Our first On This Day in Music for the month! Let's take a look at the big doings for July 1st.
We'll start on July 1st, 2009 on the charts and on the internet. It was today that we found out that Michael Jackson, a week after his death, was back on the Billboard Charts. He sold 422,000 records in that one week and got the first 9 spots in the Top 10. That is unheard of! Plus, 58% of those sales were digital with 2.6 million tracks sold! He became the first musician to sell a million tracks in one week (and will probably be at the top of that list for most sales forever).
Chris Cornell paid tribute to The King of Pop with this dark rendition of "Billie Jean" that he played live at MSN.
Let's go to July 1st, 1997, the day Radiohead released Ok Computer here in the US. It didn't get to number 1 here like it did in the UK, but we got some solid singles from it. Let's watch them playing one of those, "Paranoid Android", from May of 1997 on Later With Jools Holland!
We're always excited when new bands come on the music scene, and on July 1st, 1983, Mercury Records signed a new four piece to their stable. They made a good move on that decision, as the band was Bon Jovi! Less than a year later they put out their first album, Bon Jovi, and that record gave us "Runaway" as the debut single.
Here the boys are doing it in 1985 in Tokyo!
I'm not sure what's better, the bad video effects or the hair. Viva Bon Jovi!
Let's discuss today's musical birthdays!
First up is Ms. Deborah Harry, aka Blondie! She was born on July 1st in 1945 and has changed her sound to adapt to the times on many occasions, with rock and disco and anything else she wanted. Blondie, without question, is a musical pioneer.
She was on American Bandstand in 1979 doing "One Way Or Another"!
Another birthday to discuss was July 1st, 1951, with the birth of Fred Schneider of The B-52's! They were WAY ahead of their time and have made so many good songs. "Rock Lobster" is from the Rockpop Festival Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany in 1983!
One more to do for July 1st and this one happened in 1963 with Roddy Buttom. Roddy is one of the founding members of Faith No More and continues to play keyboard with the band!
From the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, "Epic"!
Thanks for hanging with us on July 1st! And happy Canada Day to all of our friends above us. Maybe we should have a special Canada Day song.
10 bucks is 10 bucks...Eh!