This Day in Music History — July 25

1965 : Dylan plugs in! At the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan plays an electric set for the first time, horrifying folkies everywhere.

1969 : Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time when played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years.

1989 : Steve Rubell, one of the owners of Studio 54, dies of AIDS-related causes at age 45.

1995 : Bone Thugs-N-Harmony release their breakthrough album E. 1999 Eternal, which has gone platinum six times and features one of their biggest hits of all time “Tha Crossroads,” which went platinum twice and won a 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group.

1999 : On the third day of the Woodstock ’99 festival on Griffiss Air Force Base, overpriced water, overflowing toilets and a Limp Bizkit performance of “Break Stuff” leads to riots, groping and injuries. Conditions deteriorated as the festival raged on, and by the final day, MTV was covering the event with the tagline “Apocalypse Woodstock.”

This Day in Music History — July 23

1966 – Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Strangers In The Night’. The LP would be the most successful of his career, being certified Platinum for 1 million copies sold in the US. The title track would earn him two Grammy awards for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance.

1989 – Ringo Starr begins his first tour since The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, introducing his “All-Starr Band” of Seventies icons in Dallas, TX

2004 – A 21 year-old man was arrested after being involved in a fight with Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty in Kentish Town, London. Doherty ran off before police arrived after being beaten up by three men.

2011 – Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career.

2013 – Miranda Lambert earns a double-platinum single for “The House That Built Me”

Best of Amy Winehouse

Three years ago today, Amy Winehouse passed away.  She was one of the most talented singers of this generation.  Like many of the greats her dark side got the best of her.  Here is 10 of her best songs.  Enjoy

1. “Valerie”

2. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

3. “Back to Black”

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First Listen: Jenny Lewis, ‘The Voyager’

“The Voyager” is Jenny Lewis’ first solo album in six years! The album comes out July 29th, but thanks to NPR, you can listen to it now.

“The Voyager” deals with the loss of her estranged father and her band Rilo Kiley, which broke up after 15 years together. She has stated that these two events caused her to start suffering from terrible insomnia that at one point kept her awake for five straight nights.

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Brian Wilson’s solo LP is Full of Girl Power

The Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson is producing a new solo LP with some of today hottest young female musicians including Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, and Zooey Deschanel.  After the Beach Boys reunion tour was cancelled in 2012, Wilson looked for an outlet.

According to Rolling Stone, Wilson let the music go: “I was writing for the Boys, so I thought, ‘What am I gonna do without them?'”

What Wilson did was finish the songs he was writing for the Beach Boys with new talent. Del Rey, Musgraves and Deschanel were the only ones that Wilson collaborated with on this new album. He also brought in Frank Ocean, to rap on one song, and Nate Ruess from FUN.

Rolling Stone reports,

Wilson is often passive in social situations, but in the studio he barks instructions to musicians and creates complex vocal arrangements on the spot. “When it’s good it’s good, when it’s not – do it again,” he says. “But after three tries, Kacey nailed it. I like the way she just slides over the notes – she has a very cool sound.”

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This Day in Music History — July 18

1953, Truck driver Elvis Presley made his first ever recording when he paid $3.98 at the Memphis recording service singing two songs, ‘My Happiness’ and ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’. The so-called vanity disc, was a gift for his mother. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called ‘Elvis – the Great Performances’.

1964, The Rolling Stones appeared on the US chart for the first time when their cover of Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade Away’ peaked at No.48.

1974, The US Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10th. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge. The US Court of Appeal would overturn the deportation order in 1975 and Lennon was granted permanent resident status the following year.

1991, The first night of the ‘Lollapalooza’ tour at The Compton Terrace, Phoenix, featuring, Living Colour, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Henry Rollins Band and The Butthole Surfers.

1992, Bobby Brown married Whitney Houston at her New Jersey estate who was dressed in a $40,000 Marc Bouwer wedding gown. Those in attendance included Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Freddie Jackson. After years of making tabloid headlines, she would file for divorce in September, 2006.