July 29 – August 4 – THIS WEEK IN ROCK

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Bob Dylan Returns to the Newport Folk Festival after a 37-year hiatus. His last performance there didn’t go exactly as planned, you may recall, when Dylan dared to play rock music with a plugged-in electric guitar. The set list from his return to the festival included “Desolation Row,” “Positively 4th Street,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Also, he wore a false beard and a wig. Nobody was fooled – August 3, 2002

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Born This Week in Rock History

Charlie Christian: July 29, 1916 (jazz guitarist)

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)
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)
John York: August 3, 1946 (bass, The Byrds)

Tony Bennett: August 3, 1926 (jazz singer)
Louis Armstrong: August 4, 1901 (jazz trumpeter)

Died This Week in Rock History

Cass Elliot: July 29, 1974 (vocals, The Mamas & The Papas)
Sam Phillips: July 30, 2003 (record mogul, Sun Records)

Dick Wagner: July 30, 2014 (guitar, Alice Cooper and Lou Reed)

James Jamerson: August 2, 1983 (Iconic bass player)
Little Milton: August 4, 2005 (blues guitarist)

Music Releases and Top of the Charts

The Doors’ “Light My Fire” hits #1: July 29, 1967

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
Blue Oyster Cult, “Don’t Fear The Reaper” was released: July 31, 1976
James Taylor’s “You’ve Got A Friend” hits #1: July 31, 1971

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

Beach Boys release “Surfer Girl”: August 3, 1963
Bad Company’s Bad Company hits #1: August 3, 1974
Pink Floyd releases The Piper at the Gates of Dawn: August 4, 1967

Some music and pop culture events…

The Beatles’ second film, Help! premieres in the UK at the Pavilion in London – July 29, 1965

Cream makes their live debut, appearing at The Twisted Wheel in Manchester, England – July 29, 1966

Bob Dylan is injured in a severe motorcycle accident – July 29, 1966

The Beatles hold their first recording session for the song “Hey Jude” at Abbey Road Studios in London – July 29, 1968

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

Johnny Cash, upset that label executive Sam Phillips is spending too much time promoting Jerry Lee Lewis and not enough time on the Man in Black, leaves Sun Record and signs with Columbia – August 1, 1958

Harmonica is hip! So says a report in Billboard thanks to popularization of the instrument due to songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Stevie Wonder – August 1, 1964

The Concert for Bangladesh is held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. This was the first major rock benefit concert to feature a variety of major artists. The event was spearheaded by The Beatles’ George Harrison and featured Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, and Ringo Starr. The show was able to raise $11 million for the hungry of Bangladesh – August 1, 1971

MTV goes on air: August 1, 1981

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

The Beatles, who had played nearly 300 shows there in a span of 2 years, play their last gig as a headliner at the Cavern Club in Liverpool – August 3, 1963

The first day of The Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California is held. Over 100,000 people attended. Featured artists at the event included Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, Country Joe and the Fish, James Cotton Blues Band, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Steppenwolf – August 3, 1968

Bob Dylan returns to the Newport Folk festival

Bob Dylan returns to the Newport Folk festival after a 37-year hiatus. His last performance there didn’t go exactly as planned, you may recall, when Dylan dared to play rock music with a plugged-in electric guitar. The set list from his return to the festival included “Desolation Row,” “Positively 4th Street,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Also, he wore a false beard and a wig. Nobody was fooled – August 3, 2002

Queen’s Brian May completes his Ph. D dissertation, which he had put aside 36 years prior to join the band Queen. He was a candidate for a Ph.D. in astrophysics and studied “zodiacal dust clouds”. We don’t really know what that is, because we do not have Ph.D.’s in astrophysics – August 3, 2007

The Rollin’ Stones play their first show at the Ealing Jazz Club in London. The band would play a weekly residency for another 21 weeks – August 4, 1962

The second day of The Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California is held. Featured artists on Day 2 included The Animals, The Grateful Dead, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and The Byrd’s” August 4, 1968

That’s all for This Week in Rock History. Be sure to check back next week for the latest Rock history tidbits!

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