Rip’s Saturday Night Special

Rip’s Saturday Night Special

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A weekly music thread dedicated to all of your favorite tunes based on a weekly changing theme

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On this day in music July 12 th

1954 – Elvis Presley 19 year old Elvis Presley signed a recording contract with Sun Records. He also gave in his notice at his day job at The Crown Electric Company. Sam Phillips from Sun Records originally wanted to use the 19 year old to make demos of songs meant for other artists, but soon realized that here was the man who could bridge the gap between white and black performances

1962 -Ray Charles was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Don Gibson penned country ballad ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You

1962 -The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club, London, with Dick Taylor on bass (later of The Pretty Things) and Mick Avory on drums, (later of The Kinks). Billed as The Rollin’ Stones, they were paid £20 for the gig, the equivalent of £330 in 2010

1964 –The Beatles appeared at the Hippodrome Theatre in Brighton with The Fourmost and the Shubdubs (whose drummer, Jimmy Nicol, who had filled in for an ill Ringo Starr on The Beatles’ world tour

1969 – Zager and EvansOne Hit Wonders Zager and Evans started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘In The Year 2525

1968 -Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees married Samantha Juste who he met when working in the UK on the BBC TV show Top Of The Pops

1979 – Minnie Riperton American singer songwriter Minnie Riperton died of cancer aged 31. The Stevie Wonder produced ‘Loving You’ gave Minnie a US No.1 single in 1975. She worked at Chess records singing backup for various artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Bo DiddleyChuck Berry and Muddy Waters

1980 – U2 During their 23 date ’11 O’clock Tick Tock’ U2 played at The Moonlight, West Hampstead in London, England

1980 -Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra had the UK No.1 single with ‘Xanadu’, taken from the film of the same name. It gave Olivia Newton-John her third UK No.1 single.

1983 – Chris Wood Former Traffic member Chris Wood died of liver failure after a lengthy illness. He also played with Jimi Hendrix in 1968, appearing on the Electric Ladyland album and worked with Free, John Martyn and the Small Faces

1986 -Boy George and singer Marilyn were arrested in London, England for possession of drugs

1986 – Simply RedSimply Red scored their first US No.1 single with ‘Holding Back The Years’. Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall wrote the song when he was seventeen, while living at his father’s house

1988 –Michael Jackson arrived in the UK for his first ever-solo appearances. He performed a total of eight nights to 794,000 people

1996 -Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was charged with drug possession after the death of the bands keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin in his New York Hotel room

2000 – John Lennon A statue erected in the memory of John Lennon was unveiled in London’s Trafalgar Square. The sculpture featured a revolver with a knotted barrel created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward

2003 – Benny Carter Saxophonist, composer and arranger Benny Carter died aged 95. He worked with Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and composed many TV theme’s including Ironside and M-Squad

2008 -Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood left his wife of 23 years and moved in with an 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress. The 61 year-old dad-of-four had met the teenager while out drinking and had taken her away to his luxury pad in Ireland

2008 -American singer Earl Nelson (Earl Lee Nelson) died in Lake Charles, Louisiana. One half of the duo, Bob And Earl, (recorded ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in 1963). Nelson sang background vocals on ‘Rockin’ Robin’, a US No. 2 for the Jackson 5 in 1972.

2012 -Pollstar magazine announced that former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters had grossed up $158.1 million in concert ticket sales worldwide so far this year with The Wall Live show. Bruce Springsteen came in second place with $79.9 million

This weeks Theme Is The Origin of Rock and Roll The 50’s

Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll or rock ‘nroll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s from musical styles such as gospel, jump blues, jazz, boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues, along with country music.

Enough of the Bullshit Let’s Get This Party Started

Let’s kick it off with a few of my favorites