Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Today in Music History...July 25, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: July 25th

2012 MGA Entertainment, the toy corporation behind the "Bratz" line of dolls, files a lawsuit against Lady Gaga, alleging that her and her managers delayed approval on marketing a Lady Gaga doll. MGA calls it "breach of contract" and is asking for $10 million - this, only eight months after the deal was struck.

2010 John Fogerty performs "Centerfield" at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, where he donates a guitar shaped like a baseball bat.More

2009 World War I veteran Harry Patch, subject of the Radiohead song "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," dies at age 111.

2003 Erik Braunn (Iron Butterfly guitarist) dies of a heart attack related to a birth defect in Los Angeles, California, at age 52.

2001 The Doors' John Densmore, Bonnie Raitt, and others are arrested in Itasca, Illinois, for demonstrating against a company which they claim destroys the rainforest.

1999 On the third day of the Woodstock '99 festival on Griffiss Air Force Base, overpriced water, overflowing toilets and a Limp Bizkit performance of "Break Stuff" leads to riots, groping and injuries. Conditions deteriorate as the festival rages on, and by the final day, MTV is covering the event with the tagline, "Apocalypse Woodstock."

1998 Jazz guitarist Tal "Octopus" Farlow dies from esophageal cancer at age 77 in New York City.

1995 Legendary singer Nina Simone is arrested for firing a pellet gun at noisy teenagers playing near her home in the south of France, for which she is placed on an 18-month probation and ordered to seek counseling.

1995 Country performer Charlie Rich, known for "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl," dies of a blood clot at age 62 at a motel in Hammond, Louisiana.

1990 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa have their first child, Evan James.

1989 Steve Rubell, one of the owners of Studio 54, dies of AIDS-related causes at age 45.

1984 Original "Hound Dog" singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton dies at age 57 in Los Angeles, California, after a long-time struggle with alcohol abuse.

1980 Eric Carr makes his debut as Kiss drummer.

1975 A California federal judge rules that San Francisco had a right to arrest Miracles singer Smokey Robinson the previous year, even though his name only matched the alias of the criminal he was confused with.

1975 The musical A Chorus Line debuts on Broadway, the first of what would be 6,137 performances over fifteen years.

1973 The Doobie Brothers release "China Grove."

1970 The Carpenters' "(They Long to Be) Close to You" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.

1970 Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" enters the US singles chart.

1969 At the end of their gig at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Crosby, Stills & Nash invite Neil Young on stage to back them on a couple of songs, and they like the result so much he almost immediately becomes part of the band.

1969 The Beatles record a slew of songs for Abbey Road: "Sun King," "Mean Mr. Mustard," "Come Together," "Polythene Pam" and "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window."

1968 The Beatles record Take 1 of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" for The White Album.

1966 The Monkees record their debut single, "Last Train To Clarksville."

1966 The Supremes release "You Can't Hurry Love."

1964 The Animals' "The House Of The Rising Sun" enters the UK singles chart.

1964 The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night is the #1 album in the US and UK.

1964 A first in cross-marketing history: Billboard reports that The Beatles' new film, A Hard Day's Night, has already made its production costs back on the soundtrack album.

1963 Singer Cilla Black, discovered by Beatles manager Brian Epstein at a Gerry & the Pacemakers concert, makes her first recording test for EMI.

1960 The Ventures' "Walk - Don't Run" enters the charts.

1960 Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" enters the charts.

1958 Guitarist and singer/songwriter Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) is born in Coral Gables, Florida.

1956 The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collides with the Swedish liner Stockholm, the latter tearing a hole in the starboard hull of the former, killing 52 instantly and causing the Andrea Doria to sink by morning. On board is one Mike Stoller, who would go on to become one of the famous Lieber-Stoller songwriting team.

1951 Verdine White (bassist for Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1950 Bassist/vocalist Mark Clarke (briefly a member of Uriah Heep) is born in Liverpool, England.

1948 Folk singer-songwriter Steve Goodman is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1946 Jose "Chepito" Areas (of Santana) is born in Leon, Nicaragua.

1944 Rock musician and composer Tom Dawes (lead vocalist of The Cyrkle) is born in Albany, New York.

1943 Drummer Jim McCarty (of The Yardbirds and Renaissance) is born in Walton, Liverpool, England.

1942 Ella Mae Morse and Freddy Slacks' "Cow Cow Boogie" hits #1.

1942 Bruce Woodley (of The Seekers) is born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

1941 Guitarist Manny Charlton (of Nazareth) is born in La Linea, Spain.

1934 Jazz musician and composer Don Ellis is born in Los Angeles, California.

1925 William "Benny" Benjamin (drummer for the Motown house band, The Funk Brothers) is born in Mobile, Alabama.

1828 Ignaz Bösendorfer is granted a trade license number which enables him to start a piano manufacturing company in Vienna.

Bob Dylan Goes Electric

1965Dylan plugs in! At the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan plays an electric set for the first time, horrifying folkies everywhere.
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2001 Aaliyah gives her final performance, singing "More Than a Woman" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Exactly one month later, she is flying back from a video shoot in the Bahamas when the overloaded plane crashes and explodes on the runway, killing everyone on board.

1999 The 30th Anniversary of Woodstock ends, unlike the 25th Anniversary, with riots, fires, looting, three rapes, and other crimes, including three accidental deaths. In addition, several fans are hospitalized from drinking polluted water.

1995 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony release their breakthrough album E. 1999 Eternal, which has gone platinum six times and features one of their biggest hits of all time "Tha Crossroads," which went platinum twice and won a 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group.

1989 After leaving Def Jam, Beastie Boys release their second album, Paul's Boutique, on Capitol Records.More

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