Monday, July 23, 2018

This Date in Rock Music History: July 24

1962:  Booker T & the MG's released one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era*--"Green Onions".  (Note:  one website claims the single was released in September.  It debuted on the Singles chart on August 11, 1962.  It is physically impossible for a song to be ranked on the Singles chart if it has not been released as a single.)

1964:  The Zombies released the single "She's Not There" on Decca Records.
1964:  The Rolling Stones concert in Blackpool, England ended in a dangerous riot.
1965:  Gary Lewis & the Playboys had a hot song with "Save Your Heart For Me".  It moved up from #40 to #13 on this date.

1965:  "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones reigned for a third week at #1.  "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" by Herman's Hermits was at #2 with the Four Tops' former #1 "I Can't Help Myself" 

1965:  "I Can't Help Myself" by the Four Tops was #1 on the R&B chart for the eighth straight week.

1967:  The Supremes released the single "Reflections".

1971:  T. Rex was hot in the U.K, landing the #1 song "Get It On".
1971:  CCR exploded up the chart as "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" moved from 68 to 37.

1971:  "Indian Reservation" by the Raiders was #1, giving the likable group from Boise, Idaho their 19th hit but first and only #1 song.  Carole King from Stanley, Idaho fell to #2 after five weeks with her classic "It's Too Late".  Both songs are in The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*.  James Taylor was up against tough competition but he stayed at #3 with "You've Got a Friend" while Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds were stuck at 4 with "Don't Pull Your Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  Jean Knight's one and only--"Mr. Big Stuff", Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose dropped with "Treat Her Like A Lady", Tommy James moved up to #7 with his solo hit "Draggin' The Line", the Bee Gees had song #8--"How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", John Denver scored the first Top 10 of his career with "Take Me Home, Country Roads" while the Grass Roots posted their 16th hit with "Sooner Or Later".  
1971:  Carole King remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the fifth week with "It's Too Late".

1972:  Three Dog Night released the single "Black And White".
1972:  Bobby Ramirez, drummer for Edgar Winter's White Trash, was killed in a barroom brawl at age 24 in Chicago, Illinois.
1975:  The Eagles were in concert at the Convocation Center in South Bend, Indiana.
1976:  Alan Parsons, the famed engineer and producer, organized his own group to be called the Alan Parsons Project, debuted on the chart with their first single "(The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Feather."

1976:  Lou Rawls moved to the top of the R&B chart with his great summer song "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine".

1976:  The Manhattans climbed to the top after 15 weeks with "Kiss And Say Goodbye", sending "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band to #2.  The Brothers Johnson could get no higher than #3 with their great song "I'll Be Good To You".  Newcomer Starbuck was feeling good with "Moonlight Feels Right", as it edged up to 4 while Gary Wright hit #5 with "Love Is Alive".  The rest of the Top 10:  Seals & Crofts moved from 16 to 6 with "Get Closer", the Beatles were at position #7 with "Got To Get You Into My Life", the duo of Elton John & Kiki Dee moved from 23 to 8 with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", the Beach Boys posted their 45th hit but their first Top 10 in 10 years with "Rock And Roll Music" and actor John Travolta had a Top 10 song with "Let Her In".

1976:  Peter Frampton moved from 7 to 1 with the album Frampton Comes Alive, bumping Wings at the Speed of Sound to #2.  George Benson remained at 3 with Breezin', Chicago X was at #4 at Fleetwood Mac's self-titled release was still at #5 after 52 weeks.  The rest of the Top 10:  Jefferson Starship moved from 50 to 6 with Spitfire, Neil Diamond was up to 7 with Beautiful Noise, the Beatles with Rock 'N' Roll Music, the Steve Miller Band moved into the Top 10 with Fly Like an Eagle and Aerosmith plummeted with Rocks. 
1978:  The remake of the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees, opened in New York City.

1979:  The Commodores released their amazing single "Sail On".

1982:  After years of trying, Survivor had a hit song, and it wasn't just any hit record, but the #1 classic "Eye Of The Tiger".  Toto spent a fourth week at #2 with "Rosanna" and "Hurts So Good" from "John Cougar (Mellencamp) was third.  Fleetwood Mac was up to 4 with "Hold Me" and the Dazz Band found itself at #5 with "Let It Whip".  The rest of the Top 10:  Steve Miller had his first Top 10 song in five years--"Abracadabra", Chicago was racing up the charts (11-6) with their great comeback song "Hard To Say I'm Sorry", the Human League remained in the Top 10 after 22 weeks with "Don't You Want Me", Air Supply collected their seventh consecutive Top 10 song to start their career (#6 all-time) with "Even The Nights Are Better", the Motels were at 9 with "Only The Lonely" and REO Speedwagon closed out the list with "Keep The Fire Burnin'". 
1982:  The talented Jennifer Holiday moved into the #1 position on the R&B chart with "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going". 
1982:  "Even the Nights Are Better" from Air Supply was the new #1 Adult Contemporary song.

1985:  Madonna released the single "Dress You Up".

1987:  La Bamba, a film biography about the life of Richie Valens, opened in theaters. 
1993:  "Lately" by Jodeci stood alone at #1 on the R&B chart. 
1993:  U2 bypassed all the mediocre albums at the time to debut at #1 with Zooropa.
1993:  UB40 hit #1 with one of the only remakes of a #1 song (Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love") to hit #1 in the Rock Era. 
1993:  Tina Turner took over at #1 on the AC chart with "I Don't Wanna' Fight".
1995:  The 80th birthday of Frank Sinatra was celebrated over three days at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 
1996:  The Eagles performed at the Waldb├╝hne in Berlin, Germany. 
1998:  Aerosmith postponed the first 13 dates of their American tour after drummer Joey Kramer received second-degree burns in a gas station fire. 
2003:  Ashanti, Ja Rule and Fat Joe performed at Hot 97's Hot Summer Night show on a pier in New York City.
2003:  The movie Masked and Anonymous starring Bob Dylan premiered.
2004:  'N Sync reunited to sing the National Anthem at their Challenge for Children basketball tournament at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Florida.
2005:  James Blunt had both the #1 U.K. song "You're Beautiful" and the #1 album Back to Bedlam.

2011:  Dan Peek, lead singer, guitarist, and keyboardist for America, died in his sleep of fibrinous pericarditis at his home in Farmington, Missouri at the age of 60.
2012:  Larry Hoppen, lead singer, co-founder and multi-instrumentalist with Orleans, who also worked with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Lulu and Blues Traveler, died at age 61.
2014:  The Beatles singles "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me" and "Twist And Shout" all were certified Platinum.

Born This Day: 
1934:  Jimmy Holiday, who wrote the classic song "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" for Jackie DeShannon, was born in Sallis, Mississippi; died of heart failure February 15, 1987 in Iowa City, Iowa. 
1941:  Barbara Jean Love of Friends of Distinction ("Grazing In The Grass" and "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely") was born in Los Angeles.
1957:  Alan Whitehead, drummer of Marmalade ("Reflections Of My Life") was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England.

1969:  Jennifer Lopez was born in the Bronx, New York. 
1973:  Mecca (Ann Vieira) of Digable Planets was born in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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