This Weekend in Music History
July 5th, 1978 – Pressing of The Rolling Stones’ new album ‘Some Girls’ is suspended at the manufacturing plant after complaints from several celebrities. The album sleeve featured mock advertisements using celebrity images such as Lucille Ball.
July 5th, 1999 – The Eurythmics announce a world tour after a 10 year lull. The duo made the announcement from the Greenpeace boat ‘Rainbow Warrior’ on the River Thames in London highlighting that all the profits would be given away to charity.
July 6th, 1979 – Singer, songwriter, and producer, Van McCoy, dies from a heart attack in Englewood. Van McCoy and the Soul City had the No.1 single ‘The Hustle’, which became a dance crazy in 1975. McCoy had worked with Gladys Knight and the Pips, Aretha Franklin, and David Ruffin throughout his career.
July 6th, 1985 – Phil Collins goes to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sussudio’, his third US No.1. The song is about a schoolboy crush on a girl at school, but the main lyric ‘sussudio’ is actually meaningless. Collins admits he was improvising lyrics to a drum machine track when he programmed ‘suss-sussudio,’ a wording that scanned well. After trying to find an alternative word to fit the rhythm, the singer decided to keep “Sussudio” as the song title and lyric. No wonder it never made any sense.
July 7th, 1967 – Dusty Springfield begins a three-week residency at the Copacabana nightclub. Best known for her hit songs ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ and ‘I Only Want to be With You’, Springfield was one of the most successful British female performers, having six top 20 singles between 1963 and 1989.
July 7th, 1973 – Billy Preston starts a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’, his first of two chart toppers. Billy Preston got his start as a session musician and was the only other musician to be credited on a Beatles recording. The artists on the number-one hit “Get Back” are given as “The Beatles with Billy Preston”