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On July 28, 1978, a movie was released that changed part of the American culture, 40 years ago today, National Lampoon’s Animal House was released to an un-suspecting public. Toga party’s became common place and it seemed everyone was up for a food fight. How many times have you seen it? And, is there one […]

Grand Funk Railroad released their single “We’re an American Band”, from the album of the same name on July 28 (again some sources say July 16) 1973. The song was written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren. It was sung by Brewer rather than Mark Farner, who usually sang lead vocals. According to […]

Happy birthday to Carlos Santana, born on 20th July 1947, Mexican and American rock guitarist. Santana had the 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’, and their 1999 US No.1 single ‘Smooth’ spent eleven weeks at No.1, (also No.1 in the UK). He won eight Grammy Awards for his Supernatural album at the 2000 awards. […]

18th July 1929, Born on this day, American singer, songwriter, musician Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, he was married nine times, fathered over 30 children, spent two years in jail and was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976. He recorded ‘I Put A Spell […]

Happy birthday to Linda Ronstadt, born on 15th July 1946, American singer who had the 1975 US No.1 single ‘You’re No Good’, and the 1989 UK No.2 single with Aaron Neville, ‘Don’t Know Much’ plus over 15 other US Top 40 hits. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of […]

12th July 1979, American singer songwriter Minnie Riperton died of cancer aged 31. The Stevie Wonder produced ‘Loving You’ gave Minnie a US No.1 single in 1975. She worked at Chess records singing backup for various artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. She also sang lead for […]

It became an American institution. One of the great parts of a generation and growing up in the USA. On July 9, 1956, Dick Clark made his debut as host of Bandstand on Philadelphia TV station WFIL. He took over from Bob Horn, who had been charged with driving while intoxicated during a highly-publicized police […]

Happy birthday to Roy Bittan, “The Professor”, born on 2nd July 1949, American keyboardist with Bruce Springsteen E Street Band which he joined on August 23, 1974. He has also worked with David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger. Read it here

29th June 1979, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Lowell George died of a heart attack. The Little Feat front man was found dead at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. George joined Zappa’s Mothers of Invention as rhythm guitarist in 1968, played guitar on John Cale’s 1973 album Paris 1919, Harry Nilsson’s Son […]

Happy birthday to Todd Rundgren, born on 22nd June 1948. American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer . Member of Nazz and Utopia. Had the solo 1972 US No.16 & 1973 UK No.36 single ‘I Saw The Light’. Rundgren engineered / produced many notable albums for other acts, including The Band’s Stage Fright (1970), Badfinger’s […]


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