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This Week in Rock History July 8 – July 14 

The answer to this week’s Question: 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.

This Week In Rock – Featuring Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Lenny Kravitz, Jerry Garcia and more!  

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BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Billy Eckstine – July 8, 1914 – (jazz Singer)

Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson July 8, 1944 – (drums, Allman Brothers Band)

Courtney Love – July 9, 1964 – (front woman for the band Hole)

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)

Bela Fleck – July 10, 1958 – (Banjo, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones)

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

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

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

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 Byrd’s)

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

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

Michael Burston aka Wurzel – July 9, 2011 – (guitarist, Motörhead)

Milan Williams – July 9, 2006 – (keyboardist, Commodores)

Tommy Ramone – July 11th, 2014 – (drums, The Ramones)

Jelly Roll Morton – July 10, 1941 – (Jazz Pianist, Bandleader and composer)

Chris Wood – July 12th, 1983 – (woodwinds, Traffic)

MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS

“Mona Lisa” By Nat King Cole Hits #1 – July 8, 1950
“Lean On Me” by Bill Withers is number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 – July 8, 1972
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 Steppenwolf was released in US – July 13, 1968

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

The RIAA awards its first gold record for an LP, the soundtrack for Oklahoma! July 8, 1958

Jimi Hendrix is invited to open for The Monkees on their latest tour -In Jacksonville, FL, 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

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 ‘Summertime’ – 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. They are each 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 receive their first #1 hit in the UK with their cover of Bobby Womack’s “It’s All Over Now.” The song is somewhat divisive among music fans, particularly when it comes to the guitar. John Lennon was critical of Keith’ Richards guitar solo, and Richards himself admitted it’s not his finest work. Bruce Springsteen, on the other hand, has praised the guitar break as one of the best ever. 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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