July 7, 1960 ~ Lennon releases Give Peace a Chance in the US. Recorded on May 31, 1969 at their bed-in in Montreal designed to promote world peace. Many visited them over their 8-day stay, including Tommy Smothers, Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg. Smothers also played guitar on this. Along with his brother, Dick, Smothers had a TV show from 1967-1969 called The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour. The show was canceled after Tommy complained about CBS censoring their political skits.
It was Lennon’s first hit after the Beatles break. It became an antham of the anti-war movement.
The Beatles release their classic on July 7, 1967 …
The Rolling Stones play a free concert at London’s Hyde Park on July 5, 1969. It’s a tribute concert for Brian Jones who passed away a couple days earlier.
July 5, 1965 ~ The Beach Boys release their ninth album. BBC Music says, “If Pet Sounds is the critics’ favorite, Summer Days is perhaps the people’s day at the beach.”
“Blind Owl” was born on July 4, 1943 …
… turns 50. July 3 – 5, 1970.
The 3-day rock festival was held in a soybean field next to the Middle George Raceway in Byron. Governor Lester Maddox didn’t like hippies and tried mightily to stop the event. He couldn’t but he did get legislation passed that made it almost impossible to do outdoor concerts. Thus, a 3rd Atlanta International Pop Festival never happened.
July 1. 1968 ~ The debut album from The Band. The music is composed at “Big Pink,” a house shared by Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manual in West Saugerties, NY. The cover artwork is by Dylan.
It’s #34 on Rolling Stones’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and an American treasure.
The Rolling Stones never appeased Garcia’s appetite in the same way that their compatriot’s The Beatles did: “Garcia thought, The Rolling Stones’ music was not that much of a surprise, because I’d listened to a lot of rhythm and blues, and early Rolling Stones was similar to that music, although not as well done. But the Beatles were doing something new and they had great musical ideas and a great thing going. Plus, seeing the movie Hard Day’s Night was a turn-on.”
~ David Nelson, New Riders of The Purple Sage
June 29, 1967 ~ The debut album from Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band is released featuring a 20 year-old Ry Cooder.