Saturday, October 22, 2011

Songs That Changed the World--The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era: "Indian Reservation" by Paul Revere & the Raiders

With all the white man has done to screw things up, it isn't any better than when the Indians ruled.  Here are Paul Revere & the Raiders, from Boise, Idaho with their tale of what we've done to a proud people.  What this most special of series is about is highlighting songs that make you think and the Raiders definitely accomplished that.
"Indian Reservation'
by Paul Revere & the Raiders

Words and Music by John D. Loudermilk

They took the whole Cherokee nation
Put us on this reservation
Took away our ways of life
The tomahawk and the bow and knife

Took away our native tongue
And taught their English to our young
And all the beads we made by hand
Are nowadays made in Japan

Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe
So proud to live, so proud to die

They took the whole Indian nation
Locked us on this reservation
Though I wear a shirt and tie
I'm still part red man deep inside

Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe
So proud to live, so proud to die

But maybe someday when they learn
Cherokee nation will return, will return, will return, will return, will return

Friday, October 21, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: October 22

           There haven't been many better than Tony Williams, lead singer of the Platters...

1955:  The Platters finally ended Chuck Berry's monopoly on the R&B chart with their great song "Only You (And You Alone)".  
1957:  Dick Clark interviewed Ricky Nelson by phone on American Bandstand.  It would be the closest Ricky ever got to appearing on the show. 
1961:  Chubby Checker performed "The Twist" and "Let's Twist Again" on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Both songs received renewed radio airplay despite already being hits and, amazingly, "The Twist" went all the way to #1 again, becoming the only song of the Rock Era to reach #1...twice.
1963:  24-year-old Kenny Rogers married for the third time, to Margo Gladys Anderson.
1964:  The High Numbers auditioned for but were not signed by EMI Records.  Just so you know, EMI, the High Numbers became the Who.
1965:  The Beatles had three sessions at EMI Studios in London.  George Martin recorded the electric piano solo for "In My Life".  The group recorded three more takes of "Nowhere Man", which they had started the night before, from 2:30 to 7 p.m.  The Beatles completed work on "Nowhere Man" in the final session from 7-11 that night. 
1965:  The Rolling Stones released the single "Get Off My Cloud" in the U.K.
1965:  The Kingston Trio were on the television show Convoy on NBC.

1966:  Simon and Garfunkel released the single "A Hazy Shade Of Winter".

1966:  The Supremes A' Go-Go was the new #1 album, replacing Revolver by the Beatles.  The Soundtrack to "Doctor Zhivago" was #3 with The Mamas & the Papas #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  What Now My Love from Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Ray Conniff & Singers were on the way down with Somewhere My Love, Whipped Cream & Other Delights from Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was #7 after 76 weeks but even better, the Soundtrack to "The Sound of Music" still was in the Top 10 after 84 weeks, the Association reached the Top 10 with And Then...Along Comes the Association while Jack Jones was dreaming The Impossible Dream at #10.
1966:  The super Temptations made it a fifth week at #1 with "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep".

1966:  The Four Tops again had the #1 song with "Reach Out I'll Be There".  ? & the Mysterians were a strong #2 with "96 Tears" while the first Monkees hit "Last Train To Clarksville" was third.  One of the top songs of the year, "Cherish" by the Association, was #4 with "Psychotic Reaction" from Count Five at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Left Banke and "Walk Away Renee", Johnny Rivers had one of his biggest career hits with "Poor Side Of Town", Jimmy Ruffin remained the same with "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted", Herman's Hermits moved from 15-9 with "Dandy" and Eric Burdon & the Animals reached the Top 10 with "See See Rider".
1967:  The Who performed at the Saville Theatre in London.
1969:  Led Zeppelin released the album Led Zeppelin II.

1969:  Tommy Edwards, who gave us one of the biggest hits of the early Rock Era ("It's All In The Game" from 1958), died after suffering a brain aneurysm at the age of 47 in Henrico County, Virginia.
1969:  After he issued a statement to deny that he was dead, Paul McCartney headed to Scotland for a vacation.
1971:  Fleetwood Mac was in concert at the Felt Forum in New York City.

1973:  Olivia Newton-John released the single "Let Me Be There", featuring that great bass line by Navin Harris.

The Fire Down Below by Bo Seger on Grooveshark
Listeners went out and bought this album and found this great surprise--"The Fire Down Below".

1976:  Bob Seger released his breakthrough album Night Moves.

1976:  Led Zeppelin released The Soundtrack to The Song Remains the Same as the movie opened nationwide in theaters.  (Note:  the film premiered on October 20 at Cinema 1 in New York City, according to the band's official website.)
1977:  Carly Simon had one of the top Adult hits of the 1970's--"Nobody Does It Better" was #1 for a seventh week.

      The popular Johnny Rivers with one of his biggest hits...

1977:  Debby Boone remained #1 with "You Light Up My Life", holding off Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better".  Shaun Cassidy was up with his Eric Carmen remake "That's Rock 'N' Roll" and K.C. and the Sunshine Band dropped with "Keep It Comin' Love".  Newcomer Heatwave was up to 5 with "Boogie Nights".  The rest of the Top 10:  Foreigner and "Cold As Ice", the Commodores with "Brick House" at #7, Donna Summer's "I Feel Love", the former #1 for Meco--"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" and Johnny Rivers landed in the Top 10 for the first time in five years with his final Top 10--"Swayin' To The Music".

  Steely Dan had just released Aja, the biggest album of their career...

1977:  Rumours by Fleetwood Mac was in uncharted territory.  It had spent 24 weeks at #1, six more than any other album in the Rock Era to that time.  Simple Dreams by Linda Ronstadt was a solid #2 and Steely Dan was rocketing up from 26-3 with Aja.  The debut of Foreigner moved up to #4.  The rest of the Top 10: Shaun Cassidy, Rita Coolidge at #6 with Anytime...Anywhere, the Rolling Stones debuted in the Top 10 with Love You Live, Elvis Presley's Moody Blue was #8, I Robot by the Alan Parsons Project and Livin' on the Fault Line from the Doobie Brothers at #10.
1978:  The Police performed at Grendel's Lair in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1978:  Earth, Wind & Fire set out on a tour of the United States with their first stop in Louisville, Kentucky.  All 75 concerts were sold out.
1979:  The Pretenders were in concert at the Marquee Club in London.
1979:  The Eagles performed at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois.
1982:  Mayor Sara Robertson in Worcester, Massachusetts declared today Van Halen Day.
1983:  Culture Club topped the U.K. Album chart with Colour By Numbers.
1983:  Lionel Richie took over at #1 on the R&B chart with "All Night Long".

In most other times, this winner from Air Supply would have been #1...

1983:  Bonnie Tyler had one of the top songs of the year as "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" remained #1 for the fourth consecutive week.  Air Supply would have to settle for having one of the top #2 songs of the Rock Era--"Making Love Out Of Nothing At All".  Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton were quite a pair with "Islands In The Stream" and Spandau Ballet's "True" sounded awful good at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  "All Night Long" from Lionel Richie, the Fixx and "One Thing Leads To Another", the Police were backtracking with "King Of Pain" at #7. Prince entered the Top 10 with "Delirious", the Talking Heads were up to #9 with "Burning Down The House and Sheena Easton had her ninth hit with "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)".
1986:  Jane Dornacker of the Tubes was killed in a helicopter crash during a live traffic report for WNBC radio in New York City.  She was 39.
1988:  U2 owned the top U.K. album with their live release Rattle and Hum.
1988:  "The Way You Love Me" by Karyn White was best on the R&B chart.
  This great song from Steve Winwood is one that has to be listened to with "high volume"...

1988:  Phil Collins took the old Mindbenders hit to #1--"Groovy Kind Of Love", making it a short stay for UB40's "Red Red Wine".  Information Society had song #3--"What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)".  Def Leppard was on their way down with "Love Bites" while the Escape Club talked about the "Wild, Wild West".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Beach Boys' 58th career hit was their 16th and final Top 10--"Kokomo", Steve Winwood's great song "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do? was #7, Bobby Brown's "Don't Be Cruel" was #8, the entirely different "Don't Be Cruel" by Cheap Trick (the remake of Elvis Presley's classic) and Kylie Minogue had her contribution to the Remake Factory--"The Loco-Motion", a song written by Stanley, Idaho's Carole King, at #10.
1989:  Singer/songwriter and producer Ewan MacColl, who wrote "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" for Roberta Flack and also had songs recorded by Elvis Presley, died at the age of 74 following complications of heart surgery in London.
1990:  Pearl Jam made their live debut at the Off Ramp in Seattle, Washington.
1994:  Jimmy Miller, producer of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and some of the other top Rolling Stones songs and producer of Traffic, Blind Faith, and Motorhead, died of liver failure at age 52 in Boulder, Colorado.
1994:  Brandy's first song to hit the R&B chart rose to #1 on this date--'I Wanna' Be Down".
1996:  Sales of Beatles albums exceeded 20 million to that point in the year, more than they had ever achieved in history.  41% of those sales were to teenagers who were not born when the Beatles quit in 1970.

1997:  En Vogue released the single "Don't Let Go (Love)".
1997:  The Guarantor for Competition, Italy's antitrust agency, fined the Italian divisions of BMG, EMI, Sony Music, Warner Music and PolyGram a total of $4.5 million, claiming they had formed a cartel to drown out competition.  This Guarantor for Competition needs to come to the United States and look at the unfairness of the so-called "playoffs" in college football.
2000:  The Beatles Anthology was the #1 book on the New York Times' bestseller list for non-fiction.
2000:  Pearl Jam played at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first performance.
2003:  Clay Aiken had the #1 album with Measure of a Man.
2005:  "Waterloo" by Abba was voted as the best song in the 50-year history of the Eurovision Song Contest.  Citizens from 31 European countries voted.
2009:  Luther Dixon, writer of "Mama Said" for the Shirelles, "Sixteen Candles" for the Crests" and many others, died at age 78 in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.
2010:  B.J. Thomas sang the national anthem of the United States prior to the deciding game six of the American League baseball championship between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

Born This Day:
1939:  Ray Jones, bass guitarist of Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England; died of a heart attack on January 20, 2000.
1942:  Bobby Fuller of the Bobby Fuller Four ("I Fought the Law") was born in Baytown, Texas; was found dead from
gasoline asphyxiation in an automobile parked outside his Hollywood, California apartment on July 18, 1966.  
1942:  Annette Funicello ("Tall Paul") was born in Utica, New York; died April 8, 2013 in Bakersfield, California from problems of multiple sclerosis.
1945:  Leslie West of Mountain ("Mississippi Queen") was born in New York City.
1945:  Eddie Brigati of the Rascals was born in Garfield, New Jersey.
1952:  Greg Hawkes, keyboardist of the Cars, was born in Fulton, Maryland.
1960:  Chris Kirkwood, founding member and bassist of the Meat Puppets ("Backwater")
1968:  Shelby Lynne was born in Quantico, Virginia.

1968:  Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell) was born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1985:  Zac Hanson of Hanson was born in Arlington, Virginia..

Hits List: Guess Who

Sometimes you will see an artist enjoy immediate success, but that is really the rarity.  The story of the Guess Who is much more common.  They went through several lineup and name changes and seven years of recording before they had a Top 10 hit in the United States.  They finally found the right combination, and thrived with the songwriting team of Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings.  Here is the complete Hits List for the Guess Who:

As Chad Allan & the Reflections:
1962:  "Tribute to Buddy Holly"
1963:  "Shy Guy"
1964:  "Stop Teasing Me"

As Bob Ashley & the Reflections
1963:  "Inside Out"

As the Guess Who:
1965:  "Shakin' All Over" (#22, #1 Canada, #27 Australia)
           "Tossin' and Turnin'" (#3 Canada)
           "Hey Ho, What You Do to Me" (#3 Canada)
1966:  "Hurting Each Other" (#19 Canada)
           "Believe Me" (#10 Canada)
           "Clock on the Wall" (#16 Canada)
           "And She's Mine" (#32 Canada)
1967:  "His Girl" (#45 U.K., #19 Canada)
           "Pretty Blue Eyes" (#48 Canada)
           "This Time Long Ago" (#30 Canada)
           "Flying on the Ground is Wrong" (#36 Canada)
1968:  "When Friends Fall Out" (#75 Canada)
           "Of a Dropping Pin" (#97 Canada)

1969:  "These Eyes" (#6, #7 Canada, #100 Australia)
           "Laughing" (#10, #1 Canada)
           "Undun" (#22, #21 Canada, #73 Australia)--underrated
1970:  "No Time" (#5, #1 Canada, #43 Australia)
           "American Woman" (#1, #19 U.K., #1 Canada, #43 Australia)
           "No Sugar Tonight" (#1, #19 U.K., #1 Canada)
           "Hand Me Down World" (#17, #10 Canada, #65 Australia)--highly underrated
           "Share the Land" (#10, #2 Canada, #63 Australia)
1971:  "Bus Rider" (#63 Australia"
           "Hang on to Your Life" (#43, #5 Canada)
           "Proper Stranger" (#85 Australia)
           "Albert Flasher" (#29, #13 Canada, #28 Australia)
           "Broken (#55, #15 Canada)
           "Rain Dance" (#19, #3 Canada, #55 Australia)--underrated
           "Sour Suite" (#50, #12 Canada)
1972:  "Life in the Bloodstream" (#39 Canada)
           "Heartbroken Bopper" (#47, #12 Canada, #83 Australia)
           "Guns, Guns, Guns" (#70, #58 Canada)
           "Runnin' Back to Saskatoon" (#96, #9 Canada)
1973:  "Follow Your Daughter Home" (#61, #20 Canada)
           "Orly" (#21 Canada)
           "Glamour Boy" (#14 Canada)

Guess Who Flavours Album Cover

1974:  "Star Baby" (#39, #9 Canada, #95 Australia)--underrated
           "Clap for the Wolfman" (#6, #4 Canada, #39 Australia)
1975:  "Dancin' Fool" (#28, #14 Canada, #85 Australia)
           "Loves Me Like a Brother" (#21 Canada)
           "Seems Like I Can't Live With You, But I Can't Live Without You" (#81 Canada)
           "Rosanne"(#58 Canada)
           "When the Band Was Singin' 'Shakin' All Over'"
1976:  "Silver Bird" (#63 Canada)

Canada stuck with their native songs and it paid off.  The Guess Who had 40 hits with 16 of those going Top 10 and three #1's.  In the U.K., the group had 17 hits, with 8 of those Top 10 and two #1's.|

Songs That Changed the World--The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era: "American Pie" by Don McLean

Some may think this is just a great song with a happy beat but it's much, more more.  I had a junior high class in which we spent a good part of a week discussing this song and what it meant.  For them to take the time to do that, you know it had to be not only a pretty important but also a pretty complex song.  The person who put this video together does a pretty good job of explaining it so I'll let the video speak for itself.
"American Pie"
by Don McLean
Words and Music by Don McLean
A long, long time ago
I can still remember how
That music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while

But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died(*)

So, bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so
Now do you believe in rock and roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow

Well, I know that you're in love with him
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died
I started singin'

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Now, for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rolling stone
But, that's not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned

And while Lennon read a book on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died
We were singin'

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
Landed flat on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast

Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance

'Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died
We started singin'

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
'Cause fire is the devil's only friend

And as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan's spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died
He was singin'

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play

And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died
And they were singin'

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

They were singin'
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: October 21

1957:  A new talented singer emerged on the scene today as Sam Cooke's first single, "You Send Me" debuted on the chart.

1958:  Buddy Holly recorded for the final time, as Holly and the Crickets recorded "True Love Ways", "Moondreams", "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "Raining In My Heart" at Pythian Temple Studios in New York City.
1962:  Cliff Richard was on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1963:  The Singing Nun released the single "Dominique".
1965:  The Beatles started over on the song "Norwegian Wood" and finished recording in three takes.  They also recorded another song by John Lennon--"Nowhere Man" in two takes.
1965:  The Dave Clark Five and the Kingsmen performed on Shindig!

1965:  Bill Black, the great bass player who played on many of Elvis Presley's early hits, died in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39 during his third operation to remove a brain tumor.
1966:  The Who were on the popular British television show Ready Steady Go!, along with Lee Dorsey and Georgie Fame.

1967:  Spanky & Our Gang moved from 88 to 50 with "Lazy Day".

1967:  Lulu hit #1 with one of The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era*--"To Sir With Love".  That took the lid off the Box Tops and their #1 song of four weeks, "The Letter".  The Association were at #3 with "Never My Love".

1968:  Dion released the single "Abraham, Martin And John".

1968:  Glen Campbell released the single "Wichita Lineman" on Capitol Records.
1971:  Mick and Bianca Jagger became the new parents of daughter Jade, who was born in Paris, France.
1972:  Superfly by Curtis Mayfield moved into the #1 position on the Album chart with Leon Russell's Carney at #2.  The Moody Blues incredibly moved from 7 to 3 after 58 weeks of release with their masterpiece--Days of Future Passed.  With Rod Stewart, there was Never a Dull Moment and Chicago V was at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Elton John's Honky Chateau, Big Bambu from Cheech & Chong, All Directions, the new album from the Temptations, The London Chuck Berry Sessions was #9 and the Band snuck in with Rock of Ages.

1972:  The Temptations were hot with another song that looked like a smash--"Papa Was A Rolling Stone" moved from #83 to #54.
1972:  Rick Nelson entered the Top 10 with "Garden Party", a biographical account of the time his ridiculous fans booed him in Madison Square Garden when he dared to play a new song for them.  It was Nelson's first Top 10 hit in nine years.
1975:  The Eagles were in concert for the second of two nights at the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio.

1975:  Elton John earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1976:  Keith Moon drummed for the final time with the Who at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Note:  numerous websites show this date as the 22nd, but Moon's last show was on the 21st, according to the Who's official website.)
1977:  Meat Loaf released the album Bat Out of Hell.
1978:  The Clash fired manager Bernie Rhodes and replaced him with Caroline Coon, previously a journalist for the trade magazine Melody Maker.
1978:  Funkadelic owned the #1 R&B song for a fourth week with "One Nation Under A Groove".

1978:  Gerry Rafferty returned to the #1 spot on the Easy Listening chart with "Right Down The Line".
1978:  Grease was #1 for the 11th week on the Album chart.  The Who provided the closest challenge with Who Are You but Boston was not taking a back seat with Don't Look Back.  Linda Ronstadt was on fire with Living in the U.S.A., the #4 album after three weeks of release.  Foreigner dropped with Double Vision.  The rest of the Top 10:  Live and More from Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins and Nightwatch, Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg with an interesting collaboration on Twin Sons of Different Mothers, the Rolling Stones fell to 9 with Some Girls and Styx finished the list with their new album Pieces of Eight.

                    "Love is in the Air" was a member of the Top 10...

1978:  "Kiss You All Over" by Exile, another member of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*, remained at #1 on this date for the fourth week in a row.  They had competition from Nick Gilder, who was poised at #2 with "Hot Child In The City", the former #1 "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey, Little River Band's "Reminiscing" at #4 and Anne Murray with "You Needed Me".  The rest of a great Top 10:  Kenny Loggins and "Whenever I Call You Friend", John Paul Young's "Love Is In The Air", Donna Summer's remake of the Richard Harris smash "MacArthur Park" gave her 10 career hits, Boston was down with "Don't Look Back" and Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta wrapped up the list with "Summer Nights".
1985:  George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and others recorded the television special Carl Perkins and Friends in London to honor the 30th anniversary of Perkins' song "Blue Suede Shoes".

1986:  Janet Jackson released the single "Control".

1988: Michael Jackson released the seventh single from the album Bad--"Smooth Criminal".  
1989:  Kylie Minogue had the top U.K. album with Enjoy Yourself.
1989:  Elton John collected his 38th Adult Contemporary hit, with exactly half of those (19) reaching the Top 10, and his ninth AC #1 with "Healing Hands".

                                  The Stones with their last big hit...

1989:  Janet Jackson remained at #1 for a third week with "Miss You Much" with "Love Song" by the Cure becoming that group's biggest hit, Tears for Fears moving up with "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" and Roxette bouncing from 9 to 4 with "Listen To Your Heart".  The Rolling Stones were stuck at #5 with "Mixed Emotions".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Cover Girl" by New Kids on the Block, "Love In An Elevator" gave Aerosmith their fourth Top 10 in 16 tries, Babyface moved up with "It's No Crime", Young Mc was talking about "Bust A Move", and Expose reached into the Top 10 with "When I Looked At Him".
1993:  Aerosmith was in concert at Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England.
1994:  Neil Diamond divorced his wife of 24 years.
1995:  Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon died of drugs at age 28 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1995:  "Fantasy" scored a fourth week at #1 on the R&B chart for Mariah Carey.
1995:  Mariah Carey's Daydream debuted at #1 on the album chart.  
1995:  It had debuted at #1 and now in its fourth week, "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey was still #1.  
1997:  Sir Elton John's song "Candle In The Wind '97" was honored by the Guinness Book of Records as the top-selling single of all-time.  The tribute to Princess Diana had sold 31.8 million in less than 40 days.
2003:  The Eagles released their greatest hits package The Very Best of the Eagles.
2003:  Sir Elton John signed a contract with the Colosseum in Las Vegas, Nevada to do 75 shows over a three-year period.
2003:  AC/DC performed at the refurbished Hammersmith Apollo in London.
2004:  Bo Diddley postponed a concert in Lancaster, California so he could recuperate from having his toe amputated, a procedure required due to a hypoglycemic condition brought on by diabetes.

2004:  Usher and Alicia Keys move to #1 with their collaboration "My Boo".  That gave Usher his fourth #1 song of the year, the first time someone had accomplished that feat since the Jackson 5 in 1970.  The other #1's were "Yeah", "Burn" and "Confessions Part II".
2005:  The Strokes played new songs from their album First Impressions of the Earth at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.  (pretty clever to feature a band called the Strokes at an art museum...)
2006:  Sandy West, founder, singer, songwriter and drummer with the Runaways, died at the age of 47 after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005.
2006:  Evanescence had the #1 album with The Open Door.
2007:  Kid Rock and five members of his entourage were arrested in Atlanta, Georgia after an argument broke into a fight in a restaurant. 
2007:  Stereophonics owned the top U.K. album with Pull the Pin.

Born This Day:
1937:  Norman Wright of the Del-Vikings ("Come Go With Me") was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1940:  Jimmy Beaumont of the Skyliners, who had a minor hit with their version of "Since I Don't Have You", was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1940:  Manfred Mann (real name Michael Liebowitz), keyboardist and leader of several different bands bearing his name, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

1941:  Steve Cropper, prolific guitarist who played with Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MG's and Sam & Dave, was born in Willow Springs, Missouri.  (Note:  some websites claim Cropper was born in Dora, but in an interview with '', Cropper said that he was born in Willow Springs.) 

1942:  Elvin Bishop, guitarist with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and a solo artist ("Fooled Around and Fell in Love"), was born in Glendale, California.
1943:  Ron Elliott, guitarist of the Beau Brummels, was born in Haddsburg, California.
1945:  Kathy Young ("A Thousand Stars" from 1960) was born in Santa Ana, California.

1946:  Lee Loughnane, founding member, vocalist, songwriter, trumpeter and flugelhorn player of Chicago was born in Elmwood Park, Illinois.  (Note:  some websites show Lee was born in Chicago--the 'Chicago Sun Times' newspaper states that he was born in Elmwood Park.)  
1947:  Tetsu Yamauchi, bass guitarist for Free and the Faces, was born in Fukuoka, Japan.
1952:  Brent Mydland, keyboard player and vocalist who joined the Grateful Dead in 1979, was born in Munich, Germany.  He died in his home on July 26, 1990 from drugs.  

1953:  Charlotte Caffey, lead guitarist of the Go-Go's, was born in Santa Monica, California.

1953:  Eric Faulkner, guitarist for the Bay City Rollers, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1957:  Steve Lukather, elite guitarist of Toto, was born in Los Angeles.  (Note:  numerous websites say that he was born in San Fernando Valley, California, the general area that includes Los Angeles.  According to Steve's official website, he was born in Los Angeles.)