Saturday, July 29, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 30

1954:  Elvis Presley performed at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis, Tennessee.
1956:  Brenda Lee recorded "Jambalaya" during her first recording session in Nashville, Tennessee.
1957:  The Elvis Presley movie Loving You opened in theaters nationwide.
1960:  Elvis Is Back was the #1 album in the U.K.

1962:  The 4 Seasons released the single "Sherry".
1963:  Bob Dylan recorded two songs for the WNEW-TV program "Songs of Freedom".

1966:  The Who and the Yardbirds headlined day two at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, England.

1966:  "Somewhere My Love" by Ray Coniff was the new #1 song on the Easy Listening chart.
1966:  Napoleon XIV jumped from #50 to11 with "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"

1966:  "Wild Thing" by the Troggs was the new #1 song as "Hanky Panky" by Tommy James & the Shondells dropped after three weeks at the top.  "Lil' Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs was #3, "The Piped Piper" by Crispian St. Peters remained at 4 and the Mamas and the Papas rose to #5 with "I Saw Her Again".  The rest of the Top 10:  Paul Revere & the Raiders from Boise, Idaho with "Hungry", the Lovin' Spoonful jumped up from 21-7 with "Summer In The City", Tommy Roe moved up with "Sweet Pea", the Rolling Stones entered the Top 10 with "Mother's Little Helper" and Ray Coniff & the Singers had song #10--"Somewhere, My Love".
1967:  The Who performed at the Miami Beach Convention Hall in Miami, Florida.
1968:  The Beatles' Apple Boutique in London closed after seven months.
1968:  The Ventures recorded one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era*--"Hawai'i Five-O".
1969:  The Beatles worked on overdubs for "Come Together", "Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window", "You Never Give Me Your Money" and "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" and began work on the Side Two medley.  Originally, Paul McCartney told the tape operator (John Kurlander) to get rid of "Her Majesty", but Kurlander put it at the end of the tape, nearly 20 seconds after "The End".  McCartney liked this approach and told Kurlander to keep the song, including the 20-second pause.
1970:  The Rolling Stones fired manager Allen Klein.
1977:  Barbra Streisand collected another #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "My Heart Belongs To Me".

1977:  Andy Gibb made it to #1 with "I Just Want To Be Your Everything".  Peter Frampton was in the runner-up spot with "I'm In You" while the previous #1 "Looks Like We Made It" by Barry Manilow slid to 3.  Barbra Streisand edged up with "My Heart Belongs To Me".  The rest of the Top 10:  Shaun Cassidy with "Da Doo Ron Ron", the Emotions made a nice move (10-6) with "Best Of My Love", Peter McCann's "Do You Wanna' Make Love" was song #7, Jimmy Buffett maintained with "Margaritaville", Rita Coolidge had her first hit with "Higher And Higher" and Pablo Cruise entered the Top 10 with their first hit "Whatcha Gonna' Do?".

                   Crosby, Stills & Nash enjoyed a comeback in 1977...

1977:  After spending 10 weeks at #1 in its first two trips at the top, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac spent a second week in its third reign at the #1 position on the Album chart.  Peter Frampton remained at #2 with I'm In You, Streisand Superman by Barbra Streisand came in third, Love Gun from KISS was #4 and Barry Manilow Live was #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  CSN from Crosby, Stills & Nash, Book of Dreams by the Steve Miller Band, Here At Last...Bee Gees...Live at #8, the Commodores' self-titled release and JT by James Taylor entered the Top 10 at #10.
1978:  Fleetwood Mac, the Steve Miller Band, Bob Welch, and the Sanford-Townsend Band appeared at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1983:  Donna Summer moved to #1 on the R&B chart with "She Works Hard For The Money".

1983:  "Every Breath You Take" by the Police spent a fourth week at #1 with Eddy Grant posting a fifth consecutive week at #2 with "Electric Avenue".  Irene Cara's #1 song of six weeks ("Flashdance...What a Feeling") was still hanging around at #3 and Sergio Mendes came in fourth with "Never Gonna' Let You Go". The rest of the Top 10:  Duran Duran with "Is There Something I Should Know", the Eurythmics moved from 11 to 6 with "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", Michael Jackson had #7--"Wanna' Be Startin' Somethin'", Donna Summer with "She Works Hard For The Money", Stevie Nicks had #9 with "Stand Back" and Madness slipped with "Our House".
1986:  Reportedly, RCA Records let go of John Denver, one of RCA's biggest-ever artists, after the singer recorded "What Are We Making Weapons For?"  The new owner of RCA was General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the United States.

1988:  "Roll With It" by Steve Winwood was the new #1 song, displacing Richard Marx's "Hold On To The Nights".  Breathe moved to 3 with "Hands To Heaven".

1988:  Hysteria by Def Leppard, which had crawled to the top of the Album chart the week before in its 49th week, remained at #1.
1991:  Mariah Carey, Debbie Gibson, Jon Bon Jovi and the Black Crowes performed at the eighth birthday party of WHTZ Radio in New York City.
1992:  Smokey Robinson sang a medley of hits at the funeral for Mary Wells ("My Guy" from 1964), who died on July 26.
1993:  Don Myrick, saxophonist who was part of that great sound in Earth, Wind & Fire, was fatally shot in Los Angeles by a Santa Monica policeman when he mistook a butane lighter in Myrick's hand for a weapon.  Myrick was 52.

1994:  Crowded House, Del Amitri, Rage Against the Machine, Blur, Bjork, Oasis, Chumbawamba, Manic Street Preachers, the Crash Test Dummies, and Aimee Mann performed at the first T in the Park Festival at Strathclyde Park in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
1995:  R.E.M., the Cranberries and Radiohead were at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England.
2003:  The Rolling Stones, Guess WhoAC/DC, Rush, the Isley Brothers and Justin Timberlake performed at a one-day festival at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to give a boost to tourism after the outbreak of the SARS virus.  The crowd was estimated at 450,000.
2003:  Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records who discovered Elvis Presley and worked with Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis, died at the age of 80 of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
2004:  Ronald Isley suffered a minor stroke while in London.

2006:  The popular British show Top of the Pops ended on BBC-TV after 42 years on the air.
2006:  Shakira with Wyclef Jean led the way in the U.K. with "Hips Don't Lie".

Born This Day:
1930:  Christine McGuire of the McGuire Sisters ("Sincerely") was born in Middleton, Ohio. 
1933:  Edd "Kookie" Byrnes ("Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb" with Connie Stevens from 1959) was born in New York City.
1936:  Buddy Guy was born in Leftsworth, Louisiana.

1941:  Paul Anka was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

1945:  Famed saxophone player David Sanborn was born in Tampa, Florida.
1946:  Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond of Jethro Tull was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
1949:  Andy Scott, guitarist of Sweet, was born in Wrexham, Wales.
1957:  Rat Scabies (real name Chris Millar), drummer of the Damned, was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England.  (Note:  '' and other websites naively say he was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, London, England.  London did not become a county until 1974, long after Millar was born.  At the time of his birth in 1957, Kingston-upon-Thames was in the county of Surrey, and that is the county you will find on his official birth certificate.)

1958:  Kate Bush was born in Bexleyheath, Kent, England. 
1972:  Brad Hargreaves, drummer of Third Eye Blind, was born in Marin County, California.
1977:  Ian Watkins, singer of Lostprophets, was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales. (Note: some websites report he was born in Pontypridd, Wales. While unfortunately there are no credible sources for either, our best research indicates that Ian was born in Merthyr Tydfil and later moved to Pontypridd.)

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