In 1963, Capitol Records send disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release “Little Deuce Coupe” Capitol Records thought this might help the song stand out since the airwaves was full of hot rod songs. The trick worked and “Little Deuce Coupe” was introduced and started climbing the music charts.
Bob Dylan was riding his Triumph 55 motorcycle to a garage near his home in Woodstock, New York for repairs in 1966, when the rear wheel locked. Dylan lost control and was thrown over the handlebars, suffering a broken neck vertebrae. His recover led to a period of reclusive inactivity in which he was absent from the public eye for nine months. The hiatus gave him a chance to record what would become known as the “Basement Tapes”.
The Doors started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1967 with an edited version of “Light My Fire”. The group’s first US No.1, it only reached No.49 on the UK chart. Eventually, many radio stations in the US would start playing the full six minute and fifty second album cut, which features a longer instrumental break.
The first recording session of The Beatles seven-minute epic “Hey Jude” took place at Abbey Road Studios in London in 1968. The Paul McCartney song was written about John Lennon’s son Julian to comfort him during his parent’s divorce. The song spent nine weeks at No.1 on the US charts. The music single has sold over eight million copies.
Gilbert O’Sullivan started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1972 with “Alone Again, (Naturally)”. His only US No.1, the follow up “Clair” peaked at No.2. The music magazine Recorded Mirror voted him the No.1 UK male singer of 1972.
Led Zeppelin played the last of three nights at Madison Square Garden, New York in 1973 at the end of a 33-date North American tour. It was on this day that Led Zeppelin lost around $203,000 in cash after a thief made off with the receipts from the two Madison Square Garden concerts. The theft took place from the safe at the Drake Hotel in New York where the group was staying. Tour manager Richard Cole, who discovered the theft, was arrested as a suspect and questioned by police but was later released.
The film soundtrack to Grease featuring Oliva Newton John and John Travolta went to No.1 on the US album chart in 1978. The song was originally released by RSO Records. It became the second best-selling album ever released and top-selling soundtrack in history selling 44.7 million copies.
Reba McEntire hits No.1 on the Billboard country chart with a remake of the old Everly Brothers hit “Cathy’s Clown”. The song earned Reba her 13th No. 1 music single. The song, which was the debut single from her platinum-selling “Sweet Sixteen” album, was given a new life by Reba after the Everly Brothers 30 years earlier had put the song at the top of the pop charts for five consecutive weeks.
Elton John checked into a Chicago clinic in 1990 to cure bulimia and an addiction problem. Because of this, Elton John took a year off from touring and recording.
Deana Carter’s song “Strawberry Wine” was released by Capitol in 1996. The song is about a girl’s first love. As Deana Carter explained: “The title is a reference to Boon’s Farm Strawberry Hill, a very inexpensive and fruity wine that is popular with teenage girls getting their first sip of alcohol.
Clay Walker sings the national anthem at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in Canton, Ohio in 2000. Being inducted was honorees Joe Montana and Howie Long. Clay Walker also joined in on a post-production concert with Dwight Yoakam, Sawyer Brown and Alecia Elliott.
The chairman of the Professional Association of Teachers Jim O’Neil in 2003, warned that children were being put under pressure to grow up too soon by pop stars who use a sexy image. “Kylie Minogue might be a great singer but in many of these things you can see ore of her bottom than you hear of her voice,” said Mr. O’Neill.
Blake Shelton’s “Some Beach” video, featuring a cameo by NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler, debuts on CMT in 2004. The song was written by Paul Overstreet and Rory Lee Frank. The two had just met for coffee and were discussing Kenney Chesney’s new beach album Kenny was working on. Overstreet and Frank began talking about beach stuff and the phrase “some beach” rolled out from one of them. In 2003, the song was given to Blake Shelton’s producer and five months later the song was cut.
Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up” video debuts on CMT.com in 2005. The song was co-written and recorded by Gretchen Wilson, The song debuted on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at No. 21, setting a record for the highest ever debut by a female artist on the country charts.
Former Negro League player Charley Pride sings the national anthems, both American and Canadian, in Cooperstown, New York, when 17 former Negro Leaguers join the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.
KISS singer and guitarist Paul Stanley was forced to abandon a show in California in 2007 due to heart problems. Paramedics stopped and restarted his heart to give it a regular rhythm after his heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute.
The Lady Antebellum music single “Just A Kiss” goes gold, platinum and quintuple-platinum in 2011. The song is about a goodnight kiss at the start of new relationship. At the time the song was written, Hillary Scott was dating drummer Chris Tyrell when they wrote the song.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, July 29th are:
1946 – Neal Doughty – American keyboardist for REO Speedwagon. They had the 1981 US No.1 and UK No.7 music single “Keep On Loving You”. Neal is the sole remaining founding member of REO Speedwagon. He formed the band in 1967.
1947 – Carlo Santanna – guitarist for Paper Lace. Paper Lace had the 1974 UK No.1 music single “Billy Don’t Be A Hero” and the 1974 US No.1 music single “The Night Chicago Died”. Carlo at first refused the offer to join Paper Lace but the band asked again and made his not only the guitarist but the lead singer. Carlo jumped at this opportunity and sang with the band from 1974 – 1976.
1953 – Geddy Lee – bass and vocals for Rush. Rush had the 1980 UK No .13 music single “Spirit Of Radio” and the 1982 US No.21 music single “New World Man”. Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honored, as a group.
1953- Patti Sciafa – US singer who worked with The Rolling Stones and on Keith Richards “Talk Is Cheap” album. She toured with Bruce Springsteen Band from 1984 Born in the USA tour, and married Bruce Springsteen on June 8th 1991. She has released two solo albums.
1959 – John Syke – an English rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. John has played with Streetfighter, Tygers of Pan Tang, John Sloman’s Badlands, Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder and Whitesnake. Sykes co-wrote the majority of the songs on Whitesnakes 1987 self-titled album with David Coverdale. John Sykes also found fame as a successful solo artist.
1966 – Mules Hunt – vocals, The Wonder Stuff, TV presenter and had the 1991 UK No.1 music single with Vic Reeves “Dizzy”. Mules helped bring the band The Wonder Stuff to the top of the charts and the height of their success, left the band due to the band not appreciating all the work and hours he put into the band. Mules left the band for a while and later rejoined under a new contract gave him more pay for the work and hours he put into bringing the band back to life again and putting them at the top of the charts again.
1966 – Martina McBride – the diminutive powerhouse claims the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year award four times behind such message-soaked singles as “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing”.
1972 – Simon Jones – bassist for The Verve who had the 1997 UK No.1 music single “The Drugs Don’t Work”. But a feud between Simon Jones and lead singer Richard Ashcroft led to the bands dismiss and The Verve was no more until 2007 when they reunited and did a few performances until giving it up for good and going separate ways.
1973 – Wayna Morris – American R&B singer who is best known for vocals with Boyz II Men. This boy band dominated the music charts in the late 1980s and early 19902 with slow songs, R&B grooves and dance hits. They had the 1992 US and UK No.1 music single “End Of The Road”.
1973 – James Otto – Emerging from the loose-knit Muzik Mafia posse, the soul-tinged singer nets a 2008 hit with “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”. He also co-writes for Jamey Johnson’s “in Color” and The Zac Brown Band’s “No Hurry”.