Something fun for Friday:
This month in music history
On 17 July Billie Holiday died, age 43, in a New York hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of drug and alcohol abuse. At the time, she was under arrest for heroin possession and police officers were stationed at the door to her room.
On 24 July, all four Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein signed a petition – printed in The Times – calling for the legalisation of marijuana.
On 20 July, Hugh Masekela started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with Grazing in the Grass.
On 29 July, Screaming Lord Sutch – lead vocalist of The Savages – was arrested in London after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women.
On 9 July, Elvis Costello quit his job at Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics to become a full-time musician.
On 7 July, Led Zeppelin played their last concert in West Berlin.
On July 31, Michael Jackson appeared on his hotel balcony in London after a man told police he would leap to his death from a building across the street if he didn’t see Jackson.
On 2 July, Axl Rose sparked a riot during a Guns N’ Roses gig after leaping into the crowd to snatch a fan’s camera. More than 50 people were injured and 15 fans were arrested.
On 5 July, it was reported that rapper Dr Dre had become the richest music star after earning £62 million (about R688 million) in the previous year.
On July 21, Coldplay’s Chris Martin was charged with malicious damage in Australia for smashing the windscreen of a photographer’s car after he’d taken pictures of Chris surfing.
*from my music pages in the Horizons magazine