Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Today in Music History...July 4, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: July 4th:

2014 The first Beatles movie, A Hard Day's Night, is re-released in American theaters to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

2013 Jay-Z releases his twelfth studio album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail, as a free download, but only for Samsung customers who can access it through the Jay-Z Magna Carta app. Non-Samsung users will have to tough it out and buy the album at retail price four days later.

2010 After attending a gay pride parade in London, George Michael crashes his Range Rover into a Snappy Snaps photo store in Hampstead, England. Convicted of driving under the influence of cannabis, he goes to prison on September 21 and serves four weeks.

2009 Allen Klein, an influential music publisher who simultaneously managed The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, dies of respiratory failure at age 77 after years of diabetes-related complications and an Alzheimer's diagnosis.

2009 Drake Levin (guitarist for Paul Revere and the Raiders) dies of cancer at age 62.

2007 Bill Pinkney (of The Drifters) dies of a heart attack at age 81.

2005 Rockabilly entertainer "Big" Al Downing dies of leukemia at age 65.

2003 Barry White, age 58, dies two months after suffering a severe stroke while awaiting a kidney transplant.

2002 Michael Abram, the man who attacked and nearly murdered George Harrison some 19 months earlier, is given a conditional release by a Mental Health Review Tribunal, to the fury of George's widow, Olivia. Says Abram: "If I could turn back the clock I would give anything not to have done what I did. But I have come to realise that I was very ill at that time, really not in control."

1992 John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas receives a liver transplant in Los Angeles.

1987 Genesis close out their Invisible Tour with a sold-out show at Wembley Stadium in London. They played the venue the previous three nights as well, also to sell-out crowds.

1986 Flotsam and Jetsam's only full-length studio album with bassist Jason Newsted, Doomsday for the Deceiver, is released via Metal Blade Records. Doomsday is co-produced by the band with the label's head, Brian Slagel, and is the only album in the history of Kerrang! Magazine to receive a "six K" review (out of a possible five "K's").

1984 Ringo Starr sits in with The Beach Boys during their Miami concert.

1980 500,000 attend a free Beach Boys concert in Washington DC.

1978 Stephen McNally (who puts the "Mak" in BBMak) is born in Liverpool, England.

1977 Blondie bassist Gary Valentine quits the band.

1976 In a defining moment for punk rock in Britain, the Ramones play the Roundhouse in Camden. Local acts like The Sex Pistols and The Clash soon gain notoriety.

1976 Paul Revere is married during the intermission of his concert at King's Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati on America's bicentennial.

1974 Barry White marries Glodean James of Love Unlimited.

1974 Steely Dan (Walter Becker and Donald Fagan) give up live performing after a show in Santa Monica so they can focus on studio work, including the album Katy Lied. They don't tour again until 1993.

1974 The Tony Orlando & Dawn TV show debuts on CBS.

1972 William Goldsmith (drummer for Foo Fighters) is born in Seattle, Washington.

1971 R&B singer Don McPherson (of The Main Ingredient) dies of leukemia at age 29.

1971 Andrew Creeggan (original percussionist, keyboardist for Barenaked Ladies) is born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

1969 A performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival lands Grand Funk Railroad a record deal.

1966 The Lovin' Spoonful release "Summer In The City."

1966 The Beatles accidentally snub Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, and her husband pulls their police protection. A mob then attacks the Fab Four.

1964 Millie Small, part of the British Invasion, reaches #2 in America with "My Boy Lollipop."

1963 Matt Malley (former bass guitarist for Counting Crows) is born in Oakland, California.

1959 The Brothers Four release "Greenfields."

1958 Kirk Pengilly (guitarist for INXS) is born in Kew, Victoria, Australia.

1955 Gene Vincent's leg is crushed when his motorcycle is struck by a car in Franklin, Virginia.

1952 John Waite (lead vocalist, bass guitarist of The Babys and lead vocalist of Bad English) is born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England.

1951 Ralph Johnson (drummer for Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1948 Jeremy Spencer (guitarist, pianist for Fleetwood Mac) is born in Hartlepool, County Durham, England.

1943 Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (guitarist, harmonica player for Canned Heat) is born in Arlington, Massachusetts.

1940 Dave Rowberry (keyboardist for The Animals) is born in Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, England.

1938 Bill Withers is born in Slab Fork, West Virginia.

1911 Mitch Miller, an influential A&R executive at Columbia Records throughout the '50s and '60s, is born in Rochester, New York. Signed Aretha Franklin to her first record deal.

1828 "Hail to the Chief" is performed by the United States Marine Band for President John Quincy Adams during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

"Baby Got Back" Hits #1

1992The king of all booty songs, Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back," hits #1 in America.

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2008 The movie Mamma Mia!, featuring the music of ABBA and based on the musical, opens in Sweden where the group attends the screening, briefly reuniting Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Agnetha Faltskog.More

1999 Victoria Adams, better known as Posh Spice of The Spice Girls, marries the soccer star David Beckham. The photogenic couple draws lots of press coverage and becomes known as "Posh and Becks."

1987 John Fogerty headlines a Vietnam veterans' benefit concert at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland broadcast by HBO. Performers include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder and Kris Kristofferson.More

1982 Neil Diamond sees the movie E.T. along with the songwriters Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. That night, they write the song "Heartlight" based on the film.

1982 Ozzy Osbourne and his manager, Sharon Arden, get married. She is the daughter of music mogul Don Arden, and a keen businesswoman. The union results in an MTV reality show, Ozzfest, and three children: Aimee, Kelly and Jack.

1970 Casey Kasem debuts the radio show American Top 40, where he counts down the Billboard hits (the #1 song: "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" by Three Dog Night). He hosts the show until 2004, when Ryan Seacrest takes over.

1964 The Beach Boys score their first #1 hit as "I Get Around" tops the Hot 100, where it stays for two weeks.

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