| Gene Vincent made his first appearance on
national TV by performing on The Perry Como Show in 1956. Vincent had released Woman
Love the previous month, but it was the B-side, Be-Bop-A-Lula, that
eventually made the top 10. The hit was purchased from a fellow hospital
patient when Vincent was recovering from leg injuries. A demo of the
song made its way to Capitol Records as part of an Elvis sound-alike
contest and a re-recorded version put Vincent into the rock
n roll history books.
| Roy Orbison reached number 2 in 1960 with Only the Lonely, his
first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and
Elvis, so Orbison decided to record the song himself. The
floodgates were now open and over the next six years The Big O would
have 22 top 40 hits in America. He was even bigger in the U.K., where he would
| Stevie Wonder was no longer
Little in 1964 when
Hey Harmonica Man stalled at number 29 on the singles chart. It was his
third, top 40 hit but he wouldnt get back into the top 10 until his next
single, Uptight (Everythings Alright), made it in
| Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills
and Nash for the first time in 1969. They played The Fillmore East in New York. Young
was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up
joining the group on and off for the next 30 years. Stills and Young had
previously played together in the supergroup, Buffalo Springfield, and
would release the Long May You Run album in the mid-70s. The live
release, Four Way Street, by CSN&Y was issued in 1971 and
then expanded for CD in 1992.
| Jimi Hendrix played in his home town of
Seattle for the last time, in 1970. The concert was held at Sicks Stadium, during a
constant downpour. To guard against electrocution, Jimi asked that the
stage be covered with rubber. Hendrix reminded the audience during some
on-stage banter that he hadnt been pleased with the fact that he had to
go England to make it in the music business, before he would be accepted back
home. Two days later he reluctantly flew to Maui for the filming of Rainbow
| One of the best songs to ever come out of Canada
peaked at number 21 on the Toronto singles chart this week, in 1972. (Make Me Do) Anything You Want
was an amazing rock ballad from A Foot in Coldwater, a band
assembled in Pickering, Ontario. After a second album was issued, the All
Around Us LP was released, which was made up of a bunch of new tracks, as
well as previously heard singles and an edited form of (Make Me Do) Anything
You Want. The shorter track was put out again as a single, and this time it
made the top 10. An awkward section of the guitar solo had been cut, and
actually improved the song. It is one of the few instances where an altered
version of a song was better than the original, full length
| Paul McCartney was arrested in Sweden for
drug possession, in 1972. Two
months later he faced the same charges at home in Scotland. And wouldnt
you know it, Macca was arrested again in March 1973 for growing
marijuana. Lets not even talk about the 1980 drug bust in Japan, where
eight days in a cell with a guitar became the smallest Unplugged venue ever.
McCartney, the other Beatles, and manager Brian Epstein, had
previously added their signatures to a 1967 petition this same week, calling
for the legalization of marijuana. I guess it didnt work.
| The Watkins Glen outdoor summer jam was held at
the racetrack in New York in 1973. The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead
and The Band all took part. The Live at Watkins Glen album
wasnt released by The Band until 1995. I Shall Be Released
and Up On Cripple Creek were a couple of the highlights included on
| The first single from Steve Millers,
Fly Like An Eagle album, hit number 11 on the singles chart in 1976. Take the Money and Run was
soon followed by Rock N Me and the albums title track, where
they reached number 1 and number 2, respectively. Doesnt the intro to
Rock N Me sound a bit like Frees, All Right
Now? Miller would rehash other popular licks on his next LP, Book
of Dreams (in The Stake, Swingtown, etc.). These two albums
were actually recorded at the same time, but Book of Dreams remained in
the vaults until a 1977 release date.
| Elton John finally had a number 1 single in
the U.K. The year was 1976 and
the song that did it was a duet with Kiki Dee, called Dont Go
Breaking My Heart. John would later re-record the song with
RuPaul for his 1993, Duets album. This new version hit number 7
in the U.K., but stalled at number 92 in the U.S. Kiki Dee, however, was
not to be forgotten as her duet for Johns album, True Love,
had already made it to number 2 in the U.K. three months
| John Lennon finally received his U.S. Green
Card in 1976. It came more than
three years after he was ordered to leave by immigration
| drummer, John
Bonham, was charged with assault after a 1977 concert at the Oakland Coliseum in California.
Bonham and band manager Peter Grant had the help of their bodyguard in
roughing up a security employee at the venue. The tour would eventually be
cancelled after Robert Plants son died several days
| Elvis Costello was arrested for busking
outside a Columbia Records conference in 1977, held at a London hotel. He was signed to Stiff
Records at the time, but Columbia soon picked up distribution of his releases
for the next twelve years.
| Jimmy Buffett became the toast of every
town in 1977 when his
Margaritaville hit peaked in the U.S. top 10. Its parent album,
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes was added to millions of
record collections on the strength of the catchy hit and songs like Miss You
So Badly and the title track. The Margaritaville identity has since
been expanded into Margaritaville Stores and Cafés in the southern U.S.,
as well as establishments in Jamaica. Buffetts next album, Son
of a Son of a Sailor, kept fans satisfied with the juicy hit,
Cheeseburger in Paradise.
| Alice Cooper claimed that he was the victim
of disco in 1979. Werent we
all? Cooper had made recent anti-disco remarks, then saw his Indian art
store in Arizona go up in flames. Over $200000 in goods, as well as several
gold discs, were lost in the blaze, which was caused by a fire bomb. As if that
wasnt enough, Cooper was still recovering from treatment at a
psychiatric hospital, which had inspired his excellent From the Inside
| The Police, Squeeze and little-known
band at the time, U2, played the Dalymount Festival in Dublin in
1980. Squeeze and The
Police had been around for several years at this point, but U2 had
only issued a couple of singles. Pulling Mussels From the Shell, off of
Squeezes Argy Bargy album, had recently been on the charts, and is
one of their more memorable tracks. Paul Carrack joined the band shortly
| Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton
died in 1984 at the age of
58. She had a number 1 R&B hit in 1953 with Hound Dog (for 7 weeks),
the same song that helped put Elvis Presley on the map.
| Peter Gabriel hit the top of the U.S.
singles chart in 1986 with
Sledgehammer. The song was from his huge So album, and would
later be included on Shaking the Tree: 16 Golden Greats, a hits
collection. Also gathered on the 1990 compilation were Games Without
Frontiers, Solsbury Hill, Dont Give Up, Red
Rain, Shock the Monkey, Biko, Big Time and eight other
| Bryan Adams made number 1 in the U.S. for
the first of 7 weeks in 1991, two
weeks after hitting the top in the U.K. (Everything I Do) I Do It for
You, the biggest song of the year, was recorded for the Robin Hood:
Prince of Thieves soundtrack. The huge hit was also available on his own
album, Waking Up the Neighbours, which kept the hits
| UB40 visited the number 1 spot in 1993 for the first of 7 weeks in the U.S.
with their recording of Cant Help Falling in Love. Elvis of
course had the first hit with the song, back in 1961-62. Corey Hart was
next up with a top 30 hit in 1987, and was followed by a version from Hall
and Oates for 1990s, The Last Temptation of Elvis charity
album. UB40 originally covered the song for the Honeymoon in Vegas
soundtrack, but Bonos version was chosen instead. In case you
were wondering, a UB40 is not a boat or a submarine, its an
abbreviation for Unemployment Benefits form 40.
| Two teenagers drowned in the Boyne River during an
REM concert in 1995. The
band was in the middle of a run of bad luck on their world tour after drummer
Bill Berry had surgery to remove a brain aneurysm and bassist Mike
Mills had an intestinal tumour taken out, while lead singer Michael
Stipe later had surgery to look after a hernia.
| The Barenaked Ladies made number 3 on the
U.S. albums chart in 1998 with
Stunt. The first single, One Week, would hit number 1 that fall.
Early copies of the album contained the bonus tracks, Shes On Time
and Long Way Back Home, while a German version of the CD featured 7
different extra songs.
| Phil Collins was married for the third
time. The 48 year old drummer wed marketing consultant Orianne Cevey in
Lausanne, Switzerland on July 24th, 1999. Collins had been dating the woman, 21 years
younger than himself, for four years, before Elton John, Eric
Clapton, Mark Knopfler, his three children (aged 9, 21 and 26), and
other guests saw them get hitched. The one time Genesis member had just
released the soundtrack to the animated feature, Tarzan, for which he
created all of the music.
|Chuck Jackson (1937), George Clinton (1940), Richard Davies (Supertramp, 1944) and Don Henley (1947) began Life in the Fast
|David Essex (1947) and Ian Thomas (1950) have come a Long, Long Way since they
were born on this day.
|Barbara Love (The Friends of Distinction,
1941) felt like everything was
Going in Circles in the delivery room.
|Manny Charlton of Nazareth flew in via
stork on This Flight Tonight in 1941.
|Bobby Hebb (1941), Brenton Wood (1941), Dobie Gray (1942), Mick Jagger (1943) and Roger Taylor (Queen, 1949) came into a Sunny
|Bobbie Gentry (1944) and Maureen McGovern (1949), were wrapped in something Fancy
upon their arrival.
|The doctor announced that everything was All Right
Now soon after delivering Rick Wright (Pink Floyd, 1945), Jonathan Edwards (1946) and Simon Kirke (Free /
Bad Company, 1949).
|Rock producer Gus Dudgeon died in a car accident in
2002. Eugene Record of
The Chi-Lites died from cancer in 2005.
|Replacement Grateful Dead member, Keith
Godchaux, died in a car accident in 1980.
|Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton died in
1984 at the age of 58. Erik
Braunn of Iron Butterfly died of a heart attack in 2003. He was 52.
|Jimmy Keyes, a founding member of The
Chords, died following an operation for an aneurysm in 1995. He was 65.
|Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist, Leon Wilkeson,
died in his sleep in 2001 at the
age of 49.