Saturday, July 2, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: July 3

1965:  Cher had her first solo hit debut on the chart as "All I Really Want To Do" made the list.
1965:  Elvis reigned at #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".  It was a great Top 10 with the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" rising to #2 while "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".  The Rest of the Top 10:  Johnny Rivers with "Seventh Son", Elvis at #8 with "Crying In The Chapel", Barbara Mason entered the Top 10 with "Yes, I'm Ready" and 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.  (Note:  some websites claim Jethro Tull and Jimi Hendrix performed at the Festival on this date.  As you can see from the program above, Jethro Tull and Hendrix both performed on Saturday, which was July 4 in 1970.)
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.

                                 A powerful song from Paul Revere & the Raiders...

1971:  Stanley, Idaho's Carole King remained at #1 with "It's Too Late".  Paul Revere & the Raiders, from Boise, Idaho, 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.  (Note:  some websites falsely say he died on July 1.  Laurens died on July 3, according to the official website for the Hammond organ.)

1974:  The Tony Orlando Show debuted on CBS-TV. (Note: some websites report the show debuted on July 4. The correct opening date is July 3, according to the newspaper 'The New York Times'.)

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

1976:  It was a solid time for music in the Summer of 1976--Wings held down #1 for the fourth week with "Silly Love Songs" with newcomer Starland Vocal Band moving from 7 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:  Two great songs were released on this date, a Monday, the day new releases hit radio stations.  Olivia Newton-John released "Hopelessly Devoted To You" from Grease.  (Note:  one naive website claims the song was released September 18.  "Hopelessly Devoted To You" debuted on the Singles chart on July 8.  It is physically impossible for a song to be included on the Singles chart if it has not been released as a single.)

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

1983:  Michael Jackson released "Human Nature" as a single.

1982:  Nobody quite knew what to make of him when he started out, but now, everyone pretty much loves him.  Billy Idol first hit the chart on this date when one of the most Underrated Songs of the Rock Era*, "Hot In The City" debuted.
1982:  Crosby, Stills & Nash had a fast-rising song as "Wasted On The Way" moved from 48 to 29.

                              38 Special had themselves a Top 10 hit...

1982:  The Human League rose to #1 with "Don't You Want Me" but Toto's "Rosanna" threatened.  Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder finally 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" as there was nothing good enough to knock her off. I offer up "Knockin' Da Boots" by H-Town, "Whoomp!  (There It Is)" by the Tag Team and "Dre Day" by Dr. Dre" as examples of the weakness.  You always want to consider competition when analyzing #1 songs and Janet certainly did not have it.
 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.

Born This Day:
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.  (Note:  some naive websites report Verity was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  West Yorkshire did not become the name of the county until 1974, 25 years after Verity was born.)
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, but he was known to be suffering from both cancer and AIDS.  (Note:  some naive websites say Fraser was born in Paddington, London, England or Westminster, England.  While Paddington today is an area located in Westminster in the Greater London county, the change did not occur until 1965.  In 1952, when Fraser was born, Paddington was a metropolitan borough located in the county of Middlesex.)
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. (Note: nearly every website, including the credible sources 'The New York Times' newspaper and 'Billboard' magazine, state that Branigan was born in 1957 and that she was born in Brewster, New York. Some websites report she was born in Armonk, New York.  After extensive research, 'Inside The Rock Era' has determined that the discrepancy comes from Branigan herself, who always said she was born in 1957 so that she would appear "younger" to her fans. Neither Branigan herself nor her two surviving brothers have ever corrected the error to this date. However, we contacted Laura's school, Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, and they confirmed that Laura in fact was born in 1952, not in 1957.  And, while Branigan indeed lived in Armonk, she was born in Mount Kisco.)
1960:  Vince Clarke, who wrote songs for Depeche Mode, Yaz and Erasure, was born in South Woodford, Essex, England.  (Note:  some websites report Clarke was born in Basildon, England while some naively say he was born in South Woodford, London.  He later moved to Basildon with his family, but he was born in South Woodford, according to 'Billboard'.  South Woodford became part of the county of London in 1965, which was five years after his birth.  In 1960, South Woodford was located in the county of Essex.)
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.

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