July 4th: On this day
1958, The Everly Brothers held the UK No.1 position with ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream.’ The Duo’s first No.1 single was recorded in just two takes and features Chet Atkins on guitar. The song was written by the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.
1958, Buddy Holly played three shows at the Buck Lake Ranch, Angola, Indiana Frankie Avalon was also on the bill.
1964, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Get Around’, the group’s first No.1, which was a No.7 hit in the UK. It is noteworthy for its back-to-front structure—it starts with a chorus and has two short verses.
1964, The Rolling Stones appearance on ‘Juke Box Dury’ 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. The Philippine media misrepresent this as a deliberate snub and when Brian Epstein tries to make a televised statement, his comments are disrupted by static. The next day, as The Beatles make their way to the airport they were greeted by angry mobs, the Philippine government had retaliated by refusing police protection for The Beatles.
1968, Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a Hollywood women’s charity, which raised $35,000.
1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia.
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.
1971, Donald McPherson lead singer of US soul group Main Ingredient died of leukaemia aged 30. Had the 1972 hit song, ‘Everybody Plays the Fool’.
1973, Slade drummer Don Powell was badly injured in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed.
1974, Despite the fact that they have the No.4 song in the US with ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ and a current Platinum album with ‘Pretzel Logic’, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagan play their final gig together in Santa Monica, California. They would not tour again for the next eighteen years.
1976, The Ramones, The Stranglers and The Flamin Groovies appeared at London’s Roundhouse, tickets £1.60.
1976, The Clash made their live debut supporting the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield, England.
1982, After being divorced by his first wife, Thelma Mayfair last year, Ozzy Osbourne married Sharon Arden, the daughter of music business manager Don Arden.
1986, The second Farm Aid benefit concert took place at Manor Downs Racetrack, Manor, Texas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Alabama, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Emmylou Harris, Jason & the Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Vince Neil and Willie Nelson.
1987, Pet Shop Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s A Sin’, the duo’s second UK No.1 and lead single from the duo’s second album ‘Actually’.
1990, Paul Stanley from KISS sustained neck and back injuries when he was involved in a car crash in New Jersey.
1992, John Phillips ex of Mamas And The Papas received a liver transplant at the Los Angeles Medical Centre.
1993, The Smashing Pumpkins played an acoustic show at the strip club Raymond’s Revue Bar, London.
1999, Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Adams married footballer David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland. The couple had signed a deal worth £1million for OK magazine to have the exclusive picture rights.
2000, A man fell 80 feet to his death during a Metallica concert at Raven Stadium, Baltimore.
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’. Americans were upset by the controversial video, which had President Bush in bed with Tony Blair.
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 other chart hits include 1974 hit ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’, 1974 US No.1 ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe’. Bubblegum act The Banana Splits recorded his songs and he arranged the 1963 hit ‘Harlem Shuffle’ for Bob & Earl.
2004, Ja Rule was arrested for driving while his licence was suspended and being in possession of marijuana. Rule, 28, was stopped by police after changing lanes without signalling, he later pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended licence but the possession charge was dropped.
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. Judge Matthew Deery at Dublin’s Circuit Court ordered Lola Cashman to return the items, which also include earrings, within seven days. Ms Cashman, had worked as U2’s stylist during the 1980s and wrote an unauthorised book called ‘Inside the Zoo’. Judge Deery said he found Ms Cashman’s version of how she had been given the items at the end of a US tour doubtful, particularly her description of Bono running around in his underpants backstage.
2007, Former laboratory worker Devon Townsend admitted to a court in Albuquerque, New Mexico of stalking Chester Bennington lead singer with Linkin Park. Townsend used US government computers to obtain his personal information, accessing Bennington’s e-mail account and mobile phone voicemail. The court was told how she travelled to Arizona solely for the purpose of trying to see the singer and monitored Chester Bennington’s voicemails as a means of trying to locate where he might be eating.
2009, 77-year-old Allen Klein, the former manager of The Rolling Stones and later The Beatles died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The assets of his company, ABKCO Music & Records, include recordings by The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Bobby Womack, The Kinks, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and many others.
2010, George Michael was arrested after he crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London. The singer was returning home from a Gay Pride parade when the incident was spotted on CCTV. He was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs.
2012, Bonhams of London announced that Freddie Mercury’s black and white harlequin stage costume had sold for £22,500 at their Entertainment Memorabilia sale. The harlequin costume was one of Freddie’s most recognisable stage designs, which he wore at a number of high-profile concerts in the 1970s. Also a pair of Freddie’s ballet pumps exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £1,500 – 2,000, selling for £4,000 to an overseas internet bidder. Freddie had worn the white leather ballet shoes during Queen’s legendary Hyde Park performance in 1976.
2015, Blur’s Damon Albarn was removed from stage at the Roskilde festival in Denmark after a mammoth five-hour set. The singer who was headlining the event with his Africa Express project encouraged the crowd to protest at the plug being pulled. The stage manager emerged, put the singer’s jacket over his shoulders and lifted him off stage.
July 4th: Born on this day
1911, Born on this day, Mitch Miller, conductor, arranger, (1955 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Yellow Rose Of Texas’).
1938, Born on this day, Bill Withers, (1972 US No.1 single ‘Lean On Me’, 1988 UK No.4 single ‘Lovely Day’, first released in 1978).
1940, Born on this day, Dave Rowberry, keyboards, The Animals. (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’). Rowberry died on 6th June 2003.
1943, Born on this day, Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica, vocals, Canned Heat, (1979 UK No.2 and US No.26 single ‘Let’s Work Together’). Wilson died on 3rd September 1970.
1947, Born on this day, French music producer and songwriter Jacques Morali. Formed The Village People, between 1974 and 1982 Morali produced over 65 albums.
1948, Born on this day, Jeremy Spencer, guitar, Fleetwood Mac, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Albatross’). Left the band during a 1971 US tour saying he was going out to buy a newspaper. He was found two days later in LA at the Children of God headquarters with his hair shaved off.
1951, Born on this day, Ralph Johnson, drums, Earth Wind and Fire, (1975 US No.1 single ‘Shining Star’, 1981 UK No.3 single ‘Let’s Groove’).
1954, Born on this day, John Waite, singer, The Babys, (1977 US No.13 & UK No.45 single ‘Isn’t It Time’,) solo, (1984 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Missing You’).
1958, Born on this day, Kirk Pengilly, guitar, vocals, INXS, (1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’). 1987 album ‘Kick’ has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; ‘Need You Tonight,’ ‘Devil Inside’, ‘New Sensation,’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’
1963, Born on this day, Matt Malley, bass, Counting Crows, (1994 UK No.28 single ‘Mr Jones’, 1996 US No.1 album, ‘Recovering The Satellites’).
1970, Born on this day, Andy McClure, drums, Sleeper, (1996 UK No.10 single ‘Sale Of The Century’).
1971, Born on this day, Andy Creeggan, piano, Barenaked Ladies, (1998 US No.1 & UK No. 5 single ‘One Week’).
1972, Born on this day, William Goldsmith, Foo Fighters, drummer, (1995 UK No.5 single ‘This Is A Call’). Quit the band in 1997.
1978, Born on this day, Stephen McNally, BBMak, (2001 UK No.5 single ‘Back Here’ and No.1 in Japan).