Friday, July 21, 2017

Today in Music History...July 21, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: July 21st

2016 Ivanka Trump speaks in support of her father Donald at the Republican National Convention, taking the podium as "Here Comes The Sun" plays. The estate of George Harrison, who wrote the song, Tweets: "The unauthorized use of #HereComestheSun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive & against the wishes of the George Harrison estate. If it had been "Beware Of Darkness," then we MAY have approved it! #TrumpYourself"

2012 Singer-songwriter Tulisa Contostavlos is cleared of conspiring to supply Class A drugs after the notorious "Fake Sheikh" Mazher Mahmood sets up one entrapment operation too many.

2008 Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O premieres her new side project, Native Korean Rock, at Union Pool in Brooklyn, New York.

2006 Herbie Kalin (of The Kalin Twins) dies of a heart attack at age 72.

2005 Blues singer Long John Baldry, a huge influence on Elton John, dies of a chest infection at age 64. Baldry had a #1 UK hit with "Let The Heartaches Begin."

2004 Jerry Goldsmith, an Academy Award-winning film composer known for Chinatown, The Omen, and five of the original Star Trek films, among others, dies of colon cancer at age 75.

2002 Gus Dudgeon, frequent producer of Elton John's recordings, dies in a car accident along with his wife, Sheila, at age 59. Elton dedicates his 2004 album, Peachtree Road, to the couple.

2001 Lauryn Hill tapes her MTV Unplugged special, playing new songs in a very emotional performance. It's clear that she's not going for mainstream appeal, and is not about to follow up her The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill album with another big seller.

1999 Charley Pride receives a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 As the forerunner of a new era of women in rock, Jewel becomes the first Atlantic Records artist to grace the cover of TIME magazine.

1995 A Los Angeles judge throws out a lawsuit filed against Michael Jackson by five of the pop star's security guards, who alleged that they were fired after learning the "truth" about Jackson's nighttime visits with young boys.

1988 In Aiken circuit court in South Carolina, James Brown pleads guilty to charges of gun possession and resisting arrest. Brown was arrested in May after leading police on a car chase.

1987 Paul McCartney records "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Ain't That A Shame," and "Crackin' Up."

1983 Diana Ross plays a free concert in New York City's Central Park on a rainy day. She has a good attitude, claiming that the rain "Feels good" and saying, "It took me a lifetime to get here, I ain't going nowhere." Positive thinking can not save the show, however, and it is stopped and rescheduled for the next day.

1981 Blake Lewis, runner-up from Season 6 of America Idol, is born in Redmond, Washington.

1979 Robert Palmer releases "Bad Case of Loving You."

1977 Linda Ronstadt, who's just released a cover version of The Rolling Stones' "Tumblin' Dice," hops onstage at the band's Tucson, Arizona concert to sing it with them.

1973 "Mary Wilson Day" is declared in Detroit in honor of The Supremes member.

1973 Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" hits #1.

1971 Carole King's "It's Too Late" hits #1.

1970 The Carpenters' "(They Long To Be) Close To You" hits #1.

1969 Emerson Hart (lead singer of Tonic) is born in Washington, Pennsylvania, but will grow up in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

1969 The day after the Apollo 11 moon landing (the first time man walked on the moon), Duke Ellington performs a song he wrote for the occasion called "Moon Maiden" as part of ABC's coverage of the historic event.

1969 The Beatles records "Come Together."

1969 Blind Faith, a group comprised of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech, release their self-titled debut album in the United States.More

1963 Birth of Beatlemania? 4,000 fans without tickets try to crash a Beatles gig in Blackpool, England - the only way the band can get in is via the roof.

1961 The Supremes release "Buttered Popcorn."

1960 Brian Hyland appears as a guest on CBS' popular TV game show To Tell The Truth.

1960 Elvis Presley receives a first degree black belt in karate.

1958 Elvis Presley's "Hard Headed Woman" hits #1.

1958 Elvis Presley's "Hard Headed Woman" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1958 The Coasters' "Yakety Yak" hits #1.

1955 Howie Epstein (bassist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1955 Swing entertainer Taco is born Taco Ockerse in Jakarta, Indonesia.

1953 Eric Bazilian (frontman for The Hooters) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1948 Cat Stevens is born Steven Demetre Georgiou in Marylebone, London, England.

1946 Barry Whitwam (drummer for Herman's Hermits) is born in Prestbury, Cheshire, England.

1945 Mike Wilsh (bassist, keyboardists for The Four Pennies) is born Michael Wilshaw in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

1945 Rosie Hamlin (lead singer of Rosie & the Originals) is born in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

1937 Plas Johnson, the sax soloist on Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme," is born in Donaldson, Louisiana.

1929 Jazz singer Helen Merrill is born Jelena Ana Milčetić in New York City.

1922 Jazz singer Kay Starr, known for the '50s chart-toppers "Wheel of Fortune" and "Rock And Roll Waltz," is born Katherine Laverne Starks on a reservation in Dougherty, Oklahoma.

1920 Isaac Stern, violinist and conductor, is born in Kremenets, Ukraine.

Milli Vanilli Busted For Lip-Synching

1989Performing on the Club MTV tour at a stop in Bristol, Connecticut, Milli Vanilli's tracks go screwy when they try to lip-synch to the song "Girl You Know It's True." As the line "girl you know it's..." repeats over and over, the duo panic and scurry off stage. It is later revealed that they didn't sing on their album.
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2015 When Drake doesn't promote Meek Mill's album on Twitter, Mill accuses him of using a ghostwriter, tweeting: "Stop comparing drake to me too.... He don't write his own raps! That's why he ain't tweet my album because we found out!"

A feud ensues when Drake releases the diss track "Charged Up," which Mill says is "Baby lotion soft."

1990 Roger Waters performs the classic Pink Floyd album The Wall at the Berlin Wall. Having left Pink Floyd, he is joined by The Band, Scorpions and Cyndi Lauper. Over 200,000 attend.

1989 UHF, a comedy film written by and starring Weird Al Yankovic, debuts. The soundtrack features many of Yankovic's signature song parodies, as well as a few of his original songs. While the film does poorly in box office due to bad timing at the beginning of summer just before blockbuster season, the film has since accumulated a huge cult following. "UHF" stands for "Ultra High Frequency," an archaic method of television broadcast in the United States which tended to feature local, mom-and-pop stations and shoestring-budget content.

1942 Kim Fowley is born in Los Angeles, California. The flamboyant writer and record producer puts together the all-female rock band The Runaways in 1975 and later goes on to write for Kiss and Alice Cooper.

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