Daily Dose of Music History (July 13, 2015): On this day in 1985, Status Quo started the ‘Live Aid’ extravaganza, held between Wembley Stadium in London and The JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. The world’s biggest rock stars took part in the worldwide event, raising over $125 million for famine relief in Africa. Media outlets broadcasted to over 1.9 billion people in 160 countries which made it the largest live broadcast ever known. Artists who appeared included Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, The Who, U2, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, Queen, Tina Turner, The Cars, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams, Hall and Oates, Lionel Richie and Led Zeppelin.
Happy Birthday: Roger McGuinn (guitar/vocals, The Byrds), Mark Mendoza (bass, Twisted Sister), and Stephen Jo Bladd (drums, The J Geils Band).