Saturday, July 16, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: July 17

1961:  "Buttered Popcorn" was released as the second single from a new group called the Supremes.

1961:  Brook Benton had the top Easy Listening song with "The Boll Weevil Song". 
1961:  Bobby Lewis had the top R&B song for the third straight week with "Tossin' And Turnin'".
1965:  The Kinks arrived in New York City to begin their first American tour.
1965:  Beatles VI was #1 on the Album chart for the second week in only its fourth week of release while Herman's Hermits On Tour was #2.

1965:  It was a good time in music with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones remaining at #1, the classic Four Tops song "I Can't Help Myself" still at #2 after reaching #1 itself, Herman's Hermits with the fun "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" at #3 and the Byrds at 4 with their classic "Mr. Tambourine Man".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Cara Mia" from Jay & the Americans, Barbara Mason's "Yes, I'm Ready", "Seventh Son" by Johnny Rivers at #7, Ian Whitcomb's "You Turn Me On", Jackie DeShannon with "What The World Needs Now Is Love" at #9 and moving from 17-10, Tom Jones with "What's New Pussycat?".
1965:  The Four Tops were spinning right as "I Can't Help Myself" was the #1 R&B song for the seventh consecutive week.
1968:  The Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine premiered at the London Pavilion.

1971:  Two solo artists debuted on the chart with their first singles.  Rod Stewart's first song was "Maggie May".

1971.  Bill Withers released his first single--"Ain't No Sunshine".

1971:  Detroit D.J. Tom Clay's great rendition of "What The World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin And John" moved from #84 to #49.
1971:  Carole King had the top Adult Contemporary song for the fourth straight week with "It's Too Late".

           Stanley, Idaho with majestic Sawtooth Mountains in the background...

1971:  Stanley, Idaho's Carole King remained at #1 on the Album chart for the fifth week with Tapestry.

Carly Simon hit the Top 10 with her first single...

1971:  Carole King had one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*, "It's Too Late" at #1 for a fourth week.  Boise, Idaho's Paul Revere and the Raiders were at #2 with "Indian Reservation".  James Taylor was making a strong move (6-3) with "You've Got A Friend" while the biggest career hit for Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds--"Don't Pull Your Love" edged up to #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Treat Her Like A Lady", the great song from Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, "Mr. Big Stuff" from Jean Knight, the Carpenters on their way down with "Rainy Days And Mondays", Tommy James' first solo hit "Draggin' The Line" moving from 14-8, an even faster riser "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" from the Bee Gees and "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" from Carly Simon.

1972:  Bread released the single "Guitar Man".
1974:  The innovative Moody Blues opened their own recording studio in London, which would be the first to allow recordings in quadrophonic sound.
1974:  The Eagles performed at the Mississippi River Festival in Edwardsville, Illinois.
1975:  Ringo Starr divorced his wife Maureen Cox.  (Note:  some websites incorrectly say the divorce was finalized on July 1.  The correct date is July 17, according to the book 'Penny Laine's Anthology' by Terry Rowan.)
1976:  Neil Diamond achieved his fourth #1 Adult Contemporary song with "If You Know What I Mean".

1976:  The Bee Gees stepped up from #51 to #25 with "You Should Be Dancing".

                                                The great title track from Breezin'...

1976:  Wings at the Speed of Sound was the #1 album, followed by the Beatles' Rock 'N' Roll Music, a #2 album released six years after their breakup.  George Benson's superb Breezin' was #3 with Chicago X moving up to #4 and the self-titled Fleetwood Mac at 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Aerosmith's Rocks at #6, Frampton Comes Alive! at #7, Beautiful Noise from Neil Diamond, Look Out for #1 by the Brothers Johnson at 9 and Changesonebowie by David Bowie rounding out the list.

                                                       Starbuck hit the Top 10...

1976:  "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band was #1 for the second week, with the Manhattans getting impatient waiting at #2 with "Kiss And Say Goodbye".  The Brothers Johnson held on to #3 with their great summer smash "I'll Be Good to You", the Andrea True Connection was at position #4 with "More, More, More" and newcomer Starbuck moved up from 13-5 with "Moonlight Feels Right".  The rest of a solid Top 10:  Gary Wright's "Love Is Alive", the Captain & Tennille with "Shop Around", the Beatles' 65th hit "Got To Get You Into My Life" at #8, "Silly Love Songs" from Wings at #9 and the Beach Boys' 45th hit "Rock And Roll Music".

1979:  The Little River Band released the single "Reminiscing". 
1982:  Ronnie Milsap maintained the #1 position on the AC chart for the fifth week with "Any Day Now".
1982:  Asia owned the top album for the fifth week with their self-titled debut.

                                                  .38 Special reached the Top 10...

1982:  The Human League held on to #1 for a third week with "Don't You Want Me" while Toto's superior "Rosanna" remained second for the third week.  "Hurts So Good" by John Mellencamp had #3 with "Hurts So Good" and Survivor were making their move with "Eye Of The Tiger".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Let It Whip" from the Dazz Band, Fleetwood Mac moved up from 12 to 6 with "Hold Me", Juice Newton scored her fourth straight Top 10 with "Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me", Soft Cell moved up to #8 with "Tainted Love", the Motels were at 9 with "Only The Lonely" and once again .38 Special claimed the #10 spot with their great song "Caught Up in You". 

1991:  Color Me Badd released "I Adore Mi Amor".
1991:  Lynyrd Skynyrd added several new members and began a world tour in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1991:  James Brown was released after two years in prison.
1992:  Cover your ears!  Guns N' Roses, Metallica and Faith No More were on the same bill as they began a tour at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
1993:  Take That reached #1 in the U.K. with "Pray".
1993:  U2 had the top U.K. album with Zooropa.
1993:  Music lovers had been starving for good music so much that Barbra Streisand's album Back to Broadway debuted at #1.  Janet by Janet Jackson fell to #2.  Core by the Stone Temple Pilots at #3 and Breathless from Kenny G at #7 are the only other Top 10 albums worth mentioning.

1993:  Expose rose to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with their great song "I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me)".
1994:  Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS made a surprise visit to a KISS Convention.
1995:  Robbie Williams left the group Take That.
1996:  Jimmy Chamberlin was fired from the Smashing Pumpkins, a week after being arrested in connection with the drug death of touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin.

1996:  Chas Chandler, bass guitarist for the Animals who later became Jimi Hendrix's manager, recruited musicians to be in the Jimi Hendrix Experience and managed Slade, died of a heart condition at Newcastle Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, England at the age of 58.
1996:  The Eagles were in concert at Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
1997:  Michael Jackson performed at Wembley Stadium in London for the final night of his three-night gig.
1999:  Kevin Wilkinson, drummer with Howard Jones who also worked with Squeeze, hung himself at home in Baydon, Wiltshire, England at the age of 41.
2003:  Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were interviewed on the NBC show Dateline.

2005:  James Blunt controlled the U.K. with "You're Beautiful" and Back to Bedlam holding down the #1 positions on the single and Album chart, respectively.
2005:  R. Kelly rose to the top of the Album chart in the U.S. with TP.3 Reloaded.
2006:  Dave Navarro, guitarist with Jane's Addiction, and Carmen Electra announced they were divorcing.  (Note:  several websites report the split occurring July 18, but the correct date is July 17, according to 'MTV'.  Navarro addressed the matter on his website July 18, but the two first announced the breakup to 'Star' magazine.)
2009:  Gordon Waller of Peter & Gordon died of a heart attack at the age of 64.  (Note:  several websites report his death as being July 16.  Those websites pulled the plug on Waller a bit early.  He went into the emergency room in a hospital in Norwich, Connecticut on Thursday, July 16, and died early Friday morning, July 17, according to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times'.)

Born This Day:
1932:  Vince Guaraldi, who gave us the great instrumentals "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" and "Linus And Lucy", was born in San Francisco, California; died February 6, 1976 of a heart attack in between sets in Menlo Park, California.

1939:  Spencer Davis, founder, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with the Spencer Davis Group, a member of Traffic, and a solo star, was born in Bonymaen, Swansea, Wales.  
1942:  Gale Garnett ("We'll Sing In The Sunshine" from 1964) was born in Auckland, New Zealand.
1947:  Wolfgang Flur, who played electronic drums for the group Kraftwerk (the great song "Autobahn" from 1975), was born in Frankfurt, Gemany.
1947:  Mick Tucker, drummer of Sweet, was born in Harlesden, Middlesex, England; died of leukemia on February 14, 2002 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.
1949:  Mike Vale, bass guitarist for Tommy James & the Shondells, was born in New Alexanderia, Pennsylvania.
1949:  Terry "Geezer" Butler, bass guitarist and lyricist of Black Sabbath, was born in Aston, Birmingham, England.
1949:  John Wetton, bass guitarist for King Crimson, and later with Roxy Music and Asia, was born in Derby, Derbyshire, England.  (Note:  some websites report he was born on June 12, and some report he was born in Willington, Derbyshire, England.  Unfortunately, there are no credible sources for either his birthdate or birthplace.  Our best research indicates he was born in Willington on July 17.)

1950:  Phoebe Snow (Phoebe Ann Laub) was born in New York City; died April 26, 2011 in Edison, New Jersey after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in 2010.

1950:  Damon Harris, member of the Temptations from 1971-1975, was born in Baltimore, Maryland; died February 18, 2013 of prostate cancer in a Baltimore, Maryland hospice.

1952:  Nicolette Larson was born in Helena, Montana; died December 16, 1997 in Los Angeles at the age of 45 from cerebral edema brought on by liver failure.
1952:  Chet McCracken, drummer of the Doobie Brothers beginning in 1979, was born in Seattle, Washington.

1963:  Regina Belle was born in Englewood, New Jersey.
1971:  JC (Jarrett Cordes) of PM Dawn was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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