Friday, July 7, 2017


In Music History

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2016In a small ceremony at Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England, Ciara marries Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.
2009Guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker announce they are leaving Panic At The Disco. That leaves vocalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith to continue the band.
2003Skip Battin (bassist for The Byrds, NRPS, Flying Burrito Brothers) dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 69.
1985Phil Collins' "Sussudio" - a song about a girl with a funny name - hits #1. It holds the position for one week.
1979Van McCoy, known for the 1975 disco hit "The Hustle," dies of a heart attack at age 39.
1973Queen releases "Keep Yourself Alive."
1967Pink Floyd appear on the British TV show Top Of The Pops for the first time, performing "See Emily Play."
1966Mike D'abo replaces Paul Jones as lead singer of Manfred Mann.
1966Elvis Presley's Paradise Hawaiian Stylemovie opens nationwide.
1965Marty Balin starts recruiting members for the band that will become Jefferson Airplane.
1965Jackie Wilson releases "Higher And Higher."
1964The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Nightdebuts in London.
1963Guitarist Tim Bricheno (of The Sisters Of Mercy) is born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England.
1959John Keeble (drummer for Spandau Ballet) is born in Hampstead, London, England.
1953Nanci Griffith is born in Seguin, Texas.
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Ziggy Stardust Is Televised

David Bowie performs "Starman" on Top Of The Pops, causing an uproar among the conservative British audience by singing with his arm coquettishly draped around the shoulder of guitarist Mick Ronson – a move that makes him as a household name overnight.
Bowie had appeared on the popular music show before, doing "Space Oddity" in 1969 and playing piano on Peter Noone's performance of a song Bowie wrote, "Oh! You Pretty Things," in 1971. But this time is different. Bowie had spent lots of time curating his Ziggy Stardust character, who makes quite a fashion statement with an array of colorful patterns set against Bowie's pale complexion.

In June, Ziggy is ready to go and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars is released. His TOTP performance is for most the first look at the character, and it leaves an impression. When Bowie sings, "I had to phone someone so I picked on you," he looks right at the camera and points. A rock star move if there ever was one.

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