Sunday, July 1, 2018

Today in Music History...July 1, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: July 1st:

2016 30-year-old Lady Gaga finally gets her driver's license.

2009 Following Michael Jackson's death the previous week, he becomes the first act to sell more than 1 million song downloads in a week.

2008 Crüe Fest kicks off in West Palm Beach, Florida. The tour features Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M., and Trapt; it earns about $40 million.

2008 Mel Galley (former Whitesnake guitarist) dies of esophageal cancer at age 60.

2008 Gym Class Heroes' lead singer Travie McCoy assaults a fan who shouts out a racial slur just as their set finishes during the Warped Tour in St. Louis.

2007 In memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, a concert is held at the newly built Wembley Stadium in London. Acts include friends of the Princess Duran Duran and Elton John as well as artists she enjoyed such as Nelly Furtado, Tom Jones and Kanye West.

2006 The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts opens on the grounds of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York. The brainchild of Alan Gerry, who sold his company, Cablevision Industries, to Time Warner for $2.8 billion, the Center includes a performance venue, and later, a museum.

2005 Luther Vandross dies at age 54 after suffering a stroke two years earlier that left him in a wheelchair.

2003 Flute player Herbie Mann dies of prostate cancer at age 73. His best-known song is "Hijack," a dance tune that hit #14 in 1975.

1999 Guy Mitchell, '50s pop singer and TV host, dies of complications from cancer surgery at age 72.

1999 Jennifer Lopez releases her debut album, On The 6.

1995 Legendary DJ Wolfman Jack, who famously spun rock and roll records from a border blaster station in Mexico throughout the '60s, dies of a heart attack at age 57.

1982 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five release the early rap classic "The Message."

1981 Rushton Moreve (original bass guitarist for Steppenwolf) dies in an automobile accident at age 32.

1977 Liv Tyler is born. Her mother is the notorious groupie/muse Bebe Buell, and her father is Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. By the time Liv is born, Bebe has gone back to her previous boyfriend, Todd Rundgren, and Rundgren raises her as his own. Liv is 11 years old when she finds out Tyler is her real dad.

1975 Ringo Starr divorces his first wife, Maureen.

1975 Lou Reed releases Metal Machine Music, a double album of distortion and guitar feedback.

1973 The Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar closes after 711 performances. In August, it is released as a feature film.

1971 Jethro Tull's Aqualung album is certified Gold.

1970 Music video director Harold "Hype" Williams is born this month (day unknown) in Queens, New York. He'll break into directing rap videos in the early '90s with clips from Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G., and Nas before adding stellar partnerships with Kanye West and Jay-Z to his resume in the ensuing decades. More

1969 John Lennon receives 17 facial stitches, and Yoko Ono gets 14 of her own, after a car crash in Scotland.

1969 Sam Phillips sells the legendary Sun Records studio in Memphis.

1963 Roddy Bottum (keyboardist for Faith No More) is born Roswell Christopher Bottum III in Los Angeles, California.

1963 The Beatles release "She Loves You."

1960 The Shadows release the instrumental call-to-arms "Apache," which goes to #1 in the UK and is a US hit the next year for Jorgen Ingmann. Variations of the song are later sampled on a number of hip-hop tracks.

1956 Brenda Lee releases "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)."

1952 Dan Aykroyd is born in Ottawa. What's he doing on a music history calendar? He formed The Blues Brothers with John Belushi and also appeared on "We Are The World."

1951 Fred Schneider of The B-52s is born in Newark, New Jersey.

1951 Victor Willis, original lead singer for The Village People, is born. His occupation in the group: policeman.

1948 John Ford (multi-instrumentalist of The Strawbs) is born in Fulham, London, England.

1945 Deborah Ann Harry (lead singer of Blondie) is born in Miami, Florida, but will be raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey.

1942 Gospel singer Andrae Crouch is born in San Francisco, California.

1939 Delaney Bramlett, who co-fronted the early-'70s rock/soul ensemble Delaney & Bonnie with then-wife Bonnie Bramlett, is born in Pontotoc, Mississippi.

1930 Bobby Day is born Robert James Byrd in Fort Worth, Texas.

1925 French composer/pianist Erik Satie dies of cirrhosis of the liver at age 59.

Sony Introduces The Walkman

1979The Sony Walkman debuts in Japan, making music portable.

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2009 Thanks to a surge in sales following his death on June 25, Michael Jackson holds the top nine positions on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart.

2006 During the brief time when American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks is the most popular Taylor in music, his first single, "Do I Make You Proud?," hits #1 in America.

1987 Napalm Death release their debut album, Scum, widely acknowledged as the first grindcore album. It peaks at #7 in the UK Indie chart.

1978 The Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, with Aerosmith, Van Halen, Journey and Ted Nugent performing. 80,000 fans brave the 100 degree heat, cooled down by fire hoses brought in by the organizers. For Aerosmith, it marks a low point in their career as drug use and infighting are about to break up the band, and their performance suffers.

1971 Missy Elliott is born in Portsmouth, Virginia.

1968 The Band release Music from Big Pink, their debut studio album.

1956 The family-friendly Steve Allen Show doesn't want Elvis Presley shaking his legendary pelvis, so he sings "Hound Dog" to a basset hound. Both Elvis and the pooch are dressed in formal wear.

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