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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 31st -August 6th

 

The first week of August has some major musical milestones, including the release of Def Leppard's mammoth Hysteria and the birthday of Metallica's James Hetfield and Foo Fighters' Pat Smear. Below find some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening July 31 through August 6. 

 

Events

 

1962 - Robert Zimmerman legally makes his name Bob Dylan.

1963 - The Beatles performs at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the final time.

1979 - Led Zeppelin plays the U.K. for the last time. 

1980 - The Eagles perform a show in Long Beach, California, that is their last show as a band for fourteen years. 

1980 - Def Leppard opens for AC/DC in New York City, and it's the band's first U.S. live show.

  

1987 - Guns N' Roses being filming their video for “Welcome to the Jungle” in

Hollywood, California.

1991 - Pearl Jam performs RKCNDY in Seattle and films the show for the music video for “Alive.”

1995 - Jamaica issues a commemorative series of postage stamps paying tribute to Bob Marley.

1996 - MTV starts MTV2.

2010 - Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine unleashes his autobiography, Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir.

 

Releases

 

1966 – The Beatles: Revolver

 

1972 – The Eagles: Witchy Woman

1983 – Alabama: Lady Down on Love

1987 – Def Leppard: Hysteria

 

 

1989 – George Clinton: The Cinderella Theory

 

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

John Locke (Nazareth, Spirit), August 4, 2006

Luther Perkins (a member of Johnny Cash's backing band), August 5, 1968

Jeff Porcaro (drummer for Toto), August 5, 1992

Rick James, August 6, 2004

Carlo Little (The Rolling Stones' original drummer), August 6, 2005

Photo credit: Anne Erickson photography

 

Births

 

Bill Berry (R.E.M.) - July 31, 1958

Fatboy Slim, July 31, 1963

Will Champion (Coldplay) - July 31, 1978

Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) - July 31, 1981

Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), August 1, 1942

Boz Burrell (Bad Company), August 1, 1946

Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple, the James Gang), August 1, 1951

Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), August 1, 1959

Garth Hudson (The Band), August 2, 1937

Pete De Freitas (Echo And The Bunnymen), August 2, 1961

Tony Bennett, August 3, 1926

John Graham (Earth, Wind & Fire), August 3, 1951

Ed Roland (Collective Soul), August 3, 1963

James Hetfield (Metallica), August 3, 1963

Louis Armstrong, August 4, 1901

Robbin Crosby (Ratt), August 4, 1959

Greg Leskiw (The Guess Who), August 5, 1947

Pat Smear (Foo Fighters), August 5, 1959

Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys), August 5, 1964

Andy Warhol, August 6, 1928

 

Week of August 7th - 13th

 

Historically speaking, this week in rock music has been marked by an abundance of memorable events. A classic Beatles film premiered in New York, a legendary hard-rock quartet rehearsed together for the first time, and Queen performed what turned out to be a historic show. A spate of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard, and Metallica. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

 

Events

 

1952 – The original version of “Hound Dog” is recorded by Big Mama Thornton.

1957 – The Quarrymen stage their debut performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. New member Paul McCartney misses the show, however, as he’s away at Boy Scout camp.

1964 – The Animals’ version of “House of the Rising Sun” is released.

1964 – The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” film premieres in New York City.

 

 

1965 – Herman’s Hermit’s “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” knocks “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” off the top of the U.S. singles chart.

1968 – Cream’s Wheels of Fire tops the album charts.

1968 – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham practice together for the first time, rehearsing at a studio in London’s West End.

1969 – Photographer Iain MacMillan shoots the cover for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

1970 – Christine McVie appears onstage as a member of Fleetwood Mac for the first time, as the band performs in New Orleans.

1973 – The Edgar Winter Group release “Free Ride.”

1974 – Bad Company release “Can’t Get Enough.”

1979 – Led Zeppelin perform their final show in the U.K.

1980 – John Lennon begins recording the Double Fantasy album.

1980 – AC/DC score their first Number One album in the U.K., with the Back in Black LP.

1986 – Queen stage what turns out to be their final live show with Freddie Mercury, staging a show at the Knebworth Park Festival in England.

1993 – A reunited Steely Dan kick off a tour in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

1995 – The original members of Kiss perform together for the first time since 1980, as they reunite for an “MTV Unplugged” special.

2005 – The Rolling Stones launch their “A Bigger Bang” tour in Toronto. The tour lasts for more than two years.

2008 – The Police finish their reunion tour, performing a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The tour was their first since 1986.


 


Releases 

 

1966 – The Beatles: Revolver

1968 – Big Brother and the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills

1970 – The Moody Blues: A Question of Balance

 

 

1970 – Iron Butterfly: Metamorphosis

1973 – Rod Stewart: Sing It Again Rod (Compilation)

1973 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)

1974 – Leonard Cohen: New Skin for the Old Ceremony

1978 – Roberta Flack: Roberta Flack

1978 – Chic: C'est Chic

1979 – Michael Jackson: Off the Wall

1979 – Chicago: Chicago 13

1981 – The Go-Go's: Beauty and the Beat

 

 

1981 – Def Leppard: High 'n' Dry

1982 – Don Henley: I Can't Stand Still

1982 – The Go-Go's: Vacation

1983 – Black Sabbath: Born Again

1983 – Billy Joel: An Innocent Man

1984 – Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Red Hot Chili Peppers

1985 – Neil Young: Old Ways

1985 – Sheila E.: Romance 1600

1986 – Ratt: Dancing Undercover

1986 – Motörhead: Orgasmatron

1990 – Extreme: Pornograffiti

1990 – Pixies: Bossanova

 

 

1991 – Metallica: Metallica

1992 – Damn Yankees: Don't Tread

1992 – Jacky: Jackyl

1993 – Billy Joel: River of Dreams

1994 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Endangered Species

1995 – Luna: Penthouse

1996 – The Cardigans: First Band on the Moon

1998 – Liz Phair: whitechocolatespaceegg

1999 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Edge of Forever

2000 – Coldplay: Parachutes (U.K. release)

2000 – Mötley Crüe: New Tattoo

2000 – Everclear: Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile

2002 – James Taylor: October Road

2002 – Def Leppard: X

  


Deaths

 

Joe Tex – August 13, 1982

John Cage – August 11, 1992

Jerry Garcia – August 9, 1995

Luther Allison – August 12, 1997

Isaac Hayes – August 10, 2008

Les Paul – August 12, 2009

Richie Hayward – August 12, 2010

Jani Lane (Warrant) – August 11, 2011

“Cowboy” Jack Clement – August 8, 2013

 

 

Births

 

Jimmy Witherspoon – August 8, 1923

Porter Wagoner – August 12, 1927

Jimmy Dean – August 10, 1928

Buck Owens – August 12, 1929

Mel Tillis – August 8, 1932

Joe Tex – August 8, 1933

Bobby Hatfield (Righteous Brothers) – August 9, 1940

B.J. Thomas – August 7, 1942

Ronnie Spector – August 9, 1943

Kenny Gamble – August 11, 1943

Jim Kale – August 11, 1943

Benjamin Orr (The Cars) – August 8, 1947

Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) – August 9, 1947

 

 

Eric Carmen – August 11, 1949

Mark Knopfler – August 12, 1949

Rodney Crowell – August 7, 1950

Erik Braunn (Iron Butterfly) – August 11, 1950

August Darnell (aka Kid Creole) – August 12, 1950

Ron Mael (Sparks) – August 12, 1950

Dan Fogelberg – August 13, 1951

Andy Fraser (Free) – August 7, 1952

 

Joe Jackson – August 11, 1954

Pat Metheny – August 12, 1954

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) – August 7, 1958

Rikki Rockett (Poison) – August 8, 1959

Aimee Mann – August 8, 1960

David Evans (aka The Edge) – August 8, 1961

Whitney Houston – Auguest 9, 1963

Kristin Hersh – August 7, 1966

Charlie Sexton – August 11, 1968

 

  

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