1959: Johnny & the Hurricanes released the great instrumental "Red River Rock".
1963: Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary and Joan Baez perform at the Newport Folk Festival.
1963: Martha and the Vandellas released the single "Heat Wave".
1963: The Angels released "My Boyfriend's Back".
1963: Elvis Presley had the top U.K. Song with "(You're the ) Devil in Disguise".
1967: Another of the famous dates in the Rock Era as the Doors moved to #1 with "Light My Fire". Stevie Wonder had a nice move (6-2) with "I Was Made to Love Her". "Windy" by the Association finally relinquished its spot at #1, followed by Frankie Valli's solo hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and Procol Harum at #5 with "A Whiter Shade of Pale". The rest of the Top 10: The Music Explosion with "Little Bit O' Soul", the Buckinghams had song #7--"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", Jefferson Airplane's first big hit "White Rabbit" reached the Top 10, the 5th Dimension were at #9 with "Up, Up and Away" and the 4 Seasons were at 10 with "Cmon Marianne".
1970: The Rolling Stones' contract with Decca Records expired and the band begins to think about starting its own label.
1972: Honky Chateau by Elton John stood alone on the album chart with Alice Cooper's School's Out at #2. Exile on Main Street from the Rolling Stones fell to 3 and Bill Withers remained at 4 with Still Bill. The rest of the Top 10: Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits moved from 12-5 after just five weeks, the duo of Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway fell with their self-titled release, the Carpenters entered the Top 10 at #7 with their great album A Song for You, the Jackson 5 had the #8 album--Lookin' Through the Windows, Aretha Franklin came in ninth with Amazing Grace and Thick As a Brick from Jethro Tull was #10.
1972: Gilbert O'Sullivan took over at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Alone Again (Naturally)".
1972: O'Sullivan also took over #1 on the pop chart with "Alone Again (Naturally)". Looking Glass was a strong #2 with "Brandy" while Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose turned the other way with "Too Late To Turn Back Now". Luther Ingram was still wrong with "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right". The rest of the Top 10: Wayne Newton with "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast", Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway had #6--"Where Is the Love", Alice Cooper was up three with "School's Out", Mouth & MacNeal's only hit "How Do You Do?" remained at #8, Bill Withers took one of the biggest tumbles from #1 with "Lean On Me" all the way at #9 and the Hollies had hit #17 with "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)".
1974: Monday fell on this date, the day to release new singles--Cat Stevens released "Another Saturday Night".
1974: Barry White released the single "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe".
1974: Stevie Wonder released the biting and poignant "You Haven't Done Nothin'".
1978: Summer was the season for movies and great soundtracks, especially on this date. Grease took over at #1 from Some Girls by the Rolling Stones. Natural High by the Commodores was #3, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band placed Strangers in Town #4 and Bruce Springsteen had the #5 album with Darkness on the Edge of Town. The rest of the Top 10: Gerry Rafferty's City to City, Andy Gibb's Shadow Dancing, Foreigner moved up with their second album Double Vision, the Soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever" was still in the Top 10 after 36 weeks and the Soundtrack to "Thank God It's Friday" was #10.
1987: The governor of Michigan announced an annual "Four Tops Day" in celebration of the great soul group.
1988: Pete Drake, who played pedal steel guitar on albums by Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr and also produced for Elvis Presley and George Harrison, died at the age of 55 in Nashville, Tennessee.
1989: Surface towered over the competition on the R&B chart with "Shower Me With Your Love".
1989: Simply Red held on to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a sixth week with "If You Don't Know Me By Now".
1989: Richard Marx entered the Top 10 with "Right Here Waiting".
1995: Cracked Rear View, which had already spent five weeks as the #1 album, returned to that spot for Hootie & the Blowfish, bumping the "Pocahontas" Soundtrack down to #2. CrazySexy Cool by TLC was #3.
Born This Day:
1946: Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon was born in Evanston, Illinois.
1947: Carlo Santanna, guitarist of Paper Lace.
1953: Geddy Lee of Rush was born in Willowdale, Ontario, Canada.
1959: John Sykes, guitarist of Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, was born in Reading, Berkshire, England.
1972: Simon Jones, bass guitarist of the Verve, was born in Wigan, England.
1973: Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.