “That’s All Right (Mama)” and “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
1958:  Ray Charles’ appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival was recorded for the live album Ray Charles at Newport.

1960:  Elvis Presley released the single “It’s Now Or Never” on RCA Records.
1961:  Ray Charles recorded “Hit The Road, Jack” and “Unchain My Heart” at Bell Sound in New York City.

1964:  The group Them recorded “Gloria” at Decca Three Studios in West Hempstead, England.
1964:  United States President Lyndon Johnson invited the 4 Seasons to perform at the White House.
1965:  The Four Tops recorded the song “It’s The Same Old Song” at the Hitsville U.S.A. Studios in Detroit, Michigan.  
1965:  The Beach Boys released the album Summer Days (and Summer Nights!) 

1965:  We Five released the single “You Were On My Mind”.

1965:  Wilson Pickett released the single “In The Midnight Hour” so it could be added to radio stations in time for the reporting deadline and debut on that Saturday’s chart.
1965:  Berry Gordy, Jr., president of Motown Records, was the guest on the popular television show To Tell the Truth on CBS.
1966:  Chas Chandler of the Animals saw Jimi Hendrix at the Cafe Wha? in Manhattan, New York.  Something clicked that day as Chandler became Hendrix’s manager.
1966:  Bill Medley, the great singer with the Righteous Brothers and later a solo performer, had an operation in Los Angeles to remove nodules on his vocal chords.
1966:  Ray Stevens performed “Ahab The Arab” on the television show Where the Action Is.
1967:  Double Trouble starring Elvis Presley was released to 
theaters. 
1968:  John Lennon sold his psychedelic Rolls Royce.
1968:  Promoter Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West (formerly the Carousel Ballroom on Market Street and Van Ness) in San Francisco, California.

1968:  Creedence Clearwater Revival released their debut album.

1969: Mick Taylor was introduced in a free concert at Hyde Park in London as the new guitarist of the Rolling Stones. Taylor took over from Brian Jones, who left June 9 because he didn’t like the musical direction the band was headed and died two days before Taylor’s first gig with the band.

1969:  Henry Mancini’s “Love Theme from ‘Romeo & Juliet’” remained at #1, with Blood, Sweat & Tears moving from 6-2 with “Spinning Wheel”.  Creedence Clearwater Revival had their fourth hit and second Top 10 with “Bad Moon Rising”.  Oliver moved up with “Good Morning Starshine” while Three Dog Night remained at five with their classic “One”.  The Rest of a fantastic Top 10:  The Beatles were at #6 with hit #57–“Get Back”, Tommy James & the Shondells moved from 18-7 with “Crystal Blue Persuasion”, Zager & Evans reached #8 with “In The Year 2525”, the Winstons entered the Top 10 with “Color Him Father” and Marvin Gaye was dropping on the chart with “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby”.
1972: Three Dog Night released the single “Liar”.
1972: Procol Harum and a new group called the Eagles were in concert at the Golden Hall in San Diego, California.
1974: The Everly Brothers started their reunion tour at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1975: Guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones were arrested in Fordyce, Arkansas for reckless driving and possession of a concealed knife.
1975: Steve Miller, Pink Floyd and Captain Beefheart were in concert at the Knebworth Festival in England.
1975: The Carpenters had the top album in the U.K. with Horizon.

1975:  The Captain & Tennille held on to #1 for a third week with “Love Will Keep Us Together”, Van McCoy’s instrumental “The Hustle” was #2 and Wings moved up to #3 with “Listen To What The Man Said”.  Michael Murphey’s song “Wildfire” was at #4 while Major Harris was stalled with “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”.  The rest of the Top 10:  Pilot’s one and only hit “Magic”, Jessi Colter with “I’m Not Lisa” falling to 7, Linda Ronstadt at 8 after peaking at #2 with “When Will I Be Loved”, the Eagles moved from 16-9 with “One Of These Nights” and Olivia Newton-John also headed into the Top 10 with “Please Mr. Please”.

1975 Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John was #1 on the Album chart, where it had been every week since its release back on June 7.  Venus and Mars, from Wings, was next while the Eagles flew from 9 to 3 with One of These Nights.  The Captain & Tennille moved to 4 with their debut Love Will Keep Us Together.  The rest of the Top 10:  That’s the Way of the World from Earth, Wind & Fire, Cut the Cake by Average White Band, Made in the Shade from the Rolling Stones at 7, the Stones with Metamorphosis at #8, the Soundtrack to “Tommy” at #9 and James Taylor’s Gorilla at #10.
1978:  The EMI record pressing plant in England halted printing the Rolling Stones album cover Some Girls because of complaints from celebrities, including Lucille Ball, who weren’t asked permission to include their images. 
1980:  The Rolling Stones had the #1 album in the U.K. with Emotional Rescue.

1982:  Paul McCartney released his latest single “Take It Away” in the United States.
1982:  Bill Justis, who had the great instrumental “Raunchy”, the first instrumental of the Rock Era, and also worked with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich at Sun Records as the Music Director, died of cancer in Nashville, Tennessee at age 55.
1986:  “Your Wildest Dreams” by the Moody Blues took over at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1986:  Billy Ocean held down the #1 song with There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”.  Simply Red had a smash at the runner-up position with “Holding Back The Years” and El DeBarge moved up with his solo release “Who’s Johnny”.  Howard Jones edged up to 4 with “No One Is To Blame”.  The Rest of the Top 10:  Janet Jackson with “Nasty”, Genesis crawled up to 6 with “Invisible Touch”, the Jets crashed down with “Crush On You”, Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald took one of the biggest tumbles from #1 in the Rock Era, falling to #8, Peter Gabriel moved “Sledgehammer” to #9 while Kenny Loggins registered his 15th hit with “Danger Zone”.

1986:  Control from Janet Jackson became the new #1 album, with Whitney Houston falling to 3 after 67 weeks.  Patti LaBelle stayed put with Winner In You at #2.  Bob Seger had another solid album–Like a Rock at 4 and Peter Gabriel’s solo release So was at #5.  The Rest of the Top 10:  Billy Ocean at #6 with Love Zone, Van Halen’s 5150 dropping to 7, the Soundtrack to “Top Gun” moving into the Top 10 at #8, The Other Side of Life from the Moody Blues at #9 and Genesis moving from 23 to 10 in their second week with the album Invisible Touch.
1989:  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performed at the Miami Arena in Miami, Florida.

1996:  Eric Clapton released the single “Change The World”.
1993:  Whitney Houston opened her world tour at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida.
1994:  Mariah Carey was sued by songwriter Kevin McCord, who said that Carey used his song “I Want 2 (sic) Thank U (sic) without authorization in her 1992 hit “Make It Happen”.
1999:  The Eurythmics announced on the Greenpeace boat “Rainbow Warrior” on the River Thames in London that they would embark on their first world tour in 10 years.  All proceeds would go to charity.

2001:  Ernie K-Doe, who gave us “Mother-In-Law”, died of kidney and liver failure after years of alcoholism at the age of 65 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2002:  The Eagles were in concert at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
2002:  The family of Jimi Hendrix won an injunction at the High Court in London against a music production company from New York City from releasing Hendrix recordings. 
2002:   Beanie Sigel (whose real name is the very simple Dwight Grant) posted bail after being arrested for shooting a man outside a Philadelphia bar.
2004:  Jadakiss was pulled over in Fayetteville, North Carolina for fireworks out his SUV window. Police discovered not only marijuana but guns as well, and he was arrested on drug and weapons charges.
2005:  Shirley Goodman of Shirley & Lee (“Let The Good Times Roll” and later Shirley & Company (“Shame, Shame, Shame” died after a stroke in Los Angeles at the age of 69.
2009:  The Essential Michael Jackson was the #1 album in the U.K.  Eight albums from Jackson were in the Top 20 on this date after his death on June 25. 

1956:  John Lennon met Paul McCartney at a dinner at St. Peter’s Church in Liverpool, England and invited him to join his group the Quarrymen.

1960:  Bobby Rydell released the single “Volare”.

1963:  Barbara Lewis reached #1 on the R&B chart with “Hello Stranger”.
1963:  Kyu Sakamoto remained at #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the fifth week in a row with “Sukiyaki”.
1963:  Little Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips, Pt. 2” rolled up from 58 to 18 on the Popular chart.

1963:  The Essex scored a #1 hit with “Easier Said Than Done”, toppling “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto.  Bobby Vinton reached #3 with “Blue On Blue” and Barbara Lewis fell after peaking at #3 with “Hello Stranger”.  Lesley Gore’s former #1 “It’s My Party” was at 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  “One Fine Day”, the great song from the Chiffons, Jan & Dean moved from 10-7 with “Surf City”, Lonnie Mack’s “Memphis” was song #8, the Thymes were up to 9 with “So Much In Love” and Rolf Harris had a Top 10 record with “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”

1964:  The Beatles’ first movie A Hard Day’s Night premiered at the Pavilion in London with Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon in attendance.
1965:  Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed Jefferson Airplane at the club called the Drinking Gourd in San Francisco, California.
1967:  Jackie Wilson recorded “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher” at Columbia Studios in Chicago, Illinois.
1968:  Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, T. Rex, Al Stewart and Pentangle highlighted the opening day of the Woburn Music Festival at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, England.  (Note:  some websites claim Fleetwood Mac, Donovan and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers performed on this day.  Donovan and Mayall’s Bluesbreakers performed the next day, July 7.  Fleetwood Mac was scheduled for the 7th but canceled.)
1968:  The Temptations had the top R&B hit with “I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)”.

1968: Herb Alpert at #1 with “This Guy’s In Love With You”. Cliff Nobles had jumped up from 15-2 the previous week with “The Horse”, The Rolling Stones had their 22nd hit and their 11th Top 10 in “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” while Sergio Mendes & brasil ’66 were at 4 with “The Look Of Love”. Another of The Top 100 Instrumentals, “Grazing In The Grass” from Hugh Masekela, jumped from 13 to 5. The Rest of the Top 10: Gary Puckett & the Union Gap motored up from 15 to 6 with “Lady Willpower”, Merrilee Rush had the original “Angel Of The Morning”, Shorty Long’s novelty hit “Here Comes The Judge” was at #8, Richard Harris was on his way down with “MacArthur Park” and Friend and Lover were stuck at 10 with “Reach Out Of The Darkness”.

1968:  Simon & Garfunkel had three of the Top 10 albums–#1 Bookends, #2 “The Graduate” Soundtrack and at #10, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.
1969:  John Lennon and Yoko Ono were released from a hospital in Golspie, Scotland after being treated for injuries from a car crash on July 1.

1970:  Rare Earth released the single “(I Know) I’m Losing You” on Rare Earth Records.
1970:  Grand Funk Railroad, The Bob Seger System, the Allman Brothers, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter, Spirit and Its A Beautiful Day played on the final day at the Atlanta International Pop Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
1971:  Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA were married in Verum Sweden.  Future ABBA member Benny Anderson played organ at the ceremony.  

1971: After suffering a heart attack in May, trumpet player, singer and bandleader Louis Armstrong died at the age of 69 of a heart attack in Queens, New York.
1973: Queen released their debut single “Keep Yourself Alive” in the U.K.

1974: Mott the Hoople and Lindisfarne were among the performers at the Buxton Pop Festival in Derbyshire, England. (Note: some websites claim the Faces and Humble Pie performed at the Festival on this date. The Festival was a two-day event and those groups performed on July 7, as you can plainly see from the poster above.)
1974: “Rock The Boat” by the Hues Corporation was the top song in the U.K.
1974: Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings was the new #1 album, replacing Sundown from Gordon Lightfoot. Marvin Hamlisch had #3 with “The Sting” Soundtrack while Cat Stevens remained at 4 with Buddha and the Chocolate Box and Elton John debuted at #5 with his great album Caribou.

1974: Elton John had the Biggest Mover of the week as “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” climbed from 50-25.
1974: “Annie’s Song” by John Denver was the most popular Adult song.

1974:  “Rock Your Baby” by George McCrae, reached #1 on the R&B chart.

1974: Hues Corporation piloted ‘Rock The Boat” to #1, Gordon Lightfoot enjoyed just a one-week stay at the top with “Sundown”.
1975: David Bowie began filming for the movie The Man Who Fell To Earth.
1977: The Eagles performed at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1978: Eddie Mahoney changed his stage name to Eddie Money in preparation of a career as a recording artist.

1979: Van McCoy (“The Hustle” from 1975) died of a massive heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey at the age of 39.
1981: Pat Benatar released the album Precious Time.

1981:  Pat Benatar released the single “Fire And Ice”.

1982:  Now a duo, America attempted a comeback with a new single “You Can Do Magic” released on this date.
1984:  Los Angeles celebrated “Tina Turner Day”.
1984:  The Jacksons began their Victory Tour with the first of three shows at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
1985:  Heart released their self-titled album on Capitol Records.
1985:  Freddie Jackson had one of the top R&B songs of the decade with “Rock Me Tonight”, which remained at #1 for a sixth week.

1985: “Sussudio” by Phil Collins climbed to #1. Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill” was #2, followed by Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and the former #1 “Heaven” from Bryan Adams. Survivor climbed to 5 with “The Search Is Over”. The rest of the Top 10: the Eurythmics with “Would I Lie to You?”, Whitney Houston was up strong (13-7) with “You Give Good Love”, Paul Young took the #8 spot with Everytime You Go Away”, ’til Tuesday came in at #9 with “Voices Carry” and Madonna was on her way out with “Angel”.
1985: No Jacket Required by Phil Collins returned to #1 on the Album chart after five weeks away from the top spot.
1991: Van Halen debuted at the top album spot with For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
1991: “Rush, Rush” from Paula Abdul was the top song on the Adult Contemporary chart for the second week.

1991: Paula Abdul remained at #1 for the fourth week with “Rush, Rush”, one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*. EMF had a great song “Unbelievable” at #2 waiting its turn. Color Me Badd fell with “I Wanna’ Sex You Up”, Luther Vandross’s “Power Of Love/Love Power” held steady at 4 and Jesus Jones moved up with “Right Here, “Right Now”.

July 6th:

1956:  John Lennon met Paul McCartney at a dinner at St. Peter’s Church in Liverpool, England and invited him to join his group the Quarrymen.

1960:  Bobby Rydell released the single “Volare”.

1963:  Barbara Lewis reached #1 on the R&B chart with “Hello Stranger”.
1963:  Kyu Sakamoto remained at #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the fifth week in a row with “Sukiyaki”.
1963:  Little Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips, Pt. 2” rolled up from 58 to 18 on the Popular chart.

1963:  The Essex scored a #1 hit with “Easier Said Than Done”, toppling “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto.  Bobby Vinton reached #3 with “Blue On Blue” and Barbara Lewis fell after peaking at #3 with “Hello Stranger”.  Lesley Gore’s former #1 “It’s My Party” was at 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  “One Fine Day”, the great song from the Chiffons, Jan & Dean moved from 10-7 with “Surf City”, Lonnie Mack’s “Memphis” was song #8, the Thymes were up to 9 with “So Much In Love” and Rolf Harris had a Top 10 record with “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”

1964:  The Beatles’ first movie A Hard Day’s Night premiered at the Pavilion in London with Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon in attendance.
1965:  Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed Jefferson Airplane at the club called the Drinking Gourd in San Francisco, California.
1967:  Jackie Wilson recorded “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher” at Columbia Studios in Chicago, Illinois.
1968:  Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, T. Rex, Al Stewart and Pentangle highlighted the opening day of the Woburn Music Festival at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, England.  (Note:  some websites claim Fleetwood Mac, Donovan and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers performed on this day.  Donovan and Mayall’s Bluesbreakers performed the next day, July 7.  Fleetwood Mac was scheduled for the 7th but canceled.)
1968:  The Temptations had the top R&B hit with “I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)”.

1968: Herb Alpert at #1 with “This Guy’s In Love With You”. Cliff Nobles had jumped up from 15-2 the previous week with “The Horse”, The Rolling Stones had their 22nd hit and their 11th Top 10 in “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” while Sergio Mendes & brasil ’66 were at 4 with “The Look Of Love”. Another of The Top 100 Instrumentals, “Grazing In The Grass” from Hugh Masekela, jumped from 13 to 5. The Rest of the Top 10: Gary Puckett & the Union Gap motored up from 15 to 6 with “Lady Willpower”, Merrilee Rush had the original “Angel Of The Morning”, Shorty Long’s novelty hit “Here Comes The Judge” was at #8, Richard Harris was on his way down with “MacArthur Park” and Friend and Lover were stuck at 10 with “Reach Out Of The Darkness”.

1968:  Simon & Garfunkel had three of the Top 10 albums–#1 Bookends, #2 “The Graduate” Soundtrack and at #10, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.
1969:  John Lennon and Yoko Ono were released from a hospital in Golspie, Scotland after being treated for injuries from a car crash on July 1.

1970:  Rare Earth released the single “(I Know) I’m Losing You” on Rare Earth Records.
1970:  Grand Funk Railroad, The Bob Seger System, the Allman Brothers, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter, Spirit and Its A Beautiful Day played on the final day at the Atlanta International Pop Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
1971:  Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA were married in Verum Sweden.  Future ABBA member Benny Anderson played organ at the ceremony.  

1971: After suffering a heart attack in May, trumpet player, singer and bandleader Louis Armstrong died at the age of 69 of a heart attack in Queens, New York.
1973: Queen released their debut single “Keep Yourself Alive” in the U.K.

1974: Mott the Hoople and Lindisfarne were among the performers at the Buxton Pop Festival in Derbyshire, England. (Note: some websites claim the Faces and Humble Pie performed at the Festival on this date. The Festival was a two-day event and those groups performed on July 7, as you can plainly see from the poster above.)
1974: “Rock The Boat” by the Hues Corporation was the top song in the U.K.
1974: Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings was the new #1 album, replacing Sundown from Gordon Lightfoot. Marvin Hamlisch had #3 with “The Sting” Soundtrack while Cat Stevens remained at 4 with Buddha and the Chocolate Box and Elton John debuted at #5 with his great album Caribou.

1974: Elton John had the Biggest Mover of the week as “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” climbed from 50-25.
1974: “Annie’s Song” by John Denver was the most popular Adult song.

1974:  “Rock Your Baby” by George McCrae, reached #1 on the R&B chart.

1974: Hues Corporation piloted ‘Rock The Boat” to #1, Gordon Lightfoot enjoyed just a one-week stay at the top with “Sundown”.
1975: David Bowie began filming for the movie The Man Who Fell To Earth.
1977: The Eagles performed at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1978: Eddie Mahoney changed his stage name to Eddie Money in preparation of a career as a recording artist.

1979: Van McCoy (“The Hustle” from 1975) died of a massive heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey at the age of 39.
1981: Pat Benatar released the album Precious Time.

1981:  Pat Benatar released the single “Fire And Ice”.

1982:  Now a duo, America attempted a comeback with a new single “You Can Do Magic” released on this date.
1984:  Los Angeles celebrated “Tina Turner Day”.
1984:  The Jacksons began their Victory Tour with the first of three shows at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
1985:  Heart released their self-titled album on Capitol Records.
1985:  Freddie Jackson had one of the top R&B songs of the decade with “Rock Me Tonight”, which remained at #1 for a sixth week.

1985: “Sussudio” by Phil Collins climbed to #1. Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill” was #2, followed by Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and the former #1 “Heaven” from Bryan Adams. Survivor climbed to 5 with “The Search Is Over”. The rest of the Top 10: the Eurythmics with “Would I Lie to You?”, Whitney Houston was up strong (13-7) with “You Give Good Love”, Paul Young took the #8 spot with Everytime You Go Away”, ’til Tuesday came in at #9 with “Voices Carry” and Madonna was on her way out with “Angel”.
1985: No Jacket Required by Phil Collins returned to #1 on the Album chart after five weeks away from the top spot.
1991: Van Halen debuted at the top album spot with For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
1991: “Rush, Rush” from Paula Abdul was the top song on the Adult Contemporary chart for the second week.

1991: Paula Abdul remained at #1 for the fourth week with “Rush, Rush”, one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*. EMF had a great song “Unbelievable” at #2 waiting its turn. Color Me Badd fell with “I Wanna’ Sex You Up”, Luther Vandross’s “Power Of Love/Love Power” held steady at 4 and Jesus Jones moved up with “Right Here, “Right Now”.

1996: Load, which debuted at #1 two weeks previously for Metallica, remained there while Toni Braxton debuted at #2 on the Album chart with Secrets.
2003: Skip Battin, bass guitarist and songwriter with the Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Flying Burrito Brothers, died of complications from Alzheimer’s in Silverton, Oregon at age 69. (Note: the notorious ‘Allmusic.com’ claims Battin died in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada while some websites report he died in Salem, Oregon. According to the newspaper ‘The Los Angeles Times’, Battin died in Silverton.)
2003: Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Liz Phair played a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
2003: Beyonce, Shania Twain, Craig David and David Gary appeared together in Hyde Park of London at a charity concert that raised $1.6 million for the Prince’s Trust.
2003: Beyonce and Jay-Z had the top song in the U.K. with “Crazy In Love”.
2004: The last Live 8 concert was held in Edinburgh to coincide with the opening of the G8 summit in Scotland. Annie Lennox, the Corrs and Snow Patrol were among the performers.
2004: Singer/songwriter Syreeta Wright, who began as a secretary at Motown Records, married Stevie Wonder in 1970 and later had a #1 duet with Billy Preston in 1980 (“With You I’m Born Again”), died of congestive heart failure after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for bone and breast cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 57.
2005: In today’s segment of “Inmates Run Rap Music”, Lil’ Kim was sentenced to 366 days in prison for perjury.
2005: Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the Live 8 event.
2010: Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows (“The Ten Commandments Of Love” from 1958) died of a heart attack at the age of 80 in Detroit, Michigan.

July 7th:

1954:  Elvis Presley recorded “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.  It would be the B-side for his first single “That’s All Right”.  
1955:  Elvis Presley used part of his proceeds from an $5,000 advance to buy his mother a pink Cadillac.  Elvis and his parents had lived in low-income housing their entire lives.

1956:  The Platters released the single “My Prayer”.
1956:  Fats Domino spent week #8 atop the R&B chart with “I’m In Love Again”.
1957:  Elvis Presley had the #1 hit “All Shook Up” in the U.K.

1958:  “Yakety Yak” by the Coasters was #1 for a third week on the R&B chart.
1959:  The Everly Brothers recorded “Till I Kissed You” at RCA Victor Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
1962:  The Beatles performed at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, England
1962:  The initial “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” by Neil Sedaka moved from 66 to 26 on this date.
1962:  “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles, remained at #1 for a seventh week on the R&B chart.
1963:  Peter, Paul & Mary were the guests on What’s My Line on CBS-TV.

1966:  The Kinks positioned themselves at #1 on the U.K. chart with “Sunny Afternoon”.

1967:  Dusty Springfield began a three-week stay at the Copacabana in New York City.
1968:  After playing a concert at the College of Technology in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, the Yardbirds broke up, paving the way for the New Yardbirds to form.  That later lineup would become Led Zeppelin.
1968:  Donovan and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers performed on a wet second and final day of the Woburn Music Festival in Bedfordshire, England. 
1969:  George Harrison recorded his vocal of “Here Comes The Sun”.

1970:  The Faces and Humble Pie performed at the Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England.

1971:  Jim Morrison was buried at Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, France.

1973:  The disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure, starring a plethora of actors, was out.  Maureen McGovern, who recorded her version of the song from the movie, reached the top 50 with “The Morning After”, which rocketed up from 86 to 42.
1973:  “Yesterday Once More” by the Carpenters moved into the #1 position on the Adult chart.

1973 Paul Simon had another of the top albums from 1973 with There Goes Rhymin’ Simon–Paul McCartney & Wings fell to 3 with Red Rose Speedway, Pink Floyd edged up to 4 with The Dark Side of the Moon and the Carpenters had #5–Now & Then.  The rest of the Top 10:  Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, the great live album Made in Japan by Deep Purple, the essential “Blue album”–Beatles/1967-1970Fantasy from Carole King at #9 and Seals & Crofts rounding out the list with Diamond Girl.

1973: Billy Preston played his way up to #1 with “Will It Go Round In Circles”. “Kodachrome” from Paul Simon was another smash at #2 while Paul McCartney & Wings slipped to 3 with their former #1 “My Love”. Former Beatles mate George Harrison fell to four from his perch at #1 with “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)”. The rest of a great Top 10: “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce moved from 12 to 5, Clint Holmes edged up with “Playground In My Mind”, Three Dog Night with their 16th hit and 10th Top 10 in “Shambala”, the Carpenters with their ninth Top 10 and 13th hit “Yesterday Once More” at #8, Dr. John remained at #9 with “Right Place Wrong Time” and Barry White lent his soul voice to us with “I’m Gonna’ Love You Just A Little More Baby”.
1978: The Grateful Dead played the first of two nights at the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.
1979: Over 56,000 saw the Bee Gees at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.

1979:  Maxine Nightingale had her biggest hit since “Right Back Where We Started From” in 1977.  “Lead Me On” was #1 again on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1979:  The double album Bad Girls by Donna Summer climbed back to the top on the Album chart.  The landmark Breakfast in America by ELO fell to #2 in its 15th week.  Although she could never match her debut, it was indeed a great first album for Rickie Lee Jones.  Earth, Wind & Fire had #4 with I Am and Cheap Trick’s all-time top album Cheap Trick at Budokan was #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Desolation Angels from Bad Company, Sister Sledge at #7 with We Are Family, Anita Ward’s Songs of Love, ELO’s great album Discovery at #9 and Monolith from Kansas at #10. 

1980: Led Zeppelin performed for the final time prior to drummer John Bonham’s death at the Eissporthalle in Berlin.
1984: “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again”, which ranks #26 on The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs of the 80’s, first reached #1 on this date for Peabo Bryson.

1984:  Prince’s powerful song “When Doves Cry” climbed to #1 on this date, leapfrogging Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark”.  The Pointer Sisters had #3–“Jump (For My Love)” and Laura Branigan remained at #4 with “Self Control”.  The rest of the Top 10:  Duran Duran was down to 5 with the former #1 song “The Reflex”, Billy Idol’s top career hit “Eyes Without A Face”, Cyndi Lauper was at 7 with “Time After Time”, Ann Wilson and Mike Reno were up to 8 with “Almost Paradise”, Huey Lewis and the News had song #9–“The Heart Of Rock And Roll” and ZZ Top stepped up to #10 with “Legs”.

1984:  You could go broke buying all the great albums on this date–Bruce Springsteen hit #1 after just three weeks with Born in the U.S.A.Sports was still at #2 for Huey Lewis & the News and the “Footloose” Soundtrack was hanging around at #3.  If the Cars had a better album than their debut this was it–Heartbeat City at #4 while Lionel Richie was at #5 with Can’t Slow DownShe’s So Unusual from Cyndi Lauper, 1984 by Van Halen, the Scorpions at #8 with Love At First Sting, Billy Idol came crashing into the Top 10 with Rebel Yell and Duran Duran was at #10 with Seven and the Ragged Tiger.
1986:  Bob Dylan performed a second gig with the Grateful Dead, joining them for three songs at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, D.C.
1990:  The Rolling Stones were in concert for the final night of three concerts at Wembley Stadium in London.
1990:  Janet Jackson moved from 93 to 44 with “Come Back To Me”.
1990:  Lisa Stansfield had the top R&B song with “You Can’t Deny It”.

1990: Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em by M.C. Hammer was #1 on this date.

1990:  Michael Bolton bolted up to #1 on the AC chart with “When I’m Back On My Feet Again”.
1999:  Coolio was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 40 hours of community service and two years probation for illegally possessing a firearm in Torrance, California.
2000:  Bobby Brown was released from a jail in Florida after serving 26 days for violation of his probation.  Brown had received the sentence in 1996 from a drunk driving episode.  Brown would be back behind bars.
2001:  Coldplay, the Stereophonics, Muse and the Strokes were among the performers at the T in the Park Festival in Balado, Scotland.  (Note:  some websites falsely say that Coldplay, Nelly Furtado, David Gray and the Proclaimers performed at the Festival on this date.  Coldplay played the next night, July 8–Furtado, Gray and the Proclaimers did not play at the Festival.)
2001: Radiohead and Beck were on the same bill at South Park in Oxford, England.
2002: Oasis had the top U.K. album with Heathen Chemistry.
2002: Nelly was on top of the United States Album chart with
Nellyville.

2003:  R.E.M. performed “Permanent Vacation” for the first time in 20 years at the Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria.
2003:  John Mayer and the Counting Crows began their summer tour in Englewood, Colorado.
2006:  Sid Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd, died of complications from diabetes at age 60 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.
2007:  Live Earth was a summer spectacular featuring 100 artists on all seven continents over 24 hours.  The event was organized by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.  Concerts were held in Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney. Madonna, Genesis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran, Crowded House, UB40, James Blunt, the Foo Fighters, Enrique Iglesias and Joss Stone were among the many performers. 
2009:  Family and friends bid farewell to Michael Jackson at an emotional memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

July 8th:

1954:  Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley’s manager, gave Memphis D.J. Dewey Phillips of WHBQ Radio a copy of Presley’s “That’s All Right (Mama)” for his radio show and Presley appeared on Phillips’ show.  Phillips that night became the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley song.  
1958:  The soundtrack to Oklahoma! became the first album to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA).

1959: Santo and Johnny released the single “Sleep Walk” on Trinity Records.
1960: Jimmy Jones had the #1 U.K. hit with “Good Timin'”.
1963: Freddie & the Dreamers recorded “I’m Telling You Now”.

1964: The Elvis Presley movie Viva Las Vegas, generally regarded as one of his best, was #8 in the United States.
1965: The Hollies’ “I’m Alive” returned to #1 in the U.K.
1967: Jimi Hendrix opened on a national tour at the Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida for the Monkees.

1967: “Windy” by the Association remained at #1 but the Music Explosion was challenging with “Little Bit O’ Soul”. Frankie Valli’s solo hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (he was still in the 4 Seasons) was at #3 and Scott McKenzie remained at 4 with “San Francisco”. The rest of a dynamite Top 10: Petula Clark’s “Don’t Sleep In The Subway”, “Come On Down To My Boat” from Every Mother’s Son, the 5th Dimension’s magical “Up-Up And Away” moving from 12-7, the Grass Roots at #8 with “Let’s Live For Today”, the Young Rascals were on their way down with their classic #1 “Groovin'” and Johnny Rivers joined the group at #10 with “The Tracks Of My Tears”.

1967: One of The Top R&B Songs of the Rock Era*, “Respect” from Aretha Franklin, spent its eighth week at the top on this date.

1967: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which had debuted at #8 two weeks before, completed the climb up the Top 200 Albums by reaching #1 for the Beatles one week later and on this date, made it two weeks in a row. The Monkees was at #2. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass remained at 3 with Sounds Like.

1968: Steppenwolf released the single “Born To Be Wild” on Dunhill Records.
1968: Pink Floyd opened their 20-date tour of North America at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago, Illinois.
1969: Marianne Faithful was found in a coma after a drug overdose.
1970: The Everly Brothers Show began on ABC-TV as a summer television series.

1972: The Who released the single “Join Together” in the United States. It had been released June 16 in the U.K.

1972: “Lean On Me” hit #1 for Bill Withers. Billy Preston’s “Outa-Space” was up to #2 and the former #1 “Song Sung Blue” from Neil Diamond was down to 3. Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose came in fourth with “Too Late To Turn Back Now” followed by the former #1 from Sammy Davis, Jr.–“The Candy Man”. The rest of the Top 10: “Troglodyte” from the Jimmy Castor Bunch, “Rocket Man” by Elton John, Vegas star Wayne Newton got in on the action with “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast”, America remained at 9 with “I Need You” and Luther Ingram’s still not right with “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right”.
1972: Neil Diamond’s “Song Sung Blue” remained at #1 on the Adult chart for a fifth week.
1973: Mott the Hoople appeared at Royal Albert Hall in London, where the crowd rioted and two boxes in the prestigious venue were damaged. The Hall temporarily banned rock concerts and issued the group with a fine.
1978: Lionel Richie & the Commodores were moving on up with “Three Times a Lady”–49 to 26 on this date.

1978: Teddy Pendergrass owned the top R&B hit with “Close The Door”.
1978: Roberta Flack took over at #1 on the AC chart with “If Ever I See You Again”.

1978: Andy Gibb was just beginning a long stay at #1 with “Shadow Dancing” while Gerry Rafferty was camped out at #2 for a fourth week with the classic “Baker Street”. ABBA had #3 with “Take A Chance On Me”. The O’Jays edged up to 4 with “Use Ta Be My Girl” and Bob Seger had #5–“Still The Same”. The rest of the Top 10: Rod Stewart sound alike Bonnie Tyler with “It’s A Heartache”, the Stones rolled up from 14-7 with “Miss You”, Peter Brown with “Dance With Me”, Heatwave had folks dancing with “The Groove Line” at #9 and Carly Simon’s 13th hit and fifth Top 10–“You Belong To Me” was at #10.

1978: Gerry Rafferty dislodged Saturday Night Fever from #1 on the Album chart with the album City To City. Natural High from the Commodores was third, followed by Some Girls by the Rolling Stones and Stranger in Town from Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. The rest of the Top 10: Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen, Andy Gibb’s Shadow Dancing, Feels So Good from Chuck Mangione at #8, the Soundtrack to “Grease” at #9 and Carly Simon’s Boys in the Trees completing the list.
1979: The B-52’s gave their first concert in the U.K. at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.

1981: Tom Petty released the single with Stevie Nicks–“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.
1981: The Jacksons began a national tour at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1984: Bono of U2 and Van Morrison joined Bob Dylan on stage at Wembley Stadium in London, with the three singing “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”.
1987: U2 performed at Vorst National in Brussels, Belgium.

1989: The Fine Young Cannibals made it two #1’s out of the gate as the follow-up to “She Drives Me Crazy”, “Good Thing” hit #1.
1992: Garth Brooks and wife Sandy celebrated their new daughter, Taylor Mayne Pearl.

1995: “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal moved from 54 to 32 on this date.
1995: Michael Jackson continued the ever-increasing practice of debuting at #1 on the Album chart with HIStory: Past, Present and Future-Book I.

1996: The Spice Girls released their debut single “Wannabe” in Great Britain. It would not be released in North America until six months later.

1997: Jewel released the single “Foolish Games”.
1998: The estate for Roy Orbison filed a $12 million royalty suit against Sony Music.
2000: Iron Maiden had to cancel several dates of a European tour after guitarist Janick Gers fell off stage during a concert in Mannheim, Germany.
2001: Coldplay and Beck performed on the final night of the T in the Park Festival in Balado, Scotland.

2001: Alicia Keys reached #1 on the Album chart with Songs in A Minor.
2003: Nickelback began filming the video to “Someday” in their hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was a two-day project finished July 9.
2003: An article in the Wall Street Journal emphasized the similarity between lyrics on Bob Dylan’s 2001 album Love and Theft and the Japanese book Confessions of a Yakuza. Author Dr. Junichi Saga claims never to have heard of Dylan. Better not tell Bob that–don’t think his ego could take it.
2004: Scott Weiland, formerly with Stone Temple Pilots and then with Velvet Revolver, was given three years probation after being convicted of a DUI in a Los Angeles court.
2004: David Bowie was forced to cancel several concerts after having emergency heart surgery.
2004: Mark Purseglove was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in jail for bootlegging famous recordings by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and others.

2005: Soul great and great guy Luther Vandross was laid to rest following a funeral service at New York’s Riverside Church. Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Usher and Patti LaBelle were among those in attendance.
2006: Nelly Furtado owned the #1 album with Loose.
2007: The Chemical Brothers topped the U.K. Album chart with We Are the Night.
2015: Ernie Maresca, who co-wrote “The Wanderer” and “Runaround Sue” for Dion, died at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida at age 76.

July 9th:

1955: “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets became the first Rock N Roll recording to hit Billboard’s Top Pop charts. It stayed their for eight weeks.

1956:  A 26-year-old Dick Clark began one of the longest runs in hosting a television series when he debuted as host of Bandstand on a TV station in Philadelphia.  The show was eventually picked up by ABC-TV and would change its name to American Bandstand.
1957:  Bobby Helms recorded “My Special Angel”.
1957:  The Elvis Presley movie Loving You premiered at the Strand Theater in Memphis, Tennessee.  It opened nationwide on July 30. 

1960:  Chubby Checker released the single “The Twist” on Parkway Records.
1962:  Bob Dylan recorded the second session of the album (including “Blowin’ In The Wind”) that would be called The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

1963:  Martha and the Vandellas released the single “Heat Wave” on Gordy Records.

1964:  The Animals’ classic “The House Of The Rising Sun” fended off all challengers in attaining the #1 spot in the U.K.
1965:  The Who performed at the Locarno Ballroom in Basildon, England.
1966:  The Temptations made it six weeks at #1 on the R&B chart with “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”.

1966:  “Paperback Writer” by the Beatles became one of the first songs to return to #1 after it had fallen previously.  “Red Rubber Ball” by the Cyrkle was #2 and Frank Sinatra’s former #1 “Strangers In The Night” fell to 3.  Tommy James & the Shondells’ first big hit “Hanky Panky” was up to #4 while Dusty Springfield was still at 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Troggs moved from 47-6 with “Wild Thing”, the Capitols remained at 7 with “Cool Jerk”, Syndicate of Sound was at #8 with “Little Girl”, the Stones fell with “Paint It Black” and the Association had another Top 10 smash with “Along Comes Mary”. 
1968:  The Temptations appeared in concert without David Ruffin for the first time at Valley Forge Music Fair.

1969:  The Beatles recorded “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” for the White Album at Abbey Road Studios in London.
1969:  Gladys Knight & the Pips performed on The Tonight Show.
1972:  Paul McCartney & Wings made their live debut at the Centre Culturel de Châteauvallon in Ollioules, France.1972:  Three Dog Night, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Faces with Rod Stewart, Humble Pie and the J. Geils Band performed at the Concert 10 Festival at the Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

1977:  Kenny Loggins released his first solo single “I Believe In Love” to radio stations.
1974:  Crosby, Stills and Nash began a reunion tour at the Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington.
1977:  The Emotions were flying up the charts with “Best Of My Love”, which climbed from 30-14 on this date.
1977:  The Emotions had already been at #1 for four weeks on the R&B chart with “Best Of My Love”.

1977:  Alan O’Day reached #1 after 15 weeks with “Undercover Angel”. Shaun Cassidy climbed to 2 with his remake of “Da Doo Ron Ron” while Barry Manilow was up to 3 with “Looks Like We Made It”.  Bill Conti tumbled with “Gonna’ Fly Now” as stations rushed to add the Maynard Ferguson version instead and Andy Gibb’s “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” reached #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  “Got To Give It Up” from Marvin Gaye, Hot with “Angel In Your Arms” at 7, Steve Miller came in eighth with “Jet Airliner”, likable Jimmy Buffett had song #9–“Margaritaville” and Barbra Streisand had her 23rd hit but only her fifth Top 10 with “My Heart Belongs To Me”.

1977: The Fleetwood Mac album Rumours had been out 20 weeks, with half of those at #1. Barry Manilow gave a hint of what he could do live with the release of his live album at #2, Peter Frampton’s follow-up to the blockbuster Frampton Comes Alive–I’m In You was up to #3 and the Commodores’ self-titled album fell to 4. The rest of the Top 10: the Steve Miller Band with their great album Book of Dreams, Marvin Gaye at the London Palladium was at #6, Cat Stevens remained at #7 with Izitso, Foreigner’s debut was at #8, Heart had a hit album with Little Queen and Kiss debuted at #10 with Love Gun.
1978: The Rolling Stones crashed the Quiet Knight club in Chicago to jam with Muddy Waters.
1979: The Pretenders began a tour of the U.K. at the Smartyz in Chester, England. (Note: several websites claim the group performed at the Smatyz in Chester. There is no club by that name in Chester. The correct name of the club is Smartyz.)
1983: Wham’s debut album Fantastic reached #1 in the U.K.

1983Thriller by Michael Jackson had spent 17 weeks at #1 before losing out to the Soundtrack to “Flashdance”.  Now, after two weeks, Thriller returned to #1.  Def Leppard’s great Pyromania album was #3 with Synchronicity from the Police firing up from 17 to 4.  The rest of the Top 10:  David Bowie at 5 with Let’s Dance, Men at Work with Cargo at #6, Journey placed Frontiers at #7, Bryan Adams’ breakthrough Cuts Like a Knife was #8, Prince’s fine 1999 album was up to #9 after 34 weeks and H2O from Hall & Oates landed at 10.

1983:  The Police reached #1 in six weeks, about as quick as you could back then with the stronger competition, with “Every Breath You Take”.  Eddy Grant was still at 2 with “Electric Avenue” and Irene Cara finally fell from #1 after six weeks with “Flashdance”.  Sergio Mendes had his first hit in 14 years–“Never Gonna’ Let You Go” while Kajagoogoo was at 5 with “Too Shy”.  The rest of the Top 10:  Michael Jackson had the #6 song with “Wanna’ Be Startin’ Somethin'”, Culture Club fell with “Time (Clock Of The Heart)”, the Kinks had a comeback brewing with their first Top 10 since “Lola” (13 years previous) called “Come Dancing”, Styx fell to 9 with “Don’t Let It End” and Madness had their first hit “Our House” at #10.
1986:  Queen performed at St. James’ Park in Newcastle uponTyne, England.
1988:  Glenn Medeiros had the top U.K. song with “Nothing’s Gonna’ Change My Love For You”.
1988:  “Make It Real” by the Jets was the #1 Adult Contemporary song.

1988:  “Paradise” by Sade was #1 on the R&B chart.

1988: Cheap Trick’s “The Flame” reached number 1.  Pebbles was at 2 with “Mercedes Boy”, Def Leppard had their fourth hit from Hysteria–“Pour Some Sugar On Me” and Australia’s INXS climbed from 9 to 4 with their great song “New Sensation”.
1988:  OU812 by Van Halen returned for a third week at the top of the Album chart.  Hysteria by Def Leppard held on to #2, Faith from George Michael was hanging around at 3 and the Soundtrack to “Dirty Dancing” was #4.  The highly underrated Scenes From the Southside by Bruce Hornsby & the Range was up to #5.  The rest of the Top 10: Open Up and Say…Ahh! by Poison was #6, Appetite for Destruction was climbing back up after 46 weeks, Sade’s fine album Stronger Than Pride was next, Tracy Chapman’s debut was beginning to be discovered at #9 and More Dirty Dancing from the movie was #10.
1993:  The Rolling Stones holed up at Ron Wood’s house in St. Kildare, Ireland to begin a month-long recording session.
1994:  All-4-One made it eight consecutive weeks at #1 with “I Swear”.

1994:  Elton John moved into the Top 10 with “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, his 60th career hit and 26th Top 10 song.
1995:  The Grateful Dead appeared in concert with leader Jerry Garcia at Soldier Field in Chicago for what turned out to be Garcia’s last show  He died of a heart attack the following month.

1996:  For anyone wondering where Deep Purple’s song “Smoke On The Water” was written–It was Montreux, Switzerland following a nightclub fire, and on this date, the great group played that famous song at the Auditorium Stravinski in Montreux for the first time.
1998: Troubled Scott Weiland was served a warrant when he neglected to show up in court for the second time for his trial on drug possession charges.  The fugitive was picked up July 21.
1998: Session musician, songwriter and producer Robert “Waddy” Wachtel was arrested for investigation of possessing child pornography.
1998: Janet Jackson set a record when her concert at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. grossed $875,000. Yanni held the previous mark of $860,300, set earlier in the year.
1999: The marriage between Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall was annulled in a London court.

1999: Indiana renamed a 25-mile stretch of Interstate Route 65 as “Kenneth Babyface Edmonds Highway”. Later that day, Babyface donated $50,000 to establish a “Save the Music” campaign in the state.
1999:  Sir Elton John had a pacemaker installed at a London hospital.

2000:  Vertical Horizon topped the chart with “Everything You Want”.
2001: Singer A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys entered a treatment center for alcohol abuse and depression. The group temporarily halted their Black & Blue Tour, resuming it August 24th.
2003:  The Eagles performed for a second night at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2003:  Chapter II by Ashanti reached #1 on the Album chart.
2006:  Lilly Allen led the way on the U.K. Singles chart with “Smile”.
2006: Muse owned the top U.K. album withBlack Holes and Revelations.
2012:  Tim Cross, keyboardist, arranger and producer who worked with Hall & Oates among others, died of lung cancer.
2015:  Michael Masser, songwriter who wrote “Greatest Love Of All”, “Saving All My Love For You”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” and “All At Once” for Whitney Houston, “Theme From ‘Mahogany'”, “Touch Me In The Morning” and “Last Time I Saw Him” by Diana Ross, “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love” for Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson, “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again” for Bryson, “Nothing’s Gonna’ Change My Love For You” for Glenn Medeiros, “Miss You Like Crazy” for Natalie Cole, and many others, died at age 74 in Rancho Mirage, California, the result of deteriorating health after suffering a stroke three years before.

Births and Deaths in July…

July 1st:

1915:  Willie Dixon, blues singer and guitarist who wrote “I Can’t Quit You Baby”, a song Led Zeppelin later did, was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi; died of heart failure in Burbank, California January 29, 1992.
1932:  Bobby Day, who wrote and sang “Rockin’ Robin”, was born in Fort Worth, Texas; died of cancer July 27, 1990 in Los Angeles.
1939:  Delaney Bramlett of Delaney & Bonnie was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi; died December 27, 2008 in Los Angeles from complications of gall bladder surgery.
1945:  Debbie Harry of Blondie was born in Miami, Florida.
1946:  June Montiero, singer with the Toys (“A Lover’s Concerto”), was born in Queens, New York.
1948:  John Ford of the Strawbs was born in Fulham, London, England.
1951:  Fred Schneider, lead vocalist of the B-52’s, was born in Newark, New Jersey.
1952:  Dan Aykroyd of the Blues Brothers and of course Saturday Night Live was born in Ottawa, Canada.
1952:  Leon Chancler, session drummer and percussionist, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana; played on “Billie Jean” for Michael Jackson and also worked with Donna Summer, Santana, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and many others
1960:  Ted Key, original bassist of the Housemartins, was born in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1963:  Roddy Bottum (real name Roswell Christopher), keyboardist for Faith No More, was born in Los Angeles.

1971:  Missy Elliott was born in Portsmouth, Virginia.
1971:  Adam MacDougall, keyboardist of the Black Crowes, was born in New York City.

July 2nd:

1925:  Marvin Rainwater (“Gonna’ Find Me A Bluebird” from 1957) was born in Wichita, Kansas; died September 17, 2013 of heart failure in Minneapolis, Minnesota..
1926:  Lee Allen, who played saxophone with Fats Domino, Little Richard and Shirley & Lee, was born in Pittsburg, Kansas; died October 18, 1994 in Hawthorne, California.
1936:  Tom Springfield of the Springfields (“Silver Threads And Golden Needles”) and brother of Dusty Springfield, was born in Hampstead, London England.
1940:  Paul Williams of the Temptations was born in Birmingham, Alabama; died after shooting himself August 17, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan.

1941:  Charlie Watts, drummer of the Rolling Stones, was born in Islington, London, England.
1941:  William Guest of Gladys Knight & the Pips, who was later the CEO of Crew Records, was born July 2 in Atlanta Georgia; died December 24, 2015 of congestive heart failure in Detroit, Michigan.
1922:  Leapy Lee (real name Lee Graham, who sang “Little Arrows” in 1968), was born in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England.
1949:  Roy Bittan, piano player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, was born in Queens, New York.  
1952:  Johnny Colla of Huey Lewis and the News was born in Sacramento, California.
1954:  Pete Briquette (Patrick Andrew Cusack), songwriter and bassist of the Boomtown Rats, was born in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, Ireland.
1956:  Jeffrey Cooper, guitarist of Midnight Star
1957:  Mike Anger of the Blow Monkeys (“Diggin’ Your Scene”)
1961:  Paul Geary, drummer for Extreme, was born in Medford, Massachusetts.
1965:  Dave Parsons, bass guitarist of Bush, was born in Hillingdon, London. 
1974:  Rocky Gray, drummer of Evanescence, was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

1983:  Michelle Branch was born in Sedona, Arizona.

July 3rd:

1929:  David Lynch of the Platters was born in St. Louis, Missouri; died of cancer January 2, 1981 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manhattan.
1930:  Tommy Tedesco, a prolific session guitarist who recorded with the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Frank Sinatra, the Association, Everly Brothers and the Monkees to name a few, was born in Niagara Falls, New York; died November 10, 1997 from lung cancer in Northridge, California.

1940:  Fontella Bass (“Rescue Me”), who worked with Minnie Riperton, Maurice White and Little Milton, was born in St. Louis, Missouri; died December 26, 2012 in St. Louis of complications from a heart attack.
1943:  Judith Durham of the Seekers was born in Essendon, Victoria, Australia.
1948:  Paul Barrere, guitarist with Little Feat, was born in Burbank, California.
1949:  Johnnie Wilder, co-founder and lead vocalist with Heatwave, was born in Dayton, Ohio; died in his sleep May 13, 2006 from complications of paralysis caused when a van broadsided his car in 1979.
1949:  John Verity, guitarist of Argent, was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. 
1950:  Damon Harris of the Temptations was born in Baltimore, Maryland; died February 18, 2013 from prostate cancer in Baltimore.
1951:  Mike Corby, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist of the Babys, was born in Windsor, Berkshire, England.
1952:  Andy Fraser, co-founder, co-writer of “All Right Now” and bassist of Free, was born in Paddington, Middlesex, England; died March 16, 2015 in Temecula, California of unspecified causes.  
1956:  Stephen Pearcy, lead singer of Ratt, was born in San Diego, California.

1952:  Laura Branigan was born in Mount Kisco, New York; died August 26, 2004 at her home in East Quoque, New York of a brain aneurysm.
1960:  Vince Clarke, who wrote songs for Depeche Mode, Yaz and Erasure, was born in South Woodford, Essex, England.  
1969:  Kevin Hearn, keyboardist of Barenaked Ladies, was born in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.
1975:  Javier Weyler, drummer of the Stereophonics, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.



July 4th:
1911:  Mitch Miller, conductor and arranger (“The Yellow Rose Of Texas” in 1955), was born in Rochester, New York; died July 31, 2010 in Manhattan, New York.

1938:  Bill Withers was born in Slab Fork, Virginia.
1940:  Dave Rowberry, keyboardist of the Animals, was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England; died of an ulcer hemorrhage June 6, 2003 in Hackney, London.  (Note:  some websites report he was born in Nottingham and one website says he was born in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Several websites claim he died in London.  According to the newspapers ‘The Telegraph’ and ‘The Guardian’, he was born in Nottingham.  According to the BBC, Rowberry died at his home in Hackney, a borough of the city of London in Greater London county.)
1943:  Alan Wilson, co-founder, songwriter and guitarist of Canned Heat, was born in Arlington, Massachusetts; died September 3, 1970 of an accidental acute barbiturate intoxication in Topanga, California.  
1948:  Jeremy Spencer of Fleetwood Mac and a solo performer, was born in Hartlepool, County Durham,England.  
1951:  Ralph Johnson, percussion and vocals and one of the original members of Earth, Wind & Fire, was born in Los Angeles, California.

1952:  Jon Waite, lead singer of the Babys and Bad English and a solo performer, was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England.
1952:  Jon Waite, lead singer of the Babys and Bad English and a solo performer, was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England.
1958:  Kirk Pengilly of INXS was born in Kew, Victoria, Australia.  (Note:  some websites claim he was born in Sydney, Australia.  Although he lived with him family near Sydney beginning at age 8, he was born in Kew, according to the group’s official website.)
1963:  Matt Malley, bass guitarist of the Counting Crows, was born in Oakland, California.
1971:  Andrew Creeggan, bassist, pianist and percussionist of Barenaked Ladies, was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
1972:  William Goldsmith, drummer of the Foo Fighters, was born in Seattle, Washington.
1978:  Stephen McNally of BBMak was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. 

July 5th:

1920:  Smiley Lewis, who wrote “One Night” for Elvis Presley and “I Hear You Knocking” for Gale Storm and later Dave Edmunds and was also a solo performer, was born in DeQuincy, Louisiana; died of stomach cancer October 7, 1966 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1936:  Tommy LiPuma, producer who worked with Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Miles Davis, Natalie Cole, Anita Baker, Diana Krall, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Dave Mason and Dr. John, among many others, was born in Cleveland, Ohio; died March 13, 2017 after a brief illness in New York City.  LiPuma won 5 Grammy awards among 33 nominations and produced albums that sold over 75 million copies.
1938:  Thomas “Snuff” Garrett, producer of Cher, Bobby Vee, Gary Lewis and many others, was born in Dallas, Texas; died of cancer in Tucson, Arizona December 15, 2016.  (Note:  some websites claim Garrett was born in 1939.  According to the newspaper ‘The New York Times’, he was born in 1938.)

1941:  Terry Cashman (Dennis Minogue) of the Buchanan Brothers (“Medicine Man”) and Cashman and West (“American City Suite”) was born in Manhattan, New York.
1943: Robbie Robertson of The Band was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1945:  Dick Scoppettone, guitarist of Harpers Bizarre (“The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”), was born in Santa Cruz, California.
1948:  Cassie Gaines, backing vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd; was killed in a plane crash outside Gillsburg, Mississippi on October 20, 1977 with fellow members Ronnie Van Zant and brother Steve Gaines.

1950:  Huey Lewis was born in Manhattan, New York.
1950:  Michael Monarch, guitarist of Steppenwolf, was born in Los Angeles, California.

1959:  Marc Cohn (“Walking In Memphis”) was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1973:  Bengt Lagerberg, drummer of the Cardigans (“Lovefool”)
1973:  Joe (Joseph Lewis Thomas) was born in Columbus, Georgia.
1979:  Shane Filan of Westlife was born in Sligo, Ireland.
1980:  Jason Wade, singer, songwriter and guitarist of Lighthouse, was born in Camarillo, California.
1985:  Nick O’Malley, bass guitarist of the Arctic Monkeys, was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

July 6th:

1925: Bill Haley was born in Highland Park, Michigan; died February 9, 1981 in Harlingen, Texas.

1937: Gene Chandler was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1945: Rik Elswit, lead guitarist of Dr. Hook, was born in Los Angeles, California.
1949: Michael Shrieve, a drummer of Santana, was born in San Francisco, California.
1959: John Keeble, drummer of Spandau Ballet (“True”), was born in Hampstead, London.
1963: Tim Bricheno, guitarist for All About Eve, was born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1969: Michael Grant of Musical Youth (“Pass The Dutchie”) was born in Birmingham, England.

July 7th:

1940:  Ringo Starr (real name Richard Starkey) was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.
1941:  Jim Rodford, who helped cousin Rod Argent form Argent and later was a member of the Kinks, was born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.  
1941:  Singer/guitarist Chan Romero, who wrote “Hippy Hippy Shake”, was born in Billings, Montana.
1944:  Warren Entner, singer, songwriter, organist and guitarist with the great 60’s band Grass Roots and later a manager for Quiet Riot and Rage Against the Machine, was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1947:  Peter Banks, guitarist of Yes, was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England; died March 7, 2013 of heart failure in Barnet, London. 
1947:  David “Scar” Hodo of the Village People was born in Palo Alto, California.
1949:  Rhino Rheinhardt, guitarist of Iron Butterfly; died January 2, 2012.
1962:  Mark White, bassist of the Spin Doctors (“Two Princes”), was born in the Bronx, New York.
1963:  Vonda Shepard was born in New York City.
1988:  Ilan Rubin, drummer of Lostprophets and with Nine Inch Nails for their final tour, was born in San Diego, California

July 8th:

1930:  Buddy Bregman, composer, arranger and producer for many of the greatest stars before and after the Rock Era began, was born in Chicago, Illinois; died January 8 in Los Angeles of complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  Bregman worked with such superstars as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Merman, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Eddie Fisher.

1935:  Steve Lawrence (Sidney Liebowitz) was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1944:  Jai Johanny Johanson, drummer and one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, was born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  
1961:  Andy Fletcher, co-founder and master of synthesizers for Depeche Mode, was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England.  
1961:  Graham Jones, guitarist for Haircut 100 (“Love Plus One”), was born in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.  

1962:  Joan Osborne was born in Anchorage, Kentucky.
1970:  Beck (Beck David Campbell) was born in Los Angeles.
1985:  Jamie Cook, guitarist, songwriter and a founding member of the Arctic Monkeys, was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.