Music History July 25

Maureen Herman (Babes in Toyland) photo by Seneca Falls


1906 – Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist and clarinet player (Duke Ellington’s big band) (d. 1970)
1925 – Benny Benjamin, American drummer (The Funk Brothers) (d. 1969)
1934 – Don Ellis, American jazz trumpeter, drummer, and bandleader (d. 1978)
1941 – Manny Charlton, Spanish-Scottish guitarist (Nazareth)
1942 – Bruce Woodley, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Seekers)
1943 – Jim McCarty, English singer and drummer (The Yardbirds, Renaissance, and Illusion)
1946 – José Areas, Nicaraguan drummer (Santana)
1948 – Steve Goodman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1984)
1950 – Mark Clarke, English singer-songwriter and bass player (Colosseum, Mountain, Natural Gas, and Uriah Heep)
1951 – Verdine White, American bass player (Earth, Wind & Fire)
1954 – Ken Greer, Canadian guitarist, keyboard player (Red Rider)
1955 – Randall Bewley, American guitarist and songwriter (Pylon and Supercluster) (d. 2009)
1958 – Thurston Moore, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (Sonic Youth, Ciccone Youth, The Coachmen, and Dim Stars)
1966 – Maureen Herman, American bass player (Babes in Toyland)

19?? – Chris Martin – American singer-songwriter, guitarist (Kinski)


1984 – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, American blues singer-songwriter (b. 1926)
1998 – Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (b. 1921)
2003 – Erik Brann, American singer and guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1950)
2013 – Steve Berrios, American jazz drummer (b. 1945)


1960 – Roy Orbison reached No.2 on the US singles chart with ‘Only the Lonely,’ his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.

1965 – Backed by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan takes the stage at the Newport Folk Festival and plays his first-ever set of electric songs, horrifying many (but, contrary to legend, not all) in the crowd. After three songs, an upset Dylan says “Let’s go, man, that’s all,” and the band leave the stage, only to be coaxed back out by Peter, Paul and Mary to play two more originals in the more “appropriate” acoustic manner. (Mainly because the band,a last-minute idea of Dylan’s, only knew the three songs.)

1969 – The Seattle Pop Festival took place at the Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, Washington. Acts who appeared over three days included, Chuck Berry, Tim Buckley, The Byrds, Chicago Transit Authority, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, The Doors, The Flock, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Guess Who, It’s A Beautiful Day, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Spirit, Ten Years After, Ike & Tina Turner, Vanilla Fudge, Alice Cooper and The Youngbloods.

1969 – At the end of their gig at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Crosby, Stills and Nash invite Neil Young on stage to back them on a couple of songs, and they like the result so much he almost immediately becomes part of the band.

1971 – T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get It On’, the group’s second UK No.1 which spent four weeks at the top of the charts. In the US it was retitled Bang A Gong, (Get It On). Power Station had a UK & US hit with their version of the song in 1985.

1980 – AC/DC released their sixth studio album ‘Back In Black,’ the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott who died on February 19, 1980 at the age of 33. Brian Johnson was now the lead singer.

1980 – KISS introduced their new drummer, Eric Carr, at a concert at the Paladium in New York City.

1984 –  Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton died at the age of 58 died in Los Angeles of heart and liver complications. She had a No.1 R&B hit in 1953 with ‘Hound Dog’ (later covered by Elvis Presley). She also wrote and recorded ‘Ball ‘n’ Chain,’ which Janis Joplin recorded.

1995 – Legendary singer Nina Simone is arrested for firing a pellet gun at noisy teenagers playing near her home in the south of France, for which she is placed on an 18-month probation and ordered to seek counseling.

2006 – Tom Petty released his third solo album ‘Highway Companion,’ which was produced by former Traveling Wilburys bandmate Jeff Lynne. Ptetty, Lynne and Heartbreakber guitars Mike Campbell played all the instruments on the album.

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