2022-07-20

JULY 20th
Bob Dylan’s epic “Like A Rolling Stone” is released. The track from the “Highway 61 Revisited album, gets to #2, Dylan’s biggest pop hit. 1965
Candlebox release their self-titled debut. With the singles “Change,” “You” and “Far Behind” the set sells more than three million copies. 1993
Peppers fall. Three Days Grace’s “Animal I Have Become” ends the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ run with “Dani California” at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Meanwhile, the Raconteurs’ “Steady, As She Goes” pushes “Dani” out of the top spot on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks after a mere 13-week run. 2006
Incubus’ “If Not Now, When?” beats out “The Truth Is…” by Theory Of A Dead Man to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Alternative and Rock Albums Chart. It’s the title track from the band’s seventh album. 2011
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Moody Blues bass player, John Lodge, enters the world. The Birmingham, England, native is the composer “Ride My See-Saw” and “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock N’ Roll Band).” 1943
Carlos Santana is born in Autlan de Navarro, Mexico. 1947
Jay Jay French, Twisted Sister guitarist, is born.  1954
With “That’s All Right” already out, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore (guitar) and Bill Black (bass) perform in public together, as the Blue Moon Boys, for the first time. It’s at a drug store opening in Memphis. 1954
The Sex Pistols’ drummer Paul Cook is born in London.  1956
John Lennon invites Paul McCartney to join the Quarrymen (which morphs into The Beatles). 1957
Roy Orbison’s “Only The Lonely” peaks at #2 on the U.S. pop chart. The song was originally offered to both Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers who passed. 1960
Two girls for every guy. Jan & Dean’s “Surf City” tops the pop chart only two weeks after its release. 1963
Soundgarden/Audioslave vocalist/guitarist Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle in Seattle), begins his life. 1964
Pearl Jam guitarist and founding member, Stone Gossard, is born in Seattle. 1966
The Iron Butterfly’s epic “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” featuring the 17:05 title track, complete with drum solo, enters the album chart for a two-and-a-half year run. 1968
The Doors release “Absolutely Live.” Though recorded absolutely live, producer Paul Rothchild had to splice together song segments from a number of shows to get the final tracks. 1970
Joey Ramone moves from the drum kit to the microphone becoming the Ramones lead singer. 1974
Miami Steve Van Zant performs for the first time as a member of the E Street Band. It takes place in Providence, RI. 1975
Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale is born in Brisbane, Australia. 1976
Houston native Mike Kennerty is born. He’s the rhythm guitarist for All-American Rejects. 1980
The film “Sid & Nancy” premieres in London. Gary Oldman plays Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols). 1986
EMF’s “Unbelievable” knocks-off Paula Abdul (“Rush, Rush”) to claim the top spot on the Billboard singles chart. 1991
Van Halen issue “The Best of Both Worlds,” a compilation featuring material recorded with lead vocalists David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. Three new recordings with Hagar are the last to feature bassist Michael Anthony. 2004
Eric Clapton teams with the Fender Guitar Company to design a limited-edition line of guitars and amplifiers to raise money for the Crossroads Centre, the rehab facility he founded in Antigua. An Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster with ’57 Twin-Amps sells for $30,000. Without the amp it’s 10-grand less. 2007
The announcement is made that Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has a cancerous tumor in his parotid salivary gland and lymph node that requires surgery followed by several weeks of localized radiation. “This is something that is very treatable,” says Yauch in a video message. As a result, the group cancels all scheduled shows. Yauch battles the disease for three years. 2009
U2 launches an initiative offering music and vocal lessons to Irish youth. The band pledges more than $7-million to the program, which is administered by the Music Network nonprofit group. “The Music Network scheme is really well thought out and (U2 decided) that we should just get behind it,” says guitarist the Edge. 2009
Sheryl Crow issues her seventh album “100 Miles From Memphis.” She gets help from a diverse collection of performers ranging from the Stones’ Keith Richards to pop singer/actor Justin Timberlake. “Summer Day” is the lead single. 2010
Though a settlement had been reached over a month earlier, Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi issue a joint statement announcing that they have “amicably resolved” their legal battle over the rights to the Black Sabbath name. “Both parties are glad to put this behind them and to cooperate together for the future and would like it to be known that the issue was never personal, it was always business,” said the statement. The suit was filed in ’09 by Ozzy who claimed that Iommi had illegally assumed sole ownership of the Black Sabbath moniker. 2010
Roger Waters’ The Wall world tour is the highest-grossing show of the year, according to Billboard’s Boxscore. The trek earned $131.4 million in six-months, far outdistancing tours by Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen and Pearl Jam. 2012
Pretty Green, the men’s fashion brand and high-street chain founded by Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, turns a profit for the first time in its six-year history. Growth came from both store sales and a wholesale business. 2015
Vocalist Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) dies at age 41. He is found dead in a private residence in Palo Verdes Estates, L.A.  He hangs himself on the birthday of his friend Chris Connell who took his own life two months earlier.  2017
Metallica’s All Within My Hands (AWMY) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) announces that nine schools will receive $100,000 as a means to prepare students for the workforce. This is the third year of the Metallica sponsored program.  2021
 The Epiphone Slash Collection debuts. The collection which includes both electric and acoustic guitars, celebrates the Guns N’ Roses axeman.  2021
Pearl Jam cancels a handful of concerts after singer Eddie Vedder develops throat problems following an outdoor gig in Paris. “Due to the extreme circumstances (heat, dust and smoke from the fires) our singer’s throat was left damaged,” reads a band statement. “He has seen doctors and had treatment but as of yet, his vocal cords have not recovered.”  2022
Jody Abbott, Fuel’s original drummer, dies after living with Huntington’s disease for several years.  Abbott co-founded Fuel in ’89.  2022