Today in Music History: July 14
From love songs to sad songs, the truly memorable song to an occasional bad song, gatherings of mass proportion to break-ups of heartache, all are a part of the life of music. Such are the events through the decades on this day in music history...
1962 Bobby Vinton started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Roses Are Red, My Love', a No.15 hit in the UK.
1964 The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's All Over Now', the group's first of 8 UK No.1's. Written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack, it was first released by The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack in the same year.
1973 The Everly Brothers managed to hold it together during their first 20 years, but things came to a head when Don showed up drunk to a concert at the John Wayne Theatre in Hollywood, California in 1973. He kept screwing up the lyrics until Phil smashed a guitar over his head and stormed off stage. Don finished the set by himself and announced that The Everly Brothers had split. The Everly Brothers came back for a reunion concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on September 23, 1983 after a decade of not speaking to each other.
1979 Donna Summer scored her third No.1 US single with 'Bad Girls' the album of the same name also started a five week run at No.1. The inspiration for her to write the song came after one of her assistants was offended by a police officer who thought she was a street prostitute.
1986 Madonna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her second No.1 'Papa Don't Preach'. Madonna also had the UK No.1 album with 'True Blue'.
1988 Michael Jackson gave himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for setting a new attendance record, when he played the first of seven nights at Wembley Stadium in London. The shows on his Bad World Tour were attended by a total of 504,000 fans beating the record previously held by Genesis, with four sold out nights.
1989 At the Peach Festival, South Carolina, 432 guitarists broke the world record for the most guitar players appearing in unison for the longest period of time, when they performed 'Louie Louie' for 30 minutes.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...