Today in Rock & Roll History: July 12th

1957: Elvis Presley had his first #1 in the UK with “All Shook Up,” which started a 7-week run at the top of the singles chart.

1958: At Phillips’ Sound Recording Services in Liverpool, England, The Quarrymen, featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John “Duff” Lowe on piano, and Colin Hanton on drums, recorded the Buddy Holly tune “That’ll Be The Day” as well as “In Spite Of All the Danger,” one of the group’s first original songs, written by McCartney and Harrison.

1962: The original Rolling Stones lineup played their first gig at London’s Marquee Jazz Club. Vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones were joined by bass player Dick Taylor, pianist Ian Stewart, and drummer Mick Avory, who later joined the Kinks. Their material included Chicago Blues as well as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley songs. Bassist Bill Wyman joined the following December and drummer Charlie Watts was added to the group the following January.

1965: “California Girls” by The Beach Boys was released, the second single from their ninth studio album, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). The song reached #3 on the Billboard chart by late August (28), and was their ninth US top 10 hit.

1965: The Beach Boys began work on “Sloop John B,” at United Western Recorders in Hollywood. The second single released from the group’s next LP, Pet Sounds, it later peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart.

1969: Filming began for the 1970 film depicting the story of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, with Mick Jagger starring in his first feature film as the titular role. Accidents and illness impeded the ten weeks of filming, and the final production was received poorly by audiences. Both director Tony Richardson and Jagger effectively disowned the project and did not attend the London premiere.

1969: After entering the Billboard Hot 100 just three weeks earlier, “In The Year 2525” by Zager and Evans started a six week run at #1. Later that summer, the song spent three weeks at the top of the UK singles chart. They remain the only artist ever to have a #1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic and never have another single chart on Billboard or in the UK ever again.

1969: After a brief tour in Scandinavia, Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech, began a US tour with their American debut at Madison Square Garden to an audience of over 20,000. The band toured for seven more weeks in the US, finishing in Hawaii in late August. With only a few new songs in the new band’s catalog, they were forced to play older Cream and Traffic songs, much to the delight of audiences, but not Clapton. Opening acts on the tour included Free, Taste, and Delaney and Bonnie.

1970: Janis Joplin debuted her new group, the Full Tilt Boogie Band, at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY.

1971: The second live album from the Woodstock Festival, Woodstock 2 was released. The double LP set contains additional material from many of the performers featured on the first Woodstock album with additional performances from Mountain and Melanie.

1980: “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” by Billy Joel hit #1 on the US Cash Box chart and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 a week later. It was Joel’s third song to enter US top ten and his first #1 single on the pop charts.

1988: Brian Wilson released his self-titled solo debut album. Nicknamed “Pet Sounds ‘88” by British music journal New Musical Express, it received high praise from critics. It was the first album written and produced by Wilson’s since The Beach Boys Love You in 1977, and saw Wilson work with several collaborators, including his then-therapist Eugene Landy. According to the album’s co-producers, Landy was very manipulative and controlling of both Wilson and the project itself, changing lyrics, arrangements, interrupting sessions, and confiscating tapes, leading to contentious recording sessions.

Birthdays Today

Steve Young, pioneering country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and a vital force behind the “outlaw country” movement, was born in Newnan, GA in 1942.

Christine McVie, singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and member of Fleetwood Mac, was born Christine Anne Perfect in Bouth, Lancashire, England in 1943.

Walter Egan, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, was born in Queens, NY in 1948.

Philip Taylor Kramer, Iron Butterfly bassist, was born in Youngstown, OH in 1952.