Music History July 17


Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath


1918 – Red Sovine, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1980)
1921 – Mary Osborne, American jazz guitarist (d. 1992)
1925 – Jimmy Scott, American jazz singer (d. 2014)
1932 – Vince Guaraldi, American jazz musician and pianist (d. 1976)
1939 – Spencer Davis, Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist (Spencer Davis Group)
1947 – Michael “Mick” Tucker, drummer (Sweet) (d. 2002)
1947 – Wolfgang Flür, German drummer (Kraftwerk and Dyko)
1948 – Ron Asheton, American guitarist, songwriter (The Stooges, Destroy All Monsters, The New Order, and New Race) (d. 2009)
1949 – Geezer Butler, English bass player and songwriter (Black Sabbath, GZR, and Heaven & Hell)
1950 – Damon Harris, American singer (The Temptations) (d. 2013)
1950 – Phoebe Snow, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sisters of Glory) (d. 2011)
1952 – Nicolette Larson, American singer (Neil Young) (d. 1997)
1961 – Guru, American rapper (Gang Starr) (d. 2010)
1966 – Lou Barlow, American guitarist and songwriter (Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and The Folk Implosion)
1975 – Paul Hinojos, American guitarist and songwriter (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, and Sparta)
1978 – Panda Bear, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Animal Collective and Jane).


Billie Holiday


1959 – Billie Holiday, American singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1915)
1967 – John Coltrane, American saxophonist (Miles Davis Quintet) (b. 1926)
1996 – Chas Chandler, American bass player and producer (The Animals) (b. 1938)
2003 – Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichord player (b. 1914)
2006 – Sam Myers, American singer-songwriter (b. 1936)


1954 – Session guitarist Danny Cedrone, who had duplicated his solo on Bill Haley and the Comets’ “Rock The Joint” for their new single, “Rock Around The Clock,” dies after falling down a staircase in a Philadelphia restaurant.

1954 – The Newport Jazz Festival, the world’s first such, event, debuts on the tennis courts of the Newport Casino in Rhode Island.

1962 – Elvis Presley releases the single “She’s Not You”

1965 – James Brown releases the single “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag”

1965 – The Miracles releases the single “The Tracks Of My Tears”

1967 – The Beatles releases the single “All You Need Is Love” b/w “Baby, You’re A Rich Man”

1967 – After only seven dates as opening act for the Monkees, Jimi Hendrix flips off the audience at New York’s Forest Hills Stadium, which won’t stop screaming for Davy Jones, and leaves the tour. Australian journalist Lillian Roxon, on tour in an official capacity, invents a fictional story claiming that the Daughters of the American Revolution had Hendrix kicked off the tour for “corrupting the morals of America’s youth.” Jimi is replaced on the tour by the equally unlikely band Vanilla Fudge.

1972 – On tour in Montreal, a bomb explodes under one of the Rolling Stones’ trucks, blowing out 30 speakers but fortunately causing no injuries. Although the guilty party is never found (French separatists are suspected), the show goes on anyway. However, a small riot breaks out when three thousand of the fans discover the “tickets” they are holding are phonies.

1974 – The Moody Blues open their own 32-track, state-of-the-art recording studio in London, the first in the whole country that can record in the new “Quadrophonic” process.

1974 – John Lennon’s appeal for US citizenship is denied by the government and he

Soul Asylum: Delayed Reaction

Soul Asylum: Delayed Reaction

is given sixty days to leave the country.

1976 – Heart releases the single “Magic Man”

1979 – Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy and was replaced by Midge Ure.

1987 – With the fate of his band up in the air, Virgin Records signs the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards to a three-album solo deal.

1991 – Picking up at the exact sane spot in the tour where they left off, Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite after the horrible plane crash in 1974 that took the lives of three members. Lead singer Ronnie
Van Zant, killed in the crash, is now replaced by his brother Johnny.

1996 – The Smashing Pumpkins fired Jimmy Chamberlin less than a week after Chambelin was arrested on a drug charge and Jonathan Melvoin died of a heroin overdose.

2004 – At the end of her show at the Aladdin Hotel in Vegas, Linda Ronstadt dedicates her encore, a cover of the Eagles’ “Desperado,” to filmmaker Michael Moore, urging fans to go see his current movie, “Fahrenheit 9/11.” A shocked audience reacts mostly with boos; approximately half walk out on the spot.

2012 – Soul Asylum released their tenth full-length studio album ‘Delayed Reaction.’ It was the band first album in six years and their first album released on 429 Records. The song “By the Way” was originally released as a demo 20 years earlier as a B-Side to the 1992 single “Somebody to Shove”; “Let’s All Kill Each Other” was originally released on Saturday, October 25, 2008 on as a free download until the 2008 U.S. Election Day (Tuesday, November 4, 2008), and “I Should’ve Stayed in Bed” was originally released in 1998 on “Live at the Palais Royale.”