July 22nd: On this day
1963, The Beatles first US album, Introducing The Beatles was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles. After a trial, Vee-Jay was allowed to release any Beatles records that they had masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964. After that time, they no longer had the right to issue any Beatles product.
1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London, after being found guilty of ‘insulting behaviour’ at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall after the service station attendant had refused them the use of the facilities.
1967, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother & the Holding Co. appeared at the Convention Hall, San Diego, California.
1967, Pink Floyd appeared at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Scotland. The venue is home to one of Scotland’s finest dance floors – famous for its bounce – which floats on fixed steel springs. During the 1960s The Beatles (in 1963), Small Faces and Cream all appeared at the Beach.
1969, Aretha Franklin was arrested for causing a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot. After posting 50-dollars bail, she ran down a road sign while leaving the police station.
1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the second day filming the Imagine promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today’s footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano.
1973, David Bowie released the single ‘Life On Mars’, which peaked at No.3 on the UK chart. The track which was first released in 1971 on the album Hunky Dory, features guest piano work by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The line “Look at those cavemen go” is a reference to the song “Alley Oop,” a one-off hit in 1960 for American doo-wop band The Hollywood Argyles.
1977, Stiff Records released ‘My Aim Is True’ the debut album from Elvis Costello in the UK. The musicians who were featured on the album were uncredited on the original release (due to contractual difficulties), although the backing band was made up of members of the band Clover.
1979, Little Richard now known as the Reverend Richard Pennman told his congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring ‘If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.’
1989, Former actress Martika started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Toy Soldiers’, a No.5 hit in the UK.
1989, Courtney Love married her first husband James Moreland who was the singer with LA band Leaving Trains.
1989, Simply Red scored their first UK No.1 album with their third release ‘A New Flame’.
1989, Sonia was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You’. The Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced song was the Liverpool singers only UK chart topper.
1989, The soundtrack album ‘Batman’ by Prince started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
1996, Donovan was forced to postpone a comeback tour of the US because of a 30-year-old marijuana conviction in the UK. American authorities delayed granting him a waiver to enter the country.
2000, Oasis appeared at London’s Wembley Stadium, the gig was broadcast live around the world on TV.
2003, Coldplay played the second of two nights at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia on their A Rush of Blood to the Head World Tour.
2004, French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel died after a long battle with deteriorating health. He scored the 1970 UK No.10 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ As a professional jazz guitarist he worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett.
2004, American singer, songwriter and producer Arthur Crier died of heart failure. Member of The Chimes and had worked with Little Eva, Gene Pitney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash and The Coasters.
2005, Founder member and singer with The Chi-lites, Eugene Record died of cancer. Had the 1972 US No.1 single ‘Oh Girl’ and 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Have You Seen Her.’ He also released three solo albums.
2005, Research by a car insurance company showed that listening to the wrong sort of music when driving can lead to aggression and distraction. Dr Nicola Dibben a music psychologist said ‘singing while driving stimulates the mind.’ Songs recommended included Pulp’s ‘Disco 2000’ and ‘Hey Ya’ by Outcast, but the Dr said songs like The Prodigy’s ‘Firestarter’ should be avoided.
2006, Johnny Cash was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash’s death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.
2007, Welsh singer Paul Potts started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘One Chance.’ Potts became the winner of the first series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show.
2007, Ja Rule and Lil Wayne were arrested after a concert in Manhattan on charges of carrying illegal firearms. The rappers were arrested separately, Rule was stopped for speeding when a weapon was discovered in his car and officers who arrested Wayne for smoking marijuana also found a pistol in his car.
2015, New research found that a person’s taste in music may offer insight into the way in which they think. A study found empathetic people preferred more mellow, low-energy music, while those who were “systemisers” – people who seeked to analyse patterns in the world enjoyed punk, heavy metal and more complex music overall. Researchers at Cambridge University, England had recruited 4,000 participants and put them through a series of different tests.
July 22nd: Born on this day
1941, Born on this day, George Clinton, (1994 UK No.22 single ‘Bop Gun’), Parliament, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’).
1943, Born on this day, Bobby Sherman, US singer, (1969 US No.3 single ‘Little Woman’ and six other US Top 30 hits).
1944, Born on this day, Estelle Bennett, The Ronettes, (1963 US No.4 & UK No.4 single ‘Be My Baby’). Died at her home in Englewood, N.J. on 11th Feb 2009, aged 67.
1944, Born on this day, Rick Davies, vocalist and keyboardist with Supertramp, who had the 1979 UK No.7 and US No.6 single with ‘The Logical Song’ and the 1979 US No.1 and UK No.3 album Breakfast In America. Davies is the only member of Supertramp to have been with the group for their entire history, and has composed many of their most well-known songs, including ‘Goodbye Stranger’, and ‘Bloody Well Right’.
1947, Born on this day, Don Henley, singer, songwriter, and drummer with The Eagles, who had the 1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. The Eagles ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m. Henley had the 1985 solo US No.5 & UK No.12 single ‘The Boys of Summer’.
1956, Born on this day, Mick Pointer, drummer Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’).
1961, Born on this day, Keith Sweat, American R&B, soul, singer-songwriter, record producer, radio personality and an innovator of New Jack Swing.
1963, Born on this day, Emily Saliers, guitar, vocals, Indigo Girls, (1989 US No.22 album ‘Indigo Girls’).
1964, Born on this day, William Calhoun, drums, Living Colour, (1991 UK No.12 single ‘Love Rears Its Ugly Head’).
1967, Born on this day, Pat Badger, bass, Extreme, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘More Than Words’).
1971, Born on this day, Chris Helme, vocals, The Seahorses, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Love Is The Law’, UK No.2 album, ‘Do It Yourself’).
1973, Born on this day, Daniel Jones, Savage Garden, (1998 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Truly Madly Deeply’).
1973, Born on this day, Rufus Wainwright, Canadian / American, singer-songwriter, son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright. 2003 album ‘Want One’, 2005 UK No.21 album ‘Want Two’, 2007 UK No.2 album ‘Release the Stars.’