July 4 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Bill Withers!

Bill Withers, Ain

Musicians Born On July 4

1938 Bill Withers (Lovely Day)
1948 Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac)
1949 Fontella Bass (Rescue Me)
1950 David ‘Kid’ Jensen (DJ)
1951 Ralph Johnson (Earth, Wind & Fire)
1952 John Waite (Missing You)
1958 Kirk Pengilly (INXS)
1963 Matt Malley (Counting Crows)
1971 Andrew Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies)

Deaths On July 4

1971 Don McPherson (Main Ingredient)

Number 1 In The Charts On July 4

1958 The Everly Brothers All I Have to Do Is Dream UK 45
1964 Beach Boys: I Get Around US 45
1987 Pet Shop Boys: It’s a Sin UK 45
1992 Sir-Mix-A-Lot : Baby Get Back : US single
1998 Five : Five : UK LP

Various Music Events On July 4

1952 Vera Lynn scores first British No. 1 in the US with Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart

1969 Atlanta Pop Festival opens with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Delanie and Bonnie and Canned Heat. 40,000 attend.

1973 Don Powell, drummer with Slade, is badly hurt in the car crash that kills his girlfriend Angela Morris

1980 Beach Boys give a free concert to half a million people in Washington DC, the first of a series of Independence Day concerts

1982 Diana Ross begins world tour, supported by Miles Davis. Opening gig at Meadowlands, New Jersey

1985 Dire Straits begin ten consecutive nights of concerts at Wembley Arena.

1987 Island Records’ twentieth anniversary party held at Pinewood Studios, featuring Robert Palmer and others

1987 Point of No Return by Expose cracks Hot 100 Top 10 two years after hitting the US dance/disco chart.

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