Category: Music

Presty the DJ for July 9

Today in 1955, “Rock Around the Clock” was played around the clock because it hit number one:

One year later, Dick Clark made his first appearance on ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand”:

Today in 1972, Paul McCartney and Wings began their first tour of France:

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Presty the DJ for July 8

To be indicted for drug trafficking is not generally considered to be a good career move, but that’s what happened to Jonathan “Chico” and Robert DeBarge today in 1988:

Birthdays begin with Jaimoe “Johnny” Johanson, drummer for the Allman Brothers:

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Presty the DJ for July 6

Can one wish a happy birthday to an entire band? If so, I volunteer to wish Jefferson Airplane a happy birthday:

Or perhaps you’d like to celebrate Bill Haley’s birthday around the clock:

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Gene Chandler:

Who is Terrence “Jet” Harris? He is credited with popularizing the bass guitar in Britain and helping give Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones (who ended up in Led Zeppelin) their starts:

Rik Elswit of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show:

Madison native John Jorgenson of the Desert Rose Band:

Michael Grant of Musical Youth, which asks you to …

Presty the DJ for July 4

This seems appropriate to begin Independence Day …

… as is this, whether or not Independence Day is on a Saturday:

This being Independence Day, you wouldn’t think there would be many music anniversaries today. There is a broadcasting anniversary, though: WOWO radio in Fort Wayne, Ind., celebrated the nation’s 153rd birthday by burning its transmitter to the ground.

Independence Day 1970 was not a holiday for Casey Kasem, who premiered “America’s Top 40,” though it likely was on tape instead of live:

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Presty the DJ for July 3

An interesting anniversary considering what tomorrow is: Today in 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Federal Communications Commission ruling punishing WBAI radio in New York City for broadcasting George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words. (If you click on the link, remember, you’ve been warned.)

Birthdays begin with Fontella Bass:

Damon Harris of the Temptations:

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