July 25th: On this Day In Music History
|1969, Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time when played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years.|
|1969, The Doors appeared at Cow Palace, San Francisco, California.|
|1970, The Carpenters started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '(They Long To Be) Close To You'. The first of three US No.1's and 17 other Top 40 hits. The song was written in 1963 by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and was first offered to Herb Alpert, who said he didn't feel comfortable singing the line 'so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair'.|
|1971, T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Get It On', the group's second UK No.1 which spent four weeks at the top of the charts. In the US it was retitled Bang A Gong, (Get It On). Power Station had a UK & US hit with their version of the song in 1985.|
1981, Air Supply went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The One That I Love', the group's only US No.1 and the first Australian band to top the US singles chart.
1987, Madonna had her fifth UK No.1 single with the title track from her 1987 film 'Who's That Girl'. Also a US No.1 hit.
|1987, Terence Trent D'arby went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Introducing The Hardline According to Terence Trent D'arby'.|
|1988, R.E.M. started recording sessions for their Green album at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee.|
|1992, Bruce Springsteen became a father when Patti Sciafa gave birth to a baby boy, Evan James.|
1992, Neil Diamond started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his 'Greatest Hits 1966-1992.'
1995, R.E.M. with special guests Oasis appeared at The Alfred McAlpine stadium, Huddersfield, England.
1984, Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton died at the age of 58 died in Los Angeles of heart and liver complications. She had a No.1 R&B hit in 1953 with 'Hound Dog' (later covered by Elvis Presley). She also wrote and recorded 'Ball 'n' Chain,' which Janis Joplin recorded.
1995, Grammy Award winning country singer, songwriter Charlie Rich died in his sleep aged 62 years old. Rich began as a Rockabilly artist for Sun Records in Memphis in 1958. He scored the 1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'The Most Beautiful Girl' and 'Behind Closed Doors', was a No.1 country hit.
2003, Erik Braunn from American psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, died of cardiac failure at the age of 52. Braunn was just 16 years old when he joined Iron Butterfly who had the 1968 US No.14 single 'In-A- Gadda-Da-Vida'.