1960: Brenda Lee continued to hold on to #1 with "I'm Sorry".
1962: The Beatles performed two shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, then performed at the Cabaret Club (28 Duke Street) later in the evening. It was the group's only show at the Cabaret Club, which has since been demolished.
1964: The Beatles reached #1 on the U.K. Album chart with A Hard Day's Night.
1964: The Beatles moved from #12 to #1 in their second week with the album A Hard Day's Night.
1964: The great song "The Girl From Ipanema" by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto remained the top song on the Easy Listening chart.
1965: Bob Dylan shocked fans at the Newport Jazz Festival when he appeared with an electric guitar. It was the first time he had performed with other than an acoustic guitar.
1966: The Left Banke released the single "Walk Away Renee".
1966: The Monkees recorded "Last Train To Clarksville".
1966: Donovan released the single "Sunshine Superman".
1966: The Rolling Stones played their last concert with Brian Jones. Jones would later quit the group because of "musical differences".
1968: The Beatles began recording "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with just a solo version by George Harrison backed by his acoustic guitar and an organ part towards the end.
1969: Santana, the Guess Who, the Byrds, the Youngbloods, Ten Years After, Bo Diddley, It's A Beautiful Day, and the Flying Burrito Brothers performed on the opening day of the Seattle Pop Festival at Gold Creek Park in Woodinville, Washington.
1969: The Doors played at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. (Note: the Cow Palace is often incorrectly shown as being in San Francisco. Although it is close to the city border, it is located in Daly City.)
1969: Led Zeppelin, the First Edition, and Pacific Gas & Electric performed on the opening day of the Midwest Rock Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1970: Mungo Jerry had one of the hottest songs in the land with "In The Summertime". It moved up from 68 to 32 on this date.
1970: The Jackson 5 wrapped up six weeks at #1 on the R&B chart with their first single "The Love You Save".
1970: "Close To You" by the Carpenters was #1 for a third straight week on the Easy Listening chart.
Freda Payne had a Top Five song...
1970: The Carpenters would soon become household names as "Close To You" first entered the #1 position on this date. Three Dog Night was next with "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)". Freda Payne's "Band Of Gold" moved up to #3, the Jackson 5 had "The Love You Save" and Bread was up from 10-5 with their first single "Make It With You". The rest of the Top 10: "Ball Of Confusion" from the Temptations, Blues Image was at #7 with "Ride Captain Ride", the Five Stairsteps remained on the eighth step with "O-o-h Child", Stevie Wonder placed his 23rd hit--"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" at #9 and Melanie finished the list with "Lay Down".
1981: Pat Benatar called me and other representatives of radio stations to promote her new song "Fire And Ice". There was nothing cold about her or the song--It moved from #64 to #44 on this date.
1981: Air Supply scored their first #1 song with "The One That You Love", finally toppling "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes after nine weeks at the top. "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield was #3 and Joey Scarbury moved up strong with "Theme From 'Greatest American Hero'". The rest of the Top 10: The Oak Ridge Boys with "Elvira", Kenny Rogers and one of The Top Adult Contemporary Songs of the 80's*--"I Don't Need You", the Pointer Sisters with "Slow Hand" up to #7, Hall & Oates dropping with "You Make My Dreams", the Manhattan Transfer at #9 with "Boy From New York City" and Marty Balin's first solo hit "Hearts" at #10.
1981: Long Distance Voyager by the Moody Blues was #1 on the Album chart, taking over from Mistaken Identity by Kim Carnes. The #71 Album of All-Time in the Rock Era*--Hi Infidelity was still going strong for REO Speedwagon. Street Songs by Rick James came in fourth followed by Hard Promises from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The rest of the Top 10: Paradise Theater from Styx, Face Value by Phil Collins at #7, Share Your Love, moving up from 14-8 for Kenny Rogers, Stars On Long Play and Zebop! from Santana.
1985: Bob Dylan sang "Blowin' In The Wind", "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna' Fall" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" at the 12th World Festival of Youths and Students in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union. And indeed the times they were a-changin'" in Russia.
1987: Alex Sadkin, producer of Duran Duran, Simply Red, Bob Marley and Grace Jones, died from injuries suffered in a car crash in Nassau, the Bahamas. (Note: some websites say he died on August 2, and some say he died in Miami, Florida. According to the BBC, Sadkin died in Nassau on July 25.)
1987: Madonna owned the #1 song in the U.K. with "Who's That Girl".
1987: Heart's stay at #1 reached three weeks with "Alone". Bob Seger was eagerly waiting with "Shakedown" at #2 and U2 moved up strong with "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". Whitney Houston's former #1 "I Wanna' Dance With Somebody" was at 4.
1992: Neil Diamond's Greatest Hits 1966-1992 set the pace on the U.K. Album chart.
1992: Boyz II Men moved from #53 to 32 on this date with "End Of The Road".
1992: Tom Cochrane, former lead singer of Red Rider ("White Hot" and "Lunatic Fringe") cracked the Top 10 as a solo artist with "Life Is A Highway".
1992: "The One" by Elton John was the new #1 song on the Adult Contemporary chart, Elton's 12th #1 for the genre.
1995: Charlie Rich died of a blood clot in his lung at a motel in Hammond, Louisiana at the age of 62. (Note: some websites insist he died July 24, but according to the newspaper 'The New York Times' and other reputable sources, Charlie died July 25.)
1999: They tried to copy the original but failed miserably. Obviously, attendees at Woodstock '99 didn't understand what the original Woodstock was about. We say that because at the '99 imitation, rioters set fires and looted vendors while the Red Hot Chili Peppers were bringing the festival to a close.
2003: Nelly performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
2003: Erik Brann, guitarist for Iron Butterfly, died of heart failure in Los Angeles at the age of 52.
2003: Mariah Carey opened a tour of North America at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada.
2003: A poll by long-time radio station heavyweight KIIS in Los Angeles found that Americans believed Eminem was "more truthful" than U.S. President George W. Bush.
2004: Street made it a daily double, rising to #1 on the U.K. single chart with "Dry Your Eyes" and #1 on the Album chart with A Grand Don't Come For Free.
1925: Benny Benjamin, session drummer who played on many Motown hits for Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations ("My Girl" and "Get Ready"), Marvin Gaye, and on "Do You Love Me" by the Contours; died of a stroke April 20, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan. (Note: several websites report that Bennie Benjamin was born this date and played drums for Motown. Bennie Benjamin, who was born on November 4, 1907, was a songwriter who began writing songs in 1941 and later became a music publisher--he never played drums. The only person born on this date who played drums for Motown was Benny Benjamin.)
1941: Manny Charlton, founder and guitarist of Nazareth, was born in La Línea de la Concepción, Spain.
1942: Bruce Woodley, founding member of the Seekers, was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1944: Tom Dawes of Cyrkle ("Red Rubber Ball" from 1966), who also composed some of the best-known advertising jingles ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola,”), was born in Albany, New York; died of a stroke October 13, 2007 after carotid artery surgery in Manhattan, New York.
1946: Jose "Chepito" Areas, percussionist of Santana, was born in León, Nicaragua.
1951: Verdine White, bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1958: Thurston Moore, singer, songwriter and guitarist of Sonic Youth, was born in Coral Gables, Florida.
1960: Paul Geary, co-founder and drummer of Extreme ("More Than Words"), was born in Medford, Massachusetts.