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Music History On This Day the 21st of July

On the 21st July 1966 Georgie Fame was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Get Away". The song started life as a TV jingle for a petrol advert.

On the 21st July 1967 The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of three nights at the Cafe-a-Go-Go in New York City. The club featured many well known acts including: The Grateful Dead, Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Jefferson Airplane, and Cream who all appeared at the club.

On the 21st July 1969 The Beatles started work on the John Lennon song "Come Together" at Abbey Road studios in London. The track became the opening song on The Beatles Abbey Road album and was later released as a double A-sided single with "Something", their 21st single in the UK and 26th in the USA where it reached the top of the charts.

On the 21st July 1973 Jim Croce started a two week run at No.1 on the USA singles chart with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". Croce was killed in a plane crash three months later.

On the 21st July 1973 Canned Heat, Nazareth, Edgar Broughton Band, Groundhogs, Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Medicine Head, all appeared at Buxton Festival in Derbyshire. Hell's Angels arrived in force and proceeded to drink the site dry. Initially they paid for the booze, but when the money ran out a deputation was sent into the audience to collect donations of 10p per person. About 20 minutes into his set Chuck Berry was showing one of the Angels how to do his duck-walk properly. He did one from one end of the stage to the other and disappeared into the wings. The band played on, the Angels bopped, and Chuck legged it to his car and drove off at high speed never to return.

On the 21st July 1977 Despite protests, The Sex Pistols made their first appearance on the UK music show Top Of The Pops, where they lip synched to their third single "Pretty Vacant". The performance helped push the song up the charts to No.7.

On the 21st July 1979 Tubeway Army scored their first UK No.1 album with "Replicas". The band led by lead singer Gary Numan were the first band of the post-punk era to have a synthesizer based hit with their single "Are Friends Electric?"

On the 21st July 1987 Guns N’ Roses released their debut album on Geffen Records: "Appetite For Destruction" which featured the singles "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child o' Mine", and "Paradise City".

On the 21st July 1990 Roger Waters' "The Wall" took place at the Berlin Wall in Potzdamer Platz, Berlin to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier. Over 350,000 people attended and the event which was broadcast live throughout the world, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O’Connor and others took part.

On the 21st July 1994 Oasis played their first ever American show as part of the New Music Seminar at Wetlands in New York City.

On the 21st July 1995 A judge in Los Angeles threw out a lawsuit against Michael Jackson by five of his former security guards. The guards had claimed they were fired for knowing too much about night-time visits by young boys to Jackson's estate. The singer denied any improprieties.

On the 21st July 1996 Alanis Morissette started a second run at No.1 on the UK album chart with "Jagged Little Pill" which stayed at the top for eight weeks. Overall, the album has sold over 33 million copies worldwide becoming one of the most successful albums in music history.

On the 21st July 2001 Madonna kicked off the North American leg of her 47-date "Drowned World Tour" at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It was the singers first world tour in eight years, following "The Girlie Show" in 1993. Over 730,000 people attended the shows throughout North America and Europe.

On the 21st July 2002 Producer Gus Dudgeon, who worked with artists including Elton John, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Kiki Dee, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Strawbs, XTC, and Joan Armatrading, was killed aged 59 in a car accident near Reading, together with his wife Sheila. They had been driving along the M4 motorway on their way home from a party when Gus fell asleep at the wheel of the Jaguar XK8 convertible, crashing down an embankment at speed and ending up in a ditch.

On the 21st July 2003 Coldplay singer Chris Martin was charged with malicious damage in Australia after he allegedly attacked a photographer's car after he had taken pictures of him surfing at Seven Mile Beach. Martin admitted he had lost his temper due to the constant harassment by that journalist and consequently smashed his windscreen and let the air out of his tyres.

On the 21st July 2004 Composer Jerry Goldsmith died after a long battle with cancer aged 75. He created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows like "Star Trek", "Planet of the Apes", "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Dr. Kildare".

On the 21st July 2005 UK singer Long John Baldry died of a chest infection. He was one of the founding fathers of British Rock 'n' Roll in the 1960's performing with Blues Incorporated and Cyril Davies' R&B All Stars. He later fronted the Hoochie Coochie Men with Rod Stewart and then Steam Packet with Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll. Also a member of Bluesology with Elton John. He also narrated on Winnie The Pooh recordings for Disney and was the voice for Robotnik on the Sonic The Hedgehog computer game.

On the 21st July 2007 Sharon Osbourne's music mogul father Don Arden died in a Los Angeles nursing home at the age of 81. Dubbed the Al Capone of Pop for his uncompromising business practices, he steered the Small Faces, Black Sabbath and ELO to stardom.

On the 21st July 2008 The Police played the first of two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado USA during the final leg of their 152 date world Reunion tour. The tour became the third highest grossing tour of all time.

On the 21st July 2008 Amy Winehouse's husband was jailed for 27 months for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of justice. Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, of Camden, north London, admitted assaulting James King, 36, at the Macbeths pub in Hoxton, east London, in June 2006. He also admitted at Snaresbrook Crown Court trying to make Mr King withdraw his complaint using a £200,000 bribe.

On the 21st July 2014 Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the UK album chart with X, pronounced multiply, his second studio album. The album peaked at No. 1 in fifteen countries, and the lead single "Sing", became Sheeran's first UK No.1 song. By the end of 2014 Spotify named X the most-streamed album in the world for 2014, racking up more than 430 million streams for the year.

On the 21st July 2017 Justin Bieber was banned from performing in China, according to Beijing's Culture Bureau. In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in "bad behaviour." The pop star, who was allowed to tour China in 2013, joined a long list of musicians who have found themselves similarly blacklisted. Most though, like the British band Oasis and the US group Maroon 5, because of perceived political statements, rather than on the grounds of bad behaviour.

Born On This Day

21st July 1931 American soul-jazz and hard bop tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson. He is best known as the tenor saxophone soloist on Henry Mancini’s "The Pink Panther Theme", as well as playing on innumerable records by Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Ricky Nelson and Bobby Vee.

21st July 1939 Kim Fowley, USA singer and producer who worked with The Murmaids, PJ Proby, The Beach Boys, The Runaways, Frank Zappa, Slade and Family. Produced the 1962, B Bumble And The Stingers UK No.1 "Nut Rocker". Fowley died of bladder cancer in Hollywood, California on January 15, 2015 at the age of 75.

21st July 1943 Northern Ireland rock guitarist, Henry McCullough. He recorded with Paul McCartney and Wings, featuring on the hit James Bond theme "Live and Let Die" and "My Love", the solo which he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. He was also a member of Spooky Tooth and The Grease Band. McCullough died on 14th June 2016 aged 72.

21st July 1945 Mike Wilson, from English 1960's pop group The Four Pennies.

21st July 1946 Barry Whitwam, drummer with British band Herman's Hermits.

21st July 1948 Cat Stevens, singer and songwriter who had the 1967 UK No.2 single "Matthew And Son", and the 1972 UK No.9 & USA No.6 single, "Morning Has Broken". He wrote "The First Cut Is The Deepest" covered by many artists including PP Arnold, Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow. Stevens converted to the Muslim religion in 1977 changing his name to Yusef Islam.

21st July 1955 Howie Epstein, bass player with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico on 23rd February 2003.

21st July 1958 Henry Priestman, keyboard player and singer with British group The Christians who had the 1988 UK No.8 single with "Harvest For The World". Also a member of The Yachts and It's Immaterial.

21st July 1961 Jim Martin, guitarist from American rock band, Faith No More.

21st July 1974 Terry Caldwell, from British boy band East 17.

21st July 1981 Paloma Faith, British singer, songwriter and actress.

Music History On This Day the 20th of July

On the 20th July 1940 Billboard's first comprehensive record chart was published. The magazine had previously published best-seller lists submitted by the individual record companies, but the new chart combined the top sellers from all major labels. Their first number one song was "I'll Never Smile Again" by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

On the 20th July 1954 The Blue Moon Boys made their live debut appearing on the back of a flatbed truck outside a new drug store for its grand opening in Memphis. The band line up was Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The name was taken from a song they had recorded just two weeks previously, "Blue Moon of Kentucky".

On the 20th July 1963 Jan and Dean started a two week run at No.1 on the USA singles chart with "Surf City", written by The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, with the Beach Boys on backing vocals. The single peaked at No.26 in the UK.

On the 20th July 1968 Jane Asher announced on the national British TV show Dee Time, that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. Paul reportedly was watching at a friend's home and was surprised by the news. She was said to have inspired many of McCartney's songs such as "All My Loving", "And I Love Her", and "We Can Work It Out". Jane went on to have a career in films and television as well as becoming a successful author and business woman.

On the 20th July 1968 Cream started a 4 week run at No.1 on the USA album chart with "Wheels Of Fire". The double album which consisted of a studio and a live record reached No.3 in the UK.

On the 20th July 1968 Iron Butterfly's second album "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" entered the USA album chart for the first time. The album contained the 17-minute title track that filled the second side of the record which went on sell over four million copies in the USA alone.

On the 20th July 1971 The Carpenters show "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" started a six week run on NBC-TV in the USA.

On the 20th July 1973 TV talent show Opportunity Knocks winners Peters And Lee were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first single and only chart topper "Welcome Home".

On the 20th July 1975 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the opening night on their "Born To Run" Tour in Rhode Island, USA. This also saw the live debut of Steven Van Zandt, Miami Steve, as a member of The E Street Band.

On the 20th July 1976 Buzzcocks made their live debut supporting the Sex Pistols and Slaughter & The Dogs at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester.

On the 20th July 1977 Gary Kellgren studio engineer at the Los Angeles Record Plant studio drowned in a Hollywood swimming pool. Kellgren had worked with John Lennon, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart.

On the 20th July 1986 The film based on the life of Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious, "Sid And Nancy" premiered in London.

On the 20th July 1986 Carlos Santana celebrated his 39th birthday, and 20th anniversary in the music business, with a concert in San Francisco. Previous group members were assembled for the event as 17 of them performed together on stage.

On the 20th July 1991 EMF went to No.1 on the USA singles chart with "Unbelievable". It spent 14 weeks on the chart before reaching the top.

On the 20th July 1996 Gary Barlow scored his first UK No.1 single with "Forever Love" taken from his debut album "Open Road". Barlow became the first member of Take That to top the charts with a solo record.

On the 20th July 1999 The Rolling Stones reported a gross income of £168 million, ($337m), from almost two years of touring from their "Bridges to Babylon" and "No Security" tours. The Stones had played to over 5.6 million people, selling out all but 20 shows.

On the 20th July 1999 Church group's in middle America claimed that pictures of Britney Spears printed in Rolling Stone magazine encouraged child pornography. The shots showed Britney with not many clothes on in her bedroom.

On the 20th July 2000 The Evergreen Ballroom in Washington was destroyed by a fire. During the ballroom's heyday in the 1950's, 60's and 70's, many of music's greats played there: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ike & Tina Turner and Fats Domino. Glen Campbell had lived in the kitchen at the venue for a while before he became famous.

On the 20th July 2003 A tooth said to have been pulled out of Elvis Presley's mouth after an injury failed to sell on the auction site eBay. The tooth had been put on a 10 day sale with a reserve price of £64,100 ($100,000). Bids had pushed the price up to £1.28 ($2m) but they were later found out to be fraudulent.

On the 20th July 2008 Rapper DMX was arrested on suspicion after he gave a false name to get out of paying for hospital medical expenses. County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the star told Mayo Clinic in Arizona USA that his name was Troy Jones and failed to pay a £3,752 ($7,500) bill in April. The rapper whose real name is Earl Simmons was arrested at a shopping centre in Phoenix.

On the 20th July 2008 John Lydon denied claims by Kele Okereke from Bloc Party that he was racially abused and attacked by a member of the Sex Pistols' entourage at a music festival in Barcelona. Okereke claimed he had been attacked by several men after approaching Lydon backstage at the Summercase festival. He said the 'unprovoked' attack left him with a split lip and bruises. Lydon said: "I feel very sorry for a man that needs to lie about what was a perfect evening".

On the 20th July 2009 Jackson Browne settled his lawsuit against USA Senator John McCain and the Republican Party after his 1977 hit "Running On Empty" was used without permission in a 2008 McCain presidential campaign ad that aired on TV and the Internet. McCain and the Republican Party apologized for using the song in the ad and said that McCain himself "had no knowledge of, or involvement in, the creation or distribution of the video".

On the 20th July 2011 Never before seen photographs of The Beatles' first USA concert in Washington DC sold in New York for more than £223,600 ($360,000). The Fab Four played their first USA concert on February 11th 1964, at the Washington Coliseum two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mike Mitchell of Washington was 18 at the time and took photographs just feet away. Among the highlights was a backlit photograph Mitchell shot while standing directly behind the Fab Four which sold for more than $68,000 dollars.

On the 20th July 2015 American country musician, songwriter and record producer Wayne Carson died at the age of 72 after suffering congestive heart failure. He co-wrote "Always On My Mind", a hit for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and others, "The Letter", recorded by The Box Tops, Joe Cocker and Leon Russell, and "Soul Deep".

On the 20th July 2017 Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington died aged 41. His body was found at a private home, Bennington apparently hanged himself. The singer was said to be close to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell who took his own life in May of this year. Formed in 1996 Linkin Park had sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards.

Born On This Day

20th July 1933 Buddy Knox, singer and songwriter who had the 1957 US No.1 & UK No.29 single "Party Doll" which sold over one million copies. He was the first person in the rock 'n' roll era to write and record a No.1 hit. Knox died of lung cancer on 14th February 1999.

20th July 1945 John Lodge, bassist and vocalist with English rock band The Moody Blues.

20th July 1945 Kim Carnes, USA female singer.

20th July 1946 Wendy Richard, actress, who had a 1962 UK No.1 single with Mike Sarne, "Come Outside" and cast member of UK TV soap "Eastenders". She died of breast cancer aged 65 on the 26th February 2009.

20th July 1947 Carlos Santana, Mexican and American rock guitarist.

20th July 1947 Tony Thorpe, from English pop band The Rubettes who had the 1974 UK No.1 single "Sugar Baby Love".

20th July 1952 Jay Jay French, guitarist with Twisted Sister.

20th July 1955 Jem Finer, banjo player from the Irish-British Celtic punk band The Pogues.

20th July 1955 Marisa DeFranco, from family pop group The DeFranco Family, who scored the 1973 US No.3 single "Heartbeat It's A Lovebeat", the biggest selling USA single of 1973. Based on The Osmonds the group featured 10 year old Tony DeFranco.

20th July 1956 Paul Cook, drummer with the Sex Pistols.

20th July 1958 Michael McNeil, keyboard player with Scottish rock band Simple Minds.

20th July 1959 James Irvin, singer from British new wave band Furniture who had the 1986 UK No.21 single "Brilliant Mind".

20th July 1962 Dig Wayne, with British new wave group Jo Boxers who had the 1983 UK No.3 single "Boxer Beat".

20th July 1962 Lee Harris, English drummer who joined Talk Talk in 1981. They had the hits "It's My Life" (1984) and "Life's What You Make It" (1986).

20th July 1964 American musician, singer and songwriter Chris Cornell, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Audioslave. Cornell died suddenly in Detroit on 17th May 2017 after performing at a show with Soundgarden.

20th July 1966 Andrew Levy, bassist from English group The Brand New Heavies, who had the 1994 UK No.13 single with their version of "Midnight At The Oasis".

20th July 1966 Stone Gossard, guitarist with Pearl Jam. Also a member of Brad.

Music History On This Day the 19th of July

On the 19th July 1954 Sun Records released the first Elvis Presley single, "That's All Right", a cover of Arthur Crudup's 1946 tune "That's All Right, Mama". Only about 7,000 original copies were pressed, but the disc became a local hit in Memphis.

On the 19th July 1967 The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "All You Need Is Love" the group's 12th UK No.1 single. The Beatles had been selected to represent the UK for the first ever global wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, which was aired on June 25th.

On the 19th July 1967 Elvis Presley was working on his latest movie "Speedway" co-starring Nancy Sinatra at the MGM Soundstage, Hollywood, California, USA. It was Presley's 27th film.

On the 19th July 1968 Pink Floyd played the second of three nights at the Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It opened in January 1967 as a psychedelic club, many many famous artists, including Grateful Dead, Neil Young, The J. Geils Band, Frank Zappa, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jeff Beck, The Who, Santana, Taj Mahal, Ten Years After and Sly & the Family Stone all appeared.

On the 19th July 1972 Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA on charges of assault after a fight broke out with a newspaper photographer.

On the 19th July 1974 The Ozark Music Festival was held over three days on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri, USA. One of the largest music festivals ever held, some estimates have put the crowd count at 350,000 people. Acts who appeared included, Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Blue Öyster Cult, the Eagles, America, Marshall Tucker Band, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Boz Scaggs, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Electric Flag, Joe Walsh, Aerosmith and Spirit.

On the 19th July 1975 On his Natty Dread tour, Bob Marley & the Wailers appeared at the Lyceum Theatre in London. The show was recorded and the live single "No Woman, No Cry" was later released.

On the 19th July 1975 The Bay City Rollers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Give A Little Love", the group's second and final UK No.1.

On the 19th July 1975 Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the USA singles chart with "Listen To What The Man Said", his fourth USA No.1 and a No.6 hit in the UK. The track features Tom Scott playing the saxophone solo. It would go on to sell a million copies in America. Wings also had the USA No.1 on the album chart with "Venus And Mars". Paul McCartney's fourth No.1 album since The Beatles.

On the 19th July 1976 Deep Purple split up at the end of a UK tour. David Coverdale went on to form Whitesnake, Jon Lord and Ian Paice formed a band with Tony Ashton. The classic line up of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord & Paice reformed in 1984. Glenn Hughes returned to Trapeze and Tommy Bolin put together his own band but would die before the end of the year.

On the 19th July 1980 Queen scored their third UK No.1 album with "The Game", featuring the single "Another One Bites The Dust".

On the 19th July 1981 It was Roy Orbison Day in Odessa, Texas, USA. Orbison was given the keys to the city, and performed for the crowd, the first time in Odessa in 15 years.

On the 19th July 1986 Genesis went to No.1 on the USA singles chart with "Invisible Touch". The bands former lead singer Peter Gabriel was at No.2 with "Sledgehammer".

On the 19th July 1987 Bruce Springsteen played his first ever show behind the Iron Curtain when he appeared in East Berlin in front of 180,000 people. The show was broadcast on East German TV.

On the 19th July 1989 James Brown changed accommodations behind bars after $40,000 in cash and cheques was discovered in his minimum security cell. The Godfather of Soul had been given a six year sentence the previous December after several run-ins with the law, including illegal gun possession, resisting arrest, assault and leading the authorities on a number of car chases. His new home was at a medium security cell at the Stevenson Correctional Institute.

On the 19th July 1989 Residents of Washington, Connecticut, USA formed a ‘Roll the Stones Out of Town’, action group after they were unhappy with The Rolling Stones and their entourage setting up in the town for rehearsals for their forthcoming tour. Residents said it was like the army had moved in and taken over, with security guards stopping locals and asking them what they were doing there.

On the 19th July 1991 Steven Adler ex-drummer with Guns N' Roses filed a suit in Los Angeles county court alleging that he was fraudulently removed from the group and that the band introduced him to hard drugs.

On the 19th July 1996 The Spice Girls made their debut on UK TV music show Top Of The Pops performing their debut single "Wannabe" which gave them their first of nine UK chart toppers.

On the 19th July 1997 Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with "D'You Know What I Mean". The first single from their third album "Be Here Now".

On the 19th July 1999 A gunman who sprayed bullets at Westwood's car in Kensington, London, shot the Radio DJ Tim Westwood. A statement the following day said he was recovering in a London Hospital.

On the 19th July 2001 Wu Tang Clan rapper ODB, Russell Jones, was sentenced to spend between two and four years behind bars after being found guilty of drug possession. He was arrested in July 1999 when police found cocaine and marijuana in his car after he was pulled over for driving through a red light. The rapper was later sent to a Los Angeles rehabilitation centre, but went on the run from authorities.

On the 19th July 2001 American soul and gospel singer Judy Clay died. She was a member of the Drinkard Singers who later became better known as The Sweet Inspirations. She also worked with Billy Vera, and had hits with William Bell, "Private Number", and sang with Wilson Pickett and Ray Charles.

On the 19th July 2005 James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "You're Beautiful", from his debut album "Back To Bedlam". The UK singer songwriters first No.1, spent 5 weeks at the top of the charts.

On the 19th July 2010 Ozzy Osbourne and his former Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi settled a long running legal dispute over the use of the group's name. Ozzy had filed a suit against the guitarist in May of the last year, accusing Iommi of falsely proclaiming to be the sole owner of the Black Sabbath name by lodging an application with the USA Patent and Trademark Office. The pair released a joint statement confirming they have settled the dispute "amicably".

On the 19th July 2014 Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the UK album chart with "X", pronounced multiply, his second studio album. The album peaked at No. 1 in fifteen countries and the lead single "Sing" became Sheeran's first UK No.1 song. By the end of 2014 Spotify named "X" the most streamed album in the world for 2014, racking up more than 430 million streams for the year.

On the 19th July 2017 A USA judge halted an auction of personal items of Madonna, after she said her privacy was violated. Madonna's underwear, a chequebook, a hairbrush, photos and a break-up letter from the late rapper Tupac Shakur had been among the scheduled lots. The singer said her possessions had been stolen by a former friend.

Born On This Day

19th July 1931 Thomas Allen, (Papa Dee), percussionist with American funk band War.
Allen died from a heart attack while performing on stage on 30th August 1988.

19th July 1937 George Hamilton IV, USA country singer. Hamilton had a heart attack on September 13th 2014 and died on September 17th 2004 at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, USA.

19th July 1941 American blues, jazz and R&B guitarist and bassist Phil Upchurch who has worked with Curtis Mayfield, Otis Rush, Jimmy Reed, Cat Stevens, David Sanborn, and appeared on Michael Jackson's "Off The Wall" album.

19th July 1944 Commander Cody, George Frayne, piano player and vocalist with Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, country rock group.

19th July 1946 Allan Gorrie, bassist with Scottish funk and R&B group the Average White Band who scored the 1975 USA No.1 and UK No.6 single with "Pick Up The Pieces".

19th July 1947 Bernie Leadon, guitarist with the Eagles. He quit the band in January 1976.

19th July 1947 Brian May, guitarist, singer and songwriter with Queen who had the 1975 UK No.1 single with "Bohemian Rhapsody" which returned to No.1 in 1991. Queen scored over 40 other UK Top 40 singles, and also scored the 1980 US A No.1 single with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". May had the solo 1992 UK No.5 single with "Too Much Love Will Kill You". May received a CBEin 2005 for 'services to the music industry and his charity work'. May earned a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College in London, in 2007.

19th July 1947 Keith Godchaux, pianist, best known for his tenure in the Grateful Dead from 1971 to 1979. Godchaux sustained massive head injuries after being involved in a car crash while being driven home on his birthday. He died four days later on 23rd July 1979 aged 32.

19th July 1952 Allen Collins, guitarist with southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralysed from the waist down. Collins died on January 23rd 1990 from chronic pneumonia, a complication of the paralysis.

19th July 1960 Kevin Haskins, from English post-punk band Bauhaus.

19th July 1968 Ged Lynch, drummer with Black Grape.

19th July 1971 Urs B'hler, from the multi-national classical crossover vocal group Il Divo.

19th July 1976 Eric Prydz, Swedish DJ and producer.

19th July 1979 Michelle Heaton, singer, from British-Irish group Liberty X, who had the 2002 UK No.1 single "Just A Little". The group was formed by the five finalists of the British talent show Popstars who failed to make it into the group Hear'Say. Liberty X went on to achieve ten consecutive UK Top 20 singles.

Music History On This Day the 18th of July

On the 18th July 1953 Truck driver Elvis Presley made his first ever recording when he paid $3.98 at the Memphis recording service singing two songs, "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin". The so-called vanity disc, was a gift for his mother.

On the 18th July 1960 Brenda Lee went to No.1 on the USA singles chart with "I'm Sorry" it made No.12 in the UK.

On the 18th July 1964 The Rolling Stones appeared on the USA chart for the first time when their cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" peaked at No.48.

On the 18th July 1964 The Four Seasons started a two week run at No.1 on the USA singles chart with "Rag Doll", the group's fourth No.1 and a No.2 hit on the UK chart.

On the 18th July 1966 Bobby Fuller leader of The Bobby Fuller Four was found dead in his car in Los Angeles aged 23. Fuller died mysteriously from gasoline asphyxiation, while parked outside his apartment. Police labelled it a suicide, but the possibility of foul play has always been mentioned.

On the 18th Juyl 1968 Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded "Cry Baby Cry" and "Helter Skelter". One take of "Helter Skelter" lasted 27 minutes 11 seconds, the longest Beatle recording ever.

On the 18th July 1969 During sessions at Abbey Road studios, London, Ringo Starr recorded his vocal to "Octopus's Garden", for the Abbey Road album. Starr had written the song when he "quit" The Beatles the previous year and was staying on actor Peter Seller’s yacht in the Mediterranean.

On the 18th July 1970 Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Kevin Ayers, and the Edgar Broughton Band, all appeared at a free concert held in Hyde Park, London.

On the 18th July 1970 UK Radio DJ Kenny Everett was sacked after he joked on air that the wife of the conservative transport minister Mary Peyton had "crammed a fiver into the examiner's hand", when taking her driving test.

On the 18th July 1972 Members from Sly and the Family Stone were arrested after police found two pounds of marijuana in the group's motor home.

On the 18th July 1973 Bruce Springsteen played the first of four nights in New York, supported by Bob Marley and The Wailers who were on their first ever North American tour.

On the 18th July 1974 The USA Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10th. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in the UK to a 1968 marijuana possession charge. The USA Court of Appeal would overturn the deportation order in 1975 and Lennon was granted permanent resident status the following year.

On the 18th July 1978 Def Leppard made their live debut at Westfield School, Sheffield in front of 150 students.

On the 18th July 1980 Billy Joel held the top position of both the USA albums and singles charts. His album "Glass Houses" contained his first and biggest No.1 hit, "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me".

On the 18th July 1982 Willie Nelson was at No.1 on the country album chart with "Always on My Mind", which became the Billboard No.1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Country charts.

On the 18th July 1988 Ike Turner was sentenced in Santa Monica, California to one year in jail for possessing and transporting cocaine. Police had stopped Turner, former husband of Tina Turner, in August 1987 for driving erratically and found about six grams of rock cocaine in his car.

On the 18th July 1988 Nico died after suffering a minor heart attack while riding a bicycle on holiday with her son in Ibiza Spain. The German born singer-songwriter and keyboard player with Velvet Underground, had also worked as a fashion model and actress. 

On the 18th July 1991 The first night of the 'Lollapalooza' tour at The Compton Terrace in Phoenix, Arizona, USA featuring, Living Colour, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Henry Rollins Band and The Butthole Surfers.

On the 18th July 1992 Bobby Brown married Whitney Houston at her New Jersey estate who was dressed in a $40,000 Marc Bouwer wedding gown. Those in attendance included Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Freddie Jackson. After years of making tabloid headlines, she would file for divorce in September, 2006.

On the 18th July 1998 The Beastie Boys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with "Hello Nasty", only the second rap album to make No.1 in the UK, the first being Wu-Tang Clan.

On the 18th July 2001 Kiss added another product to their ever-growing merchandising universe: the "Kiss Kasket". The coffin featured the faces of the four founding members of the band, the Kiss logo and the words "Kiss Forever". Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in one after he was shot and killed onstage in December 2004.

On the 18th July 2002 The Rolling Stones crew chief, 54 year old Royden Magee, who had worked with the band for 30 years, died during a rehearsal in Toronto, Canada. A spokesman for the band said Magee had said that he wasn't feeling well and went to another room to take a nap. The Stones had just finished dinner and resumed rehearsing when they got word that Magee had collapsed and stopped breathing. He was taken by ambulance to nearby Sunnybrook Hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival. The members of the band said they were devastated by his death.

On the 18th July 2002 Rapper Mystikal and two other men were arrested on suspicion of raping a 40-year-old woman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Mystikal, real name Michael Tyler, was charged with the offence as well as one of extortion after giving himself up to police, he was subsequently released on $250,000 (£161,000) bail.

On the 18th July 2007 Paul Simon filed a law suit against Rhythm USA Inc. a Georgia-based subsidiary of a Japanese firm, claiming the company never had his permission to sell wall clocks that played "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The suit claimed that as one of the best known songs throughout the world, a proper licensing agreement would earn at least a $1 million licensing fee.

On the 18th July 2007 Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler were ordered to pay their former chef compensation after losing a sexual discrimination case. Jane Martin, 41, was awarded £24,944 at an employment tribunal in Southampton after she was sacked by Miss Styler from the couple's estate in Wiltshire because she became pregnant.

On the 18th July 2008 Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood was "seeking help" with his battle with alcohol in a rehabilitation centre. The move followed tabloid speculation over the state of his 23-year marriage to former model Jo Wood. "Following Ronnie's continued battle with alcohol he has entered a period of rehab", his spokeswoman said.

On the 18th July 2017 R&B singer R Kelly denied allegations that he was holding several young women in an "abusive cult". The singer's lawyer said he would work "diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name". A report accused the singer of brainwashing women, who got closer to him in an effort to boost their musical careers. He had faced previous accusations of sexual misconduct, but was never found guilty.

Born On This Day

18th July 1924 American singer Earl T. Beal from The Silhouettes. The doo wop/R&B groups single "Get A Job" was a No.1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958. Beal died on 22nd March 2001.

18th July 1929 American singer, songwriter and musician Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
He died on 12th February 2000 aged 70 after emergency surgery for an aneurysm.

18th July 1935 Johnny Funches, American singer with The Dells. He died on 23rd January 1998 aged 62.

18th July 1938 Ian Stewart, keyboard player with The Rolling Stones. Stewart died of a heart attack in his doctor's Harley Street waiting room on 12th December 1985.

18th July 1939 Brian Auger, keyboard player with with Julie Driscoll, And The Trinity, who had a 1968 UK No.5 single with "This Wheel's On Fire".

18th July 1939 Dion Dimucci, USA singer who in 1961 had a USA No.1 & UK No.11 single with "Runaround Sue".

18th July 1941 Martha Reeves, American R&B and pop singer and former politician.

18th July 1941 Lonnie Mack, American rock, blues and country singer-guitarist. In the early 1960s, he was a "pioneer" in virtuoso rock guitar soloing whose recordings were pivotal to the emergence of the electric guitar as a lead voice in rock music. For this, it has been said that he launched the era of "modern rock guitar". He scored the hit single instrumentals, "Memphis" and "Wham!" Mack died of natural causes on April 21st 2016, in hospital near his log-cabin home, seventy miles east of Nashville, Tennessee USA.

18th July 1943 Robin McDonald, guitarist from Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas.

18th July 1945 Danny McCullock, guitarist in The Animals.

18th July 1946 Tim Lynch, from American rock band The Flamin Groovies.

18th July 1948 Phil Harris of Ace who had a 1974 UK No.20 single with "How Long".

18th July 1949 Wally Bryson, The Raspberries.

18th July 1950 Cesar Zuiderwyk, Golden Earring.

18th July 1950 Glenn Hughes from American disco group The Village People. Hughes died on 4th March 2001.

18th July 1950 Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Records and the Virgin Empire.

18th July 1954 Ricky Scaggs, country singer, 1982 Country Music Association singer of the year.

18th July 1955 Terry Chambers, drummer with XTC.

18th July 1957 Keith Levene, guitarist with Public Image Ltd.

18th July 1958 Nigel Twist, drummer with The Alarm.

18th July 1962 Jack Irons, drummer who has worked with Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Redd Kross and Joe Strummer.

18th July 1962 Daniel de los Reyes American musician with the Grammy Award winning country music group, Zac Brown Band.

18th July 1975 Daron Malakian, guitarist with Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down.

Music History On This Day the 17th of July

On the 17th July 1946 Petula Clark made her UK television debut appearing on the Cabaret TV series at the age of 13. Clark began with guest spots on radio when she was only 9 and made her first film a year later. "Put Your Shoes On Lucy" was released as her debut release in 1949, her "The Little Shoemaker" became her first UK hit in 1954.

On the 17th July 1959 Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. She died while under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.

On the 17th July 1965 King Records released "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" by James Brown, which went on to sell over 2 million copies and receive the Grammy Award for the Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. 

On the 17th July 1967 American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died from liver cancer in Long Island, New York, USA, aged 40.

On the 17th July 1967 The Beatles single "All You Need Is Love / Baby You're A Rich Man", originally called "One Of The Beautiful People", was released in the USA. It became The Beatles 14th USA No.1.

On the 17th July 1968 The animated film "Yellow Submarine", premiered at The London Pavilion. The Beatles made a cameo appearance in the film but didn't supply their own voices for the characters.

On the 17th July 1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on the late night talk show, Parkinson, where John chastised the British media for calling Yoko "ugly" and for saying that she broke up The Beatles.

On the 17th July 1972 A bomb exploded under The Rolling Stones equipment van in Montreal, Canada, believed to be the work of French separatists. Angry fans rioted throwing bottles and rocks after 3,000 tickets for the show turned out to be fake.

On the 17th July 1974 The Moody Blues opened what they claimed was the first 'Quadraphonic' recording studio in the world.

On the 17th July 1975 Bob Marley and the Wailers played the first of two nights at The Lyceum in London, and both nights were recorded for the November released "live" album, featuring the single "No Woman No Cry".

On the 17th July 1976 Demis Roussos was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "The Roussos Phenomenon EP". It was the Greek singers only UK chart topper and the only No.1 EP to top the charts in the 1970's.

On the 17th July 1978 Simple Minds made their live debut at The Satellite Club in Glasgow.

On the 17th July 1979 Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy during a USA tour and was replaced by ex Slik & Rich Kids guitarist Midge Ure.

On the 17th July 1982 Irene Cara was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Fame", which was based on the hit TV series about a New York drama school. Cara played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie.

On the 17th July 1987 The Ozzy Osbourne Band started a 16-week tour of USA prisons.

On the 17th July 1992 The first night of a North American tour by Guns N' Roses, Metallica and Faith No More tour opened at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC, USA.

On the 17th July 1993 Guns N' Roses appeared at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in front of 80,000 people, the final show on their "Use Your Illusion" Tour. A highlight of the night was English drummer Cozy Powell playing drums with Matt Sorum, dressed as a Domino's Pizza delivery boy.

On the 17th July 1993 Take That had their first UK No.1 single with "Pray". Their first of 8 No.1's, they went on to be the most successful British boy band of the 1990s.

On the 17th July 1995 Robbie Williams left Take That. The group had scored six UK No.1 singles and two No.1 albums with Robbie in the group.

On the 17th July 1996 Chas Chandler died aged 57 at Newcastle General Hospital where he was undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm. He had been the bass player with The Animals and manager of Slade, Nick Drake and Jimi Hendrix.

On the 17th July 1999 Kevin Wilkinson, drummer with Howard Jones hung himself at home aged 41. He had also worked with China Crisis, Holly and the Italians, Squeeze and The Waterboys.

On the 17th July 2004 Half of the 4,500 people in the audience walked out of Linda Ronstadt's show at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, USA after the singer dedicated an encore of "Desperado" to filmmaker Michael Moore and urged the crowd to see his film Fahrenheit 9/11.

On the 17th July 2005 Jamaican musician Laurel Aitken died.

On the 17th July 2011 Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a tribute to Clarence Clemons at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA. The boss played a 45 minute set to an intimate crowd of 400. Clemons who died on June 18th of this year was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone with him since 1971.

On the 17th July 2013 U2 singer Bono received France's highest cultural honour for his contribution to music and commitment to humanitarian causes when he was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti in Paris.

On the 17th July 2019 Snow Patrol's ballad "Chasing Cars" was named the most-played song of the 21st Century on UK radio. Originally released in 2006, the lovestruck ballad never reached No.1 in the UK, but remained on the charts for more than three years. Second place went to Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling", while Pharrell's "Happy" came third.

Born On This Day

17th July 1938 Stan Brostein, saxophone player with Elephant's Memory, worked with John Lennon on his 1972 album "Some Time In New York City".

17th July 1941 Welsh musician Spencer Davis, the founder of the 1960's rock band The Spencer Davis Group.

17th July 1945 Eric McCredie bassist from Scottish pop group Middle Of The Road. He died on 6th October 2007.

17th July 1947 German musician Wolfgang Flur, who played electronic drums with Kraftwerk.

17th July 1948 Ron Asheton, guitarist with Iggy Pop And The Stooges. He was found dead in his bed by police at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA in the early hours of January 6th 2009, apparently having died of a heart attack a couple of days earlier.

17th July 1949 Geezer Butler, bassist and primary lyricist with British rock band Black Sabbath.

17th July 1949 Mick Tucker, drummer with British group The Sweet. Tucker died of leukaemia on 14th February 2002.

17th July 1949 Mike Vale, bassist from American rock band, Tommy James & The Shondells.

17th July 1950 Otis Damon Harris, vocalist with The Temptations. Harris died on February 18th 2013 at the age of 62 after a 14-year battle with prostate cancer. Harris was a member of The Temptations from 1971 to 1975, joining shortly after the departure of Eddie Kendricks.

17th July 1952 Chet McCracKen, drummer with The Doobie Brothers.

17th July 1952 Phoebe Snow, USA singer and songwriter. Snow suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on January 19th 2010 and slipped into a coma, she died on April 26th 2011.

17th July 1963 Regina Belle, USA singer,  who had a 1993 US No.1 & UK No.12 single with Peabo Bryson called "A Whole New World, Aladdin's Theme".

17th July 1966 American alternative rock musician and songwriter, Lou Barlow, a founding member of the groups Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion.

17th July 1970 Mandy Smith, singer, model and actress. In 1983 at age 13 she started dating the then 47 year old Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. The couple married in 1989 then divorced in 1992. Smith released records with SAW none of which charted. Wyman's son later dated Mandy's mother.

17th July 1971 Jarrett Cordes, DJ Minutemix, from American hip hop act PM Dawn.

17th July 1976 Luke Bryan, American country music singer and songwriter.

17th July 1980 Philip Lawrence, producer and songwriter who is part of the Smeezingtons record producing team with Bruno Mars and Ari Levine. Worked with Adele, Snoop Dogg, Cee Lo Green, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida and many other artists.

17th July 1982 English singer-songwriter, Natasha Hamilton who with Atomic Kitten had the 2000 UK No.1 single "Whole Again". The girl group were founded by OMD frontman Andy McCluskey.

17th July 1985 Tom Fletcher, guitarist and vocalist with McFly.

17th July 1987 American singer songwriter and record producer Jeremiah Felton. His debut single, "Birthday Sex", which was also recorded in French, peaked at No.4 on the USA Hot 100.

Music History On This Day the 16th of July

On the 16th July 1955 Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the national charts when 'Baby, Let's Play House' entered the Cash Box country charts at No.15.

On the 16th July 1962 The Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records in the USA, their first hit was in September of this year with "Surfin' Safari."

On the 16th July 1966  Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton formed Cream. The three piece group only lasted two years.

On the 16th July 1967 Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, David Blue, Mike Settle, Tom Paxton and Eric Andersen all appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

On the 16th July 1969 During recordings for their Abbey Road album, The Beatles worked on two new George Harrison songs, "Here Comes The Sun" and "Something". 

On the 16th July 1970 Pink Floyd recorded a show at the Paris Cinema in London for broadcast on the John Peel Sunday Concert.

On the 16th July 1977 Shaun Cassidy went to No.1 on the USA singles chart with "Da Doo Ron Ron", his only USA No.1. Shaun is the half brother of David Cassidy.

On the 16th July 1981 USA singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who had success in the 1970's with "W-O-L-D" and a No. 1  with "Cat’s In The Cradle", was killed aged 38 suffering a cardiac arrest while driving on a New York expressway. His car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer causing the gas tank to explode.

On the 16th July 1993 The first day of the three day Phoenix festival in England started, featuring Sonic Youth, Faith No More, The Black Crowes, Julian Cope, Pop Will Eat Itself, Radiohead, Living Colour, Manic Street Preachers & Pulp, with tickets costing £49.

On the 16th July 1995 Rap singer Queen Latifah was the victim of a car-jacking attempt that went wrong, leaving her bodyguard shot and wounded.

On the 16th July 1995 Wayne Osmond from The Osmonds underwent a brain tumour operation at Duke University Medical Centre in North Carolina, USA.

On the 16th July 2000 Coldplay went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release "Parachutes".

On the 16th July 2000 Matchbox Twenty went to No.1 on the USA singles chart with "Bent". The single was taken from their second album "Mad Season".

On the 16th July 2001 Robbie Williams started a 2 week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Eternity / The Road To Mandalay" his 4th No.1 single.

On the 16th July 2007 The White Stripes played their shortest live show ever at George Street, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Jack White played a single C# note accompanied by a bass drum and crash cymbal hit from Meg. At the end of the show, Jack announced, "We have now officially played in every province and territory in Canada." They then left the stage and performed a full show later that night in St John's.

On the 16th July 2007 Three masked men, carrying sledgehammers and crowbars, broke into the home of former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona and escaped with goods including the singers BMW M5 sports car, two laptops, two gaming machines and two televisions. The robbers held a knife to the neck of the former pop star during the raid on her home in Cheshire.

On the 16th July 2009 A stage being built in France for a concert by Madonna collapsed, killing two workers and injuring six others. Technicians had been setting up the stage at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille when the partially-built roof fell in, bringing down a crane. Madonna was performing on her "Sticky and Sweet" tour in Udine, Italy, when she received news of the incident and was said to be "devastated" by the news.

On the 16th July 2012 Jon Lord, the former keyboard player with Deep Purple, died aged 71. Lord was a co-founder of Deep Purple in 1968 and co-wrote many of the group's songs including "Smoke On The Water". He also played with bands including Whitesnake.

On the 16th July 2012 Hungarian-American bassist, Bob Babbitt died aged 74, from brain cancer. He is most famous for his work as a member of Motown Records' studio band, the Funk Brothers, from 1966 to 1972. Babbitt's most notable bass performances include "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder, "War" by Edwin Starr, "The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and "Inner City Blues" by Marvin Gaye, "Band Of Gold" by Freda Payne, "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)", and "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" by The Temptations.

On the 16th July 2012 American country music singer Kitty Wells died in Madison, Tennessee, USA from complications of a stroke. She was 92.

On the 16th July 2012 Queen's 1975 classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" was voted as the UK's "Favorite No. 1 Single", narrowly beating out Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" for the top spot. The poll conducted by the Official Charts Company had The Beatles "Hey Jude" at No.5, with Adele's hit "Someone Like You" at No.3.

On the 16th July 2014 Blues guitarist Johnny Winter died at the age of 70 in Zurich, just days after playing at the Lovely Days Festival in Austria.

On the 16th July 2015 A sports car belonging to USA hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash which contained valuable vintage records was mistakenly given away by a parking attendant. The incident happened in a Manhattan, New York, garage where the musician returned to pick up the vehicle after nearly two hours, the attendant said he had given it to someone else thinking he was the owner.

On the 16th July 2016 American vocalist, punk icon and visual artist Alan Vega died aged 78. Primarily known for his work with the electronic protopunk duo Suicide.

Born On This Day

16th July 1940 Tony Jackson, bassist and vocalist with The Searchers. Jackson on died 18th August 2003.

16th July 1941 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer who was also a member of The Aces. He died on May 25th 2006.

16th July 1947 Thomas Boggs, drummer with the The Box Tops.

16th July 1952 American musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer Stewart Copeland best known as the drummer for The Police and for his film music soundtracks.

16th July 1952 Mark McEntee, Australian musician and former guitarist for the Australian rock band The Divinyls. McEntee also worked with Australian band Air Supply.

16th July 1964 Polly Hancock, guitarist and vocalist with the Popinjays.

16th July 1971 Edward Joel Kowalczyk, the singer from American rock band Live.

16th July 1978 TJ, vocalist with 3T

16th July 1990 Nigerian songwriter and performer Wizkid who started his musical career at age 11, releasing a collaborative album with Glorious Five.

16th July 1996 Luke Hemmings, guitarist and lead vocalist for the Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer.

Music History On This Day the 15th of July

On the 15th July 1956 The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love". A No.6 hit in the USA. At 13, Lymon was the youngest performer to make No.1.

On the 15th July 1958 John Lennon's mother Julia was killed by a car driven by an off-duty drunken police officer named Eric Clague who was later acquitted of the offence. John Lennon was 17 years old at the time.

On the 15th July 1965 This weeks USA Top three singles were No.3 The Byrds "Mr Tambourine Man", No.2 The Four Tops "I Can't Help Myself" and at No.1 The Rolling Stones with "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction".

On the 15th July 1967 The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane both played an afternoon and evening show to over 8,000 fans at Anaheim Convention Center in California.

On the 15th July 1972 Elton John started a 5 week run at No.1 on the USA album chart with "Honky Chateau" his first USA chart topper.

On the 15th July 1973 The Edgar Winter Group, Sly & The Family Stone, Canned Heat, Lindisfarne and The Kinks all appeared at The Great Western Express festival at White City in London. With his wife having recently walked out of their marriage, taking their young children with her, Ray Davies of The Kinks announces from the stage that he is sick of the whole thing and is retiring. He then walks into a local hospital and collapses from an overdose of drugs.

On the 15th July 1978 Bob Dylan with special guest Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and Graham Parker all appeared at Blackbushe Aerodrome in Surrey for a concert.

On the 15th July 1978 The Rolling Stones started a 2 week run at No.1 on the USA album chart with "Some Girls" the group's seventh USA No.1 album.

On the 15th July 1985 Nude photos of Madonna taken in 1977 appeared in this months Playboy and Penthouse Magazines.

On the 15th July 1989 Simply Red scored their second USA No.1 single with "If You Don't Know Me By Now", a 1973 UK hit for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

On the 15th July 1989 Pink Floyd appeared in Venice, Italy on a floating stage. Over 200,000 people attended the gig, almost double the number authorities had planned for, causing damage to buildings and bridges. The cleaning of the area after the concert was said to be around £25,000 and the concert was broadcast live on TV to over 20 countries with an estimated audience of almost 100 million. Two Venice councillors were later ordered to stand trial for the costs incurred by the concert.

On the 15th July 1998 Aerosmith were forced to cancel a forthcoming USA tour after Joey Kramer was involved in a freak accident. The drummer's car set on fire and was completely destroyed as he was filling up with petrol. He was admitted to hospital with second-degree burns.

On the 15th July 2000 An Oasis fan was killed when he tried to walk home along the M61 motorway in Manchester after Oasis had played a sold out gig at The Reebok stadium.

On the 15th July 2000 A Manchester judge reprimanded Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder after he turned up a day late in court to give evidence. Ryder told the court he had been on 'a bender'. A man was cleared of dangerous driving and assaulting Ryder.

On the 15th July 2000 Sad Cafe singer Paul Young died of a heart attack at his Manchester home aged 53.

On the 15th July 2002 Sir Paul McCartney was named the highest earning music star of the year so far after selling tickets worth £33.9m during his recent USA tour.

On the 15th July 2005 Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the Village People, was arrested after police found a gun and drugs in his convertible in Daly City, south of San Francisco. Willis also had an outstanding $15,000 warrant for possession of narcotics.

On the 15th July 2007 The UK music industry reacted angrily at a decision to give away "Planet Earth" the new album by Prince as a ‘covermount’ with the Mail on Sunday newspaper. The 10-track CD was not due to be released in stores until 24 July. Stephen Miron, the newspaper's managing director, said: "No one has done this before. We have always given away CDs and DVDs, but this is just setting a new level."

On the 15th July 2015 A judge trimmed more than $1m (£639,000) from the damages Pharrell Williams was ordered to pay after the Blurred Lines copyright trial. The case revolved around the question of whether Williams and his co-writer Robin Thicke had copied Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got To Give It Up". The judge also gave Gaye's family a 50% cut of future earnings from the song.

On the 15th July 2015 The Los Angeles home of American singer Chris Brown was raided and ransacked by three masked men who locked his aunt in a closet. Officials said the suspects, who were armed with handguns, got away from the Tarzana property with an unknown amount of money and some personal items.

On the 15th July 2015 Robbie Williams made a surprise appearance at an auction selling some of his memorabilia for charity. The singer took control of the gavel as 150 items, including handwritten lyrics and bespoke suits, went under the hammer for a Staffordshire hospice. The auction raised over £120,000.

On the 15th July 2016 In what they famously describe as a 'conscious uncoupling,' Chris Martin of Coldplay and actress Gwyneth Paltrow officially divorce after more than ten years of marriage.

On the 15th July 2018 "November Rain" by Guns N’ Roses became the first 1990's video to pass a billion views on YouTube. The next closest 1990's video was "Zombie" by The Cranberries, at 739 million.

Born On This Day

15th July 1944 Millie Jackson, USA soul singer.

15th July 1945 Peter Lewis, from American psychedelic rock group Moby Grape.

15th July 1946 American singer Linda Ronstadt.

15th July 1947 Peter Banks, guitarist with Yes from 1968 to 1970, and Flash. After playing with bassist Chris Squire in the Syn, Banks and Squire helped form Yes in 1968. Banks died aged 65 on 7th March 2013.

15th July 1947 American singer, songwriter, harmonica player, and guitarist Roky Erickson who was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators and a pioneer of the psychedelic rock genre. Erickson died on 31 May 2019 age 71.

15th July 1948 Artimus Pyle, drummer with Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1974 to 1977 and from 1987 to 1991.

15th July 1949 Trevor Horne of The Buggles who had a 1979 UK No.1 single with "Video Killed The Radio Star".

15th July 1950 Ian McCridie guitarist from Scottish pop group Middle Of The Road.

15th July 1951 Jamaican reggae musician Gregory Isaacs. He died on 25 October 2010 after a long battle with lung cancer.

15th July 1952 Jeff Carlisli of American band 38 Special.

15th July 1952 Johnny Thunders, (John Genzale), guitarist and vocalist with The New York Dolls. He died of a drug overdose on 23rd April 1991.

15th July 1953 Alicia Bridges, USA singer who had a hit in the USA at No.5 & the UK No. 32 with the single "I Love The Night Life" in 1978.

15th July 1956 American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Joe Satriani.

15th July 1956 Ian Curtis, guitarist and vocalist with Warsaw and Joy Division who had a 1980 UK No.13 single with "Love Will Tear Us Apart". Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, England on 18th May 1980 at the age of 23. Curtis had the Iggy Pop album "The Idiot", playing on his stereo and left a note that said, "At this very moment, I wish I were dead. I Just can't cope anymore."

15th July 1966 Jason Bonham, drummer and son of Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham. As well as playing with Led Zeppelin, Jason has worked with Jimmy Page on his "Outrider" album, UFO, Foreigner, Steel Dragon, Damnocracy, Airrace, Virginia Wolf, Black Country Communion and Paul Rodgers.

15th July 1973 John Dolmayan, drummer with Armenian-American heavy metal band System Of A Down.

15th July 1977 Ray Toro, lead guitarist with American rock band My Chemical Romance.

15th July 1990 Olly Alexander, actor and lead singer of Years & Years.