Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1954 Elvis Presley holds his first commercial recording session at Sun Records recording "Big Boy," "That's All Right (Mama)" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

In 1956 Billy Holiday's autobiography, "Lady Sings The Blues," is published.

In 1958 Ray Charles makes his first appearance at Newport Jazz Festival. The performance was recorded and released "Ray Charles At Newport."

In 1964 Van Morrison's band Them records "Gloria."

In 1964 "Liza Jane" by David Jones and the King Bees is released. Jones later changed his name to David Bowie.

In 1965 The Four Tops record "It's the Same Old Song."

In 1964 President Johnson invites the Four Seasons to perform at the White House.

In 1966 Ray Stevens performs "Ahab The Arab" on TV's "Where The Action Is."

In 1966 The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley has an operation to remove vocal cord nodes in Los Angeles.

In 1967 The Young Rascals preform at the Rheingold Music Festival at Central Park in New York.

In 1967 Tiger Beat's "Monkee Spectacular" August issue hits the newsstands.

In 1968 John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce.

In 1968 The Doors headline a show a Hollywood Bowl that is eventually released on video as "Live at the Hollywood Bowl."

In 1968 Promoter Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA.

In 1969 Jerry Butler & the Impressions reunite on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1969 The Rolling Stones perform a free concert in London's Hyde Park to honor late guitarist Brian Jones.

In 1974 Elton John's album "Caribou" is certified gold.

In 1975 "Feel Like Making Love" by Bad Company and "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" by Elton John both enter the U.S top 40 chart.

In 1978 Production is halted on the Rolling Stones' album "Some Girls" after complaints were received by celebrities (notably, Lucille Ball) who were featured in mock advertisements on the sleeve.

In 1980 "Emotional Rescue" by the Rolling Stones enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1981 The Rolling Stones hang out a window of the Taft Hotel in New York

to shoot a video for "Neighbors."

In 1983 Swing-era bandleader and trumpet player Harry James dies at age 67.

In 1984 The Everly Brothers launch a reunion tour in Cincinnati, their first outing together in 11 years.

In 1986 "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" by Billy Ocean is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1989 Rod Stewart knocks himself unconscious on-stage when he runs into lightning equipment.

In 1989 Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine's album "Cuts Both Ways" is released.

In 1993 Whitney Houston was booed at a Miami concert for being late and rejecting autograph requests.

In 1994 Detroit songwriter Kevin McCord said he was suing Mariah Carey for copyright infringement for the unauthorized use of his song "I Want 2 Thank U" in her 1992 hit "Make It Happen."

In 1994 The Rolling Stones' first single from their "Voodoo Lounge" album, "Love Is Strong," is released.

In 1994 Hootie & The Blowfish's album "Cracked Rear View" is released.

In 1995 More than 100 Grateful Dead fans are injured when a deck on which they are dancing collapses in eastern Missouri.

In 1995 The Justice Department said it was dropping its anti-trust investigation of Ticketmaster, sparked by complaints from members of Pearl Jam.

In 1999 The Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart) reunite to perform a mini-concert aboard a Greenpeace ship in London. They announce plans for an upcoming tour, their first in 10 years.

In 2001 Ernie K-Doe ("Mother-In-Law) dies of liver failure at age 65.

In 2003 Suicide bombers kill 14 victims at a Moscow rock festival.

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