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Born on this day: July 1, 1945 - Singer and songwriter Debbie Harry of Blondie (born Deborah Ann Harry in Miami, FL). Happy 68th Birthday, Debbie!
Born on this day: July 1, 1951 - The B-52's lead singer and songwriter Fred Schneider (born Frederick William Schneider III in Newark, NJ). Happy 62nd Birthday, Fred!
Born on this day: July 1, 1971 - Singer/rapper/songwriter and producer Missy Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott in Portsmouth, VA). Happy 42nd Birthday, Missy!!
On this day in music history: July 1, 1963 - The Beatles recorded 45 "She Loves You" and its B-side "I'll Get You" at Abbey Road Studios in London. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it is the second chart topping single in the UK for the Liverpool-based rock band. John and Paul will begin writing the song while on a bus while touring the UK as the opening act for Roy Orbison, finishing it off at their hotel later that evening. The two songs will be completed in one session though neither the original two track session tapes (only the final mono masters) or any documentation of the session survives due to EMI Records policy of discarding session tapes after mixdown masters were prepared. Released on August 23rd in the UK, the record is an instant smash, spending a total of six weeks at #1 on the UK singles chart. It will become the largest selling single in British record history (a record it will hold until 1984). "She Loves You" will also become The Beatles second US #1 in March of 1964.
On this day in music history: July 1, 1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the eighth studio album by The Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 15 weeks. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from December 6, 1966 - April 21, 1967. Taking over 400 hours of studio time to record, the album will see the band at the peak of its creative powers and will go on to be regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums in the history of popular music. The album will spend a total of 201 weeks on the UK album chart and 175 weeks on the Billboard Top 200. It will win four Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year in 1968. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, receiving a Diamond Certification, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1993.
On this day in music history: July 1, 1967 - "Windy" by The Association hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by Ruthann Friedman, it is the second chart topping single and biggest hit for the Los Angeles pop/rock band. Following the success of their debut album And Then... Along Comes The Association, the hits "Along Comes Mary" (#7 Pop), and their first chart topper "Cherish" (#1 Pop), Warner Bros Records will buy the label they are recording for, Valiant Records, specifically to acquire their recording contract. When selecting material for their first WB album Insight Out, they will find the song "Windy." Before The Association record the song, former New Christy Minstrels vocalist and guitarist Larry Ramos will join the band. The song is recorded in one marathon session at United/Western Recorders in Hollywood with producer/engineer Bones Howe. The track features most of the band playing on it, with Ramos, Russ Giguere, and Terry Kirkman sharing lead vocals. Wrecking Crew member Hal Blaine will be brought in to play drums, subbing for the band's drummer Ted Bluechel, Jr.. Ruthann Friedman will also join the large group of voices on the records' final chorus singing counter harmony. Released in May of 1967, the single is an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #52 on May 27, 1967, it will rocket to the top the chart five weeks later. "Windy" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: July 1, 1968 - Music From Big Pink, the debut album by The Band is released. Produced by John Simon, it is recorded at A&R Studios in New York City and CBS Studios in Los Angeles in Early 1968. The album will take its title from a house in West Saugerties, NY where the band members Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson are living after working with Bob Dylan as his backing band. Paired with producer John Simon (Big Brother & The Holding Company, Blood, Sweat & Tears), they will record the album over a few months time in New York and Los Angeles. The album will generate several of the bands' signature songs including "The Weight" (#63 Pop), "Tears Of Rage," "This Wheel's On Fire," and "I Shall Be Released." The LP's iconic cover art features a painting by Bob Dylan, and the album's inner gatefold photos are taken by famed photographer Elliott Landy. Receiving solid reviews from critics upon its release, its initial sales will be modest until it attracts the attention of, and is praised publicly by numerous high profile musicians including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Al Kooper -- who will write a glowing review of the album in Rolling Stone magazine.Music From Big Pink will peak at #30 on the Billboard Top 200, is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.
On this day in music history: July 1, 1972 - "Song Sung Blue" by Neil Diamond hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for seven weeks on June 3rd. Written by Neil Diamond, it is the second chart topping single for the Brooklyn, NY born singer, songwriter and musician. It becomes one of his signature songs and one the highlights of his live performances over the years. Issued as the first single from his eighth studio album Moods, the song will quickly become a hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #67 on May 6, 1972, it will climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. The song will be nominated for two Grammy Awards including Record and Song of The Year (losing to Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"). "Song Sung Blue" will also be the last major hit single Diamond has on Uni Records, before signing with Columbia Records in 1973. "Song Sung Blue" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: July 1, 1972 - "Outa-Space" by Billy Preston hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on July 8th. Written by Preston and Joe Greene, it is the first chart topping single for the Houston-born singer, songwriter, and musician. The song is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood in mid 1971 during sessions for Preston's first A&M album I Wrote A Simple Song. The song is recorded in one take and is largely improvised with Preston calling out the chord changes to the band while they're playing. Initially issued as the B-side to the album's title track, a DJ will flip the single begin playing the funky instrumental. The public's reaction is swift and overwhelmingly positive, leading A&M to promote it instead. "Outa-Space" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: July 1, 1978 - "Stuff Like That" by Quincy Jones hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #21 on the Hot 100 on September 2nd. Written by Quincy Jones, Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Eric Gale, Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, and Ralph MacDonald, it is the first R&B chart topper for the veteran producer/arranger. Jones will begin work on his 25th studio album Sounds... And Stuff Like That following the recording of the soundtrack for The Wiz. He will invite a number of musicians who had worked on the soundtrack to collaborate on his album including Ashford, Simpson, and members of the R&B/Jazz-Funk band Stuff. Recording at A&R Studios in New York City as well as Cherokee Studios and Westlake Audio in Los Angeles, the track also features Anthony Jackson (bass), David T. Walker (guitar), and George Young (tenor sax). Ashford and Simpson will handle lead vocal duties along with Chaka Khan whom they are working with at the time on her first solo album. The group will go into the studio with just the title and flesh out the completed song, jamming and improvising. Released as the first single from Sounds... in April of 1978, it will quickly become a hit on the dance floor and on R&B radio. "Stuff Like That" will drive sales of Sounds... And Stuff Like That!! to Platinum status in the US.
On this day in music history: July 1, 1986 - Music From The Edge Of Heaven, the third album by Wham! is released. Produced by George Michael, it is recorded in London at Sarm West Studios and GM Home Studio, and Worker’s Gymnasium in Beijing, China from November 1984 - May 1986. Released in only North America and Japan, the eight-song compilation consists of new material, previously released singles, and remixes from the duos’ last UK album, the 2 LP set The Final. The three brand new songs “The Edge Of Heaven” (#10 Pop), “Battlestations,” and “Where Did Your Heart Go?” (#50 Pop), are paired with George Michael’s own recent solo hit “A Different Corner” (#7 Pop), along the previously released Wham! singles “I’m Your Man” (#3 Pop), the seasonal “Last Christmas” (#2 UK, unreleased in the US prior to its inclusion on this album), and the live track “Blue (Live).Music From The Edge Of Heaven will peak at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.