Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Music History Today: July 2, 2020

July 2, 1991:  During Guns N' Roses' performance of "Rocket Queen" at a  concert at the Riverport Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Missouri, lead singer Axl Rose jumped into the audience and tackled a fan who was taking pictures of the show. 

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July 2, 1956: Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" at the RCA studios in New York City.
The most successful two-sided hit on Billboard’s Top/Hot 100 chart was Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog”/“Don’t Be Cruel.” 
Elvis Presley
One side reached #1 on the chart, the other #2. The two titles spent a combined 55 weeks in the Top 100 in 1956-1957. 
No other artist in the rock era, not even The Beatles, had a double-sided hit that could challenge the cumulative chart performance of “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
Read more:  Elvis History blog


July 2, 1966: "Strangers in the Night" goes to #1, giving Frank Sinatra his first #1 pop hit since "Learnin' The Blues" in 1955. 
"Strangers in the Night" was made famous in 1966 by Frank Sinatra. Reaching #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Easy Listening chart, it was the title song for Sinatra's 1966 album Strangers in the Night, which became his most commercially successful album. 
Frank Sinatra
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Sinatra's recording won him the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist or Instrumentalist for Ernie Freeman at the Grammy Awards of 1967.  
Read more:  Wikipedia


July 2, 1969: Mountain forms in Long Island with former Vagrants member Leslie West at the helm.
From the start of his career in the late ’60s, everything about Leslie West was larger than life. A plus-sized fellow, he had a guitar sound that matched—loud, fiery, fast and overpowering—and a voice that didn’t know the meaning of soft. 
When the history of heavy rock is traced today, it invariably points to him as one of the origin points—it was no accident that he called his band Mountain.  
Read more:  Best Classic Bands


July 2, 1976: A battered Tina Turner leaves husband Ike in Dallas, Texas, after one final blowout. She files for divorce later in the month.
After Turner finally left Ike in July 1976 (she escaped a Dallas hotel while they were on tour after a brutal fight), she says Ike would send his "stooges" to intimidate her when she filed for divorce. 
Tina Turner
UK Tour 1984
Turner describes signing up for food stamps while living with her four sons and her longtime assistant and friend Rhonda Graam in a small house in Laurel Canyon after filing divorce papers, a period in which Tina Turner says Ike sent his associates to intimidate her by destroying the house and its property.  
Read more:  USA Today


July 2, 1984:  Cyndi Lauper released the single "She Bop."
The 1983 song "She Bop" reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in '84, meaning that everyone was rocking out to another Cyndi Lauper hit.
Cyndi Lauper
The catchy lyrics had everyone saying "she bop, he bop, and we bop. I bop, you bop, and they bop." If you look up the definition for "bop," it means to dance to pop music. 
That's literally all we were doing. As the song started to get more popular, many people were quick to point out the song's controversial lyrics. 
The song and the music video are said to have sexual lyrics and references to female masturbation.    
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