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HC's Rock Rewind

A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History

 

by Team HC

Week of July 17th -23rd

 

Historically speaking, this week in rock music has been marked by an abundance of memorable events. Elvis Presley made his first-ever studio recordings, Santana celebrated a milestone, and a former Beatle kicked off his debut solo tour. A spate of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by Rod Stewart, Talking Heads, and Guns N’ Roses. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. 

 

 

Events

 

1953 – Elvis Presley drops into Memphis Recording Service—later renamed Sun Studios—and pays $3.98 to make his first-ever recordings. He records two songs: “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin,” as a gift for his mother.

1954 – The Newport Jazz Festival makes its debut at the Newport Casino in Rhode Island.

1955 – Chuck Berry’s debut single, “Maybellene,” is released on Chess Records.

1963 – The first U.S. Beatles album, titled Introducing the Beatles, is pressed up by Vee-Jay Records. The album receives its official release in January of 1964.

1968 – Cream’s Wheels of Fire hits #1 on the U.S. album chart.

1968 – The Beatles’ animated film, Yellow Submarine, makes its premiere in London. In the film, the band members are voiced by professional actors.

1974 – Joey Ramone becomes the lead singer for the Ramones.

1975 – Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Listen to What the Man Said” reaches #1 on the U.S. singles chart.

1975 – Bob Marley and the Wailers’ performance at the Lyceum Theatre in London is recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Later that year, the performance is released as an official album—titled simply Live!

1976 – Classic rock icons Deep Purple split up at the end of a U.K tour. Eight years will pass before the band gets back together.

1978 – Def Leppard make their live debut, performing before an audience of 150 at a school in Sheffield, England.

1981 – “Roy Orbison Day” is declared in Odessa, Texas.

1986 – Santana mark their 20th anniversary with a comprehensive reunion, with all current and former members coming together to stage a concert in San Francisco.

1987 – Keith Richards signs a contract with Virgin Records as a solo artist.

1989 – Ringo Starr kicks off his first tour since The Beatles ceased touring in 1966. He and the first incarnation of his All-Starr Band perform in Dallas, Texas.

1991 – The Lollapalooza Music Festival is staged for the first time. Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, and Living Color are among the many participating bands who perform in select locations in North America.

2012 – Surviving Who members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announce they’re reviving the band’s 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia, for a tour.


  

Releases

 

1964 – The Beatles: Something New

1965 – The Lovin’ Spoonful: Do You Believe in Magic?

1966 – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton

1969 – The Doors: The Soft Parade

 

 

1971 – Black Sabbath: Master of Reality

1971 – The Moody Blues: Every Good Boy Deserves  Favour

1971 – Deep Purple: Fireball

1972 – Rod Stewart: Never a Dull Moment

1972 – T. Rex: The Slider

1972 – Jefferson Airplane: Long John Silver

1973 – Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin: Love Devotion Surrender

1973 – Mott the Hoople: Mott

1977 – Elvis Costello: My Aim is True

1978 – Talking Heads: More Songs about Buildings and Food

1980 – Joy Division: Closer

1981 – ZZ Top: El Loco

1984 – Stryper: The Yellow and Black Attack

1987 – Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction

1990 – Mother Love Bone: Apple

1991 – Squeeze: Play

1992 – Sonic Youth: Dirty

 

1995 – Megadeth: Hidden Treasures

1995 – Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith

1996 – The Black Crowes: Three Snakes and One Charm

1996 – Fiona Apple: Tidal

1999 – Robyn Hitchcock: Jewels for Sophia

2003 – Prince: N.E.W.S.

2003 – Cheap Trick: Special One

2006 – Black Stone Cherry: Black Stone Cherry

 

 

Deaths

Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & His Comets) – July 17, 1954

Billie Holiday – July 17, 1959

Bobby Fuller – July 18, 1966

John Coltrane – July 17, 1967

Lefty Frizzell – July 19, 1975

Nico – July 18, 1988

Chas Chandler – July 17, 1996

Gus Dudgeon – July 21, 2002

Long John Baldry – July 21, 2005

Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon) – July 17, 2009

Amy Winehouse – July 23, 2011


 

Births

 

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – July 18, 1929

Ian Stewart (Rolling Stones) – July 18, 1938

Spencer Davis – July 17, 1939

Dion DiMucci – July 18, 1939

George Clinton – July 22, 1940

Lonnie Mack – July 18, 1941

 

Martha Reeves – July 18, 1941

John Lodge (Moody Blues) – July 20, 1943

Danny McCulloch (The Animals) – July 18, 1945

Henry McCullough – July 21, 1943

Tony Joe White – July 23, 1943

Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) – July 19, 1946

Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) – July 23, 1946

Bernie Leadon (Eagles) – July 19, 1947

Brian May – July 19, 1947

Carlos Santana – July 20, 1947

Don Henley – July 22, 1947

David Essex – July 23, 1947

Ron Asheton (The Stooges) – July 17, 1948

Geezer Butler – July 17, 1949

Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) – July 18, 1949

Nicolette Larson – July 17, 1952

Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – July 19, 1952

Ricky Skaggs – July 18, 1954

Terry Chambers (XTC) – July 18, 1955

Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) – July 21, 1955

Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) – July 20, 1956

Keith Levene (The Clash, PIL) – July 18, 1957

Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) – July 22, 1963

Chris Cornell – July 20, 1964

Slash – July 23, 1965

Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) – July 20, 1966

Alison Krauss – July 23, 1971

Rufus Wainwright – July 22, 1973

Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) – July 20, 1976

 

Week of July 24th - 30th

 

A  trove of memorable events occurred during this week in rock history. Bob Dylan suffered an accident that sent him into seclusion, Mick Jagger made his acting debut, and one of rock’s greatest power trio’s staged their debut performance. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. 

 

 

Events

 

1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis appears on national TV for the first time, performing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” on the NBC program The Steve Allen Show.

1964 – Marvin Gaye records “How Sweet it is To Be Loved By You,” a track penned by the prolific Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.

1965 – The Beach Boys record “California Girls.”

1965 – The Beatles second movie, Help!, premieres at the Pavilion Theatre in London.

1966 – The Monkees record “Last Train to Clarksville,” a track written by the songwriting team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.

1966 – Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident. A period of virtual seclusion ensues for roughly nine months following the accident.

1966 – Cream make their concert debut, staging a performance in Manchester, England.

1966 – The Troggs’ version of “Wild Thing” tops the U.S. singles chart.

1968 – The Jackson 5 sign a one-year contract with Motown.

1970 – Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime” appears on the US singles chart.

1972 – Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)” tops the U.S. singles chart. The ballad will hold go on to hold that spot for six non-consecutive weeks.

1970 – Mick Jagger makes his acting debut in the film Ned Kelly.

1973 – Grand Funk Railroad release “We’re an American Band.”

 

1974 – Lynyrd Skynyrd release “Sweet Home Alabama.”

1976 – Three Dog Night perform their final concert, staging a show in San Francisco. An attempted 1981 reunion proves to be short-lived.

1980 – Eric Carr makes his debut as new drummer for Kiss.

2006 – The first guitar owned by Paul McCartney is sold at auction for approximately $500,000.

2010 – John Fogerty performs his classic hit “Centerfield” at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony. He also donates a guitar shaped like a baseball bat to the Hall.

2015 – The Eagles play the final date of their “History of the Eagles” tour. Sadly, Glenn Frey passes away just six months later.

 


Releases 

 

1966 – The Troggs:  From Nowhere

1967 – The Yardbirds:  Little Games

1968 – The Moody Blues:  In Search of the Lost Chord

1968 – Cream: Wheels of Fire

1968 – Deep Purple: Shades of Deep Purple

 

 

 

 

1969 – Yes:  Yes

1969 – Leslie West:  Mountain

1970 – Yes:  Time and a Word

1970 – Creedence Clearwater Revival:  Cosmo’s Factory

1970 – James Gang: James Gang Rides Again

1972 – Mott the Hoople:  All The Young Dudes

1972 – Argent:  All Together Now

1972 – Captain Beyond:  Captain Beyond

1972 – Van Morrison:  Saint Dominic’s Preview

1972 – Curtis Mayfield: Super Fly

1972 – Foghat: Foghat

1972 – Johnny Nash: I Can See Clearly Now

1973 – New York Dolls:  New York Dolls

 

1973 – ZZ Top:  Tres Hombres

1973 – Lou Reed:  Berlin

1973 – Steely Dan: Countdown to Ecstasy

1974 – Eric Clapton:  461 Ocean Boulevard

1974 – James Gang: Miami

1974 – Sly & the Family Stone: Small Talk

1975 – Black Sabbath:  Sabotage

1975 – Poco:  Head Over Heels

1976 – Pure Prairie League:  Dance

1976 – Graham Parker and the Rumour:  Howlin’ Wind

1976 – Al Stewart:  Year of the Cat

1979 – AC/DC:  Highway to Hell

1979 – Rainbow:  Down to Earth

1980 – AC/DC:  Back in Black

1981 – Debbie Harry:  KooKoo

1981 – Stevie Nicks:  Bella Donna

1983 – Metallica:  Kill ‘Em All

1984 – Metallica:  Ride the Lightning

1986 – R.E.M:  Lifes Rich Pageant

1987 – 10,000 Maniacs:  In My Tribe

1989 – Alice Cooper:  Trash

1991 – Widespread Panic:  Widespread Panic

1992 – Morrissey:  Your Arsenal

1993 – Smashing Pumpkins:  Siamese Dream

1993 -- Steve Vai:  Sex & Religion

1996 – Sublime:  Sublime

1997 – Teenage Fanclub: Songs from Northern Britain

1999 – Bree Sharp:  A Cheap and Evil Girl

1999 – The Verve Pipe:  The Verve Pipe

2002 – Linkin Park:  Reanimation

2002 – Bruce Springsteen:  The Rising

2006 – Tom Petty:  Highway Companion

2008 – Alice Cooper:  Along Came a Spider

2009 – George Thorogood & the Destroyers:  The Dirty Dozen

 


Deaths

 

Cass Elliot – July 29, 1974

Big Mama Thornton – July 25, 1984

Mary Wells – July 26, 1992

Eddie Guzman (Rare Earth) – July 29, 1993

Charlie Rich – July 25, 1995

Eddie Hinton – July 28, 1995

Tal Farlow – July 25, 1998

Jerome Smith (K.C. and the Sunshine Band) – July 28, 2000

Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – July 27, 2001

John Entwistle – July 27, 2002

Erik Braunn (Iron Butterfly) – July 25, 2003

Sam Phillips – July 30, 2003

Dan Peek (America) – July 24, 2011

J.J. Cale – July 26, 2013

 

 Dick Wagner – July 30, 2014

 

 

Births

 

Buddy Guy – July 30, 1936

Manuel Charlton (Nazareth) – July 25, 1941

Darlene Love – July 26, 1941

Paul Anka – July 30, 1941

Dobie Gray – July 26, 1942

Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds) – July 25, 1943

Mick Jagger – July 26, 1943

Mike Bloomfield – July 28, 1943

Bobbie Gentry – July 27, 1944

Rick Wright – July 28, 1945

David Sanborn – July 30, 1945

Jose Chepito Areas (Santana) – July 25, 1946

Jonathan Edwards – July 28, 1946

 

Steve Goodman – July 25, 1948

Gerald Casale (Devo) – July 28, 1948

Roger Taylor (Queen) – July 26, 1949

Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company) – July 28, 1949

Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire) – July 25, 1951

Geddy Lee – July 29, 1953

Steve Morse – July 28, 1954

Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) – July 25, 1958

Kate Bush – July 30, 1958

John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) – July 29, 1959

Karl Mueller (Soul Asylum) – July 27, 1962

Juliana Hatfield – July 27, 1967

Pete Yorn – July 27, 1974

  

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