On This Day In Rock History: July 23

This is another installment of the blog’s feature that looks at events throughout rock history I find interesting

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Let’s take a look at what happened on July 23 in rock history:

1964: The Beatles hit no. 1 in the U.K. with A Hard Day’s Night, the band’s fifth top single there after From Me to You, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Can’t Buy Me Love. Written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon-McCartney, A Hard Day’s Night was first released in the U.S. on June 26 1964 as part of the soundtrack album of the film. In the U.K. it was paired with Things We Said Today. The B-side to the American version of the single was I Should Have Known Better. Both B-sides were also included on the album. The song’s title originated from a statement Ringo Starr had made, which in turn inspired the title of the movie. Its signature opening chord makes A Hard Day’s Night one of the few immediately recognizable rock songs. Paul McCartney uses it to open his current One on One show – the first time he is playing it as a solo artist!

1969: The Rolling Stones’ Honky Tonk Women reaches the top spot on the U.K. singles charts, the band’s eighth and last no. 1 single there. The song, which was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during a vacation in Brazil, also hit no. 1 in the U.S. The B-side was You Can’t Always Get What You Want. In addition to the hit version, the Stones also recorded an alternate version called Country Honk, which was included in their 1969 album Let It Bleed. In my opinion, Honky Tonk Women remains one of the Stones’ best numbers to date.

1983: The Police hit no. 1 on the U.S. album chart with Synchronicity, their fifth and final studio album. It became the band’s most popular release and featured Every Breath You Take, written by Sting, and the biggest hit of 1983. Other singles included King of Pain, Synchronicity II and Wrapped Around Your FingerSynchronicity also topped the U.K. Albums Chart. At the 1984 Grammys, the album scored three awards: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the album and two for Every Breath You Take (Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year). Synchronicity was also nominated for Album of the Year, which was won by Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

1989: Ringo Starr performs for the first time with his All-Starr Band in Dallas, TX, kicking off his first tour since the break-up of The Beatles in 1970. The concept of this live rock supergroup was developed by David Fishof, the founder of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, and a music and TV producer.The first All-Starr line-up included Joe Walsh (guitar, piano, talkbox, piano), Nils Lofgren (guitar, accordion, vocals), Dr. John (piano, bass, vocals), Billy Preston (keyboards, vocals), Rick Danko (bass, guitar, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, harmonica, vocals), Clarence Clemons (saxophone, tambourine, percussion, vocals) and Jim Keltner (drums). Over the years, the band has seen many variations, and Ringo continues to perform with them. They just finished their 2016 tour in Los Angeles on July 2, and more dates are expected to be announced for later this year. The present 12th line-up features Steve Lukather (vocals, guitar), Gregg Rolie (organ, keyboards, vocals), Todd Rundgren (guitar, harmonica, bass, percussion, keyboards, vocals), Richard Page (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals), Gregg Bissonette (drums, percussion, vocals), Mark Rivera (saxophone, percussion, keyboards, guitar, vocals) and Warren Ham (vocals, saxophone, harmonica, flute, percussion, keyboards).

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