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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 5

Published 13 hours ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


MARC COHN
NICK O’MALLEY bassist of Arctic Monkeys
ROBBIE ROBERTSON of The Band

THIS HAPPENED


In 1969, The Rolling Stones gave a free concert for 250,000 fans in London’s Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor, but because former guitarist Brian Jones had died two days earlier, the concert turned into more of a tribute to Jones.

In 1978, The EMI record pressing plant in Britain stopped printing The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls album cover after some celebrities, such as Lucille Ball, protested being depicted on the cover’s mock wig advertisements.

In 1995, The US Justice Department decided to not take antitrust action against Ticketmaster, ending a 13-month fight with Pearl Jam. The band had been using a rival ticket service in retaliation for Ticketmaster’s tactics and, ironically, the use of that service was proof for the feds that Ticketmaster, in fact, did not have a monopoly.

In 1995, more than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of people were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain.

In 2014, The four surviving members of Grateful Dead gave what they said would be their final performance, playing to over 70,000 fans at Chicago’s Soldier Field.


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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for The Fourth of July

Published 37 hours ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


THE USA
JEREMY SPENCER of Fleetwood Mac
MATT MALLEY of Counting Crows

THIS HAPPENED


In 1964, The Beach Boys started a two-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with “I Get Around,” their first #1. It is noteworthy for its back-to-front structure — it starts with a chorus and has two short verses.

In 1964, all five members of The Rolling Stones appeared as judges on the British rate-a-record TV show, Juke Box Jury, exhibiting such impolite behavior that they caused a considerable uproar in the British press.

In 1966, The Lovin’ Spoonful released “Summer In The City.”

In 1969, The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” was released.

In 1974, Steely Dan’s gig in Santa Monica, California, was their final show for 18 years.

In 1976, The Clash made their live debut, supporting the Sex Pistols in Sheffield, England.


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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 3

Published 3 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


PAUL BARRÉRE of Little Feat

THIS HAPPENED

 
In 1968, At a gathering at Joni Mitchell’s house in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash reportedly sang together for the very first time.

In 1969, Twenty-seven-year-old Brian Jones, who had recently exited The Rolling Stones, drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool. The coroner’s report called it “death by misadventure.”

In 1971, Jim Morrison of The Doors was discovered dead in his bathtub in Paris, France. The accepted cause is a heart attack brought on by an overdose of heroin, though no one is really sure what happened. Like Brian Jones, Morrison joined the “27 Club.”

In 1973, After 182 Ziggy Stardust concert performances, David Bowie announced he was retiring from live performing. It was eventually revealed that it was the Ziggy Stardust stage persona he was retiring, rather than Bowie himself.

In 1976, For the first time in a dozen years, Brian Wilson joined The Beach Boys onstage at a concert in Anaheim, California, that also featured Santana and America.


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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 2

Published 4 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


BETH ORTON
“PROFESSOR” ROY BITTAN of The E Street Band


THIS HAPPENED


In 1956, Elvis Presley recorded “Hound Dog” at RCA Studios in New York; this was the first time The Jordanaires worked with Presley. “Hound Dog” sold over 10 million copies globally, becoming Elvis’s best-selling song, and it was #1 on the Pop chart for 11 weeks—a record that stood for 36 years.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 1

Published 5 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


BRYAN DEVENDORF of The National
DEBBIE HARRY of Blondie
FRED SCHNEIDER of The B-52’s
PHIL SOLEM of The Rembrandts
WILLIE DIXON

 

THIS HAPPENED


In 1957, Billboard’s front page proclaimed, “Good music may be making a comeback on the bestseller charts, but rock and roll discs continue to dominate the pop market.”

In 1963, The Beatles recorded two songs, including “She Loves You,” in less than four hours. “She Loves You” went on to become The Beatles’ first million-selling single.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 30

Published 6 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


ANDY SCOTT of Sweet
FLORENCE BALLARD of The Supremes

THIS HAPPENED


In 1971, Paul Revere & The Raiders were awarded a Gold record for their only #1 hit, “Indian Reservation.”

In 1973, George Harrison’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” knocked Paul McCartney & Wings’ “My Love” from the top of the US singles chart; it was Harrison’s second US #1.

In 1975, Gregg Allman married Cher four days after her divorce from Sonny Bono.

In 2000, Nine men were trampled to death during Pearl Jam’s performance at The Roskilde festival, near Copenhagen, Denmark, when they either slipped or fell in the mud in front of the stage.

In 2004, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies was paralyzed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. It took a couple of years, but he was able to recover enough to walk, talk, and play guitar again.


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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 29

Published 6 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


COLIN HAY of Men At Work


THIS HAPPENED


In 1963, Del Shannon’s rendition of “From Me To You,” the first Lennon/McCartney song to chart in America, made but a slight dent in the Top 100.

In 1967, Keith Richards was found guilty of allowing his property to be used for the smoking of cannabis; he was fined and sentenced to one year in jail. Meanwhile, bandmate Mick Jagger was pronounced guilty of illegal possession of amphetamine pills and sentenced to three months in jail; Jagger’s sentence was later suspended.

In 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Mile High Stadium in Denver in what was to be their final gig together.

In 1979, Singer/guitarist/songwriter Lowell George, founder of Little Feat, died of a heart attack while on the road in Arlington, Virginia.

In 2000, Sting and four of his band members were defeated in simultaneous chess matches against World Chess champion Garry Kasparov in NY’s Times Square. Check mate!


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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 28

Published 8 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


MARK STOERMER of The Killers

 

THIS HAPPENED


In 1968, “It’s A Beautiful Morning” earned The Rascals their third Gold record.

In 1970, The gender-bending single “Lola,” by The Kinks, was released.

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