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4 July 1974, Despite the fact that they have the No.4 song in the US with ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ and a current Platinum album with Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagan play their final gig together in Santa Monica, California. They would not tour again for the next eighteen years. […]

4 July 1958, The Everly Brothers held the UK No.1 position with ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream.’ The Duo’s first No.1 single was recorded in just two takes and features Chet Atkins on guitar. The song was written by the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. https://youtu.be/lTYe9eDqxe8

4 July 1938, born on this day, Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter who had the 1972 US No.1 single ‘Lean On Me’, 1988 UK No.4 single ‘Lovely Day’, which was first released in 1978. Toward the end of the song, Withers holds a note for 18 seconds. This is believed to be the second-longest note in […]

Band’s 1979 single has found new life in 2022: Kiss Remake Is Now a Dance Club Hit Read the article at Ultimate Classic Rock: https://www.facebook.com/107710719302307/posts/7755275864545716

3 July 1967, The Doors ‘Light My Fire’ was released in the US, where it went on to be No.1 on the singles chart two months later. When The Doors were booked to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show they were asked to change the line “girl, we couldn’t get much higher”, as the sponsors […]

3 June 1983, US session drummer Jim Gordon, murdered his mother by pounding her head with a hammer. A diagnosed schizophrenic, it was not until his trial in 1984 that he was properly diagnosed. Due to the fact that his attorney was unable to use the insanity defense, Gordon was sentenced to sixteen years-to-life in […]

Elvis Costello once described ‘Imperial Bedroom’ as his “most optimistic album to date”: When Elvis Costello Looked Inward on ‘Imperial Bedroom’ Read the article at Ultimate Classic Rock: https://www.facebook.com/107710719302307/posts/7749383895134913

3 July 1967, Aretha Franklin went to No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Otis Redding hit ‘Respect’. A No.10 hit on the UK chart. Aretha scored her first UK No.1 20 years later with a duet with George Michael ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’. https://youtu.be/6FOUqQt3Kg0 Aretha Franklin – Respect [1967] […]

Happy 84th birthday to English musician Ian Hunter, born 3rd July 1939, vocals, guitar with Mott The Hoople, who had the 1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single ‘All The Young Dudes’ which was written for them by David Bowie. Other hits include, ‘All the Way from Memphis’ and ‘Roll Away the Stone’. As a […]

Ronnie James Dio‘s platinum-selling ‘Last in Line’ arrived on this date in 1984: How Dio Created the Metal Masterpiece ‘The Last in Line’ Read the article at Ultimate Classic Rock: https://www.facebook.com/107710719302307/posts/7743994819007154


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