This Week in Music History (July 10th-16th)

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29012-large7/10- On this day in 1975, Cher filed for divorce from Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers just 10 days after they were married. Cher’s divorce from Sonny Bono was finalized just three days before that.

39163-large7/11- On this day in 1992, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia released a line of eight designer neckties that were inspired by his artwork.

78914-large7/12- On this day in 1962, The Rolling Stones played their first gig in London’s Marquee Jazz Club. Most members of Jagger’s usual blues band weren’t available, so Jagger convinced the club’s owner to let his new band play instead. When calling the local press to announce the gig, Jagger reportedly chose their band name on a whim while looking at track names on The Best of Muddy Waters LP – “Rollin’ Stone”.

6327-large7/13- On this day in 1985, an estimated 1.9 billion people watched the Live Aid concerts that were broadcast around the world. The goal was to raise funds that would go towards famine relief in Ethiopia, and many of the biggest names in music performed for free, including Elvis Costello, U2, Queen, The Beach Boys, the Pretenders, and Madonna.

332-large7/14- On this day in 1987, Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Miller dropped out of UW-Madison only six credits shy of a literature degree, in order to move to Chicago to pursue a career in music (which obviously paid off).

28980-large7/15- On this day in 1946, singer/songwriter Linda Ronstadt was born. Among many accomplishments in her career, she’s released over 30 studio albums, and also starred in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Pirates of Penzance.

133036-large7/16- On this day in 1967, Joni Mitchell performed at the Newport Folk Festival and participated in an afternoon songwriter’s workshop with others like Leonard Cohen.

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This Week in Music History (June 19th-25th)

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8078-large6/19- On this day in 1988, Michael Jackson played a concert next to the Berlin Wall, on the west side. He pumped the music way up so that people on the east side could hear. Any east sider who tried to get close to the wall to listen was violently kept back by police.

13335-large6/20- On this day in 1974, Bob Dylan & the Band released Before the Flood, a double live album with final recordings taken from Los Angeles and New York shows.

MI00029147286/21- On this day in 1991, Little Richard received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The “overjoyed force of personality in his singing” is one that is easily recognized in tunes like “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Tutti Frutti”.

20864-large6/22- On this day in 1990, Billy Joel performed an epic concert at the old Yankee Stadium. It’s been claimed that this was the first major concert in the stadium’s history. 60,000 fans were in attendance, which was more than the seating capacity of baseball games at that time.

102505-large6/23- On this day in 1929, June Carter Cash was born. Performing with her family from a young age, she was already a country music star. Her success continued throughout her entire life, including the 35 years she was married to Johnny Cash.

40960-large6/24- On this day in 1977, some quirky stuff went down in Madison. Elvis was in town for a show, and he spotted a fight between some young men when he was riding down East Washington avenue. After getting out of his limo, he allegedly warned the men, saying, “I’ll take you on.” Not only did this make the men stop fighting, but it left them amazed to have spotted Elvis.

222995-large6/25- On this day in 2009, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away at age 50. His music will forever influence genres from pop/rock to rap and R&B, and many more.

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This Week in Music History (June 12th-18th)

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14000-large6/12- On this day in 2003, the Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrated their newest inductees: Phil Collins, Queen, Van Morrison, and Little Richard. I wonder what was on the playlist that night!282084-large

6/13- Keeping up with the celebrations…on this day in 1980, controversial rock n’roll-turned-country singer Jerry Lee Lewis received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1184-large6/14- On this day in 1970, the Grateful Dead released their fifth album, Workingman’s Dead (arguably their best one ever). :-)6418-large

6/15- Another album release! On this day in 1989, Nirvana released their successful debut album Bleach, which ended up as an essential part of every ’90s music-lover’s collection.

27599-large6/16- This day in 1967 marks the first day of the infamous Monterey Pop Festival at Monterey County Fairgrounds in California. The three-day music event featured performances by musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar and Janis Joplin.24050-large

6/17- Famous composer Igor Stravinsky was born today way back in 1882. Stravinsky’s famous works include The Nightingale, The Firebird and Les Noches.

7011-large6/18- Happy Birthday to Sir James Paul McCartney! Paul was born on this day in 1942. He is renowned for both his solo work and his time spent as a member of The Beatles.

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This Week in Music History (May 15th-21st)

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137377-large5/15- The 5th annual Grammy Awards happened on this day in 1963, celebrating the work of the musicians from 1962. The award for record of the year went to Tony BennettI Left My Heart in San Francisco6498-large

5/16- On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys released their influential album, Pet Sounds. The album has been ranked #2 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

27599-large5/17- This day in 1967 marked the beginning of the three-day long Monterey Pop Festival. Some notable appearances were Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Ravi Shankar.

2670-large5/18- The Backstreet Boys released their hit album Millennium on this day in 1999. America was arguably more in love with Nick, Brian, AJ, Howie, and Kevin than ever before.50990-large

5/19- Chaka Khan received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this day in 2011. A nice honor for the one they call the “Queen of Funk-Soul”.

41998-large-15/20- On this day in 1946, a star was born: Cherilyn Sarkisian. (We know her as Cher.)

MI00000161185/21- Marvin Gaye‘s album, Dream of a Lifetime, was released posthumously on this day in 1895. The album contained the hit song “Sanctified Lady”.

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This Week in Music History (April 24th-30th)

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4/24- After hearing Ray Charles perform the classic tune “Georgia on My Mind”, the Georgia State Senate and House of Representatives decided to make it their official State Song  on this date in 1979. Ray Charles was born in Georgia, of course.

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4/25- Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of the hit band TLC was tragically killed from injuries that resulted from a car accident in Honduras on this day in 2002. Several albums featuring Lopes would be released posthumously, including Eye Legacy.

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4/26- On this day in 1964, The Beatles headlined at The New Musical Express Annual Poll Winner’s Concert. They performed many hits, including “She Loves You” and “Twist and Shout”. Groovy!

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4/27- The Eagles began playing shows for their Hell Freezes Over tour on this day in 1994. Recordings from this series of shows would later be used to create their second live album, Hell Freezes Over, which stayed at #1 on the Billboard album charts for two weeks.

138-large4/28- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this day in 1999. Talk about runnin’ down a dream!124469-large

4/29- Duke Ellington was born on this day in 1899. Duke majorly contributed to the big band music scene for over 50 years, and continues to be a key influence in jazz to this day.

205-large4/30- On this day in 2005, The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 in a lawsuit settlement. The band & their bus driver were being charged for dumping human waste from their tour bus onto a boatload of tourists while the bus was crossing a bridge over the Chicago River. Splash!!!

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