Music Almanac - July 4

Birthdays
  • 1900 - Louis Armstrong (date claimed by Armstrong, accepted date is 8/4/01) (d. 1971)
  • 1903 - Charlie Monroe (d. 1975)
  • 1911 - Mitch Miller (d. 2010)
  • 1916 - Stringbean (born David Akeman) (d. 1973)
  • 1930 - Marion Worth (d. 1999)
  • 1933 - Baker Knight (songwriter) (d. 2005)
  • 1937 - Ray Pillow
  • 1938 - Bill Withers
  • 1940 - Dave Rowberry (Animals) (d. 2003)
  • 1941 - Dick Addrisi (Addrisi Brothers)
  • 1942 - Peter Rowan
  • 1943 - Annette Sterling (Martha and the Vandellas) (74)
  • 1943 - Al "Blind Owl" Wilson (Canned Heat) (d. 1970)
  • 1947 - Jacques Morali (producer) (d. 1991)
  • 1948 - Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac)
  • 1949 - James Stroud (producer)
  • 1951 - Ralph Johnson (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • 1952 - John Waite
  • 1958 - Kirk Pengilly (INXS)
  • 1959 - Bill McCorvey (Pirates of the Mississippi)
  • 1960 - Teddy Carr (Ricochet)
  • 1963 - Matt Malley (Counting Crows)
  • 1963 - Jesse Lee Daniels (Force M.D.'s)
  • 1964 - Mark Allen Slaughter (Slaughter)
  • 1970 - Andy McClure (Sleeper)
  • 1971 - Andy Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies)
  • 1972 - William Goldsmith (Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters)
  • 1978 - Stephen McNally (BBMak)
  • 1983 - Melanie Fiona
  • 1983 - Andy Mrotek (The Academy is...)

Deaths
  • 1971 - Don McPherson (Main Ingredient) - Leukemia (29)
  • 1984 - Jimmie Spheeris - Motorcycle accident (34)
  • 2003 - Barry White - Renal failure (58)
  • 2005 - Big Al Downing - Leukemia (65)
  • 2007 - Bill Pinkney (Drifters)
  • 2009 - Drake Levin (Paul Revere & the Raiders) - Cancer (62)
  • 2009 - Allen Klein - Respiratory failure (77)

On This Day
  • 1940 - The Louvin Brothers made their first live appearance in Flatrock, AL.
  • 1954 - Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black practiced together for the first time.
  • 1957 - The Country Gentlemen formed outside of Washington DC.
  • 1960 - Country music debuted at the Newport Jazz Festival with Chet Atkins.
  • 1962 - Chris Blackwell started Island Records.
  • 1965 - B.J. Thomas signed his first professional contract with Pacemaker Records.
  • 1966 - The Beatles were attacked by a mob in the Philippines when Ferdinand Marcos pulled their security detail after his wife, Imelda, said they did not attend one of her parties.
  • 1970 - American Top 40, with host Casey Kasem, was Broadcasts for the first time.
  • 1972 - Willie Nelson held his first Fourth of July Picnic.
  • 1973 - Don Powell, drummer for Slade, was seriously injured in a car crash (his girlfriend was killed).
  • 1973 - Willie Nelson held his first Fourth of July Picnic.
  • 1975 - The Texas Senate named it Willie Nelson Day.
  • 1976 - The Clash made their live debut in Sheffield, England.
  • 1977 - Gary Valentine (bass) quit Blondie citing artistic integrity.
  • 1980 - The Beach Boys held their July 4 concert in Washington, DC in front of an estimated half-million.
  • 1982 - Diana Ross kicked off a solo tour at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.
  • 1983 - The Beach Boys are banned from playing the mall in Washington by Interior Secretary James Watt because of the bad elements they would attract.
  • 1984 - The Beach Boys held their July 4 concert in Miami, FL with a guest appearance by Ringo Starr.
  • 1985 - The Beach Boys held their July 4 concert in Washington, D.C. with a guest appearance by Jimmy Page.
  • 1985 - The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson) played together live for the first time at Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic.
  • 1986 - Farm Aid II was held in Manor, TX with Alabama, The Beach Boys, The Blasters, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Exile, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Emmylou Harris, Julio Iglesias, Rick James, Jason & the Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Bon Jovi, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Vince Neil, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steppenwolf, Taj Mahal, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, X, The Unforgiven
  • 1987 - Keith Richards completed mixing on the Chuck Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll.
  • 1987 - Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead start a short tour in Foxboro, MA.
  • 1990 - Paul Stanley of KISS was in a car accident causing neck and back injuries.
  • 1992 - John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas received a liver transplant.
  • 1999 - Elton John received a pacemaker after collapsing with an irregular heartbeat.
  • 2000 - A member of the audience was killed at a Metallica concert after falling 80 feet.
  • 2002 - George Michael did an interview with CNN over his video for Shoot the Dog which showed George Bush and Tony Blair in bed together.
  • 2002 - Tony Bennett had to stop his show at Royal Albert Hall in London after fire broke out.
  • 2004 - Ja Rule was arrested for driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana.
  • 2007 - A former laboratory worker admitted in court that he stalked Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.
  • 2008 - All four members of ABBA attended the premier of the film Mamma Mia! in Mariatorget, Sweden.
  • 2010 - George Michael was arrested after crashing his car into the front of a North London camera shop. He was charged with driving while under the influence of drink or drugs and marijuana possession.

Marriages
  • 1974 - Barry White and Glodean James (Love Unlimited)
  • 1976 - Paul Revere
  • 1982 - Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Arden
  • 1999 - Victoria "Posh Spice" Adams and David Beckham
  • 2010 - Jana Kramer and Johnathan Schaech
  • 2013 - Tina Turner and Erwin Bach
  • 2015 - Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick

Recorded
  • 1975 - Fly Away - John Denver, Olivia Newton-John

Released
  • 1964 - Tell Me - Rolling Stones (single)
  • 1976 - Beautiful Noise - Neil Diamond
  • 1976 - Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee (single)
  • 1988 - Kylie - Kylie Minogue
  • 1990 - Banned in the U.S.A. - 2 Live Crew (single)
  • 1995 - Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
  • 2005 - The Cookbook - Missy Elliott
  • 2006 - Love is My Religion - Ziggy Marley (exclusive through Target, their first such deal with an artist)
  • 2006 - American V: A Hundred Highways - Johnny Cash

Broadcasts
  • 1958 - American Bandstand - Dick Roman, Jack Scott
  • 1960 - American Bandstand - Buddy Knox, Jimmy Charles & the Revelettes
  • 1961 - American Bandstand - Dean Barlow, Dante
  • 1962 - American Bandstand - Gary Criss
  • 1963 - American Bandstand - Joey Dee
  • 1964 - American Bandstand - Tribute to Elvis Presley
  • 1964 - Juke Box Jury (U.K.) - Rolling Stones
  • 1966 - Where the Action Is - Brenda Lee, Robbs, Steve Alaimo
  • 1967 - Spotlight - Tom Jones
  • 1970 - American Bandstand - Blues Image
  • 1975 - Midnight Special - Frankie Valli (host), Four Seasons, Freddy Fender, Hollies, Orleans
  • 1981 - American Bandstand - Carl Wilson
  • 1987 - American Bandstand - Jody Watley

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1964 - I Get Around - Beach Boys (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot (5 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1953 - Music For Lovers Only - Jackie Gleason (25 weeks (2 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1998 - City of Angels - Soundtrack (2 weeks (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 2009 - Line, Vines and Trying Times - Jonas Brothers (1 week)
  • 2015 - Before This World - James Taylor (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1953 - Please Love Me - B.B. King (3 weeks)
  • 1987 - I Feel Good All Over - Stephanie Mills (3 weeks)
  • 1992 - Do It to Me - Lionel Richie (1 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1970 - He Loves Me All the Way - Tammy Wynette (3 weeks)
  • 1981 - I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool - Barbara Mandrell (1 week)
  • 1987 - That Was a Close One - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
  • 1992 - I Saw the Light - Wynonna (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1981 - All Those Years Ago - George Harrison (1 week)
  • 1987 - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1958 - All I Have to Do is Dream/Claudette - Everly Brothers (7 weeks)
  • 1987 - It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys (3 weeks)
  • 2009 - Bulletproof - La Roux (1 week)
  • 2015 - Not Letting Go - Tinie Tempah Featuring Jess Glynne

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1981 - Disco Daze and Disco Nites - Various Artists (1 week)
  • 1998 - Five - Five (1 week)
  • 2009 - Number Ones - Michael Jackson (1 week (1 previous week in 2003))
  • 2015 - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful - Florence + the Machine (1 week)

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