Today In Pop Music July 25: Bob Dylan Goes Electric – Literally
1960 – Roy Orbison wrote a song he thought would be great for the Everly Brothers, who turned it down. Next he pitched it to Elvis Presley who also passed. So Roy recorded ‘Only The Lonely’ himself and got the last laugh when it peaked at #2 on this day 53 years ago today.
1969 – Neil Young appeared with Crosby Stills and Nash for the first time when the group played The Filmore East in New York. Neil was first asked to help out with live shows, but ended up joining the group off and on for the next 30+ years.
1995 – Charlie Rich, one of the most versatile performers i ever say, died in his sleep. His musical range spread much further than his two biggest hits ‘Behind closed Doors’ and ‘The Most beautiful Girl In The World’, as he was a master at rock and roll, jazz, and pop music. He was 62 years old.
1965 – After starting off with an acoustic set at The Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan plugged in a Fender electric guitar and, backed by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, tore into a blistering version of ‘Maggie’s Farm’ . After that, all hell broke loose. As you’ll see on the video of that performance half the crowd was booing (folk music purists) and the other half (rock and rollers?) cheering.
1941 – Manny Charlton – guitar – Nazareth (Love Hurts)
1942 – Bruce Woodley – guitar/vocals – The Seekers (I’ll Never Find another You, Georgy Girl)
1943 – Jim McCarty – drums – The Yardbirds (For Your Love, Heart Full Of Soul, Shapes Of Things, Over Under Sideways Down)
1944 – Tom Dawes – bass – The Cyrkle (Red Rubber Ball, Turn Down Day)
1946 – Jose Chepito Areas – percussion – Santana (Evil Ways, Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va, Everybody’s Everything, Smooth)
1951 – Verdine White – bass – Earth Wind and Fire (Shining Star, Sing A Song, September, Boogie wonderland, After The Love Has Gone)