July 27 – August 2 This Week In Rock

July 27 – August 2 This Week In Rock

MTV goes on air on August 1, 1981 – The Answer to this week’s trivia question.

Born This Week in Rock History

Rex Brown – July 27, 1964 (bass, Pantera)

Mike Bloomfield – July 28, 1949 (guitar, Paul Butterfield Band)

Richard Wright – July 28, 1943 (keys, Pink Floyd)

Simon Kirke – July 28, 1949 (drums, Free and Bad Company)

Delfeayo Marsalis – July 28, 1965 (jazz trombone)

Charlie Christian – July 29, 1916 (jazz guitarist)

Mike Garson – July 29, 1945 (piano, David Bowie/NIN)

Happy Birthday Geddy Lee!

Geddy Lee – July 29, 1953 (bass, Rush)

Buddy Guy – July 30, 1936 (blues guitarist)

Jeffrey Hammond – July 30, 1946 (bass, Jethro Tull)

Kenny Burrell – July 31, 1931 (jazz guitarist)

John 5 – July 31, 1971- (guitar, Marilyn Manson)

Happy Birthday To Jerry Garcia!

Jerry Garcia – August 1, 1942 (guitar, The Grateful Dead)

Boz Burrell – August 1, 1946 (bass, Bad Company & King Crimson)

Tommy Bolin – August 1, 1951 (guitar, Deep Purple)

Robert Cray – August 1, 1953 (guitar, Robert Cray Band)

Garth Hudson – August 2, 1937 (organ and keys, The Band)

Jim Capaldi – August 2, 1944 (drums, Traffic)

Joe Lyn Turner – August 2, 1951 (musician, Deep Purple/Rainbow)

Died This Week in Rock History

Lighting Slim – July 27, 1974 (blues singer)
Leon Wilkeson – July 27, 2001 (bass, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Mama Cass Elliot – July 29, 1974 (singer, Mamas and the Papas)
Sam Phillips – July 30, 2003 (record mogul, Sun Records)
Dick Wagner – July 30, 2014 (guitar, Alice Cooper and Lou Reed)
Chuck Loeb – July 31, 2017 (jazz guitarist)
Ron De’Ath – August 1, 2014 (drums, Rory Gallagher)
James Jamerson – August 2, 1983 (Iconic bass player)

Music Releases and Top of the Charts

“Sweet Home Alabama” releases on July 27, 1974.
Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” releases on July 28, 1973
The Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like An Eagle LP is certified gold – July 28, 1976
Rolling Stones release “Out of Our Heads” -July 30, 1965
The Beatles’ Yesterday …And Today LP hits #1- July 30, 1966
Steve Winwood had number 1 song with ‘Roll With It’ – July 30, 1988

James Taylor Hits #1

James Taylor’s “You’ve Got A Friend” hits #1- July 31, 1971
Blue Oyster Cult, “Don’t Fear The Reaper” releases July 31, 1976
George Benson hits #1 with ‘Breezin’ – July 31, 1976
Bob Seger’s “Shakedown” hits #1 – August 1, 1987
The Doors’ “Hello I Love You” hits #1- August 2, 1968
The Eagles’ “One Of These Nights” hits #1- August 2, 1975
“Deepest Purple” becomes third #1 UK album for Deep Purple – August 2, 1980


John Lennon ends his four-year fight to stay in the US as a special government hearing granted him a green card (Number A-17-597-321) – July 27, 1976

Queen becomes the first western artist since Louis Armstrong, who did it in 1964, to perform in Eastern Europe. Queen plays at Budapest’s Nepstadium and the show is being filmed and releases as “Queen Magic” In Budapest “- July 27, 1986

The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen is held. This show at one point holds the Guinness record for “Largest audience at a pop festival.” The concert features three heavy hitters, The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead, and The Band. The Dead begins the show, opening with “Bertha,” and plays two long sets, including songs such as “Box of Rain,” “China Cat Sunflower,” “Eyes of the World,” and “Jack Straw.” The Band follows afterwards, although their set is interrupted by a terrible downpour.

Shortly after, The Allman Brothers take the stage and previews music from their upcoming album “Brothers and Sisters”. As well as playing some fan favorites including “Statesboro Blues,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” and “Whipping Post”. Furthermore, the event is capped by an impressive encore that lasts a whole hour, featuring members of all three bands! That set includes “Not Fade Away,” “Mountain Jam,” and “Johnny B. Goode” on July 28, 1973.

The Beatles’ George Martin assembles first rough cut of Abbey Road Medley on July 30, 1969

The Eagles Split Up!

Eagles split shortly after Glenn Frey and Don Felder fight on stage on July 31, 1980

Johnny Cash, upset that label executive Sam Phillips is spending too much time promoting Jerry Lee Lewis. With not enough time on the Man in Black. Leaving Sun Records, he signs with Columbia on August 1, 1958

According to a report in Billboard, on August 1, 1964. Playing Harmonica is hip! Due to the popularization of the instrument and songs by The Beatles. Along with Bob Dylan,The Rolling Stones, and Stevie Wonder. 

New York’s Madison Square Garden is where “The Concert for Bangladesh” is being held. Furthermore, it’s one of the first rock benefit concert to feature a variety of major artists. Spearheaded by The Beatles’ George Harrison and features Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, and Ringo Starr. The show raises $11 million for the hungry of Bangladesh on August 1, 1971

MTV goes on air on August 1, 1981

Folk musician Robert Zimmerman legally changes his name to Bob Dylan on August 2, 1962

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