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Trivia 2018 # 29

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Trivia 2018 # 29

~ 1974 - Joey Ramone became the lead vocalist for the Ramones. ~ 1975 - Steve Van Zandt (also known as Little Steven) performed for the first time in concert as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. July 21 ~ 1973 - Jim Croce tops the charts with "Bad Bad Leroy Brown". Released as part of his 1973 album Life and Times, the song was a Number One pop hit for him, spending two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1973. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1973. Croce was nominated for two 1973 Grammy awards in the Pop Male Vocalist and Record of the Year categories for "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". It was his last number-one single before his death on September 20. Professional wrestlers Junkyard Dog and Bad Leroy Brown used ring names inspired by the song. The song inspired Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury ...

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Trivia 2018 # 28

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Trivia 2018 # 28

July 13 ~ 1976 - Punk band Buzzcocks make their live debut supporting The Sex Pistols ~ 1947 - Carlos Santana is born July 14 ~ 1973 - Everly Brothers announce their break up as a duo ~ 1912 - Woody Guthrie is born July 15 ~ 1946 Linda Rnonstadt is born ~ 1973 - Ray Davies announced that he was leaving The Kinks. He returned to the group within the week. July 16 ~ 1966 - Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton form Cream ~ 1996 - Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries accepted an undisclosed settlement after a London newspaper reported that she appeared on stage without panties. July 17 ~ 1954 - The first Newport Jazz Festival was held at the Newport Casino, in Newport, RI. ~ 1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for The Monkees at The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York. July 18 ~ 1953 - Elvis Presley recorded "My Happiness" as a gift ...

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Trivia 2018 # 26

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Trivia 2018 # 26

June 29 ~ 1968 - Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and T.Rex play Hyde Park's (UK) first free rock festival ~ 1957 - Buddy Holly recorded the song "Peggy Sue." June 30 ~ 1975 - Cher and Gregg Allman were married. Cher filed for a divorce nine days later, however they remained married until 1979. Her divorce from Sonny Bono became final five days earlier. ~ 1998 - The Lucinda Williams album "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" was released. (MA note - great album if you like roots/rock) July 1 ~ 1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on "The Steve Allen Show." He was told not to dance and Allen had him sing "Hound Dog" to a real basset hound wearing tails. After the show Elvis was FURIOUS at Steve Allen and swore to never do his show again. In later years, when asked about this appearance, Elvis said “it was the most ridiculous appearance I ever did ...

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Trivia 2018 # 25

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Trivia 2018 # 25

June 22 ~ 1948 - Todd Rundgren was born ~ 1963 - The Surfaries single "Wipe Out" was released ~ 1969 - Blind Faith's first and only LP was released June 23 ~ 1923 - June Carter Cash was born ~ 1970 - Chubby Checker and 3 others were arrested in Niagra Falls after marijuana and unidentified drug capsules were found in Checker's car. June 24 ~ 1944 - Jeff Beck is born ~ 1947 - Mick Fleetwood is born ~ 1975 - Alice Cooper fell off the set of his "Welcome To My Nightmare" tour in Vancouver and broke six ribs. June 25 ~ 1972 - Led Zeppelin play L.A. Forum, recordings released 31 years later on 'How The West Was Won'.  Guitarist Jimmy Page considers Led Zeppelin at this point to have been at their artistic peak, as is mentioned in the album's liner notes. In an interview he gave to The Times newspaper in 2010, when asked which performances from Led Zeppelin's career stand ...

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Trivia 2018 # 24

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Trivia 2018 # 24

June 15 ~ 1976 The Sex Pistols record their first demos at Clapham's Majestic Studios ~ 1937 - Waylon Jennings was born ~ 1941 - Harry Nilsson was born June 16 ~ 1967 - Monterey Pop Festival opens ~ 1971 - Tupac Shakur is born June 17 ~ 1965 - The Kinks arrive in New York for their first U.S. tour ~ 1964 - The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go" was released. It became their first song to get to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.  The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity, and it ...

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Trivia 2018 # 23

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Trivia 2018 # 23

June 8 ~ 1940 - Nancy Sinatra was born ~ 1974 - Rick Wakeman announced he was leaving Yes. Patrick Moraz replaced him on August 18. (MA note - to celebrate of 1 week Anniversary, we went to see Rick Wakeman at Cobo Hall Detroit. Was 2nd concert of my life) June 9 ~ 1915 - Les Paul was born - Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar. Paul taught himself how to play guitar, and while he is mainly known for jazz and popular music, he had an early career in country music. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention. His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and ...

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Trivia 2018 # 22

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Trivia 2018 # 22

June 1 ~ 1983 - Talking Heads released album Speaking in Tongues. Speaking in Tongues is the fifth studio album by the band Talking Heads. Following the band's split with producer Brian Eno and a short hiatus which allowed the individual members to pursue side projects, recording began in 1982. It became the band's commercial breakthrough and produced the band's first (and only) American Top 10 hit, "Burning Down the House", which was accompanied by a promotional video. The album's tour was documented in Jonathan Demme's film Stop Making Sense, which generated a live album of the same name. (The concert film and live album's title comes from the repeated phrase "Stop making sense!" during the song "Girlfriend Is Better".) In addition, the album crossed over to the dance charts where it peaked at number two for six weeks. It is also the group's highest-charting album on the American Billboard ...

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Trivia 2018 # 21

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Trivia 2018 # 21

May 25 ~ 1973 - Mike Oldfield released his "Tubular Bells" LP. The title track would later become the theme for the movie "The Exorcist." ~ 1978 - Keith Moon performed with the Who for the last time. May 26 ~ Lots of birthdays - 1926 Miles Dave, 1948 Stevie Nicks, 1949 Hank Williams Jr. ~ 1973 - Deep Purple's single "Smoke On The Water" was released. ~ 1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996. May 27 ~ 1950 - Frank Sinatra made his TV debut on NBC's "Star-Spangled Review." ~ 1977 - In the U.K., the Sex Pistols single "God Save the Queen" was released. The song was banned on May 31 by the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority. May 28 ~ 1966 - "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge hits # on the Billboard Pop Charts ~ 1944 - Gladys Knight was ...

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Trivia 2018 # 20

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Trivia 2018 # 20

May 18 ~ 1949 - Rick Wakeman was born ~ 2003 - "Les Miserables" closed after 6,680 shows and 16 years on Broadway. May 19 ~ 1958 - The Everly Brothers have a hit with "All I Have To Do Is Dream" ~ 1978 - Dire Straits release their first major label single, "Sultans Of Swing" ~ 1945 - Happy Birthday Pete Townsend ~ 1951 -Jeffrey Ross Hyman - better known as Joey Ramone May 20 ~ The Young Rascals hit # 1 with "Groovin" ~ 1944 - Joe Cocker is born followed 2 years late (1946) by Cher May 21 ~ 1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a ten-day "bed-in" in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. ~ 1972 - Gangsta rapper Notorious B.I.G is born Christopher George Latore Wallace May 22 ~ 1970 - Elvis Presley signed a three-picture deal with MGM. ~ 1959 - Steven Patrick Morrissey, known mononymously as Morrissey was born May 23 ~ 1970 - Grateful Dead play their first gig outside ...

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Trivia 2018 # 19

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Trivia 2018 # 19

May 11 ~ 1974 - Led Zeppelin meet Elvis Presley at the Forum in Los Angeles ~ 1941 - Eric Burdon was born May 12 ~ 1948 - Steve Winwood was born ~ 1963 - Bob Dylan walked out of dress rehearsals for "The Ed Sullivan Show" when CBS censors told him he could not perform "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues." May 13 - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Birthdays - 1941 Ritchie Valens, 1950 Stevie Wonder, 1966 Darius Rucker ~ 1970 - The Beatles film "Let it Be" premiered in New York. May 14 ~ 1952 - David Bryne (formerly of The Talking Heads) was born ~ 1982 - The Clash released the album "Combat Rock." May 15 ~ 1995 - Supergrass release their debut album, 'I Should Coco' ~ 1953 - Mike Oldfield (of Tubular Bells fame) was born May 16 ~ 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young score a #1 with 'Deja Vu' ~ 2010 - Ronnie James Dio passes away May 17 ~ 1949 - ...

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