Thursday, July 28, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: July 29

1963:  Elvis Presley had the top U.K. Song with "(You're The ) Devil In Disguise".
1965:  The Beatles' movie Help! premiered at the Pavilion in London.
1966:  Bob Dylan suffered a serious accident when he crashed his motorcycle near Woodstock, New York.
1966:  Cream made their live debut at The Twisted Wheel in Manchester, England.
1966:  The Small Faces and Spencer Davis helped usher in the National Jazz and Blues Festival in England, being held for the first time at the Royal Windsor Racecourse in Windsor. 
1967:  The International Love-In Festival took place at Alexandra Palace in London with Pink Floyd, the Animals and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown among others.  
1967:  Petula Clark's "Don't Sleep In The Subway" continued to set the pace for a third week on the Easy Listening chart.  
1967:  "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles moved up from #71 to #29 on this date.

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 "C'mon Marianne".

1968:  Deep Purple released the single "Hush" in the United States.
1968:  The Beatles began recording "Hey Jude" at Abbey Road Studios in London,  with the session serving as more of a rehearsal.
1968:  Gram Parsons refused to go on tour with the Byrds to South Africa in protest of that country's apartheid policy, and quit the group.
1970:  The Rolling Stones' contract with Decca Records expired and the band began 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 Popular 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:  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'".  (Note:  some na├»ve websites claim the song was released August 7.  "You Haven't Done Nothin'" debuted on the Billboard Singles chart on August 5, 1974.  It is physically impossible for a song to be ranked on the Singles chart if it has not yet been released as a single.)
1976:  Eric Clapton was in concert at the Dacorum Pavilion in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England.
1974:  Cass Elliot died in her sleep from a heart attack at the age of 33 after playing a concert in London.
1978:  Glen Goins, singer and guitarist with Parliament, died from Hodgkin's Lymphoma at age 24.  (Note:  some websites report his death as July 30.  While there are no credible sources for either date, our best research points to July 29.)
1978:  "Songbird" from Barbra Streisand was the new #1 song on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1978:  Summer was the season for movies and great soundtracks, especially on this date.  Grease took over at #1 on the Album chart 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.
1982:  Andy Taylor of Duran Duran married Tracey Wilson.
1986:  Gordon Mills, songwriter, producer and manger who worked with Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones and Gilbert O'Sullivan, died of stomach cancer in Los Angeles at age 51.

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, succumbed to emphysema from smoking 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".
1994 David Gilmour, guitarist for Pink Floyd, married Polly Samson at the Registry Office in Marylebone, England.

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.

1996:  Celine Dion released her single "It's All Coming Back To Me Now".

1997:  The Spice Girls released the single "2 Become 1" in the United States.
1998:  Matchbox 20 began their first headlining tour at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2001:  Destiny's Child posted a #1 song when "Bootylicious" took over the top spot.
2003:  R.E.M. performed at the Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland.
2004:  Huby Heard, who played keyboard with Billy Preston, Ray Charles, Teddy Pendergrass, the Rolling Stones and Brothers Johnson, died from heart problems in Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 53.
2007:  Heart problems forced Guitarist Paul Stanley to bow out of a California show.  Stanley's heart rate zoomed to 190, forcing medics to stop and re-start his heart to get a more normal rhythm.  The three other members of the group played the show at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California without him.
2011: Gene McDaniels (A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" and "Tower Of Strength" in the early 60's) died in Kittery Point, Maine at the age of 76.

Born This Day:
1946:  Neal Doughty, keyboardist and a founding member of REO Speedwagon, was born in Evanston, Illinois.
1947:  Carlo Santanna (real name Karol Pawel Kozinoga), guitarist of Paper Lace, was born in Wrexham, Powys, North Wales.  (Note:  some websites report he was born in Rome, Italy.  While there are no credible sources for either as being Carlo's birthplace, our best research indicates that he was born in Wrexham.)

1953:  Geddy Lee, lead singer and bassist 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 Liverpool, Lancashisre, England.  (Note:  some websites report Jones was born in Wigan, England.  According to the Verve's official website, Simon was born in Liverpool.)

1973:  Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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