July 29th: On this day
1956, Carl Perkins was on the UK singles chart with his debut UK hit ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as “blue suede shoes.” Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes.
1963, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(You’re The) Devil In Disguise’. His 14th UK No.1. In 1963, when the song was debuted to a British audience on the BBC television show Juke Box Jury, the celebrity guest John Lennon voted the song “a miss” stating on the new song that Elvis Presley was “like Bing Crosby now.”
1963, With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release ‘Little Deuce Coupe’.
1965, The Beatles second feature film ‘Help!’ had its UK premiere at The Pavilion in London. The Beatles later said the film was shot in a “haze of marijuana”. According to Ringo Starr’s interviews in The Beatles Anthology, during the Austrian Alps film shooting, he and McCartney ran off over the hill from the “curling” scene set to smoke a joint.
1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world’s first platinum-selling double album.
1966, Bob Dylan was riding his Triumph 55 motorcycle to a garage near his home in Woodstock, New York for repairs when the rear wheel locked. Dylan lost control and was thrown over the handlebars, suffering a broken neck vertebra. His recuperation led to a period of reclusive inactivity.
1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said ‘We’re bigger than Jesus now.’ American Christian’s reacted with outrage, organising ‘Beatle bonfires’ burning the group’s records.
1967, The Doors started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with an edited version of ‘Light My Fire’. The group’s first US No.1, it only reached No.49 on the UK chart. Eventually, many radio stations in the US would start playing the full six minute and fifty second album cut, which features a longer instrumental break.
1967, The International Love-In Festival took place at Alexandra Palace London with Pink Floyd, Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll, The Animals, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Tomorrow, Blossom Toes, Creation, The Nervous System and Apostolic Intervention.
1968, Gram Parsons left The Byrds on the eve of a tour of South Africa, refusing to play to segregated audiences.
1968, The first recording session of The Beatles seven-minute epic ‘Hey Jude’ took place at Abbey Road studios London. The Paul McCartney song was written about John Lennon’s son Julian.
1972, Screaming Lord Sutch was arrested in London after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women. Sutch was publicising his forthcoming London gigs.
1972, Gilbert O’Sullivan started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Alone Again, (Naturally)’. His only US No.1, the follow up ‘Clair’ peaked at No.2.
1973, Led Zeppelin played the last of three nights at Madison Square Garden, New York at the end of a 33-date North American tour. It was on this day that Led Zeppelin lost around $203,000 in cash after a thief made off with the receipts from the two Madison Square Garden concerts. The theft took place from the safe at The Drake Hotel in New York where the group were staying. Tour manager Richard Cole, who discovered the theft, was arrested as a suspect and questioned by police but was later released.
1974, Mamas And The Papas singer Cass Elliot died in her sleep from a heart attack after playing a sold out show in London, England. She was staying at Harry Nilson’s London flat when she died. Her solo hits included ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me,’ which also featured the rest of The Mamas and The Papas and ‘It’s Getting Better’. Had also been a member of The Mugwumps.
1978, The film soundtrack to Grease featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart.
1981, On the day of the wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana, a bunch of records were released relating to the event, ‘Lady D’, by Typically Tropical, ‘Charlies Angles’, by Mini & The Metros and ‘Diana’, from Mike Berry. They all failed to reach the charts.
1986, English songwriter, producer and manager Gordon Mills died of stomach cancer. Worked with Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones and Gilbert O’Sullivan. Wrote the 1963 No.4 UK hit ‘I’ll Never Get Over You’, for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, and ‘I’m The Lonely One’ a hit for Cliff Richard.
1987, Michigan state governor James Blanchard declared an annual state wide ‘Four Tops Day’, honouring the group for its contribution to American music.
1988, American record producer and pedal steel guitar player Pete Drake died of lung disease. Worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Played on such hits as Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’, Charlie Rich’s ‘Behind Closed Doors’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand by Your Man’.
1990, Elton John checked into a Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem, taking over a year off from touring and recording.
1991, During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns N’ Roses played the first of four nights at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.
2003, The chairman of the Professional Association of Teachers Jim O’Neill warned that children were being put under pressure to grow up too soon by pop stars who use a sexy image. “Kylie Minogue might be a great singer but in many of these things you can see more of her bottom than you hear of her voice,” said Mr O’Neill.
2004, Keyboard player Huby Heard died from heart problems. Member of Billy Preston’s, The God Squad, and worked with Teddy Pendergrass, Ray Charles, Little Bootsy Collins, The Brothers Johnson, The Rolling Stones and Bill Wyman.
2006, Pamela Anderson married for the second time to US rapper Kid Rock, on a yacht off the French resort of St Tropez. The 39-year-old former Baywatch star divorced from rock star Tommy Lee in 1998, had recently got back together with Kid Rock, after a brief engagement ended in 2003. Anderson and Rock split after four months of marriage.
2007, Heart problems forced KISS singer and guitarist Paul Stanley to abandon a show in California. Paramedics stopped and restarted his heart to give it a regular rhythm after his heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute.
2007, Timbaland feat Keri Hilson started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Way I Are’, released as the second single from his second album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value.
2011, Gene McDaniels, who scored the 1961 US No.3 hit ‘A Hundred Pounds Of Clay’ died at the age of 76 after a short illness. Gene also wrote Roberta Flack’s 1974 No.1 hit ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ which won a Grammy Award.
July 29th: Born on this day
1946, Born on this day, Neal Doughty, keyboards, REO Speedwagon, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Keep On Loving You’).
1947, Born on this day, Carlo Santanna, guitar, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The Night Chicago Died’).
1953, Born on this day, Geddy Lee, bass, vocals, Rush, (1980 UK No.13 single ‘Spirit Of Radio’ 1982 US No. 21 single ‘New World Man’). Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honored, as a group.
1953, Born on this day, Patti Sciafa, US singer, worked with The Rolling Stones and on Keith Richards’ ‘Talk Is Cheap’ album. Toured with Bruce Springsteen Band from 1984 Born in the USA tour, married Springsteen on June 8th 1991. She has released two solo albums.
1959, Born on this day, John Sykes, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Here I Go Again’), Tygers Of Pan Tang.
1962, Born on this day, Martin McCarrick, guitar, Therapy? (1993 UK No.9 single ‘Screamager’).
1966, Born on this day, Miles Hunt, vocals, The Wonder Stuff, TV presenter, (1991 UK No.1 single with Vic Reeves ‘Dizzy’).
1972, Born on this day, Simon Jones, bass, The Verve, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’).
1973, Born on this day, Wanya Morris, vocals, Boyz II Men, (1992 US & UK No.1 single ‘End Of The Road’).
1977, Born on this day, American musician, songwriter and producer Danger Mouse, (Brian Joseph Burton). He formed Gnarls Barkley with CeeLo Green and has worked with Adele, Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many other artists.