Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Today in Music History...July 18, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: July 18th

2014 Shakira becomes the first person to accumulate 100 million likes on Facebook.

2012 The Who announce of a tour to revive their rock opera Quadrophenia. The original run of the film of Quadrophenia debuted in 1979; the album in 1973. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as the surviving members of the group, are also tapped to perform the ending song for the 2012 Olympic games in London.

2001 Weezer releases "Hash Pipe," the first single from Weezer (aka The Green Album).

1993 Rage Against The Machine protests music censorship by appearing at their Lollapalooza set in Philadelphia completely nude except for duct tape over their mouths. They refuse to play any music, and simply stand for 25 minutes with the letters PMRC written on their chests, a reference to the Parents Music Resource Center.

1988 Ike Turner is sentenced to one year in a Santa Monica, California, jail for six grams of crack found in his car during a traffic stop in August 1987.

1988 Christa Päffgen aka Nico (of The Velvet Underground) dies at age 49 while vacationing in Ibiza, Spain. While riding a bicycle, the German singer-songwriter suffers a heart attack and falls and hits her head, causing a severe cerebral hemorrhage.

1983 Following up on momentum from their free Central Park reunion concert, Simon and Garfunkel start a 19-city tour in Akron, Ohio.

1982 Ryan Cabrera is born in Dallas, Texas.

1978 Def Leppard make their live debut, with an audience of 150 at a school in Sheffield, England.

1978 Tony Fagenson (drummer for Eve 6) is born. His dad is record producer and bass player Don Was (of Was (Not Was)).

1975 Daron Malakian (guitarist, vocalist for System Of A Down) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1974 Reinforcing his anti-establishment beliefs, the US denies renewal of John Lennon's visa based on a drug possession conviction in England four years earlier. The matter is sorted out and an international incident averted.

1972 All six members of Sly & the Family Stone are arrested in Hollywood after police search their tour bus and find two pounds of marijuana and two vials of cocaine.

1969 The Beatles record "Oh! Darling" and "Octopus's Garden."

1968 Hugh Masekela's "Grazing In The Grass" is certified gold.

1968 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap's "Lady Willpower" is certified gold.

1968 The Beatles record "Cry Baby Cry" and "Helter Skelter."

1966 Bobby Fuller (of The Bobby Fuller Four) is found dead, soaked in gasoline, in his automobile outside of his apartment in Hollywood, California. The details of the 23-year-old singer's death are murky - it's unclear whether it was a murder, suicide, or accident - but the official cause of death is reported as asphyxia due to inhalation of gasoline.

1964 The Four Seasons' "Rag Doll" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1963 The Beatles record "You Really Got A Hold On Me," "Money (That's What I Want)," "Devil In Her Heart," and "Till There Was You."

1962 Rock drummer Jack Irons (of Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1960 Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1958 Nigel Twist (drummer for The Alarm) is born Nigel Buckle in Manchester, England.

1957 Keith Levene (of The Clash) is born Julian Keith Levene in Muswell Hill, London, England.

1955 Terry Chambers (drummer for XTC) is born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England.

1954 Country/bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs is born in Cordell, Kentucky.

1953 18-year-old Elvis Presley, a truck driver by trade, stops into Memphis Recording Service (later renamed Sun Studios), and pays $3.98 to record two songs: "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin."

1950 Glenn Hughes (leather guy in The Village People) is born in New York City.

1949 Wally Bryson (guitarist, vocalist for The Raspberries) is born in Manhattan, New York City.

1948 Phil Harris (guitarist, vocalist for Ace) is born in Muswell Hill, London, England.

1948 Cesar Zuiderwijk (drummer for Golden Earring) is born in The Hague, Netherlands.

1946 Tim Lynch (guitarist, harmonica player for Flamin' Groovies) is born in San Francisco, California.

1945 Danny McCulloch (bassist for The Animals) is born in Shepherd's Bush, West London, England.

1943 Robin McDonald (rhythm guitarist, bassist for Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas) is born in Nairn, Scotland.

1941 Martha Reeves (lead singer of Martha & the Vandellas is born in Eufaula, Alabama.

1941 Country rocker Lonnie Mack is born Lonnie McIntosh in West Harrison, Indiana.

1939 Dion DiMucci, better known as Dion, is born in The Bronx, New York.

1939 Brian Auger (keyboardist for Steampacket) is born in Hammersmith, London, England.

1938 Ian Stewart (original pianist for The Rolling Stones) is born in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland.

1935 Johnny Funches (of The Dells) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1931 Thomas "Papa Dee" Allen (percussionist, vocalist for War) is born in Wilmington, Delaware.

1929 Shock rocker Screamin' Jay Hawkins is born Jalacy Hawkins in Cleveland, Ohio.

1910 Jazz pianist Joe "Fingers" Carr is born Louis Ferdinand Busch in Louisville, Kentucky. He will eventually become an A&R man and studio pianist for Capitol Records, playing on tracks from Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, and Tennessee Ernie Ford.

1909 Harriet Nelson is born Peggy Lou Snyder in Des Moines, Iowa. Before starring on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, alongside husband Ozzie Nelson, Harriet works as a singe and actress under contract with RKO Studios.

Eclectic Acts Take Stage At Lollapalooza

1991The very first Lollapalooza music festival is held in select locations throughout North America. Bands and artists include Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Ice-T, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes and Fishbone.
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2008 Billy Joel plays the "Last Play at Shea" concert - the final show before Shea Stadium is closed down. Joel is joined on stage by Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and The Who's Roger Daltrey.More

1992 "Achy Breaky Heart," a #1 country hit from Billy Ray Cyrus, peaks at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1980 Closer, the second and final album from Joy Division, is released - just two months after the suicide of founding member and singer Ian Curtis. Its claustrophobic, synth-laden sound, combined with Curtis's nihilistic lyrics make it a defining moment in England's post-punk scene.

1964 The Rolling Stones score their first American hit when their cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" peaks at #48 on the Hot 100.

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