24/07/2017

The Beatles

July 24th 1967, The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, whose lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM) they had gone to hear at the Hilton Hotel in London. TM involved the silent repetition of a word or sound to produce a state of mind that reduces stress, calms the mind, and energizes both mind and body. The Maharishi invited The Beatles to travel with him to Bangor, in North Wales, to attend more lectures. They accepted his invitation.

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Badfinger

24th July 1969, Paul McCartney recorded a demo of his new song ‘Come and Get It’ at Abbey Road studios in London. McCartney gave the song to The Iveys, (soon to become known as Badfinger). The song was later used as the theme for the movie The Magic Christian. The Beatles also recorded ‘Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard’ for their forthcoming Abbey Road album

 

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The Byrds

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24th July 1965, The Byrds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song 'Mr Tambourine Man'. The first Bob Dylan song to reach No.1. The Byrds' recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical subgenre of folk rock, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics

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23/07/2017

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Runnin' Down a Dream

 

With their blend of Byrds riffs and rock 'n' roll swagger, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers arrived in the late 70's, slap bang in the middle of the punk/new wave movement. But they were different, they had an edge, great songs and they could play. And they looked like a rock 'n' roll band.

I first heard "American Girl" on the radio in 1977 and immediately fell in love with the band. In the same year I saw them live in Manchester UK, opening for guitar ace Nils Lofgren and one of few occasions I've seen the support act clearly outshine the headliner. In fact they blew Nils and his trampoline off the stage.

Back in the 70's we didn't have music videos on rotation and as yet, I hadn't seen a photo of the band, so I was completely taken by surprise when this cool blonde-haired guy ran onto the stage with his band in tow, wearing their guitars like gun fighters and burst into "Jaguar And Thunderbird" which was followed swiftly by "American Girl." I was hooked, and the UK dates with Nils were so successful that Petty and the guys were back in the UK a few weeks later to headline their own series of dates.

 

Petty’s introduction to music came during the summer of 1961, his uncle was working on the set of Elvis Presley's new film Follow That Dream in nearby Ocala, Florida, and invited Petty to come down and watch the shoot. He instantly became an Elvis Presley fan. Then in 1964, after seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show he knew he wanted to be in a band, (one of his first guitar teachers was Don Felder, a fellow Gainesville resident, who would later join the Eagles).

As a young man, Petty worked briefly on the grounds crew for the University of Florida, but never attended as a student. An Ogeechee lime tree that he planted while employed at the University is now called the Tom Petty tree (Petty has stated that he does not recall planting any trees!).

Petty's early bands included The Sundowners, The Epics, and Mudcrutch, which consisted of future Heartbreakers members Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. In 1974, Mudcrutch re-located to Los Angeles, California leaving Gainesville, Florida behind.

With the release of their debut album on Shelter Records, The Heartbreakers achieved success in the UK (well before the US), with the help of appearances on Top of the Pops and the much loved, Old Grey Whistle Test.

Their 1978 second album You're Gonna Get It! marked the band's first gold album, and featured the singles "I Need to Know" and "Listen To Her Heart". Then in 1979, the band was dragged into a legal dispute when ABC Records, Shelter's distributor, was sold to MCA Records. Petty refused to be transferred to another record label and held fast to his principles, which led to his filing for bankruptcy as a tactic against MCA.

In 1979, after their legal dispute was settled, the Heartbreakers released their third album Damn the Torpedoes through MCA's Backstreet label which included "Don't Do Me Like That" (No.10 U.S., the group's first Top Ten single) and "Refugee" (No.15 U.S.), their U.S. breakthrough singles, the album rapidly went platinum. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers had arrived.

 

Petty has become rock royalty, writing and playing with Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and others, and became a member of the Traveling Wilburys, with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne.

Petty has released critically acclaimed solo albums, the first of which was 1989's Full Moon Fever which included his signature tune, "Free Fallin'" as well as "I Won't Back Down", (later covered by Johnny Cash), and "Runnin' Down a Dream".

On September 21, 2006, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received the keys to the city of Gainesville, Florida, where he and his band mates either lived or grew up all those years ago.

A few years back, talking about his rise to fame Petty said: “When I decided to be a musician I reckoned that that was going to be the way of less profit, less money. I was sort of giving up the idea of making a lot of money. It was what I loved to do. I would have done it anyway. If I'd had to work at Taco Bell I'd have still been out at night trying to play music.”

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Andy Mackay

July 23rd 1946, Born on this day, Andy Mackay, sax, woodwind, Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single 'Virgina Plain' and 15 other UK Top 40 singles')

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Blair Thorton

July 23rd 1950, Born on this day, Blair Thorton, guitar, Bachman Turner Overdrive, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet').

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Nick Menza

July 23rd 1964, Born on this day, Nick Menza, drums, Megadeth, (1990 UK No.13 single 'No More Mr Nice Guy', 1992 US No.2 album 'Countdown To Extinction'). Menza died on 21st May 2016 after suffering a "massive heart attack" on stage, while performing with his band, OHM, in Los Angeles.

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Slash

July 23rd 1965, Born on this day, Slash, (Saul Hudson), guitarist with Guns N' Roses who had the 1988 US No1 and 1989 UK No.6 single Sweet Child O' Mine and the 1991 US and UK No.1 album Use Your Illusion II. The guitarist went on to form the side project Slash's Snakepit and then Velvet Revolver, who had the 2004 US No.1 and UK No.11 album Contraband.

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Martin L. Gore

July 23rd 1961, Born on this day, Martin Gore, keyboards, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single 'People Are People', plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles, 1990 US No.8 single, 'Enjoy The Silence').

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Tony Joe White

July 23rd 1947, Born on this day, Tony Joe White, US singer, songwriter, (1969 US No.8 single, 'Polk Salad Annie', 1970 UK No.22 single 'Groupie Girl', wrote 'Steamy Windows', UK No.13 single for Tina Turner).

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David Essex

July 23rd 1947, Born on this day, David Essex, UK singer, actor, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Gonna Make You A Star', plus 18 other UK Top 40 singles, 1974 US No.5 single, 'Rock On').

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Madeline Bell

July 23rd 1942, Born on this day, Madeline Bell, UK singer, Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single 'Melting Pot').

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Amy Winehouse

On 23rd July 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs, which overshadowed her recent musical career. 

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John Bonham

July 23rd 1977, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was charged with assault after a concert at the Oakland Coliseum in California. Bonham and band manager Peter Grant had the help of their bodyguard in roughing up a security employee at the venue. After pleading guilty to misdemeanors, the accused settle out of court for two million dollars. The tour would eventually be cancelled after Robert Plant's son died a few days later.

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The Rolling Stones

July 23rd 1969, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Honky Tonk Women,' the group's eighth and last UK No.1. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards while on holiday in Brazil and the Stones initially recorded the track as Country Honk in London in early March 1969 with Brian Jones present during these sessions.

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22/07/2017

Rick Davies

July 22nd 1944, Born on this day, Rick Davies, vocalist and keyboardist with Supertramp, who had the 1979 UK No.7 and US No.6 single with 'The Logical Song' and the 1979 US No.1 and UK No.3 album Breakfast In America. Davies is the only member of Supertramp to have been with the group for their entire history, and has composed many of their most well-known songs, including 'Goodbye Stranger', and 'Bloody Well Right'.

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Elvis Costello

July 22nd 1977, Stiff Records released 'My Aim Is True' the debut album from Elvis Costello in the UK. The musicians who were featured on the album were uncredited on the original release (due to contractual difficulties), although the backing band was made up of members of the band Clover.

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John Lennon

July 22nd 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the second day filming the Imaginepromotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today's footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano.

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The Beatles

July 22nd 1963, The Beatles first US album, Introducing The Beatles was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles. After a trial, Vee-Jay was allowed to release any Beatles records that they had masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964. After that time, they no longer had the right to issue any Beatles product.

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Don Henley

Happy birthday to Don Henley, born on 22nd July 1947, singer, songwriter, and drummer with The Eagles, who had the 1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Hotel California', plus 5 US No.1 albums. The Eagles 'Greatest Hits 1971-1975' is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m. Henley had the 1985 solo US No.5 & UK No.12 single 'The Boys of Summer'.

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