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 1950s Billboard Magazine began the Hot 100 singles chart in 1958. The first number 1 hit was Poor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson. That week also saw Duane Eddy peak at number 6 with Rebel Rouser, a guitar driven instrumental. Eddy would score many other hits over the next 5 years, including, Forty Miles of Bad Road, Because They’re Young and Peter Gunn.
 1950s Cliff Richard had his first number 1 U.K. hit in 1959 with Living Doll. The song was one of three that the British Elvis sang in the film, Serious Charge. It was the usual story of a troubled youth trying to become a rock ‘n’ roll star. Living Doll would also be Richard’s first gold disc.
 1960s The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the very last time, in 1963.
 1960s Jim Reeves died in a plane crash in 1964. If it wasn’t for an ankle injury he might have been a professional baseball player. Instead he worked as a DJ in Louisiana and then began recording in the early 1950s. His biggest pop hit was He’ll Have to Go from 1960. The song was answered by Jeanne Black later in the year, with He’ll Have to Stay.
 1960s Help! premiered in London in 1965. It was the second movie starring The Beatles, following A Hard Day’s Night from the previous year. The film wasn’t as well-liked, and even John later commented that “the best stuff is on the cutting room floor,” adding that “Help! was too Disneyland. It was like having clowns in a movie about frogs.”
 1960s Bob Dylan was involved in a motorcycle accident in 1966, leaving him with serious neck injuries. He had just come off a British tour, using The Band as backup. While Dylan was taking some time off, a Greatest Hits package was released and The Band recorded their first album, Music From Big Pink. It was issued in the summer of 1968.
 1960s The Apple Boutique, owned and operated by The Beatles, closed its doors in 1968 after seven months of business on Baker Street. Remaining stock was given away for free after The Fabs and their friends had first pick.
 1960s Hello, I Love You gave The Doors their second number 1 single, as it topped the charts for the first of 2 weeks in 1968. Die-hard fans weren’t too impressed by the radio-friendly ditty from the Waiting for the Sun LP. The song did quite a bit better than their previous single, The Unknown Soldier, which was the lead-off single from the album.
 1970s George Harrison got help from pals Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and Ravi Shankar at The Concert for Bangla Desh in 1971. The concert was staged to raise money for victims of famine and war in Bangla Desh. Members of Badfinger and other notable musicians provided backup to such performances as My Sweet Lord, It Don’t Come Easy, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes the Sun, Something, Blowin’ in the Wind, Mr. Tambourine Man and Just Like a Woman. Unfortunately, Harrison had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund after legal problems froze all proceeds. The triple album release (the second in a row by Harrison), hit number 1 in the U.K. (U.S. number 2) in 1972. It received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
 1970s Paul McCartney formed the group, Wings, in 1971, by recruiting Denny Laine on guitar and Denny Seiwell on drums. Several months later, Wild Life was released to scathing reviews. Macca and the band (which included wife, Linda), recorded the album in a very short time, with many tracks being completed in only a couple of takes. Wild Life was a dismal failure after the highly acclaimed, Ram.
 1970s Rick Wakeman joined Yes in 1971. Exactly one year later, Bill Bruford left the band to join self-indulgent rock outfit, King Crimson. Wakeman came on board for the classic Fragile album, that included the amazing Roundabout single. Bruford would stay for Close to the Edge before departing.
 1970s The Song Remains the Same, 1973 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York was filmed for future release (1976). Shortly after, Led Zeppelin was robbed of $180000 from a hotel deposit box. The good news was that Over the Hills and Far Away reached number 51 on the U.S. charts.
 1970s Guitarist, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, and drummer, Jim Hodder, left Steely Dan in 1974. Baxter moved on to join The Doobie Brothers that same year. Replacements were brought in in the form of Jeff Porcaro, who would later moved on to form Toto, and Michael McDonald, who would follow Baxter to The Doobies.
 1970s Anne Murray played a date at The Schaefer Festival in New York, in 1974. She was touring to promote her latest singles, A Love Song and a cover of The Beatles’, You Won’t See Me, which had gone top 10 in the U.S. Opening for her in New York was Bruce Springsteen. It would be another 4 years before Murray would have her only number 1 hit, You Needed Me.
 1970s Mama Cass Elliot died in 1974 from a heart attack. Her only “solo” hit was the song, Dream a Little Dream of Me, which received backing by the rest of The Mamas and The Papas. The song, and its parent album, were released to fulfil contractual obligations in 1968. It was the last hit recording by the band, making it to number 12.
 1970s Robert Plant and his wife were seriously hurt in a car accident in Greece in 1975. Plant was flown back to the U.K. in a plaster cast, putting an end to his holiday. And to avoid paying outrageous British taxes, he was flown on a second trip to New Jersey to recuperate. I’m sure his cast gathered plenty of Physical Graffiti.
 1970s The Eagles proved it was no fluke in 1975 when they had their second number 1 hit in a row. One of These Nights followed Best of My Love to the top of the charts, and became Glenn Frey’s favourite Eagles record. The band ruled rock ’n’ roll for the next five years, as seven more top 10 hits followed until their fifteen year vacation.
 1970s The Beatles reunited and released the album 3:47 E.S.T. in 1976, under an assumed name. But instead of wearing their Sgt. Pepper suits this time, they hid behind the moniker, Klaatu. The album was filled with classic Beatle hooks, harmonies and studio wizardry. All songs were credited to Klaatu, and the album was issued by Capitol Records. It all sounded too good to be true, and soon turned out to be another Beatle rumour gone wild. The truth surfaced months later when it was revealed that Klaatu was actually a band from Canada. John Woloschuk, Dee Long and Terry Draper were the three talented musicians given the ultimate compliment by Beatle fans. Standout tracks on the album (simply titled Klaatu in the U.S.), included Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, Sub-Rosa Subway, Doctor Marvello and Little Neutrino. Several other albums followed (Hope, Sir Army Suit, Endangered Species and Magentalane), before the band called it quits in the early ’80s.
 1980s In 1980, John Phillips, who once led The Mamas and The Papas, was busted on drug charges. He had to perform 250 hours of community service, in the form of giving anti-drug lectures. Phillips hadn’t released a solo album in 10 years, since The Wolf King of L.A.
 1980s In 1980, shows by Pink Floyd featured a Wall being constructed across the front of the stage during the first half of the concert. It was destroyed in the second half. The concerts were finally released in 2000 under the title, Is Anybody Out There?, in regular and limited edition form.
 1980s The movie, The Bride, premiered in the U.S. in 1985, with Sting starring as Frankenstein. That same week Sting also hit number 3 in the U.S. with If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, his first top 10 solo single. Jennifer Beals played the bride that Sting created for himself.
 1980s Billy Joel continued his tour of the Soviet Union in 1987 with a concert at the Lenin Sports and Concert Complex, in Leningrad. After performing such classics as Prelude / Angry Young Man, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, The Longest Time, Only the Good Die Young, Uptown Girl, Tell Her About, and an encore of Back in the U.S.S.R., Joel was carried out of the hall on the shoulders of audience members.
 1980s Steve Winwood had the number 1 song this week in 1988 with, Roll With It. The follow-up, Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do? also made it into the top 10, while subsequent singles, Holding On (number 11) and One and Only Man (number 18 in 1990) didn’t quite have it. Roll With It stayed at the top for 4 weeks, making it the number one song of 1988.
 1990s Sarah McLachlan entered the Billboard albums chart in 1997 at number 2 with her latest CD, Surfacing. A 2 disc version of the release included video enhancements, as well as two extra tracks, the “jazz version” of Building a Mystery and Prayer of Saint Francis. Surfacing would produce a number of hits, including Building a Mystery, Sweet Surrender, Adia and Angel. McLachlan would also earn two Grammys for her work on the album.
 1990s Capitol, Universal, BMG and Sony dropped their case against Diamond Multimedia in 1999. The record companies were hoping to have the production of portable MP3 players stopped because of fears of digital music piracy. Diamond was successful in its defence, and continued manufacturing the popular devices.
 2000s Jerry Lee Lewis and Long John Baldry helped open the Classic Rock Weekend concerts in 2000. The shows were being held in Minnedosa, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, and were supposed to also include Styx and Quiet Riot. The two rock bands pulled out shortly before the four day event, but there were still plenty of other acts to fill the void. Starship, Glass Tiger, Alannah Myles, Badfinger, Blue Öyster Cult, April Wine, Steppenwolf, Stonebolt and Lighthouse were among the performers playing in front of rain soaked fans.
 
 B i r t h d a y s Events     Farewells 

July 29:
Geddy Lee came into the Limelight on this day back in 1953.
July 30:
Buddy Guy (1936), Paul Anka (1941), David Sanborn (1945), and Kate Bush (1958) were all the products of Crazy Love.
July 31:
Daniel Boone (1942), Lobo (1943), Gary Lewis (1946), Bob Welch (1946) and Bill Berry (ex-REM drummer, 1958) were all born with Ebony Eyes.
August 1:
Morris Stoloff (1898), Jerry Garcia (1942), Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple, 1951), Robert Cray (1953) and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard, 1959) saw through the Eyes of the World for the first time.
August 2:
Garth Hudson (The Band, 1937) and Andrew Gold (1951) first experienced being a Lonely Boy.
August 3:
Tony Bennett (1926), Ian Crichton (Saga, 1956) and James Hetfield (Metallica, 1963) felt Young and Warm and Wonderful when they arrived.
August 4:
What a Wonderful World it was when Louis Armstrong (1901) and Timi Yuro (1940) dropped by.
   
 F a r e w e l l s Events     Birthdays 

July 29:
Mama Cass Elliot died in 1974 from a heart attack.
July 30:
Sam Phillips died at the age of 80 in 2003.
July 31:
Jim Reeves died in a plane crash in 1964.
August 1:
Johnny Burnette died in a boating accident in 1964. Joe Liggins passed away in 1987.
August 2:
Brian Cole of The Association died of a heroin overdose in 1972. Ron Townson of The 5th Dimension died of renal failure in 2001. He was 68.

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