Daily Dose of Music History – July 1, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (July 1, 2015): On this day in 2005, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer Luther Vandross died at the age of 54 at the JFK Medical Center in New Jersey, two years after suffering a major stroke. His ‘Never Too Much’, was a No.1 R&B hit. He worked with Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey and David Bowie. Vandross won four Grammys for his final album ‘Dance With My Father.’

Happy Birthday: Fred Schneider (vocals, The B-52’s), Dan Aykroyd, Missy Elliott, Deborah Harry, and Willie Dixon.

Daily Dose of Music History – June 30, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 30, 2015): On this day in 2001, American guitarist and producer Chet Atkins died in Nashville at 77. He recorded over 100 albums during his career and produced records for Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves and Waylon Jennings. Chet Atkins is credited as being a a major influence on George Harrison and Mark Knopfler.

Happy Birthday: Florence Ballard (The Supremes), Stanley Clarke, Doug Sampson (drummer, Iron Maiden), and Fantasia Barrino.

Daily Dose of Music History – June 29, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 29, 2015): On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his Born in the USA Tour with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles.

Happy Birthday:  Ian Paice (drummer, Deep Purple), Colin Hay (Men At Work), and Tim McCord (bass, Evanescence),

Daily Dose of Music History – June 26, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 26, 2015) On this day in 1977, Elvis Presley made his last ever live stage appearance when he appeared at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Presley would die less than two months later. The last two songs he performed were ‘Hurt’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ Before the show Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the two billionth record to come out of RCA’s pressing plant.

Happy Birthday:  Colonel Tom Parker (Elvis Presley’s manager), Mick Jones (guitar, vocals, The Clash), Chris Isaak, Colin Greenwood (bass, Radiohead), and Gretchen Wilson.

Daily Dose of Music History – June 25, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 25, 2015)  On this day in 2009: Michael Jackson died at the age of 50, after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964.  Jackson is credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool.  Four of his solo albums are among the world’s best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995), while his 1982 Thriller is the world’s best-selling record of all time with sales of over 50 million.

Happy Birthday:  Carly Simon, David Paich (vocals, keyboards, Toto), George Michael, and Mike Kroeger (bass, Nickelback).

Daily Dose of Music History – June 24, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 24, 2015): On this day in 2004: A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed ‘Blackie’ sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500.00 in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998.

Happy Birthday: Jeff Beck, Mick Fleetwood, John Illsley (bass, Dire Straits), Jeff Cease (guitar, The Black Crowes), and Curt Smith (Vocals, bass, Tears For Fears).

Daily Dose of Music History – June 22, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 22, 2015): On this day in 1969, American singer, actress, Judy Garland passed away at age 47. She made more than two dozen films, played Dorothy in the 1939 film ‘Wizard Of Oz’, and sang ‘Over The Rainbow’ in the film, (voted the ‘Song Of The Century’ in a 2001 poll published in America). In 1961, her comeback album ‘Judy At Carnegie Hall’ reached #1 on the US album charts.

Happy Birthday: Kris Kristofferson, Alan Osmond, Cyndi Lauper, and Gary Beers (bass, INXS).

Daily Dose of Music History – June 19, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 19, 2015): On this day in 2014, Gerry Goffin, who penned chart-topping songs with his then-wife Carole King died at the age of 75 in Los Angeles. He wrote dozens of hits over two decades, including ‘The Loco-Motion’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’. After their divorce in 1968, Goffin continued writing songs, including a hit for Whitney Houston, ‘Saving All My Love for You’ in 1985.

Happy Birthday: Al Wilson, Ann Wilson, Mark Debarge, Paula Abdul, Simon Wright (drummer, AC/DC and Dio), and Brian Welch (guitar, Korn).

Daily Dose of Music History – June 18, 2015

Daily Dose of Music History (June 18, 2015): On this day in 1977: Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dreams’, the group’s first and only US No.1. Stevie Nicks has stated she wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in about 10 minutes.

Happy Birthday: Paul McCartney, Carl Radle (bass, Derek and the Dominoes), Dizzy Reed (keyboards, Guns N’ Roses), and Blake Shelton.