Today in Rock & Roll History: July 14th

1969: At the Mississippi River Festival in the small college town of Edwardsville, Missouri, the day’s headlining act, The Band, was joined by surprise guest Bob Dylan, who played three songs with the group. It was Dylan’s first public appearance since January of 1968, when he appeared at a Woody Guthrie memorial concert at Carnegie Hall.

1973: Former Byrds guitarist Roger McGuinn released his self-titled debut solo album. Issued after the Byrds’ reunion album released three months earlier, recording sessions included all five founding members of the group, as well additional contributions from Bob Dylan, Bruce Johnston, Buddy Emmons, Spooner Oldham, Jim Gordon, and Hal Blaine.

1973: Following onstage bickering at Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park near Los Angeles, the Everly Brothers called it quits for the first time. Four or five days before the concert, Don had told entertainment director Bill Hollingshead that it would be the last show the Everly Brothers would ever do, and he’d also told a reporter that he was tired of being an Everly Brother. Hollingshead ended up stopping the show early, due to what he considered a poor performance by Don, who had been drinking with band beforehand. Phil walked offstage and shattered his guitar, saying that he’d never get on stage with his brother again, and left Don to sober up and perform the last set by himself. The two did not perform together again until ten years later in September of 1983.

1977: Elvis Costello and The Attractions made their live debut supporting Wayne County at The Garden in Penzance, Cornwall, England.

1978: The title track from the Who’s eighth studio album, Who Are You, was released in the UK, with its US release following in early August.

1982: After being screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Pink Floyd’s film The Wall, directed by Alan Parker and with animated segments by Gerald Scarfe, had its official premiere at the Empire Theatre in London’s Leicester Square.

Birthdays Today

Woody Guthrie, singer-songwriter and American folk icon, was born Woodrow Wilson Guthrie in Okemah, OK in 1912.

Vince Taylor, rock singer and frontman of Vince Taylor and His Playboys, was born Brian Maurice Holden in Isleworth, Middlesex, England in 1939.

Jim Gordon, songwriter, session drummer for numerous artists, and member of Derek of the Dominos, was born in the United States in 1945.

Andy Newmark, session drummer and member of Sly & The Family Stone, who also played with David Bowie, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, Ronnie Wood, George Harrison, Carly Simon, and many others, was born in Port Chester, NY in 1950.

Chris Cross, Ultravox bass guitarist, was born Christopher Thomas Allen in Tottenham, London, England in 1952.

Bob Casale, multi-instrumentalist, composer, record producer, audio engineer, and keyboardist and rhythm guitarist for Devo, was born Robert Edward Pizzute, Jr. in Kent, OH in 1952.

Kyle Gass, vocalist, musician, and actor, best known as a member of Tenacious D. and his own group, the Kyle Gass Band, was born in Walnut Creek, CA in 1960.)

Tanya Donelly, singer-songwriter, guitarist, solo artist, and co-founder of Throwing Muses, The Breeders, and Belly, was born in Newport, RI in 1966.

Ellen Reid, keyboardist and vocalist for Crash Test Dummies, was born in Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada in 1966.