Today in Rock & Roll History: July 1st

1956: Elvis Presley appeared on The Steve Allen Show with a performance at the Hudson Theater. Looking to avoid the controversy stirred up over his hip swiveling on The Milton Berle Show, Presley was instructed not to dance. Instead, he sang “Hound Dog” to a basset hound on a pedestal wearing a top hat.

1963: The Beatles taped “She Loves You” and it’s B-side “I’ll Get You” at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London. The single was released six weeks later and became the group’s second #1 record in Britain.

1966: “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan was released by Epic Records in the US. The single was the first product from a highly successful three-year collaboration between Donovan and producer Mickie Most, and is generally considered to be one of the first examples of the musical genre that came to be known as psychedelia. In early September, the song became his first #1 single when it topped the US charts.

1967: The Association started four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with their second #1 single, “Windy.”

1967: The Beatles began fifteen straight weeks at the top of the Billboard pop chart with their eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

1968: The Band released their debut studio album, Music from Big Pink. Recorded in New York and Los Angeles, the album had been composed in “Big Pink,” a house shared by band members Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson in West Saugerties, New York. The album followed the group’s backing of Bob Dylan during his 1966 tour (while they were known as The Hawks) and their time spent with Dylan in upstate New York recording material at Dylan’s home and Big Pink that was later released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes.

1968: “People Got to Be Free” by The Rascal was released. It became the group’s third and final #1 single in the US.

1970: Traffic released their fourth studio album and first after a brief disbandment, John Barleycorn Must Die. It became the group’s highest charting album in the US, reaching #5 on the Billboard pop chart.

1970: Otis Redding’s fourth posthumous studio album, Tell the Truth, featuring songs recording in 1967, was released by Atco Records.

1972: Jim Croce’s debut single, “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it later peaked at #8 in September.

1972: The Doobie Brothers released their second studio album, Toulouse Street. It became the band’s breakthrough release, reaching #21 on the Billboard pop chart. The LP also was their first album with new bassist Tiran Porter and second drummer Michael Hossack to augment existing drummer John Hartman.

1972: Billy Preston was at the top of the Billboard R&B chart with his first #1 single, “Outa-Space.”

1973: Jim Croce released his fourth studio album, Life and Times.

1975: David Bowie began filming in northern New Mexico for his first starring film role in The Man Who Fell to Earth. Bowie had originally been approached to provide the music for the film, but contractual issues during production caused him to withdraw from that aspect of the project. Instead, music was coordinated by former leader of the Mamas and Papas John Phillips, with additional contributions from Japanese composer Stomu Yamash’ta and former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. Contractual disputes prevented the soundtrack from ever being released, until in 2016, when the discovery of master tapes lead to its release on the 40th anniversary of the film’s premiere.

1978: Carly Simon’s seventh studio album “Boys in the Trees” peaked at #10 on the BB album chart. It was Simon’s last top 10 LP until Moonlight Serenade in 2005.

1985: Kinks leader and primary songwriter Ray Davies released his debut solo album and soundtrack to the musical film Return to Waterloo, which was also written and directed by Davies. All of The Kinks appear on the album except for Dave Davies, who, according to Ray, refused to perform on the album.

1997: Blues Traveler released their fifth album, Straight On Till Morning.

Birthdays Today

Willie Dixon, influential blues singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and record producer, was born in Vicksburg, MS in 1915

Bobby Day, rock and R&B singer, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and songwriter best known for his 1958 hit record “Rockin’ Robin,” was born in Fort Worth, TX in 1930

James Cotton, blues harmonica player, singer, and songwriter who played with many of the blues greats and with his own band, was born in Tunica, MS in 1935

Delaney Bramlett, singer, songwriter, musician, and producer best known for his partnership with wife Bonnie Bramlett as Delaney & Bonnie, was born in Pontotoc, MS in 1939

Deborah Harry, songwriter, actress, lead singer for Blondie, and a solo artist, was born Angela Tremble in Miami, FL in 1945

Marc Benno, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and member of the duo Asylum Choir with Leon Russell before launching a solo career who also worked with the Doors, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Clarence White, and Rita Coolidge, was born in Dallas, TX in 1947

John Ford, bassist for Strawbs, was born in Fulham, London, England in 1948

Fred Schneider, singer, songwriter, arranger, and founding member of the B-52s, was born Frederick William Schneider III in Newark, NJ in 1951

Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, pop, funk and jazz drummer, composer, producer, and session musician for Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Santana, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and many others, was born in Shreveport, LA in 1952

Dan Aykroyd, actor, comedian, and Elwood Blues of the Blues Brothers, was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1952