Music-History-Jul09 – Victoria Times Colonist


Today in Music History for July 9: In 1946, Mitch Mitchell, drummer for “The Jimi Hendrix Experience,” was born.

Today in Music History for July 9:

In 1946, Mitch Mitchell, drummer for “The Jimi Hendrix Experience,” was born. Chas Chandler of “The Animals” took Hendrix, an American, to London in 1966 and arranged the formation of “The Experience” with Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding. Hendrix quickly became a superstar following his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Mitchell died on Nov. 12, 2008.

In 1955, “The Festival Singers of Toronto,” the first Canadian choir to develop professional status, gave their first concert — appearing at the Stratford Festival.

In 1955, Pat Boone released his version of “Ain’t That A Shame,” which became his first No. 1 hit.

In 1956, Dick Clark debuted as host of “Bandstand” on Philadelphia TV station WFIL. “Bandstand” featured top pop and rock stars lip-synching their latest hits and a group of local teens dancing in the studio to recorded music. ABC expressed interest, and in 1957 the program was retitled “American Bandstand” and shown across the U.S. and Canada. At the height of its popularity, the daily show was reported to have generated one million fan letters a week. Clark relinquished his “Bandstand” hosting duties in 1989 to 26-year-old David Hirsch, but the program died within months. Still, its 37-year run is a record for a television variety show.

In 1968, “The Temptations” performed for the first time following the departure of baritone singer David Ruffin. The Valley Forge, Pa., concert introduced Dennis Edwards, formerly of “The Contours,” as Ruffin’s replacement. Ruffin would rejoin “The Temptations” for an album and tour in 1982.

In 1969, a funeral was held in Cheltenham Spa, England for “The Rolling Stones” guitarist Brian Jones, who’d been found dead in the swimming pool of his home six days earlier. The coroner’s report cited “death by misadventure.”

In 1971, Jim Morrison, lead singer of “The Doors,” was buried in Paris, six days after he died of heart failure in his bathtub. Morrison’s death was not announced until after the burial, leading some fans to declare that he wasn’t really dead.

In 1972, Paul McCartney began his first tour since “The Beatles” last concert in 1966. He and his new band, “Wings,” opened a European tour in Chateauvillon, France.

In 1976, David Byron was fired as lead singer of the hard rock band “Uriah Heep” after a series of internal squabbles. The group disbanded two years later but got together again in 1982.

In 1982, New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist Wingy Manone died in Las Vegas at age 82. He lost his right arm in a streetcar accident at age eight, but despite his handicap was playing on riverboats by age 17.

In 1988, Bryan Adams broke all previous attendance records for concerts in Portugal when he headlined a show before more than 30,000 people in Lisbon. British singer Bonnie Tyler joined him on stage for “Straight From the Heart” and “No Way to Treat a Lady,” two of Tyler’s hits which Adams had written.

In 1989, rivalry between the music groups “Guy” and “New Edition,” who were co-headlining a national tour, erupted into violence in Pittsburgh, leaving one person dead and another seriously injured. Security forces hired by “Guy” squared off in the Pittsburgh Civic Centre against “New Edition’s” entourage. Both sides were armed with baseball bats and microphone stands. Following the battle, “Guy’s” security chief, Anthony Bee, was shot three times in the back as he fled the scene. “New Edition’s” production manager, Ronald Byrd, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

In 1989, the four original “Monkees” — Peter Tork, Davey Jones, Mickey Dolenz and Mike Nesmith — performed their first concert together in 20 years at a “Monkees” convention in Los Angeles. There had been several previous reunions but Nesmith refused to take part.

In 1994, classical pianist Van Cliburn began his first tour in 16 years, performing his signature piece, Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto Number One,” at a concert in San Diego, Calif.

In 1995, “The Rolling Stones” played their first concert in their homeland in five years, opening the British leg of their “Voodoo Lounge Tour” in Sheffield, England. During the tour, the legendary group played before more than six million people in 135 venues around the world. Ticket sales topped $300 million, with more than $430 million in merchandise sales.

In 1995, the “Grateful Dead” played what proved to be their last concert, at Soldier Field in Chicago. The show began with their only top-10 hit, “Touch of Grey,” and ended with an encore of “Black Muddy River” and “Box of Rain.” The band broke up after leader Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack exactly one month later. The surviving members reunited and toured several times. On July 5, 2015, they played their last show, at Soldier’s Field, to mark the band’s 50th anniversary.

In 1999, “Rolling Stone” Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall divorced. They were together for 21 years. The court hearing took 12 minutes.

In 2009, Rudy Toth, a pianist, cimbalom player, composer, conductor and music arranger, died in Lisle, Ont., at age 83. A staple pianist on CBC radio for decades, he accompanied many of the musical stars of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1951, he hosted his own music show. Every Tuesday night in the 1960s he could be heard playing piano on “Chicho Valle y los Cubanos,” a popular Latin American music program.

In 2010, Jack Johnson’s “To the Sea” world tour began its North American leg in Hartford, Conn. One hundred per cent of the profits from the tour went to 150 hand-chosen community groups around the world as part of Johnson’s “All At Once Community” campaign.

In 2010, the song “The Twist” turned 50. Chubby Checker, the man who made the dance popular, celebrated the milestone in his hometown of Philadelphia with a free concert in front of City Hall. About 1,000 people joined in a rendition of the hip-shaking dance.

In 2010, a federal judge drastically trimmed a US$675,000 verdict against Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston University graduate student who was found guilty of illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs online. The fine was reduced to $67,500. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the original penalty and in 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Tenenbaum’s appeal.

In 2011, former “Motorhead” guitarist Wurzel (born Michael Burston) died of heart disease. He was 61. Wurzel was in “Motorhead” from 1984-96 and had been working on new music with his band “Leader of Down” when he died.

In 2013, Jim Foglesong, a record label executive and music producer who helped launch Garth Brooks’ career and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, died at age 90.

In 2014, Canadian Shawn Mendes, just shy of his 16th birthday, became the youngest artist to debut in the top-25 on Billboard’s Hot 100 when “Life of the Party” entered at No. 24.

In 2015, composer Michael Masser died after a long illness. He was 74. In the 1970s, he wrote “Touch Me in the Morning” and “Theme from ‘Mahogany’ (Do You Know Where You’re Going To?)” for Diana Ross. He began collaborating with Whitney Houston in the early 1980s, writing and producing such hits as “The Greatest Love of All,” ”Saving All My Love” and “Didn’t We Almost Have It All.” His other hits included 1983’s “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love,” performed by Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson, as well as Bryson’s “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again.” He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

In 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the Tony Award-winning hip-hop Broadway smash “Hamilton,” made a subdued final bow alongside other departing stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo.

In 2018, Drake scored his eighth consecutive No. 1 album when his 25-track “Scorpion” debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart. In total, he had 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, breaking his 2017 record of 24, and with seven in the Top 10, broke The Beatles’ 1964 record of five.


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