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Today In Pop Music – August 2: A Music Icon Changes His Name

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BORN AUGUST 2:

1937 – Garth Hudson – keyboards (The Band) – Up On Cripple Creek, The Weight, Rag Mama Rag

1939 – Edward Patton (Gladys Knight and the Pips) – Midnight Train To Georgia, I Heard It Through The Grapevine

1941 – Doris Coley (The Shirelles – died 2/5/2000) – Dedicated To The One I Love, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Baby It’s You, Soldier Boy

1951 – Andrew Gold (died 6/3/11) – Lonely Boy, Thank You For Being A Friend

THIS DAY IN:

1968 – The Doors began a two week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with their second #1, ‘Hello I Love You’.  ‘Light My Fire’  was their only other #1 single, spending three weeks there the year before.

1973 – The Mamas and Papas filed a million dollar lawsuit against their record label Dunhill Records for unpaid royalties.

1976 – Elton John and Kiki Dee’s ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ wrapped up a 4 week at #1 on the Billboard singles chart .

1983 – The most famous ‘mostly unknown to the masses’ studio musician James Jamerson, died in Los Angeles at the age of 47.  As one of Motown Records ‘Funk Brothers’ studio group of regular session musicians, he was the uncredited bass layer on most of Motown Records hits of the 60’s and 70’s, including performances on nearly 30 that reached #1.  If you ever heard a song by Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, or Marvin Gaye, odds are that’s James on bass.  James Jamerson – one of pop music’s unsung heros.

2000 – Jerome Smith, the guitarist for KC and the Sunshine Band who provided that sped up smoking guitar intro to ‘Get Down Tonight’, died after being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating.

2004 – Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to ave the historical gentlemen’s outfitters from closure.  The store had been in operation since 1839, and had caught a 16 year old Eric Clapton’s attention with one of their window displays after which Eric became a regular customer.  They are still open today and Corings website features a video with Clapton explaining his love of the company.

1962 – Robert Allen Zimmerman legally changed his name, having signed a music publishing deal with Witmark Music two weeks earlier.  the deal had been engineered by Albert Grossman, who would soon introduce his new singer-songwriter to the world, Bob Dylan.

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