Almanac: July 25, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1915 - Gene Phillips (d. 1990?)
  • 1925 - Benny Benjamin (Funk Brothers) (d. 1969)
  • 1930 - Annie Ross (Lambert, Hendricks and Ross) (86)
  • 1932 - Rudy West (Five Keys) (84)
  • 1941 - Manny Charlton (Nazareth) (75)
  • 1942 - Bruce Woodley (Seekers) (74)
  • 1943 - Jim McCarty (Yardbirds, Renaissance) (73)
  • 1944 - Tom Dawes (Cyrkle) (d. 2007)
  • 1946 - Rita Marley (70)
  • 1946 - Jose Areas (Santana) (70)
  • 1948 - Steve Goodman (d. 1984)
  • 1950 - Mark Clarke (Colosseum, Uriah Heep) (66)
  • 1951 - Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire) (65)
  • 1958 - Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) (58)
  • 1969 - Trevor Peres (Obituary) (47)
  • 1971 - Roger Creager (45)
  • 1973 - Dani Filth (born Daniel Davey) (Cradle of Filth) (43)
  • 1992 - Alex Bilbo (Girl Authority) (24)
Deaths
  • 1984 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton - Heart attack (57)
  • 1989 - Steve Rubell (Studio 54) - Hepatitis (45)
  • 1995 - Charlie Rich - Blood clot in the lung (62)
  • 2003 - Erik Brann (Iron Butterfly) - Heart failure (52)
On This Day
  • 1962 - Elvis Presley's film Kid Galahad premiered. 
  • 1963 - Cilla Black auditioned for EMI Records on the recommendation of George Martin.
  • 1965 - Bob Dylan played an electric set at the Newport Folk Festival and was booed by the crowd.
  • 1966 - The Rollings Stones played their last U.S. show with Brian Jones.
  • 1967 - The Beatles were among the signers of a petition urging the British government to legalize marijuana.
  • 1969 - Neil Young appeared for the first time with Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Fillmore East in New York. 
  • 1980 - Kiss introduced Eric Carr as their new drummer.
  • 1981 - Two concertgoers die at a Bob Dylan concert in Avignon, France, one from falling on live electrical cables and the other from falling off a wall during the ensuing blackout.
  • 1992 - Bruce Springsteen and Patti Sciafa become parents with the birth of Evan James.
  • 1995 - Nina Simone shot at two teenagers who were being noisy outside her home in southern France.
  • 1999 - The third and final Woodstock festival closed in Rome, NY with riots where 120 people were arrested, the building of a huge fire (which the Red Hot Chili Peppers responded to by playing Hendrix' Fire) and the breaking into of ATM machines.
  • 2000 - Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens announced he was running for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey.
  • 2001 - Mariah Carey checks into a hospital with extreme exhaustion and pulls out of her headline role in MTV's 20th anniversary concert.
  • 2001 - Bonnie Raitt and John Densmore (Doors) are arrested in Chicago for protesting the Boise Cascade Corporation who they said destroyed ancient rainforests.  
  • 2002 - LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, formerly of Destiny's Child, settled out-of-court in over the lyrics of Survivor which they said broke an agreement which stopped disparaging comments from being made by either side.
  • 2003 - Mariah Carey opened her Charmbracelet tour in Las Vegas.
  • 2003 - Pete Doherty of the Libertines is arrested for breaking into an apartment.
  • 2005 - Sony BMG admits to paying radio stations to play some of their label's artists.
  • 2005 - Dave Mustaine sued David Ellefson, alleging that he used the Megadeth name without permission.
Recorded
  • 1950 - If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time - Lefty Frizzell
  • 1988 - Green - R.E.M. (first day of recording sessions for album)
Released
  • 1969 - Yes - Yes
  • 1970 - Cosmos Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • 1970 - 25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago (single)
  • 1973 - Foreigner - Cat Stevens
  • 1976 - Boston - Boston
  • 1980 - Back in Black - AC/DC
  • 1980 - TP - Teddy Pendergrass
  • 1989 - Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
  • 1989 - Trash - Alice Cooper
  • 1994 - Whaler - Sophie B. Hawkins
  • 1995 - E 1999 Eternal - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  • 2006 - Highway Companion - Tom Petty
Broadcasts
  • 1958 - American Bandstand - Bobo Hathaway, Johnny Prophet
  • 1960 - American Bandstand - Smoothies
  • 1961 - American Bandstand - Dion
  • 1962 - American Bandstand - Dion (guest host)
  • 1963 - American Bandstand - Brian Hyland (guest host)
  • 1964 - American Bandstand - Tribute to the Beatles
  • 1966 - Where the Action Is - Brenda Lee, Spiders, Steve Alaimo, Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • 1970 - American Bandstand - Rare Earth
  • 1975 - Midnight Special - Helen Reddy (host), Neil Sedaka, Jessi Colter, Janis Ian, Kraftwerk, Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • 1980 - Midnight Special - Olivia Newton-John (host), Cliff Richard, Tubes, Manhattans
  • 1981 - American Bandstand - Lee Ritenour
  • 1987 - American Bandstand - Whispers
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1953 - I'm Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher (2 weeks)
  • 1970 - (They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters (4 weeks)
  • 1981 - The One That You Love - Air Supply (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1959 (Stereo Albums) - South Pacific - Original Soundtrack (24 weeks (7 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1964 - A Hard Days Night - Beatles (14 weeks)
  • 1981 - Long Distance Voyager - Moody Blues (3 weeks)
  • 2009 - BLACKsummers'night - Maxwell (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1960 - This Bitter Earth - Dinah Wash (1 week)
  • 1987 - Fake - Alexander O'Neal (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - You Remind Me - Mary J. Blige (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1970 - Wonder Could I Live There Anymore - Charley Pride (2 weeks)
  • 1987 - The Weekend - Steve Wariner (1 week)
  • 1992 - The River - Garth Brooks (1 week)
  • 2009 - I Run to You - Lady Antebellum (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1987 - Who's That Girl - Madonna (1 week)
  • 2004 - Dry Your Eyes - Streets (1 week)
  • 2010 - We No Speak Americano - Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
  • 1964 - A Hard Day's Night - Beatles (21 weeks)
  • 1987 - Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby - Terence Trent D'Arby (1 week)
  • 1992 - Greatest Hits: 1966-1992 - Neil Diamond (3 weeks)
  • 2004 - A Grand Don't Come For Free - Streets (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))


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