All four Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein signed a petition in 1967 which was printed in The Times newspaper calling for the legalization of marijuana.
Paul McCartney recorded a demo of his new song in 1969 ‘Come And Get It’ at Abbey Roads studios in London. McCartney gave the song to The Iveys, (later known as ‘Badfinger’). The song was later used as a theme for the movie The Magic Christian. The Beatles also recorded ‘Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard’ for their forthcoming Abbey Road music album.
Paul Revere and The Raiders went to No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1971 with ‘Indian Reservation’. The song was first recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater and released as ‘The Pale Faced Indian’ and then later by Don Fardon in 1968.
George McCrae was at No.1 on the UK singles music chart in 1974 with ‘Rock Your Baby’. The song was written and produce by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band. This song was regarded as the first Disco No.1.
The Manhattans started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1976 with ‘Kiss And Say Goodbye’, the group’s only US No.1.
Donna Summer was at No.1 on the UK singles music chart in 1977 with the Girogio Moroder produced song ‘I Feel Love’. This was the disco diva’s only UK chart topper.
The Robert Stigwood film ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, was released in 1978. It featured The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton. The film received extremely negative reviews from most critics and barely broke even at the box office.
Ten days after it went gold in 1980, the ‘Urban Cowboy’ music soundtrack is certified platinum. It features Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, The Eagles, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Linda Ronstadt & J.D. Souther, Jimmy Buffet, The Charlie Daniels Band and many more.
Survivor started a six-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1982 with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ which was taken from the film ‘Rocky III’. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.
In 1989, Ricky Van Shelton earns his first platinum award, for the album ‘Wild Eyed Dream’.
U2 started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album music chart in 1993 with ‘Zooropa’, the Irish bands fourth US No.1. Zooropa won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1994.
UB40 started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1993 with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’. Elvis Presley had the first hit with the song in 1961. Corey Hart was next up with a top 30 hit in 1987, and Hall and Oates recorded the song for the 1990’s ‘The Last Temptation of Elvis’ charity album. UB40 originally covered the song for the Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack, but Bono’s version was chosen instead.
*NSYNC held the No.1 spot on the US music chart in 2000 with ‘It’s Gonna Be Me’.
Johnny Cash picks up three nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003 for his remake of ‘Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’.
Toby Keith headlines his first stadium date in 2004 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The bill also featured Scotty Emerick, Hal Ketchum, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry and Massachusetts native Jo Dee Messina.
ABC airs ‘CMA Music Festival: Music’s Biggest Party’ in 2006. The special featured Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Hank Williams Jr., Wynonna and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Beyonce made a quick YouTube appearance with her falling down twelve stairs while performing ‘Ring The Alarm’ while on tour in Orlando, Florida in 2007. Video from the night of the concert caught her stepping on her trench coat and then tumbling head-first down twelve steps at the Amway Arena. Within a couple of hours the video was making its way across YouTube.
Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert shoot an installment of ‘CMT Cross Country’ at Nashville’s City Hall in 2007. The set includes ‘Kerosene’, ‘Love You’ and a cover of Waylon Jennings ‘Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way’.
Lady Antebellum ‘I Run To You’ is certified gold in 2009.
Days after signing Florida Georgia Line in 2012, Republic Nashville releases a remixed version of the duo’s debut music single ‘Cruise’ to radio listeners.
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 24th are:
1941 – Barbara Love – The Friends Of Destruction who had the 1969 US No.3 music single ‘Grazing In The Grass’.
1942 – Heinz Burt – bassist with The Tornadoes. They had the US No.1 music single in 1962 with ‘Telestar’.
1944 – Jim Armstrong – with the band Them who had the 1964 US No.24 music single ‘Here Comes The Night’.
1947 – Alan Whitehead – drummer for Marmalade. Marmalade had the 1969 UK No.1 music single ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, and in 1970 held the US No.10 spot with the music single ‘Reflection Of My Life’.
1957 – Pam Tillis – the daughter of country singer Mel Tillis, she fashions a career of her own and has a string of hits in the 1990s. Pam won the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist in 1994 and joins the Grand Ole Opry in 2000.
1957 – Larry Gott – guitarist with James.
1958 – Mick Karn – bass and sax player with Japan.
1970 – Jennifer Lopez – singer and actress. Jennifer had the UK No.1 music single in 2001 with ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’ and the 2001 US No.1 music single ‘I’m Real’
1973 – Mecca – with Digable Planets.
1979 – Jerrod Neimann – a writer of Garth Brook’s ‘Good Ride Cowboy’, he collects a platinum single for his first hit as an artist, the 2010 release of ‘Lover, Lover’. He adds subsequent hits with ‘What Do You Want’, ‘One More Drinkin’ Song’, and ‘Drink To That All Night’.