THIS WEEK IN ROCK
July 21, 2019
Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…
#OnThisDay July 15, 1978
Promoting his 18th studio album, ‘Street-Legal’, Bob Dylan plays to an estimated 200,000 people when he plays Blackbushe Aerodome in Surrey. Guests include Eric Clapton and Joan Armatrading.
#OnThisDay July 16, 1993
Hot off the release of their second album, ‘Gold Against The Soul’, Manic Street Preachers play the inaugural Phoenix Festival at the Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon. How many of you made it there?
#OnThisDay July 17, 1949
And it’s a Happy 70th Birthday to Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler. Did you know that in addition to holding down the bottom end for the metal pioneers, he also wrote most of the lyrics in their early days? ‘War Pigs’ must rate among his best – enjoy it in all its righteous glory here!
#OnThisDay July 18, 1980
It’s a double whammy from Billy Joel as the celebrated singer-songwriter tops both the US album and singles charts. ‘Glass Houses’ sits atop the former while ‘It’s Still Rock’n’Roll To Me’ takes the latter.
#OnThisDay July 19, 1975
Tartan teen sensations The Bay City Rollers score their second and final UK No. 1 single, ‘Give A Little Love’.
#OnThisDay July 20, 1954
The Blue Moon Boys – that’ll be singer Elvis Presley, guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black – make their live debut performing on the back of flatbed truck outside the grand opening of new drug store in Memphis, TN.
#OnThisDay July 21, 1974
One of the most successful singles of the ‘Philly Soul’ era and written by the powerhouse duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, The Three Degrees’ ‘When Will I See You Again’ enters the UK Top Ten at No. 7. It eventually peaks at No. 1.