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July 31 – Today In Rock Music History

July 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Daniel Ash!

Musicians Born On July 31

1941 Paul Anka (Diana)
1946 Bob Welch (Ebony Eyes)
1946 Gary Lewis (Playboys)
1947 Karl Green (Herman’s Hermits)
1953 Hugh McDowell (ELO)
1957 Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets)
1958 Bill Berry (REM)
1960 Malcolm Ross (Aztec Camera)
1963 Norman Cook (Housemartins)

Happy Birthday Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook

Deaths On July 31

1964 Jim Reeves (country singer)

Number 1 In The Charts On July 31

1959 Cliff Richard: ‘Living Doll’ UK 45
1968 Tommy James: ‘Mony Mony’ UK 45
1971` James Taylor: ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ Us 45
1976 George Benson: ‘Breezin” US LP

Various Music Events On July 31

1959 Buddy Holly’s ‘Midnight Shift’ hits UK chart

1964 Rolling Stones play Belfast. The concert is stopped after only twelve minutes because of rioting fans

1965 Yardbirds hit US chart with ‘Heart Full of Soul’

1971 Doors’ ‘LA Woman’ hits UK LP chart

1971 Premiere in London of Rolling Stones’ film ‘Gimme Shelter’

1971 Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move On Up’ hits UK chart

1975 Miami Showband, an Irish pop group, are ambushed and murdered by Protestant gunmen

1976 Blue Oyster Cult release ‘(Don’t Fear) the Reaper’ in the UK

1980 John Phillips of Mamas and the Papas is arrested on drug charges

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July 31 – Today in Beatles History

July 31, 2010

1964
Concert at the Imperial Ballroom, Nelson.

1967
The Lord Chief Justice dismisses the charges against Keith Richards and gives Mick Jagger a conditional discharge, with respect to the trial on drugs charges of them and Robert Fraser.

Radio London office, 17 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London. Ringo records a farewell message from the Beatles.

1968
Morning. Apple boutique gives away its inventory.

Trident Studios. 2.00pm-4.00am. Recording: ‘Hey Jude’ [re-make] (takes 1-4, overdub onto take 1). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Barry Sheffield; 2nd Engineer: unknown. Recording of rythm track for ‘Hey Jude’. First 8-track Beatles recording.

1969
Mal Evans takes the tape containing the ‘Abbey Road’ medley compiled on 30 July to Apple for acetate cutting purposes. He returns the tape this same day to EMI.
Malcom Davies, at Apple, cuts a lacquer of the complete medley sequence. On his own he decides to include the ‘Her Majesty’ piece, although it had been placed detached from the main sequence to make it clear it was not intended to be part of the medley.

Studio 2. 2.30pm-1.15am. Recording: ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ (overdub onto take 30); ‘Golden Slumbers’/’Carry That Weight’ (overdub onto take 17). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.

1970
Cynthia marries Roberto Bassanini.

1983
Studio 2. Show ‘The Beatles At Abbey Road’ (3 times).

1995

Westwood One radio broadcasts ‘Oobu Joobu’, Part 12.

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July 30 – Today In Rock Music History

July 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Kate Bush!

Musicians Born On July 30

1938 Edward ‘Kookie’ Byrnes (77 Sunset Strip)
1946 Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (Jethro Tull)
1949 B.B. Dickerson (War)
1949 Andy Scott (Sweet)
1956 Phil Phearon (Galaxy)
1957 Rat Scabies (Damned)
1957 David Joseph (Hi-Tension)
1958 Kate Bush (Running Up That Hill)

Happy Birthday Rat Scabies!

Number 1 In The Charts On July 30

1960 Elvis Presley: ‘Elvis Presley Is Back’ UK LP
1966 Troggs: ‘Wild Thing’ US 45
1966 Beatles: ‘Yesterday … and Today’US LP
1974 Wings: ‘Band on the Run’ UK 45
1977 Andy Gibb: ‘I Just Want to Be Your Everything’ US 45
1994 Wet Wet Wet : End of Part One (Their Greatest Hits) : UK LP

Various Music Events On July 30

1954 Midnighters record ‘Annie Had a Baby’, the second in the controversial ‘Annie’ trilogy

1963 Two Beatle-related singles released: Tommy Quickly’s ‘Tip of my Tongue’ (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney), and ‘I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door’ by Pete Best, the group’s ex-drummer

1968 Beatles close Apple Boutique, giving everything away to passers-by. (the last thing left was a naked female dummy labelled ‘For the attention of John Lennon’.)

1977 The reunited Animals release ‘Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted’ LP

1978 David Gates’s ‘Goodbye Girl’ hits UK LP chart

1982 Alan Parsons Project hits US Top 40 with ‘Eye in the Sky’

1986 Boy George fined £250 in London for heroin possession

1987 10,000 Maniacs impress at Cambridge Folk Festival

1987 David Bowie plays the first show of his “Glass Spider” tour in Philadelphia

1992 Many Motown stars gathered for a memorial service for Mary Wells, who died of cancer at the age of 49. Smokey Robinson sang a medley of Wells’ hits.

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July 30 – Today in Beatles History

July 30, 2010

1963
Studio 2. 10.00am-1.30pm. Recording: ‘Please Mister Postman’ (takes 1-9); ‘It Won’t Be Long’ (takes 1-10). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Richard Langham.

5.00-5.29pm. BBC’s ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ broadcast (recorded 10 July 1963, 1.30-3.30pm).

The Playhouse Theatre, London. Much earlier than 5.30-6.30pm, the contracted time. Recording for BBC’s ‘Saturday Club': ‘Long Tall Sally'; ‘She Loves You'; ‘Glad All Over'; ‘Twist And Shout'; ‘You Really Got A Hold On Me'; ‘I’ll Get You’.

Studio 2. 5.00-11.00pm. Recording: ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ (piano test, plus takes 8-14); ‘Till There Was You’ [re-make] (takes 4-8); ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ (takes 1-8); ‘It Won’t Be Long’ (takes 11-23); ‘All My Loving’ (takes 1-14). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Richard Langham.

UK single release: ‘Tip Of My Tongue’, Tommy Quickly’s debut.

1964
W. A. Wilson & Farquharson (Investments) Limited changes name to Harreen Limited, to reflect Harry and Queenie Epstein interests.

1965
Saville Theatre. Private rehearsal for a forthcoming TV appearance.

1966
Brian goes to Portmeirion village, North Wales, with George Martin, to recover from his glandular fever.

”Yesterday’… And Today’, 6th week in the Top 30 (Billboard).

1968
Studio 2. 7.30pm-3.30am. Recording: ‘Hey Jude’ (takes 7-23, tape reduction take 23 into takes 24, 25). Stereo mixing: ‘Hey Jude’ (remix 1, from take 25). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Ken Scott; 2nd Engineer: John Smith.
Rehearsal for ‘Hey Jude’.
During the session, a documental for the British National Music Council is filmed.

Public announcement of Apple stores closing.

1969
Studio 2 (control room only). 2.00-3.30pm. Recording: ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ (tape reduction take 30 into takes 37-42). Studio 3. 3.30-10.30pm. Recording: ‘Come Together’ (overdub onto take 9); ‘Polythene Pam’/’She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’ (overdub onto take 40); ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ (overdub onto take 40) ; ‘Golden Slumbers’/’Carry That Weight’ (overdub onto take 17). Studio 2 (control room only). 10.30pm-2.30am. Stereo mixing: ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ (remix 1, from take 40); ‘Sun King’/’Mean Mr Mustard’ (remix 1, from take 35); ‘Her Majesty’ (remix 1, from take 3); ‘Polythene Pam’/’She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’ (remix 1, from take 40); ‘Golden Slumbers’/’Carry That Weight’ (remix 1, from take 17); ‘Ending’ (working title of ‘The End’) (remix 1, from take 7). Editing, crossfading and tape compilation: ‘You Never Give Me Your Money'; ‘Sun King’/’Mean Mr Mustard'; ‘Her Majesty'; ‘Polythene Pam’/’She Came In Through The Bathroom Window'; ‘Golden Slumbers’/’Carry That Weight'; ‘Ending’ (working title of ‘The End’). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.
Rough compilation to judge the progress of the medley. Paul decides to eliminate ‘Her Majesty’. The piece of tape is cut carelessly, leaving on it the end of ‘Mean Mr Mustard’ and missing the last chord of ‘Her Majesty’, but since this was just a rough mix, things went on. John Kurlander, second engineer for this session, disobeying Paul, conserved the tape, appending it to the end of the complete tape, but clearly apart from the rest, 15 seconds after ‘The End’.

1983
Studio 2. Show ‘The Beatles At Abbey Road’ (3 times).

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July 29 – Today In Rock Music History

July 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Geddy Lee!

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Musicians Born On July 29

1953 Geddy Lee (Rush)
1959 John Sykes (Whitesnake)
1967 Chris Gorman (Belly)
1973 Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men)

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Deaths On July 29

1974 Mama Cass Elliott (Mamas and the Papas)

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Number 1 In The Charts On July 29

1955 Slim Whitman: ‘Rose Marie’ UK 45
1957 Elvis Presley: ‘Loving You’ US LP
1967 Doors: ‘Light My Fire’ US 45
1972 Gilbert O’Sullivan: ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’ US 45
1978 ‘Grease’ soundtrack US LP
1995 Supergrass : I Should Coco : UK LP
1995 Hootie and The Blowfish : Cracked Rear View : US LP

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Various Music Events On July 29

1962 Bob Dylan makes his first radio appearance on WRUR-FM in New York as part of a 21-hour Hootenany Saturday special.

1963 After four years, the Newport Folk Festival reopens with Phil Ochs, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan

1964 Tony Blackburn makes his broadcasting debut on Radio Caroline

1965 Beatles ‘Help’ film premieres at the London Pavilion

1966 Bob Dylan suffers motorcycle crash which keeps him out of the public eye for two years

1972 Arlo Guthrie hits US chart with ‘City of New Orleans’

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1972 Screaming Lord Sutch arrested in London after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women to publicise forthcoming gigs

1972 Rick Nelson hits US chart with ‘Garden Party’. The song refers to rock-and-roll reunion gig the previous year

1973 Led Zeppelin lose more than $180,000 in cash when a thief makes off with their safe-deposit box containing receipts for two Madison Square Garden concerts

1982 Andy Taylor of Duran Duran marries Tracie Wilson

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July 29 – Today in Beatles History

July 29, 2010

1963
4pm. Washington Hotel, London. 32 photographs taken by ‘Radio Times’ photographer Don Smith in a bedroom.
Later, photo session with Marc Sharratt on the hotel roof, and individual photos (order: George, Ringo, John, Paul).

1964
Concert at the Ice Hockey Stadium, Stockholm. John and Paul suffer an electric discharge when they touch the microphones while playing ‘Long Tall Sally’.

Brian resigns his directorship with NEMS Limited.

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ single number 1, 3rd week (UK New Musical Express chart).
‘With The Beatles’, 36th week in the Top 30 (UK New Musical Express chart).

1965
‘Help!’ premiere at the London Pavilion. The Beatles and Brian attend.
After, party at the Dorchester Hotel.

1966
US ‘Datebook’ magazine publishes John declarations on Christianism.

1968
Night: John and Yoko arrive at the Apple stores. Yoko takes various articles.

Studio 2. 8.30pm-4.00am. Recording: ‘Hey Jude’ (takes 1-6). Producer: not assigned; Engineer: Ken Scott; 2nd Engineer: John Smith.
Rehearsal of ‘Hey Jude’.
During ‘Hey Jude’ recording: filming for ‘Experiment In Television’.

1969
Studio 3. 2.30-10.45pm. Recording: ‘Come Together’ (overdub onto take 9); ‘Sun King’/’Mean Mr Mustard’ (overdub onto take 35). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.
Recording of guitar solo for ‘Come Together’.

1983

Studio 2. Show ‘The Beatles At Abbey Road’ (3 times).

1990
Paul’s concert in Chicago. End of ‘Get Back’ tour.

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July 28 – Today In Rock Music History

July 28, 2010

We Miss You Rick!

Musicians Born On July 28

1938 George Cummings (Dr. Hook)
1945 Rick Wright (Pink Floyd)
1948 Simon Kirke (Bad Company/Free)
1949 Steve Peregrine Took (T. Rex)
1949 Peter Doyle (New Seekers)
1965 Tex Axile (Transvision Vamp)

Deaths On July 28

1996 Marguerite Ganser Dorste (Shangri-Las)

Number 1 In The Charts On July 28

1956 Elvis Presley: ‘I Want You I Need You I Love You’ US 45
1960 Cliff Richard: ‘Please Don’t Tease’ UK 45
1962 Elvis Presley: ‘Pot Luck’ UK LP
1966 Chris Farlowe: ‘Out of Time’ UK 45
1973 Gary Glitter: ‘I’m the Leader of the Gang’ UK 45
1973 Chicago: Chicago VI US LP
1979 Boomtown Rats: ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ UK 45
1990 Partners in Kryme: ‘Turtle Power’ UK 45
1990 Elton John : Sleeping with the Past : UK LP

Various Music Events On July 28

1956 Blues singer Big Walter releases ‘Pack Fair and Square'; the song is later covered by J. Geils Band

1962 Tommy Roe debuts on US chart with ‘Sheila’, his only No. 1

1966 Beach Boys enter UK chart with ‘God Only Knows’

1970 ‘Ned Kelly’ film, starring Mick Jagger, premieres in Australia

1972 Mott the Hoople release ‘All the Young Dudes’ in the UK

1973 The world’s biggest-ever rock festival audience gathers at Watkins Glen Festival in New York State. Over 600,000 attend to see The Band, Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead

1974 Record for longest continuous rock performance set by ‘Animation’, who ended a gig of 140 hours and 34 minutes at St. Andrews Church, Liverpool

1993 10,000 Maniacs play their last show with lead singer Natalie Merchant. Merchant leaves the group to pursue a solo career

1995 Jimi Hendrix’s father, James Al Hendrix, wins back the rights to his son’s name, likeness, image and music.

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July 28 – Today in Beatles History

July 28, 2010

1962
Concert at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead. Performance at the Cavern, with The Red River Jazzmen, and Dee Fenton and The Silhouettes.

1963
Concert at the ABC, Great Yarmouth.

1964
The Beatles fly to Sweden.
Concert at the Ice Hockey Stadium, Stockholm.

1965
‘Help!’ single number 1, 1st week; 1st week in the ranking (UK New Musical Express chart).

BBC-TV broadcasts the programme ‘Songwriters’, about Lennon and McCartney.

1967
Brian returns from London to Liverpool.

1968
Afternoon and early evening. Various London locations. ‘Mad Day’. Photographic session with Don McCullin, Ronald Fitzgibbon, Stephen Goldblatt, Tony Bramwell and Mal Evans, and spectators Mal Evans’s son Gary, Yoko and Francie Schwartz.
1) Thomson House.
2) Mercury Theatre, Notting Hill. The Beatles park around the corner, near the Horbury Chapel, and then wait in the dance studio. Locations: 1) Posing with parrot near one theatre’s exit; 2) on stage, 1st John and then Paul as central figure; 3) change of clothes; 4) jam session; 5) 4.30pm approx. Paul and George eat at the bar; pictures of John with silvery jacket and Ringo; 6) outside the Theatre, holding a hoarding worded ‘International Theatre Club’. Then the Beatles drive to the Highgate location.
3) Highgate cementery. Locations: 1) Bench outside 79 Swain’s Lane; 2) in front of house at 59 Swain’s Lane.
4) 5.00-6.00pm. St Pancras Old Church and Gardens, London. Locations: 1) Flower display; 2) Bench; 3) Drinking fountain; 4) John Soane’s mausoleum; 5) St Pancras Coroner’s Court; 6) Hollyhocks; 7) Bench; 8) Church; 9) Railings. ‘The Beatles 1962-1966′ and ‘The Beatles 1967-1970′ gatefold sleeves photographs taken.
5) Old Street Station. 6.00pm approx. Arrival at the Old Street Station.
6) Wapping. Late afternoon. Arrival at Wapping Pier Head. Locations: 1) Corner of Wapping High Street and Sampson Street; 2) wasteland; 3) stopping concrete bed; John and Yoko go away briefly; 4) John plays dead; 5) posing on east quay; 6) posing on west quay; later, signing of autographs; 7) John laying on the ground.
7) Sunhouse at Paul’s house, 7 Cavendish Avenue, St John’s Woods.

1969
Studio 3. 2.30-8.00pm. Recording: ‘Polythene Pam’/’She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’ (overdub onto take 39).
Studio 2 (control room only). 8.00-8.30pm. Recording: ‘Polythene Pam’/’She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’ (tape reduction take 39 into take 40). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.

1973
‘Live And Let Die’ LP number 17 (Billboard).

1978
Daniel De Vore roughly mixes ‘On The Rebound'; ‘She’s So In Love'; ‘As Far As We Can Go'; ‘One Way Love Affair’.

1983
Studio 2. Show ‘The Beatles At Abbey Road’ (3 times).

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July 27 – Today In Rock Music History

July 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Maureen McGovern!

Musicians Born On July 27

1933 Nick Reynolds (Kingston Trio)
1944 Bobby Gentry (Ode to Billy Joe)
1949 Maureen McGovern (The Morning After)
1963 Karl Mueller (Soul Asylum)
1967 Juliana Hatfield

Deaths On July 27

1974 Lightnin’ Slim (blues performer)

Number 1 In The Charts On July 27

1974 George McRae: ‘Rock Your Baby’ UK 45
1974 Wings: ‘Band on the Run’ UK LP
1974 John Denver: ‘Annie’s Song’ US 45
1985 Eurythmics: ‘There Must Be an Angel’ UK 45
1985 Paul Young: ‘Everytime You Go Away’ US 45
1991 Bryan Adams: ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ US single
1996 Toni Braxton : Youre Makin Me High/Let It Flow : US single
1998 Spice Girls : Viva Forever : UK single

Various Music Events On July 27

1956 Fats Domino hits UK chart for the first time with ‘I’m in Love Again’

1959 Santo and Johnny release ‘Sleepwalk’ in US, on way to No. 1

1961 Sam Cooke’s ‘Cupid’ hits UK chart

1971 George Harrison announces plans for Bangladesh benefit concert

1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd debut on US chart with ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, their only Top 10 single

1976 John Lennon finally wins his US green card (No. A 17,597-321)

1976 Bruce Springsteen sued by manager, Mike Appelll

1985 Madonna hits US chart at No. 4 with ‘Into the Groove’

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July 27 – Today in Beatles History

July 27, 2010

1962
Brian presents Joe Brown and his Bruvvers, heading a bill including the Beatles, at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton. A big fight rises during the concert.

1963
‘Please Please Me’ LP number 1, 12th week (UK Record Retailer chart).

End of English tour with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Tommy Quickly, at the Odeon Cinema, Weston-Super-Mare. Photographer Dezo Hoffmann present.

1964
Brian flies to New York to negotiate US tours for Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas, all to commence at the end of February 1965.

Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers sign for NEMS Enterprises.

Brian represents pop music in the 1964 list of the 10 best dressed men in Britain. According to the selectors: ‘his sartorial taste hits the mark as surely as his eye for talent. He is one of the moderates.’

1968
Apple stores close.

1970
Opening of the revue ‘Oh! Calcutta!’, at the Roundhouse, London. Pattie Harrison and Eric Clapton attend.

1976
John’s application to remain in the US as a permanent resident is approved at a special hearing.

1978
Sweet Silence Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark. Recording: either of: ‘On The Rebound'; ‘She’s So In Love'; ‘As Far As We Can Go'; ‘One Way Love Affair’. Producer: Russ Ballard; Engineer: David De Vore.

1983
Studio 2. Show ‘The Beatles At Abbey Road’ (3 times).

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