Happy Birthday to Mick Jagger!

Mick Jagger birthday

1969 The Rolling Stones: Charlie Watts, drums, Mick Taylor, Mick Jagger, centre, Keith Richards, And Bill Wyman

Welcome back to this week’s edition of “This Week in Rock History.” This week is the birthday of one of the greatest rock gods we know – Sir Mick Jagger! Jagger, born on July 26 of 1943, is without a doubt one of the most legendary lead vocalists / band frontmen in the rock canon, perhaps with only John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Robert Plant as comparable figures. A founding member of The Rolling Stones and still performing with the band today, Jagger’s charisma, popularity, and musical influence have only seemed to grow in strength. He, along with guitarist Keith Richards, have formed the bedrock of The Rolling Stones, and as a singer Jagger is responsible for some of the most thrilling, culturally impacting, and beloved songs in the popular music canon. These include “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Wild Horses,” “Paint It Black,” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Not to mention our personal favorite and probably Martin Scorsese’s as well, “Gimme Shelter.” Happy birthday, Mick! With that said, here’s the rest of what else happened this week in rock history:

Born this Week in Rock History
Don Henley – July 22nd, 1947 (drums and vocals, The Eagles)

Blair Thornton – July 23, 1950 (guitar, Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
Jim McCarty: July 25, 1943 (drums, The Yardbirds)
Jose “Chepito” Áreas – July 25, 1946 (percussion, Santana)
Mick Jagger: July 26, 1943 (vocals, The Rolling Stones)
Roger Taylor: July 26, 1949 (drums, Queen)
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)


Died this Week in Rock History
Keith Godchaux: July 23, 1980 (keys, The Grateful Dead)
Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton: July 25, 1984

Brent Mydland: July 26, 1990 (keys, The Grateful Dead)
Leon Wilkeson: July 27, 2001 (bass, Lynyrd Skynyrd)


Music releases and top of the charts…

Johnny Cash tops the albums chart with his posthumous album American V: A Hundred Highways: Produced by Rick Rubin as are the other albums in the American series, the instrumental parts to the album were not recorded until after Cash had died: July 22, 2006
The Doors’ L.A. Woman is certified gold: July 22, 1971
The Who releases “Join Together”: July 22, 1972
The Eagles’ One Of These Nights LP hits #1: July 26, 1975
The Rolling Stones’ Emotional Rescue hits #1: July 26, 1980
Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” was released: July 28, 1973

The Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like An Eagle LP is certified gold: July 28, 1976


And here is the good stuff…This week in rock History

– The first major Vanilla Fudge show is performed in New York City at the Village Theater in NYC: July 22nd, 1967

– John Lennon and Yoko Ono work on the “Imagine” promotional film for the second day at their Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England home. The footage shot on July 22nd included Lennon walking through the mist on the ground of the property as well as Lennon playing the song in the white room on the white piano: July 22nd, 1971

– Billy Joel and Elton John began the first of five duet concerts at Giants Stadium in New Jersey: July 22nd, 1994

– Backstage at the “Days On The Green” festival in Oakland, CA, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham allegedly sees a member of promoter Bill Graham’s staff slap his son for taking down a dressing room sign. Bonham kicks the employee, and band manager Peter Grant later breaks into the staff member’s trailer and beats him savagely. Bonham and Grant, among others, are arrested for assault. Both would bargain down to misdemeanors, plead guilty, and eventually pay a combined $2 million fine: July 23, 1977

– Ringo Starr begins his first tour since the Beatles stopped touring in 1966, introducing his “All-Starr Band” of Seventies icons in Dallas, TX: July 23, 1989

– At the Rolling Stones’ gig in Blackpool, England’s Empress Ballroom, an angry audience member spits on guitarist Brian Jones, sparking a riot which injures two policemen and 30 fans, as well as destroying chandeliers, seats and a Steinway grand piano. Their remaining performances at the venue are cancelled and the group is banned from performing in the city, a ban which was not lifted until 2008: July 24, 1964

– At the end of their gig at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Crosby, Stills and Nash invite Neil Young on stage to back them on a couple of songs, and they like the result so much he almost immediately becomes part of the band: July 25, 1969

– London graffiti artists hired by the Rolling Stones’ management spray paint various local sites as promotion for the groups’ latest single, “It’s Only Rock And Roll.”: July 26, 1974

– The Allman Brothers play a show at the Boston Garden with another pretty groovy band, The Eagles, as their opening act: July 26, 1974

– Led Zeppelin has to cut short their North American tour after Robert Plant’s five-year old son tragically dies from a virus: July 26, 1977

– 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 in 1964, to perform in Eastern Europe. They played at Budapest’s Nepstadium and the show was filmed and released as Queen Magic In Budapest“: July 27, 1986

– The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen was held. This show at one point held the Guinness record for “Largest audience at a pop festival.” The concert featured three heavy hitters, The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead, and The Band. The Dead began the show, opening with “Bertha,” and played two long sets, which included songs such as “Box of Rain,” “China Cat Sunflower,” “Eyes of the World,” and “Jack Straw.” The Band followed, although their set was interrupted by a terrible downpour. The Allman Brothers took the stage and previewed 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.” Finally, the event was capped by an impressive encore that lasted a whole hour, featuring members of all three bands! That set included “Not Fade Away,” “Mountain Jam,” and “Johnny B. Goode”: July 28, 1973

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