Music History: July 30th
2014 Guitarist Dick Wagner dies of respiratory failure at age 71. Wagner is known for his associations with Lou Reed, KISS, David Bowie, and especially Alice Cooper.
2010 Rapper T.I. marries Tameka "Tiny" Cottle of the R&B group Xscape in Miami Beach, Florida.
2009 "No Scrubs" songwriter Kandi Burruss, formerly of Xscape, joins the cast of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta and produces "Tardy For The Party" for co-star Kim Zolciak.
2004 While walking around London, The Isley Brothers' Ronald Isley suffers a minor stroke and is admitted to a local hospital. He recovers in a matter of just a few weeks.
2002 Bruce Springsteen releases The Rising.
1996 Sublime's self-titled album is released. It's their major-label debut, and also their last, as lead singer Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose two months earlier. The album goes on to sell over 5 million copies.More
1995 Biggie Tembo (guitarist/lead vocalist for Bhundu Boys) commits suicide at age 37 in Harare, Zimbabwe.
1993 Don Myrick (saxophonist for Earth, Wind & Fire), age 53, is fatally shot by Santa Monica policemen during a narcotics investigation when the lighter he is holding is mistaken for a weapon.
1986 RCA releases John Denver from his contract, possibly over his new single, "What Are We Making Weapons For?," which he recorded with the Russian singer Alexandre Gradsky. RCA had recently been acquired by General Electric, which was a top military contractor.
1977 Andy Gibb's "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" enters the charts.
1971 Brad Hargreaves (drummer for Third Eye Blind) is born in Marin County, California.
1969 The Beatles record "You Never Give Me Your Money," "Come Together," "Polythene Pam," "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," and "Carry That Weight."
1968 The Beatles' Apple Boutique, a psychedelic clothing store located at 94 Baker Street in London, closes after seven months of bad business practices and rampant theft. With the group and its intimates having had the pick of the remaining inventory the night before, Apple Boutique employees are instructed to simply let people in off the street to take whatever merchandise they like. The store was closed that evening for good.
1966 The Troggs' "Wild Thing" hits #1.
1966 The Beatles' Yesterday ...And Today LP hits #1.
1965 The Rolling Stones release their fourth US album, Out Of Our Heads.
1958 Kate Bush is born in Bexleyheath, Kent, England.
1956 Brenda Lee records "Jambalaya" and "Bigelow 6-500."
1949 R&B singer Joyce Jones (of First Choice) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1949 Hugh Nicholson (guitarist for Marmalade from 1970-1973) is born in Rutherglen, Scotland.
1946 Jeffrey Hammond (bass guitarist for Jethro Tull) is born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
1945 Saxophonist David Sanborn, who would play as a session musician on David Bowie's Young Americans, is born in Tampa, Florida.
1941 Paul Anka is born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1936 Buddy Guy, a blues musician who will start his career in the '60s as the house guitarist for Chess Records, is born in Lettsworth, Louisiana.
1929 Christine McGuire of The McGuire Sisters is born in Middletown, Ohio.
2003When the disease SARS spreads to Toronto, it scares a lot of people away. To get visitors back, the city puts on a huge open-air concert featuring The Rolling Stones, The Guess Who, Rush, The Isley Brothers, The Flaming Lips and Justin Timberlake (who is jeered and has muffins thrown at him). About 450,000 people attend.
Featured Events2003 Sam Phillips, the record producer who launched Elvis Presley's career at Sun Records, dies of respiratory failure at age 80.
1969 The Beatles, producer George Martin, and the Abbey Road engineers assemble the first rough cut of the proposed Abbey Road medley. Paul McCartney, feeling that the song "Her Majesty" distracts from the flow of the medley, has it removed and orders it erased. Second engineer John Kurlander, not wanting to destroy a Beatles song, instead appends it to the end of the medley tape, adding 15 seconds of leader to make sure it's kept separate. When he finds out, Paul likes the effect so much that he leaves the ending of the album just that way.
1942 Frank Sinatra ends his association with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra, recording the last two of over 90 songs before moving on to great acclaim as a solo star at Columbia.