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On this day in music Aug 2nd
1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets Touring with Clyde McPhatter, The Cadillacs, Edna McGriff, Otis Rush, Lee Andrews & The Hearts, Oscar & Oscar, The G-Clefs, Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared at the Howard Theater, Washington, DC. With “That’ll Be The Day” sitting at No. 2 on the US charts, this was Buddy’s first major tour
1960 -Johnny Kidd and The Pirates were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shakin’ All Over’. Their only UK No.1. Kidd died in car crash in 1966. Many acts have covered the song, including: The Who, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and The Guess Who.
1962 -Robert Allen Zimmerman legally became Bob Dylan having signed a music publishing deal with Witmark Music on 12th July of this year, engineered by Albert Grossman.
1964 – Jim Reeves After an intense search the bodies of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel were found in the wreckage of an aircraft and, at 1:00 p.m. local time, radio stations across the United States announced Reeves’ death formally. The single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls had crashed 42 hours earlier during a thunderstrom.
1967 -The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of five nights at the Salvation Club in New York City. During this period a typical set list included: Foxy Lady, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Purple Haze and Burning Of The Midnight Amp.
1968 –The Doors started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hello I Love You’
1969 -‘Wet Dream’, by Jamaican reggae singer Max Romeo entered the UK singles chart. The song gained notoriety due to its lyrics which were of an explicit sexual nature, was banned by the BBC and most radio stations
1970 – Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘The Wonder Of You’ his sixteenth No.1
1975 – EaglesThe Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘One Of These Nights’, the group’s second US No.1 single
1976 – Pink Floyd Peter “Puddy” Watts, road manager with Pink Floyd died of a heroin overdose
1977 – Sex Pistol Sid Vicious was fined £125 by a London court after he had been found carrying a knife at the 100 Club Punk Festival last September
1980 – The Clash released their single ‘Bank Robber’ after it been available as an import only. The band’s record company CBS didn’t want to release the record saying it was not commercial enough
1983 –James Jamerson died of complications stemming from cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure and pneumonia in Los Angeles, he was 47 years old. As one of The Funk Brothers he was the uncredited bassist on most of Motown Records’ hits in the 1960s and early 1970s including songs by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and The Supremes. He eventually performed on nearly 30 No.1 pop hits.
1986 -Peter Cetera started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with the theme from the film ‘Karate Kid II’, ‘The Glory Of Love
1986 -Chris de burgh was at No.1 in the UK with ‘The Lady In Red’, it was his first No 1
1987 -David Martin, bass player with Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs died of a heart attack aged 50. Martin co-wrote the group’s 1965 US No.2 & UK No.11 single ‘Wooly Bully’.
1991 -Rick James and his girlfriend Tanya Hijazi were arrested in Hollywood charged with assault with a deadly weapon aggravated mayhem torture, false imprisonment and forcible oral copulation. James was released on $1 million bail.
2000 -Liverpool music store Rushworth and Dreaper closed down after 150 years of trading. The store had become famous after supplying The Beatles and other Liverpool group’s with musical instruments.
2000 -Jerome Smith from KC and the Sunshine Band died after being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating
2001 – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport was re-named Louis Armstrong Airport in honour of the New Orleans born trumpet player, singer and bandleader
2004 –Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to save the historic gentleman’s outfitters from closure. The store, based in London since 1839 had run into financial difficulties
2005 -Status Quo filmed a cameo appearance in UK’s Coronation Street playing themselves. Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt were set to appear in three episodes of the long-running ITV soap
2013 -Nielsen SoundScan reported that US album sales totaled 4.68 million for the week ending July 28, the lowest weekly total since the tracking system was formed in May, 1991
2014 – Rosetta Hightower American singer Rosetta Hightower died aged 70. She was a member of The Orlons who formed in the late 1950s had five US Top 20 hits in the Sixties including ‘The Wah Watusi’, ‘Don’t Hang Up’ and ‘South Street’
2017 – Kidd Creole, one of the founding members of the 1980s hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a homeless man in New York City. The 57-year-old, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover was a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five best known for their 1982 rap song, ‘The Message.
Continuing with last weeks theme The Origins of Rock & Roll This week it is The 80’s Glam Punk Hair Hard
Rock and Heavy Metal were all a big part
Enough of the Bullshit Let’s Get This Party Started
Let’s kick it off with a few of my favorites