Tuesday, July 31, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON JULY 31

Bill Berry (R.E.M.)
No.1
1968 Tommy James: 'Mony Mony' UK 45
1971 James Taylor: 'You've Got a Friend' Us 45
1976 George Benson: 'Breezin'' US LP

Births
1953 Hugh McDowell (ELO)
1957 Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets)
1958 Bill Berry (REM)
1960 Malcolm Ross (Aztec Camera)
1963 Norman Cook (Housemartins)
1964 Jim Corr (The Corrs)
1978 Will Champion (Coldplay)

Deaths
1964 Jim Reeves




Miscellany
1959 Buddy Holly's 'Midnight Shift' hits UK chart
 
1964 Rolling Stones play Belfast. The concert is stopped after only twelve minutes because of rioting fans
 
1965 Yardbirds hit US chart with 'Heart Full of Soul'
 
1971 Doors' 'LA Woman' hits UK LP chart
 
1971 Premiere in London of Rolling Stones' film 'Gimme Shelter'
Miami Showband
 
1971 Curtis Mayfield's 'Move On Up' hits UK chart
 
1975 Miami Showband, an Irish pop group, are ambushed and murdered by Protestant gunmen
 
1976 Blue Oyster Cult release '(Don't Fear) the Reaper' in the UK
 
1980 John Phillips of Mamas and the Papas is arrested on drug charges
 
1980 During An Eagles concert at Long Beach, California, tempers boiled over between Glen Frey and Don Henley, who spent the entire show describing to each other the beating each planned to administer backstage.
 
2002 The son of Bryan Ferry was arrested by armed police outside the UK prime minister's County Durham home as he tried to stage a demonstration.

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