Friday, July 22, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: July 23

1955:  Slim Whitman had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Rose Marie".

1955:  Fats Domino continued to roll, watching "Ain't It a Shame" (better known as "Ain't That a Shame") post its 10th week on top of the R&B chart.
1962:  Bent Fabric released the 45 "Alley Cat".
1963:  Neil Young went through his first recording session in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1964:  The Beatles were at The Night of a Hundred Stars at the Palladium in London.
1964:  The Beatles registered their fifth U.K. #1 when "A Hard Day's Night" reached the top.
1965:  The Kinks performed "You Really Got Me" on the television show Where the Action Is.
1966:  British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was on hand as the Cavern Club reopened in Liverpool.
1966:  Jack Jones reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "The Impossible Dream".

1966:  The Lovin' Spoonful had the perfect hit for the season--"Summer in the City", which moved from #53 to #21 on this date.  
1966:  Frank Sinatra's Strangers in the Night may have moved into the #1 slot, but the Beatles meant business, moving from 18 to 2 with their album Yesterday...And Today.  

1966:  "Hanky Panky" by Tommy James & the Shondells remained at #1 with "Wild Thing" from the Troggs trailing.  Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs had their follow-up to "Wooly Bully"--it was "Lil' Red Riding Hood" moving from 9 to 3.  "The Pied Piper" by Crispian St. Peters also made a nice move (12-4) while Dusty Springfield came in fifth with "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Beatles' former #1 "Paperback Writer", Paul Revere & the Raiders from Boise, Idaho moving up to #7 with "Hungry", the Cyrkle with "Red Rubber Ball", the Mamas & the Papas entered the Top 10 with "I Saw Her Again" and Tommy Roe's "Sweet Pea" at #10.
1971:  The Rolling Stones and Brian Jones' father filed a lawsuit against former Stones manager Allen Klein, alleging that Klein mismanaged the group's money.
1969:  The Rolling Stones topped the U.K. chart with "Honky Tonk Women".
1971:  The Moody Blues released the album Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.
1973:  Grand Funk released the single "We're an American Band".

1973:  B.W. Stevenson released the single "My Maria".


1977:  Judas Priest began their first American tour in Oakland, California, opening for Led Zeppelin.
1977:  We didn't know what was going to happen with this album, but "Don't Stop" from Fleetwood Mac's Rumours moved from 60 to 31 this week.
1977:  The Emotions enjoyed their fourth consecutive week at #1 on the R&B chart.
1977:  England Dan & John Ford Coley celebrated five weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "It's Sad to Belong".

1977:  Barry Manilow made it to #1 with "Looks Like We Made It", his eighth hit, sixth Top 10 and third chart-topper.  Andy Gibb closed to #2 with "I Just Want to Be Your Everything", Shaun Cassidy fell with "Da Doo Ron Ron" and Peter Frampton's title track from his album I'm In You was at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  "My Heart Belongs to Me" from Barbra Streisand, Hot with "Angel in Your Arms", Alan O'Day slipped to 7 with "Undercover Angel", Jimmy Buffett's signature song "Margaritaville" at #8, Peter McCann with "Do You Wanna' Make Love" and the Emotions crashed into the Top 10 with "Best of My Love".  
1977:  After just one week away from being #1, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac returned to #1 for a third time.  It had reached  11 weeks at the top and the third stay was going to be even longer.  

1979:  Two top releases awaited radio station music directors on this date--Herb Alpert released the single "Rise".
1979:  Michael Jackson released the first single from his new solo album Off the Wall--"Don't Stop ('Til You Get Enough)".
1980:  Keith Godchaux of the Grateful Dead died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Marin County, California.  He was 32.
1983:  The Police performed at Comisky Park in Chicago, Illinois.
1983:  Paul Young rose to the top of the U.K. chart with his remake of the Marvin Gaye song "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)".  
1983:  Synchronicity reached #1 in only the fourth week of release for the Police.  In those days, it was tough to get to the top because of the stronger competition.  The Soundtrack to "Flashdance" was up to #2 while Thriller relinquished its stranglehold on the top spot...for the time being.  Def Leppard's great album Pyromania had to stay at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Stevie Nicks with The Wild Heart, David Bowie's Let's Dance, Loverboy had a great album at #7 with Keep It Up, Men At Work's Cargo was #8, Prince's solid album 1999 was at #9 and Eddy Grant remained at 10 with Killer on the Rampage.

                         You are missed, Michael Hutchence...

1988:  Richard Marx scored a #1 with "Hold On to the Nights".  Def Leppard was on fire, however, with "Pour Some Sugar On Me", INXS had a red-hot song with "New Sensation" and Steve Winwood was closing fast with "Roll With It".  The rest of the Top 10:  Cheap Trick's former #1 "The Flame", newcomer Breathe was at 6 with "Hands to Heaven", Eric Carmen had song #7--"Make Me Lose Control", Pebbles was down with "Mercedes Boy", Terence Trent D'Arby moved from 14 to 9 with "Sign Your Name" and former Go-Go Jane Wiedlin entered the Top 10 with "Rush Hour".


1988:  Def Leppard finally reached #1 on the album chart...in their 49th week of release with Hysteria.  Van Halen dropped to 2 with OU812, Faith by George Michael (now down to #5), and the "Dirty Dancing" Soundtrack (#3) were on their way down.   Guns N' Roses edged up to #4 with their superb Appetite for Destruction.  The rest of the Top 10:   Steve Winwood moved from 15 to 6 with Roll With It, Tracy Chapman's incredible debut was at #7, Sade was at 8 with Stronger Than Pride, Poison dropped with Open Up and Say...Ahh! and Bruce Hornsby & the Range had another winner with Scenes from the Southside.

1989:  Ringo Starr began a tour with his All-Starr Band (Joe Walsh, Billy Preston and Clarence Clemons).
1990:  John Mellencamp began work on  his acting and directing debut in the movie Falling From Grace.
1987:  The surviving members of the Beatles sued EMI-Capitol for $40 million representing back payments and the right to own their own music.
1992:  Bruce Springsteen opened his world tour at Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey.
1993:  Nirvana made a surprise appearance at Roselnad Ballroom in New York City, playing songs from their upcoming In Utero album.
1994:  The Eagles were in concert at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

1994:  Elton John registered his 27th Top 10 hit (#5 all-time) with the great song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from the movie The Lion King.
1998:  Iron Maiden had to cancel the rest of their U.S. tour after a doctor told Blaze Bailey not to sing for a month.
1998:  It was a Retro 80's tour as Culture Club, Howard Jones and the Human League performed in Atlanta, Georgia.
2000:  Farrah Franklin left Destiny's Child just five months after she joined.

2000:  'N Sync reached #1 with "It's Gonna' Be Me".
2000:  The Corrs had the top U.K. album with In Blue.
2004:  Linkin Park performed in Cincinnati, Ohio.
2004:  Bill Brown, guitarist with the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, died of smoke inhalation at his home.
2006:  McFly had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Please Please".
2006:  Razorlight was #1 on the U.K. album chart with their self-titled release.
2008:  A wax image of Amy Winehouse was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London.

2011:  Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning.




Born This Day:
1935:  Cleveland Duncan of the Penguins ("Earth Angel" from 1954) was born in Los Angeles, California; died November 7, 2012 in Los Angeles.
1943:  Tony Joe White ("Polk Salad Annie") was born in Oak Grove, Louisiana.

1944:  Dino Danelli, drummer of the Rascals, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1946:  Andy MacKay, saxophonist with Roxy Music, was born in London.

1947:  David Essex ("Rock On" from 1973) was born in London.



1948:  John Hall of Orleans and now a United States Congressman from New York, was born in Baltimore, Maryland.


1950:  Blair Thornton, one of the hard-driving guitarists of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1952:  Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer ("Boy From New York City") was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1961:  Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, was born in Basildon, England.
1964:  Nick Menza, drummer of Megadeth, was born in Munich, Germany.
1964:  Tim Kellett, keyboard and trumpet player for Simply Red, was born in Knaresbourough, Yorkshire, England.

1965:  Slash, elite guitarist of Guns 'n Roses, was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
1970:  Sam Watters, singer/songwriter of Color Me Badd and later a producer and record executive, was born in Camp Springs, Maryland.
1971:  Chad Gracey, drummer of Live, was born in York, Pennsylvania.
1971:  Dalvin DeGrate, half of the duo Jodeci, was born in Hampton, Virginia.
1971:  Chad Gracey, drummer of Live, was born in York, Pennsylvania.

1980:  Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child was born in Rockford, Illinois.
1980:  Steve Jocz, drummer for Sum 41, was born in Ajax, Ontario, Canada.

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