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July 27 in music history

Bobbie Gentry is 70 Happy Birthday (read more)

Roberta Lee Streeter (born July 27, 1944), professionally known as Bobbie Gentry, is an American former singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Her songs typically drew on her Mississippi roots to compose vignettes of the Southern United States.

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July 27: Bob Dylan: North Country Blues, Newport, Rhode Island 1963 (read more)

On July 26, 1965, Johnny Cash performed at Newport with this great band:


  • Johnny Cash (v, acg)
  • Luther Perkins (eg)
  • Marshall Grant (b)
  • WS Holland (d)


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Leon Russell Wilkeson (2 April 1952 – 27 July 2001)

Bassist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 until his death in 2001

With its outlaw/party-hearty image, tough southern rock, and solid touring, Skynyrd quickly became one of the top bands of the 1970s, scoring such hit albums as 1974’s Second Helping, 1975’s Nuthin’ Fancy, 1976’s Gimme Back My Bullets and One More from the Road, plus 1977’s Street Survivors—and such hit singles as “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” It was also during this classic era that Wilkeson picked up the gimmick of wearing colorful hats onstage, garnering the nickname “Mad Hatter.”

Conway Savage (born 27 July 1960) is an Australian rock musician best known as pianist/organist/backing vocalist for Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.Savage joined the group in 1990 for their The Good Son tour of that year, and has since appeared on albums such as Henry’s DreamLet Love InMurder BalladsThe Boatman’s CallNo More Shall We Part and Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. One of his more noticeable performances is on the song “The Willow Garden”, a b-side of “Where the Wild Roses Grow”, where in a rare occasion for the Bad Seeds, Conway does lead vocals. conway_savage_pola
New York Dolls is the debut studio album by the New York Dolls, released on July 27, 1973, by Mercury Records. The band formed in 1971 and developed a following while playing regularly in lower Manhattan. However, they were unappealing to record companies because of their onstage cross-dressing and vulgarity, while most record producers were reluctant to work with them. For shock value, the band was photographed in exaggerated drag on the album cover. NewYorkDollsNewYorkDolls

Spotify Playlist – July 27

July 13 in music history

Roger McGuinn is 72 – Happy Birthday! (read more)

James Roger McGuinn (born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, 1942) known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist on many of The Byrds‘ records. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with The Byrds.

Also check out: Roger McGuinn plays Bob Dylan

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Arthur Kane (February 3, 1949 – July 13, 2004) was a musician best known as the bass guitarist for the pioneering glam rock band the New York Dolls. He stated in the 2005 documentary film New York Doll that his nickname, Arthur “Killer” Kane, was inspired by the first article written about the Dolls in which the journalist described Kane’s “killer bass” playing. He also suggested that it was inspired by the adversary of (the 1930′s science fiction hero) Buck Rogers, a villainous character named Killer Kane. In addition to his bass playing, Kane was known for his subculture fashion sense and for uttering original aphorisms in a his uniquely-toned voice. Arthur_Kane
Live Aid was a dual-venue concert held on 13 July 1985.

The event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium inLondon, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people). On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as Australia and Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast


Bruce Springsteen played a great concert at The Bottom Line, New York, NY, USA, July 13, 1974.


from Brucebase:
Two shows, 8:30pm and 11:30pm, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining. As noted on the pre-concert advertising material, singer-songwriter Jeffrey Comanor opened for Springsteen, performing a short set. Recollections differ however, and he may not have appeared at all six shows of the three day stand. The above-listed 12-song setlist is believed to encompass a complete performance and is taken from an audience recording of reasonable quality. This audio can be found in its entirety on the CD ‘No Money Down’ (Winged Wheel) and is likely to be from the second show, although this hasn’t been verified. This audience tape also circulates as ‘Watch The World Explode’ (Kivak Master Series). This is a transfer from the master cassettes. This show includes what are currently the earliest circulating live renditions of opener “Then She Kissed Me”, “Born To Run” (note the work-in-progress lyrics) and Chuck Berry’s “No Money Down”.

Photo by Peter Cunningham
Photo by Peter Cunningham

Spotify Playlist – July 13: