July 30, 2017

George Benson

started a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart

with Breezin' this week in 1976

The Breezin' Album

marked the beginning

of Benson's most successful period commercially

Breezin'  Achievements

- topped the Pop, Jazz and R&B

- album charts in Billboard

- s...

July 30, 2017

The Beatles owned and operated 'Apple Boutique'

located at 94 Baker Street

in the Marylebone section of London

The Beatles gave 'The Fool' £100,000

to design and stock the boutique

with their garments and accessories

Several dozen art students were employed

to paint...

July 29, 2017

Ellen Naomi Cohen

aka Cass Elliot aka Mama Cass

actress and singer

and member of The Mamas And Papas

died in London following an appearance at the Palladium

on July 29th of 1974

The Mamas & the Papas - California Dreamin'

Live at Monterey Pop Festival

The Mamas & the P...

July 29, 2017

The Rolling Stones’ contract

with Decca Records expired

On July 29th of 1970 

They began talking about forming their own label 

Showing their contempt for the record company to fill a contractual obligation

The band hands over one final disc called ‘C***sucker Blues’

...

July 28, 2017

One of the largest rock festivals of all time

was held at New York's  

Watkins Glen Raceway

Three super bands performed on this day in 1973

The Grateful Dead

The Band

The Allman Brothers

Summer Jam at Watkins Glen

The 1973 rock festival once received

the Guinness Boo...

July 27, 2017

Chuck Berry 

had his first hit record with ‘Maybellene’

Maybellene entered the Billboard R&B chart

and reached #1 during an 11 week run today in 1955

Maybellene also climbed to #5 on the Pop chart 

Maybellene was written and recorded in 1955 by Chuck Berry

Chuck was inspir...

July 26, 2017

Peter Gabriel 

made his mark with 'Sledgehammer' 

Number 1 on the US singles chart

Number 4 in the UK

This day in 1986

Peter Gabriel's Nominations 

- 3 Grammy Awards

- 1987 Soul Train Music Awards

'Sledgehammer' Awards

- Record 9 MTV Awards 1987 MTV Video Music Award...

July 25, 2017

The Beatles

and several other UK Rock groups

urged the British government

to legalize marijuana on this day in 1967

Their comments were made

in a London Times advertisement 

signed by all four members of the group

along with their manager Brian Epstein

and many others

The...

July 25, 2017

July 25th 1965


Bob Dylan

backed by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

shocked the Newport Folk Festival audience

with his new electric sound

on Sunday afternoon - July 25, 1965 

When Bob Dylan plugged in

at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival...

he could have had almost any band

in...

July 24, 2017

Surrealistic Pillow

The Jefferson Airplane's second album

was released on February 1, 1967 by RCA Victor

Surrealistic Pillow

peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart 

and was certified 'gold' by the RIAA on July 24th of 1967

Surrealistic Pillow 

is c...

July 24, 2017

The Beach Boys' 'California Girls' 

was released in the US today in 1965

California Girls was written by 

Brian Wilson and Mike Love  

and featured on the Beach Boys album

Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)

Brian Wilson conceived the song

during his first acid...

July 24, 2017

Frank Sinatra

had the top selling album in the US

with "Strangers In The Night" today in 1966

Combining pop hits

with show tunes and standards

the album creates a balance

between big band and pop instrumentation

The 'Strangers In The Night' LP

would be the most successful...

July 22, 2017

Ringo Starr kicked off his first tour

since the break-up of the Beatles

with a show this weekend in 1989 in Dallas

The All-Starr Band Lineup

Ringo Starr

Dr. John

Rick Danko  Nils Lofgren  Joe Walsh

Levon Helm

Clarence Clemons  Jim Keltner  Billy Preston

Ringo spoke...

July 22, 2017

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

spent the day filming the ‘Imagine’ promotional film

at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England

today in 1971

Today's footage included

the morning walk on the grounds though the mist

and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’

in the white room on...

July 21, 2017

Pink Floyd's bassist / songwriter

Roger Waters

got a little help from his friends on July 21st of 1990 

for a live performance of Pink Floyd's

'The Wall'

memorializing the fall of the Berlin Wall

The event was held

on the west side of the Berlin wall

in a vacant terrain

tha...

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