Born this Week in Rock History
Linsey Alexander: July 23, 1942 (Chicago blues guitarist)

Blair Thornton – July 23, 1950 (guitar, Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

John Rutsey: July 23, 1952 (drums, Rush)

Slash: July 23, 1965 (guitar, Guns N’ Roses)

Alison Krauss: July 23, 1971 (bluegrass singer)

Jim McCarty: July 25, 1943 (drums, The Yardbirds)

Jose “Chepito” Áreas – July 25, 1946 (percussion, Santana)

Verdine White: July 25, 1951 (bass, Earth, Wind, & Fire)

Thurston Moore: July 25, 1958 (guitar, Sonic Youth)

Brian Blade: July 25, 1970 (jazz drummer)

Mick Jagger: July 26, 1943 (vocals, The Rolling Stones)

Roger Taylor: July 26, 1949 (drums, Queen)

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)

Steve Morse: July 28, 1954 (guitar, Deep Purple)

Delfeayo Marsalis: July 28, 1965 (jazz trombone)

Charlie Christian: July 29, 1916 (jazz guitarist)

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

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



Died this Week in Rock History

Keith Godchaux: July 23, 1980 (keys, The Grateful Dead)

Amy Winehouse: July 23, 2011

Adolph Jacobs: July 23, 2014 (guitar, The Coasters)

Dan Peek: July 24, 2011 (guitar, America)

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton: July 25, 1984

Tal Farlow: July 25, 1998 (jazz guitarist)

Brent Mydland: July 26, 1990 (keys, The Grateful Dead)

Ben Keith: July 26, 2010 (pedal steel, Neil Young)

JJ Cale: July 26, 2013

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)



Music Releases and Top of the Charts

Chuck Berry releases his first single “Maybellene”: July 23, 1955

“Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra hits #1: July 23, 1966

The final album by Police “Synchronicity” goes to #1: July 23, 1983

Jefferson Airplane’s “Surrealistic Pillow” is certified Gold: July 24, 1967

“China Grove,” the most popular song by the Doobie Brother is released: July 25, 1973

The Eagles’ One Of These Nights LP hits #1: July 26, 1975

The Rolling Stones’ Emotional Rescue hits #1: July 26, 1980

“Sweet Home Alabama” is released: July 27, 1974

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

– 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. They like the result so much that Young 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 it in 1964, to perform in Eastern Europe. Queen 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 albumBrothers 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


–J&R Adventures
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