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  July 7th to July 13th

1954 

July 7
Two versions of "Sh-Boom" hit the US Top 10. The original version by a Black group called The Chords was at #9 and the cover version by a White group from Canada called The Crew Cuts was at #5.

1958 

July 7
Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" enters the US charts, where it will eventually reach number one.

1962 

July 7
David Rose, known for his movie scores and string albums, had the number one song on the Billboard chart with "The Stripper", a number he had written years before as a bit of comic relief for his orchestra.

1965 

July 7
Sonny And Cher perform their new single "I Got You Babe" on US TV's Rock and Roll show, Shindig.

1967 

July 7
The Monkees began a 29 date tour with Jimi Hendrix as a support act. Hendrix was dropped after eight shows, being told that his music was not suitable for a young audience.

July 7
The Lovin' Spoonful's Steve Boone and Zal Yanofsky are arrested for drug use. The pair later implicated some of San Francisco's best-connected drug suppliers.

1968 

July 7
The Yardbirds wrapped up their final US tour before splitting up. Guitarist Jimmy Page was determined to keep the act going, renaming a new line-up The New Yardbirds. Keith Moon of The Who is rumored to have said "...it'll probably go over like a led zeppelin", thus

inspiring
the final name change.

1971 

July 7
ABBA members, 26 year old Bjorn Ulvaeus and 21 year old Agnetha Faltskog (the blonde) are married in Verum, Sweden. They would divorce in 1979.

1973 

July 7
Paul McCartney releases "Live and Let Die", the theme from the James Bond movie of the same name. It will reach #2 in the US and #9 in the UK.

1977 

July 7
Cher and Gregg Allman become the parents of a son they named Elijah Blue Allman.

1980 

July 7
On the twelfth anniversary of the break-up of The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin played their final live concert in West Berlin. They finished the show with "Whole Lotta Love".

1984 

July 7
"Relax" by Frankie Goes To
Hollywood
becomes the biggest selling single of all time in Great Britain, replacing Paul McCartney's "Mull Of Kintyre" for that honor.

July 7
Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" went to #1 on the Billboard album chart for the first of a four week stay. On the strength of seven single releases, the LP would stay in the Top Ten for a remarkable 84 weeks. It eventually reached a 15 Times Platinum certification on April 19, 1995 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

1989 

July 7
CDs started outselling vinyl records for the first time. The dominance of CDs virtually wiped out the 45 RPM single format, as nothing ended up replacing them. The 3 1/2 inch CD single would die out after record companies refused to offer them at a reasonable price.

1995 

July 7
A jet carrying Rod Stewart makes an emergency landing after a mid-air collision with a bird. Aviation officials call the incident "undramatic", but Stewart is visibly shaken.

2006 

July 7
Syd Barrett, a founding member and driving force behind Pink Floyd, died from complications arising from diabetes at the age of 60. He had dropped out of the group in April of 1968 and by 1974 had turned his back on the music industry completely, choosing to retreat to the cellar of his childhood home in Cambridge where he shunned all contact with the outside world.

2007 

July 7
Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honored on a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame in Birmingham, England.

2009 

July 7
After an earlier private funeral, Michael Jackson's family and fans said farewell to the King Of Pop at an emotional memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Berry Gordy, who signed The Jackson 5 to Motown Records in 1968, closed his eulogy by saying "Michael, thank you for the joy, thank you for the love. You will live in my heart forever."

2010 

July 7
Paul McCartney joined Ringo Starr onstage at a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall to help celebrate the former Beatle drummer's 70th birthday. With Ringo's All Starr Band, joined by Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Angus Young and Steven Van Zandt, Paul belted out "Birthday" and Ringo delivered "With A Little Help From My Friends".

2011 

July 7
George Michael expressed his delight after learning that English tabloid News of the World was shutting down. As a constant target of the paper, Michael declared that the announcement is "a fantastic day for Britain."

 

1957 

July 8
"Teddy Bear" became Elvis Presley's eighth US number one hit in the past fifteen months. It would remain at the top of the Billboard Pop chart for seven weeks and even led the R&B and Country chart for a week.

1958 

July 8
The first Gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded to the soundtrack LP, "Oklahoma". The honor signified that the album had reached one million dollars in sales. The first Gold single issued by the RIAA was "Catch a Falling Star" by Perry Como in March of 1958. A Gold single represented sales of one million records.

July 8
Hank Ballard records a self-penned tune called "The Twist" at Vee-Jay Records' studios in Gary, Indiana. A re-recorded version released by King Records would make a modest splash on the R&B charts in 1959, but it would take Chubby Checker to make a giant hit out of it in 1960.

1965 

July 8
The Dave Clark Five followed The Beatles onto the silver screen with a movie of their own called Catch Us If You Can. The film was renamed to Having a Wild Weekend for its US release and featured the group performing "Catch Us If You Can", "Having a Wild Weekend" and "I Can't Stand It".

1969 

July 8
In what is ruled an attempted suicide, singer Marianne Faithful takes an overdose of barbiturates on the set of the Australian movie, Ned Kelly. She was dropped from the cast and entered hospital for treatment of heroin addiction.

1970 

July 8
The Everly Brothers Summer TV series debuts on CBS-TV for the first of a ten week run.

1972 

July 8
34 year old Bill Withers had the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Lean On Me", his second US Top Ten hit after "Ain't No Sunshine" in September 1971. The song reached #18 in the UK. Just a couple of years earlier, Withers was making toilet seats for Boeing 747s.

July 8
Donny Osmond scores the first of his three UK number one singles with "Puppy Love", a remake of Paul Anka's 1960 #2 hit. Donny's version reached #3 in the US.

1978 

July 8
After a six month stay, the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever is finally knocked out of the top spot on the Billboard album chart by Gerry Rafferty's "City To City", which contained the single "Baker Street".

1979 

July 8
After signing with Island Records, the B-52s make their live debut at London's Lyceum Ballroom.

1985 

July 8
Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night is admitted to the psychiatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital because of drug-induced problems. He would eventually recover, but was denied re-admission to the band and would be forced to tour as a solo act.

July 8
Playboy magazine runs a nude pictorial of Madonna, using black and white photos of her that were taken in 1977. Cover notes announced: Madonna Nude. Unlike a Virgin... for the very first time.

2002 

July 8
Michael Jackson spoke out against the music industry's treatment of artists, alleging that the business was rife with racism. Speaking at a civil rights meeting in New York, Jackson claimed there was a 'conspiracy' among record companies, especially towards Black artists. A spokesman for Jackson's record label said the remarks were "ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful."

2003 

July 8
One of Elvis Presley's teeth went up for auction on eBay. The tooth was owned by the King's former fiancee, Linda Thompson, until it went to the Elvis Presley Museum which later sold the tooth. The current owner said he'd been contacted by a European company that wanted to extract DNA from the tooth, but he refused. The opening bid on the tooth, a lock of hair from his Army induction haircut and a Gold record for "Love Me Tender" was $100,000.

 

1955 

July 9
A landmark in music history is established on July 9th, when Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock" reaches number one on the Billboard chart. Many music historians will eventually acknowledge the song as a dividing line, separating Rock and Roll from everything that preceded it.

July 9
Pat Boone releases his cover version of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame". Domino's recording reached number ten in the US while Boone's version went all the way to number one.

July 9
Les Paul and Mary Ford enter the Billboard charts with "Hummingbird", which will reach #7 and become the first of their five Pop chart entries.

1956 

July 9
Dick Clark made his debut as host of Bandstand on Philadelphia TV station WFIL. He took over from Bob Horn, who had been charged with driving while intoxicated during a highly-publicized police crackdown. The show's name would be changed to American Bandstand when it went to ABC-TV in 1957. Clark relinquished his hosting duties in 1989 to 26 year-old David Hirsch, but the program died within a matter of months. Still, it had been on the air for 37 years - a record for a television variety show.

July 9
After the June 30th trouble at Asbury Park, Bill Haley And His Comets are denied permission to play at the Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City. A city ordnance was passed that read: "Rock and roll music encouraged juvenile delinquency and inspired young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city's beaches."

1957 

July 9
Bobby Helms records "My Special Angel", which will become his first US Top 40 hit when it reaches #7 later in the year.

1958 

July 9
Johnny Cash signs with Columbia Records, where he will remain for the next 30 years.

1960 

July 9
After enjoying his first hit in England with "Handy Man" earlier in the year, 23 year old Jimmy Jones tops the UK chart with "Good Timin'", a #3 hit in the US.

1972 

July 9
Paul McCartney and Wings played their very first show when they appeared in the small French town of Chateauvillon. The band included Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough and Paul's wife, Linda. It was McCartney's first time on the road since The Beatles quit touring in 1966.

1974 

July 9
Crosby, Stills, and Nash start their reunion tour in Seattle.

1977 

July 9
"Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day reached the top spot on the Billboard Pop chart. It was his only solo hit, but it was not the first visit to the top of the Pop music world. He wrote "Angie Baby", a #1 hit for Helen Reddy and the #3 hit, "Rock And Roll Heaven" for The Righteous Brothers. "Undercover Angel" stalled at #43 in the UK.

1981 

July 9
The Jacksons begin a 36 city tour that would produce the LP "The Jacksons Live". The series of concerts will gross five and a half million dollars, $100,000 of which they will donate to the Atlanta Children's Foundation.

1983 

July 9
The Police started an eight week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Every Breath You Take", also a chart topper in the UK.

July 9
"Fantastic", the debut album by Wham!, enters the UK chart at #1.

1990 

July 9
The Rolling Stones were forced to cancel a show for the first time ever when Keith Richards' index finger becomes inflamed in Glasgow, Scotland.

1999 

July 9
Mick Jagger's eight year marriage to Jerry Hall is annulled. After hearing evidence on behalf of Hall, the judge ruled their marriage in Bali in 1990 was not valid either in Indonesia or under English law, and a decree of nullity was granted.

2006 

July 9
Milan B. Williams, one of the founding members of The Commodores, died at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. He wrote the band's first hit, "Machine Gun".

2012 

July 9
70-year-old Bobby Rydell underwent both a kidney and liver transplant. Six months later, he would be back onstage.

2013 

July 9
Elton John told the British tabloid The Sun that he considered himself lucky to be alive after unknowingly battling appendicitis. The Rocket Man played through the pain during a series of concerts before seeking medical attention. He told the press, "I'm lucky to be alive. I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time."

July 9
Jon Bon Jovi returned to his home town of Sayreville, New Jersey to donate $1 million to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Presenting a check to Governor Chris Christie, the singer told a crowd in front of the town hall, "One thought came to me. What can I do? One of the residents responded, saying, 'Use your voice.'"

 

1950 

July 10
The US music show Your Hit Parade premiered on NBC-TV. The program, which featured vocalists covering the top hits of the week, had been on radio since 1935. It moved to CBS in 1958 but was canceled the following year, unable to cope with the rising popularity of Rock 'n' Roll.

1954 

July 10
Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate of Elvis Presley singing "That's All Right" to DJ Dewey Phillips at Memphis radio station WHBQ. After Dewey played the song on the air around 9:30 that evening, listeners flooded the phone lines requesting to hear the song again.

July 10
New York radio station WINS announced the hiring of pioneer Rock disc jockey Alan Freed to be the host of their Rock 'n' Roll Party. As he did on his earlier Moondog's Rock 'n' Roll House Party Show on WJW in Cleveland, Freed programmed records by Black R&B artists that many White teenagers had never heard before. Freed is often credited with popularizing the term "Rock and Roll", although the phrase was first used in 1942 by Billboard magazine columnist Maurie Orodenker to describe upbeat recordings.

1961 

July 10
"Tossin' and Turnin'" by 28 year old Bobby Lewis reaches the top of the Billboard chart for the first of a seven week run, one of the longest of the year. A few months later he'll have another Top Ten song, "One Track Mind", his only other major hit record.

1963 

July 10
Martha And The Vandellas release "Heatwave", which will reach #4 on the Billboard Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart by mid-August. The song became their first million-seller and eventually won the group their only Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

1965 

July 10
The Rolling Stones classic rocker "Satisfaction" was number one in the US on both the Cashbox and Billboard charts. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed "Satisfaction" in the number two spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in 2006 it was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, despite its sexually suggestive lyrics.

July 10
Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour" is released, as is Sonny And Cher's "I Got You Babe".

July 10
The Strangeloves, a New York-based American songwriting team who pretended to be a band from Australia, cracked the Billboard Top 40 for the first time with "I Want Candy". They had already had success by writing "My Boyfriend's Back" for The Angles and would place two more of their own recordings on the chart with "Cara-Lin" (#39) and "Night Time" (#30).

1966 

July 10
Cat Stevens cuts his first record, "I Love My Dog" at Decca Records' studio in London. It would peak at #28 in the UK the following November.

1967 

July 10
Kenny Rogers and several other members of the New Christy Minstrels quit to form the First Edition. The new group received their first national exposure on the Smothers Brothers TV show and went on to have such hits as "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" in 1968, "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" in 1969 and 1971's "Something's Burning" as well as hosting their own weekly TV show.

July 10
Bobbie Gentry records "Ode to Billie Joe", which will top the Billboard chart next August. Originally intended as the B-side of her first single, the song has now sold over 3 million copies world-wide.

1968 

July 10
The Nice was banned from Royal Albert Hall in London after stomping on and burning an American flag during a concert. Two years later, Keith Emerson, leader of the Nice, joined Greg Lake and Carl Palmer in Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

1969 

July 10
Former Rolling Stones' guitarist Brian Jones is laid to rest at the Priory Road Cemetery in Prestbury, England. The other members of the band, except Mick Jagger, were in attendance.

1971 

July 10
Three Dog Night's "Liar" is released. It would become their sixth Billboard Top Ten song, topping out at #7.

1972 

July 10
Harry Nilsson's album, "Son of Schmilsson" is released. It featured George Harrison under the name George Harrysong and Ringo Starr, listed as Richie Snare, on some of the tracks.

1975 

July 10
After being married for only ten days, Cher petitioned for divorce from Greg Allman. She would change her mind a few days later, but the pair eventually split for good in 1979.

July 10
Gladys Knight's NBC-TV Summer variety series begins, as does The Mac Davis Show.

1976 

July 10
The Starland Vocal Band, the first act to be signed to John Denver's new Windsong label, had the top tune on the Billboard chart with "Afternoon Delight". The song reached #18 in the UK.

July 10
After years of trying to find hit material, England Dan and John Ford Coley reach the Billboard Hot 100 with, "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight". The single will rise to number two in North America and sell over two million copies.

July 10
Elvis Presley has his father Vernon fire three of his security crew, Sonny West, Red West and Dave Hebler. No reason for the dismissal was ever given to the trio. Sonny West and his cousin Red had been with Elvis since 1960. Hebler had been his self-defense instructor and personal bodyguard for four years.

1979 

July 10
Chuck Berry is sentenced to four months in prison for income-tax evasion. In 1973, he short-changed Uncle Sam $200,000.

1986 

July 10
The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia goes into a diabetic coma. He recovered and was released from hospital three weeks later on his 44th birthday.

2000 

July 10
Promoters cancel the remainder of a Supremes reunion tour due to poor ticket sales. The tour featured Diana Ross without Mary Wilson or Cindy Birdsong, who refused to join due to the little money they were offered.

2007 

July 10
Arista Records announced a September release date for Barry Manilow's next album, "The Greatest Songs of the Seventies". This was his third volume of decade-driven, covers albums, the first two of which sold nearly 1.7 million copies in the United States combined.

2008 

July 10
59-year-old Olivia Newton-John married 49-year old Australian entrepreneur, John Easterling, in a small wedding at her Malibu, California home.

2010 

July 10
A US judge drastically reduced a $675,000 US verdict against a Boston University graduate student charged with illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs. The student admitted in court to downloading songs between 1999 and 2007 and a jury assessed the damage award last July. The US District Court judge in Boston cut the damage award to $67,500, stating the original fine was "unconstitutionally excessive" and "wholly out-of-proportion."

2011 

July 10
A pub in Dundee, Scotland called Lennon's Bar was forced to change the name of the venue and remove all Beatles memorabilia after Yoko Ono threatened legal action for copyright infringement

 

1951 

July 11
Alan Freed debuts his Moondog Rock 'n' Roll House Party on WJW radio in Cleveland, where he plays mostly R&B tunes. The broadcast ran from 11:15 PM until 2 AM and enjoyed a loyal following by Freed's fans who called themselves Moondoggers.

1960 

July 11
The novelty song "Alley-Oop" sat at the top of Billboard's chart, credited to a then fictitious group called The
Hollywood
Argyles. The song was actually sung by Gary Paxton, who had been the latter half of Skip And Flip and was recorded after he had been advised that he was still under contract to Brent Records. Gary made up the group's name and then had to put a band together when the song became a hit. In the UK, the record reached #24.

1964 

July 11
Although the music world was being dominated by Rock and Roll, crooner Dean Martin's version of a tune written in 1947, "Everybody Loves Somebody", cracked the Billboard Top 40 on its way to number one. This would be Dino's first Top 40 hit since 1958 and ultimately replaced "That's Amore" as his signature song.

July 11
The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?" is released and enters the Hot 100. It stays on the chart for 14 weeks and would become the group's first number one hit next August.

July 11
Stevie Wonder released his first single without the title "Little" in front of his name. "Hey Harmonica Man" reached number 29 on the singles chart, his third Top 40 hit.

1969 

July 11
David Bowie's single, "Space Oddity" is released to coincide with the first lunar landing by Apollo 11 on July 20th. The song would rise to #5 in the UK but would not become a hit in the US until it was re-released in 1973 when it would reach #15.

July 11
The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" is released. The band started recording the tune as a Country song based on Hank Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues", but found that it made a better rocker.

1970 

July 11
Three Dog Night's version of Randy Newman's "Mama Told Me Not To Come" sat at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers Chart. It was a song that took singer Cory Wells over two years to convince the rest of the band to record. It reached #3 in the UK.

July 11
The soundtrack to the 1969 Woodstock concert becomes the first triple-disc album to top the Billboard chart.

1974 

July 11
The Grateful Dead receive two Gold records for albums they released in 1970, "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty".

1981 

July 11
Hubert Johnson, a member of the Motown group The Contours, committed suicide in Detroit. Johnson was a cousin of Jackie Wilson, who introduced The Contours to Motown head Berry Gordy Jr. The group took their feverish dance tune "Do You Love Me?" to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962.

2000 

July 11
Lars Ulrich of Metallica appears before a US Senate panel to testify against websites like Napster, that allowed people to trade music for free over the Internet.

2002 

July 11
More than 200 mourners attended the funeral of The Who's bass player, John Entwistle, held in the 12th Century church of St. Edward in Stow-on-the-Wold.

2008 

July 11
The hand-painted drum skin that appeared on the cover of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" sold for $1.1 million at a Christie's memorabilia sale in London. John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "Give Peace a Chance" fetched $834,000, well above pre-sale expectations of around $500,000.

2011 

July 11
Rob Grill, lead singer and bassist for the 1960s rock band The Grass Roots, whose hits included "Midnight Confessions", "Temptation Eyes" and "Let's Live for Today", died after suffering a head injury from a fall caused by a stroke. He was 67.

2014 

July 11
Tommy Ramone, drummer for The Ramones, died from from cancer of the bile duct at the age of 62. He was born Erdelyi Tamas.

 

 

1954 

July 12
19-year-old Elvis Presley quit his day job as a truck driver for the Crown Electric Company and signed a recording contract with Sun Records. He also inked a one year, personal management deal with Scotty Moore, who would receive 10% of all earnings from Presley's live appearances.

1957 

July 12
Alan Freed's show The Big Beat debuts on ABC-TV with guests The Everly Brothers, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Knox and Connie Francis. The show was later canceled after an episode in which Frankie Lymon was seen dancing with a White girl, which reportedly offended the management of ABC's local affiliates in the southern states.

1960 

July 12
Pianist Floyd Cramer records his biggest hit, "Last Date", which will reach #2 in the US by next November, selling over a million copies.

1961 

July 12
Pat Boone begins a 10-day tour of South Africa at the Ice Dome in Durban. When he returns to California, he will begin filming State Fair.

1962 

July 12
The Rolling Stones played their first concert at the Marquee club in London. Their line-up consisted of lead vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, Dick Taylor on bass, pianist Ian Stewart and Mick Avory, later of The Kinks, on drums. Avory and Taylor would be replaced by Tony Chapman on drums and Bill Wyman on bass. Chapman didn't work out and drummer Charlie Watts completed the Stones' line-up in January 1963.

1965 

July 12
The Beach Boys record "Sloop John B", a 1927 Folk song that featured rhythm guitarist Al Jardine on lead vocal. The record would climb to number three in May, 1966.

1969 

July 12
After being released just three weeks earlier, the futuristic ballad "In The Year 2525" was Billboard's number one song. After getting a lot of requests to sing the song that they included in their live act, Denny Zager and Rick Evans had invested just $500 to press 1000 copies of the tune. After a Texas radio station added it their play list, RCA signed the duo, but the record would prove to be their only US chart entry. It did however stay at #1 in the US for 6 weeks, which was longer than any other song that year and earned it the distinction of #1 record of the year 1969.

July 12
Billed as "The Ultimate Supergroup", Blind Faith begin their one and only US tour with a sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1970 

July 12
Janis Joplin debuted with her new group, the Full Tilt Boogie Band, before 4,000 people in Louisville, Kentucky. Less than three months later, she would be dead from a heroin overdose.

1971 

July 12
The New Seekers re-record a song they did as a commercial for Coca-Cola last year, re-naming it from "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke" to "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing". The effort would reach #7 on the Billboard chart.

1975 

July 12
K.C. and The Sunshine Band make their US Pop chart debut with "Get Down Tonight". It's the first of four singles by the group to make it to Billboard's number one spot.

1979 

July 12
Minnie Riperton, who had scored a 1975 smash with a song called "Lovin' You", died of cancer at the age of 31. She had also been a member of Wonderlove, a backup group for Stevie Wonder.

July 12
Chicago disc jockey Steve Dahl held the infamous Disco Demolition between
games
of a baseball doubleheader at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Dahl burned Disco records brought by fans who received discount admission. Some of those fans decided to start their own fires and a mini-riot ensued, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the second game.

1980 

July 12
Bennie Mardones' "Into The Night" enters the Billboard chart where it will reach #11. A re-recorded version of the same song would climb to #20 nine years later.

July 12
Billy Joel had the best selling single in America with "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me", a number he wrote in the back of a car on the way to a recording session. The lyrics are sung from the prospective of a manager and an artist, arguing about remaining hip for the younger crowd vs. staying the course and letting the music speak for itself. The song would go on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA.

1983 

July 12
Chris Wood, sax and flute player with Stevie Winwood's band Traffic, died in London of liver failure after a long illness. He was 39.

2000 

July 12
A statue erected in the memory of John Lennon is unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square. The sculpture features a revolver with a knotted barrel created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward.

2005 

July 12
Al Kooper, the legendary producer, musician and founder of Blood, Sweat And Tears, releases his first solo album in nearly thirty years.

2006 

July 12
Even after his death, Johnny Cash was still popular enough to top The Billboard 200. "American V: A Hundred Highways" earned the Man in Black his first #1 album since 1969's "Johnny Cash at San Quentin".

2007 

July 12
Sara Caplan, a former attorney for Phil Spector, agreed to testify in his murder trial about evidence allegedly withheld by a defense expert rather than go to jail for contempt of court. Caplan says she saw a forensic expert pick up a small white object about the size of a fingernail at the scene and put it in a vial. Autopsy pictures of Clarkson show a small piece of acrylic fingernail missing from her right thumb.

2012 

July 12
Pollstar magazine announced that former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters had racked up $158.1 million in concert ticket sales worldwide so far this year with 'The Wall Live' show. Bruce Springsteen was a distant second with $79.9 million

 

 

1959 

July 13
Paul Anka's "Lonely Boy" was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100. Paul would also sing the song in the movie Girls Town, in which he starred with Mamie Van Doren and Mel Torme.

1968 

July 13
Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" is released in the US, where it will reach #2. A line from the song which includes the words "heavy metal thunder" is often credited with popularizing a new term for loud, guitar dominated music.

July 13
Black Sabbath played their first gig at a small backstreet Blues club in Birmingham, England. The group would develop into one of the biggest Heavy Metal bands of the 1970's with such albums as "Paranoid", "Masters of Reality" and "Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath".

1974 

July 13
Eric Clapton's version of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff" is released in America where it will become his only US #1. Clapton would later say "I tried to ask him (Marley) what the song was all about, but couldn't understand much of his reply. I was just relieved that he liked what we had done."

July 13
After topping the Billboard Hot 100 last week, vocalist Flemming Williams led The Hues Corporation to the number one spot on the Cash Box Best Sellers chart with "Rock The Boat". The record first appeared as though it would flop, as several months went by without much radio airplay or sales activity. It wasn't until the song became a Disco club favorite in New York that Top 40 radio finally began playing the song.

1978 

July 13
Britain's BBC announces a ban on The Sex Pistols' latest single "No One Is Innocent", which features vocals performed by Ronnie Biggs, a British criminal notorious for his part in the Great Train Robbery of 1963. At the time of the recording, Biggs was living in Brazil, still wanted by the British authorities but immune from extradition. Despite the lack of radio play, the song would still reach number seven on the UK chart. As for Biggs, he voluntarily returned to the United Kingdom in 2001 and spent several years in prison before being released on compassionate grounds in 2009.

1985 

July 13
The first Live Aid concerts were held at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at Wembley Stadium in London. Producer Bob Geldof headed the effort by attracting big name artists such as The Who, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Queen, Bryan Adams, Tina Turner, The Cars, Hall And Oates, Phil Collins and Lionel Richie. The performances were shown live via satellite for 18 consecutive hours and helped raise millions of dollars for starving people in Ethiopia.

July 13
Madonna is featured in Penthouse magazine with pictures lifted from a soft-core porn film she had made years earlier. Most of these photos had already been published in Spin magazine.

1987 

July 13
Representatives of fifty of America's largest record retailers are guests at Michael Jackson's home in Encino, California to preview his new album, "Bad". The LP, which includes the singles, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana", would go on to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 200 chart and sell over 30 million copies worldwide.

1995 

July 13
Sony announces that it has accepted a $40 million buyout of George Michael's contract, following the singer's request. The company would retain the rights to his back catalog, a greatest hits album and would receive 3% of retail sales of his next two albums.

1996 

July 13
Over 2,000 guitar players, including Chet Atkins and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, set a new world record for the largest jam session ever when they played "Heartbreak Hotel" for 75 straight minutes at Nashville's Riverfront Park. The previous record was set in Vancouver, Canada on May 7th, 1994, when Randy Bachman led 1,322 mostly-amateur guitarists in a performance that lasted 68 minutes.

1997 

July 13
John Denver's drunk driving trial ended in a hung jury, deadlocked 3-3. Denver's defense attorney argued that the singer suffered from a thyroid condition that had distorted his blood alcohol tests.

2004 

July 13
Arthur Kane, best known as the bassist for the pioneering Glam Punk band The New York Dolls, died of leukemia at the age of 55.

2010 

July 13
Tom Jones received an apology from Island Records after a company executive's e-mail branded his comeback album Praise & Blame a "sick joke." However, the e-mail leak prompted some members of the UK press to suggest that it was actually a clever marketing stunt in the build-up to the July 26 release