Space Oddity

The release of Bowie’s classic tune coincided with “a period of great interest in space flight.” The song tells the story of a fictional astronaut named Major Tom and his journey into space. It was Bowie’s first UK charts single and “one of four songs to be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.” This is still one of his most recognizable and best tunes!

 

 

ROCK BIRTHDAYS

Billy Eckstine: July 8, 1914 (jazz Singer)

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

Courtney Love: July 9, 1964

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)

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

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

John Petrucci (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 Byrds)

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

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

Jelly Roll Morton: July 10, 1941

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 Steppenwold 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

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

 

By. Patrick Ortiz 

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