This Day in History: 2022-07-29

 

JULY 29th
The Doors earn their first #1 when the original seven-minute album version of “Light My Fire” gets cut down to a more AM radio-friendly three minutes. 1967
“Highway To Hell” is unleashed.  1979
The album peaks at #12 on the U.S. Album Chart becoming AC/DC’s first major U.S. success.
It’s also their last effort with vocalist Bon Scott who dies two months later.
“Enter Sandman” is issued as a single. The song peaks at #16 on the Billboard 100, the band’s first Top 20 effort, and sells over 1-million copies. It’s on Metallica’s eponymous fifth album. 1991
“Amen” is Halestorm’s third #1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. “Freak Like Me” and “Apocalyptic” were the first two. “Amen” is on Halestorm’s third album, “Into The Wild Life.”
Lzzy Hale’s band and The Pretty Reckless are the only female-fronted bands to top the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. 2015
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New World Man. Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib in Toronto, Ontario) has a birthday. He’s the vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for Rush. 1953
Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) is born. The Evansville, IN, native is the group’s keyboard player. 1946
Mrs. Bruce Springsteen, Vivienne “Patti” Scialfa, celebrates her birthday. Born in the U.S.A. (Deal, New Jersey), Scialfa is also a back-up singer in the E Street band. 1953
Whitesnake guitarist John Sykes enters the world. 1959
Woodroe “Woody” Weatherman, lead guitarist for Corrosion Of Conformity, is born in Raleigh, NC.  1965
The Beatles second film, “Help!” premieres at the London Pavilion. 1965
The Beatles begin recording “Hey Jude” at Abbey Road Studios in London. Working with an orchestra of ten violins, three violas, three cellos, two flutes, one contra bassoon, one bassoon, two clarinets, one contra bass clarinet, four trumpets, four trombones, two horns, percussion, and two string basses, the seven-minute song (featuring a long coda) is finished four days later. 1968
While on tour, Led Zeppelin gets robbed to the tune of $180,000 in New York. 1973
David Bowie makes his theatrical debut as the title character in “The Elephant Man.” 1980
It’s on again. The often-stormy relationship between Kid Rock and former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson reaches calm seas when the couple marries aboard a yacht near St. Tropez, France. “They couldn’t be happier about their future together,” says a representative for Anderson. Think it lasts? Not a chance. 2006
Jack White (White Stripes) makes a $200,000 donation to the National Recording Preservation Foundation who preserve sound libraries and cultural institutions from recorded music history. White is a foundation board member. 2013
Neil Young files for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years and frequent musical collaborator. A petition for dissolution of marriage is filed by Young in their hometown of San Mateo, CA. 2014
Jack White throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Tigers-White Sox MLB game at Detroit’s Comerica Park. White is a Detroit native. 2014
Gaslight Anthem announce that they are going on hiatus to focus on individual projects. They break up after the band completes their European tour. 2015
The National Rifle Association (NRA) distributes an email to board members informing them that Ted Nugent, who joined the NRA board in 1995, is stepping down “due to ongoing schedule conflicts.”  2021
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett officially joins the Gibson guitar family. Hammett who had previously been with ESP, receives a range of instruments across both Gibson and Epiphone brands.  2021
My Chemical Romance partner with Market, the streetwear brand, to present a limited edition of hoodies, hats and cardigans – many with the slogan “I Grew Up Listening To My Chemical Romance.”  2022