Music Almanac - July 2

Birthdays
  • 1916 - Ken Curtis (Sons of the Pioneers, actor) (d. 1991)
  • 1919 - Fred Maddox (Maddox Brothers and Rose) (d. 1992)
  • 1923 - Janette Carter (Carter Family) (d. 2006)
  • 1925 - Marvin Rainwater (d. 2013)
  • 1925 - Culley Holt (Jordinaires) (d. 1980)
  • 1927 - Lee Allen (d. 1994)
  • 1930 - Randy Starr
  • 1934 - Tom Springfield (Springfields)
  • 1937 - Dee Palmer (born David Palmer) (Jethro Tull)
  • 1937 - Charlie Phillips
  • 1939 - Leapy Lee
  • 1939 - Paul Williams (Temptations) (d. 1973)
  • 1945 - Peter Cruickshank (Groundhogs)
  • 1948 - Gene McFadden (McFadden & Whitehead) (d. 2006)
  • 1949 - Roy Bittan (E-Street Band)
  • 1950 - Duncan Mackay (Cockney Rebel)
  • 1951 - Joe Puerta (Ambrosia)
  • 1952 - Johnny Colla (Huey Lewis & the News)
  • 1952 - Wayne Haner (Axe)
  • 1954 - Pete Briquette (Boomtown Rats)
  • 1956 - Jeff Cooper (Midnight Star)
  • 1957 - Mike Anker (Blow Monkeys)
  • 1963 - Anne-Marie Ruddock (Amazulu)
  • 1964 - Roy Boulter (Farm)
  • 1965 - Dave Parsons (Bush)
  • 1970 - Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1974 - Rocky Gray (Evanescence)
  • 1983 - Michelle Branch
  • 1985 - Ashley Tisdale
  • 1986 - Lindsay Lohan

Deaths
  • 1968 - John Calvin Maddox (Maddox Brothers and Rose) (52)
  • 1982 - DeFord Bailey (first African-American to play the Grand Ole Opry) (82)
  • 1999 - Mark Sandman (Morphine) - Heart attack (47)
  • 2007 - Hy Zaret (composer Unchained Melody) (99)
  • 2015 - Roy Bennett (songwriter) (96)

On This Day
  • 1958 - Elvis Presley's King Creole debuted.
  • 1962 - Jimi Hendrix was discharged from the army.
  • 1965 - It was Peter, Paul and Mary Day in Los Angeles.
  • 1966 - The Beatles were the first music group to play Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall. Locals protested the concert as inappropriate.
  • 1969 - Mountain is formed by Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi.
  • 1969 - Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
  • 1971 - Queen played their first show with the lineup of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
  • 1973 - Brian Eno quit Roxy Music.
  • 1974 - Olivia Newton-John and Charlie Rich made their Las Vegas debuts on a double bill.
  • 1976 - Brian Wilson joined the Beach Boys on stage for the first time in years.
  • 1980 - Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead were arrested in San Diego for suspicion of starting a riot when they tried to break up a drug bust.
  • 1981 - Bruce Springsteen played the first show in New Jersey's Brendan Byrne Arena Meadowlands Arena.
  • 1982 - Nicky Headon of the Clash was arrested for stealing a bus stop sign.
  • 1984 - Epic Records set a new record when they shipped two million copies of the Jackson's Victory to stores.
  • 1987 - John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin came out of retirement to begin producing.
  • 1990 - The Italian Catholic Church announced they would make efforts to stop Madonna from performing in Rome because of her inappropriate use of religious symbols.
  • 1991 - Fifty fans were injured and 15 people were arrested when a riot broke out at a Guns N' Roses concert after Axl Rose jumped into the crowd to take a camera from a fan.
  • 1992 - Mick Jagger became a grandfather when daughter Jade gave birth to a girl.
  • 1992 - Olivia Newton-John found that she had breast cancer.
  • 1997 - Bruce Springsteen received Sweden's Polar Music Prize, giving the cash prize to a Swedish school for wayward teenagers.
  • 2001 - Liverpool Airport was renamed John Lennon Airport.
  • 2003 - Great White cancelled their tour that was to benefit victims of the Rhode Island club fire due to money and insurance problems.
  • 2003 - Delta Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease
  • 2005 - The Live 8 concert was held in cities around the world.
  • 2007 - Kelly Clarkson signed a management contract with Narvel Blackstock, the husband of Reba McEntire.
  • 2008 - The gravestone of Ian Curtis (Joy Division) was stolen.
  • 2009 - Blur reunited for their 20th anniversary for a two-day superconcert in London.
  • 2009 - Bryan Adams was honored on a Canadian stamp.
  • 2016 - Bonnie Brown of the Browns was placed in a critical care unit to fight cancer.
  • 2017 - Dion sued the makers of the video game Fallout 4 for using his song The Wanderer in a commercial.

Marriages
  • 1964 - Mahalia Jackson and Sigmond Galloway
  • 1994 - Billie Joe Armstrong and Adrienne Nesser

Divorces
  • 1964 - Hank Cochran and Shirley
  • 2010 - Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels (filed by Etheridge)

Recorded
  • 1956 - Don't Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Any Way You Want Me - Elvis Presley (first time working with Jordanaires)
  • 1956 - The Train Kept A-Rollin' - Johnny Burnette and the Rock & Roll Trio
  • 1964 - Is It Really Over?, Missing You - Jim Reeves (final recording session)
  • 1969 - Her Majesty, Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight - Beatles
  • 1975 - Calypso - John Denver
  • 1979 - Romeo's Tune - Steve Forbert

Released
  • 1956 - Love Me - Buddy Holly (single)
  • 1969 - A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash (single)
  • 1973 - You've Never Been This Far Before - Conway Twitty (single)
  • 1979 - Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • 1981 - 4 - Foreigner
  • 1982 - Imperial Bedroom - Elvis Costello & the Attractions
  • 1984 - The Last in Line - Dio
  • 1984 - Rewind (1971-1984) - Rolling Stones
  • 1986 - Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett
  • 1991 - Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time - Various Artists
  • 1991 - Into the Great Wide Open - Tom Petty
  • 1991 - Trisha Yearwood - Trisha Yearwood (debut)
  • 1996 - It Was Written - Nas
  • 2002 - O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits - Aerosmith

Broadcasts
  • 1955 - The Lawrence Welk Show (ABC) (Premier)
  • 1957 - The Spike Jones Show (CBS) - Spade Cooley, Sonny James
  • 1958 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Connie Francis, Original Casuals, Keynotes
  • 1959 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Jordan Brothers
  • 1960 - The Dick Clark Show (ABC) - Brenda Lee, Jack Scott, Tommy Edwards
  • 1965 - Where the Action Is (ABC) - James Brown, Jody Miller, Steve Alaimo, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Linda Scott
  • 1966 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Vogues, Ketty Lester
  • 1976 - Midnight Special (NBC) - Glen Campbell (host), George Benson, Dorothy Moore, Jim Stafford, Stephen Cohn, Tribute to Donovan
  • 1977 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Kiki Dee, Pablo Cruise
  • 1977 - Dolly - Staple Singers
  • 1980 - Big Time (BBC) - Documentary of the marketing and recording of first single of Sheena Easton.
  • 1983 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Mitch Ryder

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1966 - Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra (1 week)
  • 1977 - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) - Bill Conti (1 week)
  • 1988 - Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson (1 week)
  • 2005 - Inside Your Heaven - Carrie Underwood (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 2011 - Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • None

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1966 - Think of Me - Buck Owens (6 weeks)
  • 1977 - That Was Yesterday - Donna Fargo (1 week)
  • 1983 - Love is On a Roll - Don Williams (1 week)
  • 1988 - If It Don't Come Easy - Tanya Tucker (1 week)
  • 2005 - Fast Cars and Freedom - Rascal Flatts (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 2011 - Rolling in the Deep - Adele (19 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1954 - Cara Mia - David Whitfield (10 weeks)
  • 1969 - Something in the Air - Thunderclap Newman (3 weeks)
  • 1977 - So You Win Again - Hot Chocolate (3 weeks)
  • 1983 - Baby Jane - Rod Stewart (3 weeks)
  • 2005 - Ghetto Gospel - 2Pac Featuring Elton John (3 weeks)
  • 2011 - Don't Wanna Go Home - Jason Derulo (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1977 - A Star is Born - Barbara Streisand (2 weeks)
  • 1988 - Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (3 weeks)
  • 1994 - Happy Nation - Ace of Base (2 weeks)
  • 2011 - Born This Way - Lady Gaga (1 week)

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