Month: July 2015

Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

July 31

Tommy James and the Shondells Mony Mony1968: Tommy James and the Shondells rule the charts in the U.K. with Mony, Mony.

The BeatlesThe Beatles record Hey Jude, which will spend nine weeks at #1 and become the group’s biggest hit. Originally titled Hey Jules, the ballad is written by Paul McCartney — and credited to Lennon/McCartney — to comfort John Lennon’s son Julian during his parents’ divorce. As if anything can heal the hurt a divorcing parent does to a child.


Lonely and blue

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

July 30

Paul Anka1941: Singer-songwriter Paul Anka is born in Ottawa, Ontario. He has four #1 hits, including Lonely Boy from the film Girl’s Town. He writes My Way for Frank Sinatra, She’s a Lady for Tom Jones and the theme for NBC-TV’s Tonight Show. In his early 70s, it’s like he’s just getting started. Anka is currently on tour — performing just last night at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon.


The Troggs Now1966: The Troggs hit #1 with Wild Thing.

I dig farmers don’t shoot me, please

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

July 29

Help Movie The Beatles1965: The Beatles’ Help — their second feature film — premieres.

Dylan Bike1966: Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near his home in Woodstock, N.Y. He goes into seclusion and the incident immediately passes into myth. Some speculate that the accident did not happen at all — that Dylan simply uses it as an excuse to withdraw. Middletown Hospital admits him with a concussion and broken neck vertebrae. Dylan suffers from paralysis and mild amnesia for the next month.

There’s just one way out

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

July 28

Mike Bloomfield 11944: Mike Bloomfield is born in Chicago, where he grows up surrounded by the Blues. He gets his first guitar at age 13, plays clubs on the South Side and teams with talent the likes of Big Joe Williams. Eventually he is signed to a recording contract with CBS Records. He is in the backing Butterfield Blues Band that appears with Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival on the night that changed rock forever when Dylan went electric. Tragically, we lose Bloomfield in 1981, when he dies of an overdose in San Francisco.



Jerry Lee Lewis 11957: Jerry Lee Lewis in his network television debut.

Schooled with a strap right across my back

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

July 26

Mick Jagger 11943: Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger is born in Dartford, Kent, U.K. Both his father, Joe, and grandfather, David, are teachers and his mother Eva is a hairdresser and active member of the Conservative Party. His younger brother Chris also is a musician. Mick of course is founder and lead vocalist with The Rolling Stones. Here is the bio. Here’s Jumpin Jack Flash:

It’s a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

July 25

Dylan at Newport1965: Bob Dylan takes the stage at the Newport Folk Festival with a Fender Stratocaster. Backed by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, he rips into Maggie’s Farm as horrified folk fans recoil. A half century later, it is hard to sort out truth from myth about the moment Dylan goes electric at Newport. One thing is certain: Neither “folk” nor “rock” ever will be the same.

I don’t want to straight-face you

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

July 24

Dylan at Gerdes1965: This is the eve of Dylan Goes Electric at the Newport Folk Festival. Bob Dylan performs All I Really Wanna Do at an afternoon workshop. Tomorrow — armed with his Fender Stratocaster and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band — he will scandalize the festival and the folk world.


Wilson Pickett 11965: In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett begins its climb to #1 on the charts.

Every bond you break

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

July 23

The Police1983: The Police’s album Synchronicity — their fifth and final studio album — begins a seven-week run at #1 on the charts. The album’s title is inspired by Arthur Koestler‘s The Roots of Coincidence, which mentions Carl Jung‘s theory of synchronicity. Sting is an avid reader of Koestler, and also names Ghost in the Machine after one of his works.