ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC HISTORY: 7.22.21


1965 - Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 (about $7) at East Ham Magistrates Court, London, after being found guilty of "insulting behavior" at a Romford Road service station. Charges stemmed from an incident in which all three had urinated against a wall after the service station attendant had refused them the use of the facilities.

1977 - Stiff Records released My Aim Is True, the debut album from Elvis Costello. Elvis Costello was as much a pub rocker as he was a punk rocker and nowhere is that more evident than on his debut. That's because his sensibility is borrowed from the pile-driving rock & roll and folksy introspection of pub rockers like Brinsley Schwarz, adding touches of cult singer/songwriters like Randy Newman and David Ackles. Then, there's the infusion of pure nastiness and cynical humor, which is pure Costello. That blend of classicist sensibilities and cleverness make this collection of shiny roots rock a punk record -- it informs his nervy performances and his prickly songs. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

2006 - Johnny Cash was at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with American V: A Hundred Highways. Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash's death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005. Perhaps more than any other album in the Rick Rubin-produced series, Cash's final work, American Recordings V: A Hundred Highways, tries to balance the man and the myth, addressing his life and career with a humor and a gravity that are unmistakably human and unmistakably Cash.

2019 - Singer, songwriter and keyboardist Art Neville died at age 81. Art shot to fame as part of the Neville Brothers when they started singing as children. Art was a founding member of The Meters, and he also played on recordings by many notable artists including Labelle (on "Lady Marmalade"), Paul McCartney, Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Dr. John and Professor Longhair.

Birthdays:

George Edward Clinton is 80. Singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. His Parliament-Funkadelic collective developed an influential and eclectic form of funk music during the 1970s that drew on science fiction, outlandish fashion, psychedelia, and surreal humor. Clinton is regarded, along with James Brown and Sly Stone, as one of the foremost innovators of funk music.

Supertramp's Rick Davies is 77.

Don Henley is 74. Anchored the Eagles as the band's drummer, frequent frontman, and co-leader. He wrote and sang many of their biggest songs -- but he also found considerable success on his own in the '80s following the group's disbandment. Met Glenn Frey in LA, joined him in Linda Ronstadt's band along with future Eagles, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Rufus Wainwright is 48.

On This Day In Music History is sourced from This Day in Music, Song Facts, Pitchfork, Allmusic, and Wikipedia.


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