Music Almanac - July 20

Birthdays
  • 1902 - Jimmy Kennedy (songwriter) (d. 1984)
  • 1918 - Cindy Walker (songwriter) (d. 2006)
  • 1933 - Buddy Knox (d. 1999)
  • 1935 - Sleepy LaBeef
  • 1938 - Jo Ann Campbell
  • 1944 - T. G. Sheppard
  • 1945 - Kim Carnes
  • 1945 - John Lodge (Moody Blues)
  • 1946 - Johnny Almond (Mark-Almond)
  • 1947 - Carlos Santana
  • 1947 - Tony Thorpe (Rubettes)
  • 1948 - James Hooker (Amazing Rhythm Aces)
  • 1952 - Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister)
  • 1953 - Marcia Hines
  • 1955 - Jem Finer (Pogues)
  • 1956 - Paul Cook (Sex Pistols)
  • 1957 - Merlina DeFranco (DeFranco Family)
  • 1958 - Mick MacNeil (Simple Minds)
  • 1959 - Radney Foster
  • 1962 - Dig Wayne (Jo Boxers)
  • 1964 - Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) (d. 2017)
  • 1966 - Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)
  • 1968 - Kool G Rap (born Nathaniel Wilson) (Juice Crew)
  • 1971 - DJ Screw (born Robert Davis) (d. 2000)
  • 1972 - Vitamin C (born Colleen Fitzpatrick)
  • 1976 - Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother)
  • 1978 - Elliott Yamin
  • 1980 - Mike Kennerty (All-American Rejects)
  • 1986 - Hannah Blaylock (Eden's Edge)
  • 1987 - Brent Wilson (Panic at the Disco)
  • 1988 - Julianne Hough

Deaths
  • 1969 - Roy Hamilton - Stroke (40)
  • 1977 - Gary Kellgren (audio engineer & co-founder of The Record Plant) - Accidental drowning (38)
  • 1998 - Jim Tyrrell (executive and manager) - Heart failure (67)
  • 2008 - Artie Traum (65)
  • 2015 - Wayne Carson (songwriter, Always on My Mind, The Letter) - Congestive Heart Failure (72)

On This Day
  • 1940 - Billboard published their first record chart taking into account sales information from all record companies.
  • 1954 - Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black made their live debut as the Blue Moon Boys on the back of a truck in Memphis.
  • 1961 - The Beat Boys (later the Beatles) sign a contract with Bert Kaempfert to record in Germany.
  • 1965 - Frank Sinatra's hands are imprinted in concrete at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.
  • 1967 - Jerry Lee Lewis opens his first U.K. tour since the scandal of marrying his 13-year-old cousin in 1958.
  • 1968 - While appearing on the British TV show Dee Time, Jane Asher announced her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. The proclamation came as a surprise to Paul.
  • 1974 - The first Knebworth Concert was held in England. Artists include the Doobie Brothers, the Allman Brothers and Van Morrison.
  • 1974 - Joey Ramone became the lead singer of the Ramones.
  • 1975 - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band opened their Born to Run tour in Providence, RI. It was Steve Van Zandt's first live performance with the band.
  • 1975 - Two members of the Sweet Inspirations walked off stage in the middle of an Elvis Presley show after the singer insulted them.
  • 1976 - The Buzzcocks made their live debut in Manchester, England.
  • 1986 - Sid and Nancy, based on the life of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, premiered in London.
  • 1986 - Seventeen current and former members of Santana played together in San Francisco in celebration of Carlos Santana's 39th birthday and 20th anniversary in music.
  • 1986 - Ed Leffler, manager of Van Halen, is beaten in a Dallas hotel elevator.
  • 1987 - Prince completed shooting for his movie Sign 'O' the Times.
  • 1995 - Flavor Flav of Public Enemy broke both arms in a motorcycle accident.
  • 1996 - Soundgarden's Kim Thayil is arrested for assault at a Lollapalooza stop.
  • 1996 - Faron Young receives a concussion in a bar fight in Nashville.
  • 1999 - Billy Ray Cyrus left Mercury Records where he was the label's biggest artist.
  • 2008 - Rapper DMX was arrested for allegedly giving a false name to avoid hospital payments.
  • 2017 - Don McLean's domestic violence charges were dismissed after he did not get into trouble for a year and paid a fine.

Marriages
  • 2002 - Marc Cohn and Elizabeth Vargas

Divorces
  • 2015 - Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

Released
  • 1965 - Do You Believe in Magic - Lovin' Spoonful (debut single)
  • 1965 - Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (single)
  • 1972 - Long John Silver - Jefferson Airplane
  • 1973 - Love Devotion Surrender - Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin
  • 1973 - Mott - Mott the Hoople
  • 1979 - Nine Lives - REO Speedwagon
  • 1981 - Escape - Journey
  • 1991 - Promise of a New Day - Paula Abdul (single)
  • 1993 - Candlebox - Candlebox (debut)
  • 1993 - Black Sunday - Cypress Hill

Broadcasts
  • 1959 - American Bandstand - Sonny James
  • 1961 - American Bandstand - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • 1962 - American Bandstand - Johnny Tillotson
  • 1965 - Where the Action Is - Crystals, Newbeats, Steve Alaimo, Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • 1966 - Where the Action Is - Chad and Jeremy, Yuya Uchida and the Blue Jeans, Robbs
  • 1966 - The John Gary Show (CBS) - Eddy Arnold, Smothers Brothers
  • 1968 - American Bandstand - Joe Tex, Steppenwolf
  • 1969 - Hee Haw (CBS) - Merle Haggard, Roy Clark, Buck Owens
  • 1970 - The Dating Game (ABC) - Carpenters
  • 1971 - Make Your Own Kind of Music - Carpenters (premier)
  • 1973 - Midnight Special - Joan Baez (host), Mimi Farina, Black Oak Arkansas, Bloodstone, Steve Goodman, Mimi Farina, Wilson Pickett, Pointer Sisters
  • 1974 - American Bandstand - Rufus (with Chaka Khan), George McCrae
  • 1979 - Midnight Special - Suzi Quatro (host), David Naughton, Roger Voudouris, Paul Warren & Explorer, Carly Simon

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1963 - Surf City - Jan & Dean (2 weeks)
  • 1968 - Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela (2 weeks)
  • 1991 - Unbelievable - EMF

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1946 - Dancing in the Dark - Carmen Cavallaro (4 weeks)
  • 1996 - It Was Written - Nas (4 weeks)
  • 2013 - Born Sinner - J. Cole (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1946 - Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming) - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (5 weeks)
  • 1963 - Easier Said Than Done - Essex (2 weeks)
  • 1974 - My Thang (Part 1) - James Brown (2 weeks)
  • 1985 - Save Your Love (For #1) - Rene & Angela (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1968 - Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash (4 weeks)
  • 1974 - Marie Laveau - Bobby Bare (1 week)
  • 1985 - Dixie Road - Lee Greenwood (1 week)
  • 1996 - Daddy's Money - Ricochet (2 weeks)
  • 2002 - Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) - Toby Keith (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1985 - Who's Holding Donna Now - DeBarge (3 weeks)
  • 2013 - Just Give Me a Reason - Pink Featuring Nate Ruess (7 weeks (1 previous week))

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1956 - Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (3 weeks)
  • 1961 - Temptation - Everly Brothers (2 weeks)
  • 1996 - Forever Love - Gary Barlow (1 week)
  • 2002 - Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake) - Gareth Gates (3 weeks)
  • 2013 - Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell (1 week (4 previous weeks))

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1957 - The Tommy Steele Story - Tommy Steele (3 weeks)
  • 1996 - Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette (8 weeks)
  • 2002 - By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers (3 weeks)
  • 2013 - Magna Carta Holy Grail - Jay-Z (1 week)

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