Hi and welcome to another This Week in Music on the MartyToons Newsletter. It's a mixed bag this week, spanning a wide musical spectrum, from The Chairman of the Board to a Queen of the Blues, and all the way back to one of the longest living rock and roll bands, so let's get started.
July 23, 1966 saw Frank Sinatra's classic "Strangers in the Night" hit number one.
and what a difference three years make...
July 23, 1969, The Rolling Stones hit number one with Honky Tonk Woman.
July 25, 1969, Neil Young joins Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time.
July 25, 1980, AC DC releases BACK IN BLACK, five months after the death of lead singer Bon Scott, and the first featuring Brian Johnston as new lead singe, a position he holds for the next 36 years.
July 25 1984, legendary blues vocalist Big Mama Thornton passes away.
July 26 1943 Happy Birthday to Mick Jagger
July 27 2001, original and long time bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Leon Wilkinson is found dead in a Florida hotel room.
July 28, 1973, the Watkins Glenn Outdoor Summer Jam takes place in New York. The concert features The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and The Band. Tickets sold for $10.00 each.
July 29, 1965, the Beatles second film, HELP premieres in London
July 29, 1968, Bob Dylan suffers his famous and even sometimes debated, motorcycle accident in upstate New York, leading into a lengthy period of convalescence, including an 8 year absence from touring.(https://www.thoughtco.com/bob-dylans-motorcycle-accident-1322021)
July 29 1974, former vocalist for The Mamas and Papas, Cass Elliott dies of a heart attack while sleeping in a London flat owned by singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson. Four years later, The Who's drummer Keith Moon died in the same room, also aged 32 years. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_Elliot}
That's it for this week. Thanks for taking the time to read.
Lady Day, Pepperland, and one of rock's most celebrated drum solos are all represented this Week in Music, July 16 - July 22... let's begin.
July 16 1966, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton form rock's first celebrated power trio, Cream.
July 16, 1981, iconic Folk rocker, and champion of feeding the hungry, Harry Chapin dies at the age of 38 due to cardiac arrest while driving on the Long Island Expressway. It remains unclear if the cardiac arrest caused Chapin to swerve his car into the path of a tractor trailer, or whether the collision caused the cardiac arrest.
July 17, 1959, Jazz vocalist legend, Billie Holiday dies with just $0.70 in her bank account.
July 17, 1968 The Beatles animated classic Yellow Submarine premieres in London.
July 20, 1940 Billboard's first comprehensive album chart is published, combining the best seller lists from all major record labels. Previously these were all published separately.
July 20, 1968 Iron Butterfly's "In A Gadda Da Vida" enters the U.S. charts for the first time.
July 20, 1973 Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown hits Number 1 on the the U.S. singles chars. Croce dies 3 months later in a plane crash.
July 22, 1947 Happy Birthday to Eagles drummer and solo artist Don Henley.
Information provided by www.thisdayinmusic.com
Welcome to the second installment of This Week in Music, July 8th through July 15th. Historical information provided by the good people at http://thisdayinmusic.com
July 8 1958 the first Gold Record for an album for reaching one million dollars in sales is awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America to the soundtrack LP, 'Oklahoma'
July 8, a mere 9 years later, (1967) The Monkees start their World Tour, featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience as the opening act. The Monkees move on without the Experience 6 dates later.
July 8, 1973, Led Zeppelin releases their fifth studio album, Houses of The Holy.
July 9 1962, Bob Dylan records "Blowin' In The Wind"
July 9 1995, Jerry Garcia plays his last Grateful Dead concert, dying of a Heart Attack one month later.
July 10, 1987, the man responsible for discovering and signing Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughn to Columbia Records, John Hammond, dies.
July 10 1939, on a much lighter and happier note, Happy Birthday to Soul Pop legend, Mavis Staples.
July 12 1954, unknown, Nineteen year old Elvis Presley signs with Sun Records.
July 14, 1967, The Who start their first North American Tour... wait for it... as opening act for Herman's Hermits.
July 15 1946, Happy Birthday to West Coast Rock legend Linda Rondstadt.
Welcome to a new feature for the MartyToons Newsletter. In an effort to make my posts more frequent, and true to my mission of combining music with cartoons, I stumbled on the idea of celebrating historical music events with a simple cartoon sketch... emphasis on sketch. So that said, I give you This Week in Music, July 1st through July 7th. Historical information courtesy of the good people at http://thisdayinmusic.com/search_result
July 1 1967, The Beatles begin a 15 week run at Number One with Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, their 10th number one album in the US.
July 1 1995, gravelly voiced, Rock and Radio personality, Wolfman Jack dies of a heart attack.
July 2nd 1956, Elvis Presley records Hound Dog at RCA Studios in New York
July 2nd 1979, SONY introduces the Walkman, the first portable cassette player
July 3rd 1969, recently "former" Rolling Stone, Brian Jones is found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool.
July 3rd, 1971 two years to the day Brian Jones dies, Doors frontman Jim Morrison dies in Paris France of a heart attack.
July 5 - Happy Birthday to The Band member, Robbie Robertson 1943, and San Francisco Popmeister Huey Lewis 1950
July 6 - The Beatles A Hard Day's Night premieres in London.
July 6 - Happy Birthday to Bill Haley of Bill Haley and the Comets 1925
July 7 1980 - John Bonham plays his last Led Zeppelin concert in Eissporthalle, West Berlin
The Martytoon Newsletter
The Thoughts, Designs & Process of Marty Qatani aka MartyToons.
Hi and welcome to the first blog post / newsletter of the all new revamped MartyToons website. Where to start ? I suppose a quick intro is in order for those of you who may be unfamiliar with me and what I do. I'm a cartoonist / character designer/ humorous illustrator. That sounds like a lengthy title, but none of those by themselves seems appropriate enough by themselves to describe what I do.
If I call myself a cartoonist, people tend to think I create a comic strip.... not true. If I call myself just a character designer, it seems a little limiting to me. I like to think I do a little bit more... make people think... wake people up, help someone remember a happy thought.... maybe even put a smile on people's faces.... hopefully. Calling myself just a humorous illustrator, just doesn't seem to have any "punch", "pizzazz", "sparkle"... you get the picture. I do like the sound of "Creator of Visual Enhancements for Artistically Challenged and Cartooning Impaired." It has a pretty cool ring to me, but it's a little hard to fit on a business card and still look cool.
What can you expect here ? How's a little doodle sound ? A little peek into what goes on in my working process and maybe even in my thought process ? That's my plan... I hope you enjoy. So let me dig into my archive, maybe shed a little light on happened and then invite you to comment. Sounds good ? Good... then lets get to it.
This is an early sketch of one of my favorite designs I'm working on. It's inspired by one of my favorite music artists, Cat Stevens, who know goes by the name of Yusuf Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens . Check him out if you get the chance and are a fan of 70's "Soft" Rock, and especially if you're a fan of songs about being positive, hopefullness, and becoming a little wiser.
Music is playing more and more a part in my designs. I love many styles of music and I always have it playing in my studio while I'm creating. Alot of times I let the music direct what I'm going to sketch when I intentionally sit down to sketch, sometimes I'm not planning on sketching at all, but I hear a song and an image will just pop into my head, and I have to get it down on paper. I believe that's what happened here, but to be honest, I came up with this sketch several years ago, and I can't remember the exact circumstances that gave birth to this.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it. Got any questions ? Feel free to comment below.