July 9th: On this day
1954, Elvis Presley recorded ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’, (the B-side for his first single) at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Presley had recorded the A-side ‘That’s Alright’ four days earlier.
1955, Bill Haley & His Comets went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Around the Clock’, staying at No.1 for eight weeks and becoming one of the biggest selling singles of all time.
1956, After the June 30th trouble at Asbury Park, Bill Haley and His Comets were denied permission to play at the Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City. A city ordnance was passed that read: “Rock and roll music encouraged juvenile delinquency and inspired young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city’s beaches.”
1958, Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records, where he would remain for the next 30 years releasing over 60 albums.
1962, Bob Dylan recorded ‘Blowin’ In the Wind’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City during an afternoon session. Dylan originally wrote and performed a two-verse version of the song, as in its first public performance, at Gerde’s Folk City on April 16th, 1962. Shortly after this, he added the middle verse.
1967, On a US tour supporting The Monkees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Convention Hall, Miami, Florida. After it became plainly apparent that the group is not suited to teenybopper audiences, the tour’s promoter Dick Clark and Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler concoct a story saying that the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution group had complained at Jimi’s act and so the Experience left the tour after just six shows.
1969, Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles recorded ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’ John Lennon returned to the studio after recovering from a car crash in Scotland, and a bed was installed in the Abbey Road studio for Yoko, who was pregnant, and who had been more seriously injured in the car accident.
1971, David Bowie started recording sessions at Trident Studios in London, for what would become the concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The character of Ziggy was initially inspired by British rock ‘n’ roll singer Vince Taylor, whom Bowie met after Taylor had had a breakdown and believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien.
1972, Paul McCartney and Wings played their very first show in the small French town of Chateauvillon. The band included Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough and Paul’s wife, Linda. It was McCartney’s first time on the road since The Beatles quit touring in 1966. The band travelled on a double Decker London bus with a psychedelic interior.
1976, The Pretty Things, Supercharge and third on the bill the Sex Pistols all appeared at The Lyceum, London, England, tickets £1.75.
1977, Elvis Costello quit his day job at Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics to become a full time musician.
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!’, which went on to spend 116 weeks on the chart.
1988, Cheap Trick went to No.1 on the US singles chart with The Flame, the group’s only US No.1.
1988, Glenn Medeiros was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You’. The 18 year old from Hawaii was one of the youngest males to reach the top of the charts.
1989, New Edition’s production manager was charged with criminal homicide after allegedly shooting the support acts security man after they ran over their stage time.
1995, The Grateful Dead gave their last concert with leader Jerry Garcia at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Jerry would die of a heart attack a month later while in drug rehab.
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. Sir Elton was forced to cancel a series of concerts.
2004, David Bowie was forced to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery. The 57 year-old singer had an operation last month in Germany, where he was on tour, to treat “an acutely blocked artery”. The star’s cancellation last month of 11 European dates was originally attributed to a shoulder injury.
2006, Muse started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Black Holes & Revelations’ the bands fifth album release and second No.1.
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.
2007, Happy Mondays’ frontman Shaun Ryder was in trouble after he smoked several cigarettes on stage during a concert at The Ritz in Manchester. Smoking had been banned in all enclosed public places in England on 1 July of this year, and anyone flouting the law faced a £50 fine. Performers were only exempt from the smoking ban if the “artistic integrity” of their act required it.
2010, During a Santana concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois, guitarist Carlos Santana proposed to his girlfriend, Cindy Blackman who had just finished a drum solo during the band’s set. The couple married in December 2010.
2011, Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant joined three local musicians at a fundraising charity show in Monmouth Wales, where tickets cost £3. The event was a tribute to his friend, former Led Zeppelin producer Pat Moran, who died of a rare dementia in January. Plant delighted the small crowd in the Monmouthshire town with songs from his Led Zeppelin days as well as tunes from his solo career.
2013, Former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill began a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut for tax evasion. The 38-year-old was sentenced in May for failing to pay tax on $1.8m (£1.2m) of her earnings between 2005-07. After her release, Hill would be under parole supervision for a year, with the first three months to be spent confined to her home.
2013, 32 year-old Junior Bradshaw who was involved in a plot to rob and murder soul singer Joss Stone was jailed for 18 years. Both he and Kevin Liverpool, were found guilty at Exeter Crown Court three months ago. The pair were found near the singers home with a body bag and a variety of weapons including a Samurai sword, two hammers and knives.
2015, Phil Rudd, a drummer with AC/DC was sentenced in New Zealand to eight months house detention for drug possession and making threats to kill. The court heard how Rudd had fired several employees after the failure of his solo album, Head Job, in August last year, Rudd had also called one victim saying: “I’m going to come over and kill you.” His sentence would be served at his beachfront home in Tauranga, with Judge Thomas Ingram warning he would be face jail if he breached the conditions.
July 9th: Born on this day
1925, Born on this day, Alan Dale, US singer. Had his own TV & radio show during the 50’s. 1955 US No.7 single ‘Cheery Pink and Apple Blossom White’. Dale died on 20th April 2002.
1929, Born on this day, Lee Hazlewood, US male singer, (1967 US No.14 & UK No. 11 single ‘Jackson’, 1971 UK No.2 single with Nancy Sinatra). Wrote the Nancy Sinatra hit, ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin.’ Died of cancer on 4th Aug 2007 at his home near Las Vegas aged 78.
1941, Born on this day, Don McPherson, Main Ingredient, (1974 US No.10 & UK No.27 single ‘Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely’). He died on 4th July 1971.
1946, Born on this day in Forfar, Scotland, Bon Scott (Ronald Belford Scott), singer with AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was brought up in Kirriemuir before moving to Melbourne, Australia, with his family in 1952 at the age of six. Having arrived from ‘Bonnie Scotland’, he was dubbed ‘Bon’, and the nickname stuck. After a night of heavy drinking, Scott was found dead in the backseat of a friend’s car in South London on 19th February 1980, the cause of death being subsequently listed as ’acute alcohol poisoning’.
1946, Born on this day, Joe Micelli, John Fred and His Playboy Band, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Judy In Disguise’).
1947, Born on this day, Mitch Mitchell, drums, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967 UK No.3 single ‘Purple Haze’, 1970 UK No.1 single Voodoo Chile’). Mitchell had been in the ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go!’ house band. Mitchell was found dead in his US hotel room on 12th Nov 2008 aged 61. Are You Experienced?
1950, Born on this day, Gwen Guthrie, soul singer, (1986 UK No.5 single ‘Ain’t Nothing Goin’ But The Rent’). She died on 4th February 1999.
1953, Born on this day, Kate Garner, vocals, Haysi Fantayzee, (1982 UK No.11 single ‘John Wayne Is Big Leggy’).
1954, Born on this day, Debbie Sledge, singer, Sister Sledge, (1979 US No.2 single ‘We Are Family’, 1985 UK No.1 single ‘Frankie’).
1959, Born on this day, Jim Kerr, vocals, Simple Minds, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Don’t You, Forget About Me’, 1989 UK No.1 single ‘Belfast Child’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles’).
1959, Born on this day, Marc Almond, singer, Soft Cell, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Tainted Love’). Solo, (1989 UK No.1 single with Gene Pitney, ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’).
1959, Born on this day, D.H. Peligro, American punk rock musician and the second drummer for the Dead Kennedys from February 1981 until their breakup in December 1986. In 1988, Peligro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers replacing drummer Jack Irons for a short time.
1965, Born on this day, Courtney Love, guitar, vocals, Babes In Toyland, Hole, (1995 UK No.16 single ‘Doll Parts’) and solo records. Married Kurt Cobain from Nirvana on 24th Feb 1992.
1965, Born on this day, Frankie Bello, bass, Anthrax, (1991 UK No.16 single ‘Got The Time’).
1965, Born on this day, Tom Hingley, vocals, Inspiral Carpets, (1990 UK No.14 single ‘This Is How It Feels’).
1967, Born on this day, Dickon Hinchcliffe, guitar, violin, Tindersticks, (1993 album ‘Tindersticks’).
1967, Born on this day, Owen Paul, guitar, Catatonia, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Mulder And Scully’).
1971, Born on this day, Kelvin Grant, vocals, Musical Youth, best remembered for their successful 1982 single ‘Pass the Dutchie’, which became a No.1 hit around the world. It was a cover version of two songs: ‘Gimme the Music’ by U Brown, and ‘Pass the Kouchie’ by Mighty Diamonds, which deals with the recreational use of cannabis (kouchie being slang for a cannabis pipe).
1975, Born on this day, Jack White, (John Gillis), guitar, vocals, The White Stripes, (2003 UK No.1 album ‘Elephant’ spent 46 weeks on the UK chart). Also a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
1975, Born on this day, Isaac Brock, singer, guitarist, Modest Mouse, (2007 US No.1 album ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’).
1976, Born on this day, Dan Estrin, guitarist, Hoobastank, 2004 US No.2 hit ‘The Reason.’