Saturday, July 27, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: July 28

1954:  The first interview with Elvis Presley was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar.
1956:  Elvis Presley appeared on television for the first time on the CBS program Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.
1956:  Gene Vincent appeared on The Perry Como Show.
1957:  Jerry Lee Lewis appeared on the television program The Steve Allen Show.
1960:  Cliff Richard and the Shadows topped the competition in the U.K. with "Please Don't Tease".


1962:  A newcomer debuted on the charts for the first time on this date--Tommy Roe gave us "Sheila".
1962:  "Roses Are Red" from Bobby Vinton was the #1 song on the Easy Listening chart.
1962:  Bobby Vinton had the #1 song for the third week in a row with "Roses Are Red".  









1962:  Ray Charles spent a 10th week at #1 on the R&B chart with "I Can't Stop Loving You".








1963:  Bob Dylan and Joan Baez performed at the Newport Folk Festival.  Pete Seeger, the Rooftop Singers, and Ian & Sylvia were among the other performers which wrapped up the three-day event.
1964:  The Beatles played the first of two nights at the Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden.
1966:  James Brown was in concert at the Apollo Theater in Manhattan, New York.
1970:  The movie Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger, opened in theaters in Australia.  It was released in the U.S. October 7.
1973:  The Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers and the Band performed at the Watkins Glen Summer Jam in Watkins Glen, New York.








1973:  "Touch Me In The Morning" by Diana Ross was the new #1 song on the Adult chart.
1973:  Chicago VI moved from 18-1 to take over the #1 position on the Album chart, leapfrogging Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon like it was standing still.  The previous #1, George Harrison's Living in the Material World, was #3.








    Everything about 'The Poseidon Adventure"'pointed to "blockbuster"...

1973:  Jim Croce controlled the chart with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" for a second week.  The Carpenters moved up to 2 with "Yesterday Once More" while Three Dog Night's great song "Shambala" was at #3.  Deep Purple was looking strong with "Smoke On The Water".  The rest of the Top 10:  Billy Preston with "Will It Go 'Round In Circles", Seals & Crofts entered the Top 10 at #6 with "Diamond Girl", Paul Simon was on his way down after peaking at #2 with "Kodachrome", Bette Midler remained at position #8 with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", Maureen McGovern climbed from 20-9 with "The Morning After" and George Harrison had the #10 song with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)".
1975:  Bob Dylan resumed sessions for the album Desire after a session on July 14 failed.  Eric Clapton played dobro on the track "Romance In Durango" and Emmylou Harris played steel guitar on "Abandoned Love".
1979:  Journey, Aerosmith, AC/DC and Thin Lizzy performed at "The World Series of Rock" in Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
1979:  "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats was the new #1 song in the U.K.
1979:  "Good Times" by Chic was the new R&B #1 song.

1979:  Spyro Gyra had the new #1 Adult Contemporary song with "Morning Dance".












                                                              One of the best live albums of the Rock Era...


1979:  Bad Girls from Donna Summer remained as the #1 album with Breakfast in America by Supertramp jostling for another turn at the top.  I Am from Earth, Wind & Fire was #3 followed by Cheap Trick at Budokan and ELO's Discovery.  The rest of the Top 10:  Candy-O from the Cars, Teddy by Teddy Pendergrass at #7, Wings had Back to the Egg at #8, Dynasty from KISS was stuck at #9 and the Knack moved into the Top 10 at #10 with Get the Knack.
1980:  The Police, U2 and Squeeze shared a bill at the Dalymount Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
1982:  Queen played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1984:  Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson remained at #1 for a fourth week on the Adult Contemporary chart with "If Ever You're in My Arms Again".







1984:  Tina Turner scored a gigantic comeback when "What's Love Got To Do With It" entered the Top 10 on this date.  
1985:  Portland, Oregon declared "Kingsmen Day", in honor of their hometown band.














1986:  Janet Jackson released the single "When I Think Of You".
1987:  The Beatles sued Nike and Capitol Records over the use of "Revolution" in shoe commercials.
1990:  Sleeping With the Past by Elton John was the #1 album in the U.K.










1990:  Gloria Estefan charted her sixth Adult Contemporary #1 with "Cuts Both Ways".
1993:  Natalie Merchant appeared in concert with 10,000 Maniacs for the final time, performing at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.









1995:  The Michael Jackson video "You Are Not Alone" premiered on the half-hour ABC television special, Michael Jackson Changes HIStory.
1993:  Roger Waters of Pink Floyd married Priscilla Phillips at the romantic location of the Romsey Registry Office in England.
1995:  James Al Hendrix won back the rights for his son's music, name, likeness and image.  Several companies had made money off of the late Jimi Hendrix for a number of years.
1996:  Marge Ganser of the Shangri-Las died of breast cancer in the Bronx at the age of 48.
1998:  Toad the Wet Sprocket broke up.
1998:  Mary J. Blige released her debut album What's the 411?








1999:  Guitarist Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam came on stage at New York City's Supper Club to play "Magic Bus" and "Better Man" with Pete Townshend.
2000:  Usher collapsed from exhaustion in a New York City recording studio.
2000:  Jerome Smith of K.C. and the Sunshine Band died from being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating.  He was 47.  (Note:  many websites claim Smith died on August 2.  While news of his death reached the media on August 2, Smith died on July 28, according to an article by MTV.)
2001:  The Eagles were the first group to perform at the new $840 million American Airline Center in Dallas, Texas.






2002:  The Dave Matthews Band owned the #1 album with Busted Stuff.
2004:  George Williams, lead singer of the Tymes ("So Much In Love" from 1963), died of cancer in Maple Shade, New Jersey.
2005:  With little competition, "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey remained at #1 for the ninth week in a row.
2008:  Amy Winehouse was rushed to the emergency room of a London hospital after having a reaction to a medication she was taking to help her off hard drugs.   


 Born This Day:
1938:  George Cummings, steel guitarist and songwriter of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, was born in Meridian, Mississippi.
1943:  Mike Bloomfield of the Butterfield Band who also played on the Bob Dylan album Highway 61 Revisited, was born in Chicago, Illinois; died of drugs in San Francisco, California February 15, 1981.
1945:  Rick Wright, keyboardist and vocalist of Pink Floyd, was born in Hatch End, Middlesex, England; died September 15, 2008 of cancer.  (Note:  some websites erroneously list his birthday as January 28; it was on July 28, according to 'Billboard' and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Some websites put his place of birth as Hatch End, London.  London did not become a county until 1974, long after Wright was born in 1945.  At the time of his birth, Hatch End was located in the county of Middlesex, and that is the county shown on his official birth certificate.)
1946:  Jonathan Edwards ("Sunshine" from 1971) was born in Aitkin, Minnesota.

1949:  Simon Kirke, drummer of Free and Bad Company, was born in Lambeth, Surrey, England.  (Note:  some sites incorrectly show birthday as August 27.  He was born on July 28, according to the newspaper 'Star-Daze'.  Some websites also show his birthplace as Lambeth, London.  Lambeth is a borough of London, and London did not become a county until 1974.  In 1949, when Kirke was born, Lambeth was located in the county of Surrey.)
1949:  Peter Doyle of the New Seekers was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; died October 13, 2001 of throat cancer in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.
1949:  Steve Took (real name Stephen Porter) of T. Rex was born in Eltham, Middlesex; died of drugs October 27, 1980 in North Kinsington, London.  (Note:  several websites mistakenly say he was born in Eltham, London.  The county of London did not exist until 1974, long after Steve was born.  In 1949, Eltham was in the county of Middlesex.)
1954:  Steve Morse, guitarist of Deep Purple, was born in Hamilton, Ohio.  (Note:  the infamous 'Allmusic.com' and other websites insist Morse was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Although there is indeed a city called Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, Morse was not born there.  He was born in Hamilton, Ohio, according to numerous reputable sources, including the books 'Gear Secrets of the Guitar Legends:  How To Sound Like Your Favorite Players' by Pete Prown and Lisa Sharken, 'Legends of Rock Guitar:  The Essential Reference of Rock's Guitarists' by Prown, Harvey P. Newquist, and Jon F. Eiche, and 'Secrets from the Masters' by Don Menn and Hal Leonard.) 
1962:  Rachel Sweet ("Everlasting Love" with Rex Smith in 1981) was born in Akron, Ohio.
1990:  Soulja Boy (DeAndre Cortez Way) was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Five Best Songs: John Mellencamp

Since he arrived on the scene in 1979, John Mellencamp (or John Cougar as he called himself back then) has always written lyrics that mattered.  One of the great talents of the Rock Era, to be sure.  Here are John's Five Best*, with some additional treats:
 

1.  Jack & Diane
 
 
 
 

2.  Hurts So Good
 
 
 
 

3.  Pink Houses
 
 
 
 

4.  Small Town
 
 
 

5.  Minutes To Memories
 
 
 
 

6.  Rain on the Scarecrow
 
 
 
 

7.  Paper In Fire
 
 
 
 

8.  R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.
 
 
 
 

9.  Crumblin' Down
 
 
 
 

10.  Authority Song

 
 

11.  You've Got To Stand For Something

 
 

12.  I Need A Lover 

Best 10 Albums of 1988

We haven't done one of these in awhile, and eventually we'll have a list for each year in the 'Charts and Lists' Tab of Inside The Rock Era.


It was a year of some amazing albums.  Ones that just missed the cut:  OU812 by Van Halen, Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk, Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth, Watermark by Enya and Nothing's Shocking by Jane's Addiction.
1.  Hysteria
Def Leppard


2.  Appetite for Destruction
Guns N' Roses


3.  Faith
George Michael


4.  Volume One
Traveling Wilburys


5.  Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman


6.  Scenes from the Southside
Bruce Hornsby & The Range


7.  New Jersey
Bon Jovi


8.  Green
R.E.M.


9.  And Justice For All
Metallica


10.  Giving You The Best That I've Got
Anita Baker

Top Track: "I'm Gonna' Crawl" by Led Zeppelin

Time to feature another song from Led Zep's In Through The Out Door.  Yet another reason why this album is the best of their career--it hasn't caught up to others in their catalog yet, but as people discover the depth of the tracks and the consistency of the album, it may someday:

Top 500 Song: "Light My Fire" by the Doors

We began putting this music special together in the 1980's, and have updated it several times, the last one being published in 1999.  Someday we'll publish it again (it takes considerable work to do it right), but in the meantime, Inside The Rock Era will feature songs periodically that are safely members of The Top 500 Songs Club*.
The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era* (1955-2013) features a complex formula to compute the Top 500 Songs* from a database composed of now over 12,000 entries that either made the Top 10 at some point or have additional strength, be it from longevity, airplay, or album sales.  The formula focus on over 50 variables, but we believe the single factor that makes our list stand out from other lists that don't consider it (at least objectively) is competition.  Specifically, success in numbers (chart position, weeks at #1, weeks in Top 10, etc.) means nothing if the song's competition is not objectively analyzed.

From my background in music and subsequent research, I can tell you that 1967 was one of the best if not the best year in the Rock Era.  Some of the all-time classics come from that year, many of which competed against each other.  In the case of this amazing song, it went up against songs like "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, "Groovin'" by the Rascals, "Windy" by the Association, "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles, and "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry.  If you were a listener back then, or a student of the Rock Era, you will realize how powerful this last statement is. 

 For those with a good background in the Rock Era, common sense would tell you that this was an amazing period, but when you put all the factors into a mathematical formula, you can really see it.  The strength of each of those songs, plus others out at the time ("Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane, "Little Bit O' Soul" by the Music Explosion, "San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli, "Up-Up And Away" by the 5th Dimension, "I Was Made To Love Her" by Stevie Wonder, and "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum), strengthens and elevates all of the songs in the period, and you see that many of these are far stronger than their simple chart numbers at the time might indicate.

"Light My Fire" was released May 29, 1967, and it took seven weeks to reach the Top 10 and nine to reach #1.  Amidst all that competition, the Doors remained at #1 for three weeks.  Impressive but not mind-blowing numbers.  But you see, it isn't about weeks at #1, but the more pertinent question is:  "What is the quality of other songs out at the time?"  Competition for that #1 spot has never been tougher than it was in June, July and August of 1967.

And it is that competition, plus huge airplay and album sales (now on albums with over 23 million copies sold), that makes "Light My Fire" by the Doors one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*:

Friday, July 26, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: July 27


 

1955:  Chuck Berry released his first single on this date as "Maybellene" was sent to radio stations.
1961:  The Tokens recorded "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
1963:  Judy Collins, John Lee Hooker, and the Tarriers performed on the second day of the Newport Folk Festival.
1963:  The Beatles concluded a week of shows at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare, England.
1963:  "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" by Rolf Harris was #1 for a third week on the Easy Listening chart.









1963:  Another of the famous days in the Rock Era, as on this date Peter, Paul and Mary entered the Top 10 with the classic "Blowin' In The Wind". 
1965:  Gary Lewis & the Playboys had a rather healthy move (40-13) with "Save Your Heart For Me".








1968:  The Beat of the Brass by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was the new #1 album.  Wheels of Fire by Cream moved from 28-3 while the previous #1 Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel was #3.










1969:  Led Zeppelin,the Doors, the Guess Who, the Youngbloods, Vanilla Fudge, Bo Diddley, Spirit, Lee Michaels, and the Flying Burrito Brothers were among the performers on the final day of the Seattle Pop Festival at Gold Creek Park in Woodinville, Washington.
1970:  Sly & the Family Stone did not appear for a concert at Grant's Park in Chicago, sparking a riot.
1972:  The Bobby Darin Amusement Company variety show debuted on NBC Television.  (Note:  several websites claim the show debuted July 22 on CBS.  But according to the book 'Bobby Darin:  The Incredible Story of an Amazing Life' by Al DiOrio, the show debuted July 27 on NBC.) 
1974:  Wings were on top of the U.K. Album chart with Band on the Run.
1974:  Helen Reddy's "You And Me Against The World" was the top Adult song.










                                                     The Righteous Brothers gave us one more Top 10...

1974:  "Annie's Song" by John Denver reached #1, followed by Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" and "Rock And Roll Heaven" by the Righteous Brothers.  George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby" fell from its perch at #1, while Steely Dan were up to #5 with "Rikki Don't Lose That Number".  The rest of the Top 10:  Roberta Flack moved from 16 to 6 with "Feel Like Makin' Love", the Hollies had song #7--"The Air That I Breathe", the Hues Corporation slipped with "Rock The Boat", Dave Loggins entered the Top 10 with "Please Come To Boston" and Chicago moved from 23-10 with "Call On Me".






















1975:  John Denver's double-sided hit "Calypso"/"I'm Sorry" was released as a single.
1976:  Bruce Springsteen sued manager Mike Appel in Manhattan's U.S. District Court for fraud and breach of contract.
1976:  Tina Turner filed for divorce from Ike.  About time, girl.
1979:  Blondie was in concert at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981:  Stevie Nicks released her first solo album Bella Donna on Modern Records.  (Note:  some websites claim the album was released October 6, while some say it was released August 6.  October 6 is impossible since the album debuted on the charts on August 15.  Although no credible sources for the exact date exist, fan sites for both Nicks and Fleetwood Mac say the album was released July 27.)







1983:  Madonna released her debut album on Sire Records.
1985:  The Eurythmics had the #1 song in the U.K. with "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)".
1986:  Queen became the first artist to perform in Budapest, Hungary since Louis Armstrong, performing at N├ępstadion.








1987:  Whitney Houston released her single "Didn't We Almost Have It All".
1990:  Bobby Day ("Rockin' Robin") died of cancer and a stomach hemorrhage in Los Angeles at age 60.
1991:  Jani Lane of Warrant married Bobbie Brown.










1991:  Bryan Adams took over at #1 with "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You".  Jesus Jones was up to #2 with "Right Here, Right Now" while EMF slipped with "Unbelievable".  Paula Abdul's former #1 "Rush, Rush" was at #6 while Amy Grant entered the Top 10 with "Every Heartbeat".
1991:  On the more popular Adult Contemporary format, Paula Abdul was still at #1 for the fifth week with "Rush, Rush".









1991:  Natalie Cole moved to #1 on the Album chart with Unforgettable With Love.
1995:  Opening act Bob Dylan joined the Rolling Stones for a version of Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" at the Espace Grammont in Montpelier, France.
1996:  The Spice Girls reached #1 in the U.K. with "Wannabe".








1997:  Alanis Morissette debuted at #6 with her double-sided release "You Learn"/"You Oughta' Know".



















1997:  Toni Braxton climbed to the top of the chart with the double-sided "You're Makin' Me High"/"Let It Flow".
2000:  The "NSYNC Live" performance at Madison Square Garden was shown on HBO.
2001:  Leon Wilkeson, bass guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, who suffered from chronic liver and lung disease from heavy drinking and smoking, died of natural causes in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida at the age of 49.
2003:  Shania Twain gave a free concert at Hutchinson Field in Grant's Park in Chicago, filmed for the DVD Up!  Live in Chicago.  Fifty thousand people attended.








2004:  Brandy became engaged to basketball star Quintin Richardson.
2005:  To give us all some idea of how bad music had become, a collection of hits from various artists called Now That's What I Call Music 19 was the #1 album.  This is a similar project to what K-Tel used to do back in the 70's--the only difference is back then, there were hundreds of albums better that kept the K-Tel albums from ever making the Album chart.  Let alone #1.  LOL.
2006:  Chad Kroeger of Nickelback was arrested for drunk driving in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.  The charges stemmed from an incident on July 22 in which Kroeger was arrested for drag racing.
2006:  Kazaa settled a lawsuit with some of the major record companies for $100 million.  Kazaa had been sued for violating copyright laws.


Born This Day:
1922:  Bob Thiele, who produced "Rave On" for Buddy Holly and later married Teresa Brewer, was born in Brooklyn, New York; died of kidney failure in Manhattan, New York January 30, 1996.
1929:  Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows and later producer for Marvin Gaye, was born in Louisville, Kentucky; died July 6, 2010 of a heart attack in Detroit, Michigan.  (Note:  several websites report Fuqua was born in 1928, and several websites show his birthplace as Chicago Illinois, but Harvey was born in Louisville in 1929, according to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times'.)
1933:  Nick Reynolds of the Kingston Trio was born in San Diego,  Coronado, California; died October 1, 2008 after being hospitalized for acute respiratory disease.  (Note:  several websites list his birthplace as Coronado, California, but he was born in San Diego, according to the newspapers 'USA Today', 'The New York Times' and 'The Los Angeles Times'.)
1943:  Al Ramsey, guitarist of Gary Lewis & the Playboys; died in a plane crash November 27, 1985.

1944:  Bobbie Gentry ("Ode To Billie Joe") was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
1947:  Andy McMaster, bassist and keyboardist of the Motors ("Love And Loneliness"), was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1949:  Maureen McGovern ("The Morning After" in 1973) was born in Youngstown, Ohio.
1950:  Michael Vaughan of Paper Lace ("The Night Chicago Died") was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1953:  Suzi Carr, lead vocalist of Will to Power ("Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird") 








1962:  Karl Mueller, bassist and founder of Soul Asylum who had the great hit "Runaway Train", was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota; died of throat cancer June 17, 2005 in Minneapolis.
1964:  Rex Brown, bass guitarist of Pantera, was born in Graham, Texas.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: July 26

1960:  Sam Cooke released the single "Chain Gang".












1961:  Barry Mann released the single "Who Put The Bomp" (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp).














1961:  Bobby Vee released "Take Good Care Of My Baby".
1962:  The Beatles performed at Cambridge Hall in Southport, Lancashire, England.
1962:  Frank Ifield had the top song in the U.K. with "I Remember You".
1963:  Bob Dylan and Joan Baez performed together at the Newport Folk Festival, and Peter, Paul and Mary also helped usher in the three-day event.  (Note:  Some websites report that the two performed together for the first time at Newport.  Dylan and Baez did take the stage together at Newport, but it wasn't the first time they performed together.  They first played together at the Monterey Folk Festival in California on May 18, according to the book 'Life on the Tracks:  Bob Dylan's Songs' by Guido Bieri.)















1966:  The Monkees recorded "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" at Western Recorders in Hollywood, California.











1966:  The Temptations were in concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1968:  Jeannie C. Riley recorded "Harper Valley P.T.A.".
1968:  The Jackson 5 signed a one-year recording contract with Motown Records.
1968:  Quicksilver Messenger Service played for the first of three shows at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1968:  Paul McCartney played the completed version of "Hey Jude" to John Lennon for the first time.  (Note:  many websites mistakenly say that McCartney and Lennon finished writing the song on this date.  Lennon did not play any part in the writing of "Hey Jude", other than to convince McCartney to keep the line "the movement you need is on your shoulder", something Lennon was clear about in the book 'All We Are Saying' by David Sheff.)
1969:  Elvis Presley performed live for the first time in eight years at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.
1969:  The Rolling Stones were going to release the album Beggar's Banquet, but their label, Decca Records, pulled the release because of an offensive cover.  You gotta' watch those Stones every step of the way. 
1969:  Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. of the 5th Dimension were married.
1969: The Chicago Transit Authority, Santana, the Guess Who, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, It's A Beautiful Day, Lonnie Mack, and the Ike and Tina Revue performed on the second day of the Seattle Pop Festival at Gold Creek Park in Woodinville, Washington.




1969:  "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones exploded up the chart from #79 to #28, one of the biggest moves in the Rock Era.
1969:  Henry Mancini's "Love Theme From 'Romeo & Juliet'" was #1 for the eighth straight week on the Adult chart.
1970:  Jimi Hendrix performed in his hometown of Seattle, Washington for the last time at Sicks Stadium.









1971:  Aretha Franklin released the single "Spanish Harlem".
1971:  Lenny Hart, ex-manager of the Grateful Dead, was arrested in San Diego for embezzling $155,000 from the group.  (Note:  several websites incorrectly say Hart was arrested September 2, and several say that Hart embezzled $70,000.  A private detective found Hart on July 26 baptizing people in San Diego under the name "Reverend Lenny B. Hart" and Hart was arrested, and the total of the embezzlement was $155,000, according to the book 'A Long Strange Trip:  The Inside History of the Grateful Dead' by Dennis McNally.)










1974:  The Eagles were in concert at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
1974:  Elsewhere in Boston, the first Beatles convention was held.
1975:  Olivia Newton-John remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a third week with "Please Mr. Please".










                                                                              10cc had the #2 song...

1975:  "The Hustle" by Van McCoy moved to #1 with 10cc's "I'm Not In Love" close behind.  The Eagles were up to #3 with "One Of These Nights, Olivia Newton-John had a big hit with "Please Mr. Please" while Wings' former #1 "Listen To What the Man Said" slipped to 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Frankie Valli's "Swearin' To God", the Bee Gees had their 22nd career hit with "Jive Talkin'", Elton John moved from 15-8 with "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", Melissa Manchester had her first hit with "Midnight Blue" and Gwen McCrae was still at 10 with "Rockin' Chair".  








1975:  The Eagles moved into the #1 slot on the Album chart with One of These Nights.  Venus and Mars by Wings had to take a back seat and the Captain & Tennille moved up to #3 with Love Will Keep Us Together.  Elton John's album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was #4.
1976:  Three Dog Night performed for the last time at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles before splitting up.
1977:  Robert Plant's five-year-old son Karac died of a virus at their home in England.
1980:  April Wine, the Scorpions, Rainbow and Judas Priest headlined the Monsters of Rock Festival in Donington Park, England.
1980:  Odyssey had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Use It Up And Wear It Out".
1984:  The movie Purple Rain starring Prince premiered at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.












1986:  Peter Gabriel scored a #1 with "Sledgehammer", taking over from, ironically enough, Gabriel's former group, Genesis ("Invisible Touch").  Kenny Loggins moved to challenge with "Danger Zone", Janet Jackson was at 4 with "Nasty" and Peter Cetera saw "Glory Of Love" move up to #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Madonna moved from 12-6 with "Papa Don't Preach", Rod Stewart's "Love Touch" was at Song #7, Belinda Carlisle moved into the Top 10 with "Mad About You", Simply Red were on their way down with the former #1 "Holding Back The Years" and Billy Joel's "Modern Woman" was at #10.  










1986:  The Soundtrack to "Top Gun" was #1 on the Album chart with Peter Gabriel's So grabbing the runner-up position.  Control from Janet Jackson was third, Genesis moved up with Invisible Touch and Patti LaBelle fell from the top with Winner in You.  The rest of the Top 10:  Love Zone from Billy Ocean, Whitney Houston's self-titled album, Like a Rock from Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Madonna jumped up from 29 to 9 with True Blue and the Moody Blues were at 10 with The Other Side of Life.
1990:  Brent Mydland of the Grateful Dead died from drugs in Lafayette, California at age 37.
1992:  Paul Stanley of KISS married Pamela Bowen.








1992:  Mary Wells (#1 song "My Guy" from 1964) died of throat cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 49.














1994:  Boyz II Men released the single "I'll Make Love To You".
2000:  Oasis was forced off stage at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after being hit with bottles and cans.
2001:  Sir Paul McCartney became engaged to Heather Mills.
2002:  The movie Country Bears starring Don Henley premiered at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California.  
2002:  Mariah Carey checked into a New York hospital for "extreme exhaustion" shortly after midnight.  Bodyguards had rushed to her suite at the TriBeCa Grand Hotel in Manhattan, New York after hearing loud crashing noises.  Carey had broken down into hysterics and had intentionally broken scores of dishes and glasses in the kitchenette.  Carey suffered several cuts on her body from the outburst.  She canceled all public appearances but her record company denied that she had tried to commit suicide.    (Note:  several websites report the outburst occurred on July 27, but it was on July 25, according to ABC News, CBS News, and numerous other credible sources.) 
2003:  Nicko McBrain, drummer of Iron Maiden, was arrested outside of Wantagh, New York after running over a parking attendant.
2003:  Mick Jagger celebrated his 60th birthday at a private party in Prague, Czech Republic.
2006:  The final edition of Top of the Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London.  The show was co-hosted by Sir Jimmy Savile, the first presenter of the show.  The Rolling Stones, who were the first band to appear on the show in 1964 performed, as did Madonna, Beyonce, the Spice Girls, Wham and Robbie Williams.
2006:  The Rex acoustic guitar that helped Paul McCartney earn a spot in the band the Quarrymen was sold for 330,000 pounds at an auction at Abbey Road Studios in London.
2008:  Paul Anka married Anna Yeager on the island of Sardinia.
2010:  Al Goodman, who was a member of both the Moments ("Love On A Two-Way Street" from 1970) and Ray, Goodman & Brown ("Special Lady" from 1980) died of a heart attack after undergoing surgery in Englewood, New Jersey.  He was 67.
2013:  J.J. Cale, singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer, whose songs were recorded by artists such as Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kansas, died of a heart attack in La Jolla, California at the age of 74.
2013:  Mike Shipley, producer and mixer for Foreigner, Queen, the Cars, Kelly Clarkson, AC/DC, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Jefferson Airplane, Def Leppard, Blondie, Van Halen, Michael Bolton, Green Day, Shania Twain, Cheap Trick, Faith Hill, Kim Carnes, Nickelback, Mr. Mister, the Clash, Meat Loaf, the Barenaked Ladies, Keith Urban, Winger, Devo, Berlin, Thomas Dolby, A Flock of Seagulls, and the Corrs, died of an apparent suicide in Studio City, California at age 56.


Born This Day:
1938:  Darlene Love of the Crystals and also Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans ("Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah") was born in Los Angeles.
1941:  Bobby Hebb ("Sunny" from 1966) was born in Nashville, Tennessee; died August 3, 2010 of lung cancer in Nashville.
1941:  Brenton Wood ("Gimme Little Sign" from 1967) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1943:  Mick Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent, England.
1943:  Dobie Gray ("Drift Away" from 1973) was born in Simonton, Texas; died December 6, 2011 of cancer in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Note:  some websites report that Gray was born in Brookshire, Texas.  According to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times', he was born in Simonton.)









1949:  Roger Taylor, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of Queen, known as one of the best drummers in the Rock Era, was born in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England.
1961:  Andy Connell of Swing Out Sister was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England.









1961:  Gary Cherone, lead singer of Extreme ("More Than Words") and later briefly with Van Halen, was born in Malden, Massachusetts.
1963:  Scott Francis Crago, session drummer for the Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Chris Isaac
1967:  Headliner (real name Timothy Barnwell) of Arrested Development 
1980:  Dave Baksch, singer and lead guitarist of Sum 41 and now a producer and leader of Brown Brigade, was born in Ajax, Ontario, Canada.