This Week in Music History (June 5th-11th)

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83805-large6/5- A modest wedding? I think not. On this day in 1974, Sly Stone married model/actress Kathy Silva during his concert at Madison Square Garden in front of thousands of people.62052-large

6/6- The last Ed Sullivan show aired on this day in 1971, concluding the show’s 23-year run, packed with unforgettable performances by the biggest names in music history. The last musical guest? Gladys Knight & the Pips.

9898-large6/7On this day in 1993, Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in an act of defiance against his contract with Warner Brothers. Seven years later, in 2000, Prince held a party to celebrate the re-claiming of his former name. The event was called “Prince: A Celebration”.6800-large

6/8- Brian Jones officially announced that he was leaving The Rolling Stones on this day in 1969, saying, “I want to play my kind of music, which is no longer the Stones music.” Jones died less than one month later, and the cause of his death is still under much debate.

5840-large6/9- The Doobie Brothers kicked off their tour at Red Rocks Ampitheater in Colorado on this day in 1989. It was their first national tour in about 8 years, and it included their most famous lineup.39287-large

6/10- While we’re on topic, Red Rocks erupted with violence during a Jethro Tull concert on this day in 1971. Reportedly, “hill people” were climbing over fences to get closer to the stage, and police reacted by dropping tear gas on the crowd. Then, Jethro Tull fans reacted by throwing rocks and bottles back at the police, starting a dangerous riot with numerous injuries. Some speculated, “there will never be another rock concert at Red Rocks Park.”

26275-large6/11- Hank Williams, a country legend, made his unforgettable debut at the Grand Ole Opry on this day in 1949. The crowd loved him so much that they called him back for six encores. Now that’s how it’s done!

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This Week in Music History (May 22nd-May 28th)

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27135-large5/22- Morrissey (you know—The Smiths!) was born on this day in 1959. In 1988, he released his first solo album, not long after The Smiths ended their five year stretch.

27980-large 5/23- The Grateful Dead performed at the Hollywood Music Festival in England on this day in 1970. This was the first Grateful Dead performance in the UK, and they undoubtedly gained some new international Deadheads that day.

85003-large5/24- On this day in 1969, Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes was born. Rich was a founding member of the band with his brother, Chris Robinson, and he continues to play guitar with The Black Crowes today.

12521-large 5/25- Bradley Nowell, unforgettable lead singer of the band Sublime, was found dead in a San Francisco motel on this day in 1996 after overdosing on heroin. Some argued that “Nowell’s death ended what was seen as a promising future for a band that gained extensive airplay…”, although the band’s legacy did not end at all—Sublime continues to be the proverbial reggae-rock band to this day.

198183-large5/26- John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their second official bed-in protest on this day in 1969. They chose a hotel in Montreal for this bed-in since John was not allowed in the U.S. after being charged with marijuana possession. It was near the end of this protest that the couple, along with other notables including Timothy Leary and members of the Canadian Radha Krishna Temple, recorded the song “Give Peace a Chance” in the hotel room, rather spontaneously.

607-large 5/27- Van Halen kicked off the “Monsters of Rock” concert tour at Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre on this day in 1988. Van Halen headlined the tour, while being joined by other hard rock gods like Metallica and Scorpions.

80882-large5/28- John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival was born in Berkeley on this day in 1945. Interestingly, the founding members of CCR are from California, even though they sing of “bullfrogs callin'” and “those cotton fields back home”.

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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 (May 8th-May 14th)

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12921-large5/8- The Beatles released their 12th and final studio album, Let it Be, on this day in 1970 before they officially broke up. The album brought hits like “Let it Be”, “Across the Universe”, and “Get Back”, but it was actually met with mixed reviews at the time.9525-large

5/9- On this day in 1998, Led Zeppelin‘s classic rocker Jimmy Page joined Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs (now P. Diddy) on the Saturday Night Live stage to perform Combs’ hit song, “Come with Me“. The song was to be used in the soundtrack to Godzilla, and it featured a riff from Led Leppelin’s “Kashmir”.

1142-large5/10- A riot erupted after a Doors concert at The Chicago Coliseum on this day in 1968. It’s been speculated Jim Morrison may have consciously created this riot—after all, he used to be a student in psychology. It was reported that he wildly performed the band’s most stirring songs, increasing crowd reactions by jumping around and falling to the ground while he sang. He successfully left fans wanting more, and they stormed the stage when the band ceased to perform, leaving a path of destruction behind them.29012-large

5/11- Claude “Butch” Trucks was born on this day in 1947. Trucks is drummer and a founding member of the great American rock band The Allman Brothers—and they continue to play together to this day!

250221-large5/12- Elvis performed on Frank Sinatra‘s TV Special on this day in 1960. Even though some considered Elvis’ comeback overrated, the special received very high ratings. Most notable was a duet performed by Elvis and Sinatra, where they each sang a bit of the other’s song (“Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender”). 121-large

5/13- On this day in 1993, Fox aired the season 4 finale of The Simpsons, “Krusty Gets Kancelled”. Guest voices on the show included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Barry White and Bette Midler.

2852-large5/14- Frank Sinatra passed away from a heart attack after a life full of love on this day in 1998. He was 82 years old.

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This Week in Music History (May 1st-May 7th)

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MI00014412665/1- On this day in 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. The couple honeymooned in Palm Springs soon after. They were divorced less than five years later…talk about Heartbreak Hotel.

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5/2- A shopper at a Zales jewelry store was stopped by security guards on this date 1n 1988. The guards were concerned that the shopper was wearing a wig and false mustache. They confronted the disguised man due to the suspicious circumstances, and turns out, it was just Michael Jackson!

49768-large5/3- Bing Crosby was born on this day way back in 1903. His baritone voice is known by many, along with his rendition of the song “White Christmas“.

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5/4- The first ever Grammy Awards ceremony was held on this day in 1959. Some winners that night included Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

4999-large5/5- On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin packed Tampa Bay Stadium for a concert, with a jaw-dropping attendance count of 56,800 people.

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5/6- American country star Tammy Wynette passed away on this day in 1998. The 1970s country music charts were frequently topped with her tunes.

19560-large5/7- Bill Kreutzmann was born on this day in 1946. Kreutzmann was drummer in a very beloved American rock band, the Grateful Dead.

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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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This Week in Music History (April 18th-24th)

 

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37466-large4/18– “Miss Peaches”, the amazing vocalist Etta James, received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this Day in 2003. Her voice was sublime and her work spanned just about every genre imaginable. Truly a deserving tribute to an incredible lady!

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4/19– On this day in 2010, we sadly lost the gifted Keith Elam—better known as the producer and rapper Guru. Guru was a founding member of Gang Starr and truly came into his own as a solo artist with his Jazzmatazz series, mixing hip-hop and jazz heavies. We miss you, Guru.

35372-large4/20– In 1968, the band Deep Purple performed their debut concert in none other than Tastrup, Denmark.

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4/21– Making history in 1999, Brooks & Dunn debuted their video “South of Santa Fe”. It was the first time a country music video had hit both the TV and the internet simultaneously. Congrats, gents!

185926-large4/22Saturday Night Live has given us many amazing talents over the years, but perhaps none so bright as The Blues Brothers. It was on this date in 1978 that John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first appearance as the troubled ‘brothers’ singin’ their hearts and souls out like it was nobody’s business.

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4/23Harry Belafonte had a vision, and on this day in 1985 it was released upon the planet. We are the World captured hearts and minds around the globe, and it ultimately raised over $60M for humanitarian aid in both Africa and the US.

MI00000041084/24– While checking into the ultra-luxe Imperial Hotel in Vienna Austria in 2007, President George W. Bush was denied a luxury suite because Mick Jagger, in town with The Rolling Stones on tour, had already booked the place up. I guess those Austrians have some music-respectful means of judging priority: while at that point W had been president for just over six years, Mick had been on top of the heap for well over 40!

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