It is time for your weekly walk down memory lane! Today we’re back with another installment of Tribut’s “This Week In Rock History” where we’re taking a look at all the rock history happenings during the week of July 29 – August 4. On July 29th 1967, a new song by The Doors was burning up the charts and hit #1 – “Light My Fire”. The incendiary tune, which began its life as an unfinished Robby Krieger song, remained at #1 for three weeks. Unfortunately, the version on the radio was a heavily edited cut that left out the amazing organ solo from Ray Manzarek, which is at least half the reason we love this song so much. Thank goodness for album tracks – you can hear the original in all of its 7-minute long glory on The Doors’ eponymous debut album. Ultimate Classic Rock argues that “Light My Fire” made organs cool. Well… maybe not quite cool the way a guitar or drums are cool, but definitely very, very respectable as a rock and roll instrument. Anyway, The Doors are always cool with us.

Here’s what else happened this week in rock history:

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US singer and guitarist Buddy Guy performs during the opening concert of ‘Santa Blues 2007’ Music Festival late 08 June 2007 in Santa Cruz, Tenerife Island, Canary Islands, southwestern Spain. EPA/RAMON DE LA ROCHA

Born This Week in Rock History

Geddy Lee: July 29, 1953 (bass, Rush)
Buddy Guy: July 30, 1936 (blues guitarist)
Jeffrey Hammond : July 30, 1946 (bass, Jethro Tull)
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)
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)
Little Milton: August 4, 2005 (blues guitarist)


Music Releases and Top of the Charts

The Doors’ “Light My Fire” hits #1: July 29, 1967
The Beatles’ Yesterday …And Today LP hits #1: July 30, 1966
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
The Doors’ “Hello I Love You” hits #1: August 2, 1968
The Eagles’ “One Of These Nights” hits #1: August 2, 1975
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

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The Beatles

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

– 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

– 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

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BOB DYLAN – US folk musician in May 1965

– 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 there weekly for another 21 weeks: August 4, 1962

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

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