Music Almanac - July 31

Birthdays
  • 1923 - Ahmet Ertegun (d. 2006)
  • 1932 - Morey Carr (Playmates) (d. 1987)
  • 1937 - Bonnie Brown (Browns) (d. 2016)
  • 1943 - Lobo (born Roland LaVoie)
  • 1946 - Gary Lewis (Gary Lewis & the Playboys)
  • 1946 - Bob Welch (Fleetwood Mac) (d. 2012)
  • 1947 - Karl Green (Herman's Hermits)
  • 1948 - Leaveil Degree (Whispers)
  • 1951 - Carlo Karges (Nena) (d. 2002)
  • 1953 - Hugh McDowell (Electric Light Orchestra)
  • 1957 - Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets)
  • 1959 - Stanley Jordan
  • 1958 - Bill Berry (R.E.M.)
  • 1960 - Malcolm Ross (Aztec Camera)
  • 1963 - Fatboy Slim (born Norman Cook)
  • 1963 - Chad Brock
  • 1964 - Jim Corr (Coors)
  • 1971 - John 5 (born John Lowery) (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie)
  • 1978 - Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band)
  • 1978 - Will Champion (Coldplay)
  • 1981 - M. Shadows (born Matthew Sanders) (Avenged Centerfold)

Deaths
  • 1964 - Jim Reeves - Plane crash (40)
  • 1987 - Kenneth "Thumbs" Carllile (session guitarist) (56)
  • 1994 - Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan (77)
  • 2010 - Mitch Miller (99)
  • 2010 - George Richey (songwriter, husband of Loretta Lynn) - Obstructive pulminary disease (74)
  • 2014 - Velma Smith (Nashville's A-Team) (87)

On This Day
  • 1955 - Full Elvis fever was on display in Tampa, FL. When Presley closed a show by saying "Girls, I'll see you backstage" a riot broke out with Elvis making it back to his dressing room with very few of his clothes intact.
  • 1955 - Bill and Charlie Monroe played their first concert together in seventeen years.
  • 1957 - Ringo Starr made his drumming debut at the Cavern Club as part of the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group.
  • 1964 - A Rolling Stones show in Belfast, Ireland is ended after twelve minutes due to violence in the audience.
  • 1966 - Beatles records were burned in Birmingham, AL after John Lennon stated that the Beatles were "bigger than Jesus."
  • 1967 - Mick Jagger received a conditional discharge and Keith Richards conviction was quashed over an arrest at Richards' house for allowing the smoking of marijuana on the premises.
  • 1969 - Elvis Presley opened a four-week run at Las Vegas' International Hotel.
  • 1969 - Marty Robbins had a heart attack after a show in Warren, OH.
  • 1970 - The Rolling Stones deliver their last contractual song to Decca Records, Cocksucker Blues.
  • 1971 - A security guard was stabbed and killed at a Who concert in Forest Hills, NY.
  • 1971 - The documentary Gimme Shelter debuts at London's Rialto Theatre.
  • 1979 - James Taylor played a free concert in Central Park.
  • 1980 - John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was arrested for cocaine possession.
  • 1980 - An Eagles concert in Long Beach, CA was marred by Glen Frey and Don Felder constantly throwing threats at each other. The band broke up after the show.
  • 1999 - Ol Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan was arrested for possession of crack and marijuana.
  • 2002 - James Taylor and the Dixie Chicks recorded an episode of CMT Crossroads in Nashville.
  • 2003 - Suge Knight was sentenced to ten months in prison for a parole violation.
  • 2003 - Sun Recording Studio was designated an National Landmark.
  • 2006 - OK Go release their video Here It Goes Again which went on to become an internet phenomenon.
  • 2012 - Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever, 4 hours and 6 minutes, in Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2014 - Canada put out stamps of k.d. lang, Shania Twain and Hank Snow.

Marriages
  • 1951 - Ray Charles and Eileen Williams
  • 1985 - Robin Gibb and Dwina Murphy
  • 1994 - Aaliyah and R. Kelly (later annulled as Aaliyah was 15)
  • 2010 - Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

Recorded
  • 1942 - I've Heard That Song Before - Harry James with Helen Forrest
  • 1959 - Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka
  • 1960 - My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own - Connie Francis
  • 1968 - Hey Jude - Beatles

Released
  • 1964 - Dancing in the Streets - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (single)
  • 1972 - Passin' Thru - James Gang
  • 1976 - Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult (single)
  • 1976 - Still the One - Orleans (single)
  • 1981 - Step by Step - Eddie Rabbitt
  • 2001 - Blake Shelton - Blake Shelton (debut)
  • 2001 - Duce's 'n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way - Eastsidaz

Broadcasts
  • 1948 - First ever country music special on Broadcasts TV - Kitty Wells, Eddy Arnold, Johnny & Jack
  • 1958 - American Bandstand - Larry Williams
  • 1959 - American Bandstand - Romance Watson
  • 1962 - American Bandstand - Jack Scott
  • 1963 - American Bandstand - Frankie Avalon
  • 1965 - American Bandstand - Hondells, Freddy Cannon
  • 1971 - American Bandstand - Lou Rawls, Freddie Weller, Mark Lindsay & the Raiders
  • 1976 - American Bandstand - Sylvers
  • 1976 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Kris Kristofferson (host), Rita Coolidge
  • 1977 - The Starland Vocal Band Show (CBS) (debut)
  • 1982 - American Bandstand - Squeeze
  • 1990 - The Oprah Winfrey Show (Syn) - Kathy Mattea, Clint Black, The Judds, K.T. Oslin

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1971 - You've Got a Friend - James Taylor (1 week)
  • 1999 - Genie in a Bottle - Christina Aguilera (5 weeks)
  • 2010 - Love the Way You Lie - Eminem Featuring Rihanna (7 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1976 - Breezin' - George Benson (2 weeks)
  • 1999 - Millennium - Backstreet Boys (2 weeks (5 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2004 - License to Chill - Jimmy Buffett (1 week)

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

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1971 - I'm Just Me - Charley Pride (4 weeks)
  • 1982 - I Don't Care - Ricky Skaggs (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1971 - You've Got a Friend - James Taylor (1 week)
  • 1976 - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Lou Rawls (1 week)
  • 1999 - I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1959 - Living Doll - Cliff Richard and the Drifters (6 weeks)
  • 1968 - Mony Mony - Tommy James & the Shondells (2 weeks)
  • 2004 - Dry Your Eyes - Streets (1 week)
  • 2010 - We No Speak Americano - Yolanda Be Cool vs D Cup

Number Ones - U.K. Albums

  • 2004 - A Grand Don't Come From Here - Streets (1 week)

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