Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12th

The biggest movers within The Top 40 this week include "Carrie Anne" by The Hollies (up ten places from #35 to #25), "Step Out Of Your Mind" by The American Breed (up eleven places from #38 to #27), "Silence Is Golden" by The Tremeloes (also up eleven spots from #43 to #32), "There Goes My Everything" by Engelbert Humperdinck (#47 to #35) and "I Like The Way" by Tommy James and the Shondells (up seventeen spots from #57 to #40).   

A less than sell-out crowd see The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix perform at The Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC tonight. 

Elvis announces Priscilla's pregnancy to the world, stating "This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me."  

Elvis' pride and joy, Lisa Marie, would be born on February 1st, 1968.

Race-related riots break out in Newark, NJ, and will last for four days.  When the dust settles, 27 will be dead, 1500 will be injured and over 1000 will be arrested. 

Billy Joe Royal records "Hush", a tune written by Joe South that will enjoy even greater success when revamped into a hard rock anthem by Deep Purple a year later.  (Royal's version will top out at #48 while Deep Purple will take their version to #4 in all three major trades.) 

Billy's version features future Atlanta Rhythm Section lead guitarist Barry Bailey.  Joe South not only wrote the song but was also the producer of the session held today in Nashville. 

"To me, Joe South was truly a genius -- a great writer," Billy Joe told authors Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March for their "Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 3" 
(  The musicians who backed him on his Columbia album "Billy Joe Royal, Featuring Hush" included John Mulkey playing rhythm guitar, Emory Gordy Jr. on bass, Tommy South (Joe's brother) on drums, and Joe's sister-in-law Barbara South playing organ and singing backup vocals.