Today in Rock & Roll History: July 14th

1964: “Such a Night” by Elvis Presley was released from his fourth studio album, Elvis Is Back!. Written by Lincoln Chase, the song was first recorded by The Drifters in 1953 and covered by several other acts.

1967: David Bowie released “Love You till Tuesday,” the second single from his self-titled debut album.

1967: Following the release of two albums in Australia and New Zealand, the Bee Gees’ third studio album and first full-length international LP, Bee Gees’ 1st, was released in the UK. It was later issued in the US in August.

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.

1970: “I’ve Lost You” by Elvis Presley was released. The song was written by Alan Blaikley and Ken Howard under the pseudonym “Steve Barlby” for Iain Matthews, who originally recorded it in 1969 for his first solo album.

1970: English band Supertramp released their self-titled debut album. It was not officially released in the US until 1977.

1973: Former Byrds guitarist and vocalist Roger McGuinn released his self-titled debut solo album. Issued after the Byrds’ reunion album that was released three months earlier, recording sessions included all five founding members of the group, as well as 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 Everly 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 the 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 perform the last set by himself. The two did not perform together again until ten years later in September of 1983.

1973: “That Lady” by The Isley Brothers entered the Billboard Hot 100. The group originally recorded and released the song as “Who’s That Lady” nearly a decade earlier in 1964, and recorded a revamped version in 1973 after being inspired by rock acts such as Santana and Jimi Hendrix. It became their first top 10 pop single since “It’s Your Thing” in 1969, reaching #6 on the pop charts and #2 on the Billboard R&B chart.

1976: America released “Amber Cascades,” the second single from their sixth studio album, Hideaway.

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

1977: Billy Preston released his twelfth studio album and last with A&M Records, A Whole New Thing.

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

1978: Talking Heads released More Songs About Buildings and Food, their second studio album and first of three produced by Brian Eno.

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.

1986: Big Country released their third studio album, The Seer. Considered the Scottish band’s most overtly Celtic album, it saw the group return to the Scottish sound established on their debut LP, The Crossing.

1986: Bob Dylan released his twenty-fourth studio album, Knocked Out Loaded.

2014: John Hiatt released the album Terms of My Surrender.

Birthdays Today

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

Lowman “Pete” Pauling, guitarist for The “5” Royals and writer of most of the group’s hits who also wrote or co-wrote hits for James Brown, Ray Charles, and others, was born in Winston-Salem, NC in 1926.

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

Jim Gordon, songwriter, drummer, member of Derek of the Dominos, and session musician for numerous groups including The Byrds, The Everly Brothers, The Monkees, Steely Dan, and Frank Zappa, 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, bass guitarist for Ultravox, was born Christopher Thomas Allen in Tottenham, London, England in 1952.

Bob Casale, Jr., 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.

Matthew Seligman, bassist for The Soft Boys, the Thompson Twins, Thomas Dolby, and Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club, was born in Pentageia, Cyprus in 1955.

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.

Igor Khoroshev, keyboardist and member of Yes from 1997 to 2001, was born in Moscow, Russia in 1965.

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.