This Week in Music History | July 13 – 19

Clapton created Cream, Elton John was at #1, Lollapalooza, Live Aid, and the “redneck, S&#$-kicking” album from Kid Rock went Diamond. Get caught up with everything that went down in music history now!/h3>

1966 – July 16th, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton formed Cream.

  • As previous members of successful bands, they are widely regarded as the world’s first supergroup.
  • Their classic recordings include ‘Sunshine of Your Love,’ ‘Badge,’ ‘Strange Brew,’ and ‘White Room.’
  • Cream only lasted two years because tensions between Bruce and Baker led to their break up.
  • They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

1972 – July 15th, Elton John started a five week run at #1 on the US album chart with his album Honky Chateau.

  • It was his first US chart topper.
  • ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘Honky Cat’ were released as singles.
  • It was titled after the 18th century French chateau where it was recorded, Château d’Hérouville.

1982 – July 18th, Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind.

  • It became the Billboard #1 country album of the year.
  • The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Country charts.
  • The track ‘Always on My Mind’ was originally recorded by B.J. Thomas in 1970.
  • It has since been recorded by dozens of performers including Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, John Wesley Ryles and Pet Shop Boys.

1985 – July 13th, The Live Aid concerts take place in Philadelphia and London.

  • The concerts were held to raise money for the hungry in Africa.
  • It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and tv broadcasts of all time.
  • It had an estimated audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, nearly 40% of the world population.
  • Performers included The Beach Boys, Elton John, David Bowie, The Who, Queen, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan and more.
  • David Bowie and Mick Jagger debuted their video for “Dancing in the Street” at Live Aid.

1986 – July 15th, Run-DMC’s Raising Hell becomes the first rap album certified Platinum.

  • The album was produced by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin.
  • It features four hit singles: “My Adidas”, “Walk This Way”, “You Be Illin'” and “It’s Tricky”.
  • “Walk This Way” was the first song by a hip hop act to reach the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100.

1991 – July 18th, The very first Lollapalooza music festival is held in select locations throughout North America.

  • Artists included Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T, Violent Femmes and more.
  • What set Lollapalooza apart from its European counterparts was that it was a touring festival.
  • Another key concept was the inclusion of nonmusical features such as a circus sideshow, virtual reality games, etc.

2001 – July 16th, Kid Rock’s album Devil Without A Cause goes Diamond, selling over 10 million albums in America.

  • His previous three albums sold around 50,000 copies combined.
  • Kid Rock wanted to make a “redneck, shit-kicking rock ‘n’ roll rap” album.
  • The album featured hits like “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy”.

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