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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 11

Published 28 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


DAVID BAERWALD of David + David
PETER MURPHY of Bauhaus
SCOTT SHRINER of Weezer
SUZANNE VEGA


THIS HAPPENED

In 1969, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was released just ahead of the first Apollo moon landing.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 10

Published 29 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


ARLO GUTHRIE
MAVIS STAPLES
SANDY WEST of The Runaways

 

THIS HAPPENED


In 1962, The first trans-Atlantic transmission was sent by the American Communications satellite Telstar. A British record producer was inspired to compose an instrumental in honor of the occasion, and by the end of the year that song, “Telstar,” had become a #1 pop hit for The Tornados.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 9

Published 30 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


JACK WHITE of The White Stripes/The Raconteurs/The Dead Weather
JIM KERR of Simple Minds
MITCH MITCHELL of The Jimi Hendrix Experience
TOM HANKS

 

THIS HAPPENED


In 1955, Bill Haley And His Comets began an eight-week run at #1 in the US with “Rock Around the Clock.”

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 8

Published 31 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


ANDY “FLETCH” FLETCHER of Depeche Mode
BECK (born Bek Campbell)
JOAN OSBORNE

THIS HAPPENED


In 1965, The Dave Clark Five had their movie, Catch Us If You Can, premiere in London. The film was renamed to Having A Wild Weekend for its US release.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 7

Published 32 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


RINGO STARR (born Richard Starkey)

THIS HAPPENED


In 1954, By simply playing a new song that he liked by an unknown artist, WHBQ Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips became a star in his own right. That unknown artist was Elvis Presley, and the song Phillips premiered on the air was “That’s All Right Mama.”

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 6

Published 32 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


BILL HALEY of Bill Haley And His Comets

THIS HAPPENED


In 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarrymen were appearing. As The Quarrymen were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney — eager to impress Lennon — picked up a guitar and played Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” and Gene Vincent’s “Be-Bop-A-Lula.” And the world was blissfully unaware of how it had been changed.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 5

Published 34 days 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 35 days 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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