Happy 4th of July!!! Lot’s of music history today.
We start in 1969, at the Atlanta International Pop Festival. Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grand Funk Railroad, Blood Sweat & Tears, and more, played for an estimated 300,000 people. Grand Funk’s performance led to Capitol Records signing them to a record deal.
On this day in 1970, Casey Kasem officially began his weekly Billboard chart countdown radio show “American Top 40,” initially heard on just seven stations.
I was at this concert with my dad, on this day in 1980. It was a free concert featuring The Beach Boys on the grounds of the Washington Monument. An estimated 500,000 people were in attendance.
On this day in 1984 “When Doves Cry” by Prince was the #1 song.
Farm Aid II was held on this day in 1986 in Manor, Texas. Performing artists included Alabama, the Beach Boys, Rita Coolidge, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Steve Earle, Exile, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Victoria “Posh Spice” Adams married soccer star David Beckham on this day in 1999. They have three sons and a daughter.
Sad news on this day in 2003, as we lost the great Barry White at 60. White has sold in excess of 100 million records and has achieved 106 gold records worldwide and three Grammy Awards.
And finally it was just two years ago today that Billy Joel married his fourth wife, longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick. Their daughter Della Rose was born on August 12th, 2015.
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