ROCK BIRTHDAYS

Bon Scott: July 9th, 1946 (lead vocals, AC/DC)

Courtney Love: July 9, 1964

John “Mitch” Mitchell: July 9th, 1947 (drums, The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

Jack White:  July 9th, 1975 (lead vocals, guitar, The White Stripes)

Ronnie James Dio: July 10, 1942 (vocals, Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath)

Bela Fleck: July 10, 1958 (Banjo)

Richie Sambora: July 11, 1959 (guitar, Bon Jovi)

Christine McVie: July 12th, 1943 (keyboards, Fleetwood Mac)

Eric Carr: July 12th, 1950 (drums, KISS)

Philip Taylor Kramer: July 12, 1952 (bass, Iron Butterfly)

John Petrucci: July 12th, 1967 (guitar, Dream Theater)

Roger McGuinn: July 13th, 1942 (lead vocals, lead guitar, The Byrds)

Brent Mason: July 13th, 1959 (studio guitarist)

Jim Gordon: July 14th, 1945 (drummer, Derek and the Dominos)

Linda Ronstadt: July 15, 1946 (notable multi-genre singer)

Johnny Thunders: July 15, 1952 (guitarist, New York Dolls)

Joe Satriani: July 15, 1956

Jason Bonham: July 15, 1966 (drummer, Black Country Communion)

 

 

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Erik Cartwright: July 9, 2017 (guitar, Foghat)

Jelly Roll Morton: July 10, 1941

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

Three Dog Night “Liar” is released: July 10, 1969

Super Freak is released by Rick James: July 10, 1981

Stevie Wonder released his first single without the title ‘Little’: July 11, 1964

The Rolling Stones, “Honky Tonk Women” was released: July 11th, 1969

David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” is released to coincide with first lunar landing: July 11, 1969

The Who, “Summertime Blues” was released: July 11th, 1970

The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night” was released: July 13, 1964

“Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwold was released in US: July 13, 1968

 

 

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

 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
Crosby, Stills, and Nash start their reunion tour in Seattle: July 9, 1974

The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” is number 1 and remains for 8 weeks: July 9, 1983

 The Grateful Dead play their last show with Jerry Garcia at Soldier Field in Chicago.: July 9, 1995

The Rolling Stones cancel a show for the first time ever due to Keith Richard’s hurt finger: July 9, 1990

 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

Billie Holiday is the first major artist to record ‘Summer Time’: July 10, 1936

 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

The 1969 Woodstock soundtrack becomes first triple-disc album to top of Billboard chart: July 11, 1970

 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

Janis Joplin debuted with the Full Tilt Boogie Band: July 12, 1970

Black Sabbath played their first gig in England: July 13, 1968

 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

Johnny Winter plays the Cahors Blues Festival in France. It’s his last performance, as he dies two days later.: July 14th, 2014

 

Patrick Ortiz

 

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