This Day in History: 2022-07-25

JULY 25th
The soundtrack to The Beatles first film “A Hard Day’s Night” begins a fourteen-week run atop the Billboard album chart.  1964
The title track is simultaneously #1 in the U.S.

“Back In Black” is released.  AC/DC’s seventh studio album is their first with singer Brian Johnson who replaced the deceased Bon Scott.  It was recorded in the Bahamas and mixed in New York City with producer Robert “Mutt” Lange, who had worked on the group’s breakthrough album “Highway To Hell.”  1980
“Kill ‘Em All” is the title of Metallica’s debut studio album. It goes on to sell 3-million copies. 1983
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Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore is born in Coral Gables, Florida. 1958
Bob Dylan goes ‘electric’ at the Newport Jazz Festival and gets booed. Folk music is supposed to be acoustic but it’s obvious that Dylan is moving in a different direction. 1965
A year later, Dylan is seriously injured when he crashes his motorcycle. He is rumored to be in a coma, a vegetable or dead. Of course, he recovers. 1966
Brian Jones plays his last U.S. concert date with the Rolling Stones. It’s in San Francisco. 1966
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Country drenched “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” is released. 1970
David Bowie’s “Fame” is released. The song becomes a chart-topper.  1975
After splitting from the Sex Pistols earlier in the year, John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) returns with Public Image Limited. 1978
Eric Carr makes his live debut with KISS at NY’s Palladium Theater. The drummer replaces Peter “Cat Face” Criss who left two months earlier. 1980
The Moody Blues tenth album, “Long Distance Voyager,” is the #1 album on the Billboard 200.  1981
Alice In Chain bail as Metallica’s ‘s opening act for the Shit In The Sheds Tour. The decision comes one day before the 20-stop trek is slated to start. Though vigorously denied by the band’s management, singer Layne Staley’s heroin problems are seen as the cause. 1994
Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 52. Braunn (listed as “Brann” on Iron Butterfly albums) on the Iron Butterfly’s second, and most successful LP, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” He later discovered the Southern Rock band Black Oak Arkansas. 2003
Mega-suit in L.A. Megadeth guitarist/frontman Dave Mustaine sues the group’s former bass player, David Ellefson, for using the band’s name without permission. Mustaine seeks unspecified damages. 2005
Metallica’s back catalog is finally available online via Apple’s iTunes service. A long time hold out, the group got into a legal dispute with file-sharing site Napster in ’00. 2006
Rolling Stones donate part of the proceeds from a concert in Warsaw, Poland, to the families of 26 people killed in a bus crash three days earlier in France. The vehicle was returning to Poland from a trip to a Catholic shrine when it plummeted into a ravine. Poland holds a three-day mourning period for the victims with a moment of silence during the Stones show. 2007
John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The title track from the former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader’s ’85 album is a mainstay at baseball games and features the lyrics “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today.” He takes the stage at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and performs the song before the start of the annual induction ceremonies. 2010
Courtney Love (Hole), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Pussy Riot and Yoko Ono back a Kickstarter campaign to launch the School of Doodle, a self-directed learning lab dedicated to activating girls’ imaginations through entertainment, education and community. Each supporter teaches an online class. 2014
Linkin Park publishes an open letter to their late singer, Chester Bennington, following his 7/20 passing at the age of 41. “Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.” Bennington died of suicide. 2017
New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell calls out Metallica after it’s revealed that representatives for the band allegedly partnered with concert promoter Live Nation to sell portions of their tickets directly to resellers, denying fans the chance to buy tickets first at face value. ‘Apparently Ticketmaster and Live Nation were working with (Metallica’s) management to hold back 88,000 tickets and post them directly on resale sites.  This is wrong,” states the congressman.  2019
Metallica teams with Vans to honor the 30th anniversary of the band’s self-titled album, a.k.a. the “Black Album.” The Vans x Metallica is a limited-edition Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On footwear. 2021
Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe shares “Rewilding,” a documentary about his conservationist quest and the fight against deforestation. Blythe had purchased a swath of land in Ecuador to replant native trees and help regrow the forest.  2022
Bassist Billy Sheehan drops out of Sons Of Appollo’s South American tour due to “travel restrictions” (possibly related to not being vaccinated). Felipe Andreoli fills in. 2022