Let’s take a quick peek into the past with This Week In Rock History: July 8 – July 14! This week we remember the birthdays of one of the Allman Brothers Band’s eminently talented drummers and a legendary lead singer of AC/DC. We commemorate the passing of a punk drumming machine from The Ramones and a woodwinds guru with Traffic. We celebrate the release of “Honky Tonk Woman” and the sizzling chart success of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Plus we recall some of the important music events from this week in rock culture!

Rock Birthdays

Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson: July 8, 1944 (drums, Allman Brothers Band)
Bon Scott – July 9th, 1946 (lead vocals, AC/DC)
Jack White – July 9th, 1975 (lead vocals, guitar, The White Stripes)
John “Mitch” Mitchell – July 9th, 1947 (drums, The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Ronnie James Dio – July 10, 1942 (vocals, Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath)
Christine McVie – July 12th, 1943 (keyboards, Fleetwood Mac)
Eric Carr – July 12th, 1950 (drums, KISS)
Philip Taylor Kramer – July 12, 1952 (bass, Iron Butterfly)
Roger McGuinn – July 13th, 1942 (lead vocals, lead guitar, The Byrds)

Died This Week in Rock History

Tommy Ramone – July 11th, 2014 (drums, The Ramones)
Chris Wood – July 12th, 1983 (woodwinds, Traffic)

Music Releases and Top of the Charts

Bill Haley and the Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” hits #1: July 9th, 1955
The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hits #1: July 10th, 1965
Wilson Pickett, “In The Midnight Hour” was released: July 10th, 1965
The Rolling Stones, “Honky Tonk Women” was released: July 11th, 1969
The Who, “Summertime Blues” was released: July 11th, 1970
The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night” was released: July 13, 1964

This Week in Rock History:

– In Jacksonville, FL, Jimi Hendrix is invited to open for The Monkees on their latest tour. The band loves him, but the audience , oblivious, keeps screaming for Davy Jones. Jimi continues to go on unappreciated by The Monkees’ fanbase, despite how much The Monkees themselves enjoyed Hendrix’s performances. A frustrated Hendrix leaves the tour a week or so later: July 8, 1967

– Bob Dylan plays a show at Slane Castle in Ireland. He is joined by Van Morrison on “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue,” Bono on “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat,” and Carlos Santana on the set’s last few songs of the set, which included classics “Tombstone Blues, The Times They Are A-Changin'” and “Blowin’ In the Wind”: July 8, 1984

– Bob Dylan records “Blowin’ In the Wind” in New York City. The stunning song was originally written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and has been looked on as a landmark in songwriting ever since and as an anthem of various movements in the 1960s, including the Civil Rights Movement and the anti-war effort: July 9, 1962

– The Beatles record “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” at Abbey Road studios. None of The Beatles particularly like the tune aside from the song’s composer, Paul McCartney, but it fits perfectly on the diverse though consistently excellent side A of one of The Beatles’ greatest albums, Abbey Road: July 9, 1969

– Paul McCartney’s new band Wings plays it’s first show at Chateauvillon in France. Winsgs, a band founded by McCartney out of the ashes of The Beatles, featured Paul’s wife Linda McCartney, former member of The Moody Blues Denny Laine, as well as a revolving series of guitarists and drummers. The band produces hits like the catchy “Band on the Run” and the sentimental ” Silly Love Songs”: July 8, 1972.

– The Grateful Dead play their last show with Jerry Garcia at Soldier Field in Chicago. After an opening set by The Band, headliners The Grateful Dead played a sweet collection of classic Dead songs as well as covers. The set opened with the band’s greatest commercial success, “Touch of Grey,” then grooved into a cover of Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster.” Other covers included the Bob Dylan tune “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and the Chuck Berry song “The Promised Land”: July 9, 1995

– Carlos Santana proposes to his girlfriend onstage after she finishes a drum solo at a Santana show in Illinois. Cindy Blackman, to whom Santana proposed, was a percussionist who had played with such figures as Lenny Kravitz and Cassandra Wilson. Happily, Blackman accepted the proposal to roaring approval by the crowd. : July 9, 2010

– The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night film has its Liverpool premiere, with over 200,000 locals turning up to celebrate their hometown boys making good: July 10th, 1964

– It is announced by Eric Clapton that Cream would be breaking up after they finish their current tour: July 10, 1968

– Sun Records signs a very young man named Elvis Presley to a record contract. He also gives up his day job. Good call: July 12, 1954

– The Rolling Stones make their live debut at the Marquee Club in London.  The band at this point features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jones, with Dick Taylor, later of the Pretty Things, on bass and Mick Avory, later of the Kinks, on drums. The setlist features a host of blues and R&B covers by artists like Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Robert Johnson, and Leroy Carr. The band is paid 20 pounds for their services: July 12th, 1962

– The Rolling Stones score their first #1 hit in the UK with their cover of Bobby Womack’s “It’s All Over Now.” The song was somewhat divisive among music fans, particularly when it comes ot the guitar. John Lennon was critical of Keith’ Richards guitar solo, and Richards himself has admitted it’s not his finest work. Bruce Springsteen, on the other hand, has praised the guitar break as one of the best ever, and other music fans have echoed Springsteen’s sentiment: July 14th, 1964

– The Who begin their first large-scale American tour, playing the first of 55 dates with… Herman’s Hermits: July 14th, 1967

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