Roy Orbison reached No.2 on the US singles music chart in 1960 with ‘Only The Lonely’, his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.
Backed by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan takes the stage in 1965 at The Newport Folk festival in Newport, Rhode Island and plays his first-ever electric songs, horrifying many, but not all in the crowd. After three songs, an upset Dylan says “Let’s go man, that’s all,” and the band leaves the stage, only to be coaxed by Peter, Paula and Mary to play two more originals in the more ‘appropriate’ acoustic manner. (Mainly because the band, a last-minute idea of Dylan’s, only knew three songs.
Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Still and Nash for the first time in 1969 when they played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years.
The Seattle Pop Festival took place in 1969 at the Gold Creek Park in Woodinville, Washington. Acts who appeared over three days included, Chuck Berry, Tim Buckley, The Byrds, Chicago Transit Authority, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, The Doors, The Flock, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Guess Who, It’s A Beautiful Day, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Spirit, Ten Years After, Ike & Tina Turner, Vanilla Fudge, Alice Cooper and The Youngbloods.
Chicago releases their song ‘25 Or 6 To 4’ in 1970. It was originally written for their upcoming second album ‘Chicago’. The song quickly became a showcase for the horns section.
The Carpenters started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1970 with (They Long To Be) Close To You’. The first of three US No.1’s and 17 other Top 40 hits. The song was written in 1963 by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and was first offered to Herb Albert, who said he didn’t feel comfortable singing the line ‘so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair’.
AC/DC released their sixth internationally released studio music album in 1980 titled ‘Back In Black’, the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, who died on February 19, 1980 at the age of 33. The album has sold an estimated 49 million copies worldwide to date, making it the second highest-selling album of all time, and the best-selling hard rock or heavy metal album.
Air Supply went to No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1981 with ‘The One That I Love’, the group’s only US No.1 and the first Australian band to top the US singles chart.
Madonna hit the No.1 spot on the US singles music chart in 1987 with the title track from her 1987 film ‘Who’s That Girl’.
Steve Wariner’s ‘The Weekend’ reaches No.1 on the Billboard country music chart in 1987.
The late Keith Whitley is honored with a gold album for ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’ in 1989.
Garth Brooks music single ‘The River’ peaks at No.1 on the Billboard country music chart in 1992.
The T Bone Burnett-produced ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’ soundtrack is certified double-platinum in 2001. It features John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Harry McClintock, Norman Blake and The Whites.
Jimmy Buffet went to No.1 on the US album music chart in 2004 with ‘License To Chill’. The singer songwriter’s first No.1 album.
RCA releases Jake Owens’ debut album, ‘Startin’ With Me’ in 2006.
Dixie Chick Martie Maguire and her husband, Gareth, welcome a beautiful daughter, Harper Rosie Maguire, in Austin, Texas in 2008.
Eric Church gets a gold single for ‘Homeboy’ in 2011.
Pistol Annie’s music single ‘Hell On Heels’ goes platinum in 2013.
And not it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had their hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, July 24th are:
1925 – Bennie Benjamin – session drummer, one of ‘The Funk Brothers’ played on many Tamla Motown hits including, The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder.
1941 – Manuel Charlton – he was with Nazareth who had the 1973 UK No.9 music single ‘Broken Down Angel and the 1976 US No.8 music single ‘Love Hurts’.
1942 – Bruce Woodley – vocals with The Seekers who had the 1986 UK No.1 and US No.5 music single ‘I’ll never Find Another You’.
1943 – Jim McCarty – drummer with The Yardbirds who had the UK No.3 and US No.6 music single ‘For Your Love’.
1944 – Tom Dawes – with Cyrkle who had the 1966 US No.2 music single ‘Red Rubber Ball’ and was signed by Brian Epstein and supported The Beatles on their 1966 US tour.
1946 – Jose Chepito Areas – percussionist with Santana who had the 1970 US No.4 music single ‘Black Magic Woman’ and the 1977 UK No.11 music single ‘She’s Not There’.
1948 – Steve Goodman – American folk singer, songwriter who was diagnosed with leukemia while in college. He set out to make the most of his life and continued writing music and performing up until his death in 1984.
1950 – Mark Clark – was with Uriah Heep who had the 1975 UK No.7 album ‘Return To Fantasy’.
1951 – Verdine White – bass player and vocals for Earth Wind and Fire who had the 1975 US No.1 music single ‘Shining Star and the 1981 UK No.3 music single ‘Let’s Groove’.
1958 – Thurston Moore – guitar and vocals for Sonic Youth.
1970 – Rich Redmond – after a stint with the band Rushlow, he becomes a member of Jason Aldean’s band playing on the hits ‘Big Green Tractor’, She’s Country, and ‘Dirt Road Anthem’.