Wednesday, July 4, 2012

ROCK HISTORY: IT HAPPENED ON JULY 4

Paul Stanley
No.1
1958 The Everly Brothers All I Have to Do Is Dream UK 45
1964 Beach Boys: I Get Around US 45
1987 Pet Shop Boys: It's a Sin UK 45

Births
1900 Louis Armstrong  
1943 Alan Wilson (Canned Heat)
1948 Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac)
1951 Ralph Johnson (Earth, Wind & Fire)
1958 Kirk Pengilly (INXS)
1963 Matt Malley (Counting Crows)
1971 Andrew Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies)
1972 William Goldsmith (Foo Fighters)

Deaths
1971 Don McPherson (Main Ingredient)
2003 Barry White

Miscellany
Dire Straits
1952 Vera Lynn scores first British No. 1 in the US with Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart
 
1969 Atlanta Pop Festival opens with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Delanie and Bonnie and Canned Heat. 40,000 attend.
 
1973 Don Powell, drummer with Slade, is badly hurt in the car crash that kills his girlfriend Angela Morris
 
1977 Bass player Gary Valentine quit Blondie, citing 'artistic integrity', as the cause of his departure.
 
1980 Beach Boys give a free concert to half a million people in Washington DC, the first of a series of Independence Day concerts
 
1982 After being divorced by his first wife, Thelma Mayfair last year, Ozzy Osbourne married Sharon Arden, the daughter of music business manager Don Arden.
 
1985 Dire Straits begin ten consecutive nights of concerts at Wembley Arena.
 
1987 Island Records' twentieth anniversary party held at Pinewood Studios, featuring Robert Palmer and others
 
1990 Paul Stanley from Kiss sustained neck and back injuries when he was involved in a car crash in New Jersey.

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