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Music Stuff July 31st

1959, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’ The song from the film, Serious Charge.
1964, Country singer Jim Reeves was killed in a plane crash when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to
Nashville crashed in thick fog.
1968, Tommy James and The Shondells UK No.1 -’Mony Mony’. Also a hit for Billy Idol in 1987.
1968, The Beatles recorded four takes of ‘Hey Jude’.
1971, James Taylor went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Carole King song ‘You Got A Friend’.
1980, Jon Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was apprehended by FBI narcotics agents for possession of cocaine
1985, The Eurythmics had the No.1 position on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel, (Playing With My
Heart)
1991, Bryan Adams No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’.
1992, Michael Jackson made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London after a man had
threatened to jump from an apartment building across the street. 28 year-old Eric Herminie told police he would leap
to his death if he didn’t see Jackson, who was in Britain for a series of concerts. Jackson spent a couple of minutes
waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.
1999, Christina Aguilera US No.1 ‘Genie In A Bottle’, also No.1 in the UK.
2000, eighties pop maestro Mike Stock was declared bankrupt. Mike who was one third of 80′s hit factory Stock,
Aitken and Waterman had been involved in several court battles over copyright issues.
2001, BBC producer John Walters died aged 63. Walters produced and worked with Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel
teamed up with Walters to broadcast some of the most groundbreaking music of an era. He became producer on
John Peel’s Top Gear show in 1969. Walters played the trumpet with the Alan Price Set in the 1960′s.
2002, Otis Ferry was arrested by armed police outside the UK prime minister’s County Durham home as he tried to
stage a demonstration supporting animal hunts.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 31st

1947, Karl Green, guitar, Herman’s Hermits
1951, Carlo Karges, Nena, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ’99 Red Balloons’).
1953, Hugh McDowell, cello, Electric Light Orchestra
1958, Bill Berry, drums, R.E.M.
1963, Norman Cook, Housemartins
1964, Jim Corr, guitar, keyboards, vocals, The Corrs

Music Stuff July 30th

1960, The Elvis Presley album ‘Elvis is Back’ was at No.1 on the UK chart.
1966, The Troggs started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wild Thing’.
1968, The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique in London after seven months of business, giving away all the stock to
passers by and Apple staff.
1969, The Beatles continued working on their forthcoming album Abbey Road, recording overdubs on ‘Come
Together’, ‘Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window’, ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ and
‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight’.
1973, Gary Glitter was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m The leader Of The Gang (I Am)
1978, Fleetwood Mac and Steve Miller Band appeared at the JFK Stadium, Philadelphia.
1986, Boy George was fined £250 by a London court for possession of heroin.
1986, Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single,
‘What Are We Making Weapons For’. Variety said the song upset the record company’s new owner, General Electric,
one of the largest defense contractors in the US.
1987, David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of The Glass Spider Tour at the Veterans Stadium in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1988, Gary Glitter appeared in a full-page ad in the NME pictured holding a very large tub of skin rejuvenating cream.
The heading being ‘The things people do to keep hold of their young persons Railcard’.
1988, Steve Winwood No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Roll With It’, UK No.53
1998, Jamiroquai UK No.1 – ‘Deeper Underground’, the first single from the album Synkronized.
2003, Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in
Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips
recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, ‘Rocket 88’ by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in
1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King and
Jerry Lee Lewis.
2005, a new book published to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix claimed the guitarist pretended
to be gay so he would be discharged from the army. “Room Full of Mirrors” by
2006, Shakira feat Wyclef Jean started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hips Don’t Lie.’ A remake
of Wyclef Jean’s 2004 song ‘Dance Like This’, the song went on to top the charts in over 50 countries. The song is
the biggest selling single of the 21st century by a female artist worldwide.
2007, a man admitted bootlegging charges after hearing evidence from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Robert
Langley, 57, from Buckingham, originally denied three trademark and two copyright infringements after being caught
at a record fair in Glasgow.
2009, Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognised as co-writer of the band’s hit
‘Whiter Shade of Pale.’ Law Lords ruled that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song’s organ melody, was entitled to a
share of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright, but the Court Of
Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008 saying he waited too long, 38 years, to bring the case to court.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 30th
1941, Paul Anka, singer, who wrote many classic songs including: ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’, ‘Puppy Love’ and the
lyrics to ‘My Way.’
1945, David Sanborne, saxophone, US session player
1946, Jeffrey Hammond Hammond, bass, Jethro Tull
1949, Andy Scott, guitar, Sweet
1949, Hugh Nicholson, Marmalade
1956, Phil Phearon, vocals, Galaxy
1958, Kate Bush, UK singer, songwriter






Music Stuff July 29th
1963, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(You’re The) Devil In Disguise’.
1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester,
1966, Bob Dylan suffered a broken neck vertebra when he crashed his Triumph 55 motorbike near his home in
Woodstock, New York.
1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said ‘We’re bigger than Jesus
now.” American Christian’s reacted with outrage, organising ‘Beatle bonfires’ burning the group’s records.
1967, The Doors started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Light My Fire’. The group’s first US No.
1, it only reached No.49 on the UK chart.
1968, the first recording session of The Beatles seven-minute epic ‘Hey Jude’ took place at Abbey Road studios
London. The Paul McCartney song was written about John Lennon’s son Julian.
1974, Mamas And The Papas singer Cass Elliot died in her sleep from a heart attack after playing a sold out show in
London, England.
1978, The film soundtrack to Grease featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John No.1 on the US album chart.
1986, English songwriter, producer and manager Gordon Mills died of stomach cancer. Worked with Engelbert
Humperdinck, Tom Jones and Gilbert O’Sullivan. Wrote the 1963 No.4 UK hit ‘I’ll Never Get Over You’, for Johnny Kidd
and the Pirates, and ‘I’m The Lonely One’ a hit for Cliff Richard.
1988, American record producer and pedal steel guitar player Pete Drake died of lung disease. Worked with Elvis
Presley, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Played on such hits as Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’, Charlie Rich’s
‘Behind Closed Doors’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand by Your Man’.
1990, Elton John checked into a Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem, taking over a year off from
touring and recording.
2001, Atomic Kitten No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the 1989 Bangles hit ‘Eternal Flame.’
2003, the chairman of the Professional Association of Teachers Jim O’Neill warned that children were being put under
pressure to grow up too soon by pop stars who use a sexy image. “Kylie Minogue might be a great singer but in many
of these things you can see more of her bottom than you hear of her voice,” said Mr O’Neill.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 29th
1946, Neal Doughty, keyboards, REO Speedwagon
1959, John Sykes, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake,
1966, Born on this day, Miles Hunt, vocals, The Wonder Stuff, TV presenter


Music Stuff July 28th
1956, Gene Vincent made his first appearance on national TV in the US on The Perry Como Show. 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 song had been purchased from a fellow hospital patient when Vincent was recovering from leg injuries.
1960, Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Please Don’t Tease’
1966, James Brown appeared at The Apollo Theatre in New York City.
1966, Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Mick Jagger and Keith
Richards song ‘Out Of Time’.
1969, police in Moscow reported that thousands of public phone booths had been vandalised after thieves were
stealing parts of the phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth magazine had
shown details on how to do this.
1979, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ gave The Boomtown Rats their second UK No.1 single. Bob Geldof wrote the song after
reading a report on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children playing in a school
playground across the street from her home in San Diego, California. She killed two adults and injured eight children
and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t
like Mondays, this livens up the day.”
1990, Elton John started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Sleeping With The Past’, his fifth No.1
album.
1990, Partners In Kryme started a four-week run at No.1 with ‘Turtle Power’ the first rap chart topper in the UK. The
one hit wonders track was featured in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
1996, Marge Ganser from The Shangri-Las died of breast cancer. The group scored over ten hits during the 60′s
including the 1964 US No.1 ‘Leader Of The Pack.’
2000, Five and Queen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘We Will Rock You’, the classic Queen song was only
a B-side in 1977 and this new version featured boy band Five and Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger
Taylor.
2003, the wine Sir Cliff Richard made from his Algarve estate started a UK supermarket battle. Fans were asking all
the stores when the wine would go on sale with the Tesco chain saying they would be the first, but the Waitrose shops
had been selling the £8.49 a bottle red for the last week.
2004, American soul singer George Williams from The Tymes died of cancer. Had the 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Ms Grace’.
2008, Amy Winehouse was rushed to hospital after she started to have fits at her home in Camden North London. A
spokesman said it appeared the singer had suffered a reaction to medication she was taking to help her off hard
drugs.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 28th
1935, Simon Dee (Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd), British TV and radio presenter, hosted a twice-weekly chat show ‘Dee
Time’ during the 1960’s, with musical guests including Jimi Hendrix and Lulu.
1938, George Cummings, steel guitar, Dr Hook
1945, Rick Wright, keyboards, vocals, Pink Floyd
1949, Peter Doyle, singer, The New Seekers
1949, Simon Kirke, drums, Free,
1949, Steve Took, percussion, T Rex
1962, Rachel Sweet, singer, (1978 UK No.35 single ‘B-A-B-Y’).
1965, Nick Banks, drums, Pulp,


Music Stuff July 27th

1958, fans of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money.
Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the
pedal, making them waste fuel.

1966, The Who appeared at the Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, England.

1968, Bee Gee Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group were about to set out on their first US tour. The singer was
suffering from nervous exhaustion.

1968, Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and Papas. ’Dream a Little
Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others.

1974, John Denver No 1 US single ‘Annie’s Song’, the singers second US No.1.

1974 Wings UK No.1 album – ‘Band On The Run’, featuring the title-track, ‘Jet’

1976, John Lennon was awarded his Green card, allowing him permanent residence in the US.

1976, Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband Ike

1985, The Eurythmics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’,
the duo’s only UK No.1 single. The song featured a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder.

1986, Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Eastern Europe when they
played at Budapest’s Nepstadion, Hungary

1991, Bryan Adams No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’.

1992, Michael Jackson sued the British paper The Daily Mirror over photos and an article that said he was left a “scar
face” from numerous plastic surgeries.

1996, The Spice Girls scored their first No.1 UK single with ‘Wannabe’. Seven weeks at No.1 the song won Best
British-Written Single at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards and Best Single at the 1997 Brit Awards.

2001, Leon Wilkeson bass player with Lynyrd Skynyrd was found dead in a hotel room in Florida aged 49. Skynyrd
scored the 1974 US No. 8 single, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’.

2002, Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital suffering from “extreme exhaustion.” The singer
cancelled all public appearances, including her headlining appearance at MTV’s 20th birthday party. Her record
company denied tabloid reports that Carey tried to commit suicide

2003, Daniel Bedingfield scored his third UK No.1 single with ‘Never Gonna Leave Your Side.’

2006, Sharman Networks, a company that produced software called Kazaa, which made it easy for an estimated 400
million computer users to download music over the Internet, agreed to pay more than $115 million to music companies
to settle global piracy lawsuits.

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1933, Nick Reynolds, The Kingston Trio.

1944, Bobbie Gentry, US singer, songwriter

1949, Maureen McGovern, singer,

1949, Rory MacDonald, bass, vocals, Runrig,


July 25th: On this day
1960, Roy Orbison US No.2 with ‘Only the Lonely,’ his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and
Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.
1962, The Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime; at night they performed again at the Cavern
Club, and then they appeared at the Cabaret Club, Liverpool. The Cabaret Club booking is Brian Epstein’s attempt to
get The Beatles into the cabaret circuit, but it is a miserable failure with no response from the audience.
1963, Cilla Black made a recording test for EMI Records after George Martin had spotted her while at a Gerry And
The Pacemakers gig in Liverpool.
1964, The Beatles third album ‘A Hard Days Night’ started a twenty-one week run at the top of the UK charts.
1969, Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time when played at The Fillmore East in New
York.
1970, The Carpenters No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’. The first of three US No.1′
s and 17 other Top 40 hits. The song was written in 1963 by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and was first offered to
Herb Alpert, who said he didn’t feel comfortable singing the line ‘so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair’.
1971, T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get It On’, the group’s second UK No.1 which spent four weeks
at the top of the charts. In the US it was retitled Bang A Gong, (Get It On).
1984, Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton died at the age of 58 died in Los Angeles of heart and liver complications. She
had a No.1 R&B hit in 1953 with ‘Hound Dog’ (later covered by Elvis Presley).
1987, Madonna had her fifth UK No.1 single with the title track from her 1987 film ‘Who’s That Girl’.
1992, Neil Diamond No.1 on the UK album chart with his ‘Greatest Hits 1966-1992.’
1995, Grammy Award winning country singer, songwriter Charlie Rich died in his sleep aged 62 years old.
1998, Jane McDonald went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album. The singer had been featured in a
BBC documentary ‘Cruise’, and became the first singer to debut at No.1 without having a hit single.
1999, This years Woodstock Festival ended with riots resulting in 120 people being arrested.
2004, The Streets, (Mike Skinner), scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘Dry Your Eyes’, taken from his No.1 album ‘A
Grand Don’t Come For Free’.
2006, George Michael phoned the UK daytime TV Richard and Judy show to talk about the recent story when he was
caught ‘cruising’ for sex and was photographed kissing and groping with a stranger.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 25th
1925, Bennie Benjamin session drummer, one of ‘The Funk Brothers’ played on many Tamla Motown hits including,
The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. Film ‘Standing In The Shadows Of
Motown’ released in 2003. Died 20th April 1969.
1942, Bruce Woodley, vocals, The Seekers, (1965 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’).
1943, Jim McCarty, drums, The Yardbirds, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single ‘For Your Love’).


Music Stuff July 24th
1964, A riot brook out during a Rolling Stones gig at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, after Keith
Richards aims a kick at a yob who was spitting at the group. Two policemen and 30 fans were injured and the damage
is estimated at over £4,000.
1965, The Byrds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘Mr Tambourine Man’.

1967, The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, whose lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM) they had gone to
hear at the Hilton Hotel in London.
1969, Paul McCartney recorded a demo of his new song ‘Come and Get It’ at Abbey Road studios in London.
McCartney gave the song to The Iveys, (soon to become known as Badfinger).
1972, Bobby Ramirez drummer with Edger Winters White Trash was killed after becoming involved in a brawl in a
Chicago bar.
1974, George McCrae UK No.1 with ‘Rock Your Baby’. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard
Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band. Regarded by some as the first Disco No.1.
1976, Status Quo, The Strawbs, Hawkwind, Curved Air and Budgie all appeared at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales.
1976, The Beach Boys ’20 Golden Greats’ album started a ten-week run at No.1 on the UK chart.
1976, The Manhattans started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss And Say Goodbye’, – No.4 in
the UK.
1976, Elton John scored his first UK number 1 single with ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ a duet with Kiki Dee. It was
written by Elton John without Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche” and was Elton’s
first UK No.1 after 16 Top 40 hits. John had met Dee when she was working as a backing singer.
1977, Donna Summer -No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Giorgio Moroder produced ‘I Feel Love’.
1980, Peter Sellers, actor, singer, died of a heart attack. (1956 UK No.9 single ‘Ying Tong Song’ with The Goons,
1960 UK No.4 single ‘Goodness Gracious Me’, with Sophia Loren, 1965 UK No.14 single ‘A Hard Day’s Night’).
1982, Survivor started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, taken from the film
‘Rocky III’. Also No.1 in the UK.
1992, during his current world tour, Prince appeared at Earl’s Court, London, England
1993, UB40 started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love. ‘.
1997, Police gave Oasis singer Liam Gallagher a formal caution after he admitted criminal damage following an
incident with a cyclist in Camden, north London.
1999, Phil Collins married for the third time. The 48-year-old drummer wed marketing consultant Orianne Cevey in
Lausanne, Switzerland. Guests at the wedding included Elton John, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler.
2000, Ronan Keating was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster’
2002, a garden centre was sued over claims it killed a collection of the late singer Freddie Mercury’s prized koi fish.
Mercury’s former partner, Mary Austin who inherited the Japanese koi collection claimed 84 fish died when the
electricity powering a temporary pond was accidentally turned off by a worker from Clifton Nurseries, of Maida Vale,
West London. At the time of Mercury’s death he had amassed one of the best collections of the fish in the UK. One
koi can be worth £250,000.
2007, Beyonce tripped down twelve stairs while performing “Ring the Alarm” on tour in Orlando, Florida. Video from
the night of the concert captured her stepping on her trench coat and then tumbling head-first down twelve steps at
the Amway Arena appeared within hours on YouTube.

2008, Pete Doherty pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage after smashing a photographer’s camera.
Birthday Boys and Girls July 24th

1942, Heinz Burt, bass, The Tornadoes,
1944, Jim Armstrong, Them,
1947, Alan Whitehead, drummer, Marmalade,

Music Stuff July 23rd
1955, Slim Whitman was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rose Marie.’

1960 Cliff Richard notched up his third chart-topper with Bruce Welch’s composition ‘Please Don’t Tease’. 1964, The
Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Hard Days Night’
1966, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Strangers In The Night’.
1969, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women,’
1977 In the middle of his act, Tony Orlando announced, much to the surprise of the rest of Dawn, that this is to be his
‘last day as a performer’. 1977, Who drummer Keith Moon joined Led Zeppelin on stage during a gig at The Forum,
Inglewood, Los Angles playing a duet with Zeppelin drummer John Bonham
1980, Cliff Richard received his OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
1983, Paul Young had his first UK No.1 single with his version of the Marvin Gaye song ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat, (That’
s My Home.)’
1983, The Police went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Synchronicity’.
1989, Ringo Starr kicked off his first tour since the break-up of the Beatles with a show in Dallas. His backup band
included guitarist Joe Walsh, organist Billy Preston and Bruce Springsteen’s sax man Clarence Clemons.
1995, Two R.E.M. fans died at Dublin’s Slane Castle gig, one drowned in the River Boyne and the other was allegedly
pushed from a bridge.
2000, The Corrs started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘In Blue’.
2003, James Brown announced his separation from his fourth wife using an advertisement featuring the Disney
character Goofy.
2005, Queen’s 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best rock concert ever by over 7,000 UK Sony Ericsson
music fans.
2006, McFly scored their 5th UK No.1 single with ‘Please Please’.
2008, a waxwork model of Amy Winehouse was unveiled at Madame Tussauds. The singer’s parents, Mitch and Janis,
revealed the model, ‘complete with trademark beehive and sailor tattoos’, at the London attraction.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 23rd

1942, Madeline Bell, UK singer, Blue Mink
1945, Danelli, drums, The Young Rascals
1946, Andy Mackay, sax, woodwind, Roxy Music,
1947, David Essex, UK singer, actor
1947,Tony Joe White, US singer, songwriter.
1950, Blair Thorton, guitar, Bachman Turner Overdrive
1952, Janis Siegel, singer, Manhattan Transfer
1961,Martin Gore, keyboards, Depeche Mode,
1964, Tim Kellett, keyboards & trumpet, Simply Red
1965, Slash, (Saul Hudson), guitar, Guns N’ Roses

Music Stuff July 22nd
1963, The Beatles kicked of a UK tour with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Tommy Quickly, at the Odeon Cinema,
Weston-Super-Mare.
1967, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, Procol Harum, No.4, ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’,
The Turtles, No.3, ‘It Must Be Him’, Vikki Car’, No.2, ‘Alternate Title’, The Monkees and No.1, ‘All You Need Is Love’,
The Beatles.
[1971, John and Yoko spent the second day filming the ‘Imagine’ promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park
Ascot, England. Today’s footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing
‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano.
1973, Van Morrison appeared at Birmingham Town Hall, playing his first UK show for over 2 years. Tickets, £1.10-£2.
1979, Little Richard, now known as the Reverend Richard Pennman told his congregation about the evils of rock &
roll music, declaring ‘If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.’
1989, Former actress Martika – No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Toy Soldiers’, No.5 UK.
1989, Sonia was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You’. Her only UK chart topper.
1999, Simple Minds closed their official fan club due to dwindling membership.
2000, Oasis appeared at London’s Wembley Stadium, the gig was broadcast live around the world on TV.
2004, French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel died after a long battle with deteriorating health. He scored the 1970
UK No.10 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ As a professional jazz guitarist he worked alongside Dizzy
Gillespie and Tony Bennett.
2005, Founder member and singer with The Chi-lites, Eugene Record died of cancer. Had the 1972 US No.1 single
‘Oh Girl’ and 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Have You Seen Her.’ He also released three solo albums.
2006, Johnny Cash was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released
posthumously on July 4
2007, Welsh singer Paul Potts started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘One Chance.’ Potts
became the winner of the first series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 22nd
1941, George Clinton Parliament, Funkadelic
1943, Bobby Sherman, US singer, (1969 US No.3 single ‘Little Woman’ and six other US Top 30 hits).
1944, Estelle Bennett, The Ronettes,
1944, Ric Davis, vocalist and keyboardist with Supertramp
1947, Born on this day, Don Henley, The Eagles, drums, vocals,

Music Stuff July 21st

1961, The Everly Brothers UK No.1 with ‘Temptation.’

1966, Georgie Fame UK No.1 with ‘Get Away’. The song started life as a TV jingle for a petrol advert.
1969, The Beatles started work on the John Lennon song ‘Come Together’ at Abbey Road studios in London.
1973, Jim Croce No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’. Croce was killed in a plane crash three
months later.1973, Canned Heat, Chuck Berry, Nazareth, Edgar Broughton Band, Groundhogs, Sensational Alex
Harvey Band, Medicine Head, Brewers Droop, Roy Wood and Wizzard all appeared at this years Buxton Festival in
Derbyshire, England.
1977, The Sex Pistols made their debut on UK music TV show Top Of The Pops.
1990, Roger Waters ‘The Wall’ took place at the Berlin Wall in Potzdamer Platz, Berlin. Over 200.000 people attended
and the event was broadcast live throughout the world, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions,
Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O’Connor and others took part.
1995, A judge in Los Angeles threw out a lawsuit against Michael Jackson by five of his former security guards. The
guards had claimed they were fired for knowing too much about night-time visits by young boys to Jackson’s estate.
The singer denied any improprieties.

2002, Producer Gus Dudgeon, who worked with artists including Elton John, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Kiki Dee,
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Strawbs, XTC, and Joan Armatrading, was killed aged 59 in a car accident near
Reading, together with his wife Sheila. They had been driving along the M4 motorway on their way home from a party
when Gus fell asleep at the wheel of the Jaguar XK8 convertible, crashing down an embankment at speed and ending
up in a ditch.2004, Composer Jerry Goldsmith died after a long battle with cancer aged 75. Created the music for
scores of classic movies and television shows ‘Star Trek’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘Dr.
Kildare.’

2005, UK singer Long John Baldry died of a chest infection. He was one of the founding fathers of British Rock ‘n’ Roll
in the 1960s performing with Blues Incorporated and Cyril Davies’ R and B All Stars. He later fronted the Hoochie
Coochie Men, with Rod Stewart and then Steam Packet with Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll. Also a member of
Bluesology with Elton John. He also narrated on Winnie The Pooh recordings for Disney and was the voice for
Robotnik on the Sonic The Hedgehog computer game.

2007, Sharon Osbourne’s father Don Arden died in a Los Angeles nursing home at the age of 81. Dubbed the Al
Capone of Pop he steered The Small Faces, Black Sabbath and ELO to stardom.

2008, Amy Winehouse’s husband was jailed for 27 months for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of
justice. Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, of Camden, north London, admitted assaulting James King, 36, at the Macbeths pub in
Hoxton, east London, in June 2006. He also admitted at Snaresbrook Crown Court trying to make Mr King withdraw
his complaint using a £200,000 bribe.

2008, The Police played the first of two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado during the final
leg of their 152-date world Reunion tour.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 21st

1945,  Mike Wilson, The Four Pennies,

1946, Barry  Whitwam, drums, Herman's Hermits,

1947, Cat Stevens, singer, songwriter

1955, Howie Epstein, bass, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Music Stuff July 20th
1940, Billboard’s first comprehensive record chart was published. Their first number one song was ‘I’ll Never Smile
Again’ by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
1954, The Blue Moon Boys made their live debut appearing on the back of a flatbed truck outside a new drug store in
Memphis. The band line up was Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The name was taken from a song they had
recorded just two weeks previously, ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky.’
1963, Jan and Dean No.1 US singles with ‘Surf City’, written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson, with the Beach Boys on
backing vocals. No.26 in the UK.
1968, Cream No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wheels On Fire’.
1968, Hugh Masekela No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Grazing In The Grass.’
1973, Opportunity Knocks winners Peters And Lee No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first single and only chart
topper ‘Welcome Home.’
1974, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers
and The Allman Brothers all appeared at Knebworth Park, England.
1990, Madonna played the first of three sold out nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England
1991, EMF went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Unbelievable’
1996, Gary Barlow scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Forever Love’ taken from his debut album Open Road. Barlow
became the first member of Take That to top the charts with a solo record.
1999, Church group’s in middle America claimed that pictures of Britney Spears printed in Rolling Stone magazine
encouraged child pornography.
1999, The Rolling Stones reported a gross income of £168m from almost two years of touring from their Bridges to
Babylon and No Security tours. The Stones had played to over 5.6 million people.
2000, The Evergreen Ballroom in Lacey, Washington was destroyed by a fire. During the ballroom’s heyday in the
1950s, 60s and 70s, many of music’s greats played there: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry,
Little Richard, Ike & Tina Turner and Fats Domino. Glen Campbell had lived in the kitchen at the venue for a while
before he became famous.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 20th
1945, John Lodge, bass, vocals, The Moody Blues
1945, Kim Carnes, US female singer,
1946, Wendy Richard, actress,
1947, Carlos Santana, guitar, Santana
1947, Tony Thorpe, The Rubettes
1955, Jem Finer, banjo, The Pogues

Music Stuff July 19th
1954, Sun Records released the first Elvis Presley single ‘That’s All Right / Blue Moon Of Kentucky’ which made the
local Memphis chart.
1958, the manager of The Drifters sacked the entire group and hired the unknown Ben E King and The Five Crowns
as their replacements.
1963, Frank Ifield UK No.1 – ‘Confessin’
1967, The Beatles uk No.1 – ‘All You Need Is Love’
1975, The Bay City Rollers uk No.1 – ‘Give A Little Love’
1975, Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Listen To What The Man Said’
1976, Deep Purple split up at the end of an UK tour. David Coverdale went on to form Whitesnake, Jon Lord and Ian
Paice formed a band with Tony Ashton.
1980, Queen UK No.1 album with ‘The Game’, featuring the single ‘Another One Bites The Dust’.
1986, Genesis us No.1 with ‘Invisible Touch’. The bands former lead singer Peter Gabriel was at No.2 with
‘Sledgehammer’.
1986, Patti LaBelle went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Winner In You’.
1987, Bruce Springsteen played his first ever show behind the Iron Curtain when he appeared in East Berlin in front
of 180,000 people. The show was broadcast on East German TV.
1996, The Spice Girls made their debut on UK TV music show ‘Top Of The Pops’.
1997, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘D’You Know What I Mean’.
2001, American soul and gospel singer Judy Clay died.
2005, James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Beautiful’

Birthday Boys and Girls July 19th

1937, George Hamilton IV, US country singer
1946, Allan Gorrie, bass, vocals, Average White Band,
1947, Bernie Leadon, guitar, The Eagles, quit the band in Jan 1976.
1947, Brian May, guitar, Queen,

Music Stuff July 18th
1953, Truck driver Elvis Presley made his first ever recording
1960, Brenda Lee went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’m Sorry’ it made No.12 in the UK.
1964, The Four Seasons started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rag Doll’
1966, Bobby Fuller leader of The Bobby Fuller Four was found dead in his car in Los Angles aged 22.
1967, this week’s Top 3 US singles, No.3, Light My Fire, The Doors, No.2, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli,
and No.1, The Association ‘Windy’.
1968, Des O’Connor was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Pretend’,
1970, UK BBC Radio 1 DJ Kenny Everett was sacked after he joked on air that the wife of the conservative transport
minister Mary Peyton had ‘crammed a fiver into the examiner’s hand’, when taking her driving test’.
1970, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Kevin Ayers, and the Edgar Broughton Band, all appeared at a free concert held in
Hyde Park, London, England.
1980, Billy Joel held the top position of both the US albums and singles charts.
1988, Ike Turner was sentenced in Santa Monica, California to one year in jail for possessing and transporting
cocaine.
1992, Bobby Brown married Whitney Houston at her New Jersey estate. Those in attendance included Stevie
Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Freddie Jackson.
1992, English actor turned singer Jimmy Nail had his first and only UK No.1 single with ‘Ain’t No Doubt’.
1998, British boy band Another Level went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Freak Me’ a cover of the Silk hit from
1992.
2001, Kiss, added another product to their ever-growing merchandising universe: the “Kiss Kasket.”
2004, Shapeshifters went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lola’s Theme’, an instrumental club track by UK-based
Simon Marlin and Max Reich.
2007, Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler were ordered to pay their former chef compensation after losing a sexual
discrimination case.
2007, Paul Simon filed a law suit against Rhythm USA Inc. a Georgia-based subsidiary of a Japanese firm, claiming
the company never had his permission to sell wall clocks that played ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.
2008, Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood was ‘seeking help’ with his battle with alcohol in a rehabilitation centre.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 18th
1929, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, (Jalacy Hawkins), R&B singer
1931, , Papa Dee Allen, War. (1976 UK No.12 single ‘Low Rider’). Died from a heart attack while performing on stage
on 30th August 1988.
1938,, Ian Stewart, keyboard player, The Rolling Stones. Died of a heart attack in his doctor’s Harley Street waiting
room on 12th December
1939, Brian Auger, keyboards, (1968 UK No.5 single with Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger And The Trinity, ‘This Wheel’s On
Fire’).
1939, Dion Dimucci, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Runaround Sue’).
1941, Martha Reeves, soul singer
1943,  Robin McDonald, guitar, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘Little Children’).
1945,Danny McCullock, guitar, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’).
1948, Phil Harris, Ace, (1974 UK No.20 single ‘How Long’).
1949, Wally Bryson, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 and UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’). The Raspberries, (1972 US N.
5 single ‘Go All The Way’).
1950, Cesar Zuiderwyk, Golden Earring, (1974 UK No.7 & US No.13 single ‘Radar Love’).
1950, Glenn Hughes, The Village People, (1978 US No.2 & 1979 UK No.1 single ‘YMCA’). Hughes died on 4th March
2001.
1950, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Records and the Virgin Empire.
1954, Ricky Scaggs, country singer, 1982 Country Music Association singer of the year, (US country No.1 single
‘Crying My Heart Out Over You’).

July 17th: On this day
1946, Petula Clark made her UK television debut appearing on the Cabaret TV series at the age of 13.  ‘The Little
Shoemaker’ became her first U.K. hit in 1954.
1959, Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43.
(While under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.).
1965, during a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at The Guildhall, Portsmouth supported by The Walker Brothers
and Steam Packet.
1967, American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital in Long
Island, New York, aged 40. Worked with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie.
1968, the animated film ‘Yellow Submarine’ premiered at The London Pavilion.
1972, a bomb exploded under The Rolling Stones equipment van in Montreal
1974, The Moody Blues opened what they claimed was the first ‘Quadraphonic’ recording studio in the world.
1975, Bob Marley and the Wailers played the first of two nights at The Lyceum, London
1976, Demis Roussos-No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Roussos Phenomenon EP’. It was the Greek singers
only UK chart topper and the only No.1 EP to top the charts in the 1970′s.
1979, Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy during a US tour and was replaced by guitarist Midge Ure.
1982, Irene Cara was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Fame’
1987, The Ozzy Osbourne Band started a 16-week tour of US prisons.
1993, Take That had their first UK No.1 single with ‘Pray’.
1995, Robbie Williams left Take That.
1996, Chas Chandler died aged 57 at Newcastle General Hospital, England, where he was undergoing tests related
to an aortic aneurysm. He had been the bass player with The Animals and manager of Slade, Nick Drake and Jimi
Hendrix.
1999, Kevin Wilkinson, drummer with Howard Jones hung himself at home aged 41. Also worked with China Crisis,
Holly and the Italians, Squeeze and The Waterboys.

2004, Half of the 4,500 people in the audience walked out of Linda Ronstadt’s show at the Aladdin Resort and Casino
in Las Vegas after the singer dedicated an encore of ‘Desperado’ to filmmaker Michael Moore and urged the crowd to
see his film Fahrenheit 9/11.
2005, Jamaican musician Laurel Aitken died. Dubbed as ‘the Godfather of Ska
2008, Ageing rock stars and session musicians would keep receiving royalties for their old recordings for the rest of
their lives under a European Union plan. Performers currently lost the rights to their recordings after 50 years.
Veteran artists like Sir Cliff Richard and Roger Daltrey were among those who campaigned for it to be extended.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 17th

1941,  Spencer Davis, guitarm,
1947  Wolfgang Flur, electronic drums, Kraftwerk
1949, Geezer Butler, bass, Black Sabbath
1949,  Mick Tucker, drums, Sweet
1949,  Mike Vale, bass, Tommy James and the Shondells
1952,Chet McCracKen, drums, The Doobie Brothers
1952,  Phoebe Snow, US singer, songwriter
1970, Mandy Smith, in 1983 at age 13 she started dating the then 47 year old Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. The
couple married in 1989, divorced 1992.


Music Stuff July 16th
1962, The Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records in the US
1965, during a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at The Odeon in Exeter supported by The Walker Brothers and
Steam Packet.
1966, Tommy James and the Shondells started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hanky Panky
1966, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton formed Cream, the three piece group only lasted 2 years
1967, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, David Blue, Mike Settle, Tom Paxton and Eric Andersen
all appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.
1970, Pink Floyd recorded a show at the BBC Paris Cinema, in London, England for broadcast on the John Peel
Sunday Concert, on BBC Radio 1, (broadcast 19 July of this year.)
1977, Barry Manilow US No.1 album with ‘Barry Manilow Live’, the singers only US chart topper.
1977, ‘The Johnny Mathis Collection’- No.1 on the UK album chart.
1980, Donna Summer married Bruce Sudano.
1981, US singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who had success wth No. 1 ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’, was killed aged 38-
suffered a cardiac arrest while driving on a New York expressway. His car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer,
causing the gas tank to explode.
1989, Tom Jones lost a paternity suit, and was ordered by Judge Judy Sheindlin to paychild support to 27 year old,
Katherine Berkery, of New York.
1996, John Panozzo, drummer with Styx, died from cirrhosis of the liver, aged 48.
1999, The Lilith Fair featuring Sarah McLachlan and Sheryl Crow appeared at Coors Amphitheater, San Diego,
California.
2000, Coldplay went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release ‘Parachutes’.
2000, The Corrs presented a petition to the European Commission demanding legislation to end piracy on the
Internet.
2001, Robbie Williams-No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Eternity / The Road To Mandalay.’
Birthdays

1940, Tony Jackson, bass, vocals, The Searchers
1941, Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer
1952, , Stewart Copeland, (aka Klark Kent), drummer, Curved Air, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘Back Street Luv’), Police

Music Stuff July 15th

1952, 8 year-old Gladys Knight won $2000 on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour a US television show after performing the
song ‘Too Young.’

1956, The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon -No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’. – No.6
in the US. At 13, Lymon was the youngest performer to make No.1.

1958, John Lennon’s mother Julia was killed by a car driven by an off-duty drunken police officer named Eric Clague
(Clague was later acquitted of the offence). John was 17 at the time.

1965, This weeks US Top – single The Rolling Stones with (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

1967, This week’s Top UK album The Beatles, Sgt Pepper’s.

1973, The Edgar Winter Group, Sly & The Family Stone, Canned Heat, Lindisfarne and The Kinks all appear at The
Great Western Express festival at White City, west London. Ray Davies of The Kinks announces from the stage that
he is sick of the whole thing and is retiring. He then walks into a local hospital and collapses from an overdose of
tranquillizers.

1989, Simply Red US No.1 with ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, – 1973 UK hit for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

1994, Wet Wet Wet No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Love Is All Around’.

2000, Sad Cafe singer Paul Young died of a heart attack at his Manchester home aged 53. ‘Run Home Girl’ was a hit
for Sad Cafe in the US, ‘Everyday Hurts’ was a UK No.3 hit in 1979. Joined Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack in Mike
and the Mechanics and had the hits ‘The Living Years’ and ‘Silent Running’.

2000, a Manchester judge reprimanded Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder after he turned up a day late in court to
give evidence.

2002, Sir Paul McCartney was named the highest-earning music star of the year so far after selling tickets worth £33.9
m during his recent US tour.

2004, U2 called in police after thieves nicked a copy of the bands latest album ‘Vertigo’.

2006, ‘Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship’ by India.Arie was at No.1 on the US album chart the R&B soul singers
third album.

2007, The UK music industry reacted angrily at a decision to give away ‘Planet Earth’ the new album by Prince as a
‘covermount’ with the Mail on Sunday newspaper. The 10-track CD was not due to be released in stores until 24 July.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 15th

1944, Millie Jackson, US soul singer

1946, Linda Ronstadt, US singer, songwriter

1949, Trevor Horne, Buggles, (1979 UK No.1 single ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’),

1950, Ian Campbell, Middle Of The Road, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’).

Music Stuff July 14th
1962 Bobby Vinton US No.1 ‘Roses Are Red, My Love’, No.15 in the UK.
1962, The Beatles played their first ever gig in Wales when they appeared at The Regent Dansette in Rhyl. Tickets
cost five shillings
1964, The Rolling Stones – No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s All Over Now’, the group’s first UK No.1.
1971, The Byrds, James Taylor, Steeleye Span, Sandy Denny, Tom Paxton and The Incredible String Band at the UK
Lincoln Folk Festival, tickets £2.00.
1973, a drunk driver killed Clarence White of The Byrds while he was loading equipment after a gig in Palmdale,
California.
1973, Gary Glitter and the Glitter Men made their live debut at Mecksham, Wiltshire, England.
1973, During a concert at the John Wayne Theatre in Hollywood, California, Phil Everly smashed his guitar and
stormed off-stage, Don finished the set by himself and announced that The Everly Brothers had split.
1979, Donna Summer No.1 US single with ‘Bad Girls’ the album of the same name also started a five week run at No.1.
1980, Allen Klein ex manager of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones began serving a two-month prison sentence for
falsifying tax returns.
1980, Bryan Ferry collapsed in his hotel room in France and was flown to London suffering from a kidney infection.
1984, Phillippe Wynne lead singer with The Detroit Spinners died of a heart attack while performing at Ivey’s nightclub
in Oakland, California, aged 43.
1986, Madonna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her second No.1 ‘Papa Don’t Preach’.
1988, Michael Jackson gave himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for setting a new attendance
record, when he played the first of seven nights at Wembley Stadium in London. The shows on his Bad World Tour
were attended by a total of 504,000
1997, Walkers Spice Girls Crisps went on sale in the UK, over 16 million bags were sold by the end of the year.
2002, Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates UK No.1- ‘Anyone Of Us.’
2002, Red Hot Chili Peppers No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘By The Way.’
2003, plans for Sting to write an official anthem for Tuscany came under fire by locals who insisted the job should go
to an Italian and not a foreigner.
2007, a pair of glasses worn by former Beatle John Lennon sparked a bidding war after being offered for sale online.
Anonymous rival bidders had pushed the price as high as £750,000 at online auction house 991.com.
2009, Michael Jackson fans from all over the world congregated at London’s O2 arena, where the star had been due
to begin his run of 50 concerts.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 14th:
1912,Woody Guthrie, US folk singer. Major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music.
1948, Tommy Mattola, music executive, Sony Records. Married Mariah Carey in 1993, separated in 1997.
1952,Chris Cross, bass, synth, Ultravox,

Music Stuff July 13th
1963, The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig outside London when they appeared at The Alcove Club,
Middlesbrough, Yorkshire supporting The Hollies.
1964, The Animals went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The House Of The Rising Sun.’ Recorded in one take,
this was the first UK No.1 to have a playing time of more than four minutes.
1965, Paul McCartney was presented with five Ivor Novello Awards at a lunch party at The Savoy, London. John
Lennon refused to attend; Paul was 40 minutes late after he had forgotten about the engagement.
1969, over 100 US radio stations banned The Beatles new single ‘The Balled Of John and Yoko’ due to the line
‘Christ, you know it ain’t easy’, calling it offensive.
1974, George McCrae- No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Your Baby’, also No.1 in the UK. Regarded by some
as the first Disco No.1.
1980, Advertised in this weeks UK music weekly NME, Levi jeans with free braces, sizes 27-33 priced at £16.95.
1985, at 12.01 Status Quo started the ‘Live Aid’ extravaganza, held between Wembley Stadium, London and The JFK
Stadium, Philadelphia. The cream of the world’s biggest rock stars took part in the worldwide event, raising over
£40million.
1987, Representatives of fifty of America’s largest record retailers were guests at Michael Jackson’s home in Encino,
California to preview his new album, ‘Bad’. The LP would go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.
2000, Irish act The Corrs scored their only UK No.1 hit with ‘Breathless’ taken from their third studio album In Blue.
2007, Rod Stewart collected his CBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. The singer who was honoured for
his services to music wore a skull and crossbones tie, white trousers and a stripy shirt instead of the conventional
morning suit.
Birthday Boys and Girls July 13th
1942, Roger McGuinn, guitar, vocals, The Byrds

Music Stuff July 12th
1954, 19 year old Elvis Presley signed a recording contract with Sun Records.
1962, Ray Charles – No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Don Gibson song ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’, his only UK No.
1.
1964, The Beatles appeared at the Hippodrome Theatre in Brighton with The Fourmost and the Shubdubs.
1969, One hit wonders Zager and Evans – No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘In The Year 2525 No.1 in the UK.
1975, Johnny Nash scored his only UK No.1 single with ‘Tears On My Pillow’.
1979, American singer songwriter Minnie Riperton died of cancer aged 31. The Stevie Wonder produced ‘Loving You’
gave Minnie a US No.1 single in 1975. She worked at Chess records singing backup for various artists
1980, Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra had the UK No.1 single -’Xanadu
1983, Former Traffic member Chris Wood died of liver failure after a lengthy illness.
1986, Simply Red- US No.1 single with ‘Holding Back The Years’, a No.2 hit in the UK.
1988, Michael Jackson arrived in the UK for his first ever-solo appearances.
2003, Saxophonist, composer and arranger Benny Carter died aged 95. He worked with Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald,
Ray Charles and composed many TV theme’s including Ironside and M-Squad.
2003, REM, The White Stripes, Idlewind, The Cardigans, The Proclaimers, The Music, The Charlatans, Coldplay,
Supergrass, The Darkness, Turin Brakes, The Coral and Feeder all appeared at this year’s two day T In The Park
festival in Scotland.
2008, American singer Earl Nelson (Earl Lee Nelson) died in Lake Charles, Louisiana. One half of the duo, Bob And
Earl, (recorded ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in 1963).
Birthday Boys aand Girls July 12th
1943, Christine McVie, keyboards, vocals, Chicken Shack, Fleetwood Mac,
1952,, Liz Mitchell, singer, Boney M,
1984, Gareth Gates, UK singer, TV’s Pop Idol runner up





Music Stuff July 11th
1955, Alma Cogan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dreamboat’. Nicknamed ‘The Girl With the Laugh In Her
Voice’, she was the highest paid British female entertainer of her era.
1964, The Beatles appeared live on the ABC Television program “Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)”,. To avoid the crowd
of fans waiting for them, The Beatles arrived at the Teddington Studio Centre by boat, traveling down the River
Thames.
1969, ‘Space Oddity’ by David Bowie was released in the UK for the first time.
1970, ‘Self Portrait’ gave Bob Dylan his fifth UK No.1 album.
1970, Three Dog Night – No.1 in the US with their version of the Randy Newman song ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’-
No.3 hit in the UK.
1977, The opening night of The Vortex Club, Wardour Street, London with Siouxise, Adam And The Ants, The Slits
and Sham 69.
1981, Cliff Richard – No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Love Songs’, his fifth No.1 album.
1981, The Specials had their second and final UK No.1 single with ‘Ghost Town’. Despite being a song about
Coventry, the band chose to film the video of themselves driving a Vauxhall Cresta around some empty London
streets.
1987, Heart – No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Alone’, it made No.3 in the UK.
1993, Neil Young with Booker T and the MG’s, Pearl Jam and James all appeared at Finsbury Park, London, tickets
cost £22.50.
1998, Billie – UK singles chart with ‘Because We Want To’. The 15 year old made chart history by becoming the
second youngest female to score a No.1; Helen Shapiro was the youngest at 14 with the 1961 No.1 single ‘You Don’t
Know’.
1999, Ricky Martin started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’.
2002, the funeral of The Who’s bass player John Entwistle took place at a church in The Cotswolds.
2004, UK band McFly – No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Room On The 3rd Floor.’ They broke the record set by The
Beatles as the youngest group ever to debut at No.1 on the album charts.
2009, The Black Eyes Peas ‘I Gotta Feeling’ – No.1 on the US singles chart ending the 12-week run of the band’s
previous single ‘Boom Boom Pow’. It made the band only the fourth to replace themselves at No.1 in chart history,
following The Beatles, Boyz II Men, and OutKast.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 11th
1951, Bonnie Pointer, singer, The Pointer Sisters,
1959, Richie Sambora, guitar, Bon Jovi,
1959, Susanne Vega, US singer, songwriter,
1966, Mel Appleby,


Music Stuff July 10th
1961, Bobby Lewis- No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tossin’ and Turnin’, the longest running No.1 single of 1961.
1964, 200,000 Liverpudlians took to the streets to celebrate The Beatles return to Liverpool for the northern premiere
of the group’s first film ‘A Hard Days Night.’ The group were honored in a public ceremony in front of Liverpool Town
Hall
1965, The Rolling Stones -No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, the group’s first US No.1.
1968, Eric Clapton announced that Cream would break-up after their current tour.
1968, The Nice were banned from appearing at London’s Royal Albert Hall after burning an American flag on stage.
1969, The funeral of Rolling Stone Brian Jones took place in his home town at Hatherley Road Parish Church,
Cheltenham. Canon Hugh Evan Hopkins read Jones’ own epitaph, ‘Please don’t judge me too harshly’. Bill Wyman,
Keith Richards and Charlie Watts from The Stones attended the funeral.
1976, One hit wonders Starland Vocal Band – No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Afternoon Delight’ UK No.18
1976, Rod Stewart scored his sixth No.1 UK album when ‘A Night On The Town’ went to the top.
1977, Cher gave birth to a baby girl Elijah Blue. Allman Brother Gregg Allman was the father.
1979, Chuck Berry was sentenced to five months in jail after being found guilty of tax evasion.
1980, Bob Marley and the Wailers began what would be Marley’s last ever UK tour when they appeared in Dublin,
1987, producer and record company executive John Hammond died. He brought Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan,
Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen to Columbia Records.
1997, Chrissie Hynde married sculptor Lucho Brieva at Marylebone registry office.
2002, David Bowie, Suede, Divine Comedy, Green Day, No Doubt, Paul Weller, Ian Brown, Joe Strummer, New Order,
Doves and Shed 7 all appeared at the four day Move festival, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, England.
2005, the four members of Led Zeppelin were voted the UK’s ideal supergroup after 3,500 music fans were asked to
create their fantasy band for Planet Rock Radio. Jimmy Page won best guitarist, followed by Guns N’ Roses’ Slash
and Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore. John Paul Jones was named top bassist, with John Bonham, who died in 1980,
winning best drummer and Robert Plant beat the late Freddie Mercury to best singer.
2008, the drum skin used on the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album sold for £541,250 at Christie’s Memorabilia
auction in London. Other items sold included John Lennon’s lyrics for ‘Give Peace a Chance’ which sold for £421,250
and a pair of tinted prescription sunglasses belonging to Lennon, which he wore for the cover of the single ‘Mind
Games’, sold for £39,650.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 10th

1944,John Dymond, (Beaky), guitar, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
1947, Arlo Guthrie, US singer, songwriter, son of folksinger Woody Guthrie
1954, Neil Tennant, vocals, Pet Shop Boys
1970, Jason Orange, vocals, Take That
1980, Jessica Simpson, US singer



Music Stuff July 9th
1954, Elvis Presley recorded ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’, (the B-side for his first single) at Sun Studio
1955, Bill Haley & His Comets went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock’
1962, Bob Dylan recorded ‘Blowin’ In the Wind’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City
1966, Rod Allen bass player with The Fortunes was taken to hospital after being injured when fans pulled him from
the stage during a gig at The Starlight Rooms in Lincoln.
1967, On a US tour supporting The Monkees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appear at the Convention Hall, Miami,
Florida. After it becomes plainly apparent that the group is not suited to teenybopper audiences
1972, Paul McCartney and Wings kicked off a 26-date tour appearing at the French town Chateauvillon.
1977, Elvis Costello quit his day job at Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics to become a full time musician.
1978, The Rolling Stones jammed with one of their early idols Muddy Waters during a gig in Chicago.
1983, The Police started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Every Breath You Take’ also No.1 in
the UK. Taken from the bands album Synchronicity, Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop
Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards.
1983, Wham! went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release ‘Fantastic!
1988, Glenn Medeiros was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You’.
1999, A statement was issued by Jerry Hall’s lawyers saying that she had formally agreed to separate from husband
Mick Jagger after more than 8 years of marriage.
1999, Elton John had a pacemaker fitted in an operation at a London hospital following reports about his ill health.
2001, US producer and re-mixer Roger Sanchez went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Another Chance.’
2004, David Bowie was forced to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery.
2006, Lily Allen scored her first UK No.1 single with ‘Smile’. The organ riff is a sample of Jackie Mittoo playing
keyboards on ‘Free Soul’ by The Soul Brothers. Lily’s actor dad, Keith Allen, was part of the Fat Les band who had a
hit with ‘Vindaloo’ in 1998.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 9th

1929, Lee Hazlewood, US male singer, Wrote the Nancy Sinatra hit, ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin.’
1946, Joe Micelli, John Fred and His Playboy Band
1950, Gwen Guthrie, soul singer
1954, Debbie Sledge, singer, Sister Sledge
1959,Jim Kerr, vocals, Simple Minds
1959, Marc Almond, singer, Soft Cell

July 8th: On this day
1954, Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate recording of Elvis Presley singing ‘That’s All Right’ to Memphis radio
station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. He played the song just after 9.30 that evening, the phone lines lit up asking the DJ
to play the song again.
1960, Jimmy Jones UK No.1 – ‘Good Timin’ his only UK No.1.
1965, The Hollies single ‘I’m Alive’ went back to the UK No.1 position for the second time.
1965, The Dave Clark Five had their movie, Catch Us If You Can, premiere in London.
1966, The Beatles released the ‘Nowhere Man’ 4 track EP in the UK, which included: ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Michelle’ and
‘You Won’t See Me’.
1967, UK music weekly the Melody Maker ran a front-page comment condemning the 3-month jail sentence given to
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for possession of Benzedrine tablets. Jagger was later given a conditional discharge.
1967, The Monkees began a 29-date tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as support act.
1971, a minor riot occurred during a Mott The Hoople gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England.  The group paid
£1,467 for damages to property.
1972, Bill Withers  No.1  US single- ‘Lean On Me- No.18 in the UK.
1972, Donny Osmond No.1  UK single- ‘Puppy Love.’ The first of three solo No.1′s for Donny.
1999, Take That’s former manager Nigel Martin Smith started a new business, as an undertaker
2002, Michael Jackson spoke out against the music industry’s treatment of artists, alleging that the business was rife
with racism. Speaking at a civil rights meeting in New York, Jackson claimed there was a ‘conspiracy’ among record
companies, especially towards black artists. A spokesman for Jackson’s record label said the remarks were ‘ludicrous,
spiteful and hurtful.’
2004, Mark Purseglove known as the world’s ‘biggest bootlegger’ was sentenced to 3 years 6 months jail by
Blackfriars Crown Court. Purseglove had built up a £15 million pirate CD empire by bootlegging live concerts of some
of the world’s biggest stars including The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd.
2007, Prince was forced off stage by police halfway through his set at the First Avenue nightclub during a late-night
gig in his home town of Minneapolis.
2007, Chemical Brothers No.1 UK album – ‘We Are The Night’ the duo’s sixth studio album.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 8th
1945, Ricky Wolf, The Flowerpot Men, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’).
1955, Russell Christian, vocals, The Christians, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Harvest For The World’).
1960, Andy Fletcher, bass, synth, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single ‘People Are People’, plus over 25 other UK
Top 40 singles).
1961, Graham Jones, guitar, Haircut 100, (1982 UK No.3 single ‘Love Plus One’).
1961,Toby Keith,

Music Stuff July 7th
1957, Elvis Presley scored his first UK No.1 with ‘All Shook Up’
1962, David Rose and his Orchestra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Stripper’.
1962, The Beatles played at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, in Birkenhead. The show was a dance for the local golf club,
the capacity of the hall was 450, but 500 people squeezed in
1963, The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut when they appeared on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’ Also appearing
on the show was, Mickie Most, The Cadets, Helen Shapiro and Gordon Mills.

1966, The Kinks No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sunny Afternoon’,
1969, George Harrison recorded his new song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ with just two other Beatles, Paul McCartney and
Ringo Star at Abbey Road in London.
1971, 26-year-old pop star Bjorn Ulvaeus and 21-year-old Agnetha Faltskog married in Verum, Sweden. 3000 fans
arrived and in the chaos a police horse stepped on the brides foot
1973, Billy Preston started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’
1980, Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of a European tour.
1984, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Born In The USA’.
1984, Prince started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘When Doves Cry’, his first US No.1 which
went on to sell over 2 million copies, it made No. 4 in the UK.
1999, it was reported that to attract young people to their mobile vans UK ice cream sellers would start to play pop
hits as music instead of the traditional chimes.
2001, Stereophonics, David Gray, The Dandy Warhols, The Proclaimers, Paul Weller, Texas, Coldplay, Beck,
Toploader, Ash, Starsailor, Nelly Furtado, James and Muse all appeared at this years T In The Park festival, Scotland,
weekend tickets, £64.
2005, Members of The Hollies asked High Court judge to jail one of their founder members claiming bass player Eric
Haydock had flouted a court order made in 1998 not to play under their name.
2006, Syd Barrett died from complications arising from diabetes aged 60.
2007, Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honoured on Birmingham’s own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame.
2007, the Live Earth concerts took place around the world with The Police closing the days events in New Jersey. The
concerts were organised by former US Vice-President Al Gore, as part of his campaign to “heal the planet”. Rock
stars from around the world performed to hundreds of thousands of fans to highlight climate change. Concerts were
held in Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney.
2009, Michael Jackson’s family and fans said farewell to the pop superstar at an emotional memorial service. The
singer’s coffin was placed in front of the stage during the event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after an earlier
private funeral. Jackson’s daughter Paris, 11, fought back tears to describe him as “the best father you could ever
imagine”. Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey paid tribute before the family joined a sombre finale on
stage. Motown boss Berry Gordy, who signed the Jackson Five, ended his tribute with the words: “Michael, thank you
for the joy, thank you for the love. You will live in my heart forever.”

Birthday Boys and Girls July 7th
1928, Mary Ford, US singer, (1953 UK No.7 single with Les Paul, ‘Vaya Con Dios’).
1933, J.J. Barrie, US singer, one hit wonder with 1976 UK No.1 single ‘No Charge’.
1940, Richard Starkey, (Ringo Starr), drums, vocals, Rory Storm, The Beatles.
1945, Jim Rodford, Argent
1947, Rob Townsend, drummer, Family, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘In My Own Time’), Blues Band.
1950, David Hodo, vocals, The Village People, (1978 US No.2 & 1979 UK No.1 single ‘YMCA’).
1962, Clive Jackson, Doctor And The Medics, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Spirit In The Sky’).

Music Stuff 6th July

1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry
Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress
Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent).
Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their
guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.
1961, The Liverpool ‘Mersey Beat’ newspaper was founded.
1963, James Brown went to No.2 on the US album chart with ‘Live At The Apollo’.
1968, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 single when ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ hit the top of the charts.
1968, Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire took place. A two-day affair featuring Donovan,
Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alexis Korner, Family and Tyrannosaurus Rex, two-day
tickets were priced at £2.
1971, American jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader, Louis Armstrong died.
1974, The Faces, Mott The Hoople, Humble Pie, Greenslade, Lindisfarne, Man, Trapeze, and Chapman and Whitney
all appeared at Buxton Pop Festival, Derbyshire, England.
1974, The Hues Corporation No.1 single- ‘Rock The Boat’, – No.6 in the UK.
1979, American singer, producer songwriter, Van McCoy died from a heart attack.
1985, Phil Collins No.1 US single- ‘Sussudio’,- No.12 in the UK.
1996, ‘Three Lions by comedians Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart
2001, a pair of Sir Elton John’s sandals was set to become the most expensive shoes in history when they went under
the hammer for charity. Offers over £20,000 were invited for the Salvatore Ferragamo sandals to raise funds for Elton’
s Aid Trust
2002, George Harrison’s widow Olivia put the couple’s home up for sale for £20m saying she couldn’t bear to live with
the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into the house in 1999.
2003, Skip Battin bassist and songwriter with The Byrds died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
2004, American R&B, soul singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright died after a two-year battle with bone cancer aged 58.
2007, Britney Spears apologised for attacking a photographer’s car with an umbrella earlier this year.
Birthday Boys and Girls July 6th
1925,Bill Haley, (William John Clifton Haley), singer, guitarist, ‘The first Rock ‘n’ Roll star.’
1937, Gene Chandler, (Eugene Dixon) US soul singer
1939, Jet Harris, guitar, The Shadows
1954, Nanci Griffith, US singer / songwriter

Music Stuff July 5th
1954, Working together for the first time in a recording studio with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, Elvis Presley fools
around during a break with an up-tempo version of ‘That’s All Right.’ Producer Sam Phillips has them repeat the jam
and records it. It became Presley’s first release on Sun Records.
1966, On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards girlfriend, Chas Chandler from The Animals went to
see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York City.
1969, The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London’s Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to
Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Adonais’ and
released 3,500 butterflies.
1972, Procol Harum and The Eagles appeared at the Golden Hall, San Diego, California.
1975, Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper all appeared at The Knebworth Festival, England,
tickets cost £3.50.
1975, The Carpenters started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the album ‘Horizon’.
1982, Sun records musical director Bill Justis died of cancer aged 55. He worked with Sam Phillips at Sun Records,
worked with also worked with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis.
1986, Billy Ocean  No.1  US single with ‘There’ll Be Sad Songs, (To Make You Cry)’ a No.12 hit in the UK.
1998, Five went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Five’.
1999, The Eurythmics announced their first world tour for more than 10 years and that all profits would be given to
charity
2000, Suede’s management company sacked their accountants after becoming concerned about financial
irregularities.
2003, The Daily Star ran a front-page story claiming that the body of Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey
Edwards had been found. Fishermen in an angling contest discovered bones half buried in mud on the riverbank
near Avonmouth.
2005, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts should donate
their profits to charity, “This is money that should be used to save lives.”
2007, English jazz and blues singer and film critic George Melly died at his London home at the age of 80 of lung
cancer and vascular dementia.
2007, a rock festival headlined by the Manic Street Preachers, Keane and Placebo in Swansea, Wales was
postponed due to bad weather. More than 50 bands were due to play The Fflam Festival (the Welsh word for flame)
at Singleton Park from 13-15 July.
2009, Michael Jackson started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘The Essential Michael
Jackson’, and was one of eight Jackson albums in the top twenty after the singers death on 25th June.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 5th
1920,  Smiley Lewis, R&B singer. Wrote ‘One Night’ covered by Elvis Presley and ‘I Hear You Knocking’
1946, Michael Monarch, guitar, Steppenwolf
1950,  Huey Lewis, singer, actor, Huey Lewis and the News
1959,  Marc Cohn, US singer, songwriter


Music Stuff July 4th
1958, The Everly Brothers UK No.1 -'All I Have To Do Is Dream.'
1964, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Get Around',
1964, The Rolling Stones appearance on 'Juke Box Jury' was aired on UK TV, the only time the show had five
panellists rather than four.
1966, The Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila, in the Philippines to over 80,000
fans. The Beatles failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos' family, who were not informed
that the Beatles had declined their invitation.
1968, Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a Hollywood women's charity, which raised $35,000.
1969, The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada.
1970, Cliff Richard released his 50th single 'Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha.' The song peaked at No.6 on the UK
chart.
1973, Slade drummer Don Powell was badly injured in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed.
1974, Barry White married Glodean James, a member of his backing group Love Unlimited.
1977, bass player Gary Valentine quit Blondie, citing 'artistic integrity', as the cause of his departure.
1985, Dire Straits played the first of ten consecutive nights at London's Wembley Arena.
1987, Pet Shop Boys No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's A Sin',
1997, Chesney Hawkes married his girlfriend Krstina.
1999, Victoria 'Posh Spice' Adams married footballer David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland.
2001, Madonna played the first of six sold out nights at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England as part of
her Drowned World Tour.
2002, George Michael took part in a live phone interview on US news channel CNN, defending his new single 'Shoot
The Dog'.
2002, Tony Bennett had to abandon a show at London's Royal Albert Hall after a fire broke out in the building. The
audience were evacuated after smoke began to fill the hall.
2003, American record producer and singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy Award-winner Barry White died from
Kidney failure aged 58. Produced hits for girl group Love Unlimited and he arranged the 1963 hit 'Harlem Shuffle' for
Bob & Earl.
2004, New York band Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their self-titled album.
2004, Usher started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Burn',
2005, U2 won their court fight for the return of items of memorabilia, including a Stetson hat which they accused a
former stylist of stealing.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 4th
1911, Mitch Miller, conductor, arranger, (1955 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'The Yellow Rose Of Texas').
1938, Bill Withers
1940, Dave Rowberry, keyboards, The Animals.
1943, , Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica, vocals, Canned Heat,
1947, French music producer and songwriter Jacques Morali. Formed The Village People
1948, Jeremy Spencer, guitar, Fleetwood Mac
1958,Kirk Pengilly, guitar, vocals, INXS,

Music Stuff July 3rd

1965, The Beatles played the final night of a two week European tour at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in
Barcelona, Spain.

1967, a private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, England for the Monkees. Guests included: John
Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred
Mann, The Who and Procol Harum.

1968, The Equals were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Baby Come Back’.

1969, Brian Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool,
aged 27. His body was found at the bottom of the pool by his Swedish girlfriend Anna Wohlin. Jones was one of the
founding members of The Rolling Stones and in the early 60’s used the name “Elmo Lewis.”

1971, American singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France,
the cause of death was given as a heart attack.

1972, Blues singer, guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell died of cancer aged 68. The Rolling Stones covered his ‘You
Got To Move’ on their ‘Sticky Fingers’ album.

1973, Laurens Hammond the inventor of the Hammond organ died aged 73.

1976, When rain stopped play during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, Cliff Richard launched into a
spontaneous concert, where he led spectators through some of his old hits. It was later learned that Sir Cliff had
planned the moment as a publicity stunt.

1977, Hot Chocolate were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘So You Win Again’.

1982, The Damned’s guitarist Captain Sensible started a two week run at No.1 with his version of the Rodgers and
Hammerstein song ‘Happy Talk’ from the 1949 musical South Pacific.

1982, The Human League No.1 on the US singles charts with ‘Don’t You Want Me’, also a UK No.1.

1986, U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running an errand for Bono.
The song ‘One Tree Hill’ on the bands Joshua Tree album is dedicated to Carroll.

1989, Prince had the UK No.1 album with ‘Batman’.

2001, American singer, songwriter Johnny Russell died aged 61. Wrote ‘Act Naturally’ covered by The Beatles and
Buck Owens.

2002, Sir Elton John became the first person to be made an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy Of Music.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 3rd

1929, David Lynch, The Platters

1930, Tommy Tedesco, American session guitarist. Described by “Guitar Player” magazine as the most recorded
guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association,
Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. Died
on 10th Nov 1997.

1940, Fontella Bass, US female singer, pianist,

1943, , Judith Durham, vocals, The Seekers,

1950, Damon Harris, vocals, The Temptations, joined in 71

1957, Laura Branigan, US singer

1960,Vince Clarke, keyboards, Depeche Mode

1962, Born on this day, Taylor Dayne, US singer, (Leslie Wundermann)

Music Stuff July 2nd
1956, Elvis Presley recorded ‘Hound Dog’ at RCA Studios, New York. This was the first time The Jordanaires worked
with Presley.

1962, Jimi Hendrix was honourably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers, after breaking his ankle during
his 26th and final parachute jump.
1963, UK record companies increased the price of records making singles, 6 shillings and 8 pence and albums £1.12
shillings,
1966, Frank Sinatra US No.1- ‘Strangers In The Night’. UK No.1
1969, Thunderclap Newman started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Pete Townshend
produced track ‘Something In The Air.’
1971, Queen appeared at Surrey College, England. This was the group’s first gig with the line-up of Freddie Mercury,
Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
1977, Bill Conti US No.1 – ‘Gonna Fly Now’ (Theme from Rocky).
1980, Sheena Easton was featured in the BBC-TV series ‘Big Time’, recording her first single and undergoing the
marketing process as a new artist.
1982, Nicky Headon of The Clash was remanded on bail, charged with stealing a bus stop worth £30 from London’s’
Fulham Road. 1983, Rod Stewart UK No.1 with ‘Baby Jane’, his sixth UK No.1.
1988, Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number one singles from one album when ‘Dirty Diana’ went
to the top of the US charts.
1988, Tracy Chapman No.1 on the UK album chart with her self-titled debut LP. Helped by her performance at the
‘Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Tribute Concert’ at Wembley Stadium, also No.1 in the US.
2001, Liverpool Airport at Speke was renamed John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was present to unveil a new logo that
included the late Beatle’s famous self- portrait and the words, ‘Above Us Only Sky’ taken from his ‘Imagine’ album.
2005, the world’s biggest music stars united in concerts around the world to put pressure on political leaders ahead of
the G8 summit to tackle poverty in Africa.
2007, Lyricist Hy Zaret, who wrote the words for the song Unchained Melody died at his home in Westport,
Connecticut, aged 99. The song (which does not feature the word “unchained”), has been recorded over 300 times.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 2nd
1925, Marvin Rainwate, 1958 UK No.1 single ‘Whole Lotta Woman.’
1936, Tom Springfield, The Springfields, (1963 UK No.5 single ‘Island Of Dreams’).
1940,, Paul Williams, vocals, The Temptation
1942,, Leapy Lee, UK singer, (Lee Graham), 1968 UK No.2 single ‘Little Arrows’.
950, , Duncan Mackay, keyboards, Cockney Rebel

July 1st: On this day
1956, Elvis Presley appeared on NBC- TV’s ‘The Steve Allen Show’ US TV critic John Crosby panned Elvis’
performance, calling him an ‘unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer.’
1962, Gene Vincent plus up and coming local group The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool.
1963, The Beatles recorded  ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I’ll Get You’, completing the two songs in less than four hours.
1967, The Beatles  No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’- the group’s 10th US No.
1 album.
1969, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and family were involved in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland.
1972, Neil Diamond No.1 on the US singles chart – ‘Song Sung Blue’- No.14 hit in the UK.
1972, Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome- by the bands manager Chas Chandler.
1975, 10CC  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Not In Love’.
1981, Rushton Moreve, bass player with Steppenwolf was killed in motorcycle accident Santa Barbara, California,
aged 32. Had the 1968 US No.2 single ‘Born To Be Wild’ and he co-wrote their hit ‘Magic Carpet Ride.’
1989, Milli Vanilli’s  first US No.1 single – ‘Baby Don’t Forget My Number’, UK No.16
1989, Prince scored his second UK No.1 album with ‘Batman’.
1990, Over a lunch meeting Mark Knopfler, John Illsley and Dire Straits manager, Ed Bicknell decide to reform the
group, record an album and plan a world tour.
1995, DJ Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack.
1995, R.E.M. The Cure, Therapy, Offspring, PJ Harvey, dEUS, Senser, Bodycount, Channel Zero, Jeff Buckley,
Spearhead, Belly, Morphine and The Cranberries all appeared at this years Rock Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium.
1999, American singer Guy Mitchell, (born Albert George Cernik) died aged 72 at Desert Springs Hospital in Las
Vegas.
1999, Jamaican reggae singer Dennis Brown died aged 42, the official cause of his death was a collapsed lung.
2000, Kylie Minogue’s 5th UK No.1 – ‘Spinning Around’,- co-written by Paula Abdul
2001, Winners of TV talent contest “Popstars” Hear’Say scored their second UK No.1
2001, Rolling Stone Ron Wood was commissioned to paint a group portrait of diners who are regulars at the West
End London restaurant The Ivy. Elton John and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant were two pop stars to be included in the
portrait.
2002, Six postage stamps designed by Sir Paul McCartney went on sale in The Isle Of Man. With proceeds from their
sale going to the Adopt-A- Minefield charity.
2004, Glen Campbell began serving 10 nights in jail along with two years of probation for a November 2003 drink-
driving, hit-and-run collision.
2005, Four Tops singer Renaldo “Obie” Benson died aged 69 in a Detroit hospital from lung cancer. He was
diagnosed after having a leg amputated due to circulation problems.
2005, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer Luther Vandross died at the age of 54 at the JFK
Medical Centre in New Jersey, two years after suffering a major stroke.
2008, Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley, died at the age of 60 from cancer of the oesophagus.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 1st
1915, Willie Dixon, blues singer, guitarist, ‘the poet laureate of the blues’. Credited with writing more than 500 songs
by the end of his life. Wrote classic songs: ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘I’m Ready’, ‘You Shook Me’, ‘I Can’t Quit You
Baby’, ‘Little Red Rooster.’
1928,  Bobby Day, US singer, had the 1958 hit ‘Rockin Robin’, one half of the duo, Bob And Earl
1939,  Delaney Bramlett, Delaney & Bonnie
1945, Deborah Harry, singer, Blondie
1952,  Dan Aykroyd, actor, ‘Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers
1956, Phil Solem, singer, songwriter, The Rembrandts
1959,  Edem Ephraim, singer, The London Boys


July 1st: On this day
1956, Elvis Presley appeared on NBC- TV's 'The Steve Allen Show' US TV critic John Crosby panned Elvis'
performance, calling him an 'unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer.'
1962, Gene Vincent plus up and coming local group The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool.
1963, The Beatles recorded  ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I'll Get You’, completing the two songs in less than four hours.
1967, The Beatles  No.1 on the US album chart with 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'- the group's 10th US No.
1 album.
1969, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and family were involved in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland.
1972, Neil Diamond No.1 on the US singles chart - 'Song Sung Blue'- No.14 hit in the UK.
1972, Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Take Me Bak 'Ome- by the bands manager Chas Chandler.
1975, 10CC  No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'm Not In Love'.
1981, Rushton Moreve, bass player with Steppenwolf was killed in motorcycle accident Santa Barbara, California,
aged 32. Had the 1968 US No.2 single 'Born To Be Wild' and he co-wrote their hit ‘Magic Carpet Ride.’
1989, Milli Vanilli's  first US No.1 single - 'Baby Don't Forget My Number', UK No.16
1989, Prince scored his second UK No.1 album with 'Batman'.
1990, Over a lunch meeting Mark Knopfler, John Illsley and Dire Straits manager, Ed Bicknell decide to reform the
group, record an album and plan a world tour.
1995, DJ Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack.
1995, R.E.M. The Cure, Therapy, Offspring, PJ Harvey, dEUS, Senser, Bodycount, Channel Zero, Jeff Buckley,
Spearhead, Belly, Morphine and The Cranberries all appeared at this years Rock Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium.
1999, American singer Guy Mitchell, (born Albert George Cernik) died aged 72 at Desert Springs Hospital in Las
Vegas.
1999, Jamaican reggae singer Dennis Brown died aged 42, the official cause of his death was a collapsed lung.
2000, Kylie Minogue's 5th UK No.1 - 'Spinning Around',- co-written by Paula Abdul
2001, Winners of TV talent contest "Popstars" Hear'Say scored their second UK No.1
2001, Rolling Stone Ron Wood was commissioned to paint a group portrait of diners who are regulars at the West
End London restaurant The Ivy. Elton John and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant were two pop stars to be included in the
portrait.
2002, Six postage stamps designed by Sir Paul McCartney went on sale in The Isle Of Man. With proceeds from their
sale going to the Adopt-A- Minefield charity.
2004, Glen Campbell began serving 10 nights in jail along with two years of probation for a November 2003 drink-
driving, hit-and-run collision.
2005, Four Tops singer Renaldo "Obie" Benson died aged 69 in a Detroit hospital from lung cancer. He was
diagnosed after having a leg amputated due to circulation problems.
2005, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer Luther Vandross died at the age of 54 at the JFK
Medical Centre in New Jersey, two years after suffering a major stroke.
2008, Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley, died at the age of 60 from cancer of the oesophagus.

Birthday Boys and Girls July 1st
1915, Willie Dixon, blues singer, guitarist, 'the poet laureate of the blues'. Credited with writing more than 500 songs
by the end of his life. Wrote classic songs: 'Hoochie Coochie Man', 'I'm Ready', 'You Shook Me', 'I Can't Quit You
Baby', 'Little Red Rooster.'
1928,  Bobby Day, US singer, had the 1958 hit ‘Rockin Robin’, one half of the duo, Bob And Earl
1939,  Delaney Bramlett, Delaney & Bonnie
1945, Deborah Harry, singer, Blondie
1952,  Dan Aykroyd, actor, 'Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers
1956, Phil Solem, singer, songwriter, The Rembrandts
1959,  Edem Ephraim, singer, The London Boys