Saturday, July 28, 2012

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 naïve 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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Friday, July 27, 2012

This Date in Rock Music History: July 28

1954:  The first interview with Elvis Presley was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar.
1956:  Elvis Presley appeared on television for the first time on the CBS program Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.
1956:  Gene Vincent appeared on The Perry Como Show.
1957:  Jerry Lee Lewis appeared on the television program The Steve Allen Show.
1960:  Cliff Richard and the Shadows topped the competition in the U.K. with "Please Don't Tease".

1962:  A newcomer debuted on the charts for the first time on this date--Tommy Roe gave us "Sheila".
1962:  "Roses Are Red" from Bobby Vinton was the #1 song on the Easy Listening chart.
1962:  Bobby Vinton had the #1 song for the third week in a row with "Roses Are Red".  

1962:  Ray Charles spent a 10th week at #1 on the R&B chart with "I Can't Stop Loving You".

1963:  Bob Dylan and Joan Baez performed at the Newport Folk Festival.  Pete Seeger, the Rooftop Singers, and Ian & Sylvia were among the other performers which wrapped up the three-day event.
1964:  The Beatles played the first of two nights at the Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden.
1966:  James Brown was in concert at the Apollo Theater in Manhattan, New York.
1970:  The movie Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger, opened in theaters in Australia.  It was released in the U.S. October 7.
1973:  The Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers and the Band performed at the Watkins Glen Summer Jam in Watkins Glen, New York.

1973:  "Touch Me In The Morning" by Diana Ross was the new #1 song on the Adult chart.
1973:  Chicago VI moved from 18-1 to take over the #1 position on the Album chart, leapfrogging Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon like it was standing still.  The previous #1, George Harrison's Living in the Material World, was #3.

    Everything about 'The Poseidon Adventure"'pointed to "blockbuster"...

1973:  Jim Croce controlled the chart with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" for a second week.  The Carpenters moved up to 2 with "Yesterday Once More" while Three Dog Night's great song "Shambala" was at #3.  Deep Purple was looking strong with "Smoke On The Water".  The rest of the Top 10:  Billy Preston with "Will It Go 'Round In Circles", Seals & Crofts entered the Top 10 at #6 with "Diamond Girl", Paul Simon was on his way down after peaking at #2 with "Kodachrome", Bette Midler remained at position #8 with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", Maureen McGovern climbed from 20-9 with "The Morning After" and George Harrison had the #10 song with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)".
1975:  Bob Dylan resumed sessions for the album Desire after a session on July 14 failed.  Eric Clapton played dobro on the track "Romance In Durango" and Emmylou Harris played steel guitar on "Abandoned Love".
1979:  Journey, Aerosmith, AC/DC and Thin Lizzy performed at "The World Series of Rock" in Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
1979:  "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats was the new #1 song in the U.K.
1979:  "Good Times" by Chic was the new R&B #1 song.

1979:  Spyro Gyra had the new #1 Adult Contemporary song with "Morning Dance".

                                                              One of the best live albums of the Rock Era...

1979:  Bad Girls from Donna Summer remained as the #1 album with Breakfast in America by Supertramp jostling for another turn at the top.  I Am from Earth, Wind & Fire was #3 followed by Cheap Trick at Budokan and ELO's Discovery.  The rest of the Top 10:  Candy-O from the Cars, Teddy by Teddy Pendergrass at #7, Wings had Back to the Egg at #8, Dynasty from KISS was stuck at #9 and the Knack moved into the Top 10 at #10 with Get the Knack.
1980:  The Police, U2 and Squeeze shared a bill at the Dalymount Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
1982:  Queen played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1984:  Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson remained at #1 for a fourth week on the Adult Contemporary chart with "If Ever You're in My Arms Again".

1984:  Tina Turner scored a gigantic comeback when "What's Love Got To Do With It" entered the Top 10 on this date.  
1985:  Portland, Oregon declared "Kingsmen Day", in honor of their hometown band.

1986:  Janet Jackson released the single "When I Think Of You".
1987:  The Beatles sued Nike and Capitol Records over the use of "Revolution" in shoe commercials.
1990:  Sleeping With the Past by Elton John was the #1 album in the U.K.

1990:  Gloria Estefan charted her sixth Adult Contemporary #1 with "Cuts Both Ways".
1993:  Natalie Merchant appeared in concert with 10,000 Maniacs for the final time, performing at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.

1995:  The Michael Jackson video "You Are Not Alone" premiered on the half-hour ABC television special, Michael Jackson Changes HIStory.
1993:  Roger Waters of Pink Floyd married Priscilla Phillips at the romantic location of the Romsey Registry Office in England.
1995:  James Al Hendrix won back the rights for his son's music, name, likeness and image.  Several companies had made money off of the late Jimi Hendrix for a number of years.
1996:  Marge Ganser of the Shangri-Las died of breast cancer in the Bronx at the age of 48.
1998:  Toad the Wet Sprocket broke up.
1998:  Mary J. Blige released her debut album What's the 411?

1999:  Guitarist Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam came on stage at New York City's Supper Club to play "Magic Bus" and "Better Man" with Pete Townshend.
2000:  Usher collapsed from exhaustion in a New York City recording studio.
2000:  Jerome Smith of K.C. and the Sunshine Band died from being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating.  He was 47.  (Note:  many websites claim Smith died on August 2.  While news of his death reached the media on August 2, Smith died on July 28, according to an article by MTV.)
2001:  The Eagles were the first group to perform at the new $840 million American Airline Center in Dallas, Texas.

2002:  The Dave Matthews Band owned the #1 album with Busted Stuff.
2004:  George Williams, lead singer of the Tymes ("So Much In Love" from 1963), died of cancer in Maple Shade, New Jersey.
2005:  With little competition, "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey remained at #1 for the ninth week in a row.
2008:  Amy Winehouse was rushed to the emergency room of a London hospital after having a reaction to a medication she was taking to help her off hard drugs.   

 Born This Day:
1938:  George Cummings, steel guitarist and songwriter of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, was born in Meridian, Mississippi.
1943:  Mike Bloomfield of the Butterfield Band who also played on the Bob Dylan album Highway 61 Revisited, was born in Chicago, Illinois; died of drugs in San Francisco, California February 15, 1981.
1945:  Rick Wright, keyboardist and vocalist of Pink Floyd, was born in Hatch End, Middlesex, England; died September 15, 2008 of cancer.  (Note:  some websites erroneously list his birthday as January 28; it was on July 28, according to 'Billboard' and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Some websites put his place of birth as Hatch End, London.  London did not become a county until 1974, long after Wright was born in 1945.  At the time of his birth, Hatch End was located in the county of Middlesex, and that is the county shown on his official birth certificate.)
1946:  Jonathan Edwards ("Sunshine" from 1971) was born in Aitkin, Minnesota.

1949:  Simon Kirke, drummer of Free and Bad Company, was born in Lambeth, Surrey, England.  (Note:  some sites incorrectly show birthday as August 27.  He was born on July 28, according to the newspaper 'Star-Daze'.  Some websites also show his birthplace as Lambeth, London.  Lambeth is a borough of London, and London did not become a county until 1974.  In 1949, when Kirke was born, Lambeth was located in the county of Surrey.)
1949:  Peter Doyle of the New Seekers was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; died October 13, 2001 of throat cancer in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.
1949:  Steve Took (real name Stephen Porter) of T. Rex was born in Eltham, Middlesex; died of drugs October 27, 1980 in North Kinsington, London.  (Note:  several websites mistakenly say he was born in Eltham, London.  The county of London did not exist until 1974, long after Steve was born.  In 1949, Eltham was in the county of Middlesex.)
1954:  Steve Morse, guitarist of Deep Purple, was born in Hamilton, Ohio.  (Note:  the infamous '' and other websites insist Morse was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Although there is indeed a city called Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, Morse was not born there.  He was born in Hamilton, Ohio, according to numerous reputable sources, including the books 'Gear Secrets of the Guitar Legends:  How To Sound Like Your Favorite Players' by Pete Prown and Lisa Sharken, 'Legends of Rock Guitar:  The Essential Reference of Rock's Guitarists' by Prown, Harvey P. Newquist, and Jon F. Eiche, and 'Secrets from the Masters' by Don Menn and Hal Leonard.) 
1962:  Rachel Sweet ("Everlasting Love" with Rex Smith in 1981) was born in Akron, Ohio.
1990:  Soulja Boy (DeAndre Cortez Way) was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Hits List: Herb Alpert

Herb of course started out with the Tijuana Brass, but has made several solo recordings as well, all the while finding time to own one of the major recording labels of the Rock Era, A&M Records.  Here is Herb Alpert's complete Hits List:

1962:  "The Lonely Bull" (#6, #22 U.K.)
1963:  "Marching Thru Madrid" (#96)
           "Struttin' With Maria"
1964:  "Mexican Drummer Man" (#77, #19 Easy Listening)
           "The Mexican Shuffle" (#85, #19 EL)
1965:  "Whipped Cream" (#68, #13 Easy Listening)--highly underrated.
           "Mae" (#26 EL)
           "A Taste of Honey" (#7, #1 EL)
           "3rd Man Theme" (#47, #7 EL)
           "Zorba the Greek" (#11, #2 EL)
           "Tijuana Taxi" (#38, #9 EL, #37 U.K.)--underrated.

1966:  "What Now My Love" (#24, #2 EL)
           "Spanish Flea" (#27, #4 EL, #3 U.K.)--underrated in U.S.
           "The Work Song" (#18, #2 EL)
           "Flamingo" (#28, #5 EL)
           "Mame" (#19, #2 EL)
1967:  "Wade in the Water" (#37, #5 EL)
           "Casino Royale" (#27, #1 EL, #27 U.K.)

           "The Happening" (#32, #4 EL)
           "A Banda (Ah-Bahnda)"
1968:  "Carmen" (#51, #3 EL)
           "Cabaret" (#72, #13 EL)
           "Slick" (#36 EL)
           "This Guy's in Love With You" (#1, #1 EL, #3 U.K.)
           "To Wait For Love" (#51, #2 EL)
           "My Favorite Things" (#45, #7 EL)
1969:  "Zazueira" (#78, #9 EL)
           "Without Her" (#63, #5 EL, #36 U.K.)
           "Ob La Di Ob La Da"
           "You Are My Life" (#34 EL)

1970:  "The Maltese Melody" (#14 EL)
           "Jerusalem" (#74, #6 EL, #42 U.K.)
           "Summertime" (#28 EL)
1973:  "Last Tango In Paris" (#77, #22 EL)
           "Fox Hunt" (#84, #14 EL)
           "Save the Sunlight" (#13 EL)
1975:  "Coney Island" (#19 EL)
           "El Bimbo" (#28 EL)
1978:  "Skokiaan" (with Hugh Masekela) (#87 R&B)

1979:  "Rise" (#1, #1 Adult Contemporary, #4 R&B, #13 U.K.)
           "Rotation" (#30, #23 AC, #20 R&B, #46 U.K.)
1980:  "Street Life" (#41 AC, #65 R&B)
           "Beyond" (#50, #39 AC, #44 R&B)
           "Kamali" (#64 R&B)
1981:  "Come What May" (with Lani Hall) (#43 AC)
           "Magic Man" (#79, #22 AC, #37 R&B)
           "Manhattan Melody" (#74 R&B)

1982:  "Route 101" (#37, #4 AC)
           "Fandango" (#26 AC)
1983:  "Garden Party" (#81, #14 AC, #77 R&B)
           "Red Hot" (#77)
1984:  "Come What May" (with Lani Hall--re-issue) (#32 AC)
1985:  "8 Ball" (#73 R&B)
1987:  "Keep Your Eye On Me" (#46, #3 R&B, #19 U.K.)
           "Diamonds" (with Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith) (#5, #1 R&B, #27 U.K.)
           "Making Love in the Rain" (with Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith) (#35, #21 AC, #7 R&B)
1989:  "3 O'clock Jump" (#59 R&B)
1991:  "North on South St." (#40 R&B)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

This Date in Rock Music History: July 27


1955:  Chuck Berry released his first single on this date as "Maybellene" was sent to radio stations.
1961:  The Tokens recorded "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
1963:  Judy Collins, John Lee Hooker, and the Tarriers performed on the second day of the Newport Folk Festival.
1963:  The Beatles concluded a week of shows at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare, England.
1963:  "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" by Rolf Harris was #1 for a third week on the Easy Listening chart.

1963:  Another of the famous days in the Rock Era, as on this date Peter, Paul and Mary entered the Top 10 with the classic "Blowin' In The Wind". 
1965:  Gary Lewis & the Playboys had a rather healthy move (40-13) with "Save Your Heart For Me".

1968:  The Beat of the Brass by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was the new #1 album.  Wheels of Fire by Cream moved from 28-3 while the previous #1 Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel was #3.

1969:  Led Zeppelin,the Doors, the Guess Who, the Youngbloods, Vanilla Fudge, Bo Diddley, Spirit, Lee Michaels, and the Flying Burrito Brothers were among the performers on the final day of the Seattle Pop Festival at Gold Creek Park in Woodinville, Washington.
1970:  Sly & the Family Stone did not appear for a concert at Grant's Park in Chicago, sparking a riot.
1972:  The Bobby Darin Amusement Company variety show debuted on NBC Television.  (Note:  several websites claim the show debuted July 22 on CBS.  But according to the book 'Bobby Darin:  The Incredible Story of an Amazing Life' by Al DiOrio, the show debuted July 27 on NBC.) 
1974:  Wings were on top of the U.K. Album chart with Band on the Run.
1974:  Helen Reddy's "You And Me Against The World" was the top Adult song.

                                                     The Righteous Brothers gave us one more Top 10...

1974:  "Annie's Song" by John Denver reached #1, followed by Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" and "Rock And Roll Heaven" by the Righteous Brothers.  George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby" fell from its perch at #1, while Steely Dan were up to #5 with "Rikki Don't Lose That Number".  The rest of the Top 10:  Roberta Flack moved from 16 to 6 with "Feel Like Makin' Love", the Hollies had song #7--"The Air That I Breathe", the Hues Corporation slipped with "Rock The Boat", Dave Loggins entered the Top 10 with "Please Come To Boston" and Chicago moved from 23-10 with "Call On Me".

1975:  John Denver's double-sided hit "Calypso"/"I'm Sorry" was released as a single.
1976:  Bruce Springsteen sued manager Mike Appel in Manhattan's U.S. District Court for fraud and breach of contract.
1976:  Tina Turner filed for divorce from Ike.  About time, girl.
1979:  Blondie was in concert at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981:  Stevie Nicks released her first solo album Bella Donna on Modern Records.  (Note:  some websites claim the album was released October 6, while some say it was released August 6.  October 6 is impossible since the album debuted on the charts on August 15.  Although no credible sources for the exact date exist, fan sites for both Nicks and Fleetwood Mac say the album was released July 27.)

1983:  Madonna released her debut album on Sire Records.
1985:  The Eurythmics had the #1 song in the U.K. with "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)".
1986:  Queen became the first artist to perform in Budapest, Hungary since Louis Armstrong, performing at Népstadion.

1987:  Whitney Houston released her single "Didn't We Almost Have It All".
1990:  Bobby Day ("Rockin' Robin") died of cancer and a stomach hemorrhage in Los Angeles at age 60.
1991:  Jani Lane of Warrant married Bobbie Brown.

1991:  Bryan Adams took over at #1 with "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You".  Jesus Jones was up to #2 with "Right Here, Right Now" while EMF slipped with "Unbelievable".  Paula Abdul's former #1 "Rush, Rush" was at #6 while Amy Grant entered the Top 10 with "Every Heartbeat".
1991:  On the more popular Adult Contemporary format, Paula Abdul was still at #1 for the fifth week with "Rush, Rush".

1991:  Natalie Cole moved to #1 on the Album chart with Unforgettable With Love.
1995:  Opening act Bob Dylan joined the Rolling Stones for a version of Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" at the Espace Grammont in Montpelier, France.
1996:  The Spice Girls reached #1 in the U.K. with "Wannabe".

1997:  Alanis Morissette debuted at #6 with her double-sided release "You Learn"/"You Oughta' Know".

1997:  Toni Braxton climbed to the top of the chart with the double-sided "You're Makin' Me High"/"Let It Flow".
2000:  The "NSYNC Live" performance at Madison Square Garden was shown on HBO.
2001:  Leon Wilkeson, bass guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, who suffered from chronic liver and lung disease from heavy drinking and smoking, died of natural causes in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida at the age of 49.
2003:  Shania Twain gave a free concert at Hutchinson Field in Grant's Park in Chicago, filmed for the DVD Up!  Live in Chicago.  Fifty thousand people attended.

2004:  Brandy became engaged to basketball star Quintin Richardson.
2005:  To give us all some idea of how bad music had become, a collection of hits from various artists called Now That's What I Call Music 19 was the #1 album.  This is a similar project to what K-Tel used to do back in the 70's--the only difference is back then, there were hundreds of albums better that kept the K-Tel albums from ever making the Album chart.  Let alone #1.  LOL.
2006:  Chad Kroeger of Nickelback was arrested for drunk driving in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.  The charges stemmed from an incident on July 22 in which Kroeger was arrested for drag racing.
2006:  Kazaa settled a lawsuit with some of the major record companies for $100 million.  Kazaa had been sued for violating copyright laws.

Born This Day:
1922:  Bob Thiele, who produced "Rave On" for Buddy Holly and later married Teresa Brewer, was born in Brooklyn, New York; died of kidney failure in Manhattan, New York January 30, 1996.
1929:  Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows and later producer for Marvin Gaye, was born in Louisville, Kentucky; died July 6, 2010 of a heart attack in Detroit, Michigan.  (Note:  several websites report Fuqua was born in 1928, and several websites show his birthplace as Chicago Illinois, but Harvey was born in Louisville in 1929, according to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times'.)
1933:  Nick Reynolds of the Kingston Trio was born in San Diego,  Coronado, California; died October 1, 2008 after being hospitalized for acute respiratory disease.  (Note:  several websites list his birthplace as Coronado, California, but he was born in San Diego, according to the newspapers 'USA Today', 'The New York Times' and 'The Los Angeles Times'.)
1943:  Al Ramsey, guitarist of Gary Lewis & the Playboys; died in a plane crash November 27, 1985.

1944:  Bobbie Gentry ("Ode To Billie Joe") was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
1947:  Andy McMaster, bassist and keyboardist of the Motors ("Love And Loneliness"), was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1949:  Maureen McGovern ("The Morning After" in 1973) was born in Youngstown, Ohio.
1950:  Michael Vaughan of Paper Lace ("The Night Chicago Died") was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1953:  Suzi Carr, lead vocalist of Will to Power ("Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird") 

1962:  Karl Mueller, bassist and founder of Soul Asylum who had the great hit "Runaway Train", was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota; died of throat cancer June 17, 2005 in Minneapolis.
1964:  Rex Brown, bass guitarist of Pantera, was born in Graham, Texas.